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  • How to Take a Staycation the Right Way

    Posted on October 26, 2016 by Core Products

    By: Brian Action

    StaycationTaking time off from work to spend at home – commonly known as the “staycation” – can be an effective way to unwind without the stress, hassle, or expense of travel. But without a focused effort to make the most of your staycation, you could just end up doing chores and sitting in front of the TV all day. This defeats the purpose of taking time off from work: recharging, relaxing, and changing up your routine.

    With that in mind, we have a few tips on how you can achieve vacation-level relaxation without any travel necessary.

    Disconnect from Work

    This is an important one. It’s easier to step away from work when you’re travelling – you can ignore your laptop and emails when exploring a new city or lounging on the beach. But if you’re taking time off at home, it may become tempting to log on to keep up with emails.

    You should resist this urge. Vacations are important to disconnect from stress, which in most office jobs comes in the form of digital communication. Shut off your laptop and turn off smartphone notifications for work email and work-related apps. You can catch up when you’re back in the office and refreshed from your break. Before you leave, set an email responder that notifies everyone that you will not be checking emails until you return.

    Turn off the Chatter

    Television, social media, and the Internet are all clamoring for your attention. Even though they may not be related to work, these distractions can keep you from reaching your relaxation potential during your time off. Turn these distractions off if you can – they’ll still be there in a week, and in the meantime you can avoid getting fired up over politics or reflexively checking social media sites.

    If you must have your news, try reading the paper – digesting information at a slower rate that allows more contemplation.

    Switch Up Your Relaxation Routine

    During your typical workweek, your relaxation time may be restricted to what is simply convenient. After you have worked a full day, commuted, and taken care of responsibilities such as errands or child-rearing, you may only have the energy to flop on the couch for a few hours of TV before bedtime.

    With a staycation, you have more time to get in some quality relaxation time that’s more fulfilling. Yoga classes, a long bath, a good book, or a long walk – all of these activities take extra time, but most importantly are quiet and allow us to truly lose ourselves in the activity or our thoughts. You can even kick back for a few drinks on your balcony or in the backyard – not a bad replacement for poolside cocktails.

    Indulge Yourself

    You don’t have to go to the beach or visit a new city to indulge. If you have a local spa, yoga studio, or fancy restaurant, you can enjoy the good life locally. You’re saving money by staying at home, so indulging yourself in treats like these shouldn’t leave you with too much guilt.

    Be a Tourist in Your Own Neighborhood

    Whether you live in the country, the city, or the suburbs, your area probably has some dynamite attractions. Plan some excursions from the viewpoint of a tourist: if someone was visiting your area, what would you tell them to check out?

    Bonus points if you can find some new attractions that are outside your recreational routine. Whether it’s a different hiking trail, a new museum, or a restaurant with cuisine you’ve never tried, you can experience some new regional attractions. You’ll gain a new appreciation for your area, potentially find a new fun spot to take your friends or family, and have a new experience while you’re at it.


    With a little creativity you can turn a staycation into an epic week to remember. You can also recharge your batteries, de-stress, and gain a new appreciation for staying close to home. You don’t have to travel to have a break from work – with the right motivation you’ll be achieving beach-level relaxation, even if you live in a crowded metropolis.

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  • Massage Tools: The Differences Between Cream, Oil, Lotion, and Gel

    Posted on October 20, 2016 by Core Products

    By: Brian Acton

    Massage ToolsMassage therapists have a variety of tools with which to practice their trade. One of the most important is lubricant. But there are so many different options to choose from – oils, creams, gels, and lotions. It’s often been reported that the more options we have, the more paralyzed we become when it’s time to make a choice. This is as true for massage therapists as anyone.

    While we can’t remove options from the market to make choosing your massage supplies easier, we can at least help you make an informed decision. The truth is, you may need to stock a few different types of products based on your client’s needs and preferences and your own experience as a massage therapist. Here, we break down the difference between each type of product so you can understand what to expect of each product type.


    Historically, massage oil is the product most commonly used by massage therapists. Oil has a great glide to it when massaging, and it’s easy to add essential oils without vigorous mixing required. Oil can feel comfortable and warm on your hands and a client’s skin. A bottle can also last you longer – it doesn’t require frequent reapplication like lotions or creams.

    There are a few downsides to oils. Many types of massage oils are more likely to stain sheets, clothing and other material. Some clients also don’t like the greasy residue feeling left behind by some of the thicker oils. Also, oil tends to spoil quicker than other products – you can tell by the smell and if it starts to separate in the bottle.


    Cream tends to be much thicker than oils, and is great when you need to give a massage with less slippage – perfect when you need to spend a lot of time in one area. It absorbs into the skin, similar to lotion, and doesn’t leave behind an oily feeling or residue on the client’s skin. It’s also much less likely to stain clothes or sheets.

    The absorbing effect of cream is also a downside: you tend to reapply it more frequently, meaning you go through cream quicker and it becomes less cost effective. The thickness means you can’t pump the cream from a bottle, and it’s also much more difficult to add essential oils.


    Gels are great for many massage techniques. They tend to be the most cost-effective product out there because they stay on the body longer and don’t require a lot of re-application. They also provide the best glide effect during the massage, and a long, flowing massage technique will benefit from a gel. Gels are perfect for hairy clients or clients with very dry skin.

    Due to the glide, gels are not great for sports or deep tissue massages. They are more likely to stain sheets or clothing.


    Off the shelves, lotion is the cheapest option available. Consider, though, that it absorbs very quickly, which means that you’ll most likely be applying it faster than any other product type. Lotion is a good basic option that clients may already use to moisturize. It leaves little behind and there is usually little to no “greasy” effect for the client. It is also less likely to stain sheets or other materials.

    Lotion isn’t great for hairy clients. You should also beware of lotion when clients have a flaking sunburn – it will pull dead skin together in chunks and leave it on the body. Not a great look for your clients when they leave the massage table!

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  • October is Chiropractic Health Month – Here are Five Conditions Chiropractors can Treat

    Posted on October 15, 2016 by Core Products

    By: Brian Acton

    October is Chiropractic Health Month, and during this time, the American Chiropractic Association and chiropractic doctors around the nation will focus on raising public awareness of the benefits of chiropractic. Chiropractors focus on neuromuscular health, and treat their patients primarily through spinal manipulation and adjustments. This treatment is often viewed as alternative or complementary to more mainstream treatment, but many believe the practice is a natural alternative to addictive pain medication or invasive surgery.

    To do our part for the month, we’re listing five common conditions or disorders that chiropractic care can help to treat.

    Sports Injuries

    Sports medicine and chiropractic don’t always go hand in hand, but for many athletes they’re a natural fit. Chiropractic sports medicine is a specialty of chiropractic treatment, and focuses on pain management and rehabilitation of neuromuscular and skeletal health for both pro athletes and athletic people of all levels. As of 2015, every NFL team and many MLB teams have an official chiropractor. These chiropractors focus on spinal manipulation for injuries sustained during athletics and focus on joint manipulations that help to improve strength and flexibility.


    According to the American Chiropractic Association, chiropractic care can help with a condition commonly experienced by most people from time to time: headaches. Many factors can cause headaches, but one of the primary causes is overly tense muscles in the neck, which is a frequent condition in the era of the desk job. Chiropractors can assist with spinal manipulations or adjustments to relieve tense muscles and spinal pressure in the neck. They can also advise on posture, stretches, and exercises that will help to prevent headaches from developing in the neck and upper back.

    Lower Back Pain

    Lower back pain is one of the most well known reasons to visit a chiropractor. For many, lower back pain goes away after a brief time. But for those with chronic lower back pain, the condition is recurring and can last for months or even years. Chiropractors treat lower back pain through spinal manipulation, using their hands or tools to apply force to spinal joints with the goal of pain relief. Studies have shown that this treatment is fairly low-risk and is one of the most popular “alternative” treatments to back pain.

    Spinal Disc Conditions

    There are a number of conditions that can befall the discs in your spine and cause severe back pain, leg pain, and other symptoms. Usually, these conditions come down to either a pinched nerve (material is leading from inside the disc and pinching a nerve) or disc pain (the disc itself is in pain). Chiropractors may take passive approach to treatment – for instance, exercise and stretches. Depending on the condition, they may also suggest spinal manipulations as well. In the case of a herniated disc, it’s important to note that they can only treat pain relief and not the underlying cause.


    Whiplash is a neck injury caused by sudden forward and backward movement of the neck (a common cause is a car accident). This can cause severe pain and restricted mobility in the neck. Chiropractors treat whiplash by evaluating the entire spine and identifying areas of joint, disc, muscle or ligament injury. Treatment involves a mix of spinal manipulation, inflammation treatment (if the injury is very recent) and stretching.

    In Closing

    Chiropractic medicine is a respected and legitimate option for treatment of many spine-related injuries and conditions. It’s commonly popular as an alternative to medication-based pain relief. While in all cases we recommend consulting your primary care doctor or other specialists in the case of injury or illness, a chiropractor can potentially help you with your pain in many instances. If you’ve been considering chiropractic treatment, Chiropractic Health Month is the perfect occasion to research your options!








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  • Joint Relief: The Best Products to Provide Joint Support

    Posted on September 27, 2016 by Core Products

    Brian Acton

    Our joints enable the smooth, comfortable movement of our bodies – until they don’t. When they act up, it can turn normal, everyday movements into painful affairs. We rely on our joints almost constantly each day, so joint problems can be particularly challenging to deal with. .
    That’s why we sell products that can provide relief and support to troubled joints. Here are a few of our most popular:


    knee-2-2-27Trident Osteoarthritic Knee Brace

    People with mild to moderate knee pain due to osteoarthritis can have trouble with simple activities such as sitting, walking or climbing stairs. But products such as the Trident Osteoarthritic Knee Brace use a simple wedge system and the fulcrum effect to bear the load you normally put on your knees. Put simply, the knee brace takes the load off the knee, making it easier to stay active.

    The knee brace can easily be worn under pants, as well. With the brace, you can perform simple movements that could have caused great pain and discomfort unassisted.






    sacroiliac-9-27Corfit Sacroiliac Back Support Belt

     The sacroiliac joints are on either side of the pelvis, connecting the sacrum and ilium bones. The joints work with the pelvis to support the spine and support normal activities such as walking. When the sacroiliac joints are in pain, it can cause instability and stress to your pelvis, lower spine and buttocks area. Injury and pregnancy are common \ causes of sacroiliac joint pain.

    The Corfit Sacroiliac Back Support Belt reduces this discomfort. It wraps around the hips, compressing the joints and stabilizing the area. The belt also conforms to the body without discomfort.





    lace-up-9-27Laceup Ankle Supports


    Ankle supports can provide relief to sprained or injured ankles and also help to promote natural movement and reduce the risk of injury during times of high activity. Ankles are sprained easily and often during intense exercise, as the ankle can easily roll or turn an unnatural way as the foot attempts to pivot or hits a strange angle.

    The internal spiral design of Lace-Up Ankle Supports reduces stress on sprained ankles and injured joints and reduces swelling. It also limits abnormal motion the ankle doesn’t naturally handle well, which makes it ideal for sports such as basketball. As the name implies, the support is tied on with laces and so can be easily put on in seconds.




    thumb-9-27Bi-Lateral Thumb Spica Support

    Easy thumb movement is something we can take for granted until it’s suddenly gone. If you’ve injured your thumb or have pain due to tendonitis or arthritis, a support solution can help to promote healing or relieve pain.

    The Bi-Lateral Thumb Spica Support is simple and lightweight, but stabilizes the carpometacarpal joint that joins the wrist to the thumb. When worn, the thumb is held tightly in place. The support can be worn on either hand interchangeably and can fit any size hand or wrist.




    In Closing

    Sometimes, playing through the pain isn’t worth it. Our products are designed to provide simple solutions to pain and discomfort. Using support products, you can supplement medical treatment of your joint pain and perform everyday movements with greater confidence, stability and comfort.

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  • Back Pain During or After Spin Class? Here are Some Tips to Avoid it

    Posted on September 21, 2016 by Core Products

    By Brian Acton

    Spin classes have become a very popular phenomenon in the American fitness. The group atmosphere, bumping music and encouragement from trainers are all reasons for the success of spinning in recent years. Ranging from a half hour to an hour plus, spin classes involve cycling on stationary bikes to varying levels of intensity, body position and endurance. These workouts are not easy – they’re built to shed calories and burn fat by sustaining activity for a good amount of time.

    But a common complaint of spin class is that it causes lower back pain. And the best workout in the world isn’t doing you much good if you’re doing damage to your spine. You’re not alone – even professional cyclists are very susceptible to back problems.

    If you’re experiencing this symptom of spin class, it could be due to form issues that are easily corrected. Here are a few tips to get the most out of your spin class without causing back pain.

    Set Up Your Bike Correctly

    To promote proper form and prevent back pain, your seat needs to be in the right position. Having your seat too high or too low can contribute significantly to back pain (not to mention knee problems). To position the seat correctly, stand next to it – the seat should be in line with your hip. If, when you get on the bike, you find your knees are coming up too high or you’re close to locking out your legs on the downward pedal, you need to adjust your seat accordingly.

    Although it’s slightly less crucial for your back, you should pay attention to the positioning of your handlebars as well. If you’re new to cycling, or have noticed lower back problems during your cycling workouts, raise the handlebars a bit more than the traditional setup.

    If you have questions, ask your fitness instructor on the proper positioning.


    Stretching out all the necessary muscles – including your back – can help you endure a tough spin workout without overdoing it. Work some back stretches into your normal stretching routine. One helpful technique is to bend backwards to test for back stiffness. If you feel sore, do 10-15 backward bends to stretch out that area.


    The natural tendency for many beginner cyclists is to sit towards the front of the seat and hunch forward, hinging your body at the ribcage. This positioning forces you to round your back forward, which puts far too much strain on your lower back. Instead, sit towards the rear of the seat and hinge your body at the hips – this helps keep your back in the right position. Make sure to self-assess from time to time during your workout to make sure you aren’t hunching forward.


    By setting up your bike correctly, stretching and paying attention to proper form and positioning, you can reduce the risk of back pain caused by cycling. Of course, if these problems persist, talk to your cycling trainer during class to adjust your technique. If that doesn’t help, take a few days off from cycling and see a doctor to make sure your back pain isn’t caused by another underlying problem.






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  • How to Extend the Life Expectancy of Your Mattress

    Posted on September 14, 2016 by Core Products

    By Brian Acton

    mattressConventional wisdom suggests that you should replace your mattress every 7 to 10 years. If you can afford it, that’s a suggestion we won’t argue with. But frequently mattresses need to extend beyond their normal lifespan. They could be handed off to child who’s moving out, shifted to a guest room or coming with you on a move. Or maybe you’re just not ready to drop hundreds to thousands of dollars on a mattress every seven years.

    Whatever the reason, there are things you can do right now to protect your mattress and help it live beyond its expected lifespan.

    Use a Mattress Protector

    Your sheets do next to nothing to protect your mattress from spills and other accidents. They also do little as a barrier between you and dust mites that live in the mattress. Mattress protectors are basically a protective barrier that go on under the sheet and keep your mattress clean and stain free. They come in all kinds, and range from basic cotton stain protectors to memory foam toppers that also provide extra comfort.

    Clean Your Bedding and Mattress

    You should clean your sheets and bedding regularly as they tend to soak in sweat, dust and skin cells. A good guideline is every two weeks at minimum. When you do this, use a vacuum hose attachment to vacuum the top of your mattress – even if you use a mattress cover. This will remove dust mites, skin cells and other unwanted material from the surface of your mattress.

    Flip and/or Rotate Your Mattress

    Over time, your bodyweight puts wear and tear on your mattress, especially in the places your body tends to rest as you’re sleeping. To slow the wear and tear on specific areas of your mattress, you should regularly reposition your mattress to put pressure on different areas.

    If your mattress is only designed to be slept on one side, you still should rotate it 180° - switching the head end to the foot end – every 1-3 months. If your mattress can be slept on both sides, you should flip and rotate the mattress on the same schedule.

    Provide Proper Support

    Finally, mattresses need to be properly supported in order to do their job well. Make sure to inspect your bedframe and box spring when you flip and/or rotate your mattress. Worn out box springs and creaking or sagging wooden slats are signs that your mattress isn’t getting the proper support it needs.


    The longer you intend to keep your mattress, the better care you’ll need to provide it to ensure it’s functional. Use these tips to keep your mattress clean and extend its life expectancy.

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  • Back to School: Helping Your Kids Avoid Sports Injuries

    Posted on August 30, 2016 by Core Products

    By Brian Acton

    Now that school is back in session, parents with young athletes are gearing up for sports season. Extracurricular sports are a valuable activity: they teach kids the value of teamwork, discipline and how to use their bodies to achieve a goal. But with these rewards come risk – over 3.5 million children under 14 are injured playing sports annually.

    There are too many variables at play to completely shield your kids from sports injuries. But you can help them reduce the likelihood of injury and stay safe while having fun out in the field. Check out these tips to get started:

    Get them Checked Pre-Season

    You should take your young athlete to the physician for a physical evaluation prior to the season. In fact, many school-sponsored sports programs require this as a prerequisite for your child’s participation. Even if they don’t, it’s a good idea regardless. In some cases, your child’s regular physician can perform the evaluation. In others, the physician may recommend a specialist. An evaluation can clear your child for the sports season or identify any issues that need to be treated or monitored carefully during the school year.

    Get the Right Equipment

    Make sure you send your child to practice with the right equipment. If your child is re-using equipment from the previous year, double check everything to make sure it’s in good shape – you don’t want helmets, pads or other gear with too much wear and tear. The right footwear is a sound investment, as well – many sports require specific footwear and sending them to practice with basic running shoes won’t suffice.

    Finally, a water bottle is key as hydration is essential!

    Evaluate the Sports Programs

    Do your research on the sports program, team and coaches. If you can, talk to the coaches about their methods and how they work with players. Talk to the other parents as well – no one can give a better impression than the parents who are already involved. Attend practices and games yourself to see what your kids are experiencing in action.

    Finally, ask your kids how they’re doing and what they think about their programs. If something doesn’t feel right – for instance, an abnormal amount of injuries during practice - you may want to investigate what’s going on.

    Emphasize the Importance of Warmup and Recovery

    Stretching and warming up before strenuous activity is essential to athletic performance and reducing the risk of injury. Rest and recovery is just as important – your child’s muscles need to repair and recuperate after an intense workout, practice or game. Make sure to emphasize this with your child – kids sometimes tend to feel invincible and believe they can hop in and out of intense physical activity without issue.

    This can be especially risky when jumping back into a sport after a summer of relative inactivity. Make sure both your child and the coaches understand the importance of pre and post workout routines.

    In Closing

    Sports deliver many benefits to young people, including friendship, teamwork skills and confidence. But the threat of injury is real. Make sure your child is protected before they suit up and head out to practice. You can’t protect your child 100% of the time, but you can make sure they’re taking the right precautions and participating in activities that are fun and as safe as possible.

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  • Tips for Encouraging Activity with Kids who Aren’t Athletic

    Posted on August 22, 2016 by Core Products

    By Brian Acton

    encouraging-activityThe modern childhood – with the temptations of video games, the online world, and indoor creature comforts – can be all too accommodating to kids who are disinterested in team sports or athletics. Add in shrinking recess times and large homework loads and you have increased demands to spend time indoors and a decreased demand for outdoors exercise.

    As you probably know, exercise is crucial for your child’s health, and childhood obesity rates are at an alarming level. But for children who aren’t into competitive sports or other outlets for physical activity, it can be difficult to motivate them to get their heart rate up and burn some calories.

    Here are a few tips to encourage your non-athletes to get more physical exercise:

    Choose Alternatives to Team Sports

    Some kids just aren’t into team sports – they may not be competitive or team-oriented. For those kids, activities that can be done alone or with friends in a non-competitive setting is preferable. Hiking, swimming, or rock climbing are great examples, but it all depends on what you have available in your area and your child’s preferences.

    Try to participate with your child as much as possible. It may take some trial and error before they find an activity that is a great fit.

    Limit Screen Access

    One of the greatest drains to child activity in is the time they spend in front of a screen. On average, kids can spend anywhere from two to six hours in front of a screen every day: this counts television, tablets, computers, and video games. Too much screen time takes away from opportunities to exercise and also becomes extremely habit-forming.

    Limiting screen time can help kids get motivated to exercise. If kids can’t entertain themselves through passive entertainment, they’re more likely to find alternatives to occupy their time.

    A few techniques that can help you do this: keep televisions and PCs out of your kids’ bedrooms. Keep the computer in a mutual family space that can be supervised. And use a timer to track screen time.

    Gamify the Experience

    Kids today understand video game logic – and you can encourage exercise by applying that logic to the real world. Video games tend to reward players by completing tasks in game, helping make their characters more powerful or giving them new abilities.

    If you’ve ever made a chore chart for your kids (with rewards, stickers, or points as motivation) you’re already familiar with the concept: giving your kids incentive to complete activities by giving them a way to track progress and reward themselves.

    The details on how to do this are up to you, but all you really need is a system for rewarding exercise:

    • Fitness apps track activity and even provide rewards or point-based systems to completing tasks. If the whole family gets them, you can engage in friendly competitions or challenges to see who can be the most active. One of our favorites – Zombies, Run! – uses headphones and an app to motivate users to outrun zombies, rewarding players with virtual supplies to build up a base in game.
    • Instead of fitness apps, you can use an analog approach and have an exercise chart on the wall – logging your child’s exercise. A certain amount of points can result in a treat such as a trip to the movies.

    Feel free to get creative. Games are a great way to motivate kids and adults to have fun while taking fitness seriously.

    Lead by Example

    It’s difficult to make your kids see the value of exercise when you’re splayed on the couch watching Netflix all night long. If you can’t make time away from the screen to exercise, your kids will likely follow in your footsteps. And wanting them to be more active is a perfect opportunity for you to practice what you preach. You can start by participating in activities with your kids – playing catch, gong for a walk, visiting a museum or park – and extend that to times when you’re on your own, as well. Your kids will take notice of your behavior, even if they don’t come out and say it.

    In Closing

    Team sports are a great way for kids to introduce themselves to fitness and physical activity, but they aren’t for everyone. Luckily, there are so many alternatives that fit a variety of personalities. By limiting screen time, incentivizing exercise, and leading by example, you can help your child develop a love of exercise that will benefit them for their entire lives.

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  • Tips for Staying Active at a Desk Job

    Posted on August 16, 2016 by Core Products

    desk-jobBy Brian Acton

    Staying healthy and active is difficult in the modern era of the desk job. For those of us who perform most of our work in front of computers, it’s difficult to get out of our chairs and get the circulation going. But if we don’t make an effort to fight the negative health affects of a desk job, we may end up paying for it in a big way.

    Health professionals have begun referring to long periods of inactivity and their results on our health as “sitting disease. “ But instead of one condition, research has linked extended periods of sedentary activity with a wide variety of negative affects and harmful conditions, including diabetes, heart disease, heart attacks and strokes.

    While this information isn’t necessarily new, more recent studies has suggested that even people who exercise and eat right on a regular basis are still at far higher risk for health problems if they sit for long periods of the day.

    For those of us who spend 40+ hours of work sitting down, all is not lost. Here are a few ways you can counteract the desk job and its health risks.

    Break Up Periods of Sitting with Light Activity

    You don’t have to eliminate the chair from your daily routine. Instead, you can focus more on mixing in activity throughout the day. Getting out of your chair every so often to walk, stretch, or perform any other moderate activity will help fight the affects of extensive sitting.

    The key is to do it regularly – you could set a reminder to ping you each hour and remind you to out of your chair for a few minutes. Many fitness bands, phone apps, and even desktop calendars can easily be set to remind you periodically to get moving.

    You could even schedule walking meetings – instead of sitting in a conference room, take your team on a walk around the block while you talk out a problem.

    Even standing periodically can help - during meetings or phone calls, you always have the option to stand – especially if you have a hands-free headset.

    Standing Desks

    For those hours logged in front of the computer, an adjustable standing desk is a great option. Rolling this solution out office-wide may require cooperation from coworkers and management. But a recent study found that 67% of office workers wished they had adjustable desks, and over half believed they would be more productive if they had the option to stand and work. Which is to say you may not have trouble finding some likeminded coworkers to team up and make a strong case for adjustable desks that can be moved from a sitting to a standing position.

    For management, purchasing adjustable desks for everyone may be a sizeable investment. But the returns on employee health could be compelling – standing more during the day builds muscle, helps posture, increases blood flow, and burns calories.

    Take the Stairs

    If you typically take the elevator, you may want to take the stairs instead – climbing 3 to 5 flights of stairs a day in lieu of the elevator burns calories in a big way – there’s a reason you see so many people on Stairmasters or elliptical machines at the gym. If you work on the 20th floor and can’t start your day with that kind of climb, you could always take the elevator to the 15th floor and start from there.

    Sit on a Balance Ball

    You’ve probably seen office workers sitting on a fitness or balance ball instead of a chair. While they are a bit silly looking, they’re doing wonders for core health as they keep your core muscles engaged all day. They’re also great for posture.


    It doesn’t necessarily matter what you’re doing to fight long periods of inactivity at your desk – as long as you’re doing something. If you already hit the gym and exercise frequently, it may be disheartening to learn that regular workouts don’t counteract your desk job inactivity that much, but that isn’t a reason to ditch the gym. Instead, work in regular, light activity – such as standing, walking, or stretching – periodically instead of staying glued to your chair. The long-term effects can be tremendous for your health.

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  • Basic Essentials for Building a Home Gym

    Posted on August 8, 2016 by Core Products

    home-gymBy Brian Acton

    Building a home gym comes with a number of fantastic benefits. Gym memberships can be expensive, and in the long run home gyms can save you a lot of money. Just getting to the gym can be a pain. It’s much easier to motivate yourself to work out when you don’t have to leave the house, and it’s less time-consuming as well.

    Finally, one of the biggest advantages is that you don’t have to share your home gym with the general public. That means your favorite machines are always open, you only listen to the music you like, and strangers aren’t sweating all over your equipment. Sounds pretty nice, right?

    If you have the space and the money for the upfront cost, a home gym is a great option to stay in shape. We know everyone’s fitness goals are different, but there are a few gym staples that will help anyone build a great home gym. Here are a few of the best starter choices for gym equipment that will have you working out in the comfort of your own home in no time:

    Cardio Equipment

    A good cardio workout is the best way to work up a sweat and burn calories. While there are a number of ways to get your heart rate up – including low-cost or no-cost exercises like burpees, jumping jacks or jump rope – for a long cardio workout you’re probably going to need a decent machine. Here are a few great options:

    • Treadmills: for the walkers, joggers, and runners, nothing beats a treadmill. Treadmills let you run to your heart’s content without having to suffer through extreme weather or temperatures. And to switch it up, many modern treadmills have different programming pre-sets to adjust your workout – for instance, interval training or various inclines. As for price, treadmills can range from a few hundred dollars to thousands – so know what you’re looking for and research your options before you buy.

    Another bonus of treadmills: they’re easier on the knees than running on the road.

    • Rowing Machines: Rowing machines let you sit down, but that doesn’t mean this is an easy workout. Rowing burns calories fast, has great cardiovascular benefits, and works almost all the muscles in your body. Rowers are generally much cheaper than your average treadmill as well.
    • Exercise Bikes: Just like treadmills, exercise bikes give you the benefit of the exercise without having to experience the weather. Most are programmable or come with pre-set workouts with different difficulty and training levels. Exercise bikes are fairly inexpensive, but do your research on quality – you don’t want something that breaks down quickly.



    Weightlifting is the best way to build strength and muscle. The advantage of a gym membership is that you get access to all the weights and weight machines you can dream up – but those aren’t strictly necessary. Weights are very affordable and budget-friendly compared to complicated machines. Here’s all you need to get started:

    • Dumbbells: For a beginner’s home gym, the best way to start with lifting is a set of dumbbells of varying weight. They’re inexpensive, don’t take up much space, and can be used in dozens of ways to build muscle. Or, consider adjustable dumbbells which you can easily set to the weight needed for your set of lifts.
    • Barbell and Weight Set: All you need to perform many of the exercises that gym machines provide is a barbell, a set of weight plates to put on that barbell, and a weightlifting bench. If you’re starting out, there’s no need to be intimidated – you can put on any weight you desire, and so barbells lifting can be challenging or relatively easy.


    …Additional Essentials

    • Medicine balls: Medicine balls can be used in a number of great workouts that target all body parts, especially your core. If you want a strong core, a medicine ball gives you many great exercise options.
    • Resistance bands: Resistance bands look like giant rubber bands, and come in many different sizes and resistance levels. You can use them to target your arms, legs, and even make common exercises more challenging.
    • Foam rollers: For recovery after a hard workout, foam rollers are essential. They work out tough spots in tight muscles and speed up the recovery process. And yes, this process hurts sometimes – the same way a massage does. That’s because it’s breaking up tension in tight, sore muscles. Check out our blog on some of the best foam rolling exercises to learn more.
    • Entertainment: Do you know what can make a long workout unnecessarily difficult? Thinking too hard about the workout while you’re doing it. Music, television, and even audiobooks can help you concentrate on something other than the hard work while your body takes over.


    There you have it – a list of some of the best equipment for building a home gym. Everyone’s needs are different – if building muscle isn’t important to you, weights may not be an essential need. But these basics can help you get a home gym up and running so you can cancel that expensive membership. If you have the space, the initial money needed, and the motivation, you can make a home gym that serves you just as well as a multimillion dollar sports complex with the latest technology.

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