Orange Mud HydraQuiver Vest Pack – Ready for your outdoor adventure

Orange Mud HydraQuiver Vest Pack – Ready for your outdoor adventure

About a year ago, I started seeing products by Orange Mud pop up in my social media news feeds. They had quite a social following and some nice looking products. Water bottles, hydration packs, gear bags; all being used for various outdoor adventures. I though to myself, “I want to be doing outdoor adventures like that! I’ll need to stay hydrated!” So, I put the Orange Mud HydraQuiver Double Barrel Vest Pack on my Christmas list. Santa came through for me, and on Christmas morning, I was prepared for any and all outdoor adventures that came my way. (more…)

Product Review – Heart Rate Monitor Hat by LifeBEAM

Product Review – Heart Rate Monitor Hat by LifeBEAM

I am a sucker for high tech gadgets and good advertising. That’s probably why I got into graphic design. You can sell a product solely on the advertising campaign and how it portrays the product. When an advertisement popped up on my Facebook feed for a heart rate monitor built into a running hat, complete with phrases like:

  • Smart hat
  • Biometric Measurements
  • Heart rate – aerospace level
  • Calories consumption – aerospace level
  • Cadence / steps measurement – aerospace level

How could I resist? If I’m going to take my running to the next level, it might as well be the aerospace level. (more…)

SKORA Tempo Review

SKORA Tempo Review

The SKORA Tempo has really grown on me. I usually lean toward the “less is better” side of the discussion when it comes to running shoes, preferring to have very little between my foot and the road. But somehow, this comfortably padded shoe has found its way into my rotation. (more…)

Don’t Take Work Sitting Down. Get on Your Feet with a Standing Desk.

Don’t Take Work Sitting Down. Get on Your Feet with a Standing Desk.

I am a runner. I like to be moving around. When I sit for any extended period, I start to hurt. My legs, back, and especially my right foot (plantar fasciitis) bother me every time I get up from my office chair. As a graphic designer, I am stuck behind my desk for the majority of my work day. In the evenings, after soccer, baseball, or basketball practice, I am usually reclined with one or both of my boys draped over me or crowding me off the couch in some fashion. So limiting the time that I am sedentary helps to ease some of those aches and pains.

I recently talked my employer into purchasing two standup desks for our graphics department. I can honestly say that it has helped immensely with reducing the everyday aches and pains that come from being a runner in training — and closing in on forty years old **gasp**.

I had done some research on the adjustable height desks and picked out the brand Varidesk. They looked sturdy and well put together. They also had a pretty high price tag, ranging from $275 to $400 . With a printout in hand, I approached my manager with the benefits of a standing desk. There are a lot of studies you can find on the internet about the health and productivity benefits of working at a standing desk versus sitting all day. I’ll focus on my personal assessment of the Varidesk and how it has worked for me.

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