This Over That: Healthier Alternatives to Office Behaviors

Take a quick look around your office break room: what do you see? If your break room is stocked with sugary sodas and unhealthy snacks to nibble on, you may be in trouble. A recent study released by the Journal of Epidemiology and Community Health points out that your workplace environment has a strong influence on general weight-related health habits, as well as the risk of obesity amongst young adults.

5 Ways to Boost Energy Without Caffeine

Many of the folks here at Lumo will be the first to tell you that my love affair with coffee may steer on the unhealthy side. In fact, a concerned co-worker just sent me this Inc. article on 19 Horrible Things That Can Happen if You Drink Too Much Caffeine. In my defense though, as somebody who works the regular 9 to 5 and then some, coffee is as much about pleasure as it is about utility — I need it to get through the day. Do I sound like an addict yet?

Your Brain on Posture

Sometimes the smallest changes can make the biggest differences. Whether it’s putting on a new pair of shoes before a run or giving the office standing desk a try, making small adjustments in your health routine can make a big impact on your physical and mental health.

We often forget that posture can make or break the way you perform daily tasks. Your running form, your project at work, your mood when you get home at the end of the day — all of these can be affected by the way you sit and stand.

Lifehack: The Ultimate Guide to Healthy Living

Keep up with the latest posture, back health and corporate wellness news with our weekly round up of interesting and useful articles.

What’s trending this week?

It’s tips galore this week — we’re talking life-hacking your way to a healthier you. Get the best round-up of tips and secrets shared by experts to reduce back-pain, getting active, and staying healthy in and out of the office.

10 Easy Tips to Up Your Daily Step Count

Getting up and moving is important for your health and well-being, especially during the long workday where you’re likely spending the majority of your time in sedentary, and perhaps even poor posture. Taking part in moderate activity everyday can help reduce the risk of heart disease, osteoporosis, type II diabetes, and is a great way to boost productivity and creativity.

Step Up Your Work Day Activity

Keep up with the latest posture, back health and corporate wellness news with our weekly round up of interesting and useful articles.

What’s trending this week?

The focus these days seem to be on getting up and moving to reduce sitting time. Sitting, especially in poor posture, for extended amounts of time is destroying our health, and causing all sorts of aches, pains and issues. Here’s our weekly round up of articles that provide insights, tips and information on work day activity as well as for general posture and health.

What is Good Posture?

Two of the questions we get most often here at Lumo Bodytech are, “What is good posture?” and “How do I get into good posture?” You know we love talking about posture around here, so we’re happy to share our expert advice.

First and foremost, we believe that your best posture is your next posture – that is, the best thing you can do for your body is to be active and avoid sitting or standing in one position for too long.

However, we know that there are times that staying in a static position is unavoidable. When you’re stuck sitting or standing still, maintaining upright posture with a straight, stacked spine helps you look and feel your best.

It’s Time to Take a Real Break!

We know you’ve seen it. You’ve probably done it, and we admit that we’re guilty too. Lunchtime rolls around, so you eat your salad at your desk while catching up on email. You take an afternoon coffee break, but spend the whole time on your phone, scrolling through Facebook or texting your friends. In our busy, plugged-in world, it’s easy to feel like we should always be doing something on our devices.

Turns out, all of that on-the-fly “productivity” is actually making us less productive. And what we actually need? Real, unplugged breaks. A University of Illinois study shows that our brains start to fatigue when we spend an extended amount of time focusing on a single task, but that our mental energy supply can be quickly replenished by diversions. Depending on the nature of your tasks, experts recommend taking a short break every 30 to 90 minutes. For example, take a quick stretch break after a 30 minute flurry of emails, but work on a big report in focused 90-minute chunks. No matter what, be sure to schedule breaks into your day!

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