Spring has almost sprung, and spring break travel, or just travel in general, is most likely on your mind. Yet, with all the excitement and planning that goes into your getaway, you never want your fun, rest or relaxation to be ruined because you’re sick. But don’t worry; here are five simple tips for healthy travel no matter the time of the year!
1. Wash or Sanitize Your Hands. Hand hygiene is an easy and highly effective way to help fight germs while traveling. Be sure to wash your hands before boarding a plane or train. Wash hands with soap and water for 20 seconds, and help young children do the same. Also, be sure to pack a travel-sized alcohol-based hand sanitizer, like PURELL® Advanced Hand Sanitizer, to sanitize your hands, when soap and water are not available, at key moments including before eating and after sneezing or coughing.
2. Stay Hydrated. Make sure a water bottle is on your packing list so you can take it with you everywhere. Dehydration can cause a variety of health ailments, including headaches, muscle cramping and digestive issues. Most people need between five and eight glasses of water daily; however, each person is different and should be aware of their hydration level, especially on hot days or when activity level is increased.
3. Don’t Skip Your Workout. Vacation is a time to recharge, and what better way to do just that than with exercise. You might be able to hit the gym on vacation, but if not, get out and explore by foot or workout in your room by doing pushups and yoga poses.
4. Eat more fruits and vegetables. We aren’t saying not to enjoy a treat or two on your trip, but aim to eat at least five servings of fruits and vegetables each day. Choose from a mix of colors and be sure to include leafy greens, berries and fiber-packed beans.
5. Carry disinfectant wipes. Wipe down those germy areas like airplane tray tables and other commonly touched surfaces, like hotel-room television remotes.
No matter where your travels take you, may they be fun and healthy! Safe travels!
Spring weather leaves me feeling a little antsy during the workday. The sun is shining, my fingers start tapping, and I can't help but feel cooped up and wishing I were outside in the fresh, crisp air. Here are some quick tips to curb the fidgets:
Staff at The Washington Post tested 12 exercises for a week to see which ones office workers could implement in a workday. If the exercises worked for them, they can work for you. Put a little spring in your step with these easy movements:
You can also check out Twist's Pinterest board for some ways to keep moving during March Madness!
Did you know there are Twist office products that can help wash, wipe and sanitize your way to a healthier workplace?
1. WASH your hands often. Thorough drying with paper towels can reduce germs by 77 percent.
2. WIPE down high traffic surface areas like desks and doorknobs to tackle germs.
3. SANITIZE. Using hand sanitizer can reduce your sick days by 21 percent.
Your boss and coworkers thank you for spreading the health!
Okay, so here are the facts: Sitting for extended periods of time can result in up to a 20% drop in "good" cholesterol. Other problems? Well, they are a-plenty. Take a look*:
Many studies believe that there is a reduced chance of obesity, diabetes, cardiovascular disease and cancer, which can all be linked to sitting for long periods of time. So go ahead, get up, stand up... stand up for your life!
Experts agree that 10,000 steps a day promotes good health. Some ways to keep moving during the work day:
It's almost a no-brainer. When sitting and slumped in front of a computer all day, your ability and desire to interact with others is dramatically reduced, as is, some believe, your creativity. When opting for a standing solution throughout the day, you'll be moving around more and engaging more frequently.
One of my biggest money saving tips when it comes to food is to bring your own lunch to work. That $5 you’re spending on a sandwich equals $25 a week, and $1,300 per year. This may not seem like a big deal, but considering that a homemade lunch only costs $2-3, you could be spending half of what you currently are, saving yourself $650 a year on workday lunches alone.
Most people probably realize that brown bagging lunch is the cheapest option, but the hard part is actually creating the habit of packing it. Here are my best tips for getting yourself to bring lunch to work a reality.
Some of my favorite healthy and budget-friendly lunches include:
Not only does packing your lunches for work save you money, it typically means a healthier meal. Win-win!
Did you hit the gym today? If so, you probably feel like you deserve a pat on the back. But your efforts may be in vain if you spend the rest of the day sitting down.
It’s hardly breaking news that sitting at work all day is bad for you.. Study after study has shown that sitting all day long put people at risk for developing lower back problems, kidney disease, heart disease and other ills – even if they exercise outside of work. Research is piling in that that shows just the act of sitting most of the day can cut years off your life. Researchers reported that cutting the time that people spend sitting to less than three hours would increase life expectancy in the U.S. by two years. And reducing the time spent watching TV to less than 2 hours daily would increase life expectancy by 1.4 years.
One solution is the new crop of standing desks. The concept itself has been around for centuries. Winston Churchill knew it. Ernest Hemingway knew it. Leonardo da Vinci knew it. Notables such as Thomas Jefferson and Charles Dickens are rumored to have used them. Every trendy office from Silicon Valley to Scandinavia now knows it too: there is virtue in working standing up. And not merely standing. The trendiest offices of all have treadmill desks, which encourage people to walk while working. It sounds like a fad. But it does have a basis in science.
With growing research about the health dangers of sitting at work, the commercial market for standing desks is picking up steam. Businessweek reports office furniture sales of stand-up desks are growing at four times the rate of “normal” desks.
Thinking about taking a stand at your office? Twist OP has a full line of stand-up desks by HON and Lorell as well as risers that can convert any traditional desk into a standing desk. Interested? Call your Twist OP sales rep to discuss what would work best for your office.
Mom was right to tell you to stop slouching and sit up straight. Not only does good posture make you look taller and more confident, it also increases energy, improves breathing and keeps your back pain-free. Good posture ensures that you’re placing the least amount of strain on muscles and tendons. Whether sitting in front of the computer, standing, walking or lifting, always practice good posture.
1. Standing. Keep your feet a comfortable distance apart, typically no more than the breadth of your shoulders with equal weight distributed on each leg. Imagine a vertical line drawn from the center of your head through your shoulders and down to your pelvis. This is your perfect standing posture.
If your job requires you to stand for prolonged periods of time, consider using a foot rest to ease strain. If you need additional back support, steady yourself with a table or countertop, remembering to keep your head raised and spine straight. Individuals standing in the same spot all day should use a rubber mat on the floor to improve comfort.
2. Walking. Notice how people walk and you’ll see that many of us lean forward, creating stress on the back. Walk without tensing neck muscles, while keeping your pelvis straight and head level. With good posture, your head should almost feel weightless. Avoid flat-footed, “stomping,” but instead land softly on the heel, transferring weight onto the ball of the foot and finally the toes. Use purses, bags and backpacks designed to minimize back strain.
3. Sitting. With so many of us sitting at a desk all day, it’s natural to get tired and start slouching without even noticing it. To counter that, take full advantage of the chair’s features with your buttocks pushed all the way to the back of the seat. Once your pelvis supports your weight, you’ll notice how much easier it is to maintain good posture. Your knees should bend at a right angle and be about the same level as your hips. Use a small foot rest under your feet to achieve proper position if needed. Avoid unbalanced postures such as crossing legs unevenly, leaning to one side, hunching the shoulders or tilting the head. Give your shoulders and back muscles a break by using the arm rests.
4. Lifting. Incorrect lifting can contribute to severe, long-term debilitation. With that in mind, always plan before you lift. Keep objects close to your body rather than carried with outstretched arms. Even with light objects, maintain a straight back and use knee-bending actions not back-bending actions. Tighten your abdominal muscles for extra support. If lifting is part of your regular daily routine, invest in a back support or other related equipment.
5. Working at the Computer. In addition to practicing good sitting posture as previously discussed, working at a computer requires you to keep your arms and wrists aligned as well. Unnecessary strain is placed on the spine unless your chair, keyboard, mouse, and computer screen are all correctly positioned.
Place your monitor away from glare and at a distance of about an arm’s length when seated comfortably in front of it. Position the screen to your natural, resting eye position and avoid tilting your head forward. Use a book or stand to raise it if needed. Adjust your monitor’s brightness, contrast and font size to comfortable levels. When typing, keep your arms parallel to your legs with good support under your wrists. Relax your upper arms and shoulders. If possible, place your documents directly in front of you. Unfortunately, poor posture can easily become a habit, causing chronic discomfort. The good news is, the main factors affecting posture and ergonomics are completely under your control. By following the advice above you can prevent the problems associated with poor posture and stay healthy, productive, and most importantly, pain-free all day long.
Did you know that an average of 77% of our time at work is sedentary?
I don’t know about you, but being in active for 77% of our work lives does not sound healthy. Especially since it can lead to higher risks in heart disease and obesity.
But, have no fear and shed no tear. You may not believe it at first, but there is an office furniture product that fights this sedentary epidemic and it has more benefits than you think…
Zenergy. No that’s not a typo. The Zenergy Ball chair from Safco is unlike any other. It’s durable rubber ball meets office chair meets stool meets comfortable in the workplace. If this chair had a personality it would be fun and spunky. The kind of person who attracts the right attention. The kind of person you want to be around because they make you feel welcomed, comfortable, and enjoyable.
Now, that’s some good product marketing right there. But, let’s talk benefits. Because when it comes to marketing a product, it takes more than just the look and feel. What does this product solve? How does this product make your office life better? The best way to highlight the benefits of any product, is to A) bullet them and B) show a video…
Nothing like a great video and healthful benefits to market a product worth investing in the office. Safco has developed office furniture that combines active wellness involvement, balance, and concentrated productivity into one ZENful product. A product sure to cut down on that scary 77% and increase office harmony.
Contact us at www.twistop.com and we’ll be happy to bring a chair out to your office for a demo. And one lucky customer will win a chair at the end of the summer. Stay tuned. We love office products that put a twist on harmony. Thanks to United Stationers for letting us share.
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