Cat people, go on with your bad, serene selves. The rest of us, let's try not to get too worked up sniffling and cringing over creepy little felines. Apparently, we kitty-avoiders are already more stressed anyway.
A University of Minnesota study of 4,300 Americans over a span of ten years says that simply having a cat at home offers stress relief. In turn, this could mean that cat owners are a third less likely to have a heart attack.
While your blood pressure might escalate every time Mr. Wiggles claws up your $4,000 leather chaise, at least your likelihood of having cardiac arrest aren't as high as the rest of us lesser-pet owners, right?
How do all the Zenned out dog owners factor in to this research? Unfortunately, there wasn't the same soothing conclusion that having a dog could lead to less stress and fewer heart attacks. However, researchers say that might just be because not enough dog owners participated in their study. Gaze into your pup's big brown eyes for a few seconds
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Cat people, go on with your bad, serene selves. The rest of us, let's try not to get too worked up sniffling and cringing over creepy little felines. Apparently, we kitty-avoiders are already more stressed anyway.Read More »from News You Didn't Want to Know: Cats Reduce Stress
hyku/FlickrDo you remember the guy from Joe Millionaire? Let's mute our memories about how he stumbled his way through conversations with his personal butler and women who, frankly, weren't exactly talking politics and The Iliad with old boy. Instead, let's unashamedly focus on the cover to the picture book that was Joe Millionaire's Evan Marriott: buff, buff and more buff.Read More »from Could Your Job Whip You Into Shape?
Sure, he probably hits the gym, way back in those reality old days and wherever he is now. But let us also remember that Joe/Evan is/was a construction worker. While he didn't win any conversational, dating or Emmy awards, maybe he does know something that lots of other folks haven't figured out yet. Maybe he's really one of those people who is smart enough to have a profession they love and helps them stay active, fit and (did I mention this already?) buff.
If you want to get off the couch during prime time reality TV mania or just out from (ahem) behind the computer where you work all day, perhaps you'd consider one of
Getty ImagesJust when you were needing a little inspiration to get that Pilates thingy up and working in the living room or bundle up to unbundle again for sweaty yoga,. here comes David Beckham. And I'm not even talking about his underwear ad.Read More »from Mmm...Fit Celebs: David Beckham Bounces Back
How can you not want to work out when you see Becks thoroughly stretching his hammies on the soccer field? I mean, look at his form, people.
Seriously, what is inspirational about about Beckham is that he is bouncing back from last season's derailing injuries by training with a professional English team (pardon me, squad) and hitting the gym (don't the Brits have a quirky-fun name for that too?). He says he's building his fitness level back up before the season starts, smart since he has a (and now, letting my Posh impression rip) majehhh five-year contract with the LA Galaxy.
Even if you are way more Bikram than Beckham, do pics of the soccer superstar make you want to bend it too?
- Jessica Ashley, Senior Editor | Healthy Living – Tue, Feb 26, 2008 10:46 PM EST
Getty ImagesIf I see one more sad pill wandering the streets or another woman twirling in a sea of grassy green or pushing away her plate with food still left on, I may need medication myself.Read More »from SNL Spoofs Seasonale in the Best Real-Fake Drug Ad Ever
The culture of drug ads has not only made us aware of prescriptions we never would have known or cared about, it has seeped into our conversation in its own sick way. How many times have you heard a co-worker chuckle over a Cialis moment? Your mother-in-law pray to God for a little Ambien to survive the snoring tsunami? Thank God for Saturday Night Live, who, with host Tina Fey (love her!) took on the period pills that somehow seem way too good to be true.
Possibly the best real-fake drug ad I've ever seen, Tina Fey and the spot-on cast of SNL spoofed the birth control pill Seasonale (watch it here). The ad is pretty funny, offering up a giggle about what might happen if Aunt Flow only visited once a year (as the ad says, "hold on to your bleeping hat!" and ladies, I know you are nodding your Midol-druggy
Getty ImagesIt is one thing to commit to moving your body and an entirely different thing to commit to loading up your MP3 player on a regular basis. I say, choose your commitments wisely. When you are totally fed up with all that JT and Carrie Underwood blaring through your ear buds, why not let someone else do the programming for you?Read More »from Stolen Playlist of the Week: icy? HOT!
OK, no one is going to jump in your hard drive and magically download tunes for you while you are meditating serenely or putting the kids to bed or trying to remember how many Weight Watcher Points seven slices of bacon are. The next best thing, though, is finding a hot playlist online that is yours for the taking. Let other folks figure out how to time the warm up and cool down, what the transition song should be from reggae to Britney and how many songs you need to really burn it up. Your only work is in the download (well, and the actual working out to the playlist).
This week's stolen playlist is courtesy Elastic Waist. The lovelies there have created an