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6 Exercises for Maximum Mobility

6 Exercises for Maximum Mobility | Working Well | Scoop.it
Why a Bay Area gym has ­become a destination for the world’s top athletes
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"Until you’ve got proper range in all your joints, you simply haven’t discovered your body’s real potential. 'The typical athlete is brutally inefficient,' says Starrett. 'Improving mechanics by resolving problems with tissue restriction and positioning is like taking the emergency brake off a Ferrari.'"
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Dead butt syndrome: How to get your rear in gear

Dead butt syndrome: How to get your rear in gear | Working Well | Scoop.it
Research has linked sitting to heart disease, obesity, diabetes, even cancer. But there's another health risk from sitting all day: gluteal amnesia, or dead butt syndrome.
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I can't decide if "dead butt syndrome" or "gluteal amnesia" is the better name. Either way, get outa that chair!
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IoT Will Transform Our World

IoT Will Transform Our World | Working Well | Scoop.it
The Internet of Things promises to bring immense value to our lives. By continuing to connect all the “things” in our world, we’ll achieve feats that will truly seem like magic. But because the…
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...on a happier IoT note...

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"It’s helpful to think of IoT as doing one (or more) of the following; increasing efficiency, improving health/safety, or creating better experiences."
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Faced With Overload, a Need to Find Focus

Faced With Overload, a Need to Find Focus | Working Well | Scoop.it
Small moves, it turns out, can make a significant difference.
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"...it’s better to work highly focused for short periods of time, with breaks in between, than to be partially focused for long periods of time. Think of it as a sprint, rather than a marathon. You can push yourself to your limits for short periods of time, so long as you have a clear stopping point. And after a rest, you can sprint again."
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Work-life balance: it’s all in the design

Work-life balance: it’s all in the design | Working Well | Scoop.it

There are so many environmental factors that affect how we feel at work: noise, lighting, air quality and office layout, for starters.

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"From the lessons learned over the years, we have found that dynamic, activity-based working spaces to suit different working styles are vital in terms of moving away from the standard open-plan tedium."

The photo above spoke to me - I wouldn't be happy having to trade my windowseat in a cube for an office with a closed door at this point.

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Sweden is shifting to a 6-hour work day - ScienceAlert

Sweden is shifting to a 6-hour work day - ScienceAlert | Working Well | Scoop.it

Despite research telling us it’s a really bad idea, many of us end up working 50-hour weeks or more because we think we’ll get more done and reap the benefits later... Sweden is moving towards a standard 6-hour work day, with businesses across the country having already implemented the change, and a retirement home embarking on a year-long experiment to compare the costs and benefits of a shorter working day.

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"I think the 8-hour work day is not as effective as one would think. To stay focused on a specific work task for 8 hours is a huge challenge. In order to cope, we mix in things and pauses to make the work day more endurable. At the same time, we are having it hard to manage our private life outside of work...We want to spend more time with our families, we want to learn new things or exercise more," said Linus Feldt, CEO of Stockholm-based app developer Filimundus.

 

Filimundus switched to a 6-hour day last year, and Feldt says their staff haven't looked back. To cope with the significant cut in working hours, staff are asked to stay off social media and other distractions while at work and meetings are kept to a minimum. "My impression now is that it is easier to focus more intensely on the work that needs to be done and you have the stamina to do it and still have energy left when leaving the office."

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Apple’s Fitness Guru Opens Up About the Watch

Apple’s Fitness Guru Opens Up About the Watch | Working Well | Scoop.it
In his first extended interview since Apple hired him to help launch the Watch, the company’s director of fitness and health insists activity tracking is overrated, elite athletes have a sitting problem, and the breakthrough apps for the device will probably be created outside of Cupertino.
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"Other activity trackers focus on just one thing: steps or calories. That offers a certain level of simplicity, which is very attractive, but it’s also misleading. Tell me that you’ve burned more calories during the day, and I’m going to immediately ask, “How and when did you burn them?” The Watch tracks three things: movement, standing time, and minutes of exercise. It’s about more than quantity. As I like to say, it gives you three ways to win. And it does so in a visual way."

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How Long Should I Be Standing at My Desk Every Day?

How Long Should I Be Standing at My Desk Every Day? | Working Well | Scoop.it

You don't have to stand all day long to escape the dangers of too much sitting... a new consensus statement suggests that being on your feet for about half of your work day (four hours, to be exact) may be the magic number.

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"You should be standing or doing light activity (like walking) for a minimum of two hours every day during working hours, they say, eventually progressing to a total of four hours. You should also avoid prolonged periods of sitting, and regularly break up sitting and standing periods with the use of sit/stand desks or workstations."

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Could eating fruit make you crave high-calorie foods?

Could eating fruit make you crave high-calorie foods? | Working Well | Scoop.it
A new study in PNAS suggests that the type of sugar you eat could affect your desire for high-calorie food, Nickolas Bakalar reports for the New York Times'
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Pretty interesting given that I snack on lots of fruit. LOTS of fruit - once I start after lunch, I'm munching berries and oranges and apples all afternoon. Maybe even overdoing it. Note: it doesn't say to stop eating fruit! Just that fructose might leave you with more cravings than glucose does.

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Benefits of Walking: Why The Greatest Minds Take Long Walks

Benefits of Walking: Why The Greatest Minds Take Long Walks | Working Well | Scoop.it

"Through history the best minds have found that walking, whether a quick five minute jaunt, or a long four hour trek, has helped them compose, write, paint, and create."

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Jobs, Dickens, Beethoven, Darwin - I want to walk around with those guys!

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Reality Check by Dave Whamond, March 02, 2015 Via @GoComics

Reality Check by Dave Whamond, March 02, 2015 Via @GoComics | Working Well | Scoop.it

Reality Check!

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"Are you sitting down for this?"

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Forget Standing Desks. Hamster Wheel Desks Are What's Up

Forget Standing Desks. Hamster Wheel Desks Are What's Up | Working Well | Scoop.it
Here's more evidence that our workday really is a rat race.

Behold the Hamster Wheel Standing Desk by San Francisco-based artist Robb Godshaw and developer Will Doenlen. The creators say they built it as an alternative to the treadmill desk, and t...
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Includes instructions for building your own! WAY cooler than a treadmill!

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Not Just at Desks, Standing Is Now for Meetings, Too

Not Just at Desks, Standing Is Now for Meetings, Too | Working Well | Scoop.it
New research shows people are most collaborative if there are no chairs at a meeting
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I'll have to give this a try next f2f meeting (most of mine are teleconferences). My instinct is, it's right. There's always that pause upon sitting down when people in a large group get pared down to pairs or small groups.

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Are Standing Desks The Biggest Sham Ever?

Are Standing Desks The Biggest Sham Ever? | Working Well | Scoop.it
Scientific evidence show that standing desks can adversely affect your body and cognitive abilities.
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Small study, but interesting nonetheless. I contend that if you alternate sitting and standing, and if you're hyperactive enough and don't just stand stock still at your standing desk, it still beats sitting all day.

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"Media and fans raved about them, even though little solid scientific evidence supports their alleged ergonomic and health benefits. In fact, many scientific studies show that they cause lower back pain and have other negative effects, like putting pressure on your skeletal and circulatory systems and increasing the risk of deep thrombosis and varicose veins. Now, a new research paper suggests standing desks have a negative effect on our cognitive abilities, too."
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Work. Walk 5 Minutes. Work.

Work. Walk 5 Minutes. Work. | Working Well | Scoop.it
Standing up and walking around for five minutes every hour during the workday could lift your mood, combat lethargy and even dull hunger pangs.
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Researchers compared 1) sitting all day, 2) taking a 30-minute walk before sitting all day, and 3) taking a 5-minute walk every hour throughout the work day. 

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"They ... felt much more energetic throughout the day if they had been active, whether that activity was bunched into a single longish walk at the start of the day or distributed into multiple brief breaks. On other measures, though, the five-minute walks were more potent than the concentrated 30-minute version. When the workers rose most often, they reported greater happiness, less fatigue and considerably less craving for food than on either of the other days. ... These results suggest that 'even a little bit of activity, spread throughout the day, is a practical, easy way to improve well-being.'" 
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Amazon Go: We’re All F*cked

Amazon Go: We’re All F*cked | Working Well | Scoop.it
If you haven’t heard, Amazon just launched a promo for a storefront that sells meal kits and grocery basics with no checkout lines. It’s based in Seattle and currently open to Amazon employees, with…
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One of my first assignments at my new job at Gogo Business Aviation is designing and developing a course on In Flight Connectivity, or IFC. A theme of the course is that IFC isn't just about passengers being able to text and talk and surf from 30K' above the ground; the bigger picture is IoT - the Internet of Things. Extreme nutshell: IFC enables communication to and from embedded devices on an aircraft to facilitate monitoring, control, optimization, and autonomy, leading to safer flying and greatly increased efficiency.

 Perusing articles to get a broader idea of IoT, I ran across this doozie. Lots to think about in a post-work world.

 Key quote: "Overall, 47% of American jobs could be at risk as technology advances..."
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Team Building in the Cafeteria

Team Building in the Cafeteria | Working Well | Scoop.it
Research shows that eating together enhances group performance.
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"Everyone understandably wants to build higher-performing, more cohesive teams. .....a deceptively simple method: Encourage teams to eat together. Some might regard preparing and eating food together as too mundane to merit research or management interest. But...eating is such a primal behavior that it can be extraordinarily meaningful...there’s a special kind of intimacy involved in sharing a meal."

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The Altwork Station is an automated desk-and-chair rig that feels like working on a cloud

The Altwork Station is an automated desk-and-chair rig that feels like working on a cloud | Working Well | Scoop.it
I'm a big fan of standing desks. Although their direct benefits over sitting are somewhat iffy, they encourage you to move around and be just a little more
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My sit-stand desk just seems so... LAME now.

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Work wellness programs put employee privacy at risk - CNN.com

Work wellness programs put employee privacy at risk - CNN.com | Working Well | Scoop.it
A large variety of information may be collected by wellness programs and shared with others, including businesses eager to make a buck off of it.
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Made ME look! Our privacy policy looks solid, but YOU should look at yours.
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Andertoons by Mark Anderson, July 18, 2015 Via @GoComics

Andertoons by Mark Anderson, July 18, 2015 Via @GoComics | Working Well | Scoop.it

I've tried regular desks, and standing desks, but I found just plain old LYING on the floor works best for me.

 

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You Need to Workout While You Work

You Need to Workout While You Work | Working Well | Scoop.it
Your workout shouldn’t end when you get to the office. A recent study in the journal Annals of Internal Medicine found that “prolonged sedentary time was independently associated with deleterious health outcomes regardless of physical activity.” For peak health, in other words, you need to move. Constantly.
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Great ideas for staying in motion while working!

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Banishing the word 'busy' from your vocabulary could give you a mental boost

Banishing the word 'busy' from your vocabulary could give you a mental boost | Working Well | Scoop.it

Does using the word "busy" make people unhappy? Writing in the Washington Post's "Inspired Life" blog, Megan Wycklendt gives six reasons to banish "busy" from your lexicon.

 

 

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"...it may not be our 'to do list' that is the source of our unhappiness, but rather the language people use to describe their experiences..."

 

(...but people DO seem to love to brag about how busy they are...)

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Your desk toys are making you smarter

Your desk toys are making you smarter | Working Well | Scoop.it
Don't stop fidgeting. An emerging body of research suggests that keeping your hands busy—with, say, a slinky or a stress ball—can improve cognitive performance and reduce stress, the Wall Street Journal reports.
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It's not clutter. It's performance-enhancing devices!

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Your Employer's Plans To Make You Healthier Don't Work--Because Your Job Is Killing You

Your Employer's Plans To Make You Healthier Don't Work--Because Your Job Is Killing You | Working Well | Scoop.it
Your company probably spends a lot on a "corporate wellness program," but its efforts are probably wasted.
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"Companies introduce wellness programs without considering the whole person, including their sense of "purpose," their social relationships, their financial welfare, and their sense of community. "

 

Our wellness program does address the other elements than just physical health - I wonder if there is data that shows a difference in results between mission-driven healthcare employers and other types of employers offering wellness programs.

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Stepping Out - David Sedaris Fitbit article in The New Yorker

Stepping Out - David Sedaris Fitbit article in The New Yorker | Working Well | Scoop.it

To people like Dawn and me, people who are obsessive to begin with, the Fitbit is a digital trainer, perpetually egging us on. During the first few weeks that I had it, I’d return to my hotel at the end of the day, and when I discovered that I’d taken a total of, say, twelve thousand steps, I’d go out for another three thousand... I look back at that time and laugh—fifteen thousand steps—Ha! That’s only about seven miles! Not bad if you’re on a business trip or you’re just getting used to a new prosthetic leg...

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Hilarious! But...

On the plus side for me, my Fitbit does egg me on - I walk a lot, and I walk more than I would if I didn't have it. On the minus, I'm so obsessed with racking up steps that I limit the types of exercise I do. You don't get steps riding your bike or weightlifting! That obsession is something to watch out for.

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