Ergonomic Advice

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Can Stress Cause a Heart Attack?

Stress has a real impact on our bodies but can stress cause a heart attack? Here's what the research says.

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Arthritis and Humid Weather: Why Do Your Joints Ache?

You swear your joints can predict the weather. Is there a link between arthritis and humid weather? Here's why your joints are weather-sensitive.

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4 Common Causes of Pain Between Shoulder Blades

Pardon the pun, but your shoulders tend to "shoulder" a lot of responsibilities. They help you lift, lower, turn, twist and move your upper torso in all directions — and it's in large part thanks to the muscles between the shoulders and the shoulder blades.

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3 Signs of Cervical Radiculopathy

What causes pins and needles in your shoulder, arm, or hand? The problem might be cervical radiculopathy, a pinched nerve in your neck.

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A Guide for Employees Living With Chronic Pain

Many Americans live with health issues, including managing chronic pain at work. Living with chronic pain is a challenge, but it can be overcome. 

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Strategies for Quitting Bad Health Habits

Changing your worst habits is a challenge. Let's find new ways to change bad health habits today. 

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A Primer to Therapy: How to Choose a Therapist Who Is Right for You

Lately, you've been struggling, and you don't know how to choose a therapist. Here's a guide and an explanation of different therapy models to consider. 

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Top Talent Acquisition Strategies to Find the Best Employees

Recruitment shouldn’t be all about filling an available vacancy but it also involves getting the right candidates that will achieve organizational goals and business objectives. The process of talent acquisition should be an integral part of the organization's long term strategy.

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How Does Metabolism Work?

What is metabolism, exactly? Can you actually boost it? 

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Why Is Organizational Culture Important?

It could be that you are an entrepreneur who just recently launched a business, or you are a business owner seeking to make the best for your business. Certain things need to be understood and should become inherent for your business to thrive beyond your imagination. One of such things is organizational culture. 

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IBS at Work: How to Work When You've Got to Go

Struggling with IBS at work, and the gastrointestinal pain and intense urge to use the bathroom that comes along with it, causes undue anxiety and stress. 

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The Health Benefits of Pet Ownership

Can having a dog or other type of pet actually help you stay healthy? Studies have shown that the health benefits of owning a pet are plentiful. 

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A Guide to Setting Up a Gym in the Workplace

Exercise at the office has its benefits. Here are the best practices to setting up a gym in the workplace that workers will want to use. 

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What Are the Early Signs of MS?

The early signs of MS occur between the ages of 20 and 40 years old. Do you know what to look for? 

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How to Create Privacy in an Open Plan Office

Open offices are the new trend for businesses. Here's how to offer your workers privacy in the workplace when productivity matters most. 

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Why You Get Upper Back Pain After Running

Running is great for your cardiovascular fitness. However, if you run improperly, you may experience upper back pain after running. 

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Four Different Types of Anxiety and How to Treat Them

Although there are many different types of anxiety, they can all make life more difficult. This guide will help you better understand and treat anxiety. 

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The Benefits of Foods High in Probiotics

Are probiotics good for you? In the world of supplements versus foods high in probiotics, you definitely want the latter. Here's why. 

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7 Motivational Games for Employees

Workstations, as the name implies, is meant for work, but frankly working all time doesn't guarantee the best of the result. Hence, a need for integration between work and play. 

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How to Improve Emloyee Retention Rate

About one-third of employees will quit in the first 6 months of getting a new job while 35% of employees are planning their leave if they do not get a pay increase within 12 months. Hence almost 80% of corporate leaders’ view employee retention as a critical issue.

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Group Self-Care Activities for the Workplace

Self-care is typically considered a solo activity, but self-care activities for groups can be a fulfilling addition to your workplace. 

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Paleo Rules: The Science Behind the Diet

There's a very strong chance that, at some point, you've heard some mention of something called the paleo diet. What is the paleo diet? 

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Cumulative Trauma Disorder (and How to Prevent It)

Cumulative trauma disorder happens any time you overuse a muscle, and poor form in sports can make it worse. Listen to your body and follow these steps. 

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Solutions for the Three Most Common Workout Mistakes

There are many challenges when it comes to deciding how to work out properly. What are some common mistakes and how can you fix them? 

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5 Exercises to Help Strengthen Your Back

Back strengthening exercises can help reduce or eliminate back pain. 

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DDPY: Yoga for Those With Limited Mobility

When it comes to selecting yoga for people with disabilities, a relatively new style called DDP Yoga has quickly been gaining popularity. What is DDP yoga?

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HR Coordinators! Pop Quiz: What Is Mental Health First Aid?

Mental health first aid in the workplace is an essential best practice for organizations seeking to increase productivity while reducing healthcare costs. 

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The Pros and Cons of Outsourcing HR

Carefully weigh the pros and cons of outsourcing HR functions. The cost savings and scalability are tempting, but balance with preserving service quality. 

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Catch Some Z's: Eucalyptus Oil Benefits (and Other Oils to Try)

Lavender, vetiver, valerian, frankincense and eucalyptus oil benefits promote a healthy night of sleep. Are you getting all the rest you need? 

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Gender Inequality In the Workplace: How to Attain Gender Parity

Why is there still a gender inequality in the workplace, and what can employers do to change this in their organizations? 

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Callused Feet? Here's What You Need to Know

You shouldn't have to hide your feet or feel embarrassed because of calluses. Prevent them, treat them and learn when to see a podiatrist with these tips. 

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Recognizing Employee Depression in the Workplace

The chances are high that one of your staff is suffering from employee depression in the workplace. Do you know how to help? 

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3 Habits That Can Lead to Anterior Head Syndrome

Anterior head syndrome can be a pain in the neck. Here's why three common habits may be to blame, and how to nip them in the bud, fast. 

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Workplace Pollution and 4 Ways to Improve Indoor Air Quality

Employers must consider how to improve indoor air quality in office conditions because workplace pollution can be detrimental to employees' health. Pollutants can trigger asthma, headaches and other unpleasant symptoms for those who are susceptible.

By addressing some of the common components of workplace pollution, employers can help improve quality of life for their employees.

Workplace Pollution and Its Impacts on the Workforce

Employees are often concerned about workplace air quality. For example:

  • Temperatures are too hot or too cold.
  • Air ventilation is too drafty or too stale.
  • Humidity is too high.

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration, or OSHA, explains that poor air quality can cause a variety of health issues if not properly addressed. For instance, warm and humid environments can create mold. As the American Industrial Hygiene Association (AIHA) explains, many studies show that poorly ventilated workspaces can increase cold and flu germs. The repercussions of these outcomes are obvious: Workers are more likely to be sick or be affected by the poor air quality inside the office environment.

Preventing Poor Air Quality Issues

OSHA requires employers to provide safe environments free of known hazards. Luckily, the AIHA, OSHA and EPA (Environmental Protection Agency) all offer suggestions for how to improve indoor air quality in office conditions. The list below includes some of the common elements of a healthy work environment:

  1. Clean regularly. Vacuuming and cleaning work surfaces on a regular basis can keep mold spores and dust from building up over time. T
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Can My Doctor Prescribe a Standing Desk?

One common question from health-conscious workers is, "Do I need a doctor's note for standing desk requests to my employer?" No, but it can help your case. 

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The Benefits of Creating a Wellness Room for Employees

What is a relaxation room for employees? Why should your office have one? 

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Why You Should Learn How to Sleep On Your Back

How to learn to sleep on your back can be as easy as a commitment and a few good pillows. 

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The Antidote to Toxic Coworkers: Set Healthy Boundaries

Toxic coworkers can create a negative work environment and make you miserable. Here's how to set healthy boundaries. 

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Does Aspartame Help or Hinder Weight Loss?

The scoop on artificial sweeteners and weight loss. Do aspartame and weight loss go hand in hand? 

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What Is Spinal Stenosis?

Wondering what is spinal stenosis? Learning more about this degenerative problems helps you lower your risk for developing it. 

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Driving With Sciatica Tips

One of the exacerbating factors of sciatic pain is sitting for long periods of time, especially while driving. Here are a few driving with sciatica tips.

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Pain When Walking: What You Shouldn't Ignore

What should you do if you experience pain when walking? 

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Why Do I Feel Light-Headed When Standing Up?

Postural hypotension sounds scary but feeling light-headed when standing up is fairly common. Here's what happens to your body when you stand up too fast. 

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Can You Use Medical Marijuana for Back Pain?

Considering medical marijuana for back pain? Here's what you should know. 

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How Much Does It Cost to See a Chiropractor?

The average cost of chiropractic visit depends on the chiropractor's education level, experience and access to specialized medical equipment. 

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How a Standing Desk Can Help with Your Plantar Fasciitis Pain

Plantar fasciitis is one of the most common reasons people experience heel pain, and it leads to over one million doctor’s visits each year in the U.S. Unfortunately, the condition is not that well understood and so most treatment routes end up falling short. Luckily, a new, simple, non-invasive strategy may be a promising option for ridding patients of their pain. This approach requires no medication, no surgery, and no costly equipment or therapy. Instead, it simply requires that people use a standing desk.

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How a Morning Routine Will Change Your Work Life

The benefits of a morning routine are endless. For the motivation to get started on one, check out this article. 

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How to Select a Posture Reminder App

Have you ever considered using a posture reminder app to keep your spine in line during the day? Discover pluses and minuses of popular apps and programs. 

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Post-Lunch Lethargy: How to Avoid Feeling Sleepy After Eating

If you're feeling sleepy after eating, here's how to beat the post-lunch slump. 

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Green Energy: The 8 Best Indoor Office Plants

Office plants can a fun, economical way to spruce up your business. For attractive, low-maintenance plants, check out the eight best indoor office plants. 

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How a Weighted Blanket Can Alleviate Anxiety

Weighted blanket benefits can include minimizing anxiety, falling asleep faster and staying asleep longer. 

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Identifying a Pinched Femoral Nerve

Characterized by numbness and nerve pain in the groin, a pinched femoral nerve may also bear similarities to other nerve conditions. 

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The Creativity and Sleep Connection

Will sleeping better get you over creative block? Recent studies suggest the creativity and sleep connection is a very real thing. 

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Why Is My Shoulder Popping?

If you're wondering "Why is my shoulder popping?" then wonder no more. Check out a list of all the possibilities and what to do next. 

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Typing Ergonomics Tips: Improper Techniques Could Be Hurting You

Practicing good typing ergonomics helps your health and productivity. Here's how to maintain an ergonomic typing position all day. 

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How Many Thoracic Vertebrae Are There?

Learning about these groups of vertebrae will help you protect them and keep them healthy. So, let's start with, "How many thoracic vertebrae are there?" 

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How to Sit Comfortably With Sciatica

The best sitting position for sciatica is standing. 

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Can a Smart Device Shock You Into Good Posture?

Do posture correctors work? The research is mixed. But that doesn't mean posture shockers, or any other device or brace, won't work for you. 

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6 Bra Shopping Tips to Help Relieve Back Pain

Got back pain from bra line areas? The right bra type and fit can make a world of difference. Here's how to find it. 

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Does Spinal Decompression Work?

Spinal decompression is a treatment that has its critics and its champions. So, we ask the question, "does spinal decompression work?" 

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Most Plants Don't Thrive in the Dark (Your Employees Won't Either): A Guide to Office Lighting

Lighting and productivity are inter-related. Lighting in the workplace can affect employee efficiency and their long term health. 

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Recognizing the Signs of Burnout Is a Great Start Toward Recovery

Recovery from burnout begins with recognizing the signs of burnout. How to know if you are burnt out and what to do about it if you are. 

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5 Easy Hand Stretches to Relieve Carpal Tunnel Symptoms NOW

Carpal tunnel syndrome is a very common nerve problem in today's society due to extended computer use. Try these simple and effective hand stretches. 

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The Best Sitting Position for Lower Back Pain

FInding the best sitting position for lower back pain can make your days at the office enjoyable. It doesn't require fanc equipment either. 

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Mind Your Manners: 5 Open-Office Etiquette Tips That Are Easy-to-Implement

Developing rules around open-office etiquette will transform the productivity in your workplace. Here are five easy-to-implement tips to get started. 

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Why (And How to) Use Gender-Neutral Language in the Workplace

U.S. workers increasingly expect tolerance from their employers. Gender-neutral language signals gender parity in the workplace. 

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Should You Request Workplace Accommodations for Anxiety?

There are many ways to manage anxiety at work, such as asking for workplace accommodations for anxiety or utilizing resources. Here are 5 options to try. 

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The Truth About How Sleep Deprivation Affects Work Performance

Lack of productivity can be costly to a company, but do you know how sleep deprivation affects work performance? Get the facts about fatigue at work. 

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Getting Just the Right Massage Technique for Lower Back Pain

Many people turn to deep tissue massage for lower back pain when other interventions don't work. Learn more about what to focus on here. 

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Fixing Your Anterior Pelvic Tilt

Fixing anterior pelvic tilt takes time, but you can use exercises and stretches to help put your pelvis back into proper alignment. 

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He/She/They: Gender Identity and Expression in the Workplace

Where just 3 percent of Fortune 500 companies had a gender identity policy or protections in 2002, 82 percent of them did in 2017. Here's how you can, too. 

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Took Sleeping Pills and Still Can't Sleep? Try These Techniques to Get to Sleep

Took sleeping pills and still can't sleep? Then try these techniques to get to sleep. 

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Surviving a Heart Attack Alone

Surviving a heart attack alone is possible, but without immediate, professional intervention, you run the risk of death or long term disability. 

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ZZZZ...Nap Pods at Work: Why Smart Companies Allow Napping at Work

What would happen if a company encouraged nap pods at work as a means to get rest during the workday? Learn about this new trend and ways to implement it. 

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Shake If Off: The Health Benefits of Vibration Therapy

The benefits of vibration massage can include relief from back pain. 

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Coffee and Memory Loss: The Effects of Caffeine on the Brain

Coffee can really energize you, but are there any connections between coffee and memory loss? Find out how much is safe. 

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Try These Sleep-Inducing Foods for More Restful Sleep

These nutritious foods for sleep can help you sleep better and longer. 

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The Breakfast Myth: Is Your Morning Meal the Most Important Meal?

Is there a breakfast myth? Recent research calls into question breakfast's reputation as healthiest meal. 

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Sleep Journaling: Jotting Your Way to Better Sleep

What is a sleep diary? You log the quality and duration of sleep, so that you can spot patterns or triggers that can impact how well (or not) you sleep. 

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Extend Your Lifespan: The Unbelievable Intermittent Fasting Benefits

Intermittent fasting benefits are so impressive, the practice might extend your lifespan. Fasting and longevity go hand-in-hand; here's how to start. 

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Standing Desks vs. Treadmill Desks: Which One Is Right for You?

Are you unsure of the benefits of a standing desk vs. treadmill desk? Learn what each does and how both may be the answer to your office health concerns. 

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What Is Sleep Hygiene?

We spend nearly half our lives sleeping, but for many Americans, too much of that time is spent attempting to fall asleep. What is sleep hygiene? 

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How Does Deep Tissue Massage Work? What to Know Before You Go

Wondering how does deep tissue massage work? Like its name suggests, this technique reaches the deeper layers of tissue, but it's not right for everyone. 

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4 Back-Friendly Reasons the ACA Endorses the FlexiSpot ClassicRiser Series

The ACA granted FlexiSpot its full endorsement for all four sit-stand desk models in the ClassicRiser series. 

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Blue Light Blocking Lenses for Work: Are They Worth It?

Do blue light glasses work, or are they just another fad? Research shows that blue light can interfere with sleep and screen time can cause eye strain. 

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Optimize Your Output at Work With These Apps

We use apps for a wide variety of purposes in our personal lives, but what about apps for work productivity? Here are five categories of productivity apps. 

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Three Movements, Three Workarounds: How to Protect Your Spine While Lifting Weights

It's important to know how to protect your back when lifting weights both to prevent injury and to maximize desired results. 

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Are You (or Your Employees) in Sleep Debt? Here Are the Telltale Signs

Your eyes are grainy and it feels like you're moving in slow motion. Yes, those are sleep deprivation signs. Here's how to solve this major problem. 

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Why You Need A Pre-Sleep Nighttime Routine (and How to Design One)

Is your nighttime routine helping or hindering your sleep? Create a pre-sleep routine that can keep your whole body healthy and happy for life. 

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12 Unexpected FSA Eligible Expenses

Citizens across the nation are turning to FSAs to lighten their financial loads — and FSA eligible expenses include more than you might think! 

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Bottom's Up: Thirst-Quenching Water Tracking Apps to Use at Work

A water tracking app can make it easy (and fun!) to stay on top of your hydration game. 

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You Won't Believe What Sitting All Day Actually Does to Your Butt

What can you do if you experience pain in your buttocks when sitting for long periods? 

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Comparing Cardiovascular and Cardiorespiratory Endurance

What is cardiorespiratory endurance and why is it important? How does it differ from cardiovascular endurance? 

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Choosing Running Shoes That Are Right for You

What should you know about how to choose running shoes? 

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In the Name of Sleep: When Is the Best Time to Work Out?

How does exercise affect sleep? 

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Working With MS: Multiple Sclerosis, Spinal Issues and the Office

Working with MS isn't impossible. Knowing your rights and planning for what you need help you stay in the workforce long-term. 

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The Keto Diet: Ketosis and Intermittent Fasting

Among the most popular nutritionally strategies used by many are the keto diet and intermittent fasting. But what are these different dietary tools? 

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Are Your Genes to Blame for Your Back Problems?

Certain genetic changes may boost your likelihood of developing a congenital spinal deformity or other painful spinal problems. 

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Support for Working Parents Starts With Family-Friendly Policies

Is there a way for companies to show support for working parents in this significant period of their lives, working with them rather than against them? 

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Dollars and Sense: The Economic Burden of Worker Back Pain

The risk associated with work-related back pain can be greatly reduced by enhanced focus on the OSHA ergonomics standard and other common sense guidelines. 

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Best Furniture for Hot-Desking

Forgoing the traditional office set-up and switching to a hot desk office? Here's what you need to consider when it comes to hot desk furniture. 

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The Science Behind Anti-Fatigue Mats: How Do They Work?

Ever wonder how do anti-fatigue mats work? Take a peek at the science of the anti-fatigue mat for standing desk workspaces. 

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Managing Your Diabetes at the Office

Learn how to manage your diabetes at work. 

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Advantages and Disadvantages of Remote Working and Working From Home

In today's world, flexible work is a key point of interest. The advantages of working from home help to deliver value for both workers and employers. 

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Prevent Digital Eye Strain in a Digitally-Driven World

Digital eye strain is a growing health issue. Take steps to prevent digital eye strain so that your digital habits don't cause long-term vision damage. 

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Stand Up Straight: 10 Posture Exercises to Feel Your Best

While our modern-day desk jobs and TV bingeing can make bad posture worse, these good posture exercises can help reverse the damage, no equipment required. 

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Talking Back: How to Describe Back Pain to Your Doctor

To get the right treatment, you'll need to know who to see for back pain and how to describe it at the appointment. These tips can help. 

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Why You Should Offer Your Employees a Gym Membership Benefit

Why should companies offer their workers a gym membership employee benefit?