Last night in yoga, my instructor said, “We’re not going to focus on the poses most people love, we’re going to focus on the ones we’re not so good at, because you don’t get better by strengthening your strengths, you get better by strengthening your weaknesses.” Damn, I thought. Can’t we just do Triangle, Half-Moon and Extended Side Angle for the next hour? I can do those… More
Topic: physical health
Did you know that it’s North American Occupational Health and Safety Week? Neither did we, so don’t feel too badly. Even though we don’t happen to work in an inherently dangerous industrial factory, mine, on a construction site, or an oil rig, sometimes going to work can be a real pain. Meaning that, aside from the normal stresses that can surround our daily job, where and how we toil can actually cause serious chronic pain. And because most of us spend an inordinate amount of time at work, we’d prefer it to be a pleasant, rather than painful experience. So how can we avoid developing physical pain in the workplace? (Besides not tripping over that power cord.) For answers, I turned to Charles Friedman, a Florida-based doctor who specializes in pain management issues. (And because it also happens to be Employee Health and Fitness Month and Healthy Vision Month, we think our Q&A with the good doctor is right on time.) More
Last week, I wrote that I didn’t really know what Reiki was (“It sounds like gardening to me”). Afterwards, I thought that statement might be a bit unfair, seeing as how Reiki has been receiving a lot of media hype lately as an alternative path to healing. Which got me to thinking: maybe I should give Reiki a whirl. I’ve got an open mind and am willing to try anything, so why not discover for myself what this practice is all about? More
City dwellers are often on the cutting edge of health trends, thanks to premier access to top-tier trainers, fitness studios, specialty restaurants, and an abundant supply of cutting-edge products. But urban life also means a fair share of unhealthy elements: Dirty air, lack of outdoor space, and typically longer hours spent sitting at a desk, to name a few. One problem urbanites have that air purifiers, water filters, and a day trip in a Zipcar can’t fix is stress: A contrast highlighted in a recent study revealing that New Yorkers are the most stressed Americans.
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Many store-brand sunscreens are made with chemicals that you wouldn’t want soaking into your skin. So why not make your own sunscreen at home? Not only can you can control what goes into it (and ultimately, into your body), but … More