If you haven’t tried the new Better Back Adjustable Acupressure Nodes for yourself, then take the word of someone who has. This new accessory is receiving rave reviews from customers like Brian Wagner, who says the nodes are nothing short of genius, adding that they offer a way to work on those hot spots that show up when I’ve spent too much time on the computer.
Happy Lucky Penny Day! Of the many days a year that are for celebrating, we like to think we should embrace any cause to have a good time! Today if you see a penny, take a moment to contemplate your luck and pick it up!
Want to make sure you keep the spring in your step after all that stooping to pick up lucky pennies? Check out these tips:
- Bend with the knees
Even if the load you are carrying is as light as a feather (or a penny), use your knees as you bend down and stand up straight. Squat down instead of bending to reduce injury. Take a hint from golfers and watch how they bend to line up their shots.
- Develop strength in your legs
Squats may not be fun, but they are your best friend when it comes to strengthening your lower body. Some experts say it is the single best strengthening move you can do for yourself. No need for heavy weights or lots of grunting. Squeeze in 3 sets of 20 squats a day for strong legs that represent the foundation of your body and help reduce back injuries.
- Wear supportive shoes to prevent ongoing back pain
High heels, flip flops or other shoes that don’t support your arches or the natural gait of your walk will change your stride. Your body must adapt to compensate for this which can lead to stiffness, aches and a sore back. If you do want to indulge in impractical footwear from time to time, try to keep a backup pair of shoes in your car, bag or at the office so you can switch out when penny hunting.
- Keep muscles loose and flexible for maximum mobility
Once upon a time, gym teachers and physical therapists encouraged “static stretching” to help loosen muscles. Now research has shown that stretching combined with movement is the best way to go. Walking is actually the easiest form of stretching, and can be the best for your body in a pinch. Yoga is also a great way to stretch while moving, and inverted stretching on a Teeter Hang Ups are both great ways to stay loose.
- Remember the back muscles must be strong too
Sometimes when we read about our core muscles, we only think of what is on the front or sides of our body – but the back is laced with muscles, and these are often the ones that cause pain as they hold our bodies in misalignment. Focus on performing exercises for your back to help discourage misalignments and back pain.
- Walk out the kinks
As we said in tip 4, walking is one of the best ways of stretching. If your back is sore, try going for a walk. The natural stride of your step will help loosen many muscles and may help your body work itself back into natural alignment. Sitting is the worst thing you can do for the health of your back (and the rest of your body). Stand up and walk around every few hours to prevent hunched posture, extra loads of pressure on your lower back, and to help stretch your lower body in general.
- Be kind to your body
In the day and age of “go, go, go” it can be easy to think that taking time to stop and care for our bodies is an indulgence that we can’t afford. It may seem selfish to take an hour for a massage, five minutes to invert or half an hour to practice yoga – so instead we pop a pill and hope for the best. In the long run, you are the only one responsible for taking care of the health of your body. Set time aside for yourself every day to nurture your body and check in with yourself to discover where aches and pains are popping up. In these quiet moments, you can often sense minor complaints before they turn into larger problems. Address these complaints with love, care and action and they will save you pain in the long run.
Sometimes a picture is worth a thousand words. While Richard’s testimonial may be brief, we think the photo he sent us says it all.
I am glad I found your product! My back is much better and I feel better each day since I started. I am now using full inversion.
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Barley is a great and filling alternative to rice and as a complete whole grain, it provides a wealth of nutrients and serves as a versatile grain for many recipes, from breakfast barley porridge to delicious risotto.
Barley is high in fiber as well as protein and cooks up as quickly as a pot of rice (especially if it is hulled or pearl). Since barley is a soluble fiber, it is good for weight loss (it’s filling), digestion and, according to the FDA, can reduce the risk of cholesterol and coronary heart disease.
A chewier grain than rice, it takes on a slightly nutty tone that can hold up to strong Indian curries, Mexican spices like chipotle chiles in adobo sauce, or even a spicy mustard.
Enjoy these delicious barley recipes tried by the Teeter staff:
8 servings, about 1 cup each
Nutrition (per serving):
- 6 g fat ( 5 g sat , 6 g mono )
- 6 mg cholesterol
- 15 g carbohydrates
- 12 g protein
- 16 g fiber
- 668 mg sodium
- 1032mg potassium
- Bonus: Vitamin C (121% daily value), Calcium (24% dv).
- Water, preferably spring or filtered
- 2 lemons
- 6 artichokes, the larger the better
- Cooking spray
- 3 cloves garlic, pressed
- 1/2 cup very fine, soft breadcrumbs
- 1/2 cup finely grated Parmesan cheese
- 3 tablespoons minced fresh mint, preferably spearmint
- 1 tablespoon minced Italian parsley
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- Freshly ground black pepper to taste
- 1 tablespoon olive oil
Preparation: at Cookstr.com
How has your background in engineering played a role in this business?
Interesting question, and in one sense the answer could be – not much. My degree is in Chemical engineering, I pursued it because my career adviser said it was the toughest engineering field. It gave me the confidence to take on other tough projects including starting 3 different companies.
I did use some of the specifics I learned in school in the Army working in a paint lab and then on discharge at a company that made structural adhesives for air crafts. Most people are surprised to learn that substantial amounts of modern aircraft are glued together. The 747, for example, has 40,000 square feet of bonded structure including those giant flaps (next time you have a chance look for rivets on the flaps – you won’t find them).
My work experience related to aircraft has definitely been a help to the design of inversion tables since the biggest design challenge to keeping planes in the air is eliminating metal fatigue. The cycles of pressurization and de-pressurization of the cabin with every flight is very fatiguing to the skin structure and a big challenge to designers.
A tragic example of metal fatigue was the 737 on its way to Hawaii a number of years ago that lost its skin over the first class section. Another simplified example of metal fatigue you can demonstrate at home is to bend a small section of a wire coat hanger back and forth, it will break within minutes. Designing fatigue out of a given structural application is no longer an engineering problem but it requires special steels, likely heat-treated steel.
My aircraft experience was a big help in designing Teeter inversion tables to be fatigue resistant. Currently Teeter is the only brand that meets the new UL specification, UL1647, which tests inversion tables in real-world use. All Teeter tables exceed the UL 1647 set value for cycling under full rated weight (300 lbs in our case) by over 30%, whereas four widely-distributed lookalikes that do not use special steels fail catastrophically (like the coat hanger) at just over 10% of the UL spec value. That is really scary. I don’t mind competition, but I do mind shoddy equipment that can harm the reputation of inversion which has been a great blessing to me and to millions of Teeter users worldwide. Do not even think about hanging on an inversion table that does not meet the new UL standard.
Debbie has worked in the customer service department at Teeter for over a decade. She is an integral part to the Teeter family of employees and we are happy to showcase her profile in the employee spotlight!
Name Debbie Stoumbaugh
Where is your hometown? Puyallup, WA
What is your secret talent? I am a great decorator. Learning from my friends at Calla Lily (a local shop in Puyallup, WA) .
What did you eat for lunch today? Roasted chicken.
Who inspires you and why? My mom. She has kept my dad in line for 60 years. She is always there for me.
What in your life are you most proud of? My two children Kyle and Mindy and my two grandchildren, Myah and Lilly.
What is your favorite Holiday? Valentine’s day.
What do you like doing when you aren’t at Teeter? I love to hang out with my family, go shopping and the occasional casino nights.
How long have you worked for Teeter? 12 years!
How would you describe your job to a 3rd grader? I take care of our customers and solve problems.
What is your favorite part about your job? Working with a great team. They are my
What is your favorite Teeter product? I love the Dex II. I feel more comfortable going forward to invert.
If you could be any part of a Teeter inversion table, what part would you be and why? The handles because they are there for support
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Address: 724 Broadway Ave.
Saskatoon, Sask. S7N 1B4
Phone: (306) 242-0776
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Canada’s oldest family owned and operated specialty fitness retailer serving Saskatchewan since 1978. We specialize in home and commercial exercise equipment, boxing and Martial arts.
Teeter Hang Ups has been our product of choice because of the quality and back up service. This product truly belongs in a specialty fitness store.~ Merv Smith, Owner
Henry H. was kind enough to send us his powerful testimonial about his experience with his Teeter Hang Ups:
A healthy lifestyle requires a holistic perspective that not only addresses your state of mind and physical exercise but also sound nutrition. So occasionally we’ll share tips that can help you meet your nutritional goals and keep your body feeling good. Here’s a look at one food with which you may not be overly familiar.
Athletes, especially those involved in long-distance events like running or cycling, are well familiar with all manner of endurance gels, goos and other products that promise a boost of energy for those final stretches. But some cultures have been using their own natural form of energy supplement for hundreds of years: Chia seeds.
If your first thought was “Chia Pet,” then you’d be right – these seeds are best known in our culture from the Chia Pets, a popular gag gift and staple of many households in the 80s. But the seeds themselves have amazing properties. Chia is a member of the mint family and the seeds are high in Omega-3s, protein and fiber. When mixed with water, they form a gelatinous substance that can help fill you up and keep you energized.
In recent years, the Chia seed has experienced popularity in the United States and many attribute the attention to the book Born to Run,in which Christopher McDougall recounts how the bare-footed Tarahumara runners of Mexico would ingest the seeds before and during runs of 100+ miles.
Nowadays, you can easily find Chia seeds in local health food stores or order them online. 2 teaspoons diluted into 8-10 ounces of water with the juice of a lime makes for a refreshing drink. The seeds can also be sprinkled over salads, baked into breads or snacked on raw. Dr. Oz has called Chia seeds the “perfect food,” since they are loaded with nutrition and no empty calories. If you can get over drinking a gelatinous beverage (some say it resembles a bubble tea or tapioca), you can enjoy the many benefits of Chia seeds.
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