Mental Health Wellbeing through an Active Wellness lifestyle…

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World Mental Health Day is on the 10th October every year, as recognised by the World Health Organisation1. Its main objective is to raise awareness of mental health issues around the world and mobilizing efforts in support of mental health.

Mental health issues in the work place are common. According to Mind for mental healthcharity, at least one in six workers is experiencing common mental health problems, including anxiety and depression. They might not talk about it, because this is still a taboo subject and many people feel scared and confused about confronting this issue at work. But there are small and simple steps that people can take to look after themselves and make their workplace environment mentally healthier.

Here are some of them:

1. Connect with others. Feeling valued by and close to other people can be a fundamental human need and one that contributes to functioning well in the world. Social relationships can be critical for promoting mental wellbeing for people of all ages.

2. Be Mindful. Reminding yourself of “paying more attention” can strengthen and broaden awareness. Heightened awareness can enhance self – understanding and can allow for positive choices to be made, based on one’s values and motivations.

3. Learn. Continued learning through life enhances self-esteem and encourages social interaction and a more active life. The practice of setting goals has been associated with higher levels of wellbeing.

4. Give. People who have a greater interest in helping others could be more likely to consider themselves as happy.

5. Be active. Regular physical activity is associated with lower rates of depression and anxiety across all age groups. It doesn’t need to be particularly intense sporting activity. Slower-paced activities, such as walking, can have the benefit of encouraging social interactions as well providing some level of exercise.

6. Relax you body and mind. It is well known that a healthy body means a healthy mind. No matter how physical or mentally demanding the work environment is, take time out to relax. Compact and portable, Nikken’s Kenko MagDuo® (#3020) is the ideal massage device for the work place environment. The advanced pair of massaging spheres could reenergise you within minutes! A good massage may help produce positive results even for those who enjoy excellent health. The active surface of Nikken’s KenkoTouch® (#2316) promotes relaxation and relief with moving nodules that produce a firm, slightly yielding sensation. This portable device is easily chargeable with a USB cable.

Now the body is relaxed, your mind will follow… Follow the tips above and make your work place a relaxed and stress free environment for better mental health.

1. http://www.who.int/mental_health/world-mental-health-day/en/
2. https://www.mind.org.uk/workplace/mental-health-at-work/taking-care-of-yourself/

(8th October)

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Nikken’s Sporting Support…

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Nikken’s Rest and Relaxation products are designed to conveniently fit into your everyday daily life.

Nikken’s magnetic technologies have developed over the past 37 years to provide a supportive environment for our bodies and to help restore balance and relaxation.

While the Nikken Sleep products are designed to support in the body’s natural recovery process each night, the magnetic applications featured within the rest of the Rest and Relaxation category are designed to continue the support throughout the rest of the day and evening, including activities such as sport.

At Nikken we’re proud to have athlete Jack Turner’s endorsements for some of the Rest and Relaxation products and the PiMag®Water Bottle, which he used during his recent global athletic achievements…

Introducing – Jack Turner
English Schools under-20 Decathlon National Champion – 2018
All time British No.1 under-18 Decathlete – 2018
Qualified & selected for ‘Team GB’ under-18 European Championships in Hungary – 2018
English Schools under-17 Octathlon Champion – 2017
England Silver Medalist at Home International Pentathlon -2017
British under-17 outdoor High Jump Silver Medalist – 2017

At just 16 years old Jack Turner became the English Schools under-17 2017 Octathlon champion when he won Gold in Boston, UK.  Jack went on to represent England at the Schools International Athletics Board (SIAB) Home Internationals in Glasgow, Scotland where he won Silver for the indoor Pentathlon.

This year, Jack has competed in his first ever Decathlon at the Somerset County Championships. He then went on to compete in the National Championships winning the under-18 British Standards competition, exceeding the European entry standard. This led to him being selected for Team GB to represent Great Britain at the European Championships in Hungary.  It was at this prestigious competition that Jack set a new British Record. A few months later he went on to compete in his first under-20 Decathlon and achieved the gold medal and another national title.  At the end of the 2018 outdoor season Jack is ranked 6th in Europe, 6th in the world for under-18 Decathlon and 4th in the UK for under-20s Decathlon. He’s aiming high for the championships next year!

Jack often uses Nikken products when competing in athletics around the world.  We asked Jack to share some of his experiences using the Nikken products:

“I found the KenkoTherm® Support Wrap for the knee really supportive, especially since I hyper extended my knee last year long jumping. Wearing it helps me both physically and mentally.  The tight and comfortable fit meant that for a long period of time I couldn’t compete without it on.

The Kenko MagDuo® I found myself using a lot. In preparation for Europeans I would use it on small muscles and joints for some release.

I used the Nikken KenkoTouch® on my inflamed tendon, that I picked up during a decathlon, days before another competition. I used it at night just before I went to bed and felt that it really helped overnight and I performed well the following day.

I have a Nikken PiMag® Waterfall Gravity System at home, so to be able to carry around a filtered water bottle in the PiMag®Water Bottle, with me when I compete was reassuring, especially when competing abroad.”

Other items in the Rest and Relaxation range include Nikken sleep products, magnetic insoles, mini magnets, magnets for massage, supporting wraps and tape, jewellery and seat pad.  Plus, benefit from the Sleep Pack and Energy Pack, saving an instant 10%.

View the Nikken Rest and Relaxation range at: www.nikken.com/eu/.

Nikken products used by Jack:
KenkoTherm® Support Wraps – See website for sizes
Kenko MagDuo® (#3020)
KenkoTouch® (#2316)
PiMag®Water Bottle (#11375)
PiMag® Waterfall (#1384)

(24th September)

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Everyone can use a Natural Energy Boost!

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Energy is defined as the strength and vitality required for sustained physical or mental activity. In other words, energy is integral to what sustains us and gives us vitality. Everyone needs energy but many of us lack it.

Every time something gets warm, cools down, moves, grows, makes a sound or changes in any way, it uses energy. Science classifies energy into two categories – kinetic (moving) and potential (stored) energy.1 For example, the food a person eats contains chemical energy and a person’s body stores this energy until he or she uses it as kinetic energy during work or play.2

Energy can change between potential and kinetic. Water at the top of a waterfall has stored potential energy but as the water begins to fall, it changes from potential to kinetic energy. When we create energy from hydropower, we harness the kinetic energy of the water for our own use.1 Radiant energy is another type of kinetic energy that includes visible light, X-rays, electromagnetic energy and radio waves.

Nikken could help you boost your kinetic energy with advanced magnetic and ceramic reflective fiber technologies. The Energy Pack is composed of Kenko (Japanese for “health”) and KenkoTherm products that incorporate these technologies. The Energy Pack is essential to an Active Wellness lifestyle and is designed to help support your maximum mobility and overall physical wellbeing.

The Energy Pack can appeal to people in all stages of activity: from the college athlete to the weekend warrior, from people who work on their feet all day to those who are not as active in their job. Whether you are a performance driven competitor or simply need to help soothe muscular and joint discomfort, the Energy Pack contains just the right product sampling to keep you on the Active Wellness path.

Our Wellness Home Packs provide you with the perfect opportunity to sponsor new Nikken Consultants and are priced at 10% below our everyday low prices!

Don’t forget: Anyone who has achieved the Summer Dash incentive, is qualified to receive free shipping* on the Energy Pack and any other Wellness Home Pack throughout the month of August, so this is the last week to take advantage of this great opportunity to save.

Stay tuned for what September has to offer!

1. https://www.sciencelearn.org.nz/resources/1572-what-is-energy

2. https://www.eia.gov/energyexplained/index.php?page=about_home

* Summer Dash Terms and Conditions apply.

(21st August)

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Dreams Come True… with Restful Sleep

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Studies show that getting a good, restful night’s sleep may help improve learning and problem solving skills by enhancing your ability to pay attention, make decisions and be creative.

It’s a well-known fact that getting enough sleep is paramount in helping you function well. But the reality is that many adults and children suffer from sleep deprivation. Studies show that sleep deficiency may even alter activity in some parts of the brain that control emotions and behavior.1

Some people are so used to not getting enough sleep that they no longer pay attention to the risks of sleep deficiency.In fact, they may not even realize that they’re sleep-deficient and think that they are functioning well. For example, drowsy drivers may feel capable of driving. Yet, studies show that sleep deficiency harms your driving ability as much as, or more than, being drunk.1

In addition to a regular bedtime, your sleep environment and what you sleep on can make a huge difference in your pursuit of Active Wellness. Nikken has been championing the importance of sleep long before it became a hot topic and continues to advocate for an advanced magnetic sleep experience. This month, the newly launched Wellness Home – Sleep Packs are designed to help you sleep well and reap the health benefits, whilst building a viable business when you share it, sell it and sponsor new people with it.

The Sleep Packs comes in a variety of sizes to ensure a good fit for your bed. You’ll be sleeping on patented DynaFlux® technology, and once you try it, you’ll want to stay with it forever. Plus, when you purchase any of the Sleep Packs, you save 10% off the price of purchasing each item individually. 

Make sleeping well your business… Because the Wellness Home Packs have raised PV (personal volume), they are ideal for promoting and selling to help you achieve monthly qualifications and rank advancement. For example, sponsoring one new Consultant with the Single Sleep Pack or selling one to a Customer, gives you an instant 750 PV, increasing up to 1,500 PV for the larger size Sleep Packs. Consultants can visit the Virtual Office for further information.

Special during our Pack launch month: Anyone who succeeded at the Summer Dash is qualified to receive free shipping on the Sleep Packs and any other Wellness Home Pack  throughout the month of August.

  1. https://www.nhlbi.nih.gov/health/health-topics/topics/sdd/why
  2. https://sleepcouncil.org.uk/how-much-sleep-do-we-need/

(13th August)

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Sport and the importance of active recovery…

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After a hard workout or training session, it would seem that complete rest would be the best way to encourage recovery… However, research proves many advantages in active recovery.

What is active recovery?

Active recovery is a workout session that is less intense and has less volume than any of the other sessions you do and is specifically designed to help reduce physical and mental fatigue.

The Purpose of Recovery

The purpose of recovery is to allow the muscle to repair itself and to engage muscles that are tired or sore from a previous day, intense training or competition.

It is common to feel less energetic and sore the day after your workout, race, or game, but passive recovery isn’t recommended unless you are injured. Instead, it is recommended to do some light physical activity. This can be walking, easy jogging, easy cycling or mobility exercises. Massage can also be used as part of active recovery.

Active recovery helps mobilize the joints, which need to move through their range of motion to be lubricated. It also gets the blood flowing through your muscles, which helps bring them nutrients to build new muscle as well as helping to carry away waste products.

During an active recovery day, you don’t want to engage in activities that challenge the muscles used the day before. Instead, aim for doing lighter activities. 

Science to back this up

There are hundreds of studies that underpin Active Recovery. One studypublished in Medicine & Science in Sports and Exercise found that active recovery immediately after the event encourages recovery and reduces muscle lactate levels faster than complete rest.

What we do on Recovery Days

The point of a recovery day is to recover from your training in not only the physical aspect, but also as a much-needed mental break.

Active recovery focuses on completing a workout at a low intensity, but just high enough that it gets the blood moving and helps reduce residual fatigue in the muscle.  One of the best activities towards recovering is swimming. A relaxing swimming session and a cool / cold shower after, may help the muscles stretch, relax and recover. Another studyshowed that a swimming based recovery session enhanced following day exercise performance, possibly due to the hydrostatic properties of water.

To help you stay motivated and consistent on an Active Wellness lifestyle, here are some tips:

1. Eat healthy carbs a couple of hours before strenuous activities to keep your body warm and energetic. This also helps prevent fatigue.

2. Set exercise / weight goals and write them down.

3. Reward yourself periodically as you achieve your goals, but not with food, so you don’t associate pleasure only with edible treats.

4. Wear the KenkoTherm DUK® Tape, which may help your muscles and joints stay warm and supported.

5. Massage your tired muscles with the Kenkotouch®, a device designed to help promote relaxation and relief.

6. Support your back during and after a workout with the KenkoTherm® Back Belt that can be worn alone but is designed with a back pocket that holds the Kenko MagFlex® in place.

  1. http://www.mdpi.com/2075-4663/5/2/40
  2. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/19908172

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(11th June)

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On the move…

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When the weather thaws, the plants bloom and the days get longer, Spring is here – and the best time of the year to start taking you, your family and your fitness regimen outside again.

Get outside and reap the benefits of moving your body, being exposed to natural light and breathing in the fresh air. Daily exercise really helps, especially when done outdoors and generally makes you feel better about yourself.

In the excitement of a new season of growth, here are some activities to make the most of all that spring has to offer…

Go for a walk around a lake or venture out in a tree rich area and notice that sense of wellbeing created by the negative ions found in the atmosphere. It doesn’t have to be a very long walk. Just a few minutes walking outside can work wonders on your mental wellbeing.

Go hiking. Take that extra step with hiking. A great way to unwind, disconnect from the very busy life we live and reconnect with Mother Nature. We naturally fall in love with places that prove how small we are… places that humble us with reminders that we are part of something bigger.

Go camping. This is a great way to improve relationships. Camping brings the need to trust and depend on each other. Outdoor pursuits can show us just how capable we are, often much more that we could ever have expected.

Whether you plan to get outside for just one day or a few days at the time, Nikken has plenty of portable essentials that you can take with you…

Featuring the Nikken patented DynaFlux® Magnetic Technology, with an incredible 900-1000 gauss strength, the PowerChip® is the perfect size to carry with you on your days out. The PowerChip® can be worn as a neck pendant or used in conjunction with our support wraps for more focused energy.

Another great portable magnetic product is the PowerMini, which due to its size, can be applied anywhere on your skin. As well as being small enough to carry in your bag or wallet.  The PowerMini patch is waterproof and the magnetic assemblies are re-usable.  Don’t forget your KenkoInsoles® for a gentle massaging effect on your feet as you walk.

And you can continue to enjoy your favourite nutritionals while you are on the go! The Organic Jade GreenZymes®, made from the juice of freshly harvested Organic Barley Grass, represents a great source of naturally occurring nutrients. Available in sachets, they are great for wherever you might be!

Say good-bye to the winter blues, and hello to a joyful spring, the perfect time of year to revamp, cleanse and start anew…

(16th April)

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Magnetic Energy

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Magnetic energy is a key principle of both Far Eastern cultures and traditional Chinese Medicine. This principle has led to the development of practices such as acupuncture in the Western world. Nikken magnetic technologies have been developed for over 40 years to provide a carefully designed, supportive environment, and Nikken’s magnetic products are designed to fit easily into our normal day-to-day lives. This can be in the form of our Sleep System using products such as the Naturest® Kenkopad® or via special magnetic insoles – Kenko mStrides and Kenko mSteps™ or even harnessing this magnetic energy whilst sitting down in the form of KenkoSeat®.

The most recent development in magnetic innovation is represented by Nikken patented DynaFlux® Magnetic Technology (U.S. Patent No. 9,265,966). DynaFlux features a series of individual magnets within an organised structure that places them in polar opposition at several points. Positive or negative poles face each other. Interlocking construction holds these components in place to overcome the repulsion generated by this arrangement. Placing separate magnetic fields in opposition produces a multiplier effect with two notable results:

1. One result is that the magnetic field is intensified in each of these areas, providing 100 percent magnetic coverage of a complex field within a flat surface.

2. The other is a magnetic field that extends farther from the surface and increases the depth of penetration. This equates to increased gauss strength (measurement of magnetic flux density). Patented DynaFlux® Magnetic Technology is at the foundation of the KenkoTouch® .

The KenkoTouch® is a small handheld device that delivers pulsating magnetic wave therapy that may help relieve muscles discomforts. The massaging effect leverages the mechanical motion of strategically placed moving nodules; that produce a firm, slightly yielding sensation. The MagCreator® also harnesses magnetic technology to specifically target the back. The specially designed magnetic head is engineered to roll fluidly down the spine and may help soothe tired, tense muscles. The surface nodules add an extra level of massaging stimulation. This can be used either on yourself or on others for that extra level of relaxation.

The MagCreator® is currently available with a saving of 50%.

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