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  • All Entrepreneurs Should Rock Climb

    I wrote this blog entry for a networking group I co-organize called Startup Climbing. We’re a group of entrepreneurs who get together to climb, network, and learn. The concepts here are applicable to team building and being a strong performer at the office, so I’m reposting it here. Enjoy! Every Wednesday night I rock climb with a […]

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  • Standing Desks, Cornhole, and Shooting Ranges– How Does Your Company Build Community?

    Whack! A beanbag smacks against a wooden board, slides through a hole, and the office erupts in cheers! This is the first thing I witness upon walking through the office doors of Salo, a staffing agency in Minneapolis. It’s 11:00am on a Wednesday morning and the staff is playing cornhole (or doghouse, or bagtoss, depending […]

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  • The Best Standing Desks for Your Office

    If you’ve seen the headlines that read “Sitting is the New Smoking,” you’ve probably started thinking about alternatives to your desk chair. Great! We applaud you for that, and we want to help. There is a plethora of standing desk options, and it can be hard to determine which is the best for your unique space. Here we’ve outlined the best standing […]

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  • Boost Your Energy and Increase Your Focus in 5 Minutes. Here’s How:

    “Going for a run is like taking a little bit of Ritalin and a little bit of Prozac.” This is one of my favorite quotes by Dr John J Ratey. He’s a neuroscientist who studies the effect of physical activity on the brain (he’s also one of my personal heros and the author of the fantastic book, Spark: The […]

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  • Feel Better in 4 Minutes! An Office Exercise Video for Active Work Breaks

    Taking regular breaks from your desk is important for your productivity and your health (see our blog post here about regular breaks and work productivity). As for your health, a recent study found that taking a 5 minute walk every hour helps offset much of the damage caused by sitting all day. Our recommendation is to stand up from your […]

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  • Take Breaks From Your Desk: How Movement Breaks Increase Productivity

    “Sit Less, Move More” is our mantra when creating healthy offices. We’re a big fan of standing desks, treadmill workstations, and standing meetings, which are proven to improve health and work performance. More recently, desk ellipticals have hit the market, and we’re excited to use them as a new way to avoid the sedentary office lifestyle. […]

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  • Exercise at Your Desk Part II: Cubii Product Review

    The Cubii is an elliptical machine that fits snugly under your desk, allowing you to exercise while you work. Last week they finished a very successful Kickstarter campaign that ensured they’ll add to the growing field of office health products, joining the ranks of standing desks (some with their own successful Kickstarter campains), treadmill desks, and Desk Peddlers. When they asked us […]

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  • Standing Meetings Improve Performance

    Standing meetings are on the rise! In 2011, a survey of 6,042 tech companies found that 78% held daily standing meetings (often referred to as the daily scrum). Most of these companies hold standing meetings for efficiency’s sake, and the research supports this. A study in 1998 found that standing meetings are a third shorter than sitting meetings but […]

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  • Exercise at Your Desk: DeskCycle Product Review

    Many people are turning to standing desks to avoid the negative impacts of sitting all day (click here for research on sitting and here for one convert’s story). However, switching to a standing desk requires, well, a standing desk. For many of you, a standing desk isn’t a feasible option for your work space, so what can […]

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  • Study: Treadmill Desks Improve Productivity

    We’ve seen first hand that moving more throughout the day improves work productivity, but scientific studies making the direct connection have been scarce. Most reports on the subject are anecdotal– that is, until now. A year-long study recently concluded that allowing employees to walk on treadmills at their desks improves work performance. This is great […]

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