Taylor is a brilliant chief investment officer at Axe Capital. She is usually the smartest person in the room. So when the Variable™ balans® kneeling chair appears in the Axe Capital mediation room with Taylor – you know it’s a smart move.
The Kneeling Stool that is Stealing the Show
The Variable balans kneeling chair has made several appearances in Season 3. The iconic chair will continue to be seen through the series, so keep an eye out and see if you spot it. Dealing with the stress of managing billions of investor dollars and the SEC, it is easy to see why the original kneeling chair, Varier’s Variable™ balans® is such a good choice for Axe Capital. But really, you don’t need to have that much stress in your life to appreciate the benefits of the ergonomically awesome Variable kneeling stool.
Once you’ve sat on a Variable balans, you’ll never want to go back to your old way antiquated form of sitting. The iconic design gently tilts the pelvis forward and encourages a natural, dynamic, and upright spine. The muscles in the abdomen and back engage to keep the spine straight and the body balanced. Strengthening core muscles and preventing back and shoulder tension. It also improves circulation, boosts energy levels, and helps increase concentration.
Ergonomic & Sustainable
Ready to add the Variable balans to your meditation room, office, or home? Created well over 35 years ago, it’s as timeless as it is stylish and ergonomically precise. Varier has committed to a healthy lifestyle for our customers and our planet. Revive, one of our newest fabrics, is responsibly manufactured from post-consumer recycled polyester(PET) and is specially created with a focus on reducing the environmental impact both in production and natural resources.
Just outside Asheville, North Carolina. Nestled between the Great Smoky Mountains National Park and Nantahala National Forest, is the Academy at SOAR. The Academy at SOAR is an academic adventure program and residential boarding school for youth with learning disabilities. Including but not limited to ADHD, Dyslexia, and Executive Functioning difficulties. SOAR offers an alternative learning environment. Combining academics, adventure, and life skills development. To help prepare students academically, socially, and emotionally for adulthood.
Visiting a SOAR Classroom
Recently I visited their campus and their newly redesigned math classroom. Complete with standing desks and multiple Varier Move™ Sit-stand stools.
As I listened to their experiences with the Move sit-stand stool. It was easy to understand how active seating can be beneficial at this school or any other. Instead of spending time and energy focusing on sitting still, students can now rock, pivot, and fidget while being more present participating in class.
Would you mind taking a moment to watch the video and hear directly from both administrators and students? They have finally found something that works well for them.
We’ve grown up thinking that education is a time to sit still and learn. Some children are rewarded for sitting quietly at their desks and doing their lessons. In comparison, other children who can’t or won’t sit still are seen as unable to cope in a “normal” classroom setting. What if we pause for a minute and rethink our concept of “normal.” Is it normal to have inquisitive, active children sitting still most of the day?
As a kinesiologist, I believe that movement throughout the day should be celebrated and encouraged. Ironically, we ask our children to sit still and stop fidgeting in school even though we now have the research to prove how detrimental it is to our health. Everywhere I look, there is a message that static sitting is inferior. Even a grave slogan caught media attention that says “sitting is the new smoking.” But yet we still seem comfortable with allowing, and in many cases forcing our kids to sit still for a large portion of their day.
Our children seem to know the benefits of movement innately. So I encourage parents, teachers, and administrators to celebrate their true nature and give kids the tools for being the best version of themselves.
About the Author Stevyn Guinnip has a master’s degree in kinesiology. She is also a veteran in the fitness industry. She has a wide range of experience including NIH research, personal training, corporate wellness, cardiac rehab, and group fitness. Stevyn is responsible for launching fitness programs in both the US and Australia. Stevyn believes that if you seek wellness, you will find freedom. She also believes in the importance of integrated core muscles. Including the (often neglected) pelvic floor muscles and diaphragm which are impacted by good posture, breathing, and movement.
By now, you’ve probably heard that too much sitting isn’t good for you.
Right or wrong? Sitting or standing? We still find ourselves sitting the majority of our day. Because of this, I’ve seen a significant increase in the push to get employees out of their chairs and onto their feet. While I applaud the concept. I’m not convinced that standing is the answer. Consider the following risks of standing, and then ask yourself…does the risk of occupational sitting really outweigh the risk of standing? To sit or stand?
Stroke or Heart Attack. In the case of a sudden stroke or heart attack at work, sitting at your desk means you are closer to the ground. Therefore, you won’t bump your head as hard when you go unconscious.
Fire. You will be two steps ahead of your coworkers. Remember that smoke rises, so it’s safer to be closer to the ground. Skip the first two steps (stop and drop), and roll right out of your chair for a better chance of survival.
Brain Function. The air is thinner at altitude, so working from your chair will make it easier to breathe and supply your brain with more oxygen, making you smarter than your standing coworkers.
Time Management. Sitting at your desk is a time-management strategy that should be praised. Not only are you getting your work done, but you are also in training for your next binge-watching marathon on Netflix. You are basically getting paid to practice sitting through 6 episodes of ‘The Crown.’
Money. You will burn fewer calories sitting all day. This means you won’t have to buy as much food and save money on your grocery bill.
The Planet. Your shoes don’t wear out as fast since you won’t be on your feet all day. This means you won’t have to throw your worn-out shoes in landfills. Mother Nature will thank you if you stay seated.
“sitting more and moving less at your desk has significant benefits”…said no kinesiologist ever.
In all seriousness, the answer isn’t just: Sit or Stand. The answer is: Movement. Most importantly, move through different active sitting positions. Moreover, try not to stay seated or standing in the same position for too long. Similarly, even transitioning just 2 hours of your workday into other positions can have a significant positive impact on weight, chronic disease, and morbidity.
The first snow fell on brightly colored leaves this year. It surprised me because I hadn’t mentally prepared for winter to come, yet. This was my wake-up call to dig out hats and gloves and decide if we are going to get ski passes this year. It also triggered another wake-up call – a bigger, more important winter is coming someday. (No, it doesn’t involve white walkers.) The winter of our lives is coming in the form of old age, and I wonder if we are preparing for it?
While winter can be as beautiful as all the other seasons, people usually fear it because aging means pending death, possible sickness and pain, and lost independence. According to the CDC, there has been a major shift in the leading cause of death over the last century from infectious disease, to acute illness, and now to chronic disease and degenerative illness. They report that “Two out of every three older Americans have multiple chronic conditions.” Some of that is inevitable, but as Dr. Andrew Weil said at the recent International Council on Active Aging conference, the aging process can be separated from disease. Therefore, our goal shouldn’t be anti-aging, but anti-diseasing.
Whether you are like my parents and quickly approaching your winter, or like my children whose winter seems far off, there are things you can do now to prepare. Just keep in mind that preparing for seasonal winter is different than preparing for the winter of life. Because nobody is getting out of this life alive, the goal is not to survive until spring, but rather to enjoy our winter with a body that still functions and is relatively free from chronic disease.
I know it’s hard to think about the pending winter in the midst of our spring or summer years. When we are young, our bodies are flexible, functional, and disease-free. I watch my children and see strong, vibrant lives preparing to bear good fruit, and it’s difficult to imagine that they won’t always be this healthy. Most of us only start to contemplate our exit plan from this earth when we approach our autumn. Like brightly colored leaves, we shine with confidence and life experience during this stage, but we also begin to notice the slightest hint of brittleness around the edges. The culmination of inactivity, poor diet, and bad habits tend to show up in this season.
Here are 6 ways we can start today to prepare for the pending winter of our lives. We don’t have to wait until we are near winter. The sooner we start, the better prepared we will be.
Take a walk for 15 minutes after every meal to cut blood sugar spikes in half and protect against diabetes. I explain this concept further in the article titled Become a NEAT-er Person.
Find a gentle joint mobility class like Kaiut Yoga to lubricate your joints and maintain your range of motion. My husband is going through Kaiut Yoga teacher training in Boulder, and I’ve seen firsthand the simple but effective way this type of yoga impacts the aging body.
Eat lots of fruits, vegetables, and spices (like turmeric) to flood your body with antioxidants and phytonutrients so your body can fight off disease. The potential for disease is always present, so fuel your body well for a chance at the best defense. Scientists are learning more and more about nutrigenomics which is the study of food’s ability to impact gene expression, including chronic disease.
Reduce inflammation because it is the underlying culprit of many chronic diseases and joint pain. Pay attention to how your body feels after eating certain foods. Some of the common inflammatory foods are sugar, trans fat, vegetable oil, MSG, aspartame, and alcohol.
Move your body for at least 1 minute every half hour throughout the day. Get up, walk, stretch, or fidget, especially if you work behind a desk. Long bouts of sedentariness have been linked to chronic disease and all-cause mortality.
Find ways to flood your body with good hormones: laugh every day, move, and invest in others. Hormone balance is the lifeblood of vitality. Positivity, love, and low stress go a long way toward supporting healthy aging.
The pending winter of our lives does not have to mean pending disease. Instead, we can improve with time just like cheese, whiskey, and leftover chili. Winter is coming. Embrace it. Prepare for it. Welcome your winter with open arms and a warm heart.
For more information on how to build more movement into your day. Contact Varier.
About the Author Stevyn Guinnip has a masters degree in kinesiology and is a veteran in the fitness industry. She has a wide range of experience including NIH research, personal training, corporate wellness, cardiac rehab, group fitness, and launching fitness programs in both the US and Australia. Stevyn believes that if you seek wellness, you will find freedom. She also believes in the importance of the integrated core muscles including the (often neglected) pelvic floor muscles and diaphragm which are impacted by good posture, breathing, and movement.