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Last Updated on February 27, 2018

You Sit More Than 9 Hours Per Day So Make Sure You Sit Up Right

You Sit More Than 9 Hours Per Day So Make Sure You Sit Up Right

Physical inactivity is believed to be the second most cause of death currently, in the United States. According to recent studies, inactive behavior measured by the time spent sitting, leads to high rates of diseases such as; cardiovascular, obesity and type 2 Diabetes.

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    Sitting in your office for an extended period has many implications for your health. It causes a back pain or relatively increases an existing strain. Prolonged sitting in an inert posture leads to increase in the level of stress at the back and shoulders which leads to the damage of spinal structures.

    An all-rounded helper to help you improve your sitting postures

    The name Darma is obtained from the father of meditation and Zen called Bodhidharma. Junhao Hu, the CEO and founder Darma who holds a Ph.D. degree in Optical fiber sensor.

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    Darma is the world’s first revolutionary cushion that is crucial in monitoring your sitting positions and improves both your mental and physical health. The cushion incorporates algorithms and advanced sensor technology to provide sustainable guidelines on the right posture, track and balance your sitting duration and reduce the level of stress in your body.

    • Phone notification automatically alerts you in case of a weak posture and longevity in sitting.
    • The presence of an optical sensor technology is ideal for data computation and ensures that it reaches the required medical accuracy with fast detection.
    • The cushion is built with soft material that enhances a cozy sitting experience.
    • It comes with an app that is Android and iPhone compatible.

    Save Yourself From Suffering Back Pain in The Future

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      The incorporation of soft materials in the cushion improves optimum relief and treats back pains. Apart from that, it also decreases the pressure exerted on the coccyx and hip bones in the process of sitting. With Darma, it teaches you on how to sit correctly and alerts you when in case of prolonged sprawling. The cushion avails reminders to ensure you take enough breaks throughout your work.

      Darma uses advanced sensor technology that has the power of detecting significant actions in your body, including respiratory rate, heartbeat, and heartbeat waveform.

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      Siting for a prolonged period in the office can be hazardous to your health. With Darma in your workplace, you are assured of reduced back pains, shoulders and arms. Upon purchase and practical use, you are guaranteed of a healthy mental and physical health and will reduce the chances of getting lifestyle diseases such as cardiovascular and type 2 Diabetes.

      How promising it is on correcting our sitting postures

      There are lots of supporting reviews on Amazon praising how good it is for their seats more comfortable.

      I received a new cushion from Darma and it works so much better than the older version. The cushion maintains Bluetooth connection with my phone, I get alerts for sitting too long or if I am sitting incorrectly, and if I am sitting wrong for too long there are 1 min exercises that the app demos for you. This cushion is a very good investment and is comfortable. The app is very informative and tech support does respond and helps. If you have a job where you sit for long periods of time I highly recommend this cushion because it keeps you aware of your posture and if you are too sedentary it will remind you to get up. – Amazon Customer. 

      You can order yours online on Amazon and have it delivered right at your doorstep. However, here’s one for you!

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      How to Keep Yourself Awake at Work Without Caffeine

      How to Keep Yourself Awake at Work Without Caffeine

      Keeping yourself awake at work can be a real challenge when you’re bored, exhausted or sleep-deprived.

      But before you reach for that can of Red Bull, bottle of Mountain Dew, or pot of coffee, try these healthy remedies to stimulate your 5 different senses and help you stay awake at work:

      Sight – Visual Stimulation

      The first thing you do when you wake up is opening your eyes, so your visual stimulation is very important to keeping your energy level high.

      1. Maximize your exposure to light.

      Your body’s internal rhythm is regulated by the amount of light you receive. The greater your exposure, the more alert you will feel.

      Open the shades and let in the sunlight. Step outside or look out the window. Turn on all the artificial lights in your office or around your work space.

      2. Exercise your eyes (or give them a break).

      Roll your eyes up and down, side to side and diagonally. Rotate them clockwise and then counterclockwise. Squeeze them shut and then open them wide. Do this several times.

      Reading and sitting in front of a computer screen for long periods can lead to eye fatigue.

      Take regular breaks with deliberate blinking and looking out into the distance.

      3. Take note of your environment.

      Learn to enjoy people-watching. Observe their activities, speech, body language and interactions with others. Notice the details of building, trees and other objects around you, including their color, shape and size.

      By doing this, you’re not only relaxing your eye muscles but also calming your mind.

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      Hearing – Auditory Stimulation

      What you hear or listen to have direct effect on your brain. This is why we feel so annoyed and sometimes angry when we hear construction noise when we’re working.

      4. Engage in conversation.

      Talk to a friend or colleague. Trade funny stories. Discuss your business venture, a creative idea, the latest political scandal, or any other topic that interests you.

      Practice mindful listening to what you and the other person are saying. Tune into the tone, volume and content of the conversation.

      Learn how to practice better listening from this guide:

      Why Listen to Reply Instead of Understand Is the Key to Failure

      5. Listen to upbeat music.

      Try hip hop, rock or jazz to keep you alert. Instrumental, non-distracting music works best.

      Sing, whistle, and hum along if you can. Plug in the earphones if you must.

      Smell – Olfactory Stimulation

      If you’re feeling sleepy and suddenly smell the coffee, you’ll probably feel more energetic. This is why smell is an influential stimulation.

      6. Work your nose.

      Aroma therapists recommend essential oils of peppermint (to boost energy), rosemary (to build awareness), eucalyptus (to increase oxygen), cedarwood  (to activate your mind), and cinnamon (to improve your reaction time).

      If you don’t have essential oils on hand, you can use lotions or burning candles that provide the same scents.

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      Citrus like lemons, limes, grapefruits and oranges are also natural olfactory stimulants. Get a whiff of these citrus scents to stay awake.

      Taste – Gustatory Stimulation

      If you want an energetic day at work, you can’t let your tongue feeling plain and flavorless.

      7. Have a good breakfast.

      Start off with the most important meal of the day.

      Think fresh, light and healthy: bran cereals, wholegrain breads, fruits, and yogurt.

      Nix the heavy stuff like sausages, greasy eggs or pancakes.

      Need some breakfasts inspirations? Check out these ideas:

      20 Healthy Breakfast Choices That Will Save You Time

      8. Drink lots of water.

      Keep a glass or bottle of H2O near you and sip from it throughout the day. Dehydration can leave you feeling tired, sluggish and sleepy.

      So make sure you drink enough water throughout the day. Not sure how much to drink? This can help you:

      How Much Water Should You Drink Each Day (and How Much Is Too Much for You)

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      Think that you’ve been drinking too little water? Try these friendly reminders:

      3 Best Apps To Help You Drink Much More Water

      9. Eat energy-boosting snacks.

      Nuts and fruits (like bananas, apples and strawberries) are sure bets. Pairings with staying power include baby carrots with a low-fat cream cheese dip; celery sticks with peanut butter; red peppers with hummus; and plain yogurt with granola.

      Avoid carb-filled, sugary snacks that make you crash and leave you feeling tired.

      Here you can find some healthy snack ideas:

      25 Healthy Snack Recipes To Make Your Workday More Productive

      Touch – Tactile Stimulation

      Last but not least, your sense of touch will make you physically feel more energetic and less stressful.

      10. Splash cold water on your face.

      Do this in the morning, during bathroom breaks and in the afternoon. Being exposed to cold water pushes your body to adjust and regulate its internal temperature, which in turn keeps you alert.

      This works the same as you take a cold shower to increase mood and alertness. Take a look at this article to learn more about it:

      5 Surprising Benefits of Cold Showers

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      11. Use acupressure.

      Apply pressure to, massage, or tap on the stimulation points of your body. These include the top of your head, the back of your neck, the back of your hand (between the thumb and index finger), just below the knee and your earlobes.

      Watch this video to learn about the acupressure points you can try:

      12. Get moving.

      Move away from your chair and stand, walk, run or climb the stairs. Feel the earth under your feet. Stretch and twist. Do jumping jacks, lunges, push-ups and back bends.

      And if you need to move more discreetly, wiggle your feet, bounce your knee up and down, scrunch your toes, or cross your legs.

      You can also try some simple stretches and exercises at your desk:

      Unlike addictive caffeine fixes, these remedies activate your senses, engage your attention, amp up your energy and prevent morning grogginess and afternoon slumps without the side effects or health risks.

      Pick a few ways from this list of suggestions and practice them consistently. And when you do this consistently, you’ll soon see the positive results — a more energetic and productive you at work.

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