Our Fitneff Team would like to take this time to celebrate Canada’s 150th Birthday. We are proud to be an innovative Canadian company and would like to to celebrate some of the Canadian products and people that makes us who we are.
When Laurel, Devon and I started Fitneff, we considered various countries to design & manufacture the WalkTop Treadmill desk. In the end, we found a skilled design partner in Vancouver, Form3, who helped take our concept to a world class product. Sle-Co, from St. Thomas, ON is our manufacturer and assemble our quality product for us that we proudly sell across North America.
In addition to the WalkTop, we have a few innovative products that are also from Canada. The Core Chair is invented by Canadian Patrick Harrison to combat the ill effects of sitting and provide a seating solution that combines freedom of movement with optimum postural support. Another Canadian product carried by Fitneff is The Beam that was invented by lifelong friends Becky Goulet and Christa Geddes from the small town of Grimsby, Ontario. Through the shared experience of suffering back pain, they created a simple self-care tool used to release, relax, and restore the core.
Fitneff was honored to profile some impressive Canadians in our newsletters and blogs this past year. With the introduction of our Classroom Standing Desks this past year, I have been personally inspired by the incredible teachers that are shaping Canadian children in such a positive way. In Etobicoke, we learned of how Melissa Gage worked together with her students to develop a plan to use standing desks in the classroom. For the students of Mark Knoll, active classrooms are not a new thing as this two-time Olympian doesn’t just teach kids about being healthy and active, his daily life is an example of it. Teachers are always looking for options for students to work and focus effectively and for over ten years Heather Thompson’s innovative approach to work with specific students have ended up benefiting her entire class.
As we celebrate Canada’s 150th birthday, we had the opportunity to recognize Olive Myhre’s 105th birthday this year. There is so much to learn from a person who has seen a lifetime of events that most of us only read about in history books, including two World Wars; the introduction of the automobile, the invention of the computer; and man’s first steps on the moon. Amazing to think that Canada was only 45 years old when she was born! The most important thing we learned from Olive is to get up each morning with purpose and keep moving.
Lastly, some of the Canadians I am most proud of is the staff at Fitneff. This smart, positive, and energetic team is the reason that out company is able to offer a friendly and positive experience to our customers. How Canadian!
On this 150th Birthday, the Fitneff Team and I wish you all the best that Canada can offer as we celebrate this sesquicentennial and look forward to the future.
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Sitting at a desk all day isn’t just uncomfortable, it can be damaging to your health. Scientists have found that sitting for long periods of time may be linked to alterations in blood proteins that lead to heart disease as well as early cognitive decline.
Luckily, there’s an easy solution: take a break! When you interrupt long periods of motionless work with a little bit of movement, like stretches or muscle-toning exercises, you’ll be able to counter any negative effects of that nine-to-five job.
Here are five of our favourite exercises to get the blood flowing at your desk.
National Grandparent’s Day is coming up this weekend! Many of us have grandparents who have inspired us to live life to the fullest and embrace healthy lifestyle habits. In honour of the upcoming holiday, we sat down with our President and CEO, Ron Bettin, to talk to him about his grandparents and how they’ve inspired him to live a healthy lifestyle (particularly Grandma Olive, who is still going strong at an amazing 106 years old!).