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Healthy ergonomics and getting wealthy

Money magazine recently published a brief article on the benefits of adjusting your chair to achieve maximum comfort, and “wealth.”  As part of their Get Healthy, Get Wealthy series, they suggest that basic ergonomics, including optimally adjusted chairs and practicing good posture can improve comfort and happiness – which can lead to wealth. I’m not […]

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Staying pain-free and healthy with good ergonomics

In 1964, the ideal weight (according to the Hamwi formula) for someone 5’ 10” was 165.3 pounds. In 1983, the ideal weight (based on the Robinson formula) for the same height person was 156.5 pounds. Today, the CDC sites a range of 128.9 to 174.2 pounds. Why the history lesson… because we… humans are a […]

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People are Healthier When They Fidget

Recently, the American Council on Science and Health found that “any type of movement (even fidgeting) can be beneficial for one’s health.”  The study of 12,000+ British women aged 37 to 78 (published in the American Journal of Preventative Medicine) suggests that fidgeting may “reduce some of the negative health effects” of sitting for long […]

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Modern day keying and typing: Using best practices of the past to improve posture and prevent injury

In 1946 Stella Pajunas set the world typing record on an electric typewriter at 216 words per minute (wpm), and in 1959, Carole Bechen established the manual typewriter record at 176 wpm.  Although still fast, modern keyboards can’t match these early records where the fastest “modern keyboarder” is Gregory Arakelian who typed 158 wpm in […]

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Smartwatch Ergonomics and Other Safety Concerns

The launch of the Apple watch garnered much press and interest, but smartwatches, including those made by Asus, LG, Microsoft, Motorola, Pebble, Samsung, Sony, and others bring a new set of ergonomic and safety challenges. Here are a few common sense approaches to smartwatch ergonomics and safety: Do not check your texts or perform other […]

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Walking Three Days a Week – Super Gains in Health and Happiness

Recently, researchers at the University of Birmingham and other universities recruited sedentary office workers advising them that they would be participating in a study by walking 30 minutes during their usual lunch hour, three times a week.  The study, published in the Scandinavian Journal of Medicine and Science in Sports, contained 56 participants (mostly middle-aged […]

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6 Months of Endurance Training can Reverse 30 Years of Aging

My Dad owned a 1966 Dodge Charger with a 426 Hemi.  As a child, I remember fondly being “pinned” to the back seat during hard acceleration.  And for safety, my Dad always had us wear our seatbelts. That same year of the Dodge Charger (1966), researchers from the University of Texas, Southwestern Medical Center (Dallas, […]

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Global Ergonomics Month: Are you ERGOhealthy?

  With the recent celebration of Global Ergonomics Month, here are some reminder tips for things you can do to remain ERGOhealthy:   Integrate walking as part of your fitness plan.  The American College of Sports Medicine recommends at least 2.5 hours (150 minutes) of activity each week.  For most adults, this amount of physical […]

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Tips for Musicians, Golfers, Quilters, and…

This month’s tip comes from Kate Montgomery, an ERGOhealthy Coach and author.  She shares with us her insights for various professions, hobbies, and sports: No matter what your occupation, sport or hobby, the 12-step Montgomery Method™ can help you to maintain stronger grip strength, and reduce or eliminate the pain in your arms, wrists and […]

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Cut down on watching television to extend life!

Adults in the United States spend more than half of their waking hours in sedentary pursuits such as television viewing, computer use, or driving. According to new research published this month in the Journal of the American Heart Association, adults who watch three or more hours of television per day have double the risk of […]

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