What You Need To Know About Procrastination
Procrastination is a problem experienced by millions of individuals. It is extremely easy for some folks to simply put off what could be done today until another time. They have to do with what you feel and what you're faced with. And you can change that.
Work Smarter, Not Harder
What do people mean when they use the phrase “work smarter, not harder”? Usually, they mean that you should make your work process more efficient by decreasing the time and effort it takes to complete a task. Here are some tips and tricks to help you perfect the process of working smarter...not harder.
How to Calculate When You Should Go to Sleep
If you are targeting for a 7 to 8 or maybe 9-hour sleep cycle, calculating your sleep can help you accurately measure just when it is you should go to bed and wake up positive and fresh. Ideally, you must always be able to wake up at towards the end of your sleep cycle, which is when you are fully rested.
How to Stand at a Standing Desk
If you’re new to the world of standing desks, there are a few guidelines you should follow to maximize the benefit of these workstations. Just like any type of new activity, side effects, including aching feet and legs, as well as back and shoulder pain, can occur if you go from sitting all day to standing all day, or if your desk isn’t positioned properly.
How Long Should You Really Stand at a Standing Desk?
How many hours do you think you spend sitting down every day? If you’re anything like the average American, you spend upwards of 10 hours a day with your butt in the chair. That number is the result of at least 8 hours at work – sitting at a computer, eating lunch, and sitting in meetings – followed by the hours we spend watching TV, browsing our smartphones, or using the computer at home at night.
Do you find that shocking?
If so, you’re not alone. Standing desks are becoming more and more popular in offices, with many companies springing to replace all employees’ desks with standing or sit-stand models. Suddenly, you have the option to stand during the workday. But how much standing is enough? Are you supposed to stand for the entire day? What percentage of your workday should you spend standing in order to be healthy?
Experts agree that you should not stand for the entire day. Standing for too long can be just as hard on your body as sitting for too long, it’s just correlated with different risk factors than sitting. For example, because standing compresses the spine and forces your heart to work against gravity, standing too much can lead to lower back pain and increase your risk for certain cardiovascular problems, such as varicose veins, carotid arteries, and vein thrombosis.
So what’s the right ratio of sitting to standing? Experts agree that you should work towards spending half of your day sitting and half of it standing, ideally switching between the two every 15-30 minutes. (Why 15-30 minutes? Because after just 30 minutes of sitting, your metabolism slows by as much as 90% and the muscles in your lower body turn off.) However, most people can’t go from sitting all day to suddenly standing for four hours every day. That’s okay – start slow and work your way up to the ideal four hours of standing.
If it’s hard for you at first to spend extended
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:
- Clean regularly. Vacuuming and cleaning work surfaces on a regular basis can keep mold spores and dust from building up over time. T
Increase Your Productivity By Standing Up
By now, you’ve probably heard of standing desks: they are the leading edge of a new trend that claims to burn calories, reduce neck and back pain, and boost productivity while at work. And finally, scientists have proved it to be true: a new study claims that standing desks improve employee productivity by almost 50%.
The main object of the study was to analyze employee productivity at a call center over a 6-month period after the company bought standing desks. The employees talked with clients on the phone about health problems and their productivity was analyzed based on whether their callers decided to become clients and if they delivered pertinent information.
After just a month of using the standing desks, employees were 23% more productive than their colleagues who were sitting behind traditional desks. After 6 months, the boost of productivity increased even more. The average productivity increase was 46%.
Of course, it is only one study and some say that it is about a very specific group of people and the employees who used the standing desks received calls from new clients, while their colleagues who were seated took calls from existing clients. Therefore, some people claim that the nature of the calls was different and there are more studies needed to support the findings of this study.
Whether you think the findings are correct or not, there are proven benefits of standing desks that are hard to deny. Let’s have a look at some of them.
There is no consensus on whether or not standing desks provide a productivity boost. There are only eight studies and half of them found that standing desks increase productivity, while others showed mixed results. Therefore, it is a bit too early to say whether standing desks have a considerable effect on performance or whether they affect the number of sick days employees take; one of the most common signs of low productivity.
Bad Posture Leads to Back and Neck Pain
Do you suffer from back or neck pain? If so, you are not alone. University of Carolina researchers found that 80% of Americans will suffer from back pain in their lifetime with losses of over $100 billion a year stemming from decreased worker efficiency and healthcare costs. Back pain appears to be on the rise, especially with the advent of technology. Children grow up hunched over phones and tablets playing games only to grow up finding themselves hunched over their keyboard at work. According to the European Journal of Pain, there is a correlation between age and back pain, with a 13% increase in chances of death for those with chronic back pain in later life.
Posture Pump states that most back and neck pain is attributed to poor posture. Since the neck and spine are connected, a problem in one area can lead to problems in the other. When you are slumped over your computer you are putting a lot of pressure on the muscles in your neck and back leading to aches and pains. Spine Health confirms that this long exposure to poor posture puts unneeded stress on one’s joints, muscles, and spine leading to further pain.
The importance of good posture is clear for our health and well-being. What is the ideal posture then? The Cleveland Clinic states that one should sit
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.
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E – xperiment, Examine, Evaluate
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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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Take the 30-Day Standing Challenge to Start Standing at Work
Working eight to ten-hour days might make you feel chained to your desk, but cutting into your freetime isn’t the only negative impact it’s having on you. Americans are leading increasingly sedentary lifestyles, and the side-effects are wreaking havoc on our health. Sitting for too many hours each day has been linked to obesity, heart disease, diabetes, and even certain types of cancer. It sounds dire, but there’s a simple solution: We need to move and stand more.
If you work in an office, you’re probably aware that standing desks are growing in popularity. It’s not just a fad. Standing desks encourage office workers to spend less time on their seat and more time on their feet. The more you move throughout the day (standing, walking, or doing light exercises at your desk), the more you cancel out the negative effects of sitting. Even fidgeting can help—vindication for anyone who grew up hearing their mom say “Sit
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 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.
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
5 Tips for Connecting With Coworkers During the Holidays While Working Remotely
Do you work remotely? Do you find yourself disconnected from your fellow employees? This post contains some advice for surviving the holiday season while working from home, and gives you some great gift ideas for your boss or coworkers.
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, obesity, dementia, 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:
- 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
CNN Claims ‘Weak Science’ For Standing Desk Recommendations
A CNN.com article casting doubt on the value of standing desks made waves on the internet a few weeks ago, getting re-posted by a number of other media outlets. We, of course, know the evidence supports the benefits of standing desks, so we thought the article deserved a thoughtful response.
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.
- 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.
I’m Ambitious and I Want to Show it, But What About My Time?
Whether you work at an office or other workplace, or you work at home, balancing your work ambition and your personal time can be a challenge. Yes, you need to do what you have to do in order to reach your professional goals, but you can’t stop caring for your own personal needs.
Save Money and Boost Loyalty With an Ergonomics Program
Workplace injuries cost companies billions of dollars every year and create tremendous stress and discomfort for sufferers. An ergonomics programs — a systematic process of fitting jobs and equipment to people — is a wise investment that can not only save money but also improve health, productivity and morale. But how do you create it?
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.
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
The Correlation Between Neck Posture and Tension Headaches
Many employees would say that their jobs can be a pain in the neck. This may be a figure of speech, but it can be a reality when so much time is spent sitting in an office with less than ideal posture. So what happens when our daily posture causes pain, particularly tension headaches?
What Do You Consider To Be The Single Most Important Quality Of A Leader? Why?
From decades of information and knowledge, we all know that it's impossible in practice to isolate one quality from alternative qualities. The qualities of an individual are entangled in complicated ways in which we all know that quality may be represented as most significant in the abstract. However, this importance doesn't translate any validity into leadership training. Earlier, organizations would hire those leaders who had relevant management expertise. Today, they're willing to position their bets on leaders who bring entirely different skill sets to the table and use those to assist the organization to navigate the apace turbulent business atmosphere.
Why Is Organizational Culture Important?
It could be that you are an entrepreneur who just recently launched a business, or you are a business owner seeking to make the best for your business. Certain things need to be understood and should become inherent for your business to thrive beyond your imagination. One of such things is organizational culture.
Are You Undoing your Gym Gains? Sit Less for Fitness!
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
Is being a Manager the right career move for you?
As you progress in your career, and move up the ladder, one natural step you would seem to take is to become a Manager. But, as you review the role and responsibilities, you being to wonder, is it the right step for you?
Time Management at Work
Time management has been an important aspect of work since the Industrial Revolution. Tips for managing time at work include doing a time audit, making to-do lists, setting a timer, group similar tasks, and don’t multitask. Attention and energy management are also alternatives, effective ways to manage time at work.
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!
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
5 Ways Investing in Employee Wellness Saves Money
When companies think about investing in their employees, they tend to focus on areas directly related to their work or industry, such as sending employees to conferences or sponsoring extra training. Professional development is seen as having the most clear-cut return on investment – you pay for an employee to receive more training or be exposed to industry experts, and they will bring that new knowledge back to their work. True! But that mindset overlooks another important area of employee development: wellness.
On the surface, employee wellness may not appear to be related to ROI or the bottom line, but an employee’s well-being has a significant impact on the quality and quantity of work they’re able to do. That means investing in employee wellness (by sponsoring employee fitness programs, providing access to an onsite gym, catering healthy lunches once a week, or furnishing the office with ergonomic furniture like height-adjustable sit-stand desks) is just as effective as investing in professional development. When you invest in employee well-being, you benefit both your employees and your company.
Here are 5 reasons that employee wellness is a profitable investment:
Employees who participate in wellness programs are more productive than those who don’t. One study found that employees who participated in health and wellness programs gained an average of 10.3 hours in additional productivity annually, saving approximately $353 per person in lost productivity costs, compared to counterparts who
The Painful Relationship Between Obesity and Back Problems
While lower back pain is one of the most common disabilities worldwide, the underlying cause behind back pain is not always cut and dry. Lower back pain is rarely caused by a serious medical condition. It is far more common for back pain to be the result of lifestyle factors, such as activity level, posture, and age. Another factor that’s gaining attention as obesity rates rise around the world is the connection between back pain and weight gain.
Many people who are overweight or obese and experience back pain don’t realize that their excess weight may be causing their back pain. Yet there is a clear relationship between body mass index (BMI) and back pain.
One study found that people at a normal weight had the lowest risk for back pain, while people who are obese had the highest risk for back pain and were the most likely to require medical intervention. Another study conducted in 2017 by University of Tokyo Hospital in Japan reviewed medical data for 1,152 men between 1986 and 2009. The researchers found that a person’s BMI directly correlated to their rate of back problems.
Back Pain and Obesity: What’s the Connection?
While there is general consensus that a connection exists between back pain and obesity, researchers disagree about the causal relationship. Some believe the cause-and-effect is simple: extra weight pushes the pelvis forward, which places more strain on the lower back.
Other researchers believe that explanation is too simplistic, and doesn’t account for differences between people, even those of similar age, weight, an
To Overcome Your Back Pain, You Need to Understand It
Do you experience chronic or periodic back pain? If so, you’re not alone: over 80% of Americans will experience some form of back pain during their lives, and 31 million are suffering from back pain at any given time. In fact, lower back pain is the leading cause of disability worldwide, and one of the most common reasons for missing work. That’s not surprising when you consider that half of all working Americans will experience back pain every year.
So what’s causing this epidemic of back pain, and what can we do about it?
Causes of Back Pain
The spine is one of the most complex and interconnected anatomical structures in the human body, and because it is subject to so many daily stressors, it is also one of the most prone to injury. It is often difficult to locate the origin of back pain because it is made up of so many different bones, vertebrae, joints, ligaments, nerves, discs, and muscles – any one of which could be causing or exacerbating the pain. The overlap between these different anatomical structures also makes it hard for your brain to differentiate one from another to locate the origin of the pain.
Some of the most common causes of back pain include:
- Muscle or ligament strain/sprain
- Spinal nerve compression
- Lumbar herniated disc
- Degenerative disc disease
- Sacroiliac joint dysfunction
- Compression fracture
However, most cases of back pain are mechanical or non-organic in origin, meaning that they are not caused by a serious underlying medical condition. If you’re experiencing back pain, you migh
How Do HR Help Employees Release Work-Related Stress?
Do you know that you spend about 35 percent of your life at work? Considering all the stress you are under during your time in the office, it seems as if a third of your life is wasted on worries and bad feelings. Our bodies are not designed to be under stress for such a long time. Eventually, we give up, and we face a variety of unpleasant effects.
Stressed-out employees suffer from chronic conditions and experience the decrease in brain activity. As a result, the productivity drops, and the company suffers from an unexpected profit loss. That’s why it’s vital for HR departments to come up with efficient methods to help employees release work-related stress.
5 Signs Your Employees Are Under Work-Related Stress
1. Loss of appetite – Stress-out people experience a loss of appetite, which leads to weight loss and lack of energy.
2. Irritation and aggression – When employees are under a lot of stress, they become irritated and aggressive. Their behavioral patterns change drastically without a visible reason.
3. Lack of socializing – Stressed-out people stop being social. They tend to avoid others during lunchtime and prefer working on their own.
4. Becoming difficult – When employees are under stress at work, they become difficult to cope with even when it comes to matters outside the workspace.
5. Feeling ill - stressed-out people are more prone to various diseases. If your employees start calling in sick often, it could be a sign of work-related stress.
Research has shown that about 80 percent of workers are under stress at their workplaces. Half of them admit they need help with stress management. More than 40 percent of workers believe their co-workers require stress management assistance.
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.
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 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.
How to take a break from work: the ultimate guide to a mini-vacation
Working for yourself can be a great experience. Although you may work from home, it might not give you the flexibility and time to relax as much as possible. Taking a mini-vacation will allow you to decompress and give your best at your job.
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
4 Small Business Success Stories for New Entrepreneurs
Running a small business is interesting in that it can be both a lonely and fraternal experience.Let's take a close look at four insightful small business success stories and some of the remarkable lessons they provide to those of us who are willing to learn from the key decisions and sacrifices others have made in order to grow their business.
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