Welcome to 2016! We’re more than a week into the new year already… How are those resolutions looking? For many of us, the New Year means a new opportunity to set goals, typically aimed at living a better life in one way or another. We can also really stress ourselves out this time of year – maybe we set ourselves up for disappointment before we’ve even begun by having unrealistic expectations.
Did you vow to hit the gym every day, or to never eat another carb? Instead of these monumental challenges we put on ourselves, what if we just vowed to make slight changes in our everyday lives? Changes that may be easier to stick to and have a greater impact if we keep them up throughout the year (instead of just this week).
We’ve put together some ideas for burning extra calories while you work, so maybe sticking to that healthier lifestyle won’t be as hard as it sounds.
It’s easy and convenient to pick up the phone and dial a co-worker’s extension, but it may be worthwhile to walk to them, even if they’re on the other side of the office. It may not seem like much, but it will all add up. By the end of the day, you may have walked a mile or two, burning at least 100 calories.
How many times a day do you get up, simply to use the restroom or re-fill your water bottle? Each time you leave your desk, try doing 30 jumping jacks before you sit back down. If you get up twice an hour, you will have done almost 500 jumping jacks by the end of the day, burning almost 50 calories!
Did you know you can burn up to 50 more calories an hour standing instead of sitting? Even if you stood at your desk for half a work day, that’s up to 200 calories!
The rest of that time you’re sitting at your desk? Try bouncing on a swopper motion chair! swopper has many health benefits, from relieving back tension to engaging your core, and it’s also a great way to burn calories. If you actively bounce and sway while you’re working at your desk, you can burn a few hundred extra calories every day!
It’s that time of the year! The time where many make their New Year’s resolutions and hope and pray they can stick to them. I think many times people set unrealistic or hard to obtain goals.
Here are five super simple and super healthy resolutions to maintain throughout the year, and they’re easy because you can do them right in your own office during your work day!
- Keep the disinfectant handy – this time of year especially we are all battling the viruses and germs that can overtake an office. It’s very easy to wipe down the items that harbor these nasty germs i.e. keyboards, desks, mouse and phones. Do it often!!
- Be comfortable – Sitting in awkward positions and staring at a monitor at the wrong height are just a couple issues that workers tend to ignore until they start to feel the pain. Make sure your work space is working for you. Use a great chair like swopper, muvman or 3Dee to encourage you to move throughout the day. Check your mouse and keyboard positioning to make sure you’re using them properly. Remember: if you’re feeling pain, it’s your body’s way of telling you to change something.
- Get the snacks and candy off the desk – Feeling peckish? It’s always easy to find plenty of unhealthy snacks in an office. Keep fruits or nuts around and walk out of your way to avoid the candy machine and sodas.
- Water, water, water – You should be drinking lots of water during the day. The 3 o’clock lull could be due to dehydration.
- Move – the most important of them all. Don’t get stuck sitting for hours on end. Easier said than done, so even if you have to set an alarm to prompt you…do it!! Walk at lunch, walk to the co-worker vs email, stretch at your desk. If you have a height adjustable desk…USE IT!! Remember the water mentioned above? How about getting that from a source furthest from your desk….
Now – go to work and stay healthy while you’re there. Happy New Year!!
~ Sandra Bowie
The holidays are fast approaching and if you need some last minute gift ideas for an office worker, look no further than our list below. These gift ideas focus on products that will make any savvy office worker happy.
- Clip on Cup Holder
Never again worry if your drink is going to spill near or on your computer. These clip on cup holders keep your coffee well away from your electronics.
- Silent Computer Mouse
This silent computer mouse lets you be a considerate cube-mate by muting all clicking sounds. It has the added bonus of not letting others eavesdrop on what you’re doing at your desk.
- Desktop Cable Organizers
Have your chargers and other cable wires within reach and NOT tangled together with these cute little organizers.
- Swopper Motion Chair
The world’s most innovative office chair is the perfect gift for your 9-5er. Help them stay healthy and fit while they are in the office with the swopper Classic or swopper Air.
Help yourself be less distracted at work with Saent. This handy little device instantly blocks out websites and apps that typically distract you for a set amount of time, so you can focus in and knock out some work.These holiday gift ideas are the perfect companion for any office worker. Give them something that will help them be the talk of the water-cooler.
Have any other ideas we’re missing? Leave a comment on the blog!
~ Jenn Lytle
We’ve been doing everything we can to get even our grumpiest co-workers in the holiday spirit. From a holiday cookie bake-off to a Christmas tree in the lobby and blinking lights on our cubicles, holiday cheer is in the air! Here are a few pro tips to get your office ready!
Step 1: Decorate a Christmas tree
Step 2: Put up lights
Step 3: Bake cookies!
Step 4: Buy everyone Santa hats. Make the office Grinch wear the dunce cap!
The sky is the limit, but hopefully these ideas will get your started. Feel free to share some of your own ideas with us!
Happy holidays from the swopper team!
Aleta Simmons – Official Office Grinch
Meet OYO, the newest member of our family of motion seating! Designed for movement, the OYO chair allows a gentle rocking or swaying while still promoting great posture. With four vibrant color options, the OYO adds life and style to any room.
This versatile chair can go nearly anywhere, but here are just a few ideas we have thought of so far.
The OYO is comfortable and functional, allowing you to relax into the back or rock to keep your body moving and the creative juices flowing. With three sitting options – forward, backward or sideways – we’re sure anybody can find a sitting position perfect for them! With iphones, ipads and tablets in our hands, this chair lets you take advantage of all the ways you sit and work!
In a Nursey
The way the back of the chair wraps around you makes it perfect for leaning back and cradling that baby in your arms while gently rocking them, but it’s even better than a standard rocking chair. With the comfortable foam and secure rock, you may even put yourself to sleep.
Library or Den
It’s perfect for lounging in a cozy corner with your favorite book or relaxing in front of the TV. You could even sit and rock in it while playing your favorite video game.
A Teen or Dorm Room
Oyo is a great chair for the active young person. The colorful design makes it a fun addition to their personal space, and they’ll never get bored with the various sitting options. This chair has a large interior design element adding life and fun to any space!
At Your Desk
HERE I AM! AND I’M LOVING IT!
OYO is not your typical desk chair, but it fits, so rock it – literally!
Manufactured by aeris GmbH and distributed by Via Seating.
Aleta Simmons – Chair Wrangler
Here at swopper, we’re confident in our innovative motion chairs. We’ve put together a few reasons we’re sure the swopper will exceed your expectations and may even be the only chair you’ll ever want.
Have you ever seen such a cool chair?
The swopper catches your eye even before you know what you’re looking at. Its fun, colorful design grabs attention and invites inquiries, making it a great conversation starter. Your co-workers won’t be able to pass your desk without asking about your bouncy chair. Be warned though, they’ll probably all want to try it out themselves!
You can make it completely your own!
With so many options, you’re sure to find the swopper that meets your needs. You can choose between a softer sit with the swopper Air or the slightly firmer swopper Classic. The red, orange and blue swopper Classic come with a matching color spring that will really brighten up any office space. You can even choose the made-to-order swopper and select a wheeled or non-wheeled base with virtually any fabric and color you could imagine! For the equestrians out there, we even have our swopper saddle!
It’s good for your whole body – physically and mentally!
Bouncing and moving on your swopper all day is a great way to keep your core muscles engaged and your blood flowing! Being in motion is also good for your mind. Studies have shown that staying active can help you retain information and encourage creativity.
Less pain, more gain!
Many swopper users have reported less back pain or even complete relief as a result of both the muscle strengthening swopper provides as well as not sitting in a static position that twists or bends your body into a position it was never meant to be in.
It’s more than just an office chair!
You may just find you like your swopper better than anything else you sit in. Maybe your kids could use one for homework time, to help them stay focused if they have a hard time sitting still. You might even decide you’d rather stay active and bounce on a swopper while reading or watching TV instead of slouching down in that old recliner!
How do you use your swopper? Share some of your ideas in the comments.
~ Aleta Simmons
Research has shown that 60 to 90 percent of our communication with others is nonverbal, which means our body language and posture is very important to making a strong first impression. Think about it! If you meet a new business associate and they stand slumped over and have a weak handshake, what do you think first: that they are a strong, trustworthy partner to do business with, or that they lack confidence and drive?
Presenting yourself in every situation with a strong stance, firm handshake and attentive eyes will help you create a lasting first impression that business associates, friends and even strangers will remember.
So what is proper posture and how can you work to perfect it?
Good posture includes standing or sitting with your back straight, shoulders back, head up and chin lifted. A good way to check and readjust your posture is to move your arms straight over your head, with palms together. Split your arms behind your head and slowly bring them to your sides. This will get your spine, neck and shoulders into proper position.
It’s very easy to slip into poor posture when sitting in a stationary office chair. You can combat poor sitting posture by using a motion chair like swopper. Swopper constantly engages your core and forces your spine into optimal position. Over time your core muscles strengthen and you will find sitting with great posture is second nature.
Learn more about posture and the benefits of motion seating on our website, or start shopping for your swopper motion chair right now. With the right tools, you can improve your posture and make a great first impression.
~ Jenn Lytle
Advertising and marketing is the combination of artistic ingenuity, quantitative and qualitative research, show business, and just plain business, all rolled into one. It employs some of the brightest and most creative economists, researchers, artists, producers, writers, and business people in the country today. It is the marriage of analysis and imagination, of marketing professional and artist.
When you see the offices of these professionals, you are often struck with how unique and inspiring the work spaces are. They are very design driven and often have color, bright open spaces, and collaborative areas. They are flexible and often allow for different work styles, to encourage interaction and freedom of expression & thought.
They also tend to have the latest tools, office products, and furniture that contribute to keeping things up to date and cutting edge. Everyone is fighting to have their ideas and products noticed in very crowded and competitive environments, so staying ahead of the curve is critical.
While the culture can be very warm and fun, there also tends to be a certain amount of stress based on deadlines, and often long hours brainstorming ideas trying to come up with breakthrough concepts.
The combination of stress, static sitting, and working long hours that often come with a marketing position can take its toll on employee health, the cumulative effects of which really add up.
Marketing companies who want to attract the best and brightest talent understand they must be on the cutting edge of design, functionality and ergonomics when it comes to their workplace set up. Their employees need the flexibility to sit, stand, bounce, sway and MOVE all throughout the day. Especially since it’s been shown that movement increases creativity.
Marketing companies and professionals have been early adopters of motion “active office” chairs like swopper, muvman, and 3Dee. These chairs fit so well in these types of environments because they encourage and support people with the health and wellness benefits of three dimensional active sitting while they work throughout the day. Plus they fit the modern, functional aesthetic design today’s fresh workplaces are looking for.
Do you work in the marketing industry? Tell us how motion seating would benefit you in the comments.
~ Chas Hepler
Nothing is more frustrating than putting in the hours at the gym, eating healthy and still feeling like your body refuses to work with you. Sometimes the solution may be as simple as using the proper technique in all your exercises. If you’ve spent any time around a trainer, you’ve probably heard them talk about engaging your core.
Ideally, working your core muscles should be a part of everyday life. If you’re doing all that lifting without these important muscles engaged, not only do you run the risk of serious injury, but you probably aren’t getting the most out of your workout!
Five Ways To Strengthen Your Core:
This may sound like a silly first step, but if you aren’t properly engaging those core muscles, you’re not getting the workout you think you are. It’s easy and almost more intuitive to just suck in your tummy when someone tells you to use your core, but that’s almost the complete opposite of actually working those muscles. Make sure your stomach muscles are tight, as if bracing or steadying the rest of your body (hint: you should be able to breathe while doing this)!
2) Test your balance!
How often do you find yourself standing in one place? In line at the grocery store or bank, waiting to pick up a child from school, or maybe standing at your work desk? Tighten your core and balance on one foot any time you are standing stationary. Start with one leg bent slightly at the knee; see how high you can hold it and maintain balance. You can also keep that raised leg moving by straightening it in front of you and then bending it again. Got that mastered? Try it with your eyes closed! Also, don’t forget to alternate legs!
3) Throw on some boxing gloves!
This one may require some extra equipment and a friend, but it’s worth it! Practice some kickboxing moves either with a heavy bag or having a friend hold some body pads. Your core should be firmly engaged with every swing and every kick for maximum power!
4) Walk the plank!
Any idea why so many people hate planking? It works! A proper plank position will not only engage your core muscles but also put those shoulders and glutes to the test. Get down in a push-up position and hold for as long as you can. Stay focused on keeping your body aligned the whole time. If you want more of a challenge, switch it up with side planks, or place your feet on a towel and slide them in towards your navel and back out.
5) Keep moving at work with the swopper FIT app for your iPhone!
This app is perfect for reminding you to move even while sitting at your desk. The app walks you through an array of movements that you can do on your swopper motion chair without interrupting your work day. Keep your co-workers wondering what you’re up to as you bounce along on your swopper with your earbuds in and swopper FIT app running!
Having a stronger core has many benefits, which may include relief of lower back pain due to improper posture and lifting techniques. If you’re short like me, improved posture might just make you feel an inch or two taller! So tighten those muscles, get moving, and enjoy a happier, healthier lifestyle!
~ Aleta Simmons
What comes to mind when we say “creating a healthy workplace?” Snacking on healthier food choices or sitting in an active seating chair, or maybe even creating a mentally healthier mind. There are several different things that someone can do to ensure that they are working in a healthy environment.
1. Stop the Spread of Germs
One of the biggest complaints is breaking the chain of germ transmission between employees. It’s so easy to pick up a virus working so closely with people, especially this time of year. You use the same coffee maker; you push the same button on the copy machine. Even a simple hand shake can lead to a cold of flu. That’s why you must break that chain of germ transmission and wash, wipe and sanitize… repeat, if you must!
2. Make Healthy Food and Drink Choices
What about healthy eating or snacking? You spend most of your day at work, so it’s no surprise that your workplace eating habits can have a major impact on your health. We have a couple tips which may help you have proper nutrition at work.
First, you need to ditch the junk food; throw away those crackers and unhealthy snacks that you have stashed. Replace that junk food with balanced snacks like nuts, dried fruit, etc. Second, you must plan your meals and eat at least 3 healthy meals a day with at least two snacks. Lastly, hydrate, hydrate, hydrate! There is nothing better for you than water.
3. Start Moving!
Working doesn’t have to mean sitting sedentary all day, you can actually use that time to work on your posture and your core. Everything that encourages movement is positive for your health, which is why active seating is a great option for sitting and is more than just wellness; it adds health into your everyday life! That’s why the OYO, muvman, swopper and 3DEE have become so widely popular.
Take these tips and apply them to your work environment. Have the whole office on board so you can be sure that your work place is clean and healthy.
~ Lindsay McIntyre