6 Famous People Who Used Standing Desks

6 Famous People Who Used Standing Desks

  The standing desk fad hasn’t always been a fad; in fact, it has deep roots in the evolution of the workstations we know and use now. Standing desks surfaced in the 18th and 19th centuries–early proof can be found in an 1883 Popular Science article, advising professionals to get a “telescope-desk” at ”the first […]

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10 Ways to Enjoy January: It’s Possible

10 Ways to Enjoy January: It’s Possible

Seasonal Affective Disorder (commonly known, aptly, as SAD) is a type of depression that emerges in response to the change of the seasons. It affects about 4-6% of the American population, while another 10% to 20% experience a milder case of winter-onset depression, according to The American Academy of Family Physicians. And for anyone else […]

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Roundup: Top Office Design Trends for 2017

Roundup: Top Office Design Trends for 2017

  Sayonara, 2016. It’s time to move onto better things. After rounding up some pointers from our interior architect and design friends, this is what we learned about design’s future in 2017.   1. Trend Report from Kim Valente at Brick and Beam Studio Greenery Pantone’s 2017 color of the year, Greenery, is having its […]

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Two Tips for Sticking to Your 2017 Resolutions

Two Tips for Sticking to Your 2017 Resolutions

  Some 4,000 years ago, the ancient Babylonians held the first documented celebration of the New Year with rituals honoring the king and their covenant with the gods. During that period, they also vowed to pay off their debts and return borrowed items–an early version of the New Year’s resolution.   As we progressed to […]

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Focal’s Best Blog Hits of 2016

Focal’s Best Blog Hits of 2016

2016 was a hard year for the world, but not for our blog. Enlighten yourself with office cats, pro tips for killing it at workplace wellness, and our love for Mark Sisson.   Because it’s the Middle of the Day: 12 Office Cats Allowing furry friends in the workplace can boost morale and reduce stress […]

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Our Favorite Healthy Holiday Eats

Our Favorite Healthy Holiday Eats

  If your workplace is anything like ours, it’s full of relentless food conversationalists. We’re also an office that strives to eat better, but is really good at succumbing to office pizza. Really good.   That’s why we’re rounding up a few holiday dish ideas from some of Focal’s best healthy friends. You’ll be more […]

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5 Hacks for Better Energy During the Holidays

5 Hacks for Better Energy During the Holidays

  Thanksgiving is over, and that means more holiday mania. If you’re already feeling lethargic, stressed, or overindulgent, read these tips to recharge:   1. Cut the Sweet Stuff December is full of overeating and processed sugar if you let it be. If your workspace typically overflows with gingerbread, eggnog, and cookies when the holidays […]

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3 Ideas for a Dynamic Workspace

3 Ideas for a Dynamic Workspace

  We’ve always pushed back against the norm of sitting all day at work. We know that being in one space for hours on end doesn’t work, either. These three tricks can help you physically orient yourself and your mind to be more productive. Let’s go:   1. Location Box Have you heard about time […]

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What Mark Sisson Stands For: Secrets of a Paleo Aficionado

What Mark Sisson Stands For: Secrets of a Paleo Aficionado

  Mark Sisson: leading authority on evolution-based wellness; creator of the Primal Living Diet; former distance runner, triathlete, and Ironman competitor; fitness blogger; author.   It’s impossible to restrict this fitness virtuoso to one title.   Provoked by a host of health issues during intense marathon training, (Sisson won fourth place in the 1982 Ironman […]

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Work Like an Athlete: Three Ideas

Work Like an Athlete: Three Ideas

Stuck in a chair at work all day? Research shows that the recommended 30 minutes of cardio five times per week does not reverse the health risks of your sedentary 9-5 lifestyle. Other studies indicate that sitting this much every day can increase your risk of cancer by 66%.     Try these 3 tricks […]

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