No Time to Exercise? Stay Active with these Tips

“Without regular physical activity, the body slowly loses its strength and ability to function well” The American Heart Association.  The most important thing to remember is never overdo it, keep a steady pace and listen to music to relax yourself.

Staying fit is important to me.  I make working out part of my daily routine. Whether it’s early in the morning, lunch, or after work in the evening; I always try to get at least 30 minutes or more of exercise. Working out is convenient for me; I have a membership to my local gym.  Also here at Rushimprint we are fortunate that we have a gym right here in our office.

Keeping it Fun

It’s easy to lose motivation over time, so in order to keep yourself from becoming bored and to keep your muscles guessing, try performing a variety of exercises.

Here are some of the things I enjoy:  running, spin, weight training and belly dancing. This week I plan on taking a jazzercise class with a friend,  sounds like it will be a lot of fun.

Getting Started

At most of our jobs we are sitting behind a desk for several hours a day.  Make becoming active one of your priorities. We all have busy lives so a great way to start is to just devote 20 to 30 minutes to yourself.

You can break it up into 2 fifteen minute workouts.  Set small goals for yourself and when you reach them, reward yourself.  Research shows that exercise helps improve your mood and productivity. You will also look and feel great.  Try different things and see what works best for you.

Here are a few fun products that you can use right at home:

  • Stay Fit Digital Jump Rope

    This is an article from The American Heart Association

Employees who are healthy are more productive because they are absent less often and are able to focus and perform better at work. That’s why the American Heart Association created the national initiative called Start!. Start! calls on all Americans to create a culture of physical activity and live healthier lives by walking.

Did you know that by adding one hour of regular, vigorous physical activity, adults may gain up to two hours of life expectancy? There are more than 140 million Americans over age 20 who are overweight and obese — a serious risk factor for heart disease and stroke. Also, only 30.9 percent of U.S. adults age 18 or older engage in regular leisure-time physical activity.

Start by including more physical activity into your daily routine. Take a walk, ride a bike or take the stairs.  To help you reach and maintain a healthy body weight, the American Heart Association recommends at least 30 minutes of moderate-intensity physical activity at least five days a week.

Promote good health in the workplace. Your employees will reap the benefits with lower out-of-pocket medical costs, a reduced risk of developing a chronic health condition and increased satisfaction with their jobs and lives. Medical, workers’ compensation and disability costs will be lower, too.

Also check out another great article with helpful tips:

Tips for Exercise Success by The American Heart Association.

Presenting … rushVIDS: Umbrella Product Test

We are excited to announce our new video series – rushVIDS! We are going to present an exciting array of videos that both entertain and educate. Watch our rushCREW put products to the test, explain the latest and greatest happenings on rushIMPRINT, discuss promotional ideas and tips for your business, and answer customer questions or comments! Subscribe to our YouTube channel and learn of the newest videos first!

Enjoy our inaugural video and let us know what you think!

Promo Items Make Lasting Memories

Three words, The Pittsburgh Pirates.  I love going to their games and getting score updates on my phone.    I’ve been to about four games this year and hope to go to more next year.

What is your favorite thing to do?  You should take a few hours or a day to remind yourself why life is so precious.  What do I love?  I love putting on my favorite hat and standing in the crowd cheering for the Pittsburgh Pirates.

Why you may ask?  Because I love the everything about it like the food, stadium, sport,  and just getting out for the night.

Everyone loves free things!

In April, when I went to a game with my boyfriend Chris, we had awesome seats and a very memorable day.  It happened to be really cold that day which is why I’m wearing a jacket in the picture.  Before the game started, we walked past this free game called Spin-A-Wheel.  All you had to do was show the workers your ID card and spin the wheel to win a prize.  I ended up getting an Eco friendly Pirate’s tote bag, and Chris won a Pirate’s T-shirt.

I always try to get close seats between home plate and third base.  Although, the Pirates probably aren’t your favorite team like they are mine, those seats are surely taken fast.   Well that night, we had awesome seats which may be why Chris caught two foul baseballs from Andrew McCutchen without a glove!  A few people sitting near us weren’t very happy and called us greedy.  This is my favorite memory, we had so much fun that night and he even gave me both baseballs.   That’s the first and only game we ever caught a baseball at.  We are still looking to get them signed.

After the amazing fireworks for the Pirate’s win we left in my car with my Pirate floor mats, license plate frame, and clear stickers on my windows that still makes me think of that day when I look at it.

You can find any of those types of promo products at rushIMPRINT.  Having the products we won still has us thinking about this night.  Now I buy all of my fan gear from them.

Well as much as I don’t like many other sports, like he loves hockey, I guess I’ll have to repay him by going to a game.

♥ Brandi

The Most Important Piece of Success

So, you want to be wildly successful? I just figured out the key ingredient in ascending to where I want to be.  I, you, all of us really, need to start focusing on the next two words: BE AWESOME!

The best way to find success is to be awesome“Awesome” might be one of the most overused and undervalued words in our language; it is used so much that people seem to have misplaced what the word actually means.  It doesn’t take a degree in English Literature from a division II state school to know that “awesome” simply means to inspire awe, but nobody seems to really remember what “awe” means anymore. tells us that “awe” is defined as, an overwhelming feeling of reverence, admiration, fear, etc., produced by that which is grand, sublime, extremely powerful, or the like: in awe of god; in awe of great political figures. WOW!

If you truly inspired awe in the people around you, then you would have no choice but to be truly and fully successful.  Being awesome isn’t about doing cool tricks on a skateboard, or writing a great song; being awesome is about moving people at their very core – affecting them. Be grand, be powerful, and inspire those around you to admire the life you live; touch the lives of everyone you can by being the best person you can be.  Those that are truly awesome don’t even have to tell people; awesome people just live good lives and the rest falls in to place.

Being awesome is a personal choice and it’s unlikely that anyone can make you awesome, but rushIMPRINT can definitely help you spread the word!  If you are already awesome and need some help getting people to talk about it for you, then let us help you promote your business and your personal brand!

The Key To Successful Branding

Information is more accessible today than any other time in human history, and with that ease of access comes a new responsibility to consistently market yourself for who you are and who you want to be.

Let’s face it, most of our businesses aren’t Apple, Nike, McDonalds, Starbucks, or Wal-Mart, and most of us aren’t as recognized as Michael Jordan, Donald Trump, or Oprah.  We are, however, placing decreasingly less value on previously established gatekeepers to approve us for super-stardom.  You and your business can definitely climb the economic and social ladders by remembering that YOU are your brand.

Most people fail at branding themselves and their business because they get too caught up in the structural foundations of branding (logo, name, imaging, etc.) and lose track of what branding is fundamentally about.  Branding is, without a doubt, about consistency and business.  Think about it: you probably know that McDonalds sells hamburgers (primarily), Nike sells athletic essentials, and Apple makes user friendly tech.  The outrageously successful companies across the world are successful because they consistently perform, people know what to expect, and (usually) they provide value to people’s lives in some way or another.

mcDonalds is a great example of good branding because YOU know what you're going to get

Success is yours, if you want it.  But to be successful you need to provide outstanding products, services, and/or customer support; you also need to perform consistently so that those that do business with you KNOW what to expect and can share your message with others.  Finally, remember that if you are consistently good GREAT at what you do, then eventually people will start talking.

As you develop your brand more thoroughly, remember that rushIMPRINT is happy to help you promote yourself and expedite the process of getting more people to talk about you and your business!

Achievement Unlocked: Business Lessons Learned from Xbox 360

I like to consider myself a gamer and the Xbox 360 is my system of choice. Xbox 360 was the first next-gen console to debut and being a Sony Playstation devotee, I wasn’t sure what to make of it. I researched it thoroughly and after reading previews, seeing images and videos, I decided this was something I had to own. I knew the launch date was drawing near but had no plan of action to secure one system of what I knew would be a limited supply. So I decided to patrol the retail stores to see how bad the lines were. At 11:30pm on the November pre-launch day, I found that Target had a surprisingly short line and decided without cold weather preparation to wait in it until 7am. (Probably something I’ll never do again) I succeeded in my efforts as the 360 was everything I wanted it to be. However there is one small feature on the 360 that didn’t really factor my purchase but has been a really enjoyable part of the experience. (more…)

Races can be Great Opportunities for Promotional Items

I first began running in 2008 when I got the news about registration opening for the 2009 Pittsburgh Marathon.  The race was coming back to our city for the first time since being canceled in 2004.  The marathon was always such a big event in our city.  Thousands of runners would participate in the event from all over the world.  I remember as a kid going to the Southside with my family to cheer on the runners as they passed by.  I thought that it was amazing that those runners could go such a distance (26.2 miles). How can that be possible?  I would soon find out for myself.

After running the half marathon in 2009, I decided that 2010 was going to be my year to test my endurance and register for the full marathon.  I began my 18 week training program in the winter and followed it consistently.  Running the Pittsburgh Marathon - Finish LineSometimes it was not easy going out in the cold and snow, but I was determined.  I kept track of my miles in a weekly planner.  By increasing my miles each week I finally ended up with 42 miles on the 16th week.  It was enough to get me to the finish line. Race day came and I am proud to report that I accomplished the marathon successfully, and actually much faster than I anticipated.  This was one of my greatest accomplishments.  I enjoyed the race, scenery, people, entertainment along the course, and the enthusiastic crowd support.  I can not wait to do it again.

Preparing for the race

Some of the necessary things I used in training that I never left home without are:

-In the winter this is very important because you are running outside, and are at a great risk for Hypothermia.

-Moisture wick apparel keeps the moisture away from your body.

Lip Balm-This was definitely a necessity in the cold winter months and in warm weather as well.

-I downloaded some of my favorite music to keep me motivated.

- Staying hydrated is very important even in the winter.  I would use it for Gatorade & water.

- On weekends, I would go out for long runs between 12 and 17 miles. The drawstring back pack was light weight and easy to carry snacks I would need to take along to stay fueled.

Whether you sponsor your favorite Charity that is racing, volunteer, or even run with a team, it is a great way to promote your company.

Friday Matinee: Let’s Talks Movies…

Who doesn’t love summer blockbuster time? Flashback: Summer 1977. My family and I sitting in a classic theater complete with marble pillars, balcony, vaulted ceiling, ornate decor and deep burgundy drapery throughout. I am sure ‘Gone with the Wind’ and countless other classics debuted in this theater.

As a 10 year old kid I had been to plenty of movies; lots of Disney flicks mainly. Jodie Foster and I were practically boyfriend/girlfriend. Yeah, I’d been to see other “big” movies as well, like the awful ‘King Kong’ remake the summer of 1976. With all these movies I’d been to, this was the first time I had to wait in line to get into the theater after purchasing tickets. “What’s this all about” I wondered. There had to be 500 people in line, roped in by the soft velvet ropes and chrome poles. Some looked excited, some looked bored. I really had no idea what all the fuss was about.


Simple ways to get organized for vacation

Almost everyone has taken a vacation.  Whether it’s a short or a long one, it helps to plan ahead.  Knowing where you’re going and what you’ll be doing will be the reasoning for what you pack.

Step #1 Buy a planner

Like me, if you always feel like you’re forgetting to pack something, you can start off with writing everything in a pocket planner or a journal.  I would start by writing down the most important items that you can first think of, then write anything else that comes to mind.  Always double check the items on the list against the items you are packing.

Step #2 Pack to your own needs

If you usually carry a wallet, it would probably be best not to pack that into the travel bag so you have all of your most important information with you.  While you’re on vacation you may need something a bit smaller to carry around with you and keep your personal items together.  How about a tote bag, they are big enough to fit many things into but small enough to not get in the way.  Don’t forget to take your sunscreen! I hate going on vacations and turning red.