Category Archives: Health is Wealth

Kelly Kohen
Favorite Website Addictions for Health, Happiness and Inspiration

When Lorrie Thomas Ross started Web Marketing Therapy almost 10 years ago, she a wanted a company that valued both hard work and a life outside of work. Our team relishes the moments away from work (i.e. the computer), but we thought it would be fun to share which websites we visit when we aren’t working – the ones that fill our souls with inspiration for health, happiness, self-improvement, business inspiration and fun.

When I approached our team to find out their fave sites, many (ok, most) of us prefer to be far, far away from the computer if we aren’t working, but for those moments when we do find ourselves online, these are the sites that you might find us browsing:

Wil, our only wild web woMAN recommends:backcountry_logo

 

Tonya prefers to spend her non-working hours outside – hiking, biking, paddle boarding or playing with her dogs. Her one exception is Yelp – to read reviews to find new restaurants to enjoy!

If Anne has a spare moment she enjoys:

Katherine wanted to give a shout out to her favorite app, Spotify, but if she is online and not working, she ends up on one of these sites:

Lorrie finds inspiration here:

  • Focus at Will – instrumental music to help keep you focused
  • Marie Forleo – inspiring female entrepreneur who reminds you that ‘the world needs that special gift that only you have.’
  • Facebook to keep up with her friends and family 🙂

I spend my spare online time on these sites:

  • The Outbound Collective to inspire my adventuresTheOutboundCollective
  • Outdoor Gear Lab to ensure I have the best gear doing it
  • Blue Apron to pick my meals for the following week-ones I don’t have to shop for or decide on the best recipe-food and recipes delivered right to my door
  • Pinterest to help plan my next DIY project

Where do you find online inspiration? We always love to hear about sites that encourage greatness or bring out the best in you!

 

Anne Orfila
Standing Desk Ideas for Healthier Work

The other day my sister said to me,Sitting is the new smoking in the workplace.

I had to think about that one for a minute. She went on to discuss how workplaces are encouraging their employees to work at standing desks and some even have treadmill desks for employees to use on and off throughout the day. I love that more office-based employers are “rising” to the occasion to promote a healthier work lifestyle. At WMT, we have no “offices” so a lot of us work while standing (or mix it up by standing or taking more breaks) already.

This new office movement to get more people off their bums goes hand-in-hand with the “Step It Up!” campaign recently launched by the US Surgeon General which encourages walking and walkable communities. Most of us are aware that a sedentary lifestyle can lead to chronic disease (such as heart disease), cancer or diabetes. Chronic disease aside, sitting all day long constricts circulation, turns muscles “off”, tightens connective tissue, and slows metabolism. By retirement, a sedentary person may be hunched, overweight, and limited in movement and mobility.

Standing desks and treadmill desks are a great perk of any company, but what if you work from home or at a company that cannot invest in standup desks or treadmill desks? I work from home and I do not have a standing desk but I can easily make my own. Here are ideas on how to make your own standing desk in the office or at home.

  • Turn Your Desk into a Standing Desk. This involves stacking something on your current desk to raise the level of your computer to standing. I have seen people use a small side table, a sturdy box such as a Xerox paper box, or an upside down plastic storage container (the last two items are available in most offices).
  • standing desk ideasTurn Your Kitchen Counter into a Standing Desk. For those of you who work from home and are on the short side (me!) – I only need a couple inches of rise for my laptop – so I use a computer lap tray that is 4 inches in height on my kitchen counter. I don’t mind standing and the view is an added bonus! (See image)
  • Use a Folding Chair for your Standing Desk. For those who are taller, a folding chair placed on a table works great for a standing desk.
  • Turn a Shelf into a Standing Desk. An inexpensive way to make a standing desk in your home is to use a shelf that is attached to the wall with brackets. This custom desk will be exactly the height you need. It works best for a laptop and when you’re not working, remove the laptop and line it with plants and pictures as part of your home decor.

Once you’ve got your standing desk situation sorted, how long should you stand for?
Research  recommends accumulating at least 2 hours per day of standing (you can do this in increments here and there, no pressure to stand still for 2 hours!) and progressing to 4 hours. Prolonged sitting, and prolonged standing, can both be hard on the body. Light physical activity should be thrown in to break up the static position. Walk to your lunch spot, do 5 jumping jacks, the latest dance move, a few squats, touch your toes or stretch your arms.

Is there a best time of day to stand?
Any time of day is great to stand and I find, for me, that after lunch is the best. This is the time when my food is digesting and I am ready to lay my head down on the desk and snooze. Standing keeps me awake and lets my stomach stretch which I think aids in digestion.

I hope these healthy tips motivate you to take a stand during your workday!

If you’ve set up your own standing desk at home or work, we’d love to hear about it. Comments welcome below.

virtualwordspecialist
Ten Reasons for More Humor at Work

lol-706869_640 copyA sense of humor is part of the art of leadership, of getting along with people, of getting things done.– Dwight D. Eisenhower

It’s way more fun to work in a culture and environment that encourages humor. It’s also a useful and productive marketing strategy. An article by Forbes “10 Reasons Why Humor is a Key to Success at Work” shares why allowing people to be more open with tasteful humor in the workplace can help a business flourish.

The ideal workspace involves balancing the art of allowing respectful humor, taking yourself too seriously and just plain having fun.

Below are Forbes’ 10 reasons why humor is a key to success at work:

  • People will enjoy working with you. This is especially true when you are enjoy what you do.
  • Humor is a potent stress buster. According to Forbes, laughing creates a cognitive shift of stressors in the body.
  • It is humanizing. All sides can seek common ground using humor (properly).
  • It puts others at ease. Humor is a great tool for easing tension especially when conflicts arise.
  • It encourages creative thinking. Studies show that humor is a major factor in creative thinking.
  • It helps build trust. Effective use of humor lets your authentic-self shine through.
  • It boosts morale. Humor can lower retention at work if employees are laughing and having fun!
  • People who use humor tend to be more approachable. Honest and open people are often surrounded by the same people.
  • Humor can allow your company to stand out. Using humor as a strategy, businesses can leverage brand loyalty.
  • It can increase productivity. Humor creates an upbeat culture that can increase “out of the box” thinking, camaraderie and the sharing of ideas.

At Web Marketing Therapy, we knows how to get the humor flowing – heck, we have to!  Web work involves tech challenges, difficult clients (we love our clients, but sometimes we deal with behavioral issues!)

It’s not uncommon for the entire team to chuckle through email (we joke in hashtags and send a lot of videos and photos amongst each other) and via social media (especially on Funny Friday)! Laughing helps us relax, have a good belly laugh and get on with our day with a smile.

Please share any humor at work stories here. We would love to hear them.

Sources:

Forbes article: http://www.forbes.com/sites/jacquelynsmith/2013/05/03/10-reasons-why-humor-is-a-key-to-success-at-work/

virtualwordspecialist
Bad Addiction, Good Addiction

bad addictionWhile our marketing agency is quick to talk about addictions when it comes to social media, etc, we do like to weave in healthy tips (that aren’t related directly to marketing) because our health choices do impact our wealth!! Today I’m going to talk about how to swap a bad addiction with a good one.

BAD ADDICTION: It’s a bad idea to turn to sugary foods for a “quick fix” yet most of us do this unconsciously thinking we are hungry. In reality, most likely we’re tired (see the Importance of Sleep post here), thirsty or both! Eating too much sugar makes you crash; not a winning strategy for an entrepreneur with an overflowing inbox. Believe it or not, one of the reasons we crave sugar once we start eating it is because our body is registering the intake as not nourishing the body (fed, but not nourished). But enough of the bad, let’s look at a good replacement.

While productivity and health go hand in hand, here is a simple success formula to follow:
cut sugar, add water!

A Business Journal article titled, “15 Terrible Things That Happen If You Eat Too Much Sugar”, sites newly drafted World Health Organization (WHO) guidelines for sugar consumption. Currently, the average American consumes 22 teaspoons per person per day; that’s four times the amount considered healthy by the new WHO guidelines!

These new guidelines recommend that Americans consume no more than 5% of their daily calories from sugar – down from 10%. To an average, healthy adult, that would mean 25 grams, or about six teaspoons of sugar per day. That means roughly 10 Hershey’s Kisses or a single can of Coke. Realistically, most Americans have an overdeveloped addiction to sugar.

It wasn’t always this way.

Your grandmother intrinsically knew that too much sugar would lead to cavities, weight gain and losing your appetite for healthy food. What she could never know is that sugar abuse also contributes to some of the worst chronic illnesses such as diabetes, obesity, liver failure, pancreatic cancer.  Read the entire article here.

drinking_water_is_healthier_can_candyOkay, enough of the negative, let’s get to the positive point.

GOOD ADDICTION: So, if we were to get rid of our sugar addiction, what would we replace it with? That’s easy: water!

A Web MD article: “6 Reasons to Drink Water” highlights how drinking water (either plain or in the form of other fluids or foods) is essential to your health.

The overwhelming evidence shows that putting down sugar in favor of water can help achieve the following six health benefits:

  • Maintain the balance of body fluids.
  • Control calories.
  • Energize muscles.
  • Keeps skin looking fresh.
  • Help kidney function.
  • Maintain normal bowel function.

American Council on Exercise provided simple guidelines for adequate water consumption.

Below are even more reasons to pick up the H2O:

  • Water composes 75 percent of all muscle tissue and about 10 percent of fatty tissue.
  • Water acts within each cell to transport nutrients and dispel waste.
  • Water composes more than half of the human body.
  • It’s impossible to sustain life for more than a week without it.

An easy guideline to follow is to drink at least half your weight in ounces of water every day (not including tea and other beverages.) If you exercise, you may want to drink at least your total weight in water daily. I drink up to a gallon a day as it helps fuel my body and control my appetite.

Team Web Marketing Therapy loves candy and sweet tasting goodies. Love aside, some of us have given up our addiction to refined sweets (yours truly!) and others have moderated theirs.

If your reliance on sugar is getting out of hand, be proud you recognized it then get your liter bottle of water and chug away. You will feel and look better for it and so will your marketing efforts!

Sources:

Business Insider article: http://www.businessinsider.com/effects-of-eating-too-much-sugar-2014-3

Web MD article: http://www.webmd.com/diet/6-reasons-to-drink-water?page=2

American Council on Exercise H20 intake recommendations http://www.acefitness.org/fitfacts/pdfs/fitfacts/itemid_173.pdf

virtualwordspecialist
Healthy Tips for Better Sleep for Better Business Baby!

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It’s considered a rite of passage for an entrepreneur or small business person to work on very little sleep. However, the business community is embracing data that shows it pays to get good sleep as both a good health and a business strategy!

Yes ladies and gentleman, getting more sleep is now becoming acceptable and often encouraged! Team WMT declares sleep sexy! We don’t do drama so we want to work with rested teammies and clients!

Leading the sleep is sexy charge is co-founder and editor-in-chief of The Huffington Post, Arianna Huffington who knows first-hand just how dangerous lack of proper sleep can be. A recent article by the Business Insider titled: “Arianna Huffington Offers Tips for Getting a Better Night’s Sleep,” recalls Huffington’s 2007 accident where she collapsed from exhaustion, cut her eye and broke her cheekbone. Since then, she has become one of the most vocal proponents of getting more sleep and adequate rest. Her new book “Thrive” has a large section dedicated to the subject.

After consulting with sleep experts and narrowing down the information, Huffington offers her seven useful tips to better sleep:

  • Get a new pillow and a new pillowcase.
  • Make your bedroom darker and keep it cool.
  • Practice deep breathing before bed.
  • Take a warm bath before bed.
  • Exercise or at least walk every day.
  • Banish all LCD screens (laptops, tablets, smartphones, TV) at night.
  • Cut down on coffee after 2 p.m. and avoid alcohol right before bedtime to give the body time to metabolize it.

The ROI of more sleep

Getting enough sleep has direct economic and health benefits too. A Washington Post blog called “The richer you are, the better you sleep” uncovered a study by the Centers of Disease Control (CDC), where researchers found that the relationship between income and sleep is linear and positive. Essentially, the more money you make the better you sleep.

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Health = Wellness Tip to getting those jobs completed

At Web Marketing Therapy, we LOVE our sleep. Yes, we have deadlines and work demands, but we make balance a priority. Our tip when a long workday and night looms is to supplement the upcoming lack of sleep with short nap during the day. We try to eat healthy meals and consume a lot of water to buoy the body and stay alert. (We find the less we sleep, the more likely we are to eat junk too to “nourish” our bodies!) We love good coffee and tea, so this is the often the time to enjoy them should you need a cup or two. However, too much could have the opposite effect so good hydration is key.

Tell us your secrets of rest, relax and get in a good night’s sleep we would love to learn!

Sources:

http://www.businessinsider.com/arianna-huffington-on-wellbeing-and-success-2014-3

http://www.cdc.gov/mmwr/preview/mmwrhtml/mm6412a10.htm?s_cid=mm6412a10_e

http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/wonkblog/wp/2015/04/06/the-richer-you-are-the-better-you-sleep/