Wednesday, April 16, 2014

What Happens When you Can’t Control Your Sweet Tooth?


In just a few days, the Easter Bunny will leave all kinds of sugary goodness in his path. From plastic eggs filled with treats, to faux animals made of pure chocolate, it’s every kid’s dream to wake up to this sugar-infested hunt. And they’re not the only ones getting in on the fun, adults can clean up the jellybean messes with the most candy-loving of them all. But just because these candies taste good doesn’t mean you should overdo it.

Aside from the obvious side effects, such as teeth health and weight gain, there are a few other symptoms that come from too much sugar. Ones that affect everyday health. To keep your body at its best, even when there are tasty distractions, consider all these sugar-induced ailments.

Poor Digestion


When eating too much candy, the body has a much harder time breaking foods down and into viable nutrients (if they exist). Unless you want to risk an evening of stomach cramps and substances that are virtually impossible to digest, stick to a diet of real food and leave the candy for the kids.

Bone Density Issues


When there’s nothing but artificial sugars pumping through your body for hours on end, how are the bones to replenish themselves? If you must eat candy, remember to take a daily vitamin or bookend the sweets with healthy meals (preferably those rich in calcium) to keep the body in proper working order, even when your food choices aren’t the healthiest.

Risk for Illness and/or Disease


Those who eat ample amounts of sugar are more likely to fall susceptible to an illness or disease, such as diabetes or other chronic diagnoses. (Most notably from high blood sugar levels.) Regular bouts of sugar can bring havoc to the immune system, leaving it unable to fight off germs and in a further weakened state.


Easter can be a tempting time for anyone with a sweet tooth, just remember to keep the sweets in moderation to avoid serious side effects. 

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Are Your Kids Not Getting Enough Sleep? TV Could Be To Blame

Watching television has long since been a controversial topic. Though it’s an avid source for entertainment and news, it’s not exactly healthy to sit in front of a box for hours on end. Especially when it’s used to watch non-educational content. The same can be said for playing video games or even allowing the TV to play in the background. Whatever its use, there are plenty of negative side effects that can come from watching TV – the latest of which includes one’s quality of sleep. 

According to sleep studies, scientists say that children who are exposed to too much screen time throughout the day don’t get enough quality sleep. This is not the first such study of its kind, however, the latest results encounter those who sleep and view TV in the same room. Whether the children are trying to sleep or simply previously viewed a program in the same room, the mix of activities triggers something that works to keep them awake. 

Some argue it’s due to the science within the brain – that if we do a certain activity in a certain place, our body subconsciously puts those two things together. Then, when we attempt to change that activity, we have a hard time adjusting. Others believe that, since the results are specific to kids, it’s more of an act of rebellion or rather wishing they were watching TV. Whereas adults can better recognize when they’re tired and therefore better value quality sleep.


Whatever the science behind it, it’s clear that kids and TV are not always a productive mix. To allow your kids to get the best sleep – as often as possible –consider limiting TV time, or making sure there are only televisions in living areas. (Not their bedroom.) Take advantage of this sleep perk study today – for both you and for your kids.  

Thursday, April 10, 2014

Have Trouble Slouching? This Piece of Jewelry Could Solve Your Problems

We know slouching is bad. Our mothers, grandmothers, and teachers have been telling us this since we were old enough to sit. But just because we know we shouldn’t do something doesn’t mean it’s easy to not do it. Like slouching. No matter how many times we’ve heard “don’t slouch,” it doesn’t make sitting up straight any more comfortable. Especially when slouching in that office chair is so easy – during the afternoon post-napping period and beyond. 

But thanks to a new invention, disguised as jewelry, it’s a step you no longer have to take on your own. Known as the Lumo Lift, this small electronic device buzzes every time your spine begins to curve. Or whenever you want it to. Set the device to offer reminders or just keep track on your sitting behaviors. It works by wearing the device near their collarbone, which then measures the curvature of the back throughout the day. The device even connects to your smartphone, allowing you to track your posture progress over time. 

Lumo Lift creators also boast instant posture benefits, such as appearing more welcoming to others and receiving an adrenaline rush each time you straighten your back.

The Lumo Lift and Everyday Style


For those worried about personal style, the device has you covered. Users can choose from white, black, or silver, while fashionable “clips” in a rainbow of colors and fancier, bejeweled models, which help jazz up the device for special occasions. (Or just dressier officewear.) These clips contain magnets attaching the Lift, so they can blend in with any shirt color.

Though it has yet to hit the market, these small devices can be pre-ordered (models are $79 and $94, with the latter offering colored clips). Pick one up for yourself or the entire office to gain a discount while promoting good posture office-wide. 


To learn more about this interesting twist on bodily science-meets-technology, head to their website at LumoBodyTech.com.

Tuesday, April 8, 2014

Ergonomically Correct Tips for Using Tech

Earlier this week we talked about the dangers of using electronics incorrectly over time. How bad posture and craned muscles, pains and other ailments could worsen simply from texting or watching TV the “wrong” way. With just a little bit of bodily awareness, however, you can easily reverse those bad habits and replace them with something more ergonomically correct.

Computer Work


When at the computer, make sure your elbows sit at a 90-degree angle. This will not only help you type faster, but create a better resting position for your arms. Feet should also be flat on the floor, with the screen slightly below your line of sight. (Usually this calls for a sliding keyboard tray or a monitor stand.) Wrist wrests, natural keyboards, etc. can also be great additions for the long-term typer.

Texting


Generally with texting, the bigger the screen, the better. Hands weren’t meant to squeeze and cramp into one tiny location – instead, spread them out as much as possible. iPhones can be turned horizontal to allow for bigger keys, and many Android phones have a pencil-like feature where users drag their pointer finger from one key to the next. 

Also be sure to sit upright and avoid a bending neck when looking to read each text. 

Watching TV


Depending on how much TV you watch per day, it’s a habit that can create a number of issues. If you’re a long-term watcher, keep your posture in check whether on the couch or with the help of a recliner. Stretching or moving during commercial breaks can also eliminate decreased body activity – physically and internally.

Tablets and eReaders


These devices may make reading easier, but they can also do a number on your neck. Watch your leaning or hunching posture when using these devices to avoid literal pains in the neck. It’s also a good idea to lower the screen brightness to avoid eye issues such as spots or desensitized retinas. (Learn more by talking with your eye doctor about potential dangers.) 


To keep on track with all your technology, remember these body-friendly tips each time you log on.

Monday, April 7, 2014

Why it’s Important to Stay Ergonomically Correct with Electronics

As the public becomes more and more reliant on electronic-based entertainment, the way we react to tech has taken significant changes. While it can be hard to get through the day without a working cell phone or computer, there can be even more, less noticeable changes taking place. (Yes, some things are more important than a lousy Wi-Fi connection.) For instance, the way we use said technology. Because texting, talking on the phone, typing, and more are all a part of everyday life, they’re habits that can affect just how we move. Texting while hunched over (the most common pose) can cause pains in the neck, typing too long can cause carpal tunnel, and talking on the phone (usually while cradling the phone) might make you lean in an uncomfortable position.

But because these are habits – and usually come with an aspect of fun or multitasking – we rarely realize what or how we’re doing it. And while this might not sound like a big deal, when repeated, bad posture can have some serious consequences. This is especially true for those who are on their phones every single day for hours at a time. Soon side effects will begin to show, whether or not we can identify the culprit.

Rather than suffering from squinting eyes or strained backs, however, a simple fix can be found with ergonomics. (Or, though less likely, abstention.) By reducing the number of hours we spend on the phone each day, future pains or conditions can be eliminated before they have the change to develop into something more severe. 

When at the office, talk to your boss about any struggles or concerns that base from electronics. And while at home, consider more old-fashioned hobbies to replace those that come with a screen. 


Stay tuned for our upcoming post on ergonomically correct tech tips you can follow at home!

Thursday, April 3, 2014

Derriere Exercises to Improve Everyday Stance

Out of all the daily exercises you can do, how many focus strictly on the rear? You know – your backside, your behind, the thing you sit on every day, and the very same body part that help keeps you upright. How often do you exercise this very important section? After all, it is the body’s largest muscle – yet rarely gets the toning attention it needs to perform properly. 

With just a few daily stretches or exercise (or bi-weekly, etc.), you can be well on your way to a better-formed backside. And better formed means stronger, firmer, and offering proper posture even in a relaxed state.

To up your glute’s health, remember the following.

Squat your Way to A More Defined Tush


Also great for the legs, squatting helps work the butt from top to bottom. Perform a few sets of squats with each work out to get the maximum about of rear-focused exercise. 

Lunges Stretch the Rump


Lunging on a regular basis can work to stretch and define the tail into a slick area of definition. Considering stretching – especially in the seat – has been proven to increase blood flow and allow for a stronger resting posture, this is a great option for everyday movement.

Bonus: Both of the above can be performed in the office or in-between TV breaks. Because they’re low-impact, use these stretches to get the blood flowing after sitting for long periods of time.

Stepping to a Stronger Posterior


Calves and backends alike can celebrate with ongoing step-ups. Take the stairs or a few bouts up and down the stairs to create a well-rounded workout routine.

Kickbacks Lead to a Stronger Fanny



Perhaps the most unorthodox of them all, kickbacks are performed by crouching on one’s elbows and knees, then literally kicking the leg back. Add variations and angles to work different glute muscles, or stick to what your body feels comfortable with. No matter your kickback regimen, it can add a great deal of strength and control to your bottom-toning routine. 

Tuesday, April 1, 2014

Our Sales are No April Fools

On a day meant for trickery and deceit – hopefully all in good fun – comes a solid announcement. One that wasn’t meant to pull the wool over its audiences’ eyes. Amidst all the false announcements on social media, pretend lottery winnings, or outright practical jokes at the office place comes actual savings to be had from Contour Living. We love a good joke as much as the next guy, but when it comes to offering a good deal, we never mess around!

For a limited time, we’re offering massive savings on the Mattress Genie Bed Wedge. Turn any bed into an adjustable one with this simple addition, which can add height, comfort, and a growing number of sleeping positions all with the push of a few buttons. This product is ideal for anyone wanting to receive a little height on their mattress, whether reading or looking for a cure for acid reflux. The Mattress Genie Bed Wedge has even been improved with better, longer-lasting features. 

To learn more about the updates (and how you can save big bucks), head to the company product page, here.

Contour’s Ongoing Deals


Customers can also receive free shipping when they shop. Whether you’re looking for a new pillow or the perfect gift for a loved one, all products are eligible for free shipping. Simply check out the tag above each item to learn more about your shipping options. 

Finally, head to Contour Living’s clearance page for constant access to our best deals. These products are still designed with our highest of standards in mind – opting for maximum levels of comfort and functionality. With the clearance page, however, you’re simply getting the best deal possible. Check in for deals on pillows, seat cushions, add-on products, and more. 


Ready to get shopping? Check in each week to find your favorite new deal!

Monday, March 31, 2014

Kids' Exercise Leads to Strong Bones Later

There are few things in life that exercise can’t help promote. From weight loss, to more energy, to how well you sleep each night, regular movement helps get your body in shape. On the inside and the out. According to a new study, however, this proven theory is taken one step further. By looking at how kids move vs. their older counterparts, researchers have found that regular exercise among children will lead to stronger bones in adults. 

It even shows that adults who exercise can increase their bones’ current health. Whether starting young or old, exercise is a simple (and healthy) way to better add mass and strength to your bones.

Why Bones Can Strengthen Over Time


Like any body part, the more you use it, the more defined and developed it will become. Just as muscles grow from lifting weights, bones will harden from impact from walking, running, and more. The more often you work these body parts, the more they’re able to grow into stronger versions of themselves.

This can also be attributed to blood flow. As one gets the heart pumping, blood moves more quickly through the veins. With this increase in pace, more nutrients can reach extremities in a shorter amount of time, increasing their ability to absorb much-needed vitamins. 

Kids and Bone Health


As for the importance of exercise in kids, the results speak for themselves. Because so much groundwork is set during one’s younger years, the stronger and more efficiently their bones can grow, the more likely they’ll last. Think of a building’s foundation – a cement wall is going to last longer than one made of brick or plywood, while cracks and shifts can weaken even the thickest of walls. But by making sure the walls are as sturdy as possible from the get-go, however, damage can be kept at bay. [Philly]


No matter your age, regular exercise can do wonders for your bone health. Remember to get moving to help keep bones strong. 

Friday, March 28, 2014

Improve Your Commute with a New Car Seat Cushion

Driving to and from work every day can become a monotonous task. You know exactly where to slow down, what time you’ll need to leave to best hit the lights, and if traffic is just right, you can cut down the drive time tremendously. No matter how routine your routine has become, however, there can always be room for improvement. 

While a new playlist or better cup of coffee might do the trick, there’s even a better way to make your commute more comfortable: with a new seat cushion. 

After all the hours you’ve spent sitting on the original model, why not consider an upgrade?

Seat Cushion Perks


With a new seat cushion, you can receive a number of benefits as soon as it makes its way into your car. You can sit straighter, improve your posture, receive more cushion and rear-cradling support, and you can work to eliminate back, leg, and rear pain – just by sitting. Or if you prefer to focus on the back rather than the rear, look to supports that can easily fit onto any-sized chair. Some Velcro onto the front, while others come with straps to hold them snugly in place. No matter your preference, there’s a proper car cushion out there waiting for you. 

Even short commutes can be benefitted from this simple, yet extremely helpful option. Just choose a cushion that best meets your sitting troubles, and place it in your car to receive instant adjustments. Or look to travel-sized options for a model that can transfer from the car to the office. This choice is great for anyone who carpools or is looking for an easy solution for their daytime sitting. 

Whether your commute is short or long, consider the addition of a car seat cushion or instant driving relief. 

Choose from Contour Living’s selection here

Thursday, March 27, 2014

How to Lift Heavy Objects Correctly

One of the easiest ways to awaken an old injury is through improper lifting. This can mean lifting something too heavy, or simply standing wrong when grabbing onto something light. Whether it’s back pains from years ago, muscles that simply aren’t ready to work that hard, or a lack of knowledge that triggers something new, picking things up correctly can prevent them all. And considering the difference between poking a resting pain or letting it sit in peace, a little know-how is more than worth the effort. 

Before you hurt yourself on an impromptu favor, be sure to check out the ins and outs of picking things up. 

First, know your weight limit. 

Someone small shouldn’t attempt to haul heavy objects alone, no matter how often he or she works out. No amount of trying to impress others can undo a serious lifting injury, so be sure to evaluate just how much something weighs before attempting the lift – whether alone or with others’ help. 

Next, adopt the proper stance. This means feet shoulder-width apart, knees bent, and feet flat on the ground. As they say, you’ll use your legs, not the back to lift, so setting them up properly is key. 

Added tips: 

  • Keep the back flat
  • Put yourself as close to the object as possible
  • Tighten the abs for extra support
  • Grip the item (firmly) with your entire hands, not just your fingers or palms
  • When moving, keep your body straight. Don’t twist or bend, but move your feet and legs with the object.

Finally, make the lift and move accordingly. Use your entire leg power and push the weight down through your feet as you pick each item up. This tactic is great for building muscle strength, while preventing injury in the process. If needed, perform stretches (as many as needed) after the fact to prevent soreness. Stretching will also keep the body loose, better preparing it for its next lift.


Before picking up your next heavy object, remember to plan your way to proper lifting procedures.