Is Sitting Killing You?

Is Sitting Killing You?

Is Sitting Killing You?

You have probably read recently how bad sitting can be for you.  I have even read it to be as bad as smoking.  If you work at a computer, you likely sit during work hours.  You also likely sit during your commute.  Then when you get home you also sit to eat, read, or watch TV.  It is safe to say that most desk workers spend a very high percentage of their day either sitting or lying down (while sleeping). 

Contrary to the headlines, sitting itself is not that bad for you.  The human species has been sitting throughout history.  Babies sit as soon as they are strong enough to hold themselves up   If it were as bad as portrayed, there would not be 7 billion+ humans on the planet today.  The problem with sitting is being in that position for too long, too often.  There can also be problems with standing too long and too often.  Staying in any single position is problematic for our bodies.  It causes repetitive stress injuries.  The problem with sitting too much is that it causes our bodies to assume that position even when not seated.  Our hips tuck forward, the spine curves forward (looking like a 'C'), the shoulders slouch, and the head shifts forward.  This is not a natural posture and it will cause pain over time.  The pain most often manifests itself in the lower back, but can also show up in other parts of the body.

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Simple Tips to Avoid a Virus Infection

Simple Tips to Avoid a Virus Infection

Simple Tips to Avoid a Virus Infection

IT security experts will tell you that the most full proof way of avoiding computer viruses is to completely unplug everything from the computer, turn it off, then put it in a lead lined box. Obviously that is not reasonable. Computers are an integral part of how many people do their job. They need to be constantly on and connected to the internet. Those same experts put all sorts of software and hardware solutions in place to keep the bad guys out, but remember that those solutions can only block the threats the experts know about. Cautious and savvy computer users can avoid many of the threats that get past the security layers by practicing some simple habits, while working on their computer.

1)            Hover Before Clicking- Hyperlinks are just pointers to websites or documents. When you see a webpage that has text that is a different color than the other text on the page, that is a hyperlink. If you are not sure about a hyperlink you have received in an email from Fedex for example, put your mouse over that hyperlink BEFORE clicking it. The actual web page will be displayed right next to the little hand that appears. If the website does not seem to match what you think it should be, such as fedex.com…..DO NOT CLICK ON IT! The same precaution can be done taken when using internet browsers where the webpage address will be displayed at the bottom of the page.

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Father's Day Gift Ideas

Father's Day Gift Ideas

Father's Day falls on June 21st this year, which means you have 10 more shopping days to go.  It's definitely not panic time yet, but why wait 'til the last possible minute?  Looking for some cool techie gadget type gifts for your favorite dad? Here are a handful of ideas for you!

Tile

Tile is the gift that knows where all of Dad’s important things are. If you have a dad that is constantly forgetting his keys, wallet, tools, or anything else of importance, then Tile is the gift for him. Tile is a GPS device, about the size of a keychain that lets you know where all of your things are. The best part is each tile is only $20.00 and there are discounts if you buy more! https://www.thetileapp.com/fathers-day-gifts

Tile

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Tuesday Tips; Apps to Make Doing Business Easier

Tuesday Tips; Apps to Make Doing Business Easier

These days it is not uncommon to hear the phrase “There’s an app for that”. People say it to us at the least expected times, and it may actually be easier to think about the things for which an app doesn’t exist!

Regardless of how you feel about apps in your everyday life as a business owner (or employee), there are some apps out there that can really help lead to greater success and productivity. We have compiled a list of some of our favorite apps that we think are really useful in business;

1. Evernote

Evernote is a highly recommended tool for business owners. It started out as a way to take notes and store them where you can reach them on any device. Since its launch, it has become so much more, though. It can now be a source for document sharing between teams or individuals, and it even allows you to take notes in paper notebooks and transcribes them to an electronic format via photograph. In addition, this feature also allows you to take photos of business cards and store them within your Evernote account.

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Tuesday Tip: Organization in the Workplace

Tuesday Tip: Organization in the Workplace

Tuesday Tip: Organization in the workplace

Recently, we published a blog that offered tips for greater productivity at work. One of those tips was organizing your workspace. Looking further into this, we found out that there are several studies that support the fact that an organized workplace makes for a more productive and possibly even happier person. We thought that theory deserved it’s own blog so we looked for tips on how to achieve that level of organization that might if your desk looks more like a black hole than an actual desk.

1. Get rid of the black hole

As we just mentioned the “black hole desk” is the first problem. Take some time to go through loose papers and find a home for them. Often times you will find that many papers aren’t even necessary to keep.

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