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Take the stairs up to your office. Park a little further away from the grocery store. Walk your dog around the block. Carry out the trash.
Any amount of physical activity -- even two minutes' worth -- can add up to huge benefits for your immediate and long-term health, according to the new edition of the U.S. Physical Activity Guidelines for Americans.
Previously, the guidelines held that unless physical activity lasted 10 minutes or longer, it didn't count toward a person's recommended weekly activity goals.
But research has shown any small amount of activity provides a solid contribution to a person's health, according to the second edition of the guidelines unveiled Monday at the American Heart Association's annual meeting in Chicago.
"Physical activity is about finding opportunities to add movement throughout the day as part of a bigger commitment to healthy living," Adm. Brett Giroir, assistant secretary for health at…
Toss Your Clothes Into the DryerFew things may take the chill off more quickly than putting on clothes straight from a toasty tumble. Run them through a short spin just before you get dressed. Your body is usually warmest in the morning, so it’s a good idea to try and hang on to the heat. It won’t last forever, but it will give you a cozy start to the day. Swipe to advance 2/13 Get Your CaloriesYour body needs fuel to burn to keep your core body temperature up, especially when it’s cold outside. Shoot for at least one hot meal a day, and try to eat a variety of fruits, vegetables, and other unprocessed foods. Swipe to advance 3/13 Wear Socks to BedIt may look funny, but it’s better than blue toes! Not only will it help heat your whole body, but warm feet also seem to signal your brain that it’s time to go to sleep. If you just can’t get with this bedtime fashion, walk around in cozy slippers for about an hour before you hit the sack. Swipe to advance 4/13 Pick Your PJs With CareSleep in soft, …
Your Meal’s Perfect SidekickA side dish can really make the rest of your meal sing. It also can add vitamins, minerals, and other important nutrients you may not get from the main course. These WebMD recipes will give you some healthy, tasty ideas. Swipe to advance 2/15 Quick Spinach ItalianoPotassium, magnesium, vitamins A and K, and more -- your arms will be bulging like Popeye’s in no time. Well maybe not, but you get the idea. This super-quick recipe uses frozen spinach, which is easy to keep on hand. Swipe to advance 3/15 Wild Rice With Sun-Dried TomatoesWild rice has much more fiber than other kinds of rice. It also has lots of nutrients, a pleasant nutty flavor, and a chewy texture. This recipe adds the zest of sun-dried tomatoes for a bold side dish that will stand up to a hearty entree. Swipe to advance 4/15 Kale and White BeansThanks to loads of nutrients and fiber, kale is hard to beat as the new side green of choice. But it can be bland and hard to chew if it’s not made right. This…
If your routine feels stale, you may feel the urge to shake up your social life with new activities or friends. There’s a good reason for this goal: Social activity and relationships are just as important for good health as not smoking or staying at a healthy weight.
Here are 8 ways to step out of your comfort zone and onto the social scene:
Reap the healthy rewards of belonging to a group or community. Studies have shown that people with strong social ties tend to have fewer stress-related health problems and a lower risk of mental illness, and they often recover faster from sickness or injury. Find a group that meets regularly to talk about things you’re interested in, like a book club, a walking group, or a service organization.Before you go to your first gathering, do your research. Find out about the event, location, neighborhood, or audience so you are ready to engage. Show up on time so you can meet people one-on-one rather than try to break into huddles that form later on.It’s t…
YogurtThe probiotic power of yogurt can help tame tummy troubles brought on by too much food. “Good” bacteria called lactobacillus can balance out bad bacteria and go after gas and diarrhea. Look for yogurt with live active cultures to get the bacterial benefit. Swipe to advance 2/15 BananasBlood pressure on the rise from a sodium surge? Curb it by biting into a banana. They’re packed with potassium, which can ease the effects of a sodium-high diet and help level out blood pressure. Swipe to advance 3/15 OatmealA bowl of this breakfast staple will start your day on the right foot. You’ll get 1-2 grams of fiber, which helps lower cholesterol by kicking it out of your system before it can set up shop. Swipe to advance 4/15 Green teaA mug of it (hold the sugar) is chock-full of flavonoids -- they lower your levels of LDL, or “bad” cholesterol, and can help get high blood pressure back to normal, too. Swipe to advance 5/15 NutsBinge eating can raise your risk of heart disease, so nosh on small handfu…
"Thinking about spaces in a more "Japanese" way can open up new ways
of organizing our lives and focusing on the relationships that matter
to us. Building spaces that deepen relationships (wa), generate new
knowledge (ba), connect to the world around us (tokoro), and allow
moments of quiet and integration (ma) can enrich our experience of the
world and that of those around us." Instead of thinking of space in
terms of surroundings, the Japanese consider what is going on between
people in terms of interactions and relationships. When spaces are
designed with this in mind, it allows people to be social, independent,
or anything in between--to have a conversation, meditate, exchange
ideas, or share feelings. This piece from Quartz invites us to consider
how spaces affect our outer and inner lives.
Llewellyn Vaughan-Lee, Sufi teacher and author, implores us to change
our present global predicament by changing our consciousness. Our
current mindset sees Earth as a resource. He argues that this worldview
creates a sense of separation and one in which we have forgotten the
sacred nature of the Earth. If we embrace the sacred in all of life, we
will remember our primal relationship to the Earth, reconnect with an
ancient knowing and respond from a place of balance. This is the nature
of real sustainability and what we need to avoid ecological disaster.
Earlier this year, a pair of researchers discovered a startling fact: Since the 2016 election, Thanksgiving dinners have gotten almost an hour shorter. Why? Because of political differences.
In the paper, titled “The Effect of Partisanship and Political Advertising on Close Families Ties,” UCLA behavioral economist Keith Chen and Washington State University PhD student Ryne Rohla analyzed smartphone-location data to measure travel during the holiday for over 10 million Americans; they combined this data with a precinct-level database to derive presidential voting patterns. They found that people were becoming less likely to travel across the borders of red and blue districts.
In other words, political polarization is literally reducing the amount of time Americans spend with their loved ones. What’s driving this antagonism? Chen an…
At age twelve, Thomas Berry became acquainted with a meadow. That magic
moment came to be normative for his thinking: that which preserves and
enhances the meadow is good and that which opposes or negates the meadow
is not good. He applies this life orientation to economic, political,
educational, religious, etc. endeavors. He believes it is by
experiencing lilies blooming in a meadow that we remember to coordinate
our meaning with the meaning of our surroundings, orient our children to
the center of the universe so they can orient themselves to their own
centers, give voice to the mysteries of existence, become
universe-referent, celebrate the universe, and ultimately, join the
symphony called to heal the planet.