Summer Walking: A Fun Way to Better Health…

Summer means more daylight hours and warmer temperatures, which makes it a great season for walking outdoors. Walking is known to help release endorphins that elevate our mood and decrease stress levels. When done consistently and enough to increase heart rates, walking can even burn calories and help us lose weight.

Depending on where you live and how hot the summer days get, you can create a walking regimen. In climates that are very hot, it’s best to limit walking to early morning and evenings when temperatures are lower and tolerable. Frequent but short brisk walks are just as beneficial as longer walks. Both help to build stamina and strengthen the heart, so you don’t need to take one long, extended walk to meet your distance goals. You can split up the distance into a few short walks. If counting steps matters to you, then simply wear a pedometer.

There are many ways to incorporate a walking habit into your daily routine. You may walk part of the way to work or even all the way, if it isn’t that far, on your lunch break, or take the stairs whenever possible. Perhaps get the whole family involved and take a walk after the evening meal. Walking helps digestion!

If you haven’t been walking for some time, gradually build up time and distance. Even though walking is a gentle exercise, overdoing should be avoided. Make sure you:

  • dress comfortably in loose-fitting clothes. 
  • dress in light colours if the sun is already up or hasn’t set yet.
  • watch out for traffic, depending on where you’re walking.
  • carry a water bottle with you and sip regularly. 
  • wear a visor, sun hat or head covering you feel comfortable in.
  • wear shoes that offer good support. If you are hiking or going on uneven terrain, you may need sturdy boots instead of comfy shoes. Make sure you wear your Nikken Kenko mSteps or mStrides for that added comfort and support.
  • wear sunscreen everywhere your skin is exposed. You can get sunburned even when you cannot see the sun.
  • use walking sticks if you want to work out your arms.

Walking is one of the easiest ways to incorporate daily exercise into an Active Wellness lifestyle. Get everyone in the household involved and see how fast communications improve between generations! 

Until 31st August, you can jumpstart your walking habit with fantastic offers on our popular Kenko Insoles and KenkoTherm® DUK Tape – kinetic tape to help support your fitness and your daily activities.

11th August 2022

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Black Friday Then and Now…

Black Friday originated in the United States and its’ true origin lies in the sense of black meaning “marked by disaster or misfortune.” In the 1950s, factory managers first started referring to the Friday after Thanksgiving as Black Friday because so many of their workers decided to falsely call in sick, thus extending the holiday weekend. About 10 years later, Black Friday was used by Philadelphia traffic police officers to describe the day after Thanksgiving because they had to work 12-hour shifts in busy traffic. Soon, the term caught on among shoppers and merchants in Philadelphia, and from there it took off nationwide.1

The 1980s brought the mythology of Black Friday as we know it today. While the phrases in the black and in the red are used in the business world to describe profits and losses, this explanation for one of the busiest shopping days of the year only came about in the 1980s, about 20 years after the phrase Black Friday was in regular use.2

In more recent years, global retailers have adopted “Black Friday” as the term and date to market their holiday sales. Here are some interesting facts about Black Friday:

  • Traditionally, Boxing Day had been considered the biggest shopping day of the year in the UK. In the 2010s, several American-owned retailers began to hold U.S.- style Black Friday promotions. As a result, more and more British retailers adopted the concept.3
  • In Welsh, Black Friday is known as “Dydd Gwener y Gwario Gwirion” (Silly Spending Friday).4
  • In Mexico, Black Friday was the inspiration for the government and retailing industry to create an annual weekend of discounts and extended credit terms. Known as El Buen Fin, meaning “the good weekend” in Spanish, it began in 2011. It takes place on November in the weekend prior to the Monday in which the Mexican Revolution holiday is pushed from its original date of November 20th.5
  • In Germany, the term “Black Friday” was registered as a wordmark in December 2013. Black Friday GmbH is the exclusive licensee of the wordmark in Germany.6
  • Traditionally Black Friday is now a regular event in the U.S., Canada, United Kingdom, South Africa, Ireland, Australia, Germany, Italy, New Zealand, Africa, Benelux, Sweden, Brazil, Mexico and increasingly many other parts of the world.7

This year, Nikken is Supporting your Active Wellness with Black Friday Offers and Special Purchases starting 22nd November. Look out for them on our social media channels:

https://www.facebook.com/NikkenEU

https://www.instagram.com/nikken_europe_official/?hl=en

https://twitter.com/NikkenEurope

1, 2. https://www.dictionary.com/e/black-friday/  

3, 4, 5, 6, 7. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Black_Friday_(shopping)

18th November 2021

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Get Summer Ready!

We all love Summer. It’s a great time to get a healthy dose of Vitamin D whilst boosting our feel-good factor as we spend more time outdoors having fun. It’s not just a feel-good boost we get from the sunshine; we get many other benefits too. In good weather we are more likely to spend more time outside in the fresh air, maybe lunch in the park rather than indoors, a family outing to the beach or a get together with friends. These types of events make us feel happy and relaxed, so we associate sunshine with feel good moments and happy memories.

Something new… Brighter weather can make us feel more inspired, creative and even more daring. Use this Summer as an opportunity to start a new activity or challenge – and when you track your progress, you’ll become much more encouraged to reach your final goal. Why not try achieving a personal best in running or surprising yourself by trying a new activity – all fun ways to stay motivated and focused.

Energize… Food is our best source of energy. To help keep energy levels up, we really need to eat healthy – integrating the most nutritious foods in our diets. Foods that help our energy levels include wholegrains, nuts and some fruits (grapes, apples, oranges, peaches, pears and grapefruit) and vegetables with a high fiber content such as peas, beans and leafy greens. 

Support… Our bodies are made to move. Whether you choose to get your regular activity by going to the gym or walking the dog, it’s important to find something you enjoy doing. Taking part in regular, moderate activity is not only part of an active wellness lifestyle, it can also help us feel more confident too. Sometimes our body might need a little extra support to help make activities more comfortable. Nikken’s kinetic KenkoTherm® DUK Tape is a flexible kinetic tape that you can apply for extra support during activities.

And Relax… We all know how great we feel after a good nights’ sleep!  Sleep is extremely important to our health regardless the time of the year. With longer, brighter days it can be difficult to get some shut-eye. Create your own sleep sanctuary – according to “the sleep charity”, an ideal bedroom temperature is around 16-18°C.1.  The Nikken Kenko PowerSleep® Mask… not only eliminates light distraction, it also produces an area of magnetic flux for comfort.

Make sure you’re feeling at your best inside and out to max out your Summer fun this year!

Get ready for a great Summer with our Get Summer Ready savings:

Discover more at: www.nikken.co.uk/eu/

  1. https://thesleepcharity.org.uk/information-support/adults/sleep-environment/

17th May 2021

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