Conference fatigue and energy depletion are common challenges to learning for conference attendees, especially at mid-morning and after lunch. After sitting and concentrating for hours, muscles tighten, attention declines, patience dwindles, heart rates slow, backs ache, and eyes become heavy. Inserting ‘Energy Breaks’ through the infusion of music and movement will combat the challenges of stationary learning. Energy Breaks increase blood flow to the muscles and pump needed oxygen to the brain, improving participant engagement and attitudes for learning, much longer than any coffee-infused break will do.
Energy Breaks are defined as, movement to music in 3-5 minute intervals and they are inserted into programming at key times (for example, at IHS, after morning keynote and before afternoon keynote). The music is tasteful and uplifting and the movement is simply choreographed to be done at participant’s seats, in the clothing they are wearing. Energy Breaks are not intense enough to create sweating, so participants will remain comfortable, but the movement will energize participants, get them smiling, perhaps singing and moving right alongside their peers, creating comradery and positive energy and fun!