January 14, 2014
How are your 2014 New Year’s Resolutions going so far? Having challenges reaching each day’s activity goals? How can LifeSpan Workplace Solutions™ help you meet these goals?
It is not easy to get to meet your daily walking goal every day, or even every other day. Fortunately there are solutions available to help you stay active whether at home or in the office. Most everyone has activities during their workday that can easily be performed while walking. Phone calls, email, reading, and watching television are easy places to start. You will find that getting 10,000 steps a day, the daily recommended amount, is easier than you think just by adding a Treadmill Desk into your office or home.
- The modular design lets you add our ConfigureDesks to our adjustable height desk options. These ConfigureDesks can be used to couple Treadmill Desks and Bike Desks together as integrated products for common areas and other multi-user settings creating an office designed for both sitting and walking. All modular desks can be installed on either the left or right side .
- All Treadmill Desks are designed to operate quietly and reliably in a home or office environment.
- LifeSpan understands the importance of safety both at home and in the workplace making it a top priority in the design of every product. Little things like interlocking the desks with the treadmills help ensure stability, and limiting the maximum speed to 4 MPH (the maximum speed can be user adjusted down to 2 MPH if desired). Beyond the basics, there is a proprietary feature “Intelli-Guard” on all treadmills. This feature recognizes when you stop walking and automatically “pauses” the treadmill belt to ensure that you cannot step back on without recognizing the belt is moving.
Whether you are working from a home office or in an office building down the street, or just want to have the ability to increase your daily activity level in general, LifeSpan Workplace Solutions™ can help you. The entire line is designed to bring physical activity back into your life with safe, quiet, and reliable products that are proven effective to improve your health each and every day of the year.
January 4, 2014
We asked our retailer Gym Source what their staff would pick as their top LifeSpan product and feature. This was their response:
Here at Gym Source, we stay in close touch with our customers—from individuals setting up their home gym for the first time, to commercial facilities seeking the best equipment available for a range of users.
That’s why we love selling fitness technology from LifeSpan. With LifeSpan, our clients get premium technology and a workout experience that’s second-to-none. What’s even better? The innovative technology integrated into every LifeSpan product shows an attention to engineering detail that we—and our clients—appreciate.
Take the TR5000i. As one of the most popular LifeSpan treadmills sold by Gym Source, the TR5000i is prevailing with technology that sets it apart from mass-market treadmills. Some of our favorite features include:
- The auto-stop feature or “Intelli-Guard”. This feature is completely unique to LifeSpan. Plenty of people with children or pets have praised the exclusively simple idea that if you step off the treadmill to answer the phone or get the door, the belt stops.
- The USB option. The simple way the TR5000i captures basic body data like heart rate and weight while working out (with the contacts cleverly integrated into the handles) and transfers it onto a USB drive for analysis is genius, and our customers love it.
- The whisper-quiet operation. The TR5000i is pin-drop quiet when being used, allowing for early-morning or late-night workouts that won’t disturb other members of the household.
Our clients appreciate LifeSpan technology, and so do we. The TR5000i is one of our top-sellers – for obvious reasons! Get to Gym Source, and experience the TR5000i for yourself.
December 27, 2013
Have you had your blood pressure reading taken lately? If not, you should. Blood pressure is an important health metric. Everyone should know their resting blood pressure as high blood pressure is one of the chronic diseases prevalent today and known as the “Silent Killer.” Blood pressure is the measure of the force of blood pushing against blood vessel walls. The heart pumps blood into the arteries (blood vessels), which carry the blood throughout the body. High blood pressure, also called hypertension, is dangerous because it makes the heart work harder to pump blood to the body and contributes to hardening of the arteries and to the development of heart failure. Many people do not know they have high blood pressure and that is why the label “Silent Killer.”
One in 3 adults in this country has high blood pressure and it affects over 78 million people. Only about half of these adults have their blood pressure under control. According to Tom Frieden, MD, MPH, “We are making progress, but not nearly fast enough. Control is now increasing at about 1 percent per year. We need to ramp that up to 5 percent per year. High blood pressure control has to be a priority for every patient at every [physician office] visit.”
The exact causes of high blood pressure are unknown, but several factors and conditions may play a role in its development. These include:
- Being overweight or obese
- Lack of physical activity
- Too much alcohol consumption (more than 1 to 2 drinks per day)
- Older age
- Family history of high blood pressure
The importance of diet and exercise cannot be overstated. Even if your blood pressure is normal, you should consider making lifestyle modifications in these areas to prevent the future development of high blood pressure and improve your heart health.
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December 23, 2013
It is the season of the year when we tend to think more about our health than at any other time. Not only are we trying to stay active and watch what we eat, but we are also contemplating what will be on our list of New Year’s Resolutions going into the next year. In reality, shouldn’t we have a health and fitness program that we aspire to all 365 days of the year? If we did, we could eliminate a lot of stress during this time and focus more on family and friends. However, the truth is that getting through the holidays is stressful. With that in mind here are a few tips and ideas to incorporate into this holiday season and continue into 2014….resolutions to make and keep every day—all 365 of them.
- Shop for healthy foods. It is more important then ever to stock your kitchen with heart-healthy foods. Have snacks handy such as nuts, dried fruits, apples, and yogurt.
- Schedule your exercise. Your schedule will be very hectic this holiday season. Schedule your workout just as you would any other appointment to help you stay on track.
- Try 10-minute mini-workouts during hectic times. If it’s hard to find 30 minutes or more for exercise, try working in 10 minutes at a time throughout your day.
- Moderation is the key when it comes to healthy eating. Complete denial doesn’t work at any level or any time of the year.
- Explore fun ways to get the family moving. Get the kids, the pets, the neighbors outside whenever you can and go for a walk or play tag football—anything to be active.
- At work, sit less and move more. Use the time you are at work to be active and incorporate a variety of tools to get you moving more and sitting less.
“The holidays offer a perfect opportunity for enjoying loved ones, celebrating life, being grateful, and reflecting on what’s important. They are also a time to appreciate the gift of health.” Support health and safety for yourself and others by following the Twelve Days to Health holiday tips from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
And, want to get the children involved? Use this festive song, sung to the tune of The Twelve Days of Christmas, to help kids learn how to stay safe and healthy this holiday season!
December 17, 2013
LifeSpan offers our products in Gym Source stores and online, we asked them recently why they carry our products, this was their response:
At Gym Source, we have no greater commitment than to customer satisfaction. Whether that means helping clients identify the right products to meet their needs, personally delivering their purchase, assembling and installing their equipment perfectly in-home, or servicing it when it needs repair—our job is to help our clients become healthy and happy.
That’s one reason Gym Source proudly sells LifeSpan. Our clients appreciate LifeSpan’s level of quality, innovation and comfort when they experience their machines on our showroom floor, and they ask for them by name. Specifically, many of our clients can’t wait to experience the LifeSpan TR5000-DT5 Treadmill Desk when they walk through our doors. A media hit frequently featured on the likes of the Today Show and NCIS-Los Angeles, LifeSpan has developed a fitness technology that is literally changing the way our culture fits fitness into everyday life. To all of us at Gym Source, that’s a true mark of innovation and success.
Or, take the LifeSpan TR4000i Treadmill. With a 1” reversible commercial grade deck and solid aluminum side rails, this treadmill is built for absolute durability under the toughest workout conditions. Plus, our clients appreciate that they can save their workout data to a USB storage device and upload their data to LifeSpan’s innovative Fitness Club account, which connects them to an entire community of LifeSpan users who motivate them to reach their goals.
What we love most about LifeSpan, however, is the brand’s overall commitment to making a product that works and will stand the test of time. For our team at Gym Source, quality construction and dedicated customer service from LifeSpan means that we can keep the Gym Source promise to care for our customers long-term—and truly be their partners for life.
November 26, 2013
Lifestyle medicine is defined as the application of environmental, behavioral, medical, and motivational principles to the management of lifestyle-related health problems in a clinical setting. One organization dedicated to lifestyle medicine is the Institute of Lifestyle Medicine (ILM) in Boston. The mission of ILM, founded by Edward M. Phillips, MD, Assistant Professor, Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, HarvardMedicalSchool, is to reduce lifestyle-related death and disease in society through clinician-directed interventions with patients. The ILM is at the forefront of a broad-based collaborative effort to transform the practice of primary care through lifestyle medicine. The organization advocates for changes in the healthcare system by empowering clinicians to facilitate behavior change and stimulate a culture of health and wellness for their patients.
Recently a capacity crowd of over 150 physicians and healthcare professionals from around the world attended a two-day Harvard Medical School Department of Continuing Education and ILM course, Active Lives: Transforming Ourselves and Our Patients. This course provided proven strategies to counsel and motivate patients, as well as evidence-based tools and techniques to prescribe individualized exercise programs. Attendees learned about the latest updates in exercise risks and outcomes; best practices for behavioral counseling; and, participated in exercise classes such as Zumba, Tai Chi, and Yoga.
One of the major goals of the course was for physicians to actually participate in physical activity themselves during the event and to learn about the options they have to fill an exercise prescription to help patients stand up and move. With that in mind–new this year–was the availability of both a treadmill and bike workstation—compliments of LifeSpan Fitness–for attendees to use during the lectures. So, not only did everyone learn more about physical activity in general, they also learned about incorporating activity into the workplace. One attendee tweeted on the first day, “Attending Institute of Lifestyle Medicine CME on activity & bike & treadmill to use during lectures. YES!!” Since sitting is the new smoking—an independent disease risk factor–the more we encourage people to move throughout their entire day and make a variety of lifestyle changes, the healthier they will become.
Healthcare providers, through organizations such as ILM and the Exercise is Medicine™ initiative, are learning to lead by example by transforming themselves to help their patients—and they are learning many new creative strategies to do so such as treadmill desk. David L. Katz, MD, MPH, Director, Yale University Prevention Research Center, in LinkedIn Today asks “Lifestyle as Medicine: At a Fork in the Road, Who’s Got a Spoon?” His answer: “Lifestyle is the best medicine there is, ever was, and likely ever will be…each of us holds the spoon that could get this medicine to go down.”
November 5, 2013
An active and healthy lifestyle can help you look and feel better. Today healthcare professionals focus on the importance of a person’s lifestyle in the treatment and management of many health problems. In other words, they practice lifestyle medicine. According to Frances Pitsilis, M.D., “Lifestyle medicine is about your behavior–your sleep, exercise, diet, how you think, whether you drink, whether you smoke. It’s a very valid, strong area that people are taking more notice of.”
What does it take to start down the path of lifestyle changes and what do the experts suggest? The good news is everyone agrees that small, steady steps lead to positive results. Use the following tips and tools to help you get started and achieve that healthy lifestyle that you have always wanted.
- Get enough rest and sleep. Generally seven to eight hours of sleep each night for adults is recommended.
- Stand up and move. Adults should strive for 150 minutes of moderate-intensity exercise per week. Take brisk walks before work or on your lunch hour or walk to work if possible. At the office incorporate a treadmill desk or bike desk to increase your productivity and energy level.
- Balance work and home life. Don’t be married to your job. Enjoy your family and participate in a variety of physical activities that you can all do together.
- Focus on a healthy diet. A healthy diet is important to complement an active lifestyle. Stay hydrated by drinking lots of water and limit caffeinated beverages and alcohol.
- Don’t smoke.
- Think about the way you think. Positive thinking helps with stress management and can even improve your health. Practice overcoming negative self-talk.
- Stop and be still. Tai chi, yoga, or any type of meditative activity will give you time alone with yourself—everyone needs that.
- Participate in social activities. It is a lot easier to stick with a more active lifestyle if you make it part of social activities by doing things together like hiking, biking, and tennis.
- Create an exercise plan. Creating and following a plan is important especially in the initial stages of starting down the path of wellness. A plan can help you focus and stay on track. Online health and fitness management can set your goals, log your exercise activity and health metrics, and assess your progress… all from one central place.
A healthy, active lifestyle is a life-time commitment. Take the above steps right now to pave the way for tomorrow. Determine where you are today and move forward into the future.
October 28, 2013
How do you boost your energy during the day? Are you consuming the right foods to do so? Vitamin water, protein bars, and energy drinks: do you need them and do they actually have the ability to charge and recharge your battery?
As the saying goes “An apple a day keeps the doctor away.” Food is important for fueling the body. According to Nancy Clark, M.S., RD, “Whether you work out at the health club, compete with a varsity team, aspire to be an Olympian, or simply are busy playing with your kids, you can nourish yourself with a diet that supports good health and high energy, even if you are eating on the run.”
All-day energy comes from understanding your body and from understanding how to fuel the system. In other words, learning the most effective foods to consume and realizing that real food in the form of complex carbs, protein, and fiber provides natural energy throughout the day.
Think about what you eat and drink every day. Are you consuming the recommended daily amounts of fruits and vegetables? Do you check nutrition labels, monitor serving sizes, and choose natural ingredients whenever possible? Unhealthy foods may have become part of your daily diet and you don’t even realize it. There is hidden fat and sugar in many of the energy bars and sports drinks and you may be fooled by their healthy-eating claims.
Get started today to boost your energy. Track your food consumption for a week. Use the ChooseMyPlate.gov resources to determine if you are getting the recommended daily allowances for each food group. Make changes as needed. More than likely you may find that the working lunch is the biggest challenge and needs the most change especially when you want to beat that “afternoon slump.” Sunny Blende, M.S., Sports Nutritionist recommends a lunch that’s about 50 percent carbs, 30 percent fat, and 20 percent protein “to keep you energized and sated throughout the afternoon.” Learn more here about the healthiest work lunches to incorporate in your daily routine.
Need help and support to get you on the right track? Tools such as the LifeSpan Fitness Club can provide the guidance to get you started and help you achieve a healthy, active lifestyle. What are you waiting for?
- Clark, N.; Nancy Clark’s Sports Nutrition Guidebook; Fourth Edition. Human Kinetics; 2008.
October 4, 2013
When Susan Szenasy of the Metropolis Blog visited this year’s NeoCon annual contract furniture show, she noticed quite a bit of activity at the LifeSpan Treadmill Desk booth. Curious to learn more about the treadmill desk and its LifeSpan origins she sent some questions to Peter Schenk, the president of LifeSpan, a treadmill desk user himself.
The following is a summary of the Q & A interview where Schenk talks about how the LifeSpan Treadmill Desk evolved from its Do It Yourself (DIY) origins as well as the growing desire by employees to get work done and stay healthy at the same time.
- How did it begin? The LifeSpan Treadmill Desk began as an experiment. We’d been making treadmills for years, and started seeing people posting pictures of their DIY treadmill desks, using our treadmills! LifeSpan took what we learned from them and made a treadmill that smoothed out the bumps. Each of our design elements seeks to solve a problem: the roomy desktop; cable management; wrist pad; control console directly in front of you; free-standing writing surface; and, height adjustability.
- Who is using them? Treadmill desk users are in all industries, and are all ages. The “ideal” treadmill desk customer is anyone who spends a lot of their day sitting in front of a computer. Being sedentary for eight hours a day isn’t good for you and people recognize that. Our customers are in the corporate work environment (about 60 percent) as well as individuals (about 40 percent).
- How do companies handle seating and conference groups? Right now companies are either buying individual treadmill desks for individual staff members, or buying multiple treadmill desks for many staffers to share.
- What areas of office work does it fit best? The footprint is comparable to a regular desk. Multiple employees generally use and share units located in conference rooms and empty offices.
- What did you learn by showing/demonstrating the product at NeoCon? At NeoCon we showed two patent-pending configurations: one that allows two employees to share a treadmill desk within a standard 12 x 12 cubicle, and another that allows multiple employees to walk and work together, on their own units, with shared tables between them. Our booth drew a lot of smiles. Inevitably, after a minute of using a treadmill desk, even the toughest skeptic would say, “Wow, I didn’t expect it to be this easy.”
As Szenasy points out, NeoCon reminded everyone that people are in different places when it comes to changing their work environments. “Some are stuck in the traditional model, with the perception that work and sitting go hand-in-hand. But an increasingly large percentage is now thinking of standing and working as mainstream, so the idea of walking and working is no longer viewed as something just for health-conscious early adopters.”
To read the entire interview and to learn more visit Q&A: Peter Schenk.
September 17, 2013
As the prevalence of treadmill desks in the office environment has increased over the last few years, many people have worried that the use of the workstation would have a negative impact on the quality of their work. Not so according to a study published in the journal Obesity. Results of the study show that a treadmill desk may improve the health of office workers without affecting work performance.
The study followed 36 employees (25 women and 11 men) who volunteered to trade their regular desk for a treadmill desk for one year. Fifteen of the employees were overweight and 11 were obese. Before installation of the treadmill desks, the participants’ average time spent walking per day was 70 minutes. At six months walking time increased to 128 minutes, and declined slightly to 109 minutes by the end of the study. Time spent being sedentary for the entire day fell from 1,020 minutes per day at the start of the study to 978 minutes per day by the end of the study. And, the workers lost an average of slightly more than three pounds over the year.
The workers derived health benefits over the course of the study and reduced time being sedentary during the day. What about their work performance? For the first few months, those who walked the most at their treadmill desks found there was a minor loss in workplace performance as measured by self-assessments and evaluations. However, the work performance of people who worked from a treadmill desk for a year didn’t decline when they adjusted to the treadmill desks. The researchers concluded that once the workers spent more time at the treadmill desks “workplace performance exceeded baseline.”
The bottom line, “Access to treadmill desks may improve the health of office workers without affecting work performance.” Good news for those who want to get up and move at work and continue to excel at their job.
- Koepp, G. A., Manohar, C. U., McCrady-Spitzer, S. K., Ben-Ner, A., Hamann, D. J., Runge, C. F. and Levine, J. A.; Treadmill desks: A 1-year prospective trial; 2013;21(4); pages 705–711