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It's finally cold season, and I don't just mean the arctic weather that is overtaking the country from Chicago to Texas. I mean the sneezing and coughing kind of cold that gives you license to move your chair to the other end of the conference table to put as much space as possible between yourself and the person who came to work with great intentions but who ends up sharing their germs with everyone within breathing distance.
Staying healthy in winter can be a challenge, and that includes staying fit. As regular readers of this column know, I'm something of a fitness nut. Sometimes I feel like Fitbits were invented just for me. In fact, we're just about wrapping up our latest Fitbit challenge at Marcum, which required participating teams to achieve an average of 10,000 steps per person per day in October; 11,000 steps in November; and 12,000 in December (by Christmas Day). The challenge, of course, is greater now that the weather in many of our markets has driven us all indoors.
Staying fit at this time of year can be especially difficult, given all the holiday feasting (and toasting) we tend to do. Our HR Department even runs brown-baggers that we call Lunch 'N Learns, to give our people tips about healthful holiday eating, in order to avoid the "fast five" that somehow manages to sneak on and make your waistband just a little tighter. Here are some steps we can all take (no pun intended) to instill and maintain good winter wellness habits:
Try a standing desk. We've installed a number of these in Marcum offices, and they are a great hit with our team. If you've never seen one, picture a small platform that sits on your desk and can be elevated to raise your computer and keyboard to the appropriate height so you can work while standing. It's the perfect antidote to sitting for hours on end, which is seriously bad for your back, and promotes better blood circulation.
Start a short regimen of bodyweight exercises. Remember when they made you do pull ups in gym class? Bodyweight exercises require no free weights or machines, and build strength using your own bodyweight as resistance. If you don't belong to a gym, you can check the President's Challenge website for a few simple bodyweight exercises you can do at home.
Go ice skating. You don't need to be an Olympic athlete to skate. It's a lot of fun and is also something you can do with your kids or whoever won't laugh at your triple axel. Most cities and suburbs offer both indoor and outdoor rinks, and you can treat yourself to a high calorie hot cocoa afterwards - you will have earned it.
Take the stairs. Unless you work on a high floor in an office building, using the stairs instead of the elevator is a great way to get in some exercise - and to log Fitbit steps! I've even seen teams of people at Marcum climbing the stairs together, as an alternative to lunchtime power walking.
Try something new. Find an activity that you haven't tried before, whether it's hot yoga, spin class, or tennis. A lot of schools offer adult sports leagues after hours and on weekends - that's another great option.
If none of these appeals, find something else that works for you. Just make it a point not to sit out the winter and wait for spring. Stay active, stay home if you're sick, and make winter wellness a priority. Your mother/HR Department/primary care physician will thank you. Heck, I'll thank you.
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Change Is In the Air
It's hard to believe it's December 2. It seems like the year just started, and alas, 2016 is coming to an end. Just two more columns for me before we break for the holidays.
But it seems that since the election, things have calmed down. The stock market is rallying, interest rates are ticking up (good if you rely on interest for income, bad if you borrow), and the transition of power from the Obama administration to the Trump administration is well underway.
It seems our President-elect is well on his way to saving American jobs (or at least taking credit for it). Ford last week; Carrier this week. And it seems this is just the beginning.
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Tradition of Service
Those of you who have been following this column for a while may remember that last year at this time, Marcum started a new tradition. The day before Thanksgiving, we closed all of our U.S. offices for business as usual so that partners and staff could spend the day volunteering with charities and nonprofit service organizations in their communities. It was a paid day for everyone who participated, and let me tell you, the Firm more than got its money's worth. It was a proud moment for me personally, seeing our people working as hard as if the April 15 tax deadline was staring them down, in order to help those less fortunate.
Well, the Marcum Day of Service is already a part of our culture. So next Wednesday, on the eve of Thanksgiving 2016, we will once again close our doors for business and put on the Marcum team T-shirt to go to work for those who need our help.
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Stunning. Astonishing. Unbelievable. Just some of the words which were used to describe Donald Trump's come-from-behind victory over Hillary Clinton to emerge as our nation's 45th President-to-be. This is certainly not the column I expected to be writing this week, but nevertheless, here goes.
Hillary Clinton made history by becoming the first woman nominated by a major party to run for the Office of President. And by most accounts and most polling, right up until election night, it looked like she would follow our first African-American president to become the first female president in our history. But alas, it was not to be, pushing that first off for perhaps another generation or two.