In today’s world, the prevalence of app-assisted tolls is hard to miss. There are countless ways that technology can be used to enhance your life. Money management tools, curated news, social media and games are all at our fingertips and are a constant for most of us. These tools can sometimes be used to negatively distract from daily life, but when used intentionally, the apps on our smartphones can greatly benefit our lives. As we move toward lives that are more focused on healthy, holistic living, it’s helpful to find ways to use technology as an assistant and not as a distraction. At TrueNorth, we build standing desks that positively impact users’ lives, and we are constantly on the lookout for other products that do the same. Here are our Technology Reviews: What Really Works to support a Pro-Standing Desk and Healthy Living Lifestyle.
The physical activity and sleep tracker, and similar styles with other names, are a great way to incorporate technology into your healthy living routine. These tools take the concept of a pedometer and take it to the next level. Not only will you be able to count steps throughout your day, you’ll also have a good understanding of your sleep schedule and determine if you need more or less each night. The FitBit doesn’t keep track of your caloric intake each day, so be mindful of that. It will help you determine how many calories are burned each day, though. TrueNorth standing desks enable you to burn up to 50 more calories each hour than when using a sitting desk.
More expensive than the FitBit, but boasting many more features, the iWatch customizes your apps and digital presence to work with you throughout the day as a semi-personal assistant. If you are juggling many personal and professional projects and need help getting organized, consider investing in this technology. Healthy living is enhanced by organization. Just as you keep the surface of your standing desk organized, it’s also important to keep the contents of your schedule and brain in check!
MyFitnessPal and Lose It! are just two of the thousands of calorie counting apps available. Find one that works for you and commit to using it throughout the workweek. It’s much easier to mindlessly eat when you are at the office and away from a regular routine. While working in an office environment, create routines for yourself that ensure you are eating low-calorie, whole food, healthy snacks throughout the workday. Keep your snacks away from your standing desk, and set times on your computer to remind you when to find something to eat.
At TrueNorth, we believe that ergonomic office furniture is an essential component to daily life. Evaluate your workspace to determine which accessories need to go. Traditional seated desks and office chairs contribute to increased lower back and neck pain, as well as poor posture. A sit to stand desk utilizes a programmable, adjustable height function to allow you to easily move between sitting and standing. Beyond your desktop, also find an ergonomic computer mouse, a split keyboard, and a well designed chair for the 3-4 hours you will be sitting each day.
Apps Checky and Moment are just some that offer reports on how much time you spend on your phone, and most surprisingly, what you browse with all that time. It’s important that you keep track of how much time you spend utilizing technologies so that you avoid becoming too dependent or desensitized to wasted time. Proper use of technology is a balancing act, and self-awareness is the key to managing your time well.
At TrueNorth, we believe that office furniture should enhance the individual’s life. We have created an expertly designed line of standing desks that contribute to a healthier lifestyle for you and your employees. Our customer service representatives are able to help you determine which standing desk best fits your office needs. As an employer, we encourage you to strongly consider how ergonomic office furniture and technology can merge to help enhance the health and happiness of your employees. Contact us today to get started on your first order.