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Awesome TV Anchor Responds To Viewer Who Whined About Her ‘Obesity’

Awesome TV Anchor Responds To Viewer Who Whined About Her âObesityâ

Jennifer Livingston is a morning news anchor at a Wisconsin television station. She’s an accomplished newswoman, with accomplishments including reporting on an Emmy-winning series for the station. She’s also overweight, and as Jim Romenesko reports, she recently received an outrageous letter from a male viewer who finds that fact simply unacceptable. Here’s the letter he sent her to complain: More »

Unplugged: One Day Away From Technology Gave Me The Best Sleep Of My Life

Unplugged: One Day Away From Technology Gave Me The Best Sleep Of My Life

This morning, the New York Times gave business people everywhere a little separation anxiety when they suggested that we all step away from their tech devices. Then, our sister-site Blisstree spelled out how late-night web-surfing and cable-browsing can lead to depression. It all started adding up to a very clear picture: We need to take a break from technology. And while I appreciate all the research and information that went in to those articles, I could’ve figured that out without reading a single word. How am I so knowledgeable? More »

Sitting At Your Desk Is Taking Years Off Your Life

Sitting At Your Desk Is Taking Years Off Your Life

I am writing this piece while standing at my kitchen pass-through. It’s the highest counter in my house and actually provides a pretty perfect level for typing on a computer while standing. I need to remember this for the future.

We’ve been hearing for a while now about the dangers of sitting. There was this terrifying factoid that came from an Australian study a couple months ago: “Those who sat 11 hours a day had a 40% higher risk of dying in the next three years than people who sat less than four hours a day.” Some doctors have started to say that people who work desk jobs have “sitting disease.” And now, another straight-forward piece of data to make you hop right out of your chair. “Sitting less than 3 hours a day adds 2 years to your life.” More »

Can This Crazy New Office Chair Cure Your ‘Sitting Disease’?

Can This Crazy New Office Chair Cure Your âSitting Diseaseâ?

I don’t want to alarm you, but in case you haven’t heard by now, your conventional office chair is probably killing you as you read this. Sitting is so dangerous that one Mayo Clinic doctor calls its effects — heart disease, diabetes, death — “sitting disease.” Standing burns three times as many calories as sitting, and extra gym time can’t make up for that. Your chair is a slow-moving death trap. But the increasingly popular standing desks aren’t for everyone. (Admit it: They sound kind of exhausting!) So one designer has come up with the contraption you see here: A standing desk fitted with a small tilted leather seat meant for leaning, not sitting or standing. More »

Blow Your Coworkers Away With A Recharged Spring Look

Blow Your Coworkers Away With A Recharged Spring Look

In the winter it is easier to get away with looking tired. The weather can be miserable, you haven’t seen the sun in weeks and it’s easy to bury yourself in layers of comfy sweaters. But now it is spring! The sun is actually shining (remember the sun?) and if you keep wearing that giant, puffy coat you are going to pass out from heat exhaustion. As fashionable as it is to be a vampire right now, your face could use a refresher.

This is why you should sign up for monthly beauty sample deliveries from Birchbox. Getting a package in the mail is pretty much one of the only exciting things that can happen to normal working people on a weekday. But it is especially nice if you get a surprise box of treats that will help you embrace spring More »

He Shed, She Shed: True Stories From A Successful Office Diet Rivalry

He Shed, She Shed: True Stories From A Successful Office Diet Rivalry

Meredith Lepore asked, “Can nothing good come out of coworkers dieting together?” Office-wide diets are on the rise, she wrote, inspired in part by the Biggest Loser. But “this can be dangerous,” one expert told her, “as I’ve seen people lose way too much weight too fast or injure themselves trying to keep up with a more experienced person.” But office diet competitions can also lead to health, happiness, and collegial closeness, according to two coworkers in Texas who lost a combined 56 pounds in an intra-office weight loss competition. Here, they share their insights into trash-talking, sabotage-by-cookie, and the weight-loss strategies that worked for them.

Elisa Holland and Jay Hickman are coworkers at Marion, Montgomery, Inc., an advertising agency in Houston. The firm hosted its second weight-loss competition at the beginning of year, and 13 of approximately 65 employees participated. Elisa and Jay quickly pulled ahead in the competition, developing a fierce but friendly rivalry. Elisa eked out a victory, but when it came to health and weight loss, both of them won. More »

How To Market Yourself Online In 5 Easy Steps

How To Market Yourself Online In 5 Easy Steps

On March 8 we’ll be featuring Nicole Williams, an expert on marketing your personal brand through social media sites like LinkedIn, in our second Career Connect interactive seminar series. If you can’t participate and watch our series live, you can get access and watch any time you want. Learn more here.

Dating and job hunting are actually quite similar; they are both difficult areas to navigate and require a lot of know-how when it comes to marketing yourself. According to LinkedIn’s Connection Director Nicole Williams, the best way to find a job or new opportunity is via your network. More »

TheGrindstone Presents: Career Connect, An Interactive Speaker Series

TheGrindstone Presents: Career Connect, An Interactive Speaker Series

Here at TheGrindstone we try to provide you with the best advice on as many career topics as possible, but sometimes just citing facts and figures and featuring interviews with experts isn’t enough. Sometimes you have to go straight to the source, or to people that have actually been through different career experiences as well as experts. That is why we are launching Career Connect on TheGrindstone. Career Connect is an interactive speaker series that will connect you right to the experts through hour-long seminars that you can participate in during your lunch break, or watch afterwards in your free time. The sessions will offer practical advice and firsthand knowledge from career professionals and other professional women. More »

The Blissology Project May Get Me Through The Stressful First Work Weeks Of 2012

The Blissology Project May Get Me Through The Stressful First Work Weeks Of 2012

Only one work week of 2012 is done (though for many of us not even a full one), and we are already stressed. The backaches are here from sitting all day, the tenseness in our hands is back and our eyes are tired from looking at the computer screen already. This is the time of year when we need to take care of ourselves the most and you know one of your resolutions was to get in better shape. That is where the Blissology project comes into play.

The $10 pass gets you access to four streaming vinyasa yoga classes led by Eoin Finn: yoga teacher, TED talker, and founder of the Blissology project, whose happiness and calm is contagious (even through streaming video). You also get access to the Blissology Project Booklet, which outlines Eoin’s mission as well as the principles of his 30-day “Commit to Bliss” program. More »

Being A Small Business Owner May Be Bad For Your Health

Being A Small Business Owner May Be Bad For Your Health

Watch out small business owners. Your work may be causing you to get fat and irritable. Small businesses are doing well this year but it may be at the risk of their owners’ health, according to new research. The latest Manta SMB Wellness Index shows that new business activity was up more than 12% in the third quarter of 2011, compared to the same time last year.But almost half of respondents (44%) say this year’s business climate has taken a toll on their personal health–one in three say they work out less, 22% say they’ve gained weight and 14% say they are more short-tempered and argue with family and co-workers. More »

7 Ways To Incorporate Exercise Into Your Week When You Work 100 Hours

7 Ways To Incorporate Exercise Into Your Week When You Work 100 Hours

This is a post from our sister site, TheGrindstone.

Julia Novy-Hidesly, the executive director of the non-profit Lemelson Foundation, said this in the book The Go-Getter Girl’s Guide by Debra Shigley. We are all working more. According to a new survey of more than 300 companies in the U.S. and Canada, nearly two-thirds (65%) of respondents expect their employees to work more hours now than they did prior to the recession and see this trend continuing for some time. But it is not like we can work less hours in a day if we want to stay at the top of the game.

However, one of the best ways to deal with stress and the added workload is exercise. According to research from the University of Bristol, people who exercise on work days are more productive, happier and suffer less stress than on non-gym days: 72% reported improvements in time management on exercise days compared to non-exercise days, 79% said mental and interpersonal performance was better on days they exercised and 74% said they managed their workload better. You can’t work less but you can figure out how to incorporate more exercise into your life. Here are a few tips from some experts to incorporate working out into your busy life so you can be better at your job.
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