Tips to stay active at home

A lot of people talk about tips for staying active at work, due in part to numerous studies highlighting the time workers spend sitting. If you haven’t seen the research, this infographic from Ergotron does a great job illustrating the point. But what about once you get home?

Keeping an active lifestyle at home is likely going to be easier than at the office. The beauty of being “off the clock” is that you aren’t tethered to the computer anymore, so you’re probably already more active than you realize. There are many ordinary daily activities that require movement, like cooking, doing laundry, and giving the kids baths.

The trick is to temper the activities that are traditionally done sitting down, like eating dinner and watching TV. So here are a few tips to do just that:

1. Consider having family meals around a counter or bar-height table where standing is allowed. Not only is it easier to move from kitchen to table, you might actually find that dinner conversations become more lively and engaging.

2. Mount your TV on a product that offers height-adjustability so you can actually see it better from a standing position, making it less automatic to sit down. If it seems far fetched to simply stand while you watch TV, consider ironing clothes or walking on a treadmill at the same time. Or consider a few of these tips from a previous blog about improving screen time.

3. If you do need to use the computer at home for working or paying bills, do so at a standing workstation. OmniMount is coming out with the perfect workspace solution just a few short months from now.

Remember that the tips and tricks you use at the office to stay active can also be used at home. Stand while on the phone, take a family walk around the block while discussing the day, or make a game out of interrupting long periods of sitting with fun isometrics or situps.

The most important thing is to find a solution that you enjoy. The more you enjoy it, the faster it’ll become routine.

Have you figured out some great ways to move more at home? We want to hear about them! Share in the comments below or reach out on Twitter and Facebook.

Food Loves Writing (and an under-cabinet iPad mount)

Shanna using the OmniMount Adjustable Stand for iPad in her kitchen

Shanna Mallon

Food Blogger Shanna Mallon

Food blogger Shanna Mallon, foodloveswriting.com, is all about sharing real-food recipes and personal stories and it was hard not to take notice of this mouthwatering recipe for her grandmother’s Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Cookies.

It just so happens that Shanna uses an OmniMount iPad Combo Kit in the kitchen, and in her words, it’s “a much easier way to look up recipes and research information while you’re in the kitchen, from a mounted stand that can hang beneath a cabinet, be folded up when you’re not using it and keep information out and accessible while you’re mixing ingredients for dinner or dessert.”

If you love using your iPad to try online recipes, you need this mount! Visit Shanna’s blog for your chance to win one. Happy cooking!

Installation Inspiration

Pinterest OmniMountOmniMount is on Pinterest! Sometimes it’s much easier to see TV mounts in context than to talk up and down about features, so OmniMount has started some Pinterest boards to inspire, educate and act as a design and inspiration resource.

In the coming weeks and months you’ll see new pins and boards filled with design advice, DIY tips & tricks and before & after installations. Let us know the content you like best with re-pins and likes and we’ll be sure to deliver more of it in the future!

Meet the Very Visible Designers Behind a Very Hidden Wall Mount

OmniMount OE120IW In-Wall TV MountOmniMount’s latest TV mount, the OmniElite In-Wall Mount, has a super low profile. So much so that it actually gets recessed in the wall. The hidden design is so clever that it seemed appropriate to share more about the inspiration behind its creation.

Meet Mike Murphy and George Runger, two of the OmniMount designers that worked on the OE120IW. They saw a need in the marketplace and developed just the right solution.

What fueled the creation of the already award-winning OE120IW?

GR:  The desire for a truly ultra-low profile mount that doesn’t have the issues that one would normally associate with such a low profile. Such as assembling a variety of ad-hock parts or not having access to cable connections.

What’s your favorite part of the design?

George

GR: The completeness. We made provisions for every detail of the installation and use. The mount is extremely flush to the wall. The profile is literally limited by the height of a standard lag bolt head, but can also be pulled out to aid in cable connections or to pan the TV to view from a remote location. Cables are routed and secured all the way from the VESA plate until they are inside of the wall box, via integrated cable channels in the mount arms. The inside of the box has provisions for power connections and cable routing through the wall. It works with OmniMount’s OPK2 in-wall power kit. You can even take it to the next level with a keystone style wall plate that can be mounted to the inside of the wall box.

MM: There are so many decisions that drive the design process. Ultimately, the goal is to make a product that’s accessible and meets a consumer need. I like that we are doing so in a way that the OE120IW achieves a look that is compact and clean. It makes holding and moving a 120 pound TV look easy. I think George said it best, it is that ‘complete solution.’

What factors influenced the aesthetic design?

GR: Mike had a pretty clear vision for the arms. He wanted something polished and high-end that still put performance and strength at the forefront. Fitting everything between 16” on-center studs was the biggest challenge. It sounds like a lot of space, but it is used up very quickly when working on a left/right symmetrical mount.

Product Designer Mike Murphy

Mike

MM: At the first stage, since the mount is part of the OmniElite Series of products, we focused on simplicity and quality materials. We also spent time looking at industry trends, so the aesthetic of the product is complimentary to current consumer electronics. In particular thin flat panels and theater components, as well as broader design influences. My wife is an interior designer and she’ll tell you firsthand the importance of style, so I also wanted to create a mount that would fit into a space and complement the technology and décor that surrounds it.  This included narrowing the appearance of form when it comes to proportions by introducing faceting and some other subtle cues. The trick is to be mindful that the product needs to exude confidence. We wanted the design to reflect beauty and strength so people trust it to hold their expensive TV.

Who can benefit the most from this product?

GR: Surprisingly enough I’m not going to say “everyone.” The OE120IW is for the most discriminating customer. They will know everything has a place inside the wall mounted box even though they cannot see it during day to day use.

MM: We have respect for someone rolling up their sleeves and making improvements to their lifestyle at home. Our hope is that both professional installers and do-it-yourselfers will find all the considerations of the product true to their needs.

Curious if the OE120IW will work for your in-wall installation? Visit the product page or call OmniMount customer care at 800.MOUNT IT.

Let the Games Begin

Guest post by Bryn Huntpalmer, editor for Modernize and Her Own Wings

They call it March Madness for a reason folks! The college basketball tournament that takes place each March/April is chaotic and can easily overrun your house if you have an avid sports fan living under your roof. Luckily there are ways to incorporate the fun of the tournament without making it the sole focus of your living space.

Utilize a Swivel TV Mount

OmniMount OC80FM

Being able to turn the TV to one area of the room (and maybe even put it on mute!) can allow other conversations to take place in other areas. Consider rearranging your furniture to create two distinct living spaces. You can always move it back when the madness dies down.

Create a Man Cave

While you may not want a permanent man cave in your house (or maybe you do!), you can create an awesome temporary viewing space for friends during the excitement of March Madness. It doesn’t need to be fancy, we recommend moving a TV into the garage and setting up lawn chairs and a cooler for drinks of course! The room pictured here has two TV’s which would be perfect for watching multiple games at the same time.

Take it Outside

At Modernize we are obsessed with outdoor entertainment spaces and the ruckus that comes along with March Madness can certainly be better accommodated outdoors. While this may require a little more planning and probably more money, you can create a space that you will enjoy many months of the year, not just during sports season!

Hopefully these ideas have given you the inspiration necessary to take the plunge and plan a party around all of the craziness this Spring. And whether you’re an avid basketball fan or not, be sure to check out OmniMount’s #BeattheBrackets promotion for your chance to win the OC80FM mount pictured above! Let the games begin!

Who knew that simply sitting could be bad for your health?

OmniMount employees are members of Vitality, a web-based wellness program that encourages us to be our healthiest selves. Vitality sent out the following email about reducing sitting time and their tips are worth sharing.

These days, many people spend more time sitting each day than any other activity. Whether it’s staring at a computer screen, plopping in front of the television or reclining on the train on the way to work, sitting for long periods of time can impact your weight and be harmful to your health.

The more you sit, the fewer total calories you burn in a day. Being active for as little as 10 minutes at a time throughout the day can really make a difference. It is the minimum recommendation when you choose to be active, and can result in substantial health benefits—including mental well-being!

This week’s tips:

Choose to be active whenever you can during the day; it can really improve your health. For example:

• Take the stairs when you can, or walk instead of driving when shopping or running errands.
• Schedule an activity break every hour or so. Even if it’s just a brief walk down the hall and back, it helps. Even better, schedule a 10-minute walk!
• Set goals and track your activity by using a Fitbit® or other wearable device. These devices are proven to increase physical activity in people who wear them.

Want another tip? Don’t stress out over your computer and TV time, instead get a sit-stand desk mount or height adjustable TV mount to turn those sedentary activities into ones with more movement!

How to Keep Technology From Taking Over Your Space

Guest post by Bryn Huntpalmer, editor for Modernize and Her Own WingsTips to hide your TVThese days most families have a TV in their living room but many parents are also becoming more and more conscientious of how much screen time their children are getting. A great compromise is to incorporate a television in a way that doesn’t make it the center of attention.

Ditch the Entertainment Center

Entertainment Centers are bulky, unnecessary and have a tendency to make the television the center of attention in a living space. So ditch that oversized cabinet and replace it with a wall mounted solution. Create a gallery wall by adding your personal touches around the TV to keep the eye from focusing on a television that is powered off.

Hide the TV

There are so many clever ways to hide your television these days. Options range from hidden compartments in the wall, mirrors, paintings or even mock shutters.

One of many clever ideas to conceal your TV

One clever idea to conceal your TV, via Trumark Homes

 

Rearrange the Space

When deciding where to put your furniture feel free to step outside of the box and create a setup that doesn’t center around the television. A great way to accommodate this type of set-up is to mount your TV on a swivel mount so the television can adjust to the furniture rather than the furniture accommodating the TV.

via OmniMount

OC80FM, via OmniMount

For more home ideas and inspiration please visit Modernize.com.

How do you integrate technology in the home? Have a creative solution? We want to hear it!

Running from zombies is easy if you see them coming

USA Today posted an entertaining article about a new wellness program: Run from zombies at work. We couldn’t help but be reminded of this oh-so-relevant cartoon by employee Valia Dempsey.

see the zombies coming

You’re quicker on your feet when standing, so in case of a zombie apocalypse, you’ll be the first one out the door.

Finally enough of a reason to stand while you work? OmniMount has your back in more ways than one with these sit-stand computer mounts.

 

What’s up with women in CE?

Women in CE CEDIA breakfastCE Pro’s Bob Archer recently published an article about women in the consumer electronics industry. It’s no secret that men still comprise much of the custom CE channel but his article takes a look at how the industry is being influenced by the women in it.

I feel very lucky to work for a company that clearly values the role of women. I’ve had the privilege to work with and for female marketing leaders at the Managerial, Director, CMO and VP levels, not to mention many female colleagues in all aspects of the business. Ergotron, OmniMount’s parent company, has an executive leadership board that’s comprised almost 50% of women.

And it’s a good thing, too. As technology gets integrated into more common areas of the household, like the family room, kitchen and bedroom, women are taking more interest in the way it gets displayed. Creating a product that solves a functional need isn’t enough – it needs to address important style and aesthetics concerns as well. When women have a voice in product development, engineering and marketing, it’s much easier to meet the needs of female buyers.

When Pete Segar, CEO of Ergotron, read Bob’s article his response was immediate. “My take on hiring women is that as long as you always choose the best candidate for the job, you will end up with women highly represented.” He went on to tell this story about Bill Gates and to emphasize that “I can now say that I am no longer trying to move the needle, I am benefitting.”

Have you moved the needle? Leave a note below or on OmniMount’s Facebook page.

 

Celebrate National Nutrition Month with a Healthy Activity Hack

Burn calories at work? Sign me up! March is National Nutrition Month and it has a lot of us paying more attention to what we eat. Tracking food choices and caloric intake has many benefits but it can sometimes feel like a whole lot of work! The ultimate goal is to turn short term benchmarks into long term habits, so in addition to making smart food choices, consider making a smarter choice about how you work. Join the Uprising, a growing community of people that stand up while using the computer. If you’re already watching what you eat, standing up is a great way to boost your metabolism and burn more calories. Start with just a few minutes and work your way up. You might even surprise yourself with how much better you feel! Have a story about how standing plays a part in your healthy diet and exercise routine? We’d love to hear it!