The other day I was completely grossed out and horrified when some rude, sneezing, snarfing, and sick person was working out next to me. (Makes no sense, because we're working out to feel good and get fit/healthy right)? With all the people, sweat, and warmth, gyms are the ideal breeding ground for bacteria and viruses. Here are a few ways to protect yourself and avoid getting sick from nasty germs (and people) at the gym.
Stay home if you're sick. Do you want to catch a cold from a sick person at the gym? Of course not! And other people don't want to pick up your sick germs either. If you are have a fever, are sneezing, and/or coughing, you are contagious. Stay home. If you have a cold, give yourself a chance to rest and recover and return to the gym when you are feeling better. If you do feel up to working out, try exercising at home or outdoors instead where you won't infect others.
If someone is sick, stay away from them. Studies show germs from a sneezing/coughing person travel
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The other day I was completely grossed out and horrified when some rude, sneezing, snarfing, and sick person was working out next to me. (Makes no sense, because we're working out to feel good and get fit/healthy right)? With all the people, sweat, and warmth, gyms are the ideal breeding ground for bacteria and viruses. Here are a few ways to protect yourself and avoid getting sick from nasty germs (and people) at the gym.Read More »from How to Avoid Getting Sick at The Gym
As a people, we've come a long way. We've cracked the human genome, crossed the seven seas, sent man to the moon and put Ryan Seacrest on TV. We've made technological and social advances (although the Seacrest thing is debatable). Well done us. But despite these advances, the relationship between men and women remains very much the same. We will always be slaves to our DNA. Women will always think their butts are too big and men will never ask for directions.Read More »from What do Men Really Want? Food, Sex, Laundry . . .
So even though we're now entrenched in the 21st century, men still possess needs that have been with them since the dawn of time. When it comes to relationship bliss, it's food, sex and laundry.
Food has a deep psychological effect on us. What do people do to celebrate an occasion? They eat together. Even Jesus had a blowout meal with his buddies when he knew his time was up. We eat to live. Food makes us happy. Food means we have the energy to live another day. Food is also where we sink our sorrows. Hands
Just when you thought cold and flu season was over...Two Christmases ago, we were unhappy participants in the rampaging outbreak of Norovirus. My older son picked it up in Orlando, presumably among the masses at Disney World. As he proceeded to "share" it with me, his brother, my parents and a couple cousins, we spent a lot of time talking about germs and how to avoid them.
When we weren't vomiting.
With headlines focused on swine flu and a possible pandemic, it feels like the right time to re-visit the subject.
Here are our Top 7 Healthy Family Tips for Making Your Children Flu-Resistant.
1. Set an Intention.
Expect to be strong and healthy. Live like you are strong and healthy. Write an affirmation for yourself and your family and use it. Something like, "We are always healthy, strong and safe. We spread good health and happiness everywhere we go. We are always surrounded by healthy, happy people."
2. Be Healthy, Happy People.
Take care of yourselves. Get enough sleep. Drink Read More »from 7 Tips for Making Your Children Flu-Resistant
You have two options in regard to emotional eating: you can try to eliminate it altogether or you can try to make better use of it by making emotional eating more conscious. The latter would be consistent with the goals of harm reduction, a humanistic form of psychotherapy that offers a pragmatic risk-reduction approach to managing problematic behaviors.
Three Principles of Mindful Emotional Eating
If becoming a mindful emotional eater is the goal you'd like to pursue, the following three principles will help you transition from mindlessly-reactive emotional eating to mindfully-conscious emotional eating in moderation:
1) when eating to cope with emotions, accept emotional eating as a legitimate coping choice, not a coping failure;
2) when eating to cope with emotions, follow a predictable eating ritual, with clear start and end points;
3) when eating to cope with emotions, remember that emotional eating does not have to mean emotional overeating.
FollowingRead More »from User post: Are You Guilty of Emotional Eating?
This week, I met with a wonderful young man who wanted to talk about falling in love one day. It was a tough subject for him. He was brought up in very typical circumstances and had therefore developed a belief that relationships are difficult, imperfect, full of compromises and require a bit of work to maintain. His past experiences had verified these beliefs and he was very good at criticizing himself over what appeared to be mistakes.
It surprised him to hear me admonish him and emphatically state that great, warm, perfect relationships exist and are available for anyone who wants them. He was surprised. He was relieved. There had been too many trips to the bars with buddies full of advice on how to pick up women: how he needed to act, what to look like, and how to talk.
How miraculous it was to hear that some people have fulfilling, enriching, satisfying and authentic relationships. You have a decision, I declared. You can decide to have the usual type of marriage, orRead More »from 4 Symptoms of Wonderful Relationships
The calendar says spring and a feeling of imminent dread creeps into your heart as your mind imagines a beach with a beached whale and you are the whale. You make plans for a marathon run into the water and will stay there until it is time to leave. How will you ever remove the layers of clothes to reveal the real expansive you! It's hard to change a perceived weakness - sometimes you are fighting genes, years of emotional programming and an environment which tempts you to transgress. The saboteurs at the top of the list are your past failures, poor choices and sour relationships. All these foes don't give you a minute's peace. Calm down and ease into yourself. I have a solution which does not require pounding your body into submission in the gym or experiencing deprivation constantly obsessing about food.
It's much easier to build on a perceived strength. For instance a clinically diagnosed blind person is not going to see no matter how intense the desire, tenacity or theRead More »from Get Into Great Shape for Summer
Are you intimidated by doing yoga. I am!
I realized today that it has been over 3 years since I took a yoga class. I blogged about my last yoga class on October 4, 2005! The original blog is below...
Undoubtedly, yoga is good for us on so many levels. But the performance anxiety gets me all stressed out.
So, my intent is to start yoga again. Wish me luck - I need it.
That Chopra Smile - October 4, 2004
Today, I was a Chopra in a yoga class... And the first thing I did was lie.
Last Christmas, Gotham gave me a gift certificate for yoga classes. The certificate was valid for 6 months, and I had not redeemed it. When the guy looked at the certificate, luckily, there was no date on it -- so, I lied. I told him, with a sweet smile, that I received it for my birthday in July. Not a moment of Chopra guilt.
As he was putting my info in the system, he furrowed his brows and I knew the question was coming. "Any relation to Deepak?" I nodded. "Yes, he's my father."Read More »from A Chopra in a Yoga Class
- Intent.com | Healthy Living – Wed, Apr 22, 2009 11:12 PM EDT
Do you stay awake all night and sleep all day? Do you lie around all the time but never get rested? Do you have trouble getting to sleep? Are you able to get to sleep, but wake up frequently throughout the night? Do you believe you are sleeping long enough, but you still wake up tired?
We are continually stressed and running short on time and it would seem logical that after running around all day we would have no trouble getting to sleep at night. But that is not the case. Many of us are finding it increasingly difficult to get to sleep at night. To further complicate matters, we tend to depend upon caffeine, cigarettes and sugar as a substitute for what only a good night's sleep can provide. Sleep patterns, thinking processes and mood are intimately related. Sleep deprivation makes us irritable, unable to think clearly and depressed. Many of us become so desperate to get a good night's sleep that we resort to medications, but are they really necessary? Perhaps the bestRead More »from Trouble Falling Asleep? 14 Sleep Tips to Overcome Insomnia
We all agree that we need to do a better job conserving our planet's limited resources, but where do you begin? Here are 10 simple suggestions that will help you get green into your workout routine without much effort at all. Plus, these eco-friendly changes are easy switches that will save you time and lots of money! How awesome and easy is that?
1.) Curb your consumerism. Buy less active wear, expensive running shoes, and/or fad, workout gizmos (that you know are NOT quick-fixes for proper exercise and diet). You'll leave a smaller carbon footprint and leave more money in your wallet too.
2.) Recycle your water/sports bottles. Buy a recyclable water bottle instead of plastic one-use water bottles. Recyclable water bottles will save you big bucks in the long run, as most designer waters are very expensive. Many individual 16-ounce designer waters that include minerals and vitamins are now over $2.00 a bottle. These outrageously overpriced waters are unnecessary, as you canRead More »from Top 5 Frugally Green Workout Tips
Forget blue collars and white collars. Workers of the world are going green. Small businesses and multinationals alike are reaping the financial and corporate benefits of environmental accountability. And, while corporate social responsibility policies grab the headlines, it is the individual actions of employees and employers that make the difference.
Here are some ways you can green your work environment:
If you are self-employed and work form home, simply extend your household efforts to recycle, save energy and reduce consumption to your home office.
- Plug all your office equipment into a power bar and turn it off at the end of the day.
- Switch to energy efficient lighting and try to use electronic communications as much as your business relationships allow.
- Don't forget to congratulate yourself on your entrepreneurial spirit and your reduced environmental footprint. By not driving to work and occupying additional office space, you are off to a great, green start.
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