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Best Foil Electric Shavers on Amazon

Electric razors are a necessity for most men with facial hair. While you can go with a rotary blade, foil shavers are often a popular choice because they’re considered best for shorter, thinner beards and keeping things in shape. Even then, there is such a wide variety of options out there on the market. No worries though, because we’re here to help you with the best foil electric shavers on Amazon.

How to pick the best foil electric shaver for you
  • Consider charging – Foil electric shavers, like all electric shavers, can either be powered with batteries that die, rechargeable batteries or powered by the mains. Make this decision depending on what you have easy access to or even what room you’re in when you’re shaving.
  • Consider wet vs. dry – A lot of electric razors in the market will be well enough suited for both a wet shave and a dry shave that this decision will fall solely on your preference. Many men with sensitive skin and men who want a close shave will go with a wet one, but a dry shave is certainly easier and takes less time.
  • Consider cleaning – An under looked part of owning an electric razor is the fact that it’ll need to be cleaned after every use. Luckily, foil razors aren’t the most difficult to clean, but the foil will need to be protected. If you want the work off of your hands altogether, some premium options come with their own cleaning station.
1. Braun Electric Razor
Top Pick
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Braun’s Series 3 310s is made from stainless steel and is cordless because it uses long-life NiMH batteries. They’re rechargeable too, so you don’t have to consistently have a pack of batteries around to keep yourself well groomed. The shaver also comes with a protective cap so that it won’t get damaged or dirty between uses. It’s also waterproof, so you can use water to clean it with no problem. In terms of the razor itself, there are two rows of evenly space grooves which makes for an efficient shave. Keep in mind that this razor doesn’t go out of its way to give the closest shave, but it will do the job for most.

Pros:

  • Long-life, rechargeable batteries
  • Protective cap
  • Waterproof

Cons:

  • Not the closest shave
Buy now, $39.94
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2. Remington F5-5800 Foil Shaver
Great For Details
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This foil shaver by Remington is great because between the foils sits their intercept shaving technology. It basically means that longer hairs are already trimmed by the time they reach the main shave. The pivot and flex foil technology means that if you have facial hair growing over your jawline to your neck, that area won’t be too tricky to get to. There’s also a pop-up detail trimmer for those finer areas, like shaping your sideburns. Keep in mind that many have stated that this electric shaver can be very loud.

Pros:

  • Pivot technology
  • Pop-up detail trimmer
  • Easy to clean

Cons:

  • Very loud
Buy now, $54.99
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3. Andis 17220 Pro Foil Shaver
Great For Sensitive Skin
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This foil shaver by Andis has blades that are made from titanium. The blades themselves are also staggered, which means that you get a closer shave and you won’t end up with patchy stubble after one shave. If you have sensitive skin, this is also a great option because of the hypoallergenic foils which will reduce irritation. If you like to let your facial hair grow pretty long, then you might struggle with this because it’s certainly made for shorter hairs.

Pros:

  • Staggered blades
  • Good for sensitive skin

Cons:

  • For short hairs
Buy now, $55.95
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4. Panasonic Arc5 Electric Razor
Best For Thick Hair
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The Arc5 by Panasonic has not one, not two, not three, not four, but five blades which have very thin outer foils and sharp inner blades. The motor is incredibly fast and boasts an unfathomable 70,000 cross-cutting actions per minute, which means it can power through longer, thicker hair easier. You can get either a wet or a dry shave here without problems and there’s a pop-up trimmer. If you’re on the go a lot, there’s a travel lock and travel pouch for that too. This is a premium option, so one of the few downsides to consider is that if you’re not used to a very powerful shave, this might irritate your skin initially, especially if your skin is sensitive.

Pros:

  • Fast motor
  • Cuts thick hair well
  • Wet and dry
  • Good for travelling

Cons:

  • Can be a lot for sensitive skin
Buy now, $199.99
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5. Wahl Professional 5-Star Series Shaver
Also Consider
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Last up is a great option which is all-encompassing. Along with the razor itself, it includes a foil guard, a charging plug, a cleaning brush and instructions on operating. With this, you’ll get a bump free shave and stray hairs will be eliminated. The brush that comes as part of the package makes maintenance quite easy and while this is a cordless shaver, if it happens to be out of battery and you need a shave immediately, you can just plug it in. Be aware that to get the closest shave, you might have to go over the same area a few times.

Pros:

  • Includes everything you need
  • Bump free shave
  • Cleaning with brush is simple

Cons:

  • Might need to pass over your skin multiple times
Buy now, $74.65
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Sports Strength

NBA Highlights From December 13th-19th

While the NBA’s latest week in action got disrupted because of rising COVID cases, the on-court action managed to stand out in the end. Between history being made for the game’s greatest shooter and a team no one expected becoming the hottest across the league, the stakes continue to rise as Christmas approaches. Down below are my four takeaways from the NBA’s latest week in action.

Steph makes history in Steph-like fashion

On Tuesday night, all eyes were on Stephen Curry as he was two made three-pointers away from becoming the NBA’s all-time leader in that category. And besides Madison Square Garden being the perfect place for the long-time Golden State Warrior to make history, the way he did it was genuinely fitting.

While the Warriors were trailing the New York Knicks, 10-9, Curry ran to his spot on the right-wing, and splashed a three within a matter of seconds—a sequence we’ve seen thousands of times throughout his illustrated career—and made The Garden erupt with loud cheers.

The Cavs (yes, the Cavs!) might be the hottest team in the league

Even during an 82-game regular season, there are certain developments you didn’t expect to witness. If you were to ask anybody before this season about the Cleveland Cavaliers, their answers would have likely involved them being near the top of the NBA Draft Lottery. But the Cavaliers holding the league’s active longest-winning steak? And being the third seed in the Eastern Conference? No way.

The 19-12 Cavaliers are proving to be viable playoff contenders who could make much noise next spring. Their combination of a dynamic youth movement and impactful play by their veterans will cause further speculation of what’s next for the Central Division competitor.

Various teams are middle of the pack and can’t get out

Through the league’s first 30 games of every season, we witness teams adjust to sudden changes, discover their identity, and experience the ups and downs of life on in the middle. But when that second part of the season begins and specific trends haven’t changed, it leads to questions about whether or not a team actually has the potential to improve.

Several teams, including playoff contenders such as the Celtics, Hawks, and Trail Blazers, are mired in a vast pack of average teams across the league and are likely to go through the rest of this season as a fringe-playoff contender or worse, a low-end Draft Lottery participant.

The league battles postponements of games and troubling test results

Despite daily news of various players entering the league’s health and safety protocols becoming standard, so is the reality of games getting postponed. Since the start of this past weekend, the NBA has postponed five games, and it’s not a reach to believe only more games will receive the same fate.

With a growing number of players entering protocols and missing extensive action and teams struggling to field a roster of enough players, questions have come to rise about the NBA either changing its testing methods or ultimately pausing the season in the coming weeks.

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5 Pro Tips to Achieve Your Fitness Goals with a Hectic Schedule

Getting to the gym is hard enough with a fixed schedule, but trying to go when you have no standard day-to-day? It can feel impossible, as many people who work for themselves are all too aware. However, just because it feels impossible doesn’t mean it is. Here are a few pro tips on how to make yourself get to the gym, even when you’d rather do anything but that.

Build It into Your Schedule

It’s 2019, and everyone is busy. You’re busy, I’m busy, my astrologist is busy. But that doesn’t cut it as an excuse to skip the gym, and the best way to build in the time is to actually schedule it in your calendar, so it’s not as easy to put off. In addition to giving it credibility as time reserved in your day, it also forces you to think realistically about the logistics of getting there, showering after and everything else around exercising. All of this in tandem can help reduce gym anxiety. Working for yourself allows flexibility of schedule, so use it to your advantage. And if you’re tempted to move it or not go at all, it’s more difficult psychologically to delete or move a scheduled event than to adjust something that was never really planned.

Prep as Much as Possible

It’s much easier to make it to the gym if you streamline it to be as easy as possible ahead of time. (This is especially true if you plan to go in the morning.) For example, lay out your gym clothes to put on or, if you’re going later in the day, pack them away in your gym bag with everything else you’d need. If you’re taking pre-workout or supplements, have those ready to go minus the water. Many fitness pros even recommend sleeping in your gym clothes (for morning-goers) if you really want to commit. Whatever your routine will require, making it easier for yourself ahead of time sets you up for success.

Know What You’re Doing Going In

Instead of trying to wing it once there, have a workout plan in mind. This will require some prior research, but it will help exponentially in going if you have the intention of what you’re planning to do. Include details like if it’s cardio or weights, which exercises or machines, number of sets and reps, etc. And if you have no idea where to start, there are online resources like r/Fitness and apps like Kineticoach that can help jumpstart that journey. (Also don’t forget to ask your gym if they offer and complimentary trainer sessions!)

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Hold Yourself Accountable

This is especially important if you’re struggling to consistently hit the gym. Some form of keeping yourself accountable is essential to build the habits you want. Self-tracking in a journal can work, but sometimes it’s a bit too easy to let ourselves off the hook. It’s best to meet a gym buddy like a real appointment, but if that’s not feasible, then even a tracking buddy with whom you can exchange progress can work wonders. If nothing else, there are apps and sites like stickK that help with self-accountability.

Learn from Your Patterns

If any point should be emphasized the most, it’s this: Learn from your patterns of wins and losses and adjust accordingly. If hitting the gym in the morning proves impossible, then adjust your schedule to accommodate lunch or evenings. If you find yourself skipping that one exercise because you hate doing it, then find a similar substitute that you like better. Overall, achieving your fitness goals can be quite similar to the flow of working for yourself: looking at what needs to be done, structuring it out and knocking out those items one by one.

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Entrepreneurs Grind

Kanye West’s Trainer Don-A-Matrix on How to Stay Fit on Your Grind

Fitness guru to the stars Don Brooks, aka Don-A-Matrix, is used to working with clients in a time crunch, from professional athletes to entertainers like Josh Duhamel, will.i.am, the Kardashians and Kanye West. Which is why his namesake training method, modeled to resemble a sports game format, is set up to get the most out of a training sesh in the least amount of time. But you don’t need to be one of his A-list private clients or even pop into his LA studio to reap the benefits of Don’s expert advice (or routines, thanks to his on-demand videos). Whether you’ve got back to back meetings, or are spending the summer traveling, he’s got the pro-tips for staying fit during your hustle. If Yeezy can find the time to work out, so can you.

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What workouts does Kanye typically do with you?

Brooks: With Kanye, we focus primarily on workouts that help him burn fat and tone up. Our workouts are intense and controlled—similar to my Don-A-Matrix signature workout method. For Kanye, I like to mix it up with exercises that incorporate resistance bands and Bosu balls to allow for increased versatility in the workouts.

You work with a lot of celebs with busy schedules. What’s your advice on managing to fit in workouts?

Brooks: For a lot of the celebrities and entertainers I work with, it’s all about being flexible and finding the time in your day to make it work. There are definitely days when I’m heading to Kardashian house or gym at 4, 5, or 6 in the morning—just to be sure they can get their workout in early before the day gets crazy for them. Be flexible and prepared when it’s showtime is key for me.

How about working out while traveling for work?

Brooks: I get this question a lot because so many celebrities and regular clients I have are constantly traveling and on the move. It may seem daunting sometimes to work out while traveling, but it’s all about being prepared, having the ability to carve some time out of your day and just going for it. Before you travel, ask yourself: What do I need to be comfortable for a quick workout? Check out some local gyms and fitness centers if there’s not one in your hotel. Many of the workouts I use can be transferred anywhere.

What are your packing essentials to make sure you can always get in a sweat sesh while traveling?

Brooks: Comfort and preparation are key, especially if you know you’re going to be working out on the road. I make sure to have my favorite workout gear always, and a resistance band that I use often in my workouts. I also, if I can, bring a BODYARMOR LYTE with me wherever I go. It has potassium-packed electrolytes, coconut water and vitamins and is low-cal/low-sugar so it’s great for fueling my workouts and helping me recover faster.

How would you recommend motivating yourself in the face of jetlag?

Brooks: Just stay with it. There are going to be times when you want to relax, not workout, give up, whatever it might be—especially when you’re traveling—but try not to. It’s important to keep going and push through it. That feeling of accomplishment is very rewarding once you’re finished.

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Thanks to This PR Maven, Guys Finally Have Yoga Clothes They’ll Want to Wear Beyond the Mat

It’s 2019, and yoga has firmly evolved from new age-y workout reserved for West Coast juice cleansers with man buns to a $15 billion industry and an integral part of every successful person’s wellness routine (disclaimer: plenty of them still have man buns). CEOs do it with their entire office. Star athletes from the NBA to the NFL practice to unwind, focus and recover after games.

But while the face and status of the typical yogi have changed, yogawear, for dudes especially, has yet to catch up. Your old basketball shorts aren’t exactly sturdy enough for handstands, but you’re also not trying to wear something barely larger than a Speedo with the “om” symbol printed on it. Cool and quality clothes made to be flexible—is that too much to ask for?

Not anymore, thanks to Coroa founder Santiago Pazos, an avid yogi who noticed this very problem when shopping for mat-friendly workout gear for himself. Originally from Spain, Pazos moved to Los Angeles in 2009 to start working in marketing and communications. Just three years later, he launched his own PR firm, Pazos Media, a boutique company that focuses on culture and the arts. And though he never had formal training or experience in the business of fashion, his natural eye for aesthetics, taste in style and a marketing-minded brain turned a gap in the market into an opportunity. If the high-end yoga clothes he wanted to wear didn’t exist, he’d produce them himself.

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And thus the birth of Coroa, a recently launched line of luxury activewear made in L.A. From muscle shirts and hoodies to the perfect shorts and yoga pants you’d actually want to be seen in public in, the debut collection is a show of minimalist and clean design. In addition to the clothes, Coroa has also launched #moremenonthemat, an initiative encouraging guys to get in on the practice to become healthier and more mindful.

We caught up with Pazos to learn more about the company, the process of creating it and his advice for entrepreneurs taking their first steps into an unfamiliar industry.

Why did you decide to create your own yoga line, and why specifically for men?

Santiago Pazos: The idea of me creating my own yoga line for men started, of course, on the mat. That day at my favorite yoga studio in town, One Down Dog.

I have been practicing yoga for the last four years, and from the get-go, I had a main question: What should I wear? That’s when I started researching and looking for fashionable options for yoga practice in combination with garments stylish enough to be worn while running errands or having a beer with friends after class.

I was surprised to see how limited the market was. Indeed, there are some brands out there, but really none of them resonated with my fashion sense, and that’s when the idea arose.

I do have a special love for art and modern aesthetics, and I know about visual composition and style, but I had never designed anything before (I do hire designers for that), much less a clothing line. I began drafting some ideas on a Surface Pro and a couple of months later, I had in front of me what I believe was a very solid fashion proposal.

Simultaneously, and before jumping into this adventure, the marketing professional inside of me pushed me to research about the yoga market: the brands, their messaging, their offers and of course about the stats on men doing yoga. The moment I saw that the percent of guys on the mat had increased dramatically in the last couple of years, I decided to give Coroa a go.

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This is your first time designing a clothing line, and we assume this is your first time producing anything textile related. How was the entire process? Were you intimidated?

Pazos: At first I was intimidated, not for the entire process ahead but mostly because I did not know where to start. OK, my ideas are cool, but now what? 

I asked around, and in combination with my own research, I found my first step would be creating the patterns. I Googled several companies and found the perfect one for me in the heart of downtown Los Angeles: Patterns World. They really helped guide me through the entire process and the ones creating the final samples.

After some initial thoughts of taking the manufacturing process to my homeland in Spain, I decided last minute to produce the collection in the city where I am currently based: Los Angeles, my home away from home. I feel honored and proud to be in the position of helping my city by supporting other businesses.

There have been several challenging moments during this entire process, times when I felt I couldn’t do it any longer. But four main parts kept me going (and I am so glad they did): my partner, the yoga community, Coroa creative director and consultant Xhico and the strength gained after moving from one continent to another.

How was building a fashion line different, and similar, to launching your PR firm?

Pazos: I have my bachelor’s in communications and public relations, so definitely building my PR firm was definitely easier for me, at least in terms of my business activity.

However, when launching Pazos Media, I had to learn how to deal with permits, certificates, DOBs, taxes—all the intricate legal processes behind running your own business. Also, not having been born in the states, the process tends to be slightly more challenging, but that didn’t stop me. I take every challenge as a goal.

Launching Coroa has been a challenging but fulfilling endeavor in two main aspects: production and commercial logistics.

I had never designed a fashion collection before, and I’m not a graphic designer. This is my first time designing, sourcing and producing an entire fashion project, so I am learning as I go. As I keep saying to people around me, I am getting a free master’s degree in fashion production!

Patterns World helped me with the DNA of each piece: measures, length, seams, materials, everything. And from there I had to pick fabrics, do color testing and figure out mass production. Some people take years to put together a fashion collection. In my case, it has been a year since our initial designs to final production, so obviously I am extremely committed to the brand and future ahead.

From a commercial point of view, I had to decide all aspects of the business: from prices to e-commerce strategy, profits, margins, online channels, potential refunds, shipping, legality and much more. Granted, I have a degree in communications, but this is the first time in my life I had to create an entire business and commercial plan.

What’s the main inspiration for this first collection?

Pazos: This current collection is inspired by two major personal experiences: the culture in which I was raised and yoga practice itself.

I am a person that, for some reason, is obsessed with geometrical shapes and lines. Since I was a little kid I was constantly drawing interconnected lines, which can be seen on the physical garments.

Simultaneously, those lines are very present on the original cultural expressions of Galicia, my home state in Spain. Inhabited by the Celts, the region and its cultural web are filled with arrows, copper-colored crafts and Celtic patterns.

Applied to the pieces, those lines represent the energy that flows from our body: A constant immense steam that travels from the head and shoulders all the way to the hips and knees. The Celta muscle shirt highlights the heart, for example, while the Florence honors our core.

Coroa

And the name?

Pazos: Coroa is a Galician word, which means crown in English. Crown is one of the seven chakras, and it is the one referred to each individual connection with the universe and all parts that conform it.

What differentiates your collection from the rest of yoga brands out there?

Pazos: First of all, the nature of the brand.

A majority of yoga clothing companies were made for women, and then they decided to offer products for men. Coroa was created by men for men, and we understand the challenges and needs of fellow male yogis.

Secondly, our designs.

All the pieces are made keeping the yoga practice in mind: extra length of the shirts for sun salutations, above-the-knees shorts to measure muscle engagement and sweat-resistant fabrics suitable both for yoga and hot yoga. But they’re stylish enough to wear while buying kombucha at the market or going for a hike with your dog.

Why do you think yoga is so beneficial for men, especially high-powered ones?

Pazos: Yoga is extremely beneficial for any person, both physically and mentally.

From a physical perspective, yoga requires plenty of body movement. We all know it’s a great way to work out, stretch and help your muscles recover from more intense activity.

But on a mental level, I deeply believe yoga makes us better human beings. Think about it: You take one hour off your day just to lay on the floor with a bunch of (sometimes unknown) fellow yogis, breathing simultaneously, sharing energy with one another. Yoga encourages you to connect body and mind, to be present, to breathe in new energy and let things don’t belong to you out. It is energizing, balancing, empowering and rejuvenating.

The moment your body and soul are connected, you become more self-aware of your reality. You are in tune with your own feelings and emotions, you are in charge. And the moment you gain mental clarity is when you can shine.

Coroa is so committed to bringing more guys into the studio that we are launching #moremenonthemat campaign, a combination of actions including giveaways, conversations and workshops aimed to create a welcoming community of male yogis and to fight the preconceived notion that yoga is just for women!

What advice would you give entrepreneurs hoping to enter an unfamiliar arena?

Pazos: 

1. Passion and commitment

Find a business idea you truly love and believe. There are going to be several obstacles along the way, but as long as you deeply believe in the project, you will overcome any difficulty.

2. Research

Before I decided to give Coroa a go, I did a ton of research. I looked for similar companies, their messaging, their designs, their prices and found a niche market. Find a spot that has not been taken, fulfill an unsatisfied need. Reaching that space requires a lot of homework.

3. Talk to experts

I have been super lucky to connect with experts in the fashion industry and yoga who have helped from the construction of the brand to the final product. Find somebody or a company you admire, and try to make connections. Feedback and advice are invaluable.

4. Be good, and you will be treated well

Be a decent human being. Nobody likes working with rude people. Be gentle and nice, be passionate and people will feel it and will want to help you. Trust me, you are going to need help from others.

5. Have funding

Inevitably you are going to need money. Make sure you have a solid investment ready to go.

6. Set up reachable goals

Be honest to yourself and set up doable goals, both in the short and long term.

7. Benefit for society

Find a way your company can contribute to make this world a better place for us all.  

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Where can people buy Coroa?

Pazos: At the moment our pieces can be bought online at coroayoga.com.

And they can know more about us on social media @coroayoga across all platforms.

Namaste!

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Is Wellness the Modern Secret to Business Success?

With more billionaires in the world than ever before, there’s no shortage of high-powered individuals with, what most of us would consider, high-stress jobs. But, much like the landscape of the industry, the image of the modern businessman has evolved. Long gone are the days of the hair-pulling CEO or powerbroker, chainsmoking in his office and making deals over whiskey (or, if you’ve seen The Wolf of Wall Street, worse). These days, we see Silicon Valley tycoons and entrepreneurial leaders drinking Soylent and green juice, drip-dropping CBD, organizing office-wide yoga sessions and prioritizing balanced lives over ones spent living behind a desk. Physical and mental wellness pays off, and it just might be the modern-day secret to success.

Google searches for the term “self-care” majorly increased last summer, as compared to the past ten years, reaching peak popularity in September 2018. Similarly, the public’s interest in “wellness” has steadily increased throughout the decade. According to the Global Wellness Institute, the health and wellness industry experienced 12.8 percent growth in the global economy from 2015 to 2017 and is now valued at over $4.2 trillion.

So while moguls and money-makers certainly aren’t the only ones hopping on the healthy bandwagon, they’ve managed to harness the benefits in order to make themselves better leaders—and ensure the success of their ventures overall.

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Earlier this year, Twitter founder and CEO Jack Dorsey’s self-care routine made headlines for being strict, and admittedly, somewhat bizarre. His “biohacking” approach to health includes intermittent fasting, ice baths and a daily five-mile walk to his office. He has gone on multiple wellness retreats, including a ten-day silent workshop in Myanmar, during which he meditated from 4 am to 9 pm. It’s a habit he’s incorporated into his life back home; Dorsey reportedly aims for at least two hours of meditation a day. And he’s not alone. 

Russell Simmons, Kobe Bryant, Oprah and Ariana Huffington are just some of the leaders embracing the practice of mindfulness through meditation. In addition to reducing stress, the practice has been proven to provide a sense of purpose (a must-have for anyone trying to change the world), “decrease feelings of isolation and alienation… [and] symptoms of illness as diverse as headaches, chest pain, congestion and weakness.” One study, supported by the National Institutes of Health, even saw a “23 percent decrease in mortality, a 30 percent decrease in death due to cardiovascular problems and a big decrease in cancer mortality” as a result of meditation.

Even without the promise of physical well-being, meditation can be practically applied in the business world. Fortune 500 companies have begun integrating mindfulness techniques to sharpen memory, attention, and creativity in their employees. Harvard Business School Professor, and former CEO of Medtronic, Bill George, has said that “meditation gives me an opportunity to get deep rest and refocus before my board meeting,” while billionaire tech mogul Marc Benioff of Salesforce told the New York Times that meditation has influenced how he leads.

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“Having a beginner’s mind informs my management style. I’m trying to listen deeply, and the beginner’s mind is informing me to step back so that I can create what wants to be, not what was. I know that the future does not equal the past. I know that I have to be here in the moment.”

And that’s just one of the health-driven practices more and more movers and shakers have been adopting—not just for themselves, but for their companies as a whole. 

Stanton Kawer, Chairman and CEO of Bluechip Marketing Worldwide, insists that yoga made him a better CEO by completely redefining his idea of success. 

“On a personal level, yoga has been instructive in helping me redefine my expectations for achievement. Perhaps the most salient lesson I’ve learned is that there are no scorecards to define success. In yoga, success emanates from within and is defined by self-mastery.”

At Salesforce, Benioff hosts a yoga class for employees twice a week. David Inns, CEO of GreatCall, takes his team surfing and organizes weekly Friday yoga sessions. Mark Bertolini of Aetna brought yoga into the office, which he claims not only increased communication and collaboration but also shed some light on the struggles his employees were facing, causing him to raise the minimum wage and improve their benefits

Hitting the mat after a staff meeting? It’s not as woo-woo as it sounds. On the contrary, encouraging and investing in the well-being of employees increases productivity and improves performance, thanks to what Inns calls “a culture of motivation.” Sweating it out as an office also facilitates teamwork and employee loyalty—vital aspects of any successful operation. 

When it comes to dollars and cents, however, physical health is the most significant pay-off—literally. Employee stress costs American businesses up to $300 billion a year, according to the World Health Organization, while 75 percent of all health care spending is on chronic illnesses that could be prevented. That’s not to mention the hidden costs of sick days and lower productivity. At the end of the day, a business is only as healthy as the people running it, a fact that industry leaders are finally taking seriously.

Related: How Self-Care Can Lead to Your Next Great Idea

Related: Alex Fine Has Trained Everyone from Odell Beckham Jr. to the Cast of ‘Riverdale’

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Careers Grind

#TheUnknownHustle: Paul Winchell

Paul Winchell was a Hollywood fixture for most of his life. He was a master ventriloquist who made multiple appearances on The Ed Sullivan Show before hosting his own shows with his dummy sidekicks Jerry Mahoney and Knucklehead Smiff.

Winchell was also the voice actor behind Dick Dastardly, Gargamel, and Boomer from The Fox and The Hound, but is best known as the original voice of “Tigger” from Disney’s Winnie the Pooh.

After rising to the top of Hollywood, Winchell took a left turn and attended Columbia University in 1970 as a pre-med student. He later studied acupuncture, hypnotism, and theology, according to his obituary in The New York Times. Winchell was also an inventor with over 30 patents to his name. Some of his inventions include a flameless lighter, battery-heated gloves, and one of the first artificial hearts.

The Atlantic notes that after pitching his idea to Dr. Henry Heimlich, the creator of the Heimlich maneuver, Winchell built and patented an early mechanical heart in 1963. The device had an external motor that would connect to the artificial heart inside the body with a “drive shaft.” Winchell’s version was never implanted on a human, though he maintains that his work influenced Dr. Robert Jarvik, the creator of the style artificial heart most commonly used today.