Tips for Staying Healthy and Happy At Work

May 14, 2015

Tips for Staying Healthy and Happy At Work

Are you in an overly dependent relationship with your desk chair? If you’re struggling to remember the last time you stood up or stretched out, the answer is yes. Sitting in a chair all day is bad for your blood circulation, does nothing for your posture and can have negative health effects over time. This relationship just can’t go on – here are five tips for breaking things off with your chair and improving your overall health at work.

  1. Get moving. So here’s what you’re up against: sitting for 90 minutes or more can decrease blood flow below the knees by 50 percent, reducing the flow of oxygen and increasing the chance of clots. It’s time to move more than your fingers across the keyboard – take a walk around the office, stand up and stretch, or go for a stroll around the block. If you can’t find the time to leave your chair, wearing your VIM & VIGR compression socks will help keep your legs energized and your blood circulating until your workday is over.
  2. Straighten up. The benefits of having good posture include maintaining correct muscle alignment, enhancing your ability to breathe properly, decreasing stress and fatigue on ligaments and muscles, and more. According to chiropractor Todd Sinett, sitting during work stresses your spine 30 percent more than standing – ouch! Sit up straight and avoid slouching into your chair or leaning over your desk.
  3. Keep it clean. Your keyboard, mouse and phone are home to thousands of germs that can potentially make you sick, and who has time for that? Protect yourself from the sniffles (or worse!) by keeping your space clean. Disinfect your desk and devices regularly, and don’t forget to wash your hands – a lot.
  4. Hydrate. When 4 p.m. rolls around and you’re feeling sluggish, skip the latte and drink a glass of water. Even though caffeine gives you that initial buzz, it increases anxiety and irritability. According to Web MD, drinking water energizes muscles and maintains a healthy balance of bodily fluids. On average, everyone should consume eight to 10 glasses of water every day in order to stay hydrated. Drink up!
  5. Take a vacation. We know how hard it can be to completely disconnect from work, but PTO is a blessing, not a curse! According to a study published in Psychosomatic Medicine, engaging in more leisure activities helps lower blood pressure, stress hormones and improves overall well-being. It’s time to plan a trip (don’t forget your VIM& VIGR compression socks!). You’ll return feeling relaxed, recharged and ready to tackle your to-do list.

We want to know how you stay healthy and alert at work. Share your desk chair break up experiences with us in a comment below!   





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Sizing, Fabric & Compression Levels Guide

Size Chart:

We have a different sizing chart depending on the type of compression garment. Please consider your foot and calf circumference when choosing your size.

If you're in between sizes, ask yourself a few questions:
What is my body type? Will I be more comfortable in a size up or down? Take your body type into consideration when choosing a size especially if you're in between sizes.

Size Chart - VIM & VIGR Fashionable Compression Legwear

Compression Tights Size Chart - VIM & VIGR

Compression Leg Sleeves Size Chart - VIM & VIGR

Fabric Collections:

NYLON

  • 400 needle-count for flexibility and comfort
  • Excellent for athletic use
  • Multi-dimensional weave allows for breathability
  • Composition: 82% Nylon/18% Spandex

MOISTURE-WICK NYLON

  • 400 needle-count for flexibility and comfort
  • Moisture-wicking fabric to draw sweat and moisture off of the skin
  • Multi-dimensional weave allows for breathability
  • Composition: 75% Moisture-wick polyester/13% Nylon/12% Spandex

COTTON

  • 200 needle-count for flexibility and comfort
  • Natural breathability
  • High-quality double covered elastic fibers and premium cotton
  • Composition: 48% Cotton/42% Nylon/10% Spandex

MERINO WOOL

  • 200 needle-count for flexibility and comfort
  • Natural breathability and moisture-wicking properties
  • High-quality double covered elastic fibers and fine Merino wool
  • Light-cushioned sole
  • Composition: 40% Merino wool/45% Nylon/15% Spandex

Garment Care:

Machine wash after each wear, delicate and cold.

Air dry is preferred to maintain the elasticity and quality of fabrics.

Compression Levels:

Compression garments are made in a variety of support levels, each of which is designed to address different needs. These levels are most commonly expressed in millimeters of mercury (abbreviated as mmHg). Generally, graduated compression is displayed in ranges. The higher the numerical value, the stronger the support level indicated. For example, a 20-30 mmHg garment will offer more support and feel tighter than a 15-20 mmHg garment.

All of VIM & VIGR’s products are offered in 15-20 mmHg compression level and select styles are available in 20-30 mmHg.

VIM & VIGR Compression Levels

How to put on compression socks:

Slip your arm into the sock until your fingers reach the toes. Your palm should be resting in the sock's heel. 

Starting at the cuff, fold the sock over until it meets the heel. Make sure to fold the sock onto itself.

With the sock still inverted, pull the foot of the sock firmly onto your foot. Make sure your toes are securely in the toe pocket. Starting with the cuff, gradually roll the sock up.

Adjust so that your heel is properly positioned in the heel pocket and the cuff sits below the knee. Make sure the cuff is not pulled up too high.