Ergonomic Advice

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Carpal Tunnel and You: What Gamers Need to Know

Hey, gamers!  Press pause for a second.  We need to have a talk about something that none of us really want to talk about:  Carpal tunnel syndrome.

That’s right.  The wrist thing.

Carpal tunnel syndrome (CTS) all comes down to one nerve in your wrist -- the median nerve, which controls movement and feeling in your thumb and movement in every finger except your pinky.  The median nerve runs the full length of the arm, but the part where it passes through the wrist is called the carpal tunnel.  When you make repetitive motions with your fingers and wrist, the carpal tunnel can swell.

That’s bad.

There’s a lot of buzz around carpal tunnel, especially for gamers, creative types, and workaholics who spend their workdays behind a computer desk studying spreadsheets.  (Are our lives really so different?)

Now that you know what carpal tunnel is, here’s a quick walkthrough to help you prevent it.

Study the Art of the Grip

We’ve all been there:  You’re deadlocked in a showdown with a dragon in the middle of a six-hour Skyrim session and you haven’t even touched your drink.  It happens.  We all get sucked in, especially if it’s a good game and we’re having a good time.

Between those action-packed moments, though, when the loading screen pops up or a cinematic takes control out of your hands, take a moment to study the art of the grip.  Ease up on the controls a moment, relax your fingers, and do a few wrist exercises.

Remember, swelling in the carpal tunnel is a primary cause for CTS, so do yourself a favor and give your hands and wrists a chance to relax for a minute or two.  Thumb through the menu, sort your inventory, or -- if you’re

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Tips to Become More Active While Gaming

Let’s face it: gaming isn’t as active as other lifestyles out there.  Whether you’re a Tekken pro or a Galaga flying ace, you’re probably not carved like a classic Greek sculpture if you’re spending your time on the couch.  That doesn’t mean you have to be in bad shape, though.

Science is pretty serious when they talk about the negative impact of a sedentary lifestyle, and that means that gamers need to be serious about it, too.  You don’t have to strap on your boxing gloves and reenact Rocky IIIbut here are a few tips to become more active while gaming.

Up the Difficulty

Not all games are down to pressing buttons, particularly with the stakes are high and the game is particularly punishing.  But then, you’ve got the quiet periods -- those moments when you’re building your base before the Zerg swarm shows up and all hell breaks loose.

In those in-between periods, do yourself a favor and up the difficulty in a different way.  Try some seated scissors, some ab squeezes, or even a wall sit.  Controllers are wireless these days, so take full advantage.  You don’t even need to take your eyes off the screen to get a good workout in.

Stretch It Out

Without a doubt, if you’re a gamer, your wrist is a muscle that could see a bit more stretching.  Mouse clicks, keyboard commands, mashed buttons, and swiveling twin-stick shooters are just some of the things that require full-on wrist action.  Don’t cut your gaming career short with carpal tunnel or extreme eye strain.

Take

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Correcting the Problems Associated with Hazardous Gaming

It’s not uncommon to become fully immersed in a video game, spending long hours into the night, completely losing all sense of time. You’re hunched over, shoulders tense, eyes fixed wholly on the action, giving no care to the goings on around you. Every breath is taken, in sync with that of the movement of your in-game avatar. Then at last, smile takes shape as you finish off what felt like the impossible and achieve the goal you set for yourself, almost 9 hours ago!

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Still Sitting? Will you Stand for it? Only a drummer is active when sitting!

The best drummers can get a nice work out while sitting, but that isn’t you, my friend!  Not if you even approach typical human behavior.

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How to Escape the Dangers of a Sedentary Lifestyle?

If you’ve raised or been around young children, you know that they are like energizer bunnies – they keep going, and going, and going. It’s almost impossible to get them to sit still for more than five minutes at a time. They want to bounce right back out of their seat so they can start running or playing or causing havoc again.

We lose that sense of constant momentum as we get older, slowing down year by year until eventually we find ourselves in the working world, where many of us are asked to spend 8-10 hours per day seated at a desk. Scientists characterize this process as “lapsing into a sedentary lifestyle.”

The older we get, the higher our risk of succumbing to a sedentary lifestyle. According to data from the Department of Health and Human Services, an alarming 67% of older adults report sitting for 8 or more hours per day, while only 28-34% of adults between 65 to 74 years of age are physically active.

Big deal, you might be thinking. Why does it matter how much time I spend sitting? I have a good job, I provide for my family, I exercise. Well, it is a big deal. In fact, most researchers and health professionals will tell you that sitting is the smoking of our generation. Sedentary lifestyles are to blame for a whole host of associated health problems.

The Dangers of a Sedentary Lifestyle

If you asked most people whether they think they lead a sedentary lifestyle, they would probably say no. The World Health Organization (WHO) would say otherwise. According to the WHO’s definition, people who get less than 90 minutes of physical activity per week qualify as leading a sedentary lifestyle. By that definition, around 60% of the world’s adult population can be said to be sedentary.

And when you lead a sedentary lifestyle, your health is at risk.

Sedentary lifestyles are associated with increa

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Surprising Ways Sitting at Your Desk Is Harming Your Health

Remember the good old days when “a cushy desk job” was considered a good thing? Well, today, health experts agree that sitting too long at your desk is not only bad for your waistline, it’s harmful to your overall health. So, what can you do if your job has you deskbound for six or more hours a day?

Well, before we get into that, let’s first take a look at some of the shocking ways your desk job could be compromising your health.

  1. Neurological Risks: Several studies have linked a sedentary lifestyle to brain damage and an increased risk of developing Alzheimer’s disease. In one UCLA study, published by the scientific journal PLOS earlier this year, researchers discovered that sedentary middle-aged and older adults developed thinning in the areas of the brain linked to memory. Even more disturbing than that finding is the fact that high levels of exercise did not seem to undo the negative effects of sitting too much.
  2. Heart Disease, Diabetes, and Premature Death: People who spend more than half of their waking day sitting down have a higher risk of developing heart disease and diabetes and may even die sooner than their more active counterparts according to a 2015 study published by the Annals of Internal Medicine. In another study, researchers found that for every hour participants sat each day, on average, they had a 14 percent increase in their coronary artery calcification burden—an early marker of coronary artery disease.
  3. Increased Neck & Shoulder Pain: If you suffer from neck and shoulder pain when sitting for long periods at your desk, you are not alone. One Danish study of blue collar workers found that “more sitting ti
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New Research Finds Connection Between Sitting and Dementia

We already know that sitting too much is bad for our bodies. Sedentary lifestyles (sitting for 10+ hours per day) lead to physical maladies such as back and joint pain, cardiovascular disease, weight gain and obesity, increased risk for cancer, slower metabolism, higher risk for diabetes, and early mortality. But new research from the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) illuminates another consequence of too much sitting: our cognitive healthy.

In a preliminary study, UCLA researchers found that among adults aged 45-75 without dementia, those who spend more time sitting during the day had increased thinning of the medial temporal lobe – the area of the brain responsible for making new memories. As for many physical consequences of so-called “sitting disease,” the study found that even high levels of physical activity did not mitigate the negative effects of sitting.

This study joins a growing body of research that suggests a link between sedentary behavior and the development of neurodegenerative diseases such as Alzheimer’s and dementia. It has been estimated that as much as 13% of global Alzheimer’s cases can be traced to excessive sitting. That means if we reduce sedentary behavior by even 25%, we could prevent more than 1 million new cases of Alzheimer’s disease each year worldwide.

However, it won’t be as simple as just increasing the amount of physical activity people get. In the UCLA study, the researchers found no correlation between medial temporal lobe thickness and physical activity. What they did find was that people who led more sedentary lifestyles had thinner medial temporal lobes.

While the study did not investigate the mechanisms by which sitting negatively impacts brain health, the researchers speculate that sitting has an adverse effect on glycemic control. Excessive sitting results in increase variability of blood sugar,

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Prevent Cardiovascular Disease With a Sit-Stand Desk

The average American adults spends over 12 hours sedentary (sitting down) every day. All that sitting contributes to increased weight gain, poor circulation, and slow metabolism—all of which combine to increase your risk for cardiovascular disease by a staggering amount. According to research reported by JustStand.org, as many as 30% of ischemic heart disease cases can be attributed to sedentary lifestyles, and people who are active have a 45% lower risk of developing cardiovascular disease.

While previous generations naturally walked and stoof more due to the nature of work and society, many of our daily routines now revolve around sedentary positions. With the era of the internet came an increasingly deskbound workforce with computer-based jobs, for which many of us spend up to two hours a day commuting to and from by car. After work is no better, with many families gathering around the television for an evening of Netflix rather than going for a walk or playing in the backyard.

It seems our modern world has fated us to live increasingly sedentary lives, dooming us to the creeping threat of cardiovascular disease—or has it?

Research suggests that standing or walking for even 15 minutes every hour can make a significant difference in warding off the symptoms of sitting disease, which are a slippery slope to cardiovascular problems. But 15 minutes an hour adds up to two full hours during an eight-hour workday. How do you take two hours a day away from your work to stand or stretch your legs? You don’t! Ergonomic office furniture like standing desks or sit-stand workstations allow you to get your daily dose of standing without interrupting your work.

As sit-stand workstations become increasingly popular, there are more and more models available in

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How do desk bikes reduce falling of seniors?

Falls are the leading reason for emergency room visits and hospital admissions among the elderly, and the primary cause of fatal and nonfatal injuries. Not only do falls pose a risk to a senior’s safety, but they also carry financial and quality of life consequences. In 2014, the financial toll of falls was $31 billion. As the population continues to age, that number is expected to increase to over $60 billion by 2020.

Fear of falling can lead seniors to withdraw from hobbies and social commitments in order to avoid a potential fall. However, withdrawal from the activities of life can actually result in an increased physical decline, social isolation, and depression. Someone who has previously suffered a fall may experience decreased mobility and confidence afterward, which will likewise limit their ability to participate in social activities and favorite hobbies.

To put the risks of falling into perspective:

  • 1 in 4 Americans age 65+ falls each year
  • Every 11 seconds, an older adult is treated in the ER for a fall
  • Every 19 minutes, a senior dies from fall-related injuries
  • Falls account for over 800,000 hospital admissions and 27,000 deaths every year
  • 2.8 million fall-related injuries are treated in emergency departments annually
  • Two-thirds of seniors who fall will do so again within six months
  • Among adults age 65-69, 1 in 200 falls results in a hip fracture (1 in 10 for adults over 85)
  • After a fall, 47% of non-injured adults cannot get up again without assistance

Clearly, falls are a serious health and safety concern facing our elderly population. But what can we do to help decrease the rate of falls among seniors? Aside from evidence-based falls prevention programs, which are being implemented in many

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Why You Should Be Using Standing Desks for Gaming

Most of the time when people discuss the benefits of standing desks or sit-stand desks, they talk about them in the context of a professional office environment. But people who spend time at their desk for recreational purposes can also benefit from switching to a standing desk.

Avid PC gamers may spend hours a day at their desk, competing against virtual foes, leveling up, and completing quests. They are just as vulnerable to the ill-effects of sitting for long periods of time as office workers are – and they stand to benefit just as greatly from using standing desks for gaming.

Maybe the idea of using a standing desk for your PC gaming sounds silly at first, but if you start looking into the many benefits of using a sit-stand desk for gaming, you’ll see that a standing desk will make a big improvement to your gaming setup.

Here are some of the reasons why standing desks for gaming are so beneficial:

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Enhanced focus and engagement in the game.

When you’ve been sitting for long periods of time, you start to experience restlessness, discomfort, and muscle tension. These feelings can be a huge distraction from your gaming. You might try fidgeting to get more comfortable, but it’s hard to do without getting up, which would require pausing the game.  

standing desk allows you to stand, move

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Tips for people who want to switch to standing desk

Sitting is a new smoking. Sitting is killing us. To some extent, these words are a little bit biased. However, to those who work nine to five, they may suffer from long time sitting work. Even worse, if people do not spend time doing some exercise. The sitting problem can be a big problem. But what if we don’t have time for gym? You can do some light exercise during your daily work, for example, don’t sitting too much time and move more during your work day. But of course, you and your body itself shall make an adjustment before you get used in using a standing desk. Here are some tips you may consider if you want to switch to a standing desk converter or height adjustable desk.

D – o some research
E – xperiment, Examine, Evaluate
S – acrifice
K – now your posture

1. Before anything else, do some research about standing desk, i.e. what is standing desk? Which standing desk is best for you? What are the benefits of a standing desk? What else do I need if you switch to a standing desk? And to sum it up, is it all worth it to use a standing desk?

You can’t just gamble a penny if it’s not worth it, right? So, I strongly suggest to know more about the product and make sure that it’s convenient for you and your health too!

2. Once you already know the answers to your questions about the product, why not experiment before trying an actual standing desk? Create your own DIY standing desk! Keep in mind that it’s only for a short of time cause maybe you’ll need those things you stacked up to build that DIY standing desk of yours.

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4 Reasons a Sit-Stand Desk Is the Perfect Gift for Mom

Perfume, flowers, and a warm-and-fuzzy greeting card are the go-to gifts for Mother’s Day. Unfortunately, they don’t show that you put a lot of thought into honoring the woman who gave you life. How about this year you try something new that lets mom know you didn’t run to the mall at the last minute?

What Every Working Mom Needs

If she’s like 57 percent of women in America, your mom’s a working woman. That means she likely spends eight hours a day sitting at a desk. Research shows that type of inactivity simply isn’t good for her health. Some well-intentioned people mistakenly believe that switching to a standing desk is the answer to mom’s problem. But, standing all day comes with its own set of ailments like aching muscles, varicose veins, back pain and lower limb swelling.

What mom really needs is a flexible solution that lets her easily toggle between sitting and standing throughout the workday. That’s where you come in. Here are 4 loving reasons, you should consider surprising mom with a sit-stand desk this Mother’s Day:

  1. Boosts Her Mood and Energy Levels

Sitting all day can quickly zap the energy from even the most engaged and motivated working mom. After all, our bodies were made to move. By using a sit-stand desk, your mom can switch things up activity-wise to get her blood flowing and improve her mood.  This was proven in a 7-week study where participants were given a sit-stand device and asked to report the impact it had on their general well-being. The results were impressive: 62% percent felt happier, 71% felt more focused, and 33% felt less stressed while using the sit-stand device.

  1. Lowers Her Risk of Weight Gain

You probably know that standing burns more calories than sitting. But, did you know your mom can burn up to 10 pounds of fat a year just by standing 2 additional hours each day? Ca

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Qigong Benefits: Science Says It Works

Qigong is great for your spine and offers many other health benefits which have been documented through scientific research.

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Weight Training: Better Posture Starts in The Gym

Weight training is having a bit of a renaissance. While cardio had a heyday for a few years (just look at the spinning craze), fitness classes centered around strength and resistance training have been steadily growing in popularity. Cardio may be good for burning calories, but you need weight training in order to get the defined muscle tone many of us hope for when we hit the gym.

If you’ve been skipping the weights because you’re concerned about “bulking up,” you’re missing out. The benefits of weight lifting go far beyond muscle definition.

Weight lifting benefits include:

  • Higher resting metabolism
  • Reduced risk for osteoporosis
  • Improved sleep quality
  • Enhanced mental clarity
  • Lower stress levels
  • Better posture
  • Reduced back pain

It’s true — weight lifting can improve your posture and reduce or prevent chronic back pain! Lifting weights strengthens your back, shoulder, and core muscles, which are all essential to standing with proper posture and preventing lower back pain. Considering that half of all American adults experience back pain symptoms each year and 80% will develop back pain at some point in their lifetime, we would all benefit from lifting weights.

However, weight lifting does come with a warning: You can do more harm than good if you don’t practice correct posture while lifting. Too many people hit the gym without proper training, and as a result they use poor form and develop bad habits that will cause pain and even injury over time.

Avoid these common weight lifting mistakes to prevent injury:

  • Overtraining- Doing too many reps during a single lifting session
  • Cheating
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How to Make Good Posture a Habit

Our bodies don’t do what we want them to do. They do what we train them to do. Poor posture habits only get worse over time, so it’s important to condition ourselves for better posture and better health.

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Using your FSA or HSA to Purchase a Standing Desk

There isn't a much better way than putting money towards your own wellbeing.

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Yes, You Should Use a Standing Desk Mat—Here’s Why

Quality standing mats provide a ton of benefits over standing on a hard floor, or even carpet. 

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Increase Bone Density With Weightlifting Exercises

How can you use weightlifting to increase bone density? 

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