3 Ergonomic Tips: Work From Home Edition
Working from home or working remotely might have its fair share of advantages such as no longer having to deal with your daily commute or no longer having to spend money on lunch and cooking food at home instead, but that doesn’t mean it doesn’t pose it’s own disadvantages as well. One of the biggest problems of working from home is maintaining the same kind of focus that you have when working at the office. In this article we’ll be sharing 3 simple ergonomic tips you can use to ensure that you stay productive and on top of your work despite having to work from home.
Dedicate Space for Where You Work
When it comes to working from home, you’re no longer confined to your office cubicle or desk but that doesn’t mean you should just work anywhere! Avoid working in spaces where you rest, like your bed or your couch. Working in these spaces could lead to neck and back pain. Apart from the lack of support these spaces provide, a Harvard study has also explained the negative psychological effect this has. They state that it’s important to create a boundary between where you work and where you relax because “you may start to feel like you’re always at work.” This means that it’ll become harder for you to eventually rest where you work as your mind will associate it with work instead of rest and relaxation. Opt instead to dedicate a space for where you’ll work.
Grab Your Tennis Balls for These DIY Lower Back Pain Massages
You are thinking of getting a massage. But you think twice about pushing through with the recent spike of COVID-19 cases. If visiting your masseuse or therapist is out of the question, then maybe you can be creative with your massage. You can use household or sports items to make the massage more effective.
In this case, you can use your tennis balls for a DIY lower back pain rubdown. Tennis balls have long been used in different therapies to relax muscles. These yellow balls are even used in some yoga to soften tight muscles and increase circulation.
Getting massage therapy is great for the whole body. MayoClinic.org noted that studies of the benefits of massage demonstrate that it is an effective treatment for reducing stress, pain, and muscle tension.
Let’s make it happen:
If you’re sold to the idea of a tennis ball massage, then go ahead and follow these three easy-to-follow quick massages:
1. If you have been sitting all day, this massage would be great for your tight lower back muscles. Get a tennis ball and put it between yourself and a chair or wall. Place the ball in the area about two inches from the butt cheeks. Roll the ball in this area and across the other side of your lower back. Do this activity for one to two minutes,
Understanding the Carpal Tunnel Syndrome
Does your wrist hurt or go numb sometimes? You might be suffering from carpal tunnel syndrome. You are not alone. According to compiled information from a U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics study in 2018, carpal tunnel syndrome is the third most common type of work-related injuries.
A 2010 study done by the National Center for Biotechnology Information, U.S. National Library of Medicine said that those who are in the office and do administrative support are among those who are more at risk of developing carpal tunnel syndrome. Other occupations include being in production and personal care and service.
All told, it is a condition that needs to be addressed right away. While carpal tunnel syndrome is not fatal, it can lead to complete, irreversible median nerve damage. If left untreated, it comes with consequent severe loss of hand function.
What causes carpal tunnel syndrome?
Carpal tunnel syndrome happens when the median nerve, which runs from your forearm through a passageway in your wrist to your hand, is compressed. According to Mayoclinic.org, the median nerve is responsible for providing sensation to the palm side of your thumb and fingers, except the little finger. It also provides nerve signals to move the muscles around the base of your thumb (motor function).
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Nutrients to Help You Recover From Back Pain and Surgery
A nutrient-rich diet is important to keep the whole body healthy. It will help the body recover from inflammation, especially if you suffer from any lower back pain or are recovering from a recent surgery.
Generally, eating junk food and fast food interfere with our health. According to this Washington Post article, a review of studies on fast food and heart health found having fast food more than once a week was linked to a higher risk of obesity, while eating fast food more than twice a week was associated with a higher risk of metabolic syndrome, type 2 diabetes and death from coronary heart disease.
The good news is that every healthy meal counts. Spine-health.com said that consuming a balanced diet with the right amount and variety of vitamins and nutrients can reduce back problems. This kind of diet nourishes the bones, muscles, discs, and other structures in the spine.
Know the nutrients that you need
Luckily, the essential nutrients that promote recovery can be found in the food aisles of grocery stores. Although there is much debate opting for organic or conventional food, the bottom line is that eating healthy fights inflammation, which is important for a pain-free body.
Importance of Buying UL-Certified Products
Do you buy office furniture online? If you do, you may have a wish list regarding its price, size, or color. But have you ever given a thought about buying a product with a safety certification?
One of the most reliable certifications in the United States comes from the Underwriters Laboratories (UL), a third-party testing company that has been certifying products for more than a century.
Why is it needed again?
Using a piece of UL-certified equipment will save you from major headaches in the future. This is because a product with the UL seal of approval has met the latest standards and regulations on design and safety. It's not just limited to products that have to be plugged into an AC outlet. The UL certification covers other relevant safety standards such as testing for any traces of hazardous chemicals and any excessive electronic emissions that might interfere with other electronic equipment. In easier terms, it acts as a security blanket, knowing that a product has undergone rigorous testing.
UL approval may not be always required by US law but in some cases, it is a voluntary move on the manufacturer's part. It can be pretty taxing: Manufacturer spend time, money, and effort to submit their products for testing.
Is UL a government agency?
The answer to this is an outright no. The Underwriters Laboratories, founded in 1894 by William Henry Merrill, is a legal, state-sanctioned monopoly in the USA. It is a private profit-making company that receives millions for its service fees.
In some states, it is illegal to sell electrical items without a UL inspection and certification. Its testing laboratories are ap
Exercise Balls: New Office Chair or Just Another Trend?
With ergonomics on the forefront of innovation in workspaces, different workspaces and office chair trends are popping up everywhere! In this article we’ll be discussing whether an exercise ball is ergonomically sound or just another trend.
Finding the Right Office Chair
When it comes to finding the right office chair, there seems to be a myriad of options available in the market. With ergonomics being in the forefront of innovation, it seems like ideas, designs and all kinds of different office chair alternatives are everywhere! But what about unlikely trends such as an exercise ball? Does using something that wasn’t initially made to be a chair work as an alternative option to an actual office chair? In this article we’ll be investigating the exercise ball. Will it work? Read on to find out whether they do more harm than good!
Do Exercise Balls Work as Office Chairs?
Popular opinions on using an exercise ball instead of an office chair often state that it’s better to use an exercise ball because of the negative effects of sitting down too much. By opting for an exercise ball, you activate your c
What the heck is Tech Neck?
Have you ever heard of Tech Neck?
If you spend long hours on your laptop or on your phone and are experiencing pain in your neck, you probably have tech neck. In this article, we’ll be exploring the causes, symptoms and remedies to this modern ailment.
What is Tech Neck?
If you’ve ever experienced aches and pains in your neck after using your phone or your laptop, chances are you’ve experienced tech neck. Tech neck isn’t a formal medical diagnosis but rather more of a modern day term to express the pain or discomfort that comes with using various forms of technology (i.e. your phone, laptop or your game console). Despite it’s catchy name however Tech Neck doesn’t just concern the pain in your neck, although it's the most common. Tech Neck is an overall term that can cover various aches and pains in your body such as your lower back and shoulders. What defines Tech Neck is that it’s caused by the strain of using technology.
While many are quick to point the finger to technology, Tech Neck isn’t an issue of too much screen time. Rather it’s an issue of posture, position and screen height. To fully understand just how Tech Neck is developed we have to see first how and why it’s so widespread and how you can be more mindful when it comes to spending long hours in front of the screen.
Let’s first look into the neck, given that that’s where Tech Neck truly gets its reputation from. Your neck or cervical spine is the most flexible part of your spine, while
5 Tips How to Protect Your Joints
Joint health matters. When the joints are in good working condition, you can bike, run, jump, and walk smoothly. Joints are present where two or more bones join -- so this means they are in charge of keeping everything intact for mobility.
Most joints have cartilage on the ends of the bones. The cartilage helps you move by reducing friction and absorbing shock when bones move together. If the joints and cartilage are in poor condition, the body is more prone to injury, osteoarthritis, and rheumatoid arthritis.
What can I do?
Luckily, there are many ways to keep your joints healthy. Keeping a balanced and active lifestyle can help your joints to stay in tip-top shape. Here are five ways to protect your joints:
1. Stay in motion -- Move, move, move. Avoid a sedentary lifestyle and look for ways to stay active. If you are always at your desk, you can try a height adjustable table so you can stand and sit whenever possible. This Huffington Post article noted that too much sitting in with bad posture can wear and tear the discs and joints as well as tighten hip joints.
4 Budget-Friendly Ways to Achieve the Best Workspace
When it comes to designing and upgrading your workspace, it seems like spending a lot of money is a must. With all sorts of amazing accessories in the market, it seems like the only way to achieve the perfect workspace is by spending a lot of money. That simply isn’t true. Having the perfect workspace is all about creating a productive environment that allows you to focus on your work, move efficiently and help you to get the work done. In this article, we’ll be exploring simple and cost-efficient ways you can upgrade your workspace. With these top 4 tips, your space can be effortlessly perfect and efficient in no time!
Find the Right Desk
The perfect workspace starts with your desk. As the center of where you get your work done, finding the right one is the key to your productivity. And while there are many expensive office desks in the market, you don’t need to spend a lot of money to be your most productive self. Forget fancy desks that cost too much, focus on more ergonomic desks that not only help improve your focus at work but help improve your post
The Ultimate Guide to Maintain Your Desktop
When it comes to taking care of your desktop, different types of materials mean different cleaning methods and maintenance tips are required. Keeping your desktop clean and sturdy is an important aspect of ensuring that your desk lasts a long time. Whatever desktop type you have, we’re sure that you’ll discover the needed tips to keep your standing desk at tip top shape. In this article, we’ll be exploring different methods to help ensure that your adjustable desk stays sturdy and efficient. We’ll be providing tips to the top 4 most common desktop types for height adjustable desks: laminated tabletops, bamboo finishes, wood and glass desktops.
As the most common desktop type for most adjustable standing desks, very few people know how to maintain and clean this type of desktop. The best way to maintain your laminate furniture is by ensuring that you ensure that it doesn’t fade. Unlike more porous material, laminate furniture doesn’t deteriorate easily but is susceptible to fading if not cared for properly. First ensure that your desk isn’t in contact with direct sunlight and water, this will lower the risk of fading. This means ensuring that you have a coaster when placing hot or cold drinks and ensuring that your desk isn’t located too near a window. When it comes to cleanup,
Why Working From Home Can Make Your Shoulders Sore
There’s some bad news for remote workers: Working from home may be making your shoulders sore. Specifically, your makeshift home office is wreaking havoc on your body. If you have been working from your bed, sofa, or spare kitchen chair, chances are these non-ergonomic workstations are putting a strain on the body.
A DailyMail article noted that in a recent survey by the Institute of Employment Studies, there has been a 'significant increase in musculoskeletal complaints' during the quarantine period. It continued to show that “more than half of those surveyed reported new aches and pains: 58 percent in the neck, 56 percent in the shoulder, and 55 percent in the back.”
Why do the shoulders hurt? Poor posture is the culprit
Your work equipment may be limited at home. You use a regular telephone so you cradle the phone between your neck and shoulders most of the time. Or you slouch when you peer down into your laptop. These are some recipes for body ache.
When you work with poor posture, the back, neck, and shoulders suffer. This cycle of body pain can cause great distress. If the pain becomes chronic, it might lead to depression, a Cleveland Clinic article said.
If you work on a traditional desk and chair, there are limited options on how you can work nearer to your laptop to read files or write a report. The result is that you crane your neck forward and put you in a “C-position” which would put a strain on the back and surrounding muscles like the
FlexiSpot popular standing desk converter M2 vs M7
Not all standing desk converters are created equal. When it comes to finding the perfect one for you, there are a number of factors that you should consider. From the laptops and accessories you need to accommodate to your height and possible aches and pains you have; being able to adjust to how you work is all about finding the right ergonomic tools for you. Standing desk converters are the latest craze in ergonomics, not only does it adjust to your most ideal position, it also allows you to transform your workspace to work for you. While there may be a large number of different standing desk converters in the market, finding the perfect one for you can be quite overwhelming. In this article we’ll be comparing two of the bestselling standing desk converters from FlexiSpot, the ClassicRiser M2B and the Alcove Riser M7B. Not only are these two options considered one of the most inexpensive in the market, they’ve also been reviewed to be sturdy and versatile, proving that you don’t have to spend too much money to get value. To compare what might work best for you, we’ll be looking at 3 important factors that can affect which standing desk converter you choose.
Warning: Cigarette Smoking Can Increase Back Pain
Every stick that you light brings harm to the body. Now studies show that even back pain can stem from SMOKING.
A May 2020 study conducted by the World Health Organization (WHO) showed that tobacco kills more than eight million people each year. This is a dark fact, but something that everyone must know -- especially those who have the habit of smoking.
Talking about the mortality rate is one thing but living with the damaging effects of smoking is another. One of these health risks is chronic back pain. According to Medical News Today, which cited the study done by Bogdan Petre of the Feinberg School of Medicine at Northwestern, smoking interferes with a brain circuit associated with pain, making smokers more prone to chronic back pain.
Back pain is a prevalent medical condition that hampers productivity. According to a WHO study, it is one of the reasons why workers miss days at work. In the United States, an estimated 149 million work days are lost every year because of low back pain, with total costs estimated to be US$ 100 to 200 billion a year.
The association between smoking and chronic back pain
How does smoking trigger chronic back pain? Let’s just say that the substance in the cigarettes alters the brain’s response to pain.
This Is How Years of Sedentary Living Can Do to the Body
Have you met Emma? No, she’s not your new colleague. She is not a celebrity either. In The Sun story, Emma is a life-sized dummy that was created by scientists to show how desk-bound workers could look in 20 years.
Let me tell you -- Emma is not looking too good. The negative effects of having a non-ergonomic office space could have a negative impact on the body -- not just on the outside but also from within. Take it from Emma, who was created by pooling together collective complaints from 3,003 workers in the UK, France, and Germany.
Source: The Sun
Know your facts
This article from Mayo Clinic reveals that extended sitting with no physical activity increases the risk of obesity and a cluster of other conditions such as increased blood pressure and high blood sugar. It can also lead to metabolic syndrome as excess body fat around the waist builds and abnormal cholesterol levels rise.
Years of long hours working on a desk has altered Emma’s appearance -- for the worst.
Let’s start from the top -- from her hunched back down to her swollen limbs.
Emma’s back is hunched from sitting with poor posture fo
Gamer Guide: Why Your Gaming Desk Matters
When it comes to finding the most ideal gaming setup, it can get overwhelming to try and find the right accessories. Chances are when you’re looking to improve your gaming setup you’re bombarded with the more popular (and often expensive) upgrades like a gaming chair, headphones and various PC builds. One thing that you’ve probably never really given much thought about is your desk. But is your desk really that important to your gaming setup and overall gaming experience? In this article we’ll be exploring the importance of your desk height and if gaming desks are something worth investing in.
More than just a setup
Now when it comes to your gaming setup, it’s all about finding ways to improve your gameplay. While technical aspects like your RAM and SSDs might be your main focus, it’s going to be impossible to enjoy your brand new setup properly if you’re experiencing back pain, neck pain or even carpal tunnel. This is why apart from upgrading what makes your PC run, you should also look into how you’re stationed at your setup. Placing a priority on this isn’t just about comfort, it’s about ensuring that where you play allows you to maximize your playing experience and allows you to play long hours without resulting in horrible aches and pains. With esports finding its way to the mainstream, studies have found that more players are experiencing symptoms like back pain, carpal tunnel and even a newly coined term,
Core Must-Haves for Every PC Gamer
Explore this quick list on the 4 core accessories every PC gamer should have in their gaming setup. From life changing ergonomics to simple accessories that make a big difference, explore our top picks for the ultimate gamer.
Accessories Make A Difference
When it comes to gaming, PC Gamers are on a different level. Unlike other console gamers that just need a tv and their console, PC gamers are notorious for personalizing and building their PCs to best fit their personality and overall game style. Keeping that in mind, this quick list isn’t about the PC builds themselves. Rather this list on the Core 4 Must-Haves, covers the accessories that are complete game changers for all PC gamers, no matter what kind of gameplay style or preferences they have. From improving your posture to avoid injuries to simple tools that can improve your overall gameplay, this list has the basics that every gamer should have!
The Perfect Pair: The gaming desk and the best gaming chair
This perfect pair is considered a two-in-one must-have because of how these both go hand in hand to ensure that you can play for long hours without experiencing aches and pains common to most gamers. A combination of a gaming chair and a gaming desk ensures that you are at the right position while you play. Oftentimes, gamers experience a multitude of different symptoms due to bad posture and strain. Wi
Upgrade Your Home Office: Why Gaming Chairs Aren’t Just for Gamers
When you see a gaming chair it’s easy to see that support and stability that seems unparalleled. In this article we’ll be exploring the wonders of gaming chairs and just why they aren’t exclusively for gamers!
More than Just a Gaming Chair
When you think of a gaming chair, chances are you imagine a gamer intensely playing a game. Take that image out of your head and take a look at the gaming chair itself, notice how much support it provides and just how comfortable it seems. Gaming chairs are designed for gamers who spend long hours in front of their computers and while they spend that time gaming and practicing various strategies, the amount of focus required for those long hours is comparable to what most of us working from home have to do. Who says that gaming chairs are exclusively for gamers only? In this article we’ll be exploring why you should upgrade and get a gaming chair for your home office today!
Stability & Comfort
According to the National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke, as many as 80% of Americans experience back pain. Which is exactly why both stability and comfort are important factors to consider when getting yourself a new chair. When it comes to support, nearly any good quality office chair can provide you with designs that provide just that. When it
If You Want to Work on Your Bed, Remember These Things
Your alarm rings in the morning but you just find it too hard to jump out of bed. Instead, you just grab your laptop and work from where you lie. This is a familiar story to those who are forced to work from home. According to this Wall Street Journal article, half of 1,000 workers polled this year by Good Technology, a Sunnyvale, Calif., mobile-security software company, said they read or respond to work emails from bed.
But here’s the catch -- working on your plush and cozy bed is not necessarily the greatest idea. Here’s why.
You might stay groggy the whole day if you stay in bed. Sleep expert Natalie Dautovich, the National Sleep Foundation's environmental scholar, said in a Huffington Post article that you have to get up and have your dose of sunshine to tell your body that you are starting the day. Otherwise, you might succumb to sleep inertia, which will hamper your productivity and alter your mood throughout the day.
It must be also noted that since the bed is not made for work, you might suffer from body pains after some time. You might twist and strain to read files from your laptop -- contortions that will intensify pains on your neck and back.
Poor sleeping pattern
5 Ways to Detox from Digital
When it comes to disconnecting at a time of a pandemic, the task almost seems impossible and hardly practical. With these 3 simple tips, you can opt to gain a balanced mindset and detox all the negative and unproductive emotions you may be dealing with. For more updates listen to our weekly podcast Ergotcha! Now available on Google, Spotify and everywhere you can listen to podcasts! Join our hosts Shahida and Daisy as they explore ergonomics, lifestyle tips and more. While we may provide you with a quick guide to this week’s episode, feel free to explore what a digital detox is and how to apply it into your everyday life.
Let’s Get Into It!
A Digital Detox is all about disconnecting from technology when it’s needed. If you ever find yourself constantly checking your phone and feeling the need to always reply as soon as you get a message, an email or a notification, chances are you’re in need of a digital detox fast! These feelings can lead to the development of anxiety and can affect your mental health negatively in the long run. Dr. Jennifer Weniger
Health product that will waste your money
The quest for a healthier and younger body has always been part of the human narrative. In the old days, there was a clamor for a drop of water from the mythic Fountain of Youth. Its water promises to turn back the clock and heal the ill effects of aging.
In the modern world, the hunt is still on for remedies that will instantly make the body a healthier vessel. The health and beauty industry leverages the need for wellness, more so that the shadow of the pandemic continues to loom.
Say “NO” to these health products
It pays to read and do research before buying any product that offers instant and dazzling effects. Some products can be expensive and useless or downright dangerous so you have to be careful with your purchases.
Here are some health products that you don’t necessarily need:
Waist trainer -- Made famous by stars like the Kardashians and Jenners, the waist trainer offers the allure of having a slimmer waist without the need for surgery. Waist trainers are similar to the constricting corsets in Victorian Europe. But wearing the waist trainer comes at a price as it weakens abdominal muscles which are important for good posture. Moreover, it constricts airflow because it prevents the abdominal muscles from expanding which then inhibits the full contraction of the diaphragm.
6 Productivity Tips to Overcome Procrastination While Working From Home
You just checked your calendar and saw that you have three deadlines today. You sigh and tell yourself that you will take a breather first. But instead of going back to work, you check your phone, you cuddle with your pet, and then get a cup of coffee. And before you know it, you just wasted an hour of doing something else other than what you ought to be doing.
You feel bad and ask yourself what’s wrong. You are procrastinating, and it’s a prevalent phenomenon. This study shows that procrastination comprises over a quarter of most people’s working days, costing employers about $10,000 per employee per year.
What is procrastination?
It is defined as failing to regulate yourself. This is a major issue that must be tackled especially now that working from home seems to be the new norm. Since there is no boss or colleague to monitor your work, you should motivate yourself to finish things within an agreed timeframe.
It is an uphill battle. Adjusting to this new work setup can affect productivity but that does not mean that procrastination should be a part of the process.
You can overcome procrastination
Luckily for us, we can avoid procrastination if we really want to. It needs will power and then some, but it will be rewarding to finally get off the rut and start accomplishing things. Here
How to Overcome the Negative Effects of Working From Home
Before the pandemic came, an estimated 29 percent of American college graduates worked from home at least some of the time. With the recent changes, the number has increased dramatically.
Working from home has its pros and cons. There is zero commute time and there is more time to personally oversee domestic affairs and childcare. On the flip side, working from home can also lead to the development of bad habits that can affect the health of remote workers.
There is a possibility that remote work is here to stay. If you are one of those who are working from home, you might want to pick your health battles and reevaluate the way you work.
The dark side of working from home
Admittedly, working from home presents new challenges. This Bloomberg article cites that remote workers are now putting in three more hours at work. This redefines the concept of work-life balance as we know it.
But it doesn’t stop there. The new working pattern also brings other disconcerting effe
Streamline Your Space With These Storage Tips
Raise your hand if you want or need more storage for your desk! There’s just something about knowing that you have extra storage to keep your things organized. If you work on a traditional desk, chances are there are many drawers where you can keep your things. The thing is, if you transitioned to an ergonomic, you are faced with the fact that you do not have enough storage for your devices, papers, and supplies.
You can go paperless if you want or store old files in your basement. But there are times when the answer lies not in discarding things but adding a storage system in your home office.
Having a clean, clutter-free desk affects your productivity, too. According to the Harvard Business Review, our physical environment affects our brain, too. “When our space is a mess, so are we,” the article notes.
So what are my options?
Great question. It depends on your needs, budget, and existing space but we will let you decide what to buy. Here are some suggestions to get you started:
- Buy an under-desk drawer -- While you enjoy your height adjustable desk, you find it frustrating that you don’t have a drawer to put your bits and pieces. The answer to this is buying a drawer that you can install under your desk like this product.
The FlexiSpot drawer is spacious enough to hold up to a 22 lbs load, which is comparable to holding
Electric Standing Desks: 3 Reasons You’ll Never Go Back to Crank!
When it comes to ergonomics and standing desks, it can get a little overwhelming with all the different designs and options available in the market. While standing desks have only recently become a staple for most fans of ergonomics, adjustable standing desks have become the newest and latest innovation in ergonomics. The perfect standing desk is all about finding the perfect height. You need to have your screen at the proper eye height range to ensure that you’re at the right position for your posture and eye comfort. To compute the right height for your desk you can check the ergonomic calculator, it computes the most sitting and standing position for you and is based on your height.
Being able to adjust your workstation is the key to proper ergonomics, which is exactly why adjustable standing desks have become the latest craze. With this however comes the question, what’s better an electric standing desk or a manual crank standing desk? In this article we’ll be looking at the top 3 reasons you should switch to an electric standing desk.
Electric standing desks are all about allowing you seamless and effortless movement. The great thing about electric standing desks is that they’re designed to provide you with a hassle free ergonomic experience. The convenience that comes with electric standing desks like the
Debunking 5 Myths About Electric Standing Desks Under $400
When it comes to finding the perfect ergonomic products, it can often feel like some products are way too good to be true. With the majority of electric standing desks with price tags ranging from $800 to $1,000- it’s hard to imagine that an electric standing desk that costs less than $400 can deliver the same quality and efficiency. Some have even gone as far as to write on why a standing desk of that value should be avoided. Today, we’ll be looking to debunk these claims. Not all standing desks are created equal which is why for the purposes of this article we’ll be looking at the BIFMA Certified desk of FlexiSpot, the Dual-Motor Electric Standing Desk EC4. Clocking in at the surprisingly low price of only $399.99- this standing desk is a powerhouse that proves to blow its critics out of the water. Complete with a smart design and amazing features, we debunk 5 common myths about electric standing desks under $400.
Myth #1: Cheaper standing desks are unstable at standing height
When it comes to cheaper products, we’re always hesitant to purchase those of less value because we’ve got the mindset that a cheaper product means less quality. With FlexiSpot, they ensure the durability and stability of their standing desks not just with words
Healthy Gaming Habits for Your Teens
Playing video games serve as entertainment for youngsters and adults. There is nothing wrong with it because, if done right, gaming can also yield benefits as noted in this Forbes article. But when the gaming goes overboard and stretches for long hours, it can harm the mind and body.
Moderation is key. If anything, playing video games has been a welcome distraction during the pandemic as related in this Time writeup. Playing video games served as a way for kids to meet old friends, make new friends, and collaborate amid the isolation period according to this CNN article.
A healthier approach to help your kids have a more well-rounded lifestyle is to set boundaries. It is best to talk to them about their habits and how they can balance their playing and physical activities.
Here are more proactive ways that show you mean business in dealing with their video game habits:
Regulate gaming hours -- It can be tough at first especially if the kids have had their way with their playing time. But this is beneficial for them because as much as video games can stimulate the mind, there are no substitutes for fresh air, real conversations with friends, or doing physical activities.
If your kids play non-stop, you can reduce the playing time gradually. Playing is a big no-no during meal times or online learning unless advised by the teacher. You can also move the video game set to the den or anywhere vis
IKEA Bekant vs. FlexiSpot EC4: Which Is a Better Standing Desk?
Many height adjustable desks may be in the same price category but there is always one design that will appear superior to the other. The only way to find out is to do thorough testing so that the results will come out fair and square.
In this article, we will tackle a review of the IKEA Bekant and the FlexiSpot EC4. Both are electronically operated desks that are priced around $399 each. They almost have the same features but as you go along the article, you will notice that one design is better for the same price. We will let the outcomes speak for themselves!
So, which is which?
There will be seven main points that will ultimately lead to the question: Which is better? We will let you decide on that one. Our job is to simply compare the two items but do note that we are an office furniture manufacturer and we do sell some of the products we review.
First factor: Hand controls and presets
For its price, the FlexiSpot EC4 has an LED design and a control panel that stores three height preference presets. If you can’t be bothered to push more buttons to adjust your table’s setting, you might find this feature useful. It also has a sit-stand reminder timer so you will remember to shift working positions now and then.
Meanwhile, the IKEA Berkant only has a hand control but is only limited to up-down buttons. It has no digital display nor presets either. This desk type is for those who like simple controls.
Second factor: Stability
There seems to be no problem when the adjustable desk is on the lowest position, but you know the jig is up wh
Benefits of Low-Impact Aerobic Exercises
There are conflicting opinions about the impact of low-impact aerobic exercises. Truthfully, it doesn’t get much love because, well, doing high-intensity plyometric exercises look cooler-- until the back and joints complain and injuries come.
If you have body pains or mobility problems, high-impact cardio exercises can be jarring. But don’t let those stop you from working out! You can choose from a variety of modified workouts so you can still stay active and loosen any body stiffness.
Sweat it out
Remember it’s just low impact but not less-intensity! You can still get an intense workout that is kinder to your aching body. Here are some examples that you can do at home or your garden if you are still afraid to go to the gym because of the virus:
- Do brisk walking -- If you don’t want to go out, you can always do brisk walking around the house of your garden. Time your walking to 10 minutes non-stop, take a break, and start again. Use ankle weights for more challenge.
- Swimming -- This is optional, but a great workout that is friendly to the joints. If you do not have a pool at home -- you can inquire if your community pool is open and make sure that they follow protocols. This BBC article explains why swimming is safe during the pandemic.
- Hop on your stationary bicycle -- You can go spinning all by yourself or through a Zoom session. An indoor bike is great because it provides back support in different positions. Now if you are a multitasker-- we have good news for you! Some newer models allow
FlexiSpot: BIFMA Certified & Trusted
It’s important to always consider the quality of the products you’ll be purchasing. When it comes to online shopping, it’s even harder to understand and determine the quality of the things you’re planning to buy, especially when it’s something as vital as furniture or ergonomics. So how can you be sure? Well you’re in luck because that’s just what BIFMA stands for. As a not‐for-profit trade association for business and institutional furniture manufacturers, BIFMA ensures that all manufacturers provide high quality work spaces and furniture. BIFMA or the Business and Institutional Furniture Manufacturer's Association provides standards and certification tests for furniture manufacturers. The goal is to identify standard quality to consumers. In this article you’ll discover exactly what the BIFMA tests imply and how FlexiSpot has gained the trust and confidence of its partners.
What does the BIFMA test for?
What BIFMA tests for is commercial-grade quality. This means they’ll be looking at value for money and high quality durable designs and materials. In order to ensure unbiased testing, brands that undergo a BIFMA certification have to go through different independent-lab testing to ensure the 4 standards that allows BIFMA to certify that the products are made with the standard industry quality. These 4 standards are (1) Motor Durability, (2) Load Testing, (3) Destructibility and (4) Electrical Component Safety. These standards are tested and enforced to ensure that customers g
Unique Makeshift Work-From-Home Spaces
The marching order to stay at home has prompted many to work from home. The sudden transition encouraged many professionals to get creative with their workstations. Using everyday household items, a whole lot of humor, and common sense, workers have made-do with workstations that are ergonomic as well as kid-friendly.
Have you tried this?
The proverb “necessity is the mother of invention” may be applied in current work from home situations. Here are some ingenious ideas of impromptu workspaces for couch laborers:
- Ironing board as a height adjustable desk -- If you don’t have to go to work, then you don’t have to iron clothes. Therefore, you can use the ironing board as a desk! What a genius! True, ironing boards mimic a height adjustable desk but it can be a hassle to adjust it to different heights. You can try this FlexiSpot product if you are tired of using your ironing board as your sit-stand desk.
- Liquor cabinet as the new office -- Another great idea is to try the liquor cabinet as a desk. Just don’t forget that the happy hour starts at 6:00 PM!
- Baby high chair, hamper as desks -- When you really lack a surface or a space, you can just use anything that’s near you. If you’re done sitting at the coach, use your baby high chair to stand while working. Conversely, if you want to sit down, you can use your hamper as your usual desk.
- A spacious bathroom was converted into an office -- Setting up a home office can be challenging especially if you have limited space. But what if you take no for an answer and set up an office in the bathroom? We kid you not: One pr
The 3 Overwhelming Benefits of Dual Monitors
Are you beginning to get tad tired of switching screens, downloading documents from different files and tabs? How about the time you really wanted to finish work but you just can complete whatever you’re doing because you’re lost in the tabs again? Do you feel limited while using your single device screen?
Were there times that you have been experiencing neck pain and poor posture from your usual work setup? If your answer is yes in most of these questions, then perhaps, this is the perfect time you invest in a dual monitor or a monitor arm for a great viewing angle.
In this article, we’ll be discussing the overwhelming benefits of dual monitors and why two is always better than one.
In an interview done by Computer World, an interviewee and programmer named Stefan Thibeault is convinced of the value of using dual PC monitors, as it has given him larger workspace and eliminates disturbances from the frequent alt tab and cutting down trips to his printer. However, some of his co-workers who didn’t jumped with the idea has concerns with losing their desk space and the uncertainties of using dual screens.
What most users don’t know about the dual monitors is that you can easily move your cursor from screen to screen. Having two screens also give you easy access of displaying email in one monitor, and application on the second screen.
But transitioning from a single use monitor to a dual monitor isn’t that easy. If you’re not a techy person, know that you need to have a desktop system, a video card upgrade, and of course, a sturdy desk or
How to Get Rid of the Dead Butt Syndrome
It’s sitting. The long hours of being tied down to a chair affect the overall appearance and function of your derriere.
One of the worst things that could happen is the dead butt syndrome (DBS) where the glute muscles do not activate as they should and get numb or even a little sore. Don’t worry -- it does not mean that they are dead. The “death” means that the muscles there were deconditioned as a result of a lack of activity. And though it’s not too late to revive your dead bum, it will take much effort and consistency to revive it.
The glutes have stopped talking to other muscles
The dead butt syndrome can affect other parts of the body too. Other parts of the body come to the rescue and work double duty, which would eventually lead to injury and strain.
Some of the negative effects of having the dead butt syndrome are hamstring problems, lower back pains, tight hips muscles which cause muscle imbalances and even knee cartilage injuries. To add, underused glute muscles can also affect activities like walking, running, or training.
No proper activation
Another factor that triggers DBS is not activating the glutes even when you do exercises. You might think that it is impossible, but it can happen. Next time be mindful if your glute muscles contract when you do squats or other leg exercises. If you don’t feel any action in there when you squeeze, it might be time to check up on your doctor.
Don’t feel too bad about it, though. Even athletes can have the DBS too! Athletes who sit all day and then suddenly train hard may find th
The Painful Facts About Hemorrhoids & Tips to Avoid Them
Our overall health should be our top priority more than ever. With all these uncertainties ahead of us because of the COVID-19 pandemic, awareness and self-care is a must.
Almost half of the U.S. workforce is working from home to keep them safe from the dangers the virus may cause them according to data gathered by MIT. Since most workers are stuck on their computers all day, some forget to stretch and take a break from time to time, and this might cause a toll on their health – most especially the most affected part from prolonged sitting, our buttocks.
Too much sitting can cause hemorrhoids and can worsen if neglected. To know more about this, here are some facts and tips you should know to prevent having them. If you would love to know more about the fun stories about hermorrhoids, click in the episode and have fun !
What is Hemorrhoids?
Hemorrhoids or piles happen when the veins at the lowest part of your rectum and anus are swollen. Sometimes, these veins bulge and get irritated, especially when you poop. It is also due to straining on the toilet because of constipation, pregnancy, because of the extra weight, hereditary factors, and heavy manual labor.
There are two types of hemorrhoids – internal and external. Internal hemorrhoid is located inside the rectum. This type of hemorrhoid generally resolves on their own, although patients do experience discomfort because of their size. On the other hand, larger internal hemorrhoids may cause symptoms such as pain, itching, or burning.
External hemorrhoids are noticeable or palpable lumps in the anus – and that’s how to distinguish the two. Symptoms include discomfort during sitti
How to Work From Home Without Hurting Your Back
With the order to stay at home to stymie the spread of the coronavirus, workers had to make do with makeshift home offices. But it comes with a cost -- physical discomfort can stem from working in a place that is not ergonomically sound. One of the body parts that suffer most is the back, which bears the brunt of less activity and too much sitting on hard surfaces.
Your back, being an important muscle in the body, has the strength and ability to see you through the day. But most of our daily activities wreak havoc on our back, especially if we sit at a desk for a long period. Having a sedentary work can also affect the back and may lead to more serious problems as the discomfort can reach to your legs and hips as well. This is why it is important to protect your back and not to ignore any strains that are already bothering you.
What can you do?
All hope is not lost for those who experience back pain. With interventions and small changes in your work routine, you can save your back in no time.
- Take a break - Pausing from work is important for your mind but also for your back. It does not have to be drastic at all. It can be taking advantage of the afternoon lull when you have finished your deliverables and is waiting for your boss’ response. Or maybe, to put a twist on your Zoom meetings, you can mak
Reasons Why You Can’t Find a Standing Desk with Drawers
You’ve finally decided to upgrade your old office desk and you’re on to search for a standing desk. After all the articles you’ve read about the cons of sitting too much and guide before getting a height-adjustable desk, you made the leap and decided to get one.
However, you seem to find out that most of the standing desk you see online has no drawers on it, and you started to think why. Is your decision to swap your old desk with a drawer wise move in the first place?
In this article, we’ll be discussing why most standing desks in the market don’t include any drawers and how is this considered an advantage.
l Added Weight
Since most electric standing desk already carries a lot of weight, first, from the tabletop which weighs depending on the thickness, and other that are made with hard wood tops, this seems to be already a lot of weight if you could imagine it.
Also, before manufacturing these desks, they have set a specific amount of weight to be loaded on it. They have kept in mind other users who mount their monitors on edge-clamped monitor arms, others with three or four monitors and their heavy-duty monitor arms.
l The Strain in the Lifting Legs
Additional wood weight can greatly affect the overall performance of a height-adjustable standing desk. Take note that these types of desks have specification of the lifting power of its legs, meaning it can no longer bear more weight for it to work smoothly. With no built-in desk drawers in sight, the weight on top of the frame is perfectly centered along the crossbars that connect the two legs, and is perfectly leveled.
l For a Minimalist Appeal
These height adjustable desks are created for a reason
Height Adjustable Desk and Underdesk Bike: Essentials for Remote Work
Say “aye” if you have been doing these things: Working from your plush bed or the couch and finishing things without even standing up to stretch once in a while. We are all guilty of working like this. In fact, according to a UK study, 19 percent of remote employees worked from their sofa and 11 percent from their beds.
Now it sounds harmless, even fun. But wait until the back and neck pain start to creep in. You see, working in an unergonomic situation and sitting too much will pose negative effects on your body. Plus, a sedentary lifestyle will bring in a slew of other ailments that you could have prevented in the first place.
The Healthy Swap
It’s not too late to make ergonomic changes in your home office. You can start by using ergonomic furniture like a height adjustable desk. You have two options for this: You can either get a desk with a single motor or dual motors. If you need a guide, read this article so you can buy the desk that fits your needs.
A standing desk will allow you to alternate between sitting and standing. With it, you can
What are the benefits of active sitting?
According to Healthline, majority of Americans now are tethered to a desk for majority of time in a day. It’s becoming a serious health problem, which leads to spinal deformities, pinched nerves, weak postural muscles and others.
To counter this problem, it is suggested that everyone should do at least 30 minutes of exercise within the day, or engage in what doctors’ call “active sitting”.
What is active sitting?
International Journal of Exercise Science defined active sitting as allowing the body to stay dynamic while seated and may consist of using modified chairs or stability balls. Its goal is to engage some of your muscles like the back, abdominal, and leg while sitting in a chair.
So, instead of motionless sitting all day because of your work, active sitting lets you make minor movement to keep some of your muscle groups active.
What are the benefits of active sitting?
Due to the numerous health concerns arising from a sedentary behavior, there are different products created to promote an active workstation. These tools endorse benefits to stimulate the muscles in the body and to help people have a healthier wo
3 Tips to Cope Up with Burnout from Work from home
This 2020, a lot of employees have transitioned from office work to working from home because of the COVID-19 pandemic. However, there are also a lot of people who are feeling overwhelmed by mixing work and their personal life.
Office burnout is common in the actual workplace. It was even recognized by the World Health Organization as an occupational phenomenon.
An employee who’s experiencing a burnout may exhibit a reduced efficiency and energy, lower motivation, fatigue, increased errors, irritability, migraine, and frustration. However, with no presence of an HR professional dealing with the early signs of burnout of their employees, a higher risk of burnout for most people during these uncertain times is expected.
Tips to Avoid Work From Home Burnout
It is true that when you look good, you feel good. A study in 2012 found that clothes can affect your mood and even your productivity level. Scientific American also suggests that there are actually biological effects of wearing a nice outfit and it has positive effect on a work performance.
Another advice to prevent burnout is to wear com
How is Foot Pain Related to Low Back Pain?
Do you remember the time you were unable to work properly because of that unbearable pain from time to time? The time you keep toss and turning at night because you can’t find the right sleeping position to ease the back pain? Or how about the time you woke up in the morning and you felt that sore on your feet and legs when you walk?
If you experienced the mentioned scenes above, then it’s possible that your current foot pain is related to your lower back pain. To get to know how these two are related, we’ve rounded up some interesting facts on the causes and how to relieve the pain.
The Relation Between Foot Pain and Lower Back Pain
It may come as a surprise but most pain we feel in the foot has nothing to do leg or foot itself, unless we’re injured. Foot pain can be caused by an irritated or compressed nerve root located in the lower back. This pain can radiate along the sciatic nerve (the longest nerve in the body), and transcended into the foot.
As stated in an article, it’s not only the feet that’s affected with low back pain – it can be knees, hips, shoulders and spinal joints if left unattended.
Written below are some of the symptom of foot pain:
- Inability to lift the foot upward. Sometimes, it also comes with numbness in the middle lower leg and foot. This pain occurs if one of the spinal nerve roots in the lower back that innervates the sciatic nerve is affected.
- Hard to walk on tiptoes. This is a common foot pain felt by people which has basically something to do with sciatic nerve. People who has this experiences difficult
The Starter Guide to Your First Standing Desk
You know it’s time to buy ergonomic furniture when your back starts to ache more than usual from working on your makeshift house workstations. You can’t ignore it anymore; but then again, you must not ignore those pains in the first place because those are red flags that something is wrong with your body.
But, you ask, what is the right ergonomic fixture for me? Well, that depends on your need. If you have an existing desk that you want to use, you can opt for a desk riser instead. But if you want to overhaul your office, you can always go for an electric height adjustable standing desk. There are other factors to consider, too, like your current office space and even the length of your cables.
If you want a desk riser, read this!
As a rule of thumb, you can start slow when transitioning to ergonomic furniture. A desk converter is something you can consider buying first before you move up to an en
Dressing Up For When You Are Working From Home
Since things have gone topsy-turvy with the pandemic, you may have stayed at home longer than usual. And even if you admit it or not, your wardrobe preferences have changed too. Your attire rotation might have included sweatpants, yoga pants, or your favorite loungewear. Shoes are out of the question for some. Sound familiar? News flash: Dressing up with something presentable is important because it leads you to easily switch from home mode to work mode.
Your clothes can set your mood for the day
You might want to start dressing up in the morning. A 2012 study found that clothes can affect your mood and even your productivity level. Even if you are working from home, doing this task will help you establish a routine and create certainty in an otherwise uncertain period. Besides, when you look and feel good, you will certainly have more confidence as you face your clients, boss, or colleagues during a virtual meeting.
Since you do not have to comply with any dress code, you can start experimenting with your look too. Go shop for new items that will complement your new lifestyle. Rediscover your love for vintage clothes, if you will. If athleisure is your cup of tea, head to your favorite sports brand’s e-commerce site.
Facts You Should Know About Pinched Nerve in the Shoulder
According to Health Line, 85 out of every 100,000 adults experiences pinched nerve in the shoulder.
In case you don’t know how pinched nerve feels like, it’s the tingling sensation or pain you feel in the neck that radiates beyond your elbow or to your fingertips. It’s usually dull aches, numbness, and weakness in the shoulders when you move your neck.
To have a further understanding of the pinched nerve in the shoulder, we’ve written down some symptoms, causes, and relief. Read along.
How To Self-Test
- Neck Compression Test
Tilt your head to the non-painful side, and then from the other side. Rotate your head outwards slightly, then hold in this position for 30-60 seconds. Do the same steps to the painful side. If you feel the pain in the neck, going to the arm, then you may have a pinched nerve.
- Arm Tension Test
Another self-test to try is the arm tension test. Start from the non-painful arm by extending it in front of you. Keep your wrist straight in-line with your arms. Turn your palm outward and extend your arm to the side as far as you can, and do the same steps on your other arm. If you begin to feel a pressure of tingling sensation on the path throughout the arms or in the neck, then this means you have a pinched nerve.
Causes of Pinched Nerve
Pinched nerve usually happens when a structure or material, such as bone, disk protrusions, or swollen tissue, puts pressure on the nerves extending from the spinal column toward the neck and shoulder. This phenomenon is most common in people aged 50 to 54 because of age-related degeneration of the spine.
It can also be cause
Top Father’s Day Gift Ideas during Quarantine
In just a few days, we’re celebrating Dads around the world – from the sporty dad, the cool dad, the always-busy dad, the old-fashioned dad, the handyman, and the intimidating dad. Tracking down the perfect gift for Father’s Day isn’t an easy task, but can also be an exciting one if you put your thought and effort into it.
Since this year’s Father’s Day isn’t the same as before because of the COVID-19 pandemic, we’ll give you the chance to scroll through these healthy, practical, yet thoughtful Father’s Day Gift Ideas, that will be most beneficial especially during this COVID-19 pandemic.
Sleeping aid device
Study shows that men and women over the age of 65 experiences insomnia. While there may be several causes linking to poor sleeping habits including medication, stress, and medical illness – there are still ways to give them a chance to have a deep and restorative sleep – and that’s through the help of a sleeping aid device. There’s this device called Dodow – a metronome with a light system that teaches you how to fall asleep naturally, without taking any medicine. It’s easy to use, starting from tapping the touchpad, synchronizing your breath with the blue light projected in the ceiling coming from this device, and exhaling when it retracts. Have it a try today!
Everyone loves a foot massage, who’ doesn’t, right? Try giving your dad a multi-functional foot massager from FlexiSpot. It’ll make your dad’s tired feet some time to relax and find reli
How You Can Balance Chores and Remote Work
When you work from home, chances are you are not confined to your workstation. You are working double time as this Daily Mirror article said. During your downtime, you think about cooking, clearing the dishes, or home-schooling your kid because daycares are still closed. You only get to switch off long after everything has been put into their place.
Many things compete with your attention. Perhaps you find yourself exasperated being saddled with so many things all at once. Do not worry. Here are some tips on how you can manage stress and balance the two overlapping spheres of your home and work.
Tips for a balancing act
- Plan your schedule – It is wishful thinking that everything will just blend in perfectly if you just let it be. You can, however, plan to balance family time and remote work. You can roll off some responsibility from your shoulder and swap chores with your partner. If you have older kids, you can let them chip in with simple chores like taking care of the house pets or cleaning dishes. You can entertain small ones with