Monthly Archives: February 2016

Go for the burn! Torch calories at home with ordinary activity

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Think you have to go to a gym to get your workout? Think again! Everyday activities at home can also burn calories, stretch and tone muscles, and get your heart thumping. Below, we’ll share some easy ways to torch calories throughout the day, without breaking a sweat!

Being moderately active, for even just 10 minutes at a time, can make a big difference in your health and fitness. You don’t have to do it all at once to get results in physical and mental well-being, either.

Research from Harvard Medical School indicates that a number of everyday activities can burn as many calories as brisk walking, cycling, or low-impact aerobics. When vigorous activity isn’t the only option, you can more easily fit in that doctor-recommended 30 minutes of exercise a day.

Check out these easy ways to burn calories with ordinary movement, based on an average metabolism for a 155 lb. person, per half-hour session. Your mileage may vary!:

Standing (on phone, etc.) = 47 calories

Ironing = 70 calories

Cooking = 93 calories

Unpacking boxes = 130 calories

Childcare (bathe/feed) = 130 calories

Playing with kids = 149 calories

Leaf raking = 149 calories

House painting (interior) = 167 calories

Window cleaning =167 calories

Gardening/weeding = 172 calories

Vacuuming = 180 calories

Snow shoveling = 200 calories

Over the course of a year, you can lose pounds and inches by engaging for just a few hours a week in any of these activities. Not motivated to move? Great music can put the fun in even housework, so crank up a fast-paced tune and burn some calories while you clean!

Recent research at Loughborough University suggests that people who use a standing desk at work may then slightly increase their sitting time at home. Be conscious of this all-too-human trap, called the “compensation effect,” so that you don’t fall into it.

Taking part in low-intensity physical activity while at home has a positive effect for health so get moving, and keep moving! 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.

Before the big game: Is your TV ready?

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Are you ready for this weekend’s Super Bowl 50? Whether your team made the cut for Sunday’s game or they were one of the 30 not-so-lucky ones, chances are you’ll still be tuned in to watch the Panthers and Broncos battle over the 2016 Vince Lombardi Trophy and NFL Championship title!

In either case, you should have the best viewing opportunity. Imagine it’s mid-day and the sun is up and there is a glare coming in from the window. You have a house full of people coming over at any moment, sitting at every angle, tightly squeezed into the space you call your TV room. Now’s the time to get your TV ready and OmniMount has a variety of styles and models for you.

In addition to the most anticipated game of the year, Saturday, February 6th is National TV Safety day.  While prepping for the big game, remember those little kiddos — and those big ones — that you will have over. The excitement can be overwhelming for all ages so make sure your TV won’t fall over, especially in high-traffic areas.

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For extra peace of mind, secure your TV with one of OmniMount’s safety-certified wall mounts. Simply tether it to a surface with our TV safety kit. Or, better yet, mount it up on the wall with our full-motion TV mounts. Want your TV to be flush with the wall? Go with our deluxe recessed full-motion mounts!

Let us help you get ready for when the entire room jumps with joy at that winning touchdown!