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Last Updated on February 27, 2018

You Spend 5 Hours Sitting Every Day, Make Sure You Sit Up Properly

You Spend 5 Hours Sitting Every Day, Make Sure You Sit Up Properly

If you are sitting right now, how’s your posture and your back, hunched over, right?What about your neck – does it hurt?

When not sitting on your cozy office chair, relaxing at the café with a friend, following your favorite TV show at home or driving from work, you are probably seated on a bench somewhere. Sittingis the activity we all do for at least NINE HOURS every day!

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Science shows that one of the things that hamper our good mood, happiness, optimism, and productivity is the poor posture seats subject us to. Worse yet, a poor posture affect blood circulation, spider veins and bring unnecessary stress to the back.

Due to how we sit, over 80% of the whole American population will suffer from back pains later in life, not to mention the 31 million of them experiencing it right now. Yet, there’s no real cure for back pains to date – NOT EVEN ONE, and the only solution is preventing it.

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Yes, We Do Need Help With Our Sitting Postures

After spending a massive sum and money, curing terrible back pain with no success, Katherine Krug opted to improve her posture on her own. Along with her team of designers, prototypers and dozens of people suffering from hurting backs, she embarked on creating a simple solution that realigns the spine back to its position for immediate relief.

She created BetterBack, a product that zips itself into a handy, portable case. Unpacking it is a snap, and you just throw it around your back and the knee straps around the knees. Adjust it to a better position by pulling the straps and sit comfortably for as long as you want!

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    BetterBack is a small, portable and reliable ‘magical’ solution that can be worn for as little as 15 minutes before it reverses your hurting back to its normal posture. It allows you to painlessly sit in perfect position and eases back pain while preventing it.

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    Incredibly, it is so small, lightweight, yet ingenious and adjustable that it can make any chair ergonomic. BetterBack forces the body to sit down with an upright pose for as long as you will remain seated. And eventually, it eventually retrains your body’s default posture, thus eliminating back pains forever.

    How This Little Pack Saved Us From Bad Sitting Postures

    It is water-resistant with comfortable corners, a zipper, tough, custom straps and skip-resistant knee pads. Those who’ve used it, give it a positive review and a thumbs-up, including the many Amazon reviews like what Carlos said:

    Fantastic product. Used it for many weeks with great results, unfortunately I need to purchase another one. I went on family trip and left it behind for others to enjoy!! Thank you.”

    BetterBack is available on Amazon for $59 only. You can place your order today!

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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:

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    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:

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    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:

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    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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