Stand up for Yourself: A Review on Using a Standing Desk at Work

Although I’ve moved down to the great American south from my beloved but pricey, way-too-congested home state of New York, I’ve been fortunate enough to stay with the company I work for from home. Back in my company’s New York office, my work station was set-up like this:

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The typical office worker’s world.

It was your typical office cubical environment: two monitors, a phone, calendars and schedules tacked to the walls, and a chair to be sat in for about eight hours every work day. I’m closing in on working for this company for three years, and though I’m content with my job, sitting in that chair 40 hours a week was not comfortable.

I’m big on staying active both physically and mentally, but I had to suck it up once entering my first “real” full-time job if I wanted to earn those dollar bills and just make it by the seat of my pants each month, in my basement apartment. I’m not exaggerating when I say that my back (mainly the lower side), shoulders, hips, and neck would hurt and feel tense just about every day, and sometimes my feet and legs would go numb from sitting so long. And I’m not the only one: a few of my co-workers have reported the same. Desperate for some physical comfort, a few of us even bought back supporters that latched onto the backs of our chairs to help us sit correctly. They barely helped. Read More

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AntiGravity Flying Fitness: Flipping and Flying in a Hammock

I swung over to a small fitness studio for my first AntiGravity Flying Fitness class tonight. Sounds cool, right? But you never heard of it, have you? Up until last month, neither did I. While browsing around for a fun, fit activity, this crazy form of working out caught my attention and I had to give it a whirl. I’ve seen pictures and watched videos before stepping into the studio, so I went in knowing what to expect, but what I didn’t know was how challenging I’d find it to be.

The AntiGravity Flying Fitness studio I hung out in.

The AntiGravity Flying Fitness studio I hung out in.

I went it, filled out an emergency contact form, grabbed a squishy rubber mat and set it up beneath one of the unrolled orange hammocks hanging from the ceiling. Once everyone was ready, my instructor introduced herself and then proceeded to, in a soothing yoga-sounding voice, walk us through hopping into the hammocks and then got us going with some warm-ups.

We rode the hammock like a horse and swung back and forth, then we swung on it like a swing, and twisted our arms, legs, and bodies around in all sorts of shapes to get used to the feeling of the hammock holding our weight. Read More

Bionic eye restores vision

Eyes aren’t the windows to the soul; they’re the windows to the brain

Biotechnology has become one of the fastest-growing areas of scientific research in the past 20 years, with new devices quickly going into clinical trials. We’ve seen successful bionic arms and legs, but how about a bionic eye? The Argus II Retinal Prosthesis System provides sight — the detection of light — to people who have gone blind due to degenerative eye diseases such as macular degeneration and retinitis pigmentosa. Both diseases damage the eyes’ photoreceptors, which are the cells at the back of the retina responsible for perceiving light patterns to pass along to the brain. The bionic eye implant takes the place of these photoreceptors.

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How does it work?

The system has three parts: a small electronic device that is implanted in and around the eye, a small video camera attached to a pair of glasses, and a video processing unit that’s worn or carried by the patient. Read More

6 tech phobias that actually exist

With all this new tech comes all these new phobias

What comes to mind when you hear the word “phobia”? Heights, spiders, public speaking? Probably so, but with the quickly growing, tech-dominated world we now live in, new phobias are creeping their way into our lives. Although tech-related anxiety is not yet officially covered by clinical terms, it sure does exist. Read on below to learn more.

 

Nomophobia

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Image via wonderoftech.com

Short for no mobile phone phobia, nomophobia is the fear of losing or being out of touch with your phone. If you’re a phone addict, you know this feeling all too well. This phobia causes panic when your phone is unavailable, including losing reception, running out of battery life, and, of course, losing your precious communication device and feeling completely disconnected from the world. Hey, it happens to the best of us. Read More

What Should I Eat After A Run?

Ever since I began running a few years ago, I’ve become more health conscious than ever and aware of what my body needs. Though I’ve been trying to change it,  I’m a picky eater. I’ll admit it. This is especially true after coming in from a run. I want to nourish my body. I’ve done plenty of research on which foods I should consume after running, and it’s really not difficult. All you have to do is listen to your body. You want to replenish your energy as quickly as possible. What I crave most after a run are carbohydrates and protein.

After my first 5K in May 2011.

After my first 5K in May 2011.

I’ve learned that after a long run, the focus of your next meal should be glycogen replacement. Glycogen, a type of carbohydrate, is stored in your muscles. You reach the exhausting point when you know you can’t continue when your body is low on glycogen. Many runners consume carbohydrates to build up glycogen.

Through research, I’ve found that glycogen should be restored a half hour after running because, according to numerous studies, that is when the body is most efficient at using carbohydrates to produce glycogen for the muscles.

So, after a run, you want carbohydrates in your next meal. Foods containing carbohydrates are pasta, potatoes, rice, bread, and vegetables. Eating protein with carbohydrates stimulates glycogen replacement. Foods high in protein include beef, beans, cheeses, pumpkin seeds, lean meats like chicken and pork, fish, eggs, lentils, and peanuts. Also make sure to drink plenty of water to rehydrate your body.