Reap the Benefits of Moving Your Body More Every Day.

Reap the Benefits of Moving Your Body More Every Day.

Let’s get moving.

Many people make a living being sedentary. It’s not something we should be ashamed of, just something that has become ingrained in our culture. Activity, in the past, was built into a typical workday. As our society has changed, the activity that was once a part of daily life has been replaced with sedentary jobs requiring little to no physical activity.

What we know about daily activity.

In a recent article in the Annals of Medicine, it is suggested that being sedentary is detrimental to our health. Not good news for the average adult who is sedentary 12.3 hours every day during waking hours! Our health depends on us spending a large part of our day moving! 8 hours a day at a desk-bound job can harm our health. The good news is there are simple solutions!

Add Activity to Your Work Day

Proactive solutions.
WALK WITH ME. Popular culture may be trying to make things easier, so make the real goal of taking little steps toward making your health a priority.  Incorporate a minute of walking time when you need to retrieve copies. Say “walk with me” when a coworker wants to discuss something. Take a lap around the office or the block while you talk.
SIT SMARTER.  A great start is shifting the way we spend our days at the office and modify how we design our workspaces.  Office equipment and furniture should have the goal of limiting the total time you are sedentary, which is crucial to improving our health.  Furniture that allows and encourages you to move throughout the day is called active sitting and has substantial health benefits.
USE TECHNOLOGY. There are also tools to incorporate more movement into your day, like wearable technology to track caloric burn and steps, as well as alarms that remind you to get up and move.  It’s an easy fix if you are sitting at your computer to set a little alarm as a reminder!

Great news.  Making small changes with significant health benefits has never been easier.  You can easily make improvements to your health. Just increase your active time 2-4 hours a day with just a few of the solutions above.

For more information about incorporating movement into your workday, visit www.myofficemoves.com or email me at stevyn.guinnip@fflbrands.com.

 

Yoga Journal

Yoga Journal

The Varier Move Fetured in Yoga Journal

Be sure to pick up this month’s issue of Yoga Journal and check out the Move on their “Must List.” We have known for quite sometime how well the Varier products complement a yoga practice. There are very few seating opitions that can extend the principles of core strength and blance outside of the studio like the Move and Variable. It’s exciting to see leaders in the yoga world agree!

Our Active Past vs. Our Passive Present

Our Active Past vs. Our Passive Present

Our Active Past vs. Our Passive Present

It is no secret that we live much different lives today than our ancestors did just a few generations ago. Thanks to our modern amenities like smartphones, automobiles, and computers, much of our day is spent in a seated position, pushing buttons as opposed to moving around.

We recently stumbled on this video which provided a pretty fun visual of exactly this issue. Check it out.

Now get out there and move!

Four Reasons Active Seating is the BEST Gift this Holiday Season

Four Reasons Active Seating is the BEST Gift this Holiday Season

Why should you give a movement chair for Christmas?

Giving presents is not the easiest task. People are constantly checking out new products and ordering online before you can surprise them. Or they already have everything and don’t know what they want. But no need to worry, we got it covered: Check out five reasons you should give away a movement chair to your favorite person this year:

 

  1. It has an incredible story
  2. Did you know that some of our iconic chairs date back to the 70s and 80s? Take the Variable balans for example. Norwegian designer, Peter Opsvik, designed it in 1979 to prove there is more than just one way to sit correctly. His competitors were pretty surprised when they saw the rocking kneeling chair that didn’t even have a backrest. But it proved his point and helped people all over the world to sit – and move – healthy. Almost 40 years later, the chair is still being sold all over Europe, the USA, Japan and Hong Kong.

    The Move is another icon invented by Norwegian designer, Per Øie, in 1985. He wanted to give creative and manual workers the most freedom to move around at a table, by a canvas or in front of an orchestra. Today, the Move is popular with office workers who want to stay active during the day. It even burns calories, thank you very much!

    Our chairs have survived through decades of design and interior trends, because they’re simple, stylish and functional. It’s that easy.
     

  3. It’s a total surprise
    OK, so when did you ever give a chair to someone? It’s pretty unusual, yet such a good idea! A chair is one of those things that people need, but don’t often think about. When you then present them with a cool design chair that is comfortable and healthy, they’ll be thrilled for sure. All of our chairs available on our webshop function as office chairs, so you really only need one, and not a set of four or more. And who doesn’t love a new IT-piece for work? It upgrades their workspace and makes colleagues super jealous!
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  5. It’s actually good for you
    All of our chairs encourage you to move. Since most of us sit for the majority of our day, we definitely need that extra movement. It strengthens your core and back muscles, gives your inner organs more room to function the way they’re supposed to, lets you concentrate better, and even burns calories. So really, throw out your old office chair. It’s killing you!
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  7. It lasts for a really long time
    All our chairs are made in Europe from sustainable materials. The non-treated, New Zealand wool is manufactured by EU Ecolabel-certified suppliers, the wood from Greece is coated with water-based, non-toxic lacquers, and every single piece of fabric is sewn by hand in Poland. All our chairs have a warranty of at least five years, and our customers have been using them for several decades. Great news for a sustainable Christmas!

Physical Adaptations For Well-Being

Physical Adaptations For Well-Being

Physical Adaptations for Well-Being

In today’s modern world there is an app for almost every situation. If something is wrong or needs improvement, we can pull out our iPhone and search for the solution. However, when it comes to our physical well-being, what we truly need is a physical adaptation to change the course of how we do things.

Many illnesses and chronic issues can be linked back to how we live in our physical bodies. Much like house maintenance, the longer you neglect your body, the more damaged the structure becomes. Those once small issues can quickly become much larger.
I often get asked questions about how to get rid of pain or reduce symptoms. The way I translate these issues is “give me a quick fix to my problem.”

What if there isn’t a magic pill to heal your back pain, or improve your core? Instead, maybe it’s about awareness of how you move (or don’t move) in this world, and thinking about the environment that you put yourself in day after day. Should you consider a change in that environment to prevent your “house” from beginning to fall apart?

I teach yoga and fitness, but one thing I stress is to ask yourself the following questions: How can you take these movements into your everyday life? How can you transform your day-to-day routines so that you can increase your overall well-being? Participating in an hour long yoga class, or running five miles is an excellent start, but there are 23 more hours in the day that you need to take care of your body.

Decreasing the negatives is about increasing your well-being, and the best way to do that is by evaluating your environment.

  • Take a look around you. Does your environment promote a sense of ease, reduced stress, fluid movement, and natural living?
  • Consider how much natural light you are receiving into your workspace or home. Increasing natural lighting can boost serotonin, which can heighten your alertness and better your mood.
  • Work to decrease clutter in your workspace and home. Physical clutter is easily transferable to both the feeling and experience of mental disarray. Having more fluidness in your workspace will positively affect work output.
  • Evaluate if your workspace or overall environment promotes a lifestyle that encourages movement, or if it fosters a sedentary lifestyle.

All too often we have solutions right in front of us, and yet we struggle to make a genuine investment in our continued health. It is my observation that as a culture, we have been trained to only make reactive investments in our health and wellbeing once we become sick or ailing.

Instead, become proactive. I have worked to do this in my life through some small steps.
I have dramatically reduced eye strain and the feeling of tiredness by not having the lights on in my office and by keeping the shades open during office hours, enjoying the natural light.
By taking the time to let go of possessions that no longer serve me, I have physically and energetically made room for the newness I am working towards.

Finally, I have begun re-evaluating my workspace and home life and investing in my family’s health on the front end. This has included creating standing workspaces, using functional chairs (like the Move), breaking stereotypes at the dinner table by enlisting our family in picnic style dinners on the floor, and even by walking lunches. All of these creative and healthy choices have helped me to promote movement and a more fluid lifestyle for each of my family members.

These simple (and fun) changes have increased my overall total daily movement, which has reduced my stiffness, back, and neck pain. As if that wasn’t enough, I mentally feel better too. Take the time to evaluate and update, and enjoy the benefits!

This post is part of our Ambassador series.

Hope Zavara owns and operates a yoga and functional fitness studio in her hometown of Hartford, WI. Along with the brick and mortar studio, Hope operates an online studio as well training and seminars both live and online. You can find our more about her at www.HopeCoreFitness.com or www.HopeZvara.com.

Hope’s mission is to help others purposefully excel. Her own early struggle with a life-threatening eating disorder and then the loss of her first child led her to realize that her name is not just a name, but a symbol. Hope has helped change thousands of lives of the past 15 years, going beyond her experience in the fitness and wellness industry.

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A Move In the Right Direction

A Move In the Right Direction

“You are how you move,” or should it be, “You are how you don’t move?”

Take a moment and ask yourself the above question, and be honest. Do your movements or lack thereof, play a role in your attitude towards life and the current outcomes you are living in?

Our body is our soul’s last attempt to get us to listen. The pain you feel, your aching back, your sore feet, your “hunched over the computer” posture, and your sucked-in cell phone body positioning are slowly changing your interactions with life and are negatively affecting your overall health and well-being.

The truth is, how we do some things is often how we do most things. So, stop for a moment and assess your posture, your positioning, and your breathing. Ask yourself if this is how you want to be presented to the world. Is this a posture that screams five-star general ready to take on the next task, or are you more like Quasimodo anticipating yet another bag to be thrown on your aching back?

For many of us we yo-yo from one quick fix to another, one diet to the next, or one fitness fad to the latest with little success. Our same issues are still lingering and we make little to no measurable change in our everyday lives.

Make today Day One of a new perspective on living. Gain a new outlook on how you are presenting yourself to the world, not just in your yoga or CrossFit class, but during all of your daily tasks. You know, the ones where no one is watching you; the ones that you think don’t affect you.

Things like:

  • How you sit at your desk
  • Lounging on your couch with your cell phone in hand
  • How you sit behind the steering wheel
  • How much you truly move during the day (total quantity)
  • Your shoe choices
  • How you stand in the checkout line
  • How you carry your bag, your laundry basket, or your 30-pound kid
  • And finally, how you exercise

All the above and more play into how you physically, mentally, emotionally and energetically feel about yourself and about life.

Today, pay attention to your feet. What direction are they pointing in when you walk? What type of shoes are you wearing? When your foot hits the ground, what part of your foot does and doesn’t touch the surface? Do you spend more time on your bum or on your feet?

For the next 24 hours focus on your feet pointing forward when you walk and stand. Tune in if you are a leaner: start to shift your body weight back to both feet. Consider kicking off those fancy shoes of yours and going tout naturel (fancy way of saying all natural in French) to give those feet a chance to do what they are meant to do in an environment that asks them to move, flex, stretch and breathe.

Every action has a Day One, and today is the day that you step back into your body and learn how to live in it again.

Here’s to a move in the right direction.

This post is part of our Ambassador series.

Hope Zavara owns and operates a yoga and functional fitness studio in her hometown of Hartford, WI. Along with the brick and mortar studio, Hope operates an online studio as well training and seminars both live and online. You can find our more about her at www.HopeCoreFitness.com or www.HopeZvara.com.

Hope’s mission is to help others purposefully excel. Her own early struggle with a life-threatening eating disorder and then the loss of her first child led her to realize that her name is not just a name, but a symbol. Hope has helped change thousands of lives of the past 15 years, going beyond her experience in the fitness and wellness industry.

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