With the new year comes a whole new round of New Year’s resolutions. Stick to the plan by taking advantage of the time you spend at the office each day to stay fit. With these healthy helpers, you’ll find it easy to squeeze in some exercise this winter.
Have a Ball. Trust us, being stuck at a desk chair all day can drive you nuts. The Aeromat Deluxe Fitness Ball Chair is set into an exercise ball, so your normally dormant muscles get kicked into gear to give you the necessary stability while you work. $136.99
Step in the Right Direction. Some say setting goals is the key to a healthy lifestyle, and with the Sportline 345 Calorie Pedometer (pictured), you can monitor your goals on a daily basis. This specialty pedometer measures steps along with your total distance walked and calories burned, so you can track your progress with every step. $25.99
Stay Hydrated. Staying constantly hydrated is one of the easiest ways to stay healthy through the winter season. The HydraCoach water bottle helps you keep track of your daily fluids, with a battery-powered screen that calculates how much fluid you should drink per day, based on height and weight, then tracks your average consumption per hour, time left to finish your daily serving, and more. $29.99
On the Books: Kick Start 2012
We are heading into another year and, for some, that means out with the old and in with the new. Why not use 2012 as a chance to start the new year off on the right foot with your business? Check out these new books to gain inspiration for your next steps toward success.
…And the Clients Went Wild! How Savvy Professionals Win All the Business They Want. Author Maribeth Kuzmeski teaches readers the importance of using modern and old-school marketing techniques to get ahead of the competition, using examples from leading businesses all over the world. (Wiley, John and Sons, Inc., Dec. 11, $18.95)
Organize Your Mind, Organize Your Life: Train Your Brain to Get More Done in Less Time. Start 2012 with a clean desk and a collected mind. Paul Hammerness and Margaret Moore give you insight into a frenzy-free lifestyle, including their approach of uni-tasking, aretaliation against multitasking. (Harlequin, Dec. 11, $16.95)
Unstoppable: 6 Easy Steps to Achieve Your Goals. Gail Kasper’s Systematic Attitude Development Technique, a simple six-step system that has led to thousands of people accomplishing their goals and improving their attitudes, just might be the perfect guide to help you in the new year. (Morgan James Publishing, Jan. 1, 2012, $19.95)
Crunching the Numbers
$42 million: Cost of the expansion to the Puratos Corporation manufacturing facility that recently broke ground in Pennsauken.
$371,000: Business Retention and Relocation Assistance Grant awarded to Puratos by the state Economic Development Authority.
57: Number of Small Business Administration loans given out in New Jersey to veterans in FY2011, a 21 percent increase from the previous year, ranging from $10,000 to $5 million.
$60 Million: Allocation from New Jersey’s Technology Business Tax Certificate Transfer program that will assist 75 emerging technology and biotech businesses.
$52 BILLION: Record amount Americans spent in stores and online during Black Friday weekend, according to the National Retail Federation.
9 Months: Time it took Lt. Gov. Kim Guadagno to visit 100 businesses around the state, a “100 Business Initiative” pledge she made to talk with business owners about their needs and challenges.
$1.74: Price of a TD Bank Group share, well beyond the expected $1.50, as profits surged 58 percent in the fourth quarter.
58%: Amount of CEOs and CFOs in the region who believe the recession isn’t over and don’t plan to hire in the next six months, according to a recent study by the Alloy Silverstein Group in Cherry Hill.
Published (and copyrighted) in South Jersey Biz, Volume 1, Issue 12 (December, 2011).
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