Don’t Take It Sitting Down: 4 Great Standing Workstations You Can Afford

As more and more of our work even as Network Marketers seems to be done online, I thought a post about the choices on the market for standing desks and why they can be good for us would be really useful, so this post was produced with the help of www.reviews.com :


Office workers everywhere are taking a stand against sitting.

Increasingly, the modern workplace is a competition to see who can sit and stare at a computer monitor over the longest stretch. Workers often find themselves trapped behind a desk – usually while seated – for weeks-worth of extended workdays. Often, they barely move through each day.desk2

When the dangers of this new immobility started coming to light, media sounded the alarm. Headlines shouted the news: remaining seated for extended periods hurts circulation and correlates with the onset of type 2 diabetes and certain cancers. Dr. James Levine of the Mayo clinic set off a mini-firestorm in 2014 when he coined the phrase “sitting is the new smoking.

One answer to the problems of sitting is to stand up. As the awareness of the threat of sitting has grown, so has the popularity of the standing workstation. Standing relieves many of the circulatory problems of extended seat time, and demands the use of more muscles in our bodies throughout the day. Who knew the answer could be this simple?standing-desk-infographic

Recently, the market for standing workstations – and those able convert from sitting to a standing configuration – has exploded. This is especially true among those who work from home and aren’t bound by office design standards or low cubicle walls. Today, workers who refuse take it sitting down have many affordable options for taking a stand.

A standing workstation can be as simple as a high-top bistro table crowned with a cardboard box to raise the working surface. But for those with a little money to spend, there are some great commercially-available desks to get you on your feet. Most can be configured to your specific needs at the time of purchase. As an important bonus, many can go from standing to sitting with the touch of a button.

Reviews.com recently spent six weeks researching and testing 67 adjustable standing desks to create a guide including several outstanding options suitable for a variety of budgets, design aesthetics, and work space needs. Their full guide is available at http://www.reviews.com/standing-desk/, but here’s a selection of retailers where you can get standing desks in the UK :

  • http://uk.varidesk.com/ – This style is a desktop modifier, so it sits on top of a standard seated desk and adjusts from there. It’s a very cost-efficient model for those who want to try an adjustable desk without going all-in.
  • http://www.conset.org.uk/ – This company allows for lots of customization in all their models, but it looks like they may only sell through brick-and-mortar retail locations, as opposed to online.
  • https://www.electricstandingdesks.co.uk/ – This company when they found they could not get Conset desks online created their own online shop so you can get hold of them in the UK.  The desks are rebranded from the Conset range, and although the website only shows the most popular models you can get in touch with them to build any of the range of desks Conset offer.
  • http://www.ikea.com/gb/en/ikea/campaigns/standing-desks/ – Ikea is an affordable and accessible retailer for a great many people!
  • http://www.posturite.co.uk/desks-furniture/height-adjustable-standing-desks.html – Posturite looks like a great retailer for those especially concerned with health and comfort, as they specialize in ergonomic furniture. They also include free setup with delivery, which is a real perk! Those desks can sometimes be tricky to set up.

When shopping, keep in mind differences in warranties and standard features. Be aware there are some manual crank-up desks available that cost no less than the electric kind, but come with the added drawback of shaking the contents of the desk with every adjustment. In this world, electric is the way to go.jarvis-desk

The strong advantage shared by the desks listed here: They’re easily convertible from sitting to standing and back again. In the rush to avoid the plague of sitting, many workers have gone too far in the opposite direction. It turns out standing for too long can have its own drawbacks. Foot problems, varicose veins, and back issues can dampen the enthusiasm of those who have thrown off the chains of the desk chair. As in so many other things, moderation is key: A workday spent in a variety of postures – including sitting – seems to offer the best shot at comfortable and healthy productivity.

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2015 in review

The WordPress.com stats helper monkeys prepared a 2015 annual report for this blog.  I am so pleased with how well my blog has worked for me in 2015.

I have recruited 6 new team members this year as a direct result of them finding me through my blog.  They are from Northampton, Nigeria, Tyne and Wear, Glasgow, Ipswich and Oldham. That spread would never have been possible without my readers, so thank you for reading and sharing my words.

Here’s an excerpt:

The Louvre Museum has 8.5 million visitors per year. This blog was viewed about 230,000 times in 2015. If it were an exhibit at the Louvre Museum, it would take about 10 days for that many people to see it.

Click here to see the complete report.

Now let’s see what 2016 brings !

Aloe Matters Magazine

When you join Forever Living as an independent business owner, then you may be your own boss, but you are definitely not alone.  As I have mentioned in my previous post about Online Resources you have a huge amount of support and information from Forever Living to support you every step of the way.

Aloe Matters

Aloe Matters

The Aloe matters magazine, which is published periodically throughout the year, is one of these support tools we have.  The magazine is available in traditional paper format, as featured in the current Aloe Matters Competition, but also it is available as an on line magazine full of interviews, product information, hints and tips and recipe ideas for those following the Fitness Program too.

This is a great magazine to read as a customer to find out about new and exciting products, but also as an independent business owner it’s a great resource we can use to support our business.

Example Content

The current magazine, which is available until March 2016, has the following articles available – either click on the links to view, or get in touch via the Contact Me link above for your own paper copy.

  • Build your summer body this Winter – Forget crawling away; prepare yourself for the coming year with Forever’s tips to super-sizing your workout.
  • Marcus Leach:Standing at the centre of the world – Not everyone is bold enough to face their fears, but Marcus Leach was determined to battle through.
  • Winter walks – The UK can be truly spectacular this time of year.  Breathe in its beauty on one of these four fantastic featured walks.
  • Be your own boss – Former PE teacher Chloe Edwards shares how she made a dramatic decision that transformed her life.
  • A flawless makeover – Find out how our flawless by Sonya makeup transformed one reader’s look, plus tips on how you can easily transition from day to evening in just a few easy steps.
  • Beat the chill – Don’t let the cold air ruin your holiday. Find out how you can beat the chill with the help of Forever.
  • Pet-friendly products – Forever love animals so much; we even have a pet friendly product range, designed to benefit our 4 legged friends.
  • Why Forever? – What exactly makes Forever stand out from the network marketing crowd.

So what are you waiting for – request your copy now or have an good browse on-line.  And if you are interested in starting your own Forever Living journey then get in touch now and see how you can join my team.

Success Day

It’s a dark wet December Day,  wet and miserable outside,  but I’ve come to the NEC in Birmingham for the last Forever Success Day of the year.  The energy and excitement levels in this room banish all thoughts of the dark dreary weather outside.

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So what is a success day all about?

First it’s about recognising the accomplishments of business owners who are working in their business,  whether you are new to Forever and you have had your first promotion,  or if you’ve been in the business for a long time and built your own team to hit the higher levels.

Those successful business owners all started on the first rung of the ladders like myself and the rest of my team.  At success day you hear many business stories which are wonderfully inspirational,  and you never know when that little nugget of information will inspire you.

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Sharing tips for success

As well as the recognitions,  the other huge part of success day is learning from successful business owners.  It never ceases to amaze me how the top leaders in our business are so happy to share their top tips,  about the products,  recruiting team members and how to build your own business.

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Marketing Tools

At Success Day all of the recommended retailers who supply the information and tools which can make your Forever Business so much easier also have stalls where you can pick up fantastic products,  books and advice to help you run your business. It’s a great place to pick up banners,  display materials,  and fantastic personal development books.

Personally I can never resist the product offers and I always go home with a bag full of products I can then pass on the offers to my customers.  I always save more money on these offers than I spent on my success express ticket!

So what are you waiting for.  Dates for Success Express in 2016 are already set.  Get those dates in your diary and come and be inspired in 2016. #successday

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Keeping Moving – Testing a Fitbit

So I have to admit, since my post about the Blacklight Run I have become a lapsed exerciser again.  Not totally, I still love my high energy classes with Red Squirrels Zumba twice a week, and go to a local Pilates class with Nikki from Move Better Fitness which I love, but the running has ground to a halt.

I think this is because I am not entirely happy when I am running. I don’t enjoy it but I also worry as I run.  The main reason being my total right hip replacement, which was carried out when I was 36 in 2007.  In the back of my mind I know my hip has a limited lifespan, and running just feels like too high impact.  Basically I don’t want to wear out my lovely titanium and ceramic hip.

My day job is very sedentary.  I basically sit in front of a computer all day either bookkeeping, training or promoting my business.  I need some kind of motivation to keep moving between my fitness classes.

Fitbit Review

So I am trialling a Fitbit Flex which a friend of mine is wanting to sell.  I’m going to see if this piece of tech is the kick up the backside I need to get moving again, and watch my food intake more closely. I am a user of Endomondo and My Fitness Pal, and with both these apps they were very motivational when I first started to use them.  I walked a huge 1300 miles in 2012 by following the 100 miles a month challenge on Endomondo, a fact I am very proud of. But the novelty has warn off and I need something new.

Setting up the Fitbit Flex

Once I realised the app wouldn’t work with my Nexus 10 tablet, it was really quick and easy to set up my Fitbit on my Nexus 4.  I was able to set up my profile with ease and the first thing I did was log my first nights sleep.

You do have to remember via the app to say when you are going to sleep and when you wake up, then the fitbit tracks your restlessness and gives you a great graph to see how well you slept.  Not enough is the answer at the moment!

Linking Fitbit to MyFitness Pal and Endomondo

How the apps fitted together got me scratching my head at first, but with trial end error I soon sorted it out. I had to log into my individual accounts for My Fitness Pal and Endomondo on my PC in order to set up the new link to the Fitbit.

In Settings -> Connect you can link Endomondo to your Fitbit

In Settings -> Connect you can link Endomondo to your Fitbit

Historically I logged my exercise on Endomondo which then fed into My Fitness Pal to ‘buy’ me extra calories   I have now had to switch off this link as Endomondo feeds into the Fitbit app with my exercise, then the Fitbit app feeds this information into My Fitness Pal in the form of a Fitbit Calories Adjustment.  If Endomondo also feeds the exercise into My Fitness Pal then the exercise is double counted.  It makes your stats look great but won’t help much with my weight loss target!  The exercise from Endomondo in My Fitness Pal was also fed back into the Fitbit double counting there too – are you still with me?

Fitbit Calorie Adjustment in My Fitness Pal

Fitbit Calorie Adjustment in My Fitness Pal

I do however love the fact that I can still log my food in My Fitness Pal and this then gets automatically fed into the Fitbit App in the form of a calorie value per meal.  I’ve used My Fitness Pal for years now and I have a database of favourite meals already set up, I am a creature of habit, so I dreaded having to recreate all this in the Fitbit app.  Now I don’t have to.

Early Signs

So early signs that having this new Fitbit will hep me get back on track with being more active are good, as I am itching to get out and increase my step count (currently at 4000 steps at 2pm in the afternoon) , I’ve drunk more water today, and I’m not snacking as I’m back to logging all my food.

Let’s see how long this new inspiration lasts.

Looking Back and Going Forward – 2013 in review.

So it is exactly a year since I posted my personal review How life changes – looking back and going forward so now is a perfect time to look at how I did with those challenges set on 1st January 2013.

I decided last year to start running, and did my last run of 2013 yesterday ( a quick 2 miles to break in gently after the Christmas break) I think we can safely say that challenge gets a big tick!

I  did two 5k races when there was snow on the ground late January and early February, joining my husband and daughter, and at this stage I was still doing ‘interval’ running, alternating walking with running, but these events were cross country and a real challenge.

As I already enjoyed cycling and can swim ( although I hate swimming now as before my hip was replaced swimming was all I could do and I got completely sick of it), with being able to run I had no excuse not to join my friend Jo, husband and daughter at a Triathlon in April.  The distances are short, and it is a great way to try out the discipline and get used to the transitions between swimming, cycling and running.  The 2.5 k run at the event was the first time I had run without needing to stop and walk – another great milestone.  Jo did really well too as she was carrying a small passenger!

Super Sprint Triathlon Medals

Super Sprint Triathlon Medals

In September I entered my 2nd Triathlon, again a short super sprint event for me, and I was very pleased to  improve on my times from April.  Since this event I’ve been running more regularly and managed to regularly run 3 miles round Salcey Forest, sometimes getting very very cold and wet, but I now almost look forward to it and feel very twitchy if I can’t get out and do some kind of exercise.

in 2013 I have also consolidated on my weight loss and got more comfortable at my new lower weight.  I’ve tried to dress better for my size, getting better fitting clothing and lobbing some of those old favourites which just hang on me now.  The running, cycling and Zumba have meant my shape has changed even though the scales have not, so I can feel more confident in my clothes.

With my Forever Living business I gained a promotion in January, and I have an established retail business and I am now growing my team and helping them to do the same.  I continue to drink Aloe Gel daily and take supplements to control my cholesterol, improve my Vitamin D levels and increase my Iron stores.  I am sure I would not have the energy to do all my exercise without the support of these products,  I get tremendous satisfaction from seeing how others have benefited from the Aloe Vera products.  The business is primarily about helping others.

I’ve also been able to encourage and support as my sister has managed to improve her health and lifestyle in 2013, leaving her job and going self employed, and she too now is almost unrecognisable from this time last year.  Kate has lost 3 stone, and improved her health with her change of lifestyle. We had a family party for my brother’s 50th birthday on the 29th December and we had a fantastic time – what a great way to end the year!

Kate and I with our family.

Kate and I with our family.

So what will 2014 bring?  More triathlons and more running definitely as I have the bug there.  I would like a road bike as at the moment I use my mountain bike which is very heavy, the hardest part of the triathlon I find is lifting my bike onto the racking!  I’m not sure I want to increase my distances as although I am doing really well I do have to remember my titanium and ceramic hip is almost 8 years old now, and I don’t want to wear it out, but I can work on improving my times.  I did my first Park Run recently and enjoyed it so would like to do a few more of those.

I’m also a member of Northampton Gilbert and Sullivan Group, and we have our next show week commencing 20th January, which is HMS Pinafore at The Royal Theatre in Northampton.  (Tickets now on Sale!) We did an anniversary show this year singing extracts from our favourite shows, and I had the opportunity to sing the part of The Plaintiff in A Nice Dilemma from Trial by Jury.  My first solo in a packed theatre was very nerve racking, but again I had so many compliments I may try for a main role in next year’s production of The Mikado.

This will be my 5th production this year – and looking back at the photos from when I was in Pirates of Penzance in 2010 just shows me how far I have come in the last 4 years.

Pirates in 2010 and Iolanthe in 2013

Pirates in 2010 and Iolanthe in 2013