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February 12, 2019
Improve Office Ergonomics

The term “ergonomics” was coined in 1857 from the Greek words for “work” and “natural law,” but it didn’t become a common expression in the English language until WWII. That’s when aircraft designers for the British Royal Air Force made it widely known through their work building cockpits to be compatible with human pilots. After all, what good is a plane if it can’t be flown efficiently?

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November 20, 2018

Healthy Treats imageThe holiday season can be hard to navigate if you’re focusing on healthy foods; parties and get togethers often include carb-heavy foods that lead to weight gain as well as fried, processed and sugary foods that can lead to inflammation. Despite the tempting treats around every corner, you don’t need to give in! Instead of submitting to temptation, take control and try these delicious holiday recipes for guilt-free indulgence!

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October 16, 2018

Seasonal Depression imageSince fall is upon us, that means fewer daylight hours, more cloudy days and lower temperatures. Due to these seasonal shifts, many people experience lower energy levels, depression and even difficulty concentrating due to the effects of Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD). According to Mental Health America, about 5 percent of the U.S. population experiences seasonal depression. If this is a disorder that you believe that you or a loved one may be coping with, read on to learn about the details and the five ways you can combat SAD.

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September 2, 2016

When was the last time you ate the full recommended serving of fruits and vegetables in a day? Or, do you know what the recommended serving sizes per day are? Set out by the federal MyPlate guidelines, the amount of each serving depends on the age, gender and level of physical activity for each individual.

Are you eating enough fruits and veggies?

Are you eating enough fruits and veggies?

 

 

Here’s the current breakdown for adults:

Recommended Servings Per Day of Fruits, According to MyPlate:

Women 19-30 years old

31-50 years old

51+ years old

2 cups

1 ½ cups

1 ½ cups

Men 19-30 years old

31-50 years old

51+ years old

2 cups

2 cups

2 cups

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July 29, 2016

If you’re a committed professional who shows up to your job on time, produces quality work and always makes sure to get the task completed quickly and completely, you’re likely a bit worn out when the day is done. Since you’re such a stellar team player, we bet you could use a bit of relaxation after a long stint at the office. Did you know this August 15th is National Relaxation Day? This holiday is created for you.

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What is National Relaxation Day?

Held this August 15th, National Relaxation Day is meant to remind hard-working Americans that they deserve a break. According to Punchbowl, “No matter what you choose to do, just remember to take it easy, even if it’s only for a few minutes.” Rest and relaxation are an essential part of a health and wellness and by taking some time to relax, unwind and put your feet up, the idea is that you’ll become a better worker who is more productive, committed and happy in the workplace. Instead of waiting for mid-August each year, here are four tips for relaxing year-round.

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July 22, 2016

Have you ever felt like your neck was cramping up from looking at a mobile phone, tablet or laptop screen for too long? It’s more than a temporarily uncomfortable feeling; in reality you may be at risk of developing a dangerous new condition called Text Neck. Read on to learn about what this is, and how you can prevent it from happening to you.

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What is Text Neck?

According to Spine-Health, “Text neck is the term used to describe the neck pain and damage sustained from looking down at your cell phone, tablet or other wireless devices too frequently and for too long.”

We all use our smartphones many times each day, sometimes as often as multiple times per hour. Each time you stare down at the screen, scroll through the internet or even type out a text message, you are putting yourself at risk developing Text Neck. Since technology is so entwined with our daily lives, it isn’t realistic to cut it out completely. Instead, here are four tips for keeping your neck safe and comfortable in a digital world.

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July 15, 2016

What happens to your body when you exercise? We all know regular fitness is important, but do you know how it affects your body and mind? In addition to increased energy and mental alertness, you could be enjoying many more positive aspects of exercise. Even those with limited time can still sneak fitness into their daily routine, in the form of workplace workouts; read on to learn about seven benefits you’ll receive from incorporating regular bouts of cardio into your lifestyle.

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3 Benefits of Exercise for Your Body

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July 8, 2016

Summer is the perfect time to get outdoors and try a new sport. Trail running is a popular warm-weather activity that is a great cardio workout; being off the beaten path will take you to new places that are inaccessible by car or bike. If you’re new to the sport of trail running, you’ll benefit from these three tips to help you get the most out of the experience.

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3 Trail Running Tips

  1. Start with Your Feet

Of course running has a lot to do with your feet, so if you’re new to trail running, you should start here. First determine if you are wearing the right type of shoes for the sport. Be sure to choose a pair that is very sturdy, durable and fits well. If your shoes are too loose, you are at risk of blisters, sores and even ankle twists. If your pair is too tight, you could cut off the circulation to your toes, causing pain and discomfort. It can help to visit a shoe store and ask for a good pair of trail running shoes; at We’ve Got Your Back, we are happy to help.

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July 1, 2016

Did you know July is National Eye Injury Prevention Month? Your eyes need regular care to keep them in tip-top shape and you should be aware of how your vision is affected by the things you do each day. To protect your eyes, it’s best to identify the risks that you encounter in the workplace.

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What is National Eye Injury Prevention Month?

Each year, there are approximately one million eye injuries in America, and 90 percent of them are preventable. The most common causes of eye injuries are complications from debris entering the eye, such as yard debris or workshop dust, fireworks injuries, sports accidents and chemicals.

National Eye Injury Prevention Month aims to raise awareness of common risks and provide information for people to take control of their eye health and improve their wellbeing. There are several risks in the workplace, including computer vision syndrome and digital eye strain; read on to learn about them.

What is Computer Vision Syndrome?

According to Tech Republic, computer vision syndrome can affect those who spend at least two hours each day looking at a computer screen. Symptoms include tired or burning eyes, blurred vision, headache, fatigue, dizziness and trouble focusing.

What is Digital Eye Strain?

In today’s modern workplace, workers can spend up to 10 hours each day looking at computer screens, tablets and phones; once off the clock, these same workers continue their screen usage, often to the detriment of their vision. Digital eye strain becomes common when there is too much screen time in an individual’s life; limiting looking at them to working hours can help.

While computer vision syndrome and digital eye strain aren’t physical ailments requiring medical intervention like debris and other eye injuries, it is a very real threat facing American workers today. Here are four tips for reducing the likelihood of these issues.

Tips for Eye Injury Prevention at Work

  1. Use the 20-20-20 Rule

The key to maintaining 20/20 vision, the 20-20-20 rule means:

  1. Every 20 minutes, you should take a break from your computer screen
  2. Take a break every half hour or so for at least 20 seconds
  3. Each hour, stand up and move, while looking at something at least 20 feet away

Following the 20-20-20 rule can help reduce fatigue and give your eyes the break they need to stay safe and healthy.

  1. Use Your Computer’s Brightness Settings

Adjustability is key to health ergonomics in the office; make use of the varying settings on your computer. Different times of day provide varying natural light, so it may be beneficial to adjust the brightness throughout the afternoon. Keeping the brightness high on the computer during the day can help reduce digital eye strain because a bright screen flickers less, which strains your vision.

  1. Blink (Often!)

One of the reasons you may develop adverse effects from computer vision syndrome is because of dry eyes. When you stare at a computer for long hours, your eyes blink three times less than usual and this can cause headaches and pain. Consider trying some blinking exercises multiple times an hour and pay attention to how often you close your eyes. If you’re experience mild pain, blinking more often can help.

  1. Get Regular Eye Exams

A part of having healthy vision is to get it checked regularly. If you’re concerned that you are developing digital eye strain or computer vision syndrome, consult an eye doctor for a check-up and advice.

We encourage you to stay healthy during July’s Eye Injury Prevention Month, and year round. For more tips on workplace ergonomics, visit our showroom today.

June 24, 2016

It’s four o’clock in the afternoon and you’re getting ready to leave for the day. After sitting at your desk in your old office chair for eight hours, your legs are stiff and sore and you may feel like you didn’t get as much accomplished in the day as you wanted. Using a standing desk is a simple solution that can solve both problems, in addition to many others. Read on for four reasons why you should ditch the office chair and switch to a standing desk.

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4 Reasons to Get a Standing Desk

  1. Improve Productivity

There are only so many hours in a day, and you can only get so much done during that time. Standing desks dramatically improve your productivity by allowing you to focus while giving you the freedom to move parts of your body, such as your legs, more than you can at a traditional desk. Recent studies show that using a standing desk can increase your work results up to 50-percent! You can get double the amount of work done in your day when compared to your sitting coworkers without staying at the office for longer; let that sink in for a minute.

  1. Increase Life Span

We know about the importance of exercising for at least 30 minutes a day and getting up to move as often as possible; however, being glued to a chair behind your desk for 8 hours or more makes getting any activity completed during the workday a challenge. When you are stuck being sedentary for such long periods of time at work, it has a negative effect on your health, which can lead to premature loss of life due to health complications.

Just cutting the amount of time you are sitting behind a desk to do your work by approximately two hours can make a difference and increase your life span, making the standing desk a must-have for your office.

  1. Boost Brain Power

While it shouldn’t replace your exercise routine, standing is a great way to get the blood moving throughout your entire body, including your brain. The increase in blood flow to your brain has a positive effect on your cognitive skills and abilities, helping you to work through difficult problems and improve your decision making.

What does this mean for you? Improved intellectual performance will result in glowing reviews from your employer and can assist you in moving up the corporate ladder. Being able to work through tough decisions and solve difficult problems also lowers workplace stress levels.

  1. Enhance Creativity

We already covered how standing at work improves your brain power, but it also gets your creative juices flowing. How often do you see someone else standing while brainstorming? Or getting out of their chair when there is a difficult problem that needs to be solved?

The ability to get up and move can give you a chance to, literally and figuratively, view a situation from a new perspective. This new view can help you think of creative solutions that are outside the box, and being able to think outside the box leads to innovative ideas in the brainstorming process. Great progress is made when we are able to dream up creative answers to standard problems. Your next big idea could be waiting for you; ditch the chair and convert to a standing desk.

Standing desks are more than the latest office furniture trend. With studies showing the major benefits help you improve productivity, increase your lifespan, boost brain power and enhance creativity, the standing desk is here to stay. What’s holding you back from getting one? Visit our showroom today for more information.

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