10 Women Who Rule The World With Power Poses

Feeling powerless at work? Need a little inspiration to amp you up? Amy Cuddy suggests hitting a power pose: head up, shoulders back, feet planted and straight spine. This action not only makes you look slim and strong, but also alters your brain chemistry, making you more confident.

There are plenty of women in (and out of) the spotlight that rock strong posture to take on the world. In honor of Women’s Equality Day this past Wednesday, we’ve outlined just a few of the powerful, driven, inspirational women that have the power pose on lock.

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?

Is Your Posture Holding You Back at Work?

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?

Posture in the workplace is our focus this week. The way you sit and stand all day at your desk has a huge impact on the way you look and feel — even the way you work! Get the latest on how to improve productivity at the workplace, as well as some great resources for practicing good posture.

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.

Paleo Posture for the Tech Professional

unnamed-1Sitting up straight at your desk is a simple rule that you, along with most other tech pros, totally fail at. After only a short time working, the overwhelming effect of gravity pulls you down into a familiar position: the dreaded slouch. This slouched posture stresses your lower back, rounds your shoulders, extends your neck, and causes all sorts of pain. This is no secret…you are aware of how bad slouching is. The problem is that slouching is almost impossible to prevent during an extended amount of time in static positions.

How to Feel More Confident, Instantly

Listen, we think you’re awesome. But we also know that it’s all too easy to feel down on yourself from time to time. When negativity starts to rear its ugly head, it can impair your performance in all aspects of your life, from your career to your flirting skills.

Luckily, there are several ways to score a quick boost of confidence when you need it most.

1) Ditch the slouch

We know this one is predictable coming from us, but it’s true! Slouching makes you look insecure and unsure of yourself, while good posture conveys confidence. Plus, research has shown that holding yourself in good posture actually makes you feel better about yourself. Talk about a double whammy! Standing up straight is the easiest thing you can do to instantly look and feel more confident. (Hint hint – Lumo Lift and Lumo Back can help!)

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!

Revamp Your Workspace

Revamp Your Workspace

Whether you spend your days working or studying, you probably spend a lot of time at a desk. We know that sedentary desk work is not the best thing that we can do for our bodies, but it’s often unavoidable. When you’re stuck at your computer, treat your body well by using good posture and taking regular breaks to move around. Then, consider adopting one of these alternative desk setups to inject more activity into your busy workday!

Standing Desks

Standing Desk

Standing Desk

Research shows that prolonged sitting can lead to a bevy of medical issues, from obesity to heart disease, and a 2010 study by the American Cancer Society showed that women who sat for more than six hours a day were 37% more likely to die prematurely than women who sat for less than three hours. These results were 18% higher for men.

Stand up for yourself and your health with a standing desk! Standing at a tall desk keeps you more active than sitting all day, and burns more calories.

Standing can be hard work, so don’t be surprised if your body feels tired at first. Try easing into things by setting progressive goals for yourself. If you are sitting for 8 hours a day now, start by lowering your sit time by an hour or two per day and work down to 3 or 4 hours of seated time per day. Standing on a gel mat helps to reduce stress on your body, while a tall chair or stool is handy for times when you need a little sitting break. Just remember to stand tall, since standing posture is important too!

 

Kneeling Chair

Kneeling Chair

Kneeling Desks

Sitting in a normal chair all day makes your hip flexors short and tight, which can lead to back pain and other ailments. A padded kneeling chair helps to stretch and lengthen your hip flexors, counteracting the issues caused by normal chairs. It also reduces pressure on your lower back because your lower body supports a lot of your weight. A kneeling chair can also help to encourage you to sit taller, but, as always, remember to stay mindful of your posture and avoid slouching as the day wears on.

 

Treadmill Desk

Treadmill Desk

Treadmill Desk

Have you heard of this latest trend in the world of unconventional desk setups? These awesome desks have treadmills attached so that you can spend your day walking slowly – think 1.0 or 1.5 miles per hour – while you work. Once you get used to it, it’s far easier than you’d imagine to type and work while walking. You’ll torch major calories by walking all day, and staying lightly active throughout the day has major health benefits. We’ve also seen similar desks attached to stationary bikes. Unfortunately, these desks are pricey and take up lots of space, but they are worthwhile as they keep you moving!

Start your positive habit change today with Lumo Lift

Lumo Lift is a small lightweight wearable that tracks and coaches you on your posture, as well as tracks daily activity, such as steps taken, distance traveled and calories burned. Compatible with iOS/iPhone and select Android devices. Free shipping, 30-day money back guarantee and 1 year limited warranty.

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Staying Active in the Workplace

Staying Active in the Workplace

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Newsflash: most of us don’t move enough in our daily lives. We’ve become increasingly sedentary, and even those of us who have regular fitness routines often spend long hours working at desk jobs, driving, and sitting in front of screens. Unsurprisingly, studies have shown that sedentary lifestyles can lead to a myriad of health complications, from back pain to depression to high cholesterol to diabetes.

In fact, some doctors have dubbed the link between inactivity and disease Sedentary Death Syndrome, or “SeDS.” Scarily, Sedentary Death Syndrome is estimated to kill over 300,000 Americans each year. A study in the American Journal of Epidemiology found that men who spent over 6 hours of leisure time sitting each day were 20 percent more likely to die within the 14 year follow-up period than men who sat for 3 hours of less. For women, this figure doubled to a 40 percent higher death rate among the women who spent more time sitting.

We aren’t telling you this to scare you. We know that you know how important it is to stay active. The problem is fitting some physical activity into our days. With our busy lives, it can seem tricky at best and daunting at worst. So, how can we stay healthy and active while managing all of our other responsibilities?

Luckily, you don’t have to be an Iron Man athlete to reap the benefits of a more active lifestyle; little things can have a big impact! One great way to start is to stand more often. On the up side, many companies are increasingly focused on employee health and ergonomics, so standing desks are becoming more and more prevalent. Creating a standing workspace is a great way to decrease the amount of sedentary time in your life. You’ll also enjoy benefits like a higher daily calorie burn, improved posture, and greater alertness.

If standing at work isn’t an option, be sure to take frequent breaks so that you avoid sitting for extended periods of time. Even a quick trip to the water-cooler can help. Other ways to boost your workplace activity level includes walking down the hall to talk to a coworker in person instead of sending an email, or suggesting walking meetings whenever possible. Remember that every step counts toward your big picture goal of a more active lifestyle!

Start your positive habit change today with Lumo Lift

Lumo Lift is a small lightweight wearable that tracks and coaches you on your posture, as well as tracks daily activity, such as steps taken, distance traveled and calories burned. Compatible with iOS/iPhone and select Android devices. Free shipping, 30-day money back guarantee and 1 year limited warranty.

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