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Combat Stress with 20 Minutes of Exercise

Moving inevitably will cause stress under any circumstances, but one of the most important ways to combat it is exercising 20 minutes a day.

Exercising just 20 minutes a day can benefit your physical and mental health. Here’s how:

  • Exercise increases the flow of the blood to the brain, just as it improves circulation to the heart and the rest of the body.
  • Increased core temperature during exercise may lead to reduced muscle tension.
  • Activity also stimulates the growth of nerve cells in the part of the brain involved in memory. When we’re stressed, cortisol and adrenaline are surging and we forget things. In the brain, cortisol is binding with receptors in the hippocampus, the seat of memory formation and learning. If stress is left unchecked over time key connections between nerve cells in the brain won’t function as well, impairing memory and ability to take in new information and raising the risk for depression and anxiety.
  • Exercise produces neurohormones like norepinephrine that are associated with improved cognitive function, elevated mood and learning. It improves thinking dulled by stressful events.
  • Physical activity helps to bump up the production of your bran’s feel-good neurotransmitters, serotonin, dopamine and norepinephrine, which can affect mood and anxiety levels.
  • Blood flow drains metabolic waste products away.
  • Exercise pumps blood containing oxygen, fluids and nutrients to active muscles.

Easy ways to exercise every day and easy on your budget:

  • Go for a walk! If you have a dog, take them because they need it just as much as you do! Go to a park or around the block. It’s always good to get fresh air.
  •  You don’t have a buy a workout videos anymore. You can find workout and instructional videos all over the internet and they are free! Find something you like and keep up with it. Some places to find these at or Pinterest. Here is a list from Learnvest of the best free workouts online:
  •  Put together a routine. For example: 10 pushups, 20 sit ups, 25 squats, 20 lunges (10 per leg), 80 jumping jacks and 60 second wall sits. Repeat three times or when 20 minutes is up.
  • Do you love playing sports? Join a recreational league and play your favorite sport. You might even make new friends!
  • If you sit most of the day, take a walk on your break or leave some time for your lunch. Sitting all day is not good for your health, so the more you move throughout the day, the better.

Remember certain exercises aren’t for everyone. Know your limits. Start small and work your way up. It’s better to be doing something than nothing. Get exercising!


References: Community Health Network, Learnvest


Relocating Your Business? Watch for These 5 Surprises

Are you considering relocating your business? Maybe your current location has gone up in value, and you want to make money by selling the property and renting a less expensive place. Or, perhaps your company is going through a growth spurt and you don’t have enough room for every employee.

Whatever the reason, relocating can be a good business move. However, some companies are caught by unforeseen results of changing locations. Be sure to examine these five often-overlooked results before you relocate so you’re not caught by an unexpected surprise.

1. Cost of living. Did you know that New York City’s costs are more than twice the U.S. average? Your business’ location makes a big difference as to overall costs. If you move from a big city to a smaller suburb, you could save the company money not only on building rental, but also on things like utility costs, supply costs, etc., or you may be able to pay your employees at a lower rate. On the other hand, moving to a big city may help your business make more money. You just have to play it smart and decide what’s best for your business.

2. Customer yield. Sure, your new location may be less expensive, but is the relocation a good business move? Be aware that some areas may yield more customers than others, so know your business and know your customers—and where they’re located.

3. Taxes. Large businesses sometimes receive tax concessions based on the number of jobs the business will create. What are the taxes like for your new area? Will it help your business save money or lose it? This is an important thing to consider before you move.

4. Quality of life. Although it may cost less to rent a building in your new location, have you examined why? Finding a location where your employees will have access to education, low crime areas, and quality health care is important to consider. Thinking about the needs of your employees before you move is crucial to maintaining a positive company culture—and company growth.

5. The cost of moving your stuff. When you move your company, you’re not just moving people. All of your office’s equipment, documents, and furniture may need to be moved as well. Or does it? That’s why you need to determine whether it would be more cost effective to pay to move your equipment, or whether it would be better to sell some of your equipment and buy new things when you get there. This may take some number crunching, but if you do the work, you could save the company a lot of money.

If you find a quality moving company to do the work for you, you can end up saving time and money for your business relocation.

Call Bekins for more information at 1-800-456-8092.

Want the Best Employees? Offer the Best Relocation Packages

Competition to attract employees with specialized skills is become increasingly fierce. The job market has been globalized, and employers have to fight to win the best people. A fair salary is important, but it won’t be enough. For you to win over a qualified candidate, you need to know how to make your relocation offer stand out. Read on to learn five ways to make your company’s relocation package impossible to pass up.

Cost of Living Benefits

If a new employee will be moving from a place with a low cost of living to somewhere significantly more expensive, it makes sense to offer cost of living benefits. This can mean anything from raising the employee’s salary to giving temporary benefits that will help them adjust to the difference in cost.

Home Purchase Assistance

Renters who are being asked to move for a new job appreciate home purchase assistance as part of a relocation package. You can provide incentives for new employees to purchase a home in their new city. Your company can offer to pay closing costs on a house, or bring down the interest rate on a mortgage.

Pet Transport

It’s difficult to bring a dog or cat along on a long distance move. Assistance with transporting pets can make or break a relocation offer for a potential employee. Particularly if the move is international, help with the cost and organization of things like mandatory quarantines or temporary boarding for dogs and cats is very attractive to someone whose family is attached to their pets.

Family Counseling

When your new employee relocates their family, their spouse may have to leave a job in order to make the move. Your relocation package should include job counseling and career help for employee spouses. Consider offering other counseling services for the family as a whole. Counseling will be an invaluable asset for children that will have to change schools and leave behind close friends.

Moving Services

Premium moving services are an essential part of any company’s relocation package. A move is an incredibly stressful event, regardless of distance. A reliable moving company will take care of packing and unpacking, protection of valuables, and all the heavy lifting that’s involved in transporting an entire household.

To have the best employees, you have to have the best relocation packages. It’s as simple as that. Visit our Web site today to see how Bekins can help you move your new hires.

Sponsoring Disneyland

Opening Day at DisneyOn July 17, 1955 in Anaheim, Calif. Walt Disney delivered these words to some 28,000 eager guests:

“To all who come to this happy place: welcome. Disneyland is your land. Here age relives fond memories of the past…and here youth may savor the challenge and promise of the future. Disneyland is dedicated to the ideals, the dreams and the hard facts which have created America … with the hope that it will be a source of joy and inspiration to all the world.”

Bekins was privileged to have been among those who received Walt’s speech opening day of the theme park. Moreover, Bekins is proud to have contributed to the success of opening day by sponsoring Disneyland and the lockers located on Main Street starting in 1955.

Bekins_Disney_Bekins’ iconic horse drawn wagon was located outside of the space serving as the lockers area on Town Square. This area is now part of the Emporium. Bekins remained a sponsor until 1963. 

For more details and photos on the sponsorship, visit some of the following ‘Disney Fanatics’ blogs.

Visit: Matterhorn1959: Stuff From The Park  for more photos and information.

The famous horse drawn Bekins moving van can be found in several Town Square photos and postcards. For additional information, visit: Matterhorn1959: Stuff From The ParkBekins Carriage


Allow your mind to travel back in time with this virtual experience of opening day at the ‘happiest place on Earth’. 

If this video inspires you to make a trip out to Disneyland and you fall in love with Southern California, we happen to know a good moving company. Bekins has several agents that would be more than happy to assist you with your relocation process.

Antelope Valley Van & Storage

Bekins Moving Solutions, Inc. (Chatsworth, CA).

Bekins Moving Solutions, Inc. (Santa Fe Springs, CA).



Bekins Employees Get Moving: Indy Mini-Marathon

Let’s just say Bekins employees ‘get moving’ on many levels.  When they are not focused on relocating household goods with intricate care, they are on the move training for half marathons such as the 2014 Indy Mini-Marathon that will take place on May 3, 2014.

Five employees from the corporate office out of Indianapolis, Ind. will be participating in the Mini-Marathon. Of course signing up and committing to some 13 miles does not happen overnight. It takes motivation, endurance, and for some, extensive training. So kick your feet up and enjoy the stories of these dedicated ‘Mini-Marathoners’.

Meet the Group

Corp Employees_Indy Mini Runners_ 2014

From left to right:

Ron Borkowski, Damodara Yemme, Emmalee Strait, Jerrod Carter. (Not Pictured: Gary Reynolds)


Jerrod’s Story:

CIO, Jerrod Carter has worked at Bekins for some six years working within the Information Technology Department.  With a history of running, this will be Jerrod’s seventh Indy Mini-Marathon and ninth half-marthon overall. In addition, he has run three full marathons.

“I just genuinely enjoy running marathons,” said Carter. “I ran three last year and hope to set a personal record this year.”

More confident than ever, Jerrod feels that this race is sure to be a success after maxing out on miles per week ran during his training.

“My advice to someone considering running a mini-marathon is to stick to a training plan,” said Carter.

Last year, Carter ran enough that he was able to join the ‘Half Fanatics’ group. So watch out for ‘Half Fanatic’ #5163 at the Mini-Marathon this year!

Meet Damodara:

Damodara Yemme has been working at the corporate office for eight years within the Information Technology department.  Yemme’s motivation behind running is to fulfill his New Year’s resolution. In addition, he feels that it is a great way to stay active, a social outlet and hobby.  Yemme has run two races prior to the Indy-Mini, including Sam Costa Quarter Marathon and Carmel Half Marathon.  He contributes a great deal of his preperation to both of these races.

“ Running is a great way to maintain my health and physical condition,” said Yemme. It is also refreshing after a long day at work. “

Yemme is a big fan of the Run Keeper App that he has downloaded onto his phone. This app allows several functions that will make tracking your run simple.  It is also the ‘keeper’ of his playlist of ‘pump-up’ songs to finish each run stronger than the last.

Look out for this determined ‘First-timer Indy-Mini Runner’, it might just be the first of many for him!

Catch up with Gary:

Vice President of Operations, Gary Reynolds has been employed at the corporate office for 12 years. Reynolds has particpated in nine Indy-Mini Marathons prior to this one. Primarily a walker, he is dedicated to keeping in shape by walking for the half marathon. “ Advice on completing a half marathon,” said Reynolds, “just get out and do it.” Reynolds suggests that walking is a ‘futile attempt to escape advancing age’.  He also suggests that instead of plugging into some great tunes, walking is a great time to be alone with your thoughts.

Catch this swift walker among the pros come May 3rd at the Indy-Mini!

Getting up to speed with Ron:

Assistant Vice President of Operations and Director of Traffic, Ron Borkowski has a long history with Bekins. Starting with the company in 1986 as a traffic planner and has held a number of positions throughout the years.

In addition to a long history with Bekins, he also holds a long running history.  Borkowski has successfully completed somewhere between 15-20 full-marathons, including the Boston Marathon last year. This will be his 16th Mini-Marathon.

The challenge of the marathons inspire and motivate him to continue his marathon streak. His training consists of a combination of weights, mixed with cardio, such as biking, stair climbers and ellipticals. 

He advises starting out easy with training, if you are new to running. He also suggests that running can provide a great way of staying in shape, alone time, and a challenge to work towards.

With years of running, he offers some great insights into running. “You should know what level of support you need in a running shoe, “said Borkowski.  “Specialty running stores such as Blue Mile will video your foot strike and then analyze it in slow motion to determine what class shoe is the right fit. “

Watch out for this running expert, he might just be leading the pack!

Jogging with Emmalee:

Content Development Specialist, Emmalee Strait just came on board with Bekins in November of 2013 in the Sales and Marketing Department.  After taking on a new job, she also decided to take on the task of running the Indy-Mini Marathon for the first time.

Motivated by staying in shape and healthy throughout the winter months, she has been training with some close friends for the race.

“I am anxious and excited for the Indy-Mini,” said Strait. “I am running the half marathon with my college roommates, so the memories being made mean the most to me!”

She attributes accountability from training with friends to be one of the best help when preparing for the race.  Like Borkowski, she joined the Blue Mile running club which has helped prepare her. With good friends, a good playlist, and some good training – she is ready to hit the road running on May 3!


Packing 101: 2014 Spring Breakers

palm treeIt’s been a long winter and you couldn’t be more ready to hit the coast of somewhere beautiful. No matter where you are heading for spring break, understanding how to pack like a pro is a must.  Whether you’re packing for a permanent relocation or a short-term vacation, Bekins has you covered.

Where do I even start?

We understand the struggle of over-packing in fear of forgetting something.  Why not bring all closet25 pairs of sandals to have options, right? Switch up your thinking this year with a minimalist mindset. What do you consider to be necessities?

Get back to the basics.

closetThink through your trip. What types of events will you attend? Will your trip include lots of outdoorsy adventures? Or more indoor museum related activities? After considering these questions, pack realistically according to your plans.

Assuming that your get-away includes warmer temps, it’s a good idea to pack several tanks and shorts that can be easily layered with choice long-sleeved sweaters. Bringing along one pair of casual long pants and a jacket is also a good idea. Pick out one or two dressy outfits for a nice dinner out. Select one or two pairs of sandals, one pair of tennis shoes and a pair of shoes for your night out. Don’t forget the small, but important details. A sufficient amount of undergarments, socks and at least two bathing suites, to allow one drying time from the previous day is something you won’t want to forget.

Small, but important details

beach bagBring your large beach towel and sunglasses. Be sure not to forget a bag to tote your essentials from the pool or beach to your room. Bring your latest reading material, and your new favorite playlist. Equally important, remembering to pack your phone charger can be a game changer for the trip!

Also, important are your toiletries. Don’t throw hygiene out the window while you’re on vacation. Bring your toothbrush, toothpaste, any face wash, travel shampoos and conditioners and so on. Save yourself a trip to the store while on vacation and spend your time relaxing!

Check out our Essential Spring Break Packing Guide on Pinterest for a complete list of packing strategies and ideas!

Celebrate St. Patty’s Day with Bekins

ShamrockWe are almost as excited to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day as we are for your next move – almost. But the point is, life is short and therefore, we must celebrate whenever the opportunity presents itself. So allow us to assist you in making this St. Patrick’s Day the best yet.



First things first

To have an appreciation for the holiday, you must know the history. While at a glance, the day may seem to be a celebration dedicated to dying canals and river green, parades, and beer – but do you know why all of these traditions are taking place?

Who is Patrick, anyway?

St. Patrick was born into a wealthy family in Britain nearing the end of the fourth century. At 16 years of age, Patrick was taken captive and held a prisoner to Irish raiders. The raiders were attacking Patrick’s family estate and wealth and took him captive in Ireland, where he would spend six years of his life. He spent most of the years as a shepherd with very little contact with people. These pivotal years played a vital role in his reliance on his faith in Christianity.

With his strong sense of faith, Patrick felt a calling from God to escape slavery and flee Ireland. In order to do so, Patrick walked several miles, escaping to Britain. Once in Britain, he felt another calling to return to Ireland as a missionary. It is believed that St. Patrick is credited with bringing Christianity to Ireland.

Patrick died on March 17, 460 A.D. Thus, the day is celebrated and associated with everything Irish – which in modern day, means anything we can dye green (beer, rivers, hair and the list goes on). However, for those that are celebrating the traditional day often offer prayers to missionaries around the world.

St. Patrick’s Day made its way to the United States with Irish Immigrants who were passionate about carrying on their traditions and celebrations.

It’s your lucky day!

 The shamrock icon for St. Patrick’s Day comes from the traditional Irish background. It is said that he used the ‘lucky three-leaved clover” to demonstrate the Christian Holy Trinity.

St. Patty’s  Day Snacks & Crafts

 St. Patty’s Day certainly wouldn’t be complete without some crafts and snacks. So be sure to check out our Holiday Snacks board on Pinterest for simple yet festive holiday recipes. Also, be sure to check out our Holiday Craft board, for some fun and festive projects for the day!

What you need to know before signing a lease

It’s important that you have a complete understanding of the terms of agreement that you are bound to in a lease. While there are numerous things you should consider prior to signing at the dotted line, Bekins has narrowed it down to a few specifically important details.

What is my payment Plan?

  • When is rent due? How much is rent? Who do you turn rent in to? While these may seem like obvious questions, you do not want to get ahead of yourself and forget the simple questions.
  • Is there a pro-rate rent? Relocating doesn’t always come at a convenient time. If you are moving in closer to the middle or towards the end of the month, ask the landlord if you can pro-rate the cost of rent. You don’t want to be spending any unnecessary money!
  • So there is an awesome work out facility and car portals, convenient for the winter months, but are they included in the rent? Be sure to ask and specify what amenities are included in rent before you are sold on the apartment.
  • In addition, it is vastly important to inquire about utilities. The price of rent might not be outrageous, but the price utilities can be a game changer.   Be sure to clarify.

Can I bring my furry friend?

  • A lot of apartment complexes have limits on pets that they will allow. Inquire about the size and types of pets allowed. Our pets often become regular members of our family, so do them a favor and double check before you accept a lease!

Talk to current residents

  • While the landlord will give you every reason to believe that living in this apartment will be comparable to spending everyday in paradise – selling the apartment is his or her job. Therefore, checking in with current residents is a great idea. Make casual conversation with the surrounding units. This is a great way to interact with your potential neighbors and get a feel for the sense of community. It is also a great way to get realistic answers that are not based on a sales pitch.

Is there a property manager on site?

  • Your dishwasher goes out – who will fix it?  Is there a maintenance manager on call? Who handles emergencies or minor maintenance issues? Be sure to request information on the process for filing a maintenance request.

Make sure to consider some of these topics before committing to your next lease!


Get Moving – Staying Healthy and Active!

7- heavy boxWhile relocating your household goods requires a great deal of physical labor…we regret to inform you that relocating once every five years or so will not keep you in shape and healthy. We apologize if this is earth-shattering news. But as most of us know, living a healthy lifestyle takes intention and dedication.

Obviously, our primary focus is moving  your household goods. However, we also want to keep a healthy lifestyle top-of-the-mind. We want to encourage you keep moving…physically (and if you need to relocate, you have certainly come to the right place! Visit our website for more information).

Have a Plan

Similar to advising those preparing to relocate, you must have a plan. The road to a healthy you should start with goals and direction. Being realistic when setting your goals is crucial.  Not sure where to start? Get some Diet, Health and Fitness tools from Good Housekeeping.

Take a holistic approach to planning out a healthy lifestyle. Just as moving affects every aspect of your life, your health does as well.  Have a plan around making time for exercise, shopping at the grocery, eating out with friends – the list goes on. Now, we know that the demands of life can make it difficult to set aside the time to and effort to make this a lasting change. And that’s where we come in. Watch out for our monthly tips plans, recipes and so on for make living healthy a permanent lifestyle.

FridgeHaving a Plan: In the Grocery Store

This is where it all begins. Consider these tips on your next trip to the grocery store.

  • Lists are your friend; make one, and stick to it. This will help with temptation of buying the Oreos that seem to be staring at you in the checkout lane.  You will also save money, because you are not aimless wondering through the store.
  • DON’T GO HUNGRY.  We go to the grocery store when it’s convenient. Some after work, or after a workout. It’s an honest mistake,but we want to challenge you to go shopping on a full stomach. Going after you have made dinner will help you know what items you need, so you aren’t buying duplicates.
  • If this isn’t doable, grab a low-cal snack to bring along.

Join us on our fitness journey and stay connected via Facebook and Twitter for tips and advice! #GetMoving



April showers…brings moving boxes?

67_openbox_colorWe know it doesn’t sound quite as appealing as April showers bringing May flowers. But spring is one of the best times to relocate. The temperatures are warming up, and so is moving season. Squeeze your move in just before the peak of moving season. While summer is generally the busiest time for moving companies – spring offers a great deal of perks for relocating.

Avoiding major holidays

Spring is a great time for moving because there are no major holidays to work around. This is a huge perk. The holidays can be a rush and stress of their very own. You’re already experiencing enough change with moving; avoid switching up your holiday routines by relocating in the spring.

FlowersSpring flowers

Spring blooming is certainly something to celebrate. So why not make your move when the flowers are blooming and the weather is warm. You’re not sweating miserably in the heat of the summer as you load up your household goods. It is a comfortable temperature with beautiful spring coming to life  around you.

The spring weather also makes for great driving conditions to your new home. You might even want to take the longer scenic route and make a spring vacation out of the trip.

So don’t wait any longer, beat the heat and summer prices by booking your move in early spring.  Get ready for the summer seasons, and a new chapter in your life!