The Most Awesome Health (And Non-Health) Products of 2012 : Best of Health 2012

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treadmill desk

There are a lot of health products on the market…

So many of them that it can be overwhelming.

In 2012, I’ve actually been quite underwhelmed by many of the products we’ve reviewed or used. It just seems like this year we didn’t come across much that wow-ed us.

Because of this, I have only one health related award and two non-health (but helpful) resources.

Also, please note, we definitely think some of our products are the best of the best — like our holy basil, cinnamon, sacha inchi oil, Blood Test Blueprint and Annmarie Gianni Skin Care — but it would be a little egotistical to include them in these award categories!

The product line up here includes a way to total remove paper from your home and office, how to pay at some stores without your wallet, and most importantly how to multitask your exercise with your work.

Let’s get on with it…

Renegade Health Best Product of 2012: Lifespan Fitness Treadmill Desk (TR1200-DT5)

This product is a game changer. It’s the ultimate tool to multitask your exercise and your work.

I heard about it at a conference in May and within a few months, I had one delivered to our office.

After only 30 minutes of walking and working, I was in love.

Getting a treadmill desk is very simply the healthiest thing you can do for yourself if you sit at a desk for extended periods of time during the day. It increases blood flow, oxygen to your body and brain and is likely to improve your cardiovascular health (statement not approved by the FDA, but it’s a no-brainer.)

I’m going to write more about this — including reports of time, distance and calories burned — over a 2 month period in the very close future, but for now, all I can share is that you strongly recommend you look into getting one to supplement or totally replace your existing desk (or petition your boss to get one to share.)

If we had more room in the office, I’d get one for everyone. They’re that good.

Also, I found it quite easy to work and walk at the same time — which was my biggest concern. I’m able to do just about everything I would do sitting — write, email, phone calls, paperwork. The only thing that is difficult is if I need to draw, or need to juggle between 2-3 different areas on the desk.

You can read more about this amazing product here.

Non-Health Products We Love #1: Wallet from Square

Not really a “product,” Wallet is a smartphone app that can be used to pay at stores or restaurants who do their payment processing through Square. I know, that’s a lot of tech-speak, but this is the future of in-store payments.

Basically, you download the app, then program your credit card number into the Wallet database. When you’re close to a place that takes it you can either set the app to automatically create a tab or you can open the app and open a tab manually. When you go to check out, the clerk will see your photo and name and you can pay with one click — no signature, no paper wasted. It’s pretty awesome.

The downside of this app is that most stores still don’t have Square and you’ll likely only find stores in major cities who accept this. Starbucks has signed a contract with Square, though, so in the future, you may see many more chain type vendors with this capability.

Here’s where you can learn more:

Non-Health Products We Love #2: Evernote

In 2012, we decided to eliminate as much paper clutter as possible. So on the recommendation from our friend Frederic Patenaude, I bought a Fujitsu ScanSnap scanner and signed up for Evernote. Evernote is a cloud based service that helps you store and categorize digital documents. What this means is that it gives you the opportunity to eliminate all the paper in your life.

Once we got everything set up, we proceeded to scan, store, categorize and shred all our personal and business documents.

Now, we only keep about a week’s worth of paper in the office. After that week is over, we scan all documents, statements, receipts, etc. and then shred them and send the scraps off to be recycled. We wouldn’t be able to do this without Evernote.

One added benefit of their software, is that you can search the text of the scanned documents. So if I wanted to find a bank statement that had the exact dollar amount of a trip to Cafe Gratitude, I could search for it and more than likely it will pop up first.

As of now, there is a free account and a premium one. We have the premium, but we have lots of documents. You can go here to learn more.

A non-cluttered home and office generally means a clear and non-cluttered mind. 🙂

That’s it for today. I’ll be reviewing more products this year, including a full review on the treadmill desk, so stay tuned!

Your Question of the Day: What products do you love (health or non-health related?)

Live Awesome!

Kevin Gianni

Kevin Gianni is a health author, activist and blogger. He started seriously researching personal and preventative natural health therapies in 2002 when he was struck with the reality that cancer ran deep in his family and if he didn’t change the way he was living — he might go down that same path. Since then, he’s written and edited 6 books on the subject of natural health, diet and fitness. During this time, he’s constantly been humbled by what experts claim they know and what actually is true. This has led him to experiment with many diets and protocols — including vegan, raw food, fasting, medical treatments and more — to find out what is myth and what really works in the real world.

Kevin has also traveled around the world searching for the best protocols, foods, medicines and clinics around and bringing them to the readers of his blog — which is one of the most widely read natural health blogs in the world with hundreds of thousands of visitors a month from over 150 countries around the world.

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