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Take a Break

Weight gain, back problems, heart disease, prostrate cancer, lack of productivity, blurry vision, dry eyes, long term nearsightedness, computer vision syndrome, long term near-sightedness. All things that you risk if you don't take breaks throughout your workday.

We've been preaching this for years but the world is finally waking up to the fact that the body is just not designed to be doing the things the modern desk jockey does with it. A recent survey we did turned up that about half of the desk workers surveyed said they would not consider exercising at their desk. Believe it or not we were thrilled at those numbers. We estimate that the number of people that would consider exercising at their desk has about doubled.

That's Great News!

Maybe those that will can lead the way and inspire the rest. We sure hope so.

Anyway maybe this fantastic infographic from Learn Stuff will be the inspiration needed.


Take A Break

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Phil Weaver's picture

Did You Just Sabotage Yourself?

In the twenty plus years I've been helping people reach their goals I've seen over and over that there is one thing that stops them from being successful.

I've seen it so many hundreds and hundreds of times that I do everything I can to prevent it from happening to people. Because once it happens it's
usually the death sentence for that goal.

Well, I've just witnessed it happen en masse. To literally hundreds of people at once.

And it makes me sad :-(

You see we all have this little thermostat inside of us. That little thermostat likes to keep things as they are. Even if those things are bad.

No matter what our goals are. Whether they are to be more productive, to make more money, to lose weight, or to be healthier. That little thermostat doesn't like change. It likes to reset itself right back where it was.

Strange little thing it is.

And it's smart too! It doesn't try to reset itself when your looking.

It waits..................

and waits................

Then when it finds the right time, it strikes.

No, not in a big loud attack. No, it's smarter than that.

It just very innocently makes a little suggestion at the perfect time.

"Hey, How about we eat that doughnut?"

"Maybe we should just skip our workout today? It is a holiday coming up you know!"

And then it's won. You're off your routine and headed right back to where that thermostat was set at before.

Liz Weaver's picture

Just checking in

Hi everyone,
Checking in to see how the program is working. Looks like we have some regular users and some who have not started.

I'm getting ready to film more exercises. Please let me know what you would like added.

Liz weaver

Phil Weaver's picture

Work is Murder

Since a recent look at some old data has recently shown that a desk job is actually very seriously dangerous to your health there have been a number of these infographics coming out illustrating the dangers. This is one of my favorites. Hope you enjoy it and please leave a comment below.

Work Is Murder
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Health and Wellness In the Workplace [Infographic]

Obviously at Break Pal we're all about health and wellness in the workplace. If we could get everyone who works at a computer fit and healthy we'd be soooo happy. But few people really understand the benefits of exercising at work. Benefits for both the employee and the employer. We can all be fitter, more productive and reduce health care costs by exercising at work.

This infographic by Shapeup is a great way to understand the benefits. We hope you enjoy it.

The First Ever Infographic On The State of Corporate Wellness Programs
[Source: ShapeUp]

Thomas.Lu's picture

My Workplace Workout.

Spending extended stays at work may make you stay from the gym nonetheless it shouldn't prevent you keeping healthy: there are numerous simple exercises you can do your desk which, joined with healthy habits, will help you stay fit. If we do thought, you can lose a number of those extra calories and prevent the issues associated with a sedentary lifestyle.
Walk! Get going before you even get to the office: walk to function. If this type of isn't feasible, make an attempt to park slightly farther away, or leave a stop early should you travel by public transport.

Consider the stairs. Climbing stairs is fantastic low-impact exercise that may be good for your legs and tightens the buttocks and thighs, so why utilize the lift? In case you develop the top floor, walk the initial few flights and catch the lift higher up.

At the computer. Occasionally both tiresome and tiring, laptop can be a real energy sapper. But as long as you're sitting typing, you're able to do leg stretches or ankle twists to help keep your joints moving and prevent getting pins and needles from sitting to much time.

Make every moment count. Buy your circulation going as well as reducing that feeling of tired legs by subtracting benefit of every moment: when you have to queue for that loo, perform some heel-and-toe movements if you are waiting to move you and ankle joints and help circulation.

Liz Weaver's picture

How about a little Kaizen for the small businesses and the employees that need it most.

We've talked about Kaizen at break Pal before. This article shows that smaller companies often struggle to offer health and fitness programs to their employees. It also states that in large companies people who are already inclined to exercise are the ones taking advantage of in house health clubs.

With Break pal any company, big or small, can afford to offer a wellness program to employees of all fitness levels.

Let's hear from our users. What size company do you work for?


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Exercise and Nutrition During Pregnancy

Women who are pregnant naturally have increased concern over the right diet and exercise regimen that will keep both mom and baby as healthy as possible for the next nine months. Unfortunately, there is a lot of misinformation about what food or exercise women should continue or avoid.

Generally, nutrition during pregnancy is very similar to the recommended guidelines throughout a woman’s life, and many exercises are also safe during pregnancy. But here are some common rules of thumb OBGYNs at Women's Health Associates provide pregnant women.

Nutrition guidelines include:
Eat a diet rich in lean proteins, fresh vegetables and some fresh fruit
Limit fish intake to twice a week
Limit caffeine intake to twice a day
Lunch meat or hot dogs should be hot or steaming when eaten.
Avoid unpasteurized cheeses such as feta cheese, but any cheese at the grocery store that is pasteurized is safe.

Exercise guidelines include:
If you had a regular exercise routine before pregnancy, you can continue with that routine as long as you feel comfortable doing it. The only exception is body contact sports.

Note that when pregnant, especially early in the pregnancy, your tolerance for exercise may decrease. Listen to your body and slow down if necessary. Take more frequent breaks during the exercise routine, and drink plenty of water.


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