Showing posts from June 11, 2017

Best Exercises for Your Knees

Is It Safe for Me to Exercise? Do you worry that working out could cause more knee damage or pain? As long as your doctor says it’s OK, the best thing you can do is to strengthen the muscles that support your knee and keep them flexible. Start slowly, and build up over time. Warm Up First You can ride a stationary bike for about 5 minutes, take a brisk 2-minute walk while pumping your arms, or do 15-20 wall push-ups followed by the same number of calf raises. Doing this will help you get more out of your workout, prepare you to stretch, and lower your risk of an injury. 1. Straight Leg Raises If your knee’s not at its best, start with a simple strengthening exercise for your quadriceps, the muscles in the front of the thigh. This move puts little to no strain on the knee. Lie on your back on the floor or another flat surface. Bend one knee and place your foot flat on the floor. Keeping the other leg straight, raise it to the height of the opposite knee. Repeat 10-15

Reasons You're Not Losing Weight

Your Sleep Schedule Is Off If you get more than 9 hours of sleep a night, you may be the envy of your friends, but too much or too little sleep -- less than 5 hours a night -- can be linked to weight gain. Both can throw off the way your body makes the hormones that control your appetite and hunger. And if you don’t feel rested, you may skip your workouts, too. You Don’t Drink Enough Water Between 2 and 6 cups of clear, plain water each day can help you lose extra pounds. Water has no calories at all, so it satisfies your thirst without adding weight. And when you drink enough water, you may be less likely to grab sodas, juices, or coffee drinks packed with sugar. High calories in sweet drinks can add up to a big weight gain. You Wait Too Long to Eat When you space out your meals too much, your metabolism slows down and isn’t able to burn off all the calories you eat in your next meal. Those extra calories may wind up as extra weight. And you may overeat because you’

Inspirational Quote – June 17, 2017

“Our attitude toward life determines life’s attitude towards us.” Well this does make sense don’t you think? If we live life feeling positive, hopeful and confident in our ability to cope, achieve and succeed, wouldn’t it follow that this would pave the way for life to respond in kind? I believe it would be more likely than being pessimistic, doubting our abilities and having a “poor me” attitude towards other people and life in general. I know which one I’d rather be don’t you? So, what are you waiting for, if you’re not already being optimistic, then make today the first day of your new outlook and see what happens…… I guarantee you won’t regret it.

Resilience After Unimaginable Loss

Sheryl Sandberg is synonymous with Facebook and Silicon Valley success, and she's the voice of Lean In. She joins On Being, host Krista Tippet, frank and vulnerable, together with the psychologist Adam Grant. His friendship and his research on resilience helped Sandburg survive the shocking death of her husband while on vacation. They share what they've learned about planting deep resilience in ourselves and our children, and even reclaiming joy. There is so much learning here on facing the unimaginable when it arrives in our lives and being more practically caring towards the losses woven into lives all around us.

How to Look Your Best as You Get Older

Care for Your Hair Keep your style neat as you get older. That mop-top from your younger days may not work anymore. If you’re going bald, you have options. You can spend the cash in hopes of restoring your hair, trim it super short, or shave your head clean. A ponytail, especially if you’re balding, will make you look older, not hipper. If you want to cover your grays, choose a color close to your natural shade. Trim Things Up Nothing says “old man” like crazy eyebrows, ear hair, and a bushy back. Have your barber tame your brows, ears, and nose hair. Or you can do it yourself with at-home trimmers. Keep your back and chest fur from peeking out of the top of your shirt by shaving, waxing, using a depilatory (a cream that removes hair), or through laser treatments. Shave Your Beard. Or Don’t. Most of the time, a closely shaved man looks younger than a guy with a beard and mustache. That said, there are no rules, just keep it well-groomed. If you decide it’s time to co

How to Turn Stigma about Mental Illness into Compassion

Stephen Hinshaw explores what it meant to be raised by a father with psychosis—and how that experience has informed his work as a psychologist. BY   JILL SUTTIE   What is it like to grow up in a household with a parent displaying serious mental illness? Renowned psychologist   Stephen Hinshaw   knows firsthand. His father suffered major bouts of psychosis that kept him periodically hospitalized during Hinshaw’s childhood. Yet, the reasons for these absences were never explained to Hinshaw, until he turned 18 and his philosopher father started to divulge his lifetime of struggles (which included being (mis)diagnosed with schizophrenia for decades). Stephen Hinshaw Hinshaw is now a professor of psychology at the University of California, Berkeley, and an internationally recognized expert on developmental psychopathology. He has written a memoir about his experiences of growing up in a family where mental illness was hidden. His book,   Another Kind of Madness: A Journey

Inspirational Quote – June 16, 2017

“Sometimes those who challenge you most….teach you the best.” I can honestly say that, hand on heart, I have met some really challenging people through the years. I won’t bore you with the details, as I expect you’ve all got your own stories you could share too but, suffice to say, they have taught me valuable lessons. I know I didn’t think so at the time and it was only later, usually much much later, that I realized that I came out of the experience better equipped to deal with future challenging people. So thank you, all you people who have challenged me in the past, thank you all very much indeed!

The Privilege of Sharing Abundance

In these trying times, it can be hard to think we have an abundance of anything. But there is at least one thing that is always in good supply and will never run out -- and that is kindness. Add to that a sprinkle of thoughtfulness and an opportunity to act, and it's nothing short of magical. This is the story of Trail Angels, people who help weary hikers by giving them comfort, food, or cheer without expectation of anything in return. Because they know simple pleasures can be like treasures in the middle of a journey. And they've all been travelers themselves. But while Trail Angels are technically the givers, what they receive is far more precious -- the realization that they have gifts to share, the delight in the opportunity to give them, and the joy that comes with exercising a limitless supply of kindness. Read on for more.

How to Build Relationships across Difference

Here are four ways to confront your unconscious biases and forge meaningful connections with others. BY   MATTHEW FREEMAN   At a recent retreat I facilitated focused on social change, a diverse group of people gathered, from company and foundation executives to grassroots activists and public housing residents. Their goal? To confront their own biases, form relationships across differences, and start to rebuild trust in their community. In our politically polarized society, the authentic conversations they had about race, religious differences, and our country’s often painful history were rare, courageous, and transformative.
 Efforts like these exist alongside   mounting evidence   that in just about every facet of life—from education and health to housing and criminal justice—we are all acting in unconsciously biased ways. Recent studies have demonstrated that from   prescribing pain medication   to people with broken bones to   yielding for pedestrians   at a crosswalk, r