Showing posts from April 29, 2018

8 Ways to Strengthen Your Knees

Is It Safe for Me to Exercise?Are you worried 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. Talk to your doctor about which specific exercises are good for you. Swipe to advance 2/12 Warm Up FirstYou 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. Swipe to advance 3/12 1. Straight Leg RaisesIf 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. K…

How to Fight Fatigue on the Road

MYTH: Better Drowsy than DrunkMost people are aware of the dangers of driving drunk, but they may not take sleepiness seriously. That’s a mistake. Researchers have found that going 18 to 24 hours without sleep is a risk similar to being legally drunk, when it comes to driver impairment. Like alcohol, sleepiness and fatigue lead to poor judgment and reaction time, not to mention the risk of dozing off. Swipe to advance 2/12 FACT: Caffeine Provides a Mild BoostWhether in the form of coffee, soft drinks, or gum, caffeine can briefly increase alertness. Keep in mind that the effect takes about 30 minutes to kick in, so you may want to pull over and rest until you perk up. This temporary fix has its limits -- caffeine can’t overcome severe fatigue and may have little impact on regular coffee drinkers. Swipe to advance 3/12 MYTH: Drowsy Driving Only Happens at NightMost fatigue-related crashes occur between 4-6 a.m., but drowsy driving is not restricted to the wee hours. Another peak time is betw…

Opioids: Side Effects and Signs of Addiction

What Are They?Also called narcotics, opioids are a kind of pain medication your doctor may give you after an accident or surgery, or as treatment for a chronic disease like arthritis. Most are made from the opium plant, but some (called synthetic opioids) are made in a lab. Either way, they affect the reward center of your brain and boost your levels of certain brain chemicals that block pain, slow your breathing, and generally make you feel calm. Swipe to advance 2/12 TypesOpioids have different strengths, and some are legal and some aren’t. Examples include: CodeineMeperidine (Demerol)Oxycodone (OxyContin)Oxycodone and acetaminophen (Percocet)FentanylHydrocodone and acetaminophen (Lortab, Norco, Vicodin)MethadoneMorphineHeroin Swipe to advance 3/12 Short-Acting vs. Long-ActingShort-acting opioids, like Vicodin or Percocet, get medication into your system quickly. When you take them as directed, like immediately after surgery, you probably won’t have any issues. But if you take them for too…

The Heart of Love, Heart Wisdom and the Seat of the Soul:

What makes us human – Is it our intelligence, our physical bodies, our hearts? No doubt, it is a combination of them all. United, we share some common denominators – male or female (or something in between) – we all inhabit human bodies with similar functions and needs. Yet, we are way beyond whatever we imagine ourselves to be. Our heart vibration extends way beyond our personal boundaries. If you share a room with other people, you’re way more connected energetically (all affecting each other) than you may expect. As human beings, the part less explored and the path less travelled in Western circles, is the heart. What brings us closest to the Divine is actually our ‘feeling self’, our emotional body, that which houses our spirit. If you look at any bookstore these days, there are numerous books focused on the body (weight loss, building muscle, nutrition) and on the mind (mindfulness, how to develop intelligence, issues of the intellect). The gap in our knowledge is related to the hear…

Inspirational Quote – May 05, 2018

“A heart that reaches out with love can heal a soul, and change a life.”

Many of us don’t realize just how powerful love is and the magic it is capable of. Isn’t it wonderful and empowering to be aware that we all possess this magic within us and are free to choose how we use it? Love is born within us as we emerge into this world of ours and, if we’re fortunate, we’re brought up surrounded by the love of those around us. There will be many times throughout our lives when we can, by utilizing this love, heal those who suffer and perhaps even change their lives forever for the better. Such power, such responsibility, such willingness to reach out and give freely……

Muhammad Yunus: A World of Three Zeroes

According to Nobel Peace Prize winner Muhammad Yunus, a world without poverty or environmental devastation does not have to be just a utopian dream. Yunus believes that building a kindler, gentler planet "starts with recognizing what he describes as the inherent cruelty of capitalism, the need to value the abilities of every human being, and understanding that saving the environment must be a collective effort. Yunus, who won the Nobel for his work in microfinance, encourages us to see the world not through the lens of profit, but of social impact." He speaks about his work and his vision in this interview with the Wharton School.

Can You Have Too Much Altruism?

Roshi Joan Halifax discusses her new book about the edges of compassion.BY JENARA NERENBERG

Roshi Joan Halifax is an esteemed writer, spiritual teacher, founder of Upaya Zen Center and the Nomads Clinic in Nepal’s Himalayas—and she’s spent decades researching the intersection of mind and body through the lens of Buddhism, neuroscience, and anthropology. Her new book, Standing at the Edge, is the culmination of years spent at the front lines of compassion-based advocacy in prison work, care of the dying, hospital settings, and remote regions of the world. She writes about what she calls “edge states,” places where people go as they endeavor to be of service to the world—but where they can go too far, encountering burnout, despair, and depression. As the world pushes many of us to our limits, her book is an urgent and critical tool that might help all of us find balance. Jenara Nerenberg: How did you identify the five “edge states” described in your book?
Joan Halifax: For years, I’ve bee…