5 Tips For a More Productive Day

Summer has officially come to an end, and for many of us that means changes to our daily routines. The beginning of Autumn means back to school, shorter days and chilly temperatures. Even if you’re not setting an earlier alarm to get the kids up and ready for school, seasonal changes can take a toll on energy and productivity.

To avoid seasonal slumps, check out our top tips for having your best mornings and most productive days. 

Stand Up Straight to Look and Feel Great

In case you haven’t noticed, we take good posture pretty seriously here at Lumo Bodytech. We often get asked why we care about posture so much – are we just a company full of ex-ballerinas and people who got aggressively nagged by their grandmothers to stand up straight? Although the answer to that question is no, we think that those nagging grandmothers are on to something! A growing body of research indicates that there are countless reasons to care about your posture.

How to Counteract the Negative Effects of Sitting

Prolonged sitting can have a dramatic impact on your health. Lack of movement has been linked to chronic disease such as cancer, diabetes, weight gain and more. It’s no wonder that sitting has been dubbed the new smoking!  As more people find themselves working behind a computer, it’s not uncommon for most of us to sit between 12 -15 hours per day (including hours spent in the car and time hanging out on the couch after work). Factor in 8 hours of sleep (if you’re lucky), and you’re looking at a measly 1-4 hours of movement per day. If that doesn’t scream health crisis, I don’t know what does.

Here’s Why We’re Convinced Pokemon GO Is Secretly a Health App

For years, the health and wellness industry has tried to encourage people to get out, move around and log their daily steps. Whether it’s through leveraging technology to track steps and activity or through logistics type services to help make working out easy and fun, companies like Fitbit, Moov, JawboneClassPass, and even Apple Health have all advocated for healthy living through daily exercise and activity.

Here’s Why Your Arm Swings Matter

In the context of running, much of our attention is put on the lower half of our bodies with respect to what we’re doing with our feet, legs, and hips. But, there are actually some important things happening on our upper bodies that — with a little attention and help — could improve our running economy and enhance performance. In our last post, we discussed running and posture; here, we’ll talk about the importance of arm swings and how it affects our balance and stability. (hint: it actually still has a lot to do with your posture).

Step More, Not Far – The Dangers of Overstriding

When the goal is running faster and farther (as it is for many of us), we tend to fall into a nasty habit of controlling speed by increasing our stride length rather than increasing our step count. It is one of the most commonly seen form faux-pas for runners, and it’s also one of the most common causes of injury. Yikes! So what defines overstriding?

Long Run Nutrition: How, What, and When To Eat

Whether you’re training for a marathon or long-distance running is just your healthy choice of stress release, long-runs are a crucial part of every distance runners regimen. Typically, a long-run is considered to be anything over 6 to 10 miles, and unlike shorter tempo runs, they require a little extra planning beforehand. Think: water stops and bathroom breaks. But your long-run planning is much more than just route logistics. To get the most out of your long-runs, it’s crucial to think about pre, during, and post-run nutrition to optimize for efficient fueling and muscle recovery.

4 Things You Should Know About Post Race Recovery

There’s a wealth of information out there that helps you through the preparation period of your race; training programs, race-day tips, your must-do’s and must-don’ts, but what happens after your big day? The post-race recovery phase is just as important as the weeks leading up to your race and here’s why: what you do during this time can help you maximize all of your hard work and get back on your feet (literally!) quicker.

Running Form, Performance and Injury: An Interview with Dr. Bryan Heiderscheit

When you modify how somebody moves, you can have a really substantial and nearly immediate overall change in their pain. Why weren’t more people doing this clinically?

This was one of the main reasons why Bryan Heiderscheit, P.T., Ph.D. of Biomechanics, decided to dedicate his research and career to runners to reduce risk of injury and improve performance through focusing on form.

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