As PR professionals, we have mastered the art of multitasking, and with summer just around the corner, we thought we would share some of our favourite tips for staying fit while we work. From taking a few extra steps throughout the day to easy deskercises, here are Faulhaber’s top five fitness tips.
1. Best Foot Forward
Experts say that a sedentary lifestyle is detrimental to your health. Take a break from your chair and computer screen and get moving. In the morning, opt for the stairs instead of the elevator. If you’re feeling ambitious, take two stairs at a time every other flight for a real leg burn. At your lunch hour, take a walk around the block with a coworker. The fresh air will help clear and refresh your mind before you tackle the rest of the day. Taking the time to get up and move your body whenever you can is essential to maintaining a healthy lifestyle and ensuring continuous blood circulation in your arms and legs.
2. Crunch Time
Spending eight or more hours sitting down can take a toll on your body, so try this silent and sneaky workout. Squeeze your core muscles tightly for five to 10 seconds and then release, repeating for 12-15 reps. Sitting up straight in your chair, with your feet flat on the ground also engages your abdominal muscles and promotes proper posture.
3. Skinny Dipping
Get strong and slender arms with simple tricep dips. These can be done almost anywhere, including your office. Using your desk or non-rolling chair, sit at the edge and place hands on either side of your body while gripping the chair for stability. With feet a few steps away from your body, bend your arms so that you dip down, hold and then straighten.
4. Legs for Days
You can tighten your thighs with this easy move, all at the comfort of your desk. Work the core, quadriceps and hip flexors by sitting up tall in your seat, contracting your abs and lifting one foot off the floor about six inches, maintaining a 90-degree bend in the knee. Hold that position for 10 seconds and then lower before moving on to the other leg.
5. The Sky’s the Limit
Last but not least, stretching is essential to maintaining a healthy mind and body. It can help de-stress and avoid stiffness and sore muscles. Pain in the shoulders and neck can affect productivity, so it’s important to take time to consciously elongate the back and neck. Every couple of hours stretch your arms up, interlock fingers and reach towards the back. Take a few seconds to breathe and clear your mind.
At the end of each week, we’ll be showcasing extra special lifestyle finds, hand-picked by our team of culture vultures. Sourced everywhere from local Toronto workshops to glamorous European boutiques, be sure to check in each week for our staff-selected #FridayFavourite.
Phaidon's Concrete explores the world’s most versatile and abundant building material. Often considered dull and cold, this coffee table topper highlights its range of spectacular potential.
Collating fascinating concrete buildings by some of the most celebrated architects of the last century, it features familiar projects from Le Corbusier and Frank Lloyd Wright, alongside work from some of the leading lights of contemporary architecture, including Zaha Hadid, Herzog & de Meuron. Organized into sections like Form, Expression, Light, Scale, and so on, the book juxtaposes images to create comparison and promote discussion.
Sit down and get ready for a thought-provoking, surprisingly beautiful chronicle of concrete’s versatility. - Jillian
Buy it here.
Calling all shoppers from the east to the west! To celebrate the launch of its new Karma Beads collection, THOMAS SABO will be hosting a series of events in all Canadian shops and we want YOU to be there!
We’ll be live on location at Vancouver’s Richmond Centre on April 24th and would love to meet you! If you’re in the surrounding area, we encourage you to swing by and experience the new collection with us.
RSVP at http://shop.thomassabo.com/CA-en/events/start to secure your spot today!
Details for the Richmond Centre event and all other locations are listed below:
Place: THOMAS SABO Shop Vancouver
Richmond Centre | Unit 1530
6551 Number 3 Road | Richmond BC V6Y 2B6
Time: 06:00 pm – 09:00 pm
Place: THOMAS SABO Shop Calgary
Chinook Centre | Suite 1221
6455 Macleod Trail SW | Calgary, AB T2H 0K8
Time: 12:00 am - 09:00 pm
Place: THOMAS SABO Shop Edmonton
West Edmonton Mall | 8882 170 Street NW
Ste 2356, Unit E-212 | Edmonton, AB T5T 3J7
Time: 12:00 am - 09:00 pm
Place: THOMAS SABO Shop Laval
Carrefour Laval | Shop No. R029 | 3035 Boul. Le Carrefour
Laval QC H7T 1C8
Time: 09:00 am - 05:00 pm
Place: THOMAS SABO Shop Metropolis
Metropolis at Metrotown | Unit 208
4820 Kingsway | Burnaby, BC V5H 4P1
Time: 12:00 am - 09:00 pm
Place: THOMAS SABO Shop Oakridge
Oakridge Centre | Unit 250
650 West 41st Ave | Vancouver, BC V5Z 2M9
Time: 10:00 am - 07:00 pm
Place: THOMAS SABO Shop Quebec
Place Rosemere | 401 Boulevard Curé-Labelle, Local M18
Rosemere, QC J7A 3T2
Time: 09:00 am - 05:00 pm
Place: THOMAS SABO Shop Toronto
Yorkdale Shopping Centre | Unit 221A
3401 Dufferin St | Toronto, ON M6A 3A1
Time: 12:00 am – 09:00 pm
Christine, Zoë, Jack and friends play at Design Exchange
Looking for weekend activities that the entire family will (actually) enjoy? Canada’s Design Museum, Design Exchange has you covered.
With the last edition taking place this weekend, make DX’s This Is Not A Toy Family Sundays your next group outing. Explore the larger-than-life show, featuring gigantic plush toys, intricately designed miniatures, and a rainbow vortex, no less, all the while enjoying kiddo-minded programming along the way.
Children can follow the exhibition activity book, create bespoke Kidrobot MUNNYs, dress up in fashion facemasks and personal accessories inspired by the designer toys on display, and get in line for a snazzy face paint by artists Sarah Febbraro and Elizabeth Underhill.
Date: Sunday, April 13th
Time: 12pm to 4pm
Tickets: Free with museum admission. Alternatively, Family Passes can be purchased for $37 online here or at the door (valid for two adults and up to four children under 12).
Jack buckles up for a custom design
Zoë enters the FriendsWithYou “Rainbow Vortex”
Boxfresh is one of the best-loved street-wear brands from over the pond and staple to the shoe-game of the freshest fellows in Canada. The brand has transfused young, creative style enthusiasts with their innovative passion for design and street culture. Keeping on the pulse has allowed Boxfresh to continue to be a trendsetter and creator for the urban and the original.
This year, the brand is celebrating its 25th anniversary and in honour of their quarter of a century mark, Boxfresh has released their freshest collection of men’s footwear for SS14. Sure to give sneaker aficionados a kick-start to spring, the line includes two limited edition shoes featuring the new #Katashi sole.
With the ‘always fresh’ reputation of creating innovative, sports-luxe styles, the Boxfresh Katashi sole is made from rubber, making it a tough and hardwearing shoe with genuinely cool style and design to boot.
So lace up your kicks and hit the nearest Browns to snag up your limited edition #Katashi collection. And go ahead, buy both styles. We won’t judge.
It finally feels like the beginning of spring and we can’t wait to have our first sun inspired cocktail of the year. The Elderflower Margarita is a Faulhaber favourite from the bar at Parts & Labour!
.75 oz St Germain Elderflower liquor
.5 Agave Nectar
1 oz fresh lime juice
Shaken and served on ice.
Stay tuned for the new spring menu at P&L!
Hours: Monday & Tuesday – Closed
Wednesday to Saturday – 6pm to 2am (Dinner – 6pm to 11pm)
Sunday – 11am to 2am (Brunch – 11am to 3pm; Dinner – 6pm to 11pm)
Address: 1566 Queen Street West, Toronto
Last week we jetted off to Los Angeles, and dropped in on celeb-fav Fidelity Denim.
Seen on the likes of Jessica Alba, Eva Mendes, Khloe Kardashian, and Emma Roberts, it’s no secret why these women love the Canadian-born luxury brand.
Each pair of Fidelitys are made by artisans in LA, so we decided to take a visit to the factory to find out exactly how our jeans go from sketches to the rack.
Creative Director Jason Trotzuk gave us a behind-the-scenes look as to how he designs the perfect pair of jeans.
Every stitch, tear and wash is thoughtfully fabricated. Super-soft, Fidelitys are made of Italian denim, passing through over 20 pairs of artisan hands for expert finishing, a tailored fit and high-end touch.
Stretched and shaped to fit your body like a glove, brand new Fidelitys are comfier than your favourite pair of worn-in jeans (and even possibly pajamas!).
It’s all about the details: large-scale embroidery machines sew dozens of back pockets in unison.
With a style and flattering fit for every body type, Fidelitys are a wardrobe staple. We are officially #DevotedToDenim.
Follow @FidelityDenim and show us how you wear them.