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#WellnessWednesday: Staying Healthy Behind a Desk

It can easily be said that being healthy is easier said than done for most of us who end up behind a desk all day. While there are great days that will get you out of the office and on the move, more often than not your 9 to 5 is spent staring at a computer monitor and sitting in a relatively (un)comfortable office chair researching, chasing leads, and processing documents for your clients. But, just because you’re trapped in a chair doesn’t necessarily mean that you have to stay unhealthy. There are ways to overcome it, and we’ve got a few tips here for you as well.

Extreme Desk Wellness (Don't try this at work)
Extreme Desk Wellness (Don’t try this at work)

Staying Physically Healthy

While you’re not going to be doing chin-ups and crunches at the desk, there are ways to stay fit while sitting at your desk. Taking a break to stretch every hour or so for 5 minutes can help keep you limber. Resistance bands (sold at sporting goods stores) can be attached to the arms of an office chair and can give you some “weights” to push around during your day. Designating an area away from your desk (if possible) that you do some kinds of work at force you to get up and move, if even a little bit. Every small bit helps (and that exercise can even help you stay more alert).

Staying Mentally Healthy

Health isn’t just about the 6-pack most of us (don’t) have. It’s about your cognitive abilities, too. Small doses of puzzles or other small mental activities can help keep us well and healthy. A simple algebra problem, a document on your desk that has a problem requiring a decision, even just a simple change of direction for a short while can all bring your mind back into full steam. While it might not seem “productive,” neither are the coffee breaks you’re taking either. Small changes can have big effects, and those big effects might be the difference between a regular 2pm slump or sustained productivity.

Staying Nutritionally Healthy

Your snacking habits can defeat you, too. Remember last Thanksgiving? We all do, usually bad memories of eating too much and wanting to sleep. Well, that works on a smaller scale too. If your work snack or lunch is really big, greasy, or starchy, you might end up in the same kind of slump that’ll make you want to fall asleep at your desk. When eating at the desk, remember to snack light and healthily—and avoid the potato chips and fried snacks! They’ll slow you down more than you know.

Even with all these tips, there are still more to be found. Necessity is the mother of invention, after all, and we’re always looking for new ways to stay healthy even if we can’t really leave the desk (even though AirBnb’s joke about AirBrb sounds like a great idea to us). What options have you considered to stay healthy at your desk?


#WellnessWednesday: Home Showing Safety

Safety is often the least of our concern during our lives. We take for granted the security and safety protocols we follow without even thinking about it. We lock our doors at night and we lock our cars when we leave them in a lot. But do you think about the threats that might be lurking during your daily life—especially when you work in an embroiled industry like real estate has been during the recession?



Agents everywhere work on the road, showing homes and doing the legwork necessary to find good homes for good people. Sometimes, though, the dangers can be very real.

There’s been an email going around recently that brings up the question of agent safety, so that’s why we’ve compiled some good tips on staying safe. We don’t want to see anyone get hurt!

Tip 1: Situational Awareness

Anyone who’s been in a disempowered situation is well aware of how this one works.  Whenever you’re anywhere public, be aware of what’s going on around you. Can you answer these questions?

  • Where’s the door?
    • It’s of the utmost importance that your exit is planned if something gets dangerous. Not moving—or freezing up because you don’t know where to go—can severely impact your safety.
  • Who’s behind you?
    • It’s a bit paranoid to sit with your back to a wall or other form of block between you and the public, but at least be aware of who’s around you. While most of the people you’ll meet are normal, law-abiding folks, knowledge of threats means easier avoidance.
  • Where’s the nearest group of people?
    • Groups of people in public are lifesavers. If you’re in a home or place where there aren’t many people, do you know how long it’d take to get to a place with people?

If you can answer those questions, you’re on the right track to stay safe. Be vigilant!

Tip 2: Stay in Contact

If you’re going to show a home at any point, be sure to get on your phone and let someone know where you’re going and when they can expect to reach you. If you’re worried about a particular client or situation, ask that they call you during/after when you’re supposed to be free to keep them in the loop. Knowing that you’re looked after can deter attackers and, if the worst should happen, helps improve response time to an emergency.

Tip 3: Fight or Flight?

If you’re in a situation where you’re going to have to choose between those two things, you should generally flee. Getting into an altercation might mean you’ll win, but the cost of fighting and possibly getting hurt is higher than if you ran. If you can’t run, then by all means, take measures to ensure your safety. But if you can get away, do so. “He (or she) who runs away lives to fight a another day,” they say—and we think they’re right.

Don’t worry too hard about the dangers—keeping a few small pointers in mind like these can improve your safety just by awareness. If you’re showing a listing to someone you don’t know or trust yet, please, exercise caution. No listing is worth your life or health.