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Got a Bruised Spine Feeling? 5 Potential Causes

Let’s face it, no matter what our age we all are going to have the occasional back pain. Back pain (little or large) can span from teenage years to a seasoned adult...

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Trackpad vs Mouse: Which is Better for Your Wrist?

Millions of people point and click all day at work, and many of them suffer from hand and wrist pain, strains, and carpal tunnel syndrome. Choosing the right pointing device and using it correctly can help you avoid these issues and keep your creativity and productivity flowing.

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How to Sit With Sciatica – Get Relief Now

If you get pain in your buttocks or legs, it might be sciatica (sciatic nerve pain), but how can you know, and what can you do about it?

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4 Common Causes of Shoulder Pain Between Shoulder Blades

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

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How To Tell the Difference Between Muscle Pain and Nerve Pain

Knowing whether you are experiencing muscle pain or nerve pain can be the first step in finding relief. 

How To Relieve Jaw Tension And Neck Pain

Most people know there's a connection between jaw tension and stress, but you might be surprised about some ways jaw tightness can affect your health... 

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Why You Get Upper Back Pain After Running

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

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Identifying a Pinched Femoral Nerve

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

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What to do When Your Body Feels Worse After a Massage

It’s a relaxing day at the spa where you’re scheduled to get a whole-body massage for an hour or two.

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Driving With Sciatica Tips

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

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7 Motivational Games for Employees

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

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How Long Should You Really Stand at a Standing Desk?

There are proven benefits to both, but it has been medically proven beyond all doubt that sitting for hours every day has enormously negative effects on your health...

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Using your FSA or HSA to Purchase a Standing Desk

While most of the world is staying home to stay safe from the effects of the pandemic...

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How to Make Your Gaming Computer Setup Awesome

For game enthusiasts and professional streamers alike, their gaming setup is their paradise. Since then, millennials have developed a sense of aesthetics and are making their dimly lit computer gaming zone look cool and sophisticated. Here are some ways and tips to help you turn your gaming setup into an ergonomic center.

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The Best Sitting Position for Lower Back Pain

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

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Dual Monitor Setup: How to Optimize Space, Productivity and Comfort

As a dual monitor setup becomes increasingly popular, learn how to optimize space, productivity and comfort with ergonomic tips and proper equipment. 

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Weight Training: Better Posture Starts in The Gym

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4 Common Health and Safety Scenarios in the Workplace

A day in the office is pretty much like any other, but what happens if health and safety scenarios in the workplace occur? Here is how to prepare. 

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Why You Need a Foam Seat Cushion

Warning: sitting for long periods may result in injury or death. But you’re probably not going to stop sitting, so if you must use a chair, you should at least do all you can to protect your body. One easy and affordable way is by using an ergonomic seat cushion—read on so we can convince you and show you the options.

Curved Desk vs. Rectangle Desk: What are the differences?

Just as you think that you know everything about height adjustable desks, there comes along a new detail that you must consider anew. Maybe you have done your research about pricing, surface finish, or height and load capacity, That’s great. We move on now to choose the shape of your potential new desk.

What is the best desk for you?

You can choose between the classic rectangular edge or the one with a slightly curved edge. They both deliver ergonomic relief to your workstation. You can further narrow down your decision making by considering some of the factors below. 

 

Comfort      

When it comes to comfort, this desk with a curved edge provides a room for your wrist, avoiding strain and possible carpal tunnel. Designed with an optimal reach zone, avoid leaning forward unnecessarily and help improve your posture. Ensure comfort while you work and see your productivity levels increase!

 

Meanwhile, the hard-straight line of the regular desk design comes with benefits too. For example, this desk with a rectangular top is a basic height adjustable standing desk that allows you to transition from a sitting to a standing position with ease. The rectangular desk also comes with multiple desk size options for any and all your needs! You can even choose the type of material it’s made of;  from bamboo, glass and more. With a multitude of options, you can easily customize your desk.    

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Stand Up Straight: 10 Posture Exercises to Feel Your Best

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

Are you suffering from Autumn Fatigue? Hacks for Autumn Fatigue

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

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

Follow a Healthy Diet

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

Boost Yourself with Caffeine

Pain in the hip flexors

How Sitting All Day Can Cause Hip Flexor Strain

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

4 Ways Standing Desks Improve Employee Productivity

If somebody told you that making one simple change to your work habits could increase your productivity by almost 50%, you’d probably be more than a little skeptical. But one study by the Texas A&M Health Science Center School of Public Health found that call center employees were 46% more productive when they used sit-stand desks.

Like ride-sharing apps, smartphones, and streaming services, standing desks are a trend that started in Silicon Valley and has spread throughout the country. Companies like Facebook and Google have provided standing desks for their employees for years now. Facebook employees were singing the praises of standing desks all the way back in 2011.

In recent years, more and more companies have started providing standing desks as a way to improve employee well-being, encourage collaboration, and increase productivity. The number of employers offering sit-stand desks and height-adjustable desks for employees has increased by over 30% in the last five years.

The numbers supporting the positive impact standing desks have on productivity are impressive. That’s because there are multiple different physical and psychological benefits of using a standing desk that each contribute to the overall increase in productivity.

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5 Posture Training Exercises to Improve Your Posture Quickly

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

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Comparing the Fully Jarvis Desk and the FlexiSpot E5 Desk

Decide between Fully’s Jarvis desk and FlexiSpot’s E5 desk with this detailed comparison of standing desk attributes.

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12 Unexpected FSA Eligible Expenses

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

FlexiSpot Comhar vs Costco Electronic Standing Desk : Which one is right for You?

Comhar All-in-one Standing desk presented by FlexiSpot has currently made a big splash on social media due to the fact of its full-featured yet classic design. However, there's a wide dicussion about how it resembles the Tresanti 47” Adjustable Desk sold by Costco. Therefore, a thorough comparison between two of them is disclosed in article as requsted. 

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How to Sit Properly at Your Desk

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

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

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

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Does Aspartame Help or Hinder Weight Loss?

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

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Numbness in Hands – Causes and Solutions

Ever get numbness or tingling in your hands or fingers? You’re not alone—it’s a common issue that can range from momentary and minor to recurring and severe. It can stem from a variety of underlying issues and can indicate bigger problems developing. So how can you figure out what’s causing your hand numbness, and what can you do about it?

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The Three Stage Height Adjustable Desk: Why It's Vital for Wheelchair Accommodation

A height adjustable desk is an ideal option for the health and comfort of anyone who uses a desk regularly for work or leisure. But for a desk user in a wheelchair, it may be absolutely critical.

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Should You Request Workplace Accommodations for Anxiety?

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

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Can My Doctor Prescribe a Standing Desk?

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

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How To Avoid Shoulder Pain in the Office

In case you didn't know, your shoulder is made up of a few joints that are connected to various muscles and tendons...

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The Long-Term Health Risks of Computer Use

Technology is a valuable tool, but the health risks of computers must be addressed to protect the workforce. 

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Ergonomics to 1950

Today’s ergonomic industry offers products that contribute to health and productivity. Industrial design, physiology, biometrics and other disciplines working together have created some extraordinary equipment, such as under desk bikes.

Calories Burned vs Calories Consumed: The Mathematics of Weight Loss

For many people, losing weight is an emotional, challenging, and complex process, one that never seems to end. It’s an array of new fitness regimens, new diets, new “superfoods” and supplements, and emotional investment. Many of us are confounded by our inability to lose weight despite the many different strategies and solutions we’ve tried over the years.

But for all that build-up and complication, the actual formula for weight loss is startlingly simple. Weight loss is ultimately a question of mathematics – calories consumed minus calories expended. Your body is an ever-changing balance between the energy you burn and the energy you consume.

Calories Consumed

When you’ve been on the ferris wheel of dieting, going off the diet, then starting a new diet for years, calories start to become loaded with emotional baggage and even moral implications. We attach so much significance to those little numbers on the nutrition labels of the food we eat that we forget what a calorie actually is: a measure of the energy contained in a serving of a particular type of food.

When you distance yourself from the emotional and psychological implications of calories and get back to the simplicity of thinking about them as measures of energy, the formula of calories in versus calories out becomes a lot less fraught and a lot easier to balance.

Calories Burned

On the other side of the equation from calories consumed, we have calories burned. All day long, your body burns calories just to keep you alive. That’s right – you burn calories just by existing. Without ever stepping on a StairMaster, your body burns calories by maintaining your basic bodily functions, like breathing, pumping blood, and digesting.

The average man (5’10 tall, 150 pounds) will burn 68 calories per hour “

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How Ergonomics Protects Your Thoracic Vertebrae

Learning about the roles and functions of the thoracic spine with potential solutions to protect them.

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6 Benefits of Using a Monitor Mount

The way you set up your workstation impacts your work performance and even your job satisfaction. Finding the right arrangement for your desk can streamline productivity, boost confidence, and help you feel happier at work. On the flip side, an unsatisfactory setup can cause frustration, make it difficult to get things done, and may even have health consequences if the ergonomics are bad enough. Many employees have developed chronic back pain as a result of a poorly designed desk arrangement.

monitor mount can help you achieve the ideal desk setup that will unlock your productivity and help you feel more comfortable at your desk.

What is a monitor mount?

A monitor mount is a strong but flexible ergonomic arm that supports your monitors. While traditional monitor stands hold your monitor in a stationary, locked position, a monitor mount allows you to move and adjust the height, angle, or position of your monitor. If you have two monitors, you can use monitor mounts to find the perfect arrangement of the two, so they are easy to see and comfortable to look at.

Benefits of Using Monitor Mounts

Monitor mounts let you customize the arrangement of your monitors, which has numerous benefits for your comfort, productivity, and work habits. Read on to learn the top six benefits of using a monitor mount.

1. Work Efficiency

If you’re still using only a laptop to do your work, you’re probably wasting lots of time every day. It can be frustrating to switch back and forth between multiple different windows while you attempt to complete

Adult Scoliosis

Adult Scoliosis: Overcoming Pain and Keeping Your Spine Healthy

Left unchecked, scoliosis can get worse over time, but with a little care, you can beat the pain and fatigue and maintain a strong, healthy spine throughout your life. Read this article for some great ways to give your spine some love, reduce symptoms, and maintain your mobility.

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The Macro Diet 101: The Basic Science Behind Macronutrients

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

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How to Make Good Posture a Habit

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

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The Long History of the Standing Desk Will Surprise You

It may feel like the standing desk appeared out of thin air in Silicon Valley just a few years ago, but they've actually been around for over 600 years. 

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3 Habits That Can Lead to Anterior Head Syndrome

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

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What Does Good Posture Look Like?

People all throughout our lives tell us how important good posture is to our spine health. So, that begs the question, what does good posture look like? 

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Why You Should Offer Your Employees a Gym Membership Benefit

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

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How To Breathe Better For Pain and Stress Relief

What if there were a simple, free way to reduce your levels of stress, anxiety, and physical pain while improving your health, your productivity, and even your relationships? Well, if you’re breathing right now (and if not, please start), you have just such an amazing tool at your disposal. But to get the benefits, you need to know how to use it...

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Fixing Your Anterior Pelvic Tilt

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

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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.

Deadly blood clots from sitting: Are you at risk?

Deadly blood clots from sitting: Are you at risk?

While we are sitting at our desks, rushing to complete tasks, we might not have the extra time to spare to consider our cardiovascular health in these situations. More specifically, we might not know that we are at risk of developing a potentially life-threatening blood clot in our legs when we sit for an excessive amount of time.

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6 Simple Ways to Use a Tennis Ball for Exercise Recovery

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

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How to Prevent and Alleviate Lower Back Pain While Driving

Everyone has a different reaction to the prospect of a long drive in the car. Little kids might whine and complain—or beg to watch a movie during the journey. Some people love road trips and would happily sign up for a 10-hour drive. But to others, a long drive sounds like a sentence to sit in excruciating pain while trapped in a moving vehicle. If you can relate, keep reading to find tips for how to prevent and alleviate back pain while driving.

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

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

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Why Does Height Adjustable Desks Wobble?

Height adjustable desks are here for a reason – to provide safety and convenience. They’re also known as a sit-stand desk that allows you to convenient change the height of the desk and alternate between sitting and standing.

A lot of people are investing in a quality adjustable desks because they’re much more aware now of the negative effects of having a sedentary lifestyle, both at work and at home. 

However also, put in mind that you need a desk that matches your need and is “wobble-free.” 

Wobble or swaying is the common factor why many are distracted at work. Imagine answering email at your desks and it wiggles back and forth – doesn’t it feels frustrating and annoying? When things at your desk is shaky, it becomes unsafe for your device, be it a monitor, a laptop, or a printer. 

Understanding the causes of wobbling will help you decide before getting your next height-adjustable desk.

In this article, we’ll discuss why height-adjustable desks wobble, how will this affect your work, and what are the factors to consider before buying one.

Reasons Why Height Adjustable Desks Wobble

1.     Loose Hardware

Just like any other equipment, your height-adjustable desks wobble because of loose bolts. If you constantly move your desks with too much pressure on it, this could also potentially loosen the bolts you might not be aware of. Another reason would

Why Sitting Could Be Harmful to Your Heart Health

If you are reading this article while sitting down, your heart health may be at risk.

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How To Manage Sacroiliac Joint Dysfunction at Work

Sacroiliac joint dysfunction is uncomfortable, but boosting your health in the workplace is simple with your doctor's help. 

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Yoga for Back Pain: 5 Easy Poses To Get Relief Now

Want to know how to relieve back pain fast? Yoga may be just the thing for you! Read this post to learn five easy, effective poses for back pain relief and spine health.

6 Health Benefits of Using Sit-Stand Desk

As American jobs have become increasingly desk-bound and tied to computers, workers are spending more and more time sitting at their desks. In fact, between work and home, the average American spends over 12 hours a day sitting.

This sedentary lifestyle, termed “sitting disease” by the medical community, is one of the biggest health threats of our modern lifestyle. Sitting disease refers to metabolic syndrome and the ill-effects of a sedentary lifestyle, including increased risk for diabetes, heart disease, weight gain, obesity, and early death. Prolonged sitting actively promotes several avoidable chronic diseases that are eating away at our health.

The good news is that making a few small changes to your daily habits can make a huge improvement in your well-being and help you attain a healthier lifestyle. Making an effort to stand and move more throughout the day benefits your mind, body, and overall health in numerous ways.

One of the easiest ways to incorporate more standing and movement into your day is to start using a sit-stand desk at work. After all, the workday accounts for at least 8 hours of sitting every day. A sit-stand desk is a height adjustable desk that allows you to alternate between sitting and standing at your desk while you work.

There are countless health benefits of using a sit-stand desk, but here are six of the most important:

1. Sit-stand-switch capability.

Members of the medical community are promoting a “sit-stand-switch” philosophy for optimum health. This philosophy says to alternate between sitting and standing every 30 minutes to prevent too much strain from being placed on you

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How a Sedentary Lifestyle Affects Your Health

From an evolutionary (and survival) standpoint, the invention of technology took us very quickly from an active “moving” species to a population that sits an average of 13 hours per day.  Add sleeping hours to that and it leaves very few hours, or even minutes, to be active. Inactivity is making us chronically sick and putting a huge burden on our health care system. It’s unfortunately a very sad reality of the world today.

How to Choose the Perfect Standing Desk for You

You’re sold on the health benefits of using a standing desk to break up your sedentary work day. Now, you just need to buy the right one for you. Before you shell out hundreds of dollars on a model that doesn’t quite meet your needs, it’s important to recognize that standing desks are not a one-size-fits-all purchase. Here are 4 factors to keep in mind when shopping for the perfect sit-stand desk for you.

  • Your Height vs. The Height of the Sit-Stand Desk
    One of the worst things you can do for your health is buy a sit-stand desk that causes you to strain your neck, back, or even forearms (while typing) because it doesn’t adjust to the ideal height for you. To give yourself maximum flexibility to make proper height adjustments, we recommend buying a sit-stand desk that offers at least 12 different height adjustment settings. That way, whether you’re 5’1” or 6’6”, you’re sure to find the most comfortable standing height for you.

  • Desk Design vs. Personal Style
    Your personal taste and style should definitely play a part in your selection of a sit-stand desk. After all, who wants to spend 8 hours a day working at a desk that’s too bulky, the wrong color, or just plain unattractive? Fortunately, many standing desk manufacturers now offer a wide range of colors and styles to complement your existing office decor. So, don’t settle for a traditional black standing desk when you really want a mahogany one. Look for a reputable standing desk company that gives you style options. Also keep in mind that some some standing desks, have unique designs that are better for certain functions like laptop use. For example, FlexiSpot’s AlcoveRiser
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You Won't Believe What Sitting All Day Actually Does to Your Butt

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

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Spine 101: Anatomy and How It Affects Your Health

There is a reason for the saying “he has no backbone.” Without our spines, we would be very limited as human beings with no core strength or coordination to help us eloquently use our limbs to read, write, dance, run and enjoy life. Knowing some of the spine’s complex anatomy can help us appreciate the importance of back health and why it is one of the keys to a healthy and happy life.

The Basics

Each joint in the body has a unique combination of stability and mobility to optimize human performance and health.  This combination varies slightly in the spine with each level (7 cervical, 12 thoracic, 5 lumbar and 5 fused sacral vertebrate) of the spine, depending on whether its function is more related to movement or support.  In general the neck is designed for movement, the mid-back for protection of the organs with the help of the ribs and the low back for bearing weight while providing strength for movement. 

The Bones and Ligaments

Each vertebrae in the spine has the same general shape.  There is the main “body” that gives each bone its strength in front of a large opening for the spinal cord.  There are then three “processes” that stick out from each side and the back.  These are connection sites for many of the major ligaments and muscles in the body.  The dense network of ligaments and muscles around the spine add to the intricate layers of support and strength that help with overall back health. The only exceptions to this general shape are the top two cervical vertebrae that are made specifically to be able to rotate our heads, making them resemble more of a ring that rotates around a bottom post.

The Joints

There are several different major points of articulation in the spine.  Between each vertebrae is an intervertebral disc that provides cushion and shock absorption for the spine while allowing some movement.  The vertebrae then stack and “l

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Top 5 Occupational Health Risks of Desk Jobs — and How To Combat Them

Is your workplace a pain in the neck? Learn the five preventable health risks of desk jobs – and the surprisingly simple remedy for avoiding them. 

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Comparing Cardiovascular and Cardiorespiratory Endurance

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

5 Ways to Create a Stress-Free Workspace

The condition of your workspace has a direct connection to how productive you are and how satisfied you feel at work. When we’re struggling with productivity, the first cause we usually point to is our own motivation. But often, it’s our work environment that’s at fault. Learn how to create a stress-free work environment and you’ll see your productivity start to improve.

A carefully planned and well-maintained work environment can energize and excite you, which has a direct impact on your productivity throughout the workday. Workers who like where they work are not only more productive, but are more engaged, happy, and healthy.

Some aspects of your work environment you may have no control over, such as the building you’re in, how many windows are nearby, and where your desk is located. But you can control your own desk, so here are a few things you can do to create a stress-free work environment for yourself.

  1. Keep your workspace clean and organized.

It doesn’t matter whether you think you’re a naturally messy person and thrive in chaos. If your workstation is cluttered and disorganized, it’s going to inhibit your ability to get your work done well and done on time. File away papers from projects when they’re finished. Only keep the necessary items out on the surface of your desk. Especially if you are a naturally messy person, you’ll be surprised how much organizing your desk will help clear your mind.

  1. Get your wires under control.

With so many electronic devices taking up space on our desks these days, it’s easy for wires to get out of control. You have your monitor, your keyboard, a phone charger, your headphones… Finding a way to get those wires untangled and under control – for example, tying them together behind your desk – will do wonders for making your workstation feel more manageable.

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    Protect Your Spine by Optimizing Your Sleeping Position

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

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

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

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

    GOOD: Sleeping on Your Side With a Pillow

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

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

    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

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    Stress and Back Pain: 8 Ways to Get Relief for Both

    Most people think of back pain as a physical issue, but stress and negative emotions often contribute. If you’re stuck with ongoing discomfort, or even disability, knowing how to address the emotional side of pain can help you change the situation.

    Pain sufferers often overlook or avoid emotional contributors to pain because of pressure to perform, shame about emotional challenges, and a lack of support for developing emotional health.

    Thankfully, the situation is changing. Groundbreaking work by physicians like Dr. John Sarno has shed light on the connection between emotion and pain and provided relief to thousands.

    The growing popularity of emotional intelligence and mindfulness practices has also been shifting attitudes toward emotions, and new scientific findings are providing physical proof of the mind-body connection.

    Solutions for Reducing Stress and Relieving Pain

    So let’s look at a few simple ways to get started taking some of the emotional weight off your back.

    1. The TMS Approach

    In his bestselling book Healing Back Pain, Dr. Sarno described a new diagnosis for chronic pain, which he termed Tension Myositis Syndrome (TMS) and a simple approach to resolve it.

    He believed that ongoing emotional stress, especially unconscious anger, causes the body to tighten, which prevents your muscles from getting enough oxygen. When that happens, you get pain.

    He found over many decades working with thousands of patients that simply by understanding their condition as emotional, they often got better.

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

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

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    Mental Tricks To Lessen Back Pain and Reduce Stress at Work

    Try these mental tricks to reduce stress at work and alleviate back pain. 

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    How (and Why) To Protect Your Cervical Spine Nerves

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

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    How to Make Your Office Space ADA Compliant

    In 2010, the Department of Justice published a new set of ADA standards that extended the ADA’s jurisdiction to the internet as a place of public accommodation. Not only is ADA compliance a matter of obeying the law, but it also indicates to your employees and your customers that you care about their wellbeing.

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    Daily Life of a Workaholic

    Most people like to get off of work on time and rejoice about their days off...but what about those people who live to work? Here are their stories. If you're a workaholic or know a workaholic, maybe you can relate.

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    Choosing the Best Bag for Back Health

    Better back health support starts with choosing (and wearing) a back-friendly bag. Learn more about picking the best bag for you. 

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    The Secret to Staying Healthy While Watching TV

    After spending all day sitting at your office job, going home to sit for another five hours before TV is incredibly bad for your health. There are several effects binge-watching shows can have on your mental and physical health.

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    Typing Ergonomics Tips: Improper Techniques Could Be Hurting You

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

    Back Benefits from a Standing Desk - and 5 Tips for Making the Switch

    A very common ailment of office workers is back pain. Sitting at a desk all day at work puts unnecessary pressure on your spine and can lead to discomfort and injury. But trading in your traditional workstation for an adjustable standing desk can reduce that pressure and help to increase the health of your spine. Read on to find out why your back can’t stand all that sitting.

    Sit or Stand – How Does Position Impact Your Spine?

    Sitting for extended periods has been shown to shorten and harden abdominal and hamstring muscles. At first glance this change might not seem related to the spine, but the imbalance that it causes impinges on the rest of the body’s core, reducing spine alignment and muscle symmetry. Standing helps strengthen muscles in the core and legs – essential to general strength and to preventing spinal injury.

    Slouching is also much more common while sitting, and dipping your head toward the computer screen can cause neck and back pain and eventually impact your spine’s curvature. Performing repetitive tasks, particularly while seated, puts stress on muscles and joints and increases the risk of back and neck injury such as spine misalignment, pinched nerves and degenerative discs.

    One advantage of an adjustable desk – whether used for sitting or standing – is the ability to customize its height and provide an ergonomic advantage for your body, promoting good pos

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    Creating a Better Work-Life Balance for Employees

    Learn why a healthy work-life balance is important in the workplace, and how to bring it front and center for your workers. 

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    What Actually Causes Disc Related Back Pain?

    Addressing the ambiguities surrounding back health when you have a bulging disc. Learn what is causing the back pain and what to do aobut it. 

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    Can A Standing Desk Improve Kids' Health and Learning?

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

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    These Bad Habits Might Be Causing Your Back Pain

    We all experience back pain sometimes. In fact, an estimated 31 million Americans experience back pain on any given day, and a whopping 80% of Americans will experience back pain at some point in their life. While some cases of back pain are caused by serious underlying medical conditions, the majority are simply caused by lifestyle factors. That’s right – there may be things you do every day without even thinking about it that are causing your back pain.

    If your back pain is caused by lifestyle factors, that’s actually good news. That means you can heal your back pain on your own, without going to the doctor, just by making some changes to your daily routine and adopting some healthy new habits.

    When it comes to lifestyle factors that cause back pain, there are a handful of common culprits. These are the three worst offenders:

    • Lugging around heavy purses and briefcases
    • Wearing uncomfortable shoes with little to no arch support
    • Sitting all day long at your desk at work

    Any of those behaviors sound familiar? If you’re like most Americans, you’re probably guilty of all three. So let’s explore how you can change the lifestyle factors causing your back pain to find relief from serious back pain – both now and in the future.

    1. Use a backpack.

    The trend of giant, oversized bags started a few years ago and has no signs of slowing down. The downside is that if you make a bag bigger, we’ll find a way to fill it. So as bags get bigger, they also get heavier. Add to that the fact that more and more employees are issued company laptops that they lug from work to home and back again, and you get millions of Americans carrying around ridiculously heavy bags that weren’t designed for comfort. Men, don’t think you’re exempt – briefcases and messenger bags are just as ba

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    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.

    The Difference Between FlexiSpot Height Adjustable Desk EC3 vs EC4

    Been eyeing for a height-adjustable desk from FlexiSpot for a time now but cant fully decide whether to get an EC3 or EC4? We feel you there, but dont worry! Well compare these two models so you can choose as early as now which one to get.

    Both the EC3 and EC4 are the top choices among the height adjustable desk from FlexiSpot. Now that most of us are working from home due to the coronavirus pandemic, having the proper setup and workstation needs is a must.

    In this article, well help you distinguish the difference between FlexiSpots EC3 and EC4. Which of these two desks would meet your needs and how both of these desks are a standout among any other brands. Read along.

     

    Price

    The EC3 desk is sold at $359.99. From its original price of $459.99, the brand has decided to make it affordable with a $100 discount to make work from home attainable and more manageable without spending too much. On the other hand, you need to shed $40 for the EC4 desk because of its added features from weight capacity, h

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    How to Improve Posture at Work: Take a Meditation Break!

    Want to know how to improve posture at work? One of the benefits of meditation may be standing and sitting a little taller. 

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    The Dos and Don'ts of a Standing Desk

    Adding an adjustable standing desk to your office a good start to improving worker wellness. Follow these tips for making the change a successful one. 

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    Migraines at Work: Migraine Remedy Ideas for the Office

    Migraines at work should not be taken lightly. Here are treatments and changes you can make at the office to help. 

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    5 Effective Treatments for Lower Back Pain

    What would you guess is the most common reason for missing work is among Americans? The flu? The common cold? Those are up there, but in fact, back pain is one of the most common reasons given for missed work. It’s also the second most common reason for visits to the doctor’s office, following upper-respiratory infections.

    If that number seems high, so will this one: over 80% of Americans will experience back pain at some point during their lifetime. And that number is rising. Since 1998, the percentage of Americans who report experiencing back pain in the last three months has risen from 29.5% to 33.7%, and 30% of those say it impacted their ability to work. Americans spend $50 billion every year on treating back pain, and $100 million in indirect costs – such as lost wages and productivity.

    The culprit behind back pain isn’t hard to identify. Most cases of back pain are non-organic, meaning they aren’t caused by serious medical conditions such as inflammatory arthritis, fracture, or cancer. Here’s a hint: Of those who experience lower back pain, 54% report spending the majority of their workday seated. The primary culprit of our growing back problem is our sedentary lifestyle.

    If you’re one of the 33.7% of Americans who have experienced back pain within the past three months, we have some tips for how to cope with or even eliminate the pain. Try these 5 effective treatments for lower back pain.

    1. Yoga

    Yoga is trendy right now – but it’s not all about cute yoga gear and 

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    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
    • Arthritis
    • 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

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    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.  

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    6 Tips For Treating Your Spine Right

    Your spine is literally the backbone of everything you do, so good spine health is critical to your quality of life. 

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    Why an MRI is Unnecessary for Low Back Pain

    With statistics showing that low back pain affects approximately 80% of the population at least once in their life, chances are you have had low back pain or know someone who has experienced it.  Despite a large amount of research and information out there related to low back pain, treatment can be ambiguous.  When dealing with your spine health, it is important to know the facts so you can make an educated decision for treatment.

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    5 Chair Exercises At Work To Look And Feel Your Best

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

    Factors and Tips to Consider Before Adding Casters to Standing Desks

    Are you considering adding casters to your current standing desk? While it may be a great solution for some users for that added flexibility and mobility, casters may not be suitable for anyone depending on the environment and the individual users.

    Getting casters for your desk may look simple but know that by adding them, you add a layer of complexity to your desks ergonomic function and stability.

    In this article, well delve into some top factors customers should consider when seeking to add casters to a standing desk frame and tips for making a smooth transition.


    Factors To Consider Before Using Casters

    Know that casters come in various sizes and that flooring surfaces also affects your moving loads over. Check out some of the top factors and tips to make your casters benefit you in the long run.

    • Consider Your Working Environment

    We all have our version of workstations. However, there are some usage environments in which it may make the most sense to add casters:

    If ever youll be working in a classroom, desk frames with casters would be very helpful especially if you want to move places.

    It would also be very much helpful if youre working in a warehouse and conference rooms where flexibility and rapid change is needed while changing equipment or transferring to another room. With these situations mentioned, desks with casters provide quick

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    3 Signs of Cervical Radiculopathy

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

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    Your Favorite Music Can Help You Be More Productive at Work

    There are two types of people in this world: those who prefer to work in silence, and those who insist they’re most productive while listening to music. Both camps find it hard to understand how the other group gets anything done. So who’s right? Well, in a way… both groups are!

    According to one study published in Scientific American, how music affects your brain varies from person to person – so it’s completely plausible that while a good playlist might help you power through writing an important report, it might distract your colleague from making any progress at all.

    If you’re in the musical camp, have you ever stopped to what it is about listening music that makes it so good for your work ethic? Turns out there’s some pretty solid scientific evidence to back it up.

    Music Boosts Your Mood

    It’s no surprise that listening to sad music can make you feel sad, while listening to upbeat music can make you feel happier – we all know this intuitively. What’s more surprising is that regardless of the type of music playing, listening to music at work can boost your mood.

    As Teresa Lesiuk, associate professor of music education and music therapy at the University of Miami, is quoted in an article on Futurism.com, listening to music you enjoy will produce a “mild, positive mood” about “90 percent of the time.” She goes on to say that being in that particular mood state is good for productivity because “you’re better at problem solving and thinking creatively.”

    Music Counteracts Noise Distraction

    While some people find music it

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    Do you need an Office as a Consultant

    For most consultants, starting out with a home office is the path to take. You can save up the cash that you need, and make the most impact on your home business. 

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    The Benefits of Back Massages Extend Beyond Relaxation

    Massages for back pain are among the preventive health care activities that can really make a difference in your daily life. 

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    3 Accessories You Need For A Standing Desk

    Switching to a standing desk can transform your work life. You’ll feel better, have more energy, and you’ll get more done throughout the day. A standing desk is hugely beneficial on its own, but adding a few accessories to your standing desk set-up can make it even more ergonomic.

    We hand-picked the three best stand-up desk accessories you should have for your workstation. These stand-up desk accessories were designed to enhance the sit-stand experience by increasing comfort, maximizing efficiency, and adding more movement into your workday.

    The 3 Best Standing Desk Accessories:

     1. Anti-Fatigue Mat

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    Even standing can start to be hard on your body if you do it all day. Using an anti-fatigue mat will make a long day on your feet easier on your body. An anti-fatigue mat is a rubber pad with a cushioned layer of support that alleviates pressure on your knees and ankles by stimulating subtle movements that promote blood flow in your muscles.

    You could use an anti-fatigue mat anywhere that you stand for long periods of time, such as the kitchen, but it is especially beneficial at work where many people wear uncomfortable shoes. 

    2. Dual Monitor Mount

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    A standing desk won’t do you as much good if your workstation isn’t set up ergonomically. The placement of hardware on your desk, such as your monitor, keyboard, and mouse, can have a huge impact on your physical well-being. A poorly set-up workstation wi

    The way you stand, run and walk may be hurting your back.

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    If your back hurts, there's a chance it's the natural movement of your feet as you walk. Understanding what is supination and over pronation can help. 

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    Are Chairs Giving Us Diabetes?

    Sitting for long periods of time has been linked to multiple health complications, including the development of type II diabetes, a disease that occurs when your blood sugar is too high.

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

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

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    Standing Desk Ergonomics: How to Avoid Muscle Fatigue

    It’s a great day! Your brand new standing desk just arrived, and you’re ready to put an end to your sedentary workstyle so you can enjoy all the health benefits of working at a standing desk.

    But, before you dive right in, it’s important to acknowledge that your standing desk can only live up to your ergonomic expectations if you use it correctly. Poor posture and bad habits will have you in the same unhealthy boat you were in when using a sit-down desk. So, let’s review the basics of proper ergonomics so you can reap the rewards of working at a standing desk.

    The Best Way to Stand

    • Use an Anti-Fatigue MatVeteran standing desk users swear by anti-fatigue mats. These super cushioned floor mats help ease leg, foot, and lower back fatigue and pain whenever you stand for extended periods.
    • Wear Comfortable Shoes: If you love to wear high heels or other less than comfortable dress shoes to work, keep a comfortable pair of shoes below your desk that you can switch into while standing.
    • Maintain Proper Neck & Elbow Positioning: Even when you’re standing, it’s important that your computer monitor is at eye level, at least 20 to 28 inches away from your eyes and tilted at a 20-degree angle. Your elbows should also rest comfortably at a 90-degree angle while using your keyboard.

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    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.

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    Shake If Off: The Health Benefits of Vibration Therapy

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

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    How an Anti-Inflammatory Diet Can Help Your Back Pain

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

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    Managing Your Mental Health in the Workplace

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