Ergonomic Advice

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Fasting Diets and Your Health: Is it Safe?

Fasting is defined as a period of time without ingesting all or some food or drinks usually over a 24-72 hour time period. This new fasting method, called intermittent fasting, can be a healthy way to improve your health and well-being. The new approach to fasting has resulted in six different types of fasting diets for different goals and lifestyles.

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Some Health Myths to Debunk

Health myths are passed from one generation to another generation without any scientific backing. Myth-busting is important to help you live a hearty life.

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Arthritis and Humid Weather: Why Do Your Joints Pain?

You swear your joints pain can predict the weather. Is there a link between arthritis and humid weather? Here's about how weathers can affect your joints pain.

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4 Common Causes of Shoulder Pain Between Shoulder Blades

The shoulders have to shoulder a lot of daily bodily movements. Shoulder pain might be something obvious like an injury or something like an underlying disease.

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Health Rumors You Seriously Need to Stop Believing

This article draws your attention to some common myths about health in general, especially in connection with life within your workplace. You will be offered reasoning in order to show you why some information floating around is quite far from the truth.

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Creating a Self-Care Routine for Work

Self-care isn't something you do only during your off-hours on evenings and weekends. You can incorporate self-care activities at work too. Here's how.

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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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How Does Metabolism Work?

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

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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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Fasting to Lose Weight: Does it Work?

Fasting to lose weight has been gaining a lot of traction among celebrities and fitness experts — find out why! 

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How Healthy Meal Prep can Help You Lose Weight

The number one thing preventing people from healthy living is a lack of preparation. So get more prepared — with healthy meal prep! 

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How to Improve Self-Esteem

The effects of low self-esteem can affect career advancement. Here's how to improve self-esteem on an individual and company-wide level. 

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Managing RLS: Restless Leg Syndrome in the Workplace

NINDS estimates that up to seven to 10 percent of the U.S. population may have Restless Leg Syndrome. Learn how to manage RLS in the workplace. 

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Achoo! Cold and Flu Season in the Office: How to Stay Healthy

In the midst of cold and flu season, employers are working at preventing cold and flu in the workplace. Here are four practical steps to remember. 

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Importance of Hydrating and Drinking Water at Work

Don't forget the importance of hydrating and drinking water at work. Here's why it's important and how you can remember to drink your water. 

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The Macro Diet 101: The Basic Science Behind Macronutrients

Counting macronutrients sounds like high-level diet lingo reserved for bodybuilders and nutritionists, but it's a lot less complicated than it sounds. 

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How an Anti-Inflammatory Diet Can Help Your Back Pain

If you're looking for foods to alleviate back pain, try an anti-inflammatory diet. You'll have to eliminate a lot of foods, so here's how to start. 

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How to Sit Properly at Your Desk

Learning how to sit properly at your desk is vital for muscle and joint health. Discover correct ergonomic positioning from head to toe. 

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What is the Best Diet to Lose Weight?

With so many diets out there, from paleo to keto to Mediterranean, it's hard to know what the best diet to lose weight is. Find out now! 

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How to Lose Belly Fat to Live a Longer and Healthier Life

Understand why it's so difficult to lose belly fat, what the hidden dangers of visceral fat are, and how to lose belly fat naturally. 

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Life Coach, Mentor, Therapist: Life Advice Comes in Many Forms

When it comes to life advice, help comes in many forms but what's the difference between a life coach, mentor and therapist? Here's what you need to know. 

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Adult ADHD and the Office Environment

How can you effectively deal with ADHD at work? 

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Becoming a Mentor: The Importance and Impact of a Mentor

Becoming a mentor may be one of the most important decisions you ever make. Here's why your company should start a mentoring program. 

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How Long Commutes Can Affect Spine Health

Whether by train, car or subway, the effect of long commutes can take a health toll. Here's how to alleviate back pain, among other commuter ailments. 

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5 Ways To Manage Discomfort During Pregnancy

Learn five ways you can manage discomfort during pregnancy while working in an office. 

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How Sitting All Day Can Cause Hip Flexor Strain

The average American sits over 12 hours per day. This causes some major stiffness in the body, especially the hips and can lead to hip flexor strain. 

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Standing Desk Exercise You can Do Throughout Your Day

Standing desk exercise can be a great way to utilize your desk for more than just work. What a great way to stay on top of your health. 

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Productive at Home: Setting Up Your Home Office Space To Reduce Distractions

If you want to be productive at home, you'll need to put some thought and creativity into minimizing your distractions. Here are some ideas. 

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6 Simple Ways to Use a Tennis Ball for Exercise Recovery

A great tool that most people already have, or can easily get for a couple dollars, is a tennis ball. Here are six simple and relaxing exercises you can complete with a tennis ball. Whether you complete one or all ten at once, you should notice a nice relaxing effect!

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5 Posture Training Exercises to Improve Your Posture Quickly

There are four major components to posture training that you need to master before putting it all together. Posture is key to spine pain prevention. 

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On-the-Go Preventative Exercises for Bone and Muscle Health

What preventative health strategies can you use to protect yourself from injury? 

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Best Holiday Gift Guide for the Health Nut and Fitness Lover

Check out this holiday gift guide for the wellness and fitness enthusiasts in your life. 

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Healthy Habits in the Workplace To Help Long-Term Goals

Learn how to create long-term goals to improve your health in the workplace. 

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Can A Standing Desk Improve Kids' Health and Learning?

Kids are facing a health crisis in the form of obesity, diabetes, and poor fitness, and they are sitting more than ever. Can the standing desk help? 

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Standing at Work: How To Integrate Tech To Support a Better Standing Habit

Standing at work is easy to do but tough to remember. Here's how technology can help you remember to take frequent breaks from sitting. 

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Do Your Best Work — Use a Standing Desk for These Tasks

Hack your productivity at work by learning which work tasks are better to perform while standing versus sitting at a standing desk. 

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5 Chair Exercises At Work To Look And Feel Your Best

If you spend a lot of your day sitting, you can still keep up your strength, flexibility, and mobility with a few chair exercises at work... 

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How Movement Impacts Joint Health

Exercise is an important part of a healthy lifestyle. Do you know the awesome benefits it provides for joint health? 

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Kick That Coffee Habit: Caffeine Alternatives for an Energy Boost for Work

Try some of these caffeine alternatives for an energy boost for work if you want to kick that coffee habit. 

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Can You Truly Work and Workout at the Same Time?

Research shows sedentary work leads to a variety of health issues, but having a tool like a treadmill desk or desk bike can change that trend. 

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Offset the Health Risks of Sitting and Be More Productive

The risks of sitting too much are well-known, but how can you spend more time standing or walking? Here are tips for a more physically active workday. 

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How Stress Impacts the Body and Your Mental Health

Knowing how stress impacts the body and your mental health can help you reduce it before it gets worse. 

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The Benefits of Working Out with Others

A fitness routine is for vital for health promotion and disease prevention, but evidence suggests the benefits of working out can be amplified by a partner 

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How (and Why) To Protect Your Cervical Spine Nerves

What is the cervical spine? And how can you protect your cervical spine nerves? Learn how this region of the spine plays a key role in body function. 

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Health Promotion and Disease Prevention: Checkups Are Important

Routine checkups focus on health promotion and disease prevention. Here's the scoop on how to stay on top of your health at every stage of your life. 

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Setting and Achieving Professional Goals

Setting goals can be a great way to advance your career, but successful goal setting can be a challenge. Here's what you need to know to get started. 

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How to Improve Posture Through Yoga

These simple yoga poses are great exercises if you're interested in how to improve posture and benefit from reduced pain. 

Forget About Fatigue At Your Standing Desk With These Tips

When you start using your new standing desk, you might experience physical fatigue – a negative factor that outweighs the multiple benefits of a standing desk. Luckily, there are quick and simple ways to combat fatigue and enjoy improved posture, increased productivity, and more burned calories.

Mind Your Posture

Poor posture is one of the main causes of back pain, whether you’re standing or sitting for long periods of time. Correct your posture to fight fatigue. Your head should be up and your shoulders back. Stand with your feet apart and keep your balance on the balls of your feet. Don’t lock the knees, just bend them a little to improve blood circulation. If you’re standing for over 30 minutes, shift your weight, alternating from one leg to another. And don’t forget to adjust the height of the desk: your arms should be resting on it at a 90° angle.

Get Proper Footwear

When your shoes don’t fit properly, your whole body will ache. Therefore, it is a good idea to do some research prior to buying the perfect footwear and be prepared to invest in it and try on different brands and sizes before making the decision.

As a rule of thumb, you should search for a pair that has leather insoles, sturdy construction, snug fit and rounded toes. But what fits best for one person may not be right for another – so choose a pair that can fulfill the unique needs of your feet. If you have a foot condition or can’t find the right pair, consult a podiatrist. There are some people that need a custom insole.

Change Your Position    

Unlike a traditional workstation, a sit to stand desk doesn’t require you to stand all the time. Since standing or sitting for long periods of time aren’t good for your legs, you should change positions frequently. For example, you can set a timer and switch between standing and sitting.

When you need to change your leg positions, sta

Are you suffering from Autumn Fatigue? Hacks for Autumn Fatigue

Like it or not, summer must come to an end. You must welcome the cold season regardless of the effects it has on your body. The days will become a little bit shorter and you may start experiencing difficulty in getting out of bed. Did you know that the approach of cold seasons brings about hunger and long periods of exhaustion? Yes, this is what is known as ‘autumn fatigue.' The symptoms increase as winter approaches.

Autumn fatigue can make you hibernate for six months until the cold season is over, but this is not a healthy option. The fatigue is mainly caused by lack of sunlight, and it extends to the end of winter. If you are experiencing symptoms of depression, fatigue or problems concentrating, most definitely you are experiencing autumn fatigue.
It is advisable to follow the below hacks to help boost your energy levels and beat autumn fatigue.

Follow a Healthy Diet
You may get tempted to grab a bar of chocolate or a piece of cake when you feel tired. Too much sugar in your system will only make things worse by making you feel more tired than before. You can consider starting your day with a plate of oats. They are not only full of proteins but also boost your energy levels slowly.
If you have a deficiency of vitamin D, you may feel more tired. It is therefore vital for you to supplement it through your diet. During the cold season, you may consider increasing the intake of oily fish, green leafy vegetables, beans, nuts, whole grains or lean red meat. Also, it is important for you to spend most of your time outdoors so that you can get enough vitamin D from the sunlight.

Boost Yourself with Caffeine
Taking caffeine has always been a debate, and it is considered addictive. When taken in moderation, it can help boost physical and mental performance. You should only avoid taking it after lunch as it takes a long time to clear from the system.

Stay Active

4 Ways a Standing Desk Helps You Stand Out at Work

Despite their growing popularity, standing desks are still the exception to the rule at many offices around the country. So, it may feel like swimming in unchartered waters if you’re the first to mix things up where you work. Not to worry though. We’ve talked to numerous first-timers like you. Here are 4 common things they say you can expect when being the first one in the office with a standing desk.

Get Ready for the Watchtower Jokes

You’re bound to hear a joke or two from your colleagues about how you remind them of a watchtower overlooking all the neighboring cubicles. Take it all in good stride. Humor is one of the easiest ways for many coworkers to break the ice about your new workstation.

Get Ready to Become Healthier & More Dynamic

You don’t need to read The Washington Post article on “The Health Hazards of Sitting”  to know that sitting all day is bad for your health. You can feel it. Your neck feels tight. Your back aches. Your legs need to be stretched. You feel the need to get up and move around.

Because standing desks put you in the best position to keep your body in motion while working, most standing desk users burn more calories, feel more vibrant, and have a lower risk of developing obesity, diabetes, and cardiovascular disease and cancer.

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How to Use a Desk Bike for the Whole Family

For many people, working and exercising can feel like a trade-off. You don’t have time to exercise because you have to work, and any time you do take to exercise is time away from working. With FlexiSpot’s desk bikes, you don’t have to worry about that problem anymore. You can work and exercise at the same time without breaking a sweat (unless you crank it up to level 7 or 8 for a high-intensity workout, that is).

The FlexiSpot Deskcise Pro™ all-in-one desk bike is an easy-to-assemble, easy-to-use exercise bike that doubles as a convenient ergonomic workstation. Using a desk bike allows you to maximize your activity level while answering emails on your laptop, reading a book, or watching TV. You can even raise and adjust the desktop to use as a standing desk if you need a break from pedaling.

With eight different resistance settings, you can customize your workout throughout the day. Get some light exercise to keep your muscles engaged while working, or take it up a notch to burn calories during your favorite TV show at night. The Deskcise Pro™ tracks your progress, so you can keep track of distance pedaled, workout time, speed, and calories burned.

Deskcise Pro™ is a great active workspace solution for people who work from home, but every member of your family will get used out of your all-in-one desk bike.

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Teenagers

How often do you say, “Put the phone down” or “Turn off the TV” to your teenagers? With the popularity of mobile devices and streaming services, teenagers spend more time on screens than th

A Fitness-Focused Christmas Gift The Whole Family Will Love

Looking for a Christmas gift that will delight the whole family? The V9 Deskcise Pro™ is a gift your whole family will enjoy using throughout the year to improve fitness, break up boredom, and multitask while exercising.

The FlexiSpot Deskcise Pro™ all-in-one desk bike is as easy to assemble as it is to use. The desk bike doubles as as a convenient ergonomic workstation, so you can incorporate more activity into your daily life by pedaling while you answer emails on your laptop, work on homework assignments, read a book, or watch TV. If you need a break from pedaling, the desktop lifts and adjusts to easily convert to a standing desk.

Having eight different resistance setting makes the V9 Desk Exercise Bike perfect for families. Older adults can get light exercise pedaling on resistance level 1 or 2, while teenagers might take it up a notch to level 7 or 8 for a high-intensity workout. The Deskcise Pro™ even tracks your progress, so you can keep track of distance pedaled, workout time, speed, and calories.

It doesn’t matter who you give the desk bike to; everyone in your family will be clamoring to take their turn.

Teenagers

Teenagers can be so wrapped up in their phone, tablet, or television that they don’t get enough activity throughout the week. With a desk bike, your teenager can stay active without missing a beat on their social media feed.

Parents

As a parent, life gets busy. So busy that it can be almost impossible to make time for exercise in between work schedules, after school activities, and maintainin

The Best Exercises for Managing ADHD

It’s no secret that exercise has tremendous benefits for students with ADHD. It not only helps them focus better, but it also has been shown to improve their mood, decrease impulsive behavior, and help them sleep more soundly. The real question is, which exercises are best for improving the symptoms of ADHD?

To answer that question, it’s important to understand exactly how exercise helps to reduce and manage the symptoms associated with ADHD. According to bestselling author Dr. John Ratey, who wrote the book Beginning an Exercise Program for People with ADHD, exercise acts like a natural dose of the popular ADHD medications Ritalin and Adderall by boosting the levels of dopamine and norepinephrine in the brain.

Exercise also helps to enhance the brain’s “executive function”, a term coined by mental health experts to describe the cognitive abilities associated with tasks like planning and organizing, performing complex tasks, and controlling emotions.

Benefits of Aerobic Exercise

Aerobic exercise in particular, which gets the blood pumping faster throughout the entire body and forces the lungs and heart to work harder than they normally do, is a great way to naturally increase dopamine and norepinephrine levels. The most popular types of aerobic exercises for youth include:

  • Cycling
  • Running
  • Jumping rope
  • Swimming
  • Walking
  • Skateboarding
  • Playing organized sports like basketball, baseball, football, gymnastics, etc.
  • Dancing
  • Cheerleading

For young students who are looking to use aerobic exercise to help manage their ADHD symptoms, it’s important to find an aerobic activity that is enjoyable enough to do at least 30 minutes a day five days a week.

Making Exercise Routine with Deskcise Pro™

Incorporating aerobic activity into tasks young people already do e

10 Tips to Help You Sleep Better

The quality of your sleep has a direct correlation to the quality of your waking hours, including your energy levels, mental acuity, mood, and even work performance. Unfortunately, too many workers in the United States are not getting high-quality sleep at night. They have trouble falling asleep, may experience interrupted sleep cycles, or wake up feeling unrested – and it’s having an effect on their performance at work. Sound familiar?

The relationship between sleeping and waking goes both ways. Your habits during the day impact your ability to fall asleep at night and affect the quality of your sleep. The quality of your sleep then affects your ability to function and perform during the day.

You may have read about how using your smartphone right before bed can make it more difficult to fall asleep. Recent research also suggests that our increasingly sedentary lifestyle – with the average American spending over 12 hours sitting every day – is also inhibiting our ability to maintain a healthy sleep schedule.

Here are some changes you can make to your daily habits that will improve the quality and consistency of your sleep cycle:

1. Increase Your Exposure to Bright Natural Light During the Day

Many of us spend a good portion of our days inside an office with minimal access to natural light. This can throw off our circadian rhythm, which is dictated by the natural cycles of light and dark. Increasing your exposure to natural light throughout the day will help reset your circadian rhythm.

2. Reduce Irregular or Long Daytime Naps

As welcome as an afternoon nap might feel after a sleepless night, sleeping during the day can confuse your body’s natural sleep cycles and make it more difficult to fall asleep at night. Try to resist napping during the day or limit yourself to a 20-minute catnap.

4 Ways to Make the Most of Your Exercise Routine in 2018

Getting more exercise is one of the most common New Year’s resolutions. But the majority of people fail to make changes their workout routine that last for even the entire month of January, much less the entire year. If you want to be one of the few people who does succeed in getting more exercise in 2018, you need to set yourself up for success by learning how to make the most of your workout routine.

It’s not easy to find time for exercise when you have a busy work schedule, full social calendar, and kids to take care of. That doesn’t mean it’s any less important to get the recommended amount of exercise. Exercising five days a week for at least 30 minutes will lower your risk for heart disease and diabetes, and will help you live longer.

Here are some tips for making the most of your workout routine in 2018:

1. Make a workout plan.

You know the saying, “Failing to plan is planning to fail”? The secret to accomplishing any goal is making a plan for how you’ll achieve it – and your exercise routine is no different. Plan out which days you’ll go to the gym, at what time, and how long you’ll spend there. You’ll be amazed to see how simply planning out your new routine will make you more likely to follow through.

2. Find the right gym.

If you don’t like your gym or it doesn’t have the equipment and classes you need, you won’t go. It’s as simple as that. If you haven’t already found a gym you like, do some research. Look into specialized gyms like boxing, pilates, or spinning if you’re looking to switch up your routine in the new year.

3. Exercise alone.

No doubt about it, going to the gym with a buddy can be more fun than going by yourself. But if you have a limited window of time to fit in your workout, a friend can be an unhelpful distraction. The time you spend chatting is the time you’re not spendin

How to Balance Work, Family, and Physical Fitness

We all aspire to have a healthy body—well nourished, fit, and energetic—but it’s not easy to achieve when you’re trying to balance a busy schedule of work and family responsibilities. When you spend 8 or 9 hours at work only to come home and have familial responsibilities to perform, it can be hard (if not impossible) to find time to go to the gym or even go on a short run around the neighborhood.

The irony is that making your physical health a priority will actually make it easier to balance your other responsibilities. We have a solution that will help all your priorities fall into place. Keep reading to find out.

Competing Priorities of Work, Family, and Health

At work, you’re expected to be on time, to be prepared, to carry out your responsibilities, and perform to a certain standard. And if you’re up for a promotion, you’re expected to go above and beyond your normal duties. Then when you get home, there’s a whole other set of responsibilities that come with family life. Depending on how you break down the division of labor with your spouse, you may be expected to get dinner on the table, to help kids with homework, to tidy up the house, and help put the kids to bed at night—among others.

So where do fitness and wellness fit into that equation? For many people, it doesn’t. Between work, family, and health, many people sacrifice health in order to devote their time to work and family. But it doesn’t have to be a “pick two” proposition. It is possible to balance work, family, and health.

How to Balance Work, Family, and Health

The easiest way to find a balance between work, family, and health is to bring your fitness into your work and/or family life. You don’t have to choose between competing priorities when you integrate the priorities together.

For those who can afford it, a home gym is an ideal solution to the problem

How to Get Fit at Office without go to Gym

When you’re stuck at a desk in the office all day, it can be easy to let your physical fitness start to slide. One too many lunches out or post-work gym sessions skipped and you might notice the extra pounds start to creep up on you. “Sitting disease” is characterized by shrinking muscle mass, weight gain, fatigue, sluggishness, and an overall decline in cardiovascular health—and it plagues many office workers.

How can you avoid succumbing to sitting disease? Find ways to get fit at the office, without even going to the gym! Here’s how.

  1. Have a good attitude.

First thing’s first: be optimistic! If you believe it’s possible to get fit in the office without going to the gym, you’ll find ways to make it happen, and more importantly, you’ll make time for it in your schedule. Getting fit in the office is totally possible, but you have to make an effort to form new habits and adjust your routine.

  1. Follow the 15/45 rule.

While sitting for too long during the day will increase your risk of sitting disease, standing too much isn’t that great for you either—it can increase joint pain by placing a strain on your back and knees. Experts agree that the best ratio is to spend about 15 minutes standing every hour and the other 45 minutes sitting comfortably with good posture.

The easiest way to follow the 15/45 rule is with a height-adjustable sit-stand desk. Some models, like the FlexiSpot Electric Height Adjustable Desk, also come with built-in sit-stand reminder systems, so you don’t have to worry about getting so absorbed in your work that you forget to stand up (or sit down).

  1. Take active breaks.

You don’t have to skip the

5 Tricks to Lose Weight Just By Sitting at Your Desk

The freshman fifteen when you first go to college, many people discover that when they start working in an office full-time, the pounds start accumulating. You might be confused at first – you haven’t changed anything about your lifestyle. You still eat pretty healthy and exercise regularly. So why are you gaining weight? Easy: It’s your job!

Americans who work a traditional desk job spend between 10-12 hours sitting every day. Considering that your metabolism slows by 90% within 30 minutes of sitting down and that sitting burns 50 fewer calories per hour than standing (or 400 calories over the course of the average workday!), it should be no surprise that pounds are harder to shake when you’re working in an office.

Using a height-adjustable sit-stand desk is one way to break up the vicious cycle of extra pounds. Even incorporating more non-exercise activity thermogenesis (NEAT) activities – like walking to the printer, tapping your feet, or even fidgeting at your desk – can help burn extra calories.

But what if we told you that there was a way that you could lose weight even while sitting at your desk? Follow these five tricks to drop a few pounds just by sitting at your desk.

  1. Toss the unhealthy snacks.

When you have a snack drawer full of unhealthy but tempting snacks, it’s so easy to reach for a snack to curb your boredom or procrastinate on an unpleasant work assignment. Munching on a few chips here and there might not feel like a big deal, but it can add up faster than you think.

Ditch the unhealthy snacks and replace them with better-for-you alternatives. Or, even better, store your snacks in the communal kitchen rather than your desk drawer so that you have to get up and move to access them. You’ll probably find your snacking diminishes, and at the very least, you’ll be walking more before you indulge.

    Help Your Teens Escape the Smartphone Trap

    Many parents feel concerned about their teenagers’ smartphone habits. They worry about how much time their teens spend on their devices; they worry about the freedom that a cell-phone brings; they worry about cyberbullying; they worry about their kids revealing too much personal data on social media, and they worry about smartphone use causing feelings of loneliness or depression. And many of these worries have research to back them up.

    If you’re a parent of a teenager, what can you do to decrease the amount of time your teen spends staring at a screen? You can impose rules about how long and when they can use their phone, but those can be hard to enforce and may cause tension if your teen resents the oversight. One effective strategy is to provide them with compelling alternatives. When teens are busy with other activities, they are less inclined to spend all their time on their phone.

    We suggest the V9 Desk Bike as a worthy investment if you’re looking to limit your teen’s tech time. The V9 Desk Bike combines an ergonomic stationary bike with a spacious desktop surface for the ultimate multitasking machine.

    One of the side-effects of spending so much time on a smartphone is that teens may not be getting as much exercise as they used to. Instead of biking around the neighborhood, they’re Snapchatting from their bedrooms. The V9 Desk Bike allows them to get a daily dose of exercise while engaging in other activities. They can pedal while they do their homework, read, or even paint. Whatever your teen’s interests are, they can multitask while riding the V9 Desk

    How to Try a FlexiSpot Sit-Stand Desk for Free

    A sit-stand workstation is a big investment, and there are a lot of factors to consider before making your purchase, including price, size of your workspace, your computer and monitor configuration, and whether you want a manual or electric model. It’s hard to predict exactly what setup will be the best fit for you without trying it out for yourself.

    It would be nice if there were a risk-free way to give your new sit-stand workstation a test drive and decide if it’s worth paying for, wouldn’t it? That’s why we created the FlexiSpot Pilot Program. The Pilot Program is a 30-day risk-free and cost-free trial period. Try before you buy to feel confident about your investment.

    Here’s how it works:

    1. We ship a sample desk to you free of charge. (For corporate clients, will we ship up to 3 desks for you to share amongst your employees during the trial period.)
    2. You use the desk in your office for 30 days. Use it while sitting, use it while standing. Arrange it in different configurations within your office. Find the perfect configuration of your computer, keyboard, and other materials.
    3. If the desk isn’t working for you, let us know within the 30-day time frame and we will send you a prepaid shipping label for you to return it at no cost to you.
    4. If the desk does work for you, you’ll get to keep it and only pay 70% of the retail price.

    The Pilot Program is a win-win for you. Try the FlexiSpot sit-stand desk risk-free for 30 days. If you don’t like it, return it for free. If you do like it, you get to keep it and get it a 30% discount on the retail price for the desk.

    Learn more and sign up for your free trial at www.flexispot.com/

    Tips for Being Active at Work During the Summer

    It happens every year: the temperatures warm up, the sun finally comes out, and all of a sudden we find it agonizing to spend the whole day cooped up at our desk at work. It’s a pattern that traces back to our childhood, squirming in our desks at school, the playground calling to us, summer break so close but still so far away.

    If you’ve got a case of the springtime squirmies, introducing more ergonomic products into your office set-up can make your workdays more active and help alleviate some of the antsiness you feel when the weather warms up.

    Our favorite ergonomic products for making work more active are:

    • Standing Desk ConvertersThese ergonomic desktops are placed on top of your current desk to transform your ordinary desk into a flexible sit-stand workstation.
    • Height-Adjustable DesksA height-adjustable desk offers the same sit-stand functionality as a standing desk converter, only the entire desk goes up and down. That means you get more surface area to spread out and fit all your essential equipment.
    • Under-Desk BikesReplace your chair with an under desk bike to spend your workday pedaling your legs instead of restlessly jiggling them. An under-desk bike fits discreetly beneath your desktop so you can pedal without disrupting colleagues (or yourself).
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    Best Home Exercise Equipment for Beginners

    We’re all in the same boat. We know exercise is important, but we struggle to incorporate it into our regular routine. There’s the obvious challenge: with working life increasingly reliant on the internet and computers, we find ourselves tied to a desk for the majority of the workday, meaning we might spend 8-10 hours sitting at our desk each day. But there are other things that get in the way of exercising, too, such as family commitments, lack of time or resources, or simply fatigue at the end of the day that makes it hard to motivate yourself.

    Another problem is the gym itself. The gym may be the best place to workout – with its extensive array of exercise equipment and fitness classes – but most of us would agree that it’s not the most convenient place to workout. Any number of factors get in the way of making it to the gym: the drive, the time it takes, the fact that someone has to stay home with the kids, the cost of a membership, and social anxiety (just the thought of other people watching as we struggle through a workout when we’re out of shape is enough to keep us from trying).

    Don’t let the barriers that keep you from going to the gym keep you from exercising at all. If you have a spare room or even some extra square feet of space in your home, you can set up a home gym for yourself. It may not be decked out with all the top-of-the-line exercise equipment as your local gym, but with a few basic pieces of home exercise equipment for beginners, you can create a home gym that will be more than adequate to get you started on your fitness journey.

    This is a list of the best home exercise equipment for beginners:

    1. Exercise Mat – An exercise mat is a low-cost investment and one of the most versatile pieces of home exercise equipment. You can use it for so many different workouts, including yoga, pilates, weight-lifting, an

    5 Ways to Be Healthier at Work

    The average person will spend upwards of 90,000 hours at work throughout their lifetime. That amounts to one-third of the typical lifespan. Not only does that mean that where you choose to work will have a large impact on your daily happiness, but it also means that the habits you form around work and the lifestyle your workplace allows will have a significant impact on your overall physical health.

    Most offices aren’t conducive to a healthy lifestyle. Computer-bound jobs require us to spend 8-10 hours at our desk everyday. Catered lunches tend to be rich, heavy, and lacking in healthy options. After-work commitments get in the way of going to to the gym. The list goes on.

    That puts the burden on you, the employee, to create routines and structure within the norms of the workplace that allow you to be to be as healthy as you can be. That means making time for healthy habits, making the effort to choose the healthy option even when a less healthy alternative is more convenient, and not giving in to the pressure to conform and behave like the rest of your colleagues – even when making different decisions makes you stand out.

    Here are 5 ways you can start to create healthier habits at work:

    1. Stand Up and Move

    Sitting at our desks all day long is bad for our bodies – it causes back pain, muscle deterioration, slows our metabolism, and increases our risk for cancer. Use a height-adjustable sit-stand desk and an 

    I burn more calories at work than you do at gym!

    My busy work schedule prevents me from getting to the gym most days. But, that doesn’t mean I’m sedentary by any means. In fact, I burn more calories at work than most people do at the gym.

    So, if your packed schedule has you in the same “no-time-for-the-gym boat” as me, here are 7 tips you can take from my playbook to burn more calories at the office too.

    1. Schedule walk-and-talk meetings: According to The Wall Street Journalmeetings, phone calls, and emails take up 90 percent of our work day. By incorporating walking meetings into your day, you can burn twice as many calories as you do when sitting. Plus, researchers at Stanford University say meeting participants are more engaged and lively during walking meetings than they are while sitting.

      Average Calorie Burn: 56 calories per 15 minute meeting

       

    2. Switch to a smaller water cup: Ditching your 32-oz water cup for an 8-oz glass forces you to get up four times to drink the same amount of water. If your goal is to drink 8 glasses of water during your workday, that’s eight trips to and from the water cooler. Can you see how the calorie burning is starting to add up?

      Average Calorie Burn: 4 calories per minute walked

       

    3. Buy a Deskcise Pro V9: This ingenious desk bike from FlexiSpot has been a real game changer for me in terms of burning more calories at the office. Its sleek compact design fits perfectly in my office and it has an adjustable desktop and cushioned seat that makes it easy for me to switch between sitting, standing and cycling while working on my laptop. It’s super quiet and has 8 different intensity levels so I can do

    How to Fix Poor Postural Habits

    How is your posture?  Many Americans spend far too much time hunched over their computers or staring down at their phones.  This can lead to an array of poor postures that cause health problems and make you look bad. For example, text neck is a common issue that stems from spending hours with your neck bent down to look at your phone.  Health line states that this position tightens and compresses the muscles in the neck, with every inch of forward head position doubling the amount of weight the neck must support, which strains the muscles and causes lasting damage. Other side-effects, such as developing a hunched back, can occur.  Business Insider states that slouching in your chair at work can lead to a hunched back.

    Luckily there are several ways to counteract these poor postural habits.  Many exercises are those you might find in a yoga class.

    Exaggerated nod: An ideal way to counteract text neck.  When you use your smartphone, try to bring it up to eye level, keeping your ears aligned with your shoulders.  This will prevent you from getting a bad case of text neck.

    Cat and CowAn excellent stretch for your back, neck, and hips is the cat and cow.  Though, a more common stretch is the simple overhead stretch.  If you slouch or tend to hunch over your computer like a cat about to pounce on its prey, then the chest stretch is a must.

    Chest Stretch: Business Insider recommen

    Are You Undoing your Gym Gains? Sit Less for Fitness!

    Modern Life

    Much of our working and leisure time is spent in front of a computer, XBOX, PS4, or simply watching television.  Combined sleeping time and typical daily sitting time, comes to an incredible 20 hours per day!

    It’s no surprise then that our daily Calorie requirements have plummeted from humanity’s early days.  We need less energy nowadays because so much of our labor has been taken over by our machines, and our entertainment is delivered directly to our devices instead of us heading out to find it on our own.

    To substitute for what used to be ordinary activity, we go to the gym and work out. That way we can still eat the foods that we enjoy.  The difficulty is that we are inconsistent with our exercise.

    We must increase our rate of metabolism to burn more Calories constantly—luckily this is surprisingly easy to do—just Stand Up!

    Stand Up for Yourself

    Simply standing burns an extra 750 calories per minute.  Most non-scientists think “calories” and “Calories” are the same, but Capital “C” calories are 1,000 times larger (officially known as Kilocalories).  Humans need approximately 2,500 Calories (Kilocalories) or 2-½ million calories per day in order to function.

    While 750cal/min doesn’t sound like much, when you add one additional hour of standing to your daily routine, in one year it is equivalent to 4 kilograms or 8 pounds of fat.  In practical terms, it is the equivalent of running 10 marathons annually!

    Strength From Within

    While standing, many seldom-used muscles come into play and this raises our rate of metabolism.  When it does increase, an enzyme called lipoprotein lipase, which is responsible for moderating triglycerides and blood fats, comes out of retirement mode.

    Without it, you’re headed for atherosclerosis—a disease process characterized by scarring of

    6 Tips for Using Your Standing Desk Like a Pro

    Standing desks have been growing steadily in popularity over the past few years. And it’s no surprise why: Using a standing desk has countless benefits for your physical and mental health, as well as your performance at work. Studies have shown that standing during the workday can improve focus, promote productivity, and enhance performance among employees. Standing will also decrease your risk for many of the most common chronic illnesses, including cardiovascular disease, lower back pain, diabetes, obesitydementia, and even cancer.

    However, buying a sit-stand desk without learning how to use it correctly can do more harm than good. From joint pain to muscle fatigue, standing with incorrect posture or for the wrong amount of time can have a negative impact on your body that cancels out the good.

    To get the most benefit from your standing desk, follow these six tips for using a standing desk correctly:

    1. Alternate Between Sitting and Standing

    A common mistake new standing desk users make is to attempt to stand all day long. Not only is this not how standing desks were intended to be used, but it’s almost impossible to switch straight from sitting all day to standing all day. Start by standing

    How to easily start a new fitness routine at home

    If the prospect of going out to the gym to exercise seems overwhelming or just plain inconvenient, there are alternatives you can do to still stay in shape. These include developing an at-home fitness routine to help you continue to meet your fitness goals. Not all routines are perfect for every person. This is why it’s important to go at your own pace and to develop a unique fitness regime that is suited to your experience, fitness condition, and goals.

    Using home workout equipment

    One of the best ways to get the workout you want without leaving home is to invest in some home workout equipment. Many home fitness experts recommend choosing a desk cycle exercise bike due to its ability to support the multitasking needs of home users. Whether you are finishing up some last minute assignments from work or taking care of critical tasks on your desktop, a desk cycle exercise bike allows you to get your fitness workout in without sacrificing your time. Since time is often an excuse that many people use to get out of sticking to their routine, this unique equipment solves that problem easily.

    Buy an Exercise Bike For Work Desk

    When planning out your fitness routine for home, it is important to begin by choosing your ideal workout time. The time you allocate to working out makes a major difference in whether or not you will actually complete your workout. Working out after dropping the kids at school and before heading out to work may be the perfect balance for many busy individuals. Purchasing an exercise bike for work desk can facilitate the need to catch up on important tasks while still getting your fitness workout completed for the day.

    Investing in a fitness bike is an excellent way to being an effective home workout routine. What’s best about this type of workout equipment is that you can get important tasks done without sacrificing y

    How to Promote a Healthy Lifestyle for Your Entire Family with an Exercise Bike

    A sedentary lifestyle is a leading cause of various medical conditions that can affect a person’s health. Diabetes, heart disease, back problems, obesity, and depression are just a few conditions that can occur when a person is not very active. The longer a person remains inactive, their body will adjust to this sedentary lifestyle by slowing down their metabolism, decreased blood flow, and muscle will turn into fat. This can affect their energy level and the ability to complete a variety of tasks as their mobility decreases. While it can be challenging to find the time required to adequately work out to improve your health, a solution is available that will promote exercising while completing sedentary activities. A deskbike can provide you and your family an effective way to exercise while participating in an activity that requires you to sit down.

    Importance of Promoting Exercising Now

    While you may think there is plenty of time to start exercising, the longer you delay starting your routine the harder it will be to start. As an adult, the older you get the easier it will be to gain weight that will be difficult to lose without a healthy diet and fitness routine. By starting to exercise today, you can improve your chances of keeping off the excessive weight that can lead to various medical conditions that are weight related. Just as it is important to encourage your children to remain active to prevent them from gaining weight that can lead to childhood obesity. By providing them with an effective way to remain active with a deskbike, you are teaching them how important exercising is to their overall health.

    Activities that Can be Completed While Working Out

    Playing game systems while exercising on a stationary bicycle.

    • Watching Television
    • Surfing the Internet
    • Reading a Book
    • Putting a Puzzle To

    How a Desk Bike Can Help You Remain Productive While You Exercise

    In today’s busy world, it can be challenging to find enough time to accomplish the various tasks you need to complete each day. Whether you have an important project to complete for work or trying to squeeze in some time to read a book by your favorite author. When you lead a busy life, it can be difficult to balance your work life and relaxation time. Especially, between trying to help your children with their homework and preparing your evening meal. You need to find time to fit in your fitness routine to help maintain a healthy body. Fortunately, a solution is available with a height adjustable desk bike that will allow you to accomplish other tasks while getting your daily exercises in.

    Ways to Combine Exercising and Other Tasks

    • A height adjustable exercise desk will allow you to ride a stationary bike while you complete other tasks using the desk.
    • You can place a book on the desktop to read while you pump your legs to get your daily exercises.
    • You can surf the internet on your laptop or work on an important presentation while you tackle your fitness routine.
    • From a game of solitaire to a conference meeting with co-workers, you do not have to stay sedentary with an exercise bike that provides a desk for you to work on.

    Fit for Comfort in an Instant

    One of the benefits of using a height adjustable exercise bike is the ability to fit the equipment to your specific size quickly. Whether you need to adjust the seat higher or move the desktop closer, you simply press a lever that will allow you to slide the seating or desk into a comfortable position. There is no need to get off the bike to adjust the seat to fit your height and will allow you to start exercising while you obtain the position that you need.

    Accomplish More in a Day

    When you are exercising, there are

    8 Easy Ways Even Lazy People Can Exercise Daily

    Most of us understand that exercise is good for us. It helps keeps our bodies fit, our weight consistent, and our spirits lifted. But actually keeping up a regular exercise routine is easier said than done. For some people, exercising sounds about as fun as going to the dentist, and happens just as often. If you’re one of those people, this guide is for you. We’re sharing 8 tips to help you start exercising no matter how lazy you are.

    1. Stand up once an hour

    Sometimes you have to start with the basics. We’re all full of excuses about why we can’t make time to exercise, or why our lifestyles are becoming increasingly sedentary. But anyone can commit to standing up at least once an hour to use the bathroom, refill their water glass, or go say hello to a coworker. You have to start somewhere, and standing up more often is as good a starting point as any. A height-adjustable desk with a built-in reminder system can help you remember to stand even when you’re so absorbed in your work that you lose track of time.

    2. Park at the farthest end of the parking lot

    We’re all used to scouring the parking lot for an open spot as close to the doors as possible. We challenge you to do the opposite and park as far away from the entrance as you can. Parking farther away will force you to walk a little bit extra every time you run errands. And when you’re leading an otherwise sedentary lifestyle, even a little bit extra makes a difference.

    3. Clean your home more often

    This might seem like odd advice to include on a list of exercise tips, but household chores like vacuuming or changing the sheets can actually get your heart pumping. Haven’t you ever broken a sweat while cleaning th

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    The Health Benefits of Tai Chi

    Tai Chi practice can help improve your balance, increase your fitness level, and boost your flexibility.

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    Should I Get a New Pillow and Mattress? Let me sleep on it…

    Would you be comfortable sleeping on a sheet of ¾” plywood? Absolutely not, because it would create innumerable pressure points on your skull, elbows, shoulder blades, hips, and heels. It would be nearly impossible to find a comfortable way to lie down and sleep on such a hard, flat, unforgiving surface.
    Contrariwise, it can be a painful experience to sleep in a hammock. Oh, it’s certainly more comfortable, but it makes us into an elongated curve. That’s fine for our shoulders and back, but our knees only bend in the opposite direction, and it can hyperextend our necks, so you can wake up with achy legs, and even a headache. Blood flows to your lowest point, your buttocks, decreasing the amount to your brain and feet, too, making the situation worse.
    Humans need a relatively level surface upon which to sleep. Even rough ground with the proper rises and depressions makes a good sleeping surface, as our evolutionary ancestors knew well, provided it fitted our body contours.

    First Attempts

    A bag of straw (or nowadays, raw cotton fiber) makes a futon, one of the earliest mattresses. It has lots of give, conforms to our shape, and even helps prevent excess sweating to increase comfort.
    The disadvantage is that it compresses over time, and no amount of “fluffing” will fix it. It needs to be unstitched, emptied and refilled with new material, or replaced entirely.

    The Evolution

    The modern mattress was placed in a wooden frame bed, and served for many years that way. Steel spring fames replaced that, giving the mattress more flex, allowing more air circulation, extending its life, and making it more comfortable.
    Bedframes became passé, when we invented a spring system permanently mounted inside a box frame that perfectly matched the mattress. The box spring set still provided the flex, but added resilience that kept the center from sagging. It was a success and considered the height of luxury.

    Variations

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    How to Run Without Damaging Your Body

     Running too much, with improper footwear, or with bad form can have damaging and lasting effects on your body. Many people aren’t aware of the negative effects of running when they first start, and don’t educate themselves about how to run safely until it’s too late.

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    How to Find Work-Life Balance as Working Mom

    For working moms, the idea of work-life balance can seem like a laughable pipe dream. If you’ve ever felt like those plates are one bad day from falling down and shattering into a million pieces, this post is for you.

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    Exercise Won't Offset a Sedentary Lifestyle, But Moving More Will

    While many people realize that sitting all day long at work, in the car, and in front of the TV is bad for their health, they just plan to work extra hard at the gym to counteract their otherwise sedentary lifestyle. Well, we have some bad news for you: going to the gym doesn’t cancel out those hours of sitting still.

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    Protect Your Spine by Optimizing Your Sleeping Position

    You can do everything within your power to protect your spine during the day—sit and stand with proper posture, alternate between sitting and standing at your desk, using correct form when lifting weights, and use a backpack instead of a shoulder bag—but your unconscious hours can undo a lot of your hard work. That’s right—your sleeping position at night can have a huge impact on your overall spinal health.

    There’s much discussion online about how to get more sleep or to get better, more restful sleep. But you don’t hear as much about how the position you sleep in affects your health, even though a poor sleeping position can cause everything from heartburn to wrinkles—and, of course, neck and back pain. Ever woken up with a stiff neck or a sore back? You can blame your sleeping position.

    The position you sleep in at night plays a big role in your spine and neck health. Some positions can help prevent you from developing back problems, while others can help increase comfort if you already suffer from chronic back pain. In fact, according to the Global Burden of Disease study, the most common cause of back pain isn’t serious medical conditions—it’s lifestyle factors, such as awkward sleeping positions!

    Read on to learn which sleeping positions are the best for your back—and which are the worst.

    GOOD: Sleeping on Your Side With a Pillow

    If you sleep on your side already, you can count yourself in good company. The vast majority of people report sleeping on their side. With the weight of popular opinion behind this option, it may come as no surprise that it’s good for your back.

    Positioning a pillow between your legs helps to align your spine, hips, and pelv

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