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Put the glass down and push that chair away: Simple spins on minimizing stress each day!

Sit less. Stand more. Start now. The question, “Is your glass half-full or half-empty?” is one of those nasty little clichés that you don’t want to be asked when life’s daily grind starts getting you down.

It’s inevitable, though, right?

No matter how full your glass is each day, the grind will get you down. So the better question might be, how can you reduce the stress induced by the daily grind so you can maintain that ‘my glass is half-full’ mentality each day?

Here’s a great little nugget my dad shared with me. Thank you “Author Unknown.”

A young lady confidently walked around the room while leading a talk and explaining stress management to an audience with a raised glass of water. Everyone knew she was going to ask the ultimate question, ‘half empty or half full?’… She fooled them all. “How heavy is this glass of water?” she inquired with a smile. 

Answers called out ranged from 8 oz to 20 oz.

She replied, “The absolute weight doesn’t matter. It depends on how long I hold it.  If I hold it for a minute, that’s not a problem. If I hold it for an hour, I’ll have an ache in my right arm.

“If I hold it for a day, you’ll have to call an ambulance. In each case it’s the same weight, but the longer I hold it, the heavier it becomes.” She continued, “And that’s the way it is with stress. If we carry our burdens all the time, sooner or later, as the burden becomes increasingly heavy, we won’t be able to carry on.

“As with the glass of water, you have to put it down for a while and rest before holding it again. When we’re refreshed, we can carry on with the burden–holding stress longer and better each time practiced.”

~ Author Unknown

In my role as “WorkFit Evangelista” @WorkFitWendy, people always ask, “Why is it so important to reduce sitting time and stand up now and then?” So I quickly jump into “according to researchers”, and deliver the science with passion! Since I’m always looking for ways to keep the recipients of my message engaged with the science of it all, this little nugget kind of serves as a great analogy.

It’s not just the act of sitting that puts our bodies at risk; it’s how much of it we do each day that puts our bodies under stress.

Reduce the stress and other health risks you put your body under each day by adding more standing breaks into your daily routine. You’ll ramp up metabolism, burn more calories, increase muscle tone, improve blood flow and boost oxygen levels to your brain!

@workfitwendy

 

 

 

 

Wendy McCubbin
Sr. Wellness Manager, Ergotron

P.S:  Grr–my apologies, folks, was hoping that I could end the blog there, but I just…can’t…do… it…!! 

Sitting time adds up quickly. Really quickly. Increasing your risk for the chronic illnesses linked to what metabolic researchers call “Sitting Disease.” See just how quickly for yourself—calculate the amount of sitting you do each day using the nifty cool sitting calculator on juststand.org. Disclaimer: Enter at your own risk. This nifty cool calculator also calculates your risk for developing Sitting Disease!

Active people, also beware! “We’ve become so sedentary that 30 minutes a day at the gym may not do enough to counteract the detrimental effects of eight, nine, or 10 hours of sitting” says Genevieve Healy, Ph.D., world-renowned metabolic researcher AND the research keynote for the 3rd Annual JustStand™ Wellness Summit, July 17, 2013.

Come experience the best HIMSS…wait for it, EVER!

Ergotron Perps For HIMSS12 In Las Vegas, Booth 4002

 
Ergotron Events Managers Jorge Juarez and Nathan Johnston (@bsonoma) are striking a pose in Ergotron’s 2012 HIMSS booth space (#4002). It’s Friday, and they are already exhausted just prepping the shipment of double digit carts and crates to the show.

It’s pretty quiet right now but in a matter of hours they will be backing TESS in that corner, letting sit-standing workstation goodness explode all over that corner and interwoven throughout? Our “you-really can’t-believe-it-until-you-see-it-broadest-selection-anywhere-on-the-HIMSS-floor” point-of-care solutions!

Our friendly Tester Guy will even be there, picture perfect on dozens of well-placed mounted screens…

We’re also going to entice you to come check out what the Just Stand Wellness Uprising is all about you’ll definitely want to learn more about why you might just want to #Findtess.

Can’t you just see it?

If you aren’t heading out, follow show fun on Facebook or @ergoHIT and @ergotron. There’s going to be a great promotion you can enter too—right from your desk each day. Learn more at Promos.ergotron.com.

If you ARE headed to Las Vegas, come on over. We’ll show you around. And don’t forget to say hi to Nate and Jorge. They’ve been working hard to ensure you experience the best HIMSS ever.

Inbox wellness? It’s a good fit

Michelle Judd, Sr. Marketing Manager @ Ergotron

Today I received a Fit Tip Tuesday email with 10 Outstanding Fit Tips from Jill Knapp and her Get Up & Get Moving blog. Jill has a wonderful health testimony fighting Type II diabetes. Did you see her on Dr. Oz? She is sharing her success and motivation with others, encouraging people to eat right and exercise for healthier and fuller lives. It is inspirational.

I signed up originally since there is Type II diabetes in the family and I am trying to stay proactive about my health.

In her list she covers the basics: Being physically active, eating protein,  being choosy when eating a nighttime snack. However, what I secretly hoped to see listed wasn’t there. Can you guess what that is?

Stand up at work.

The simplest non-exercise activity intervention you can do for yourself is to stand up. Barring medical conditions that prohibit you from doing so (e.g., pregnant women, people with varicose veins), getting out of your chair is like a wake-up call for your body.

The benefits range from simple muscle strength to mitigating formation of blood clots deep in the legs or even reducing risk of cardiovascular disease and yeah, diabetes. But don’t just take it from me, the research tells more of the full story.

I know, I know, patience grasshopper. Jill could be sharing that tip next week. I’ll be watching with interest.

Do you have Type II diabetes or know someone who does? Jill and her Get Up & Get Moving blog might offer some hope.