Without getting into the specifics of body type, muscle mass, and bicepRead More »from My Husband’s Turning 40, so I Bought Him a Gym Membership
- Babble.com | Healthy Living – 13 hours agoI Got My Husband a Gym Membership My husband has never been much into working out. He's generally an active guy who was into skateboarding as a kid, and now as an adult prefers to get his exercise by chasing around the kids or snowboarding each winter. I, on the other hand, regularly exercise each week, whether it be early-morning runs, bootcamp, or weekend yoga classes. For a brief two-year period somewhere in our 20s, we made it to the gym on a regular basis together, but since having kids almost nine years ago, he hasn't consistently worked out at all. In just a few short months, he'll turn 40, and today, I bought him an early birthday present: a one-month membership to a local CrossFit gym. I'm hoping he doesn't resent me for it. After all, buying your spouse a gym membership is tantamount to saying, "Honey, you need to work out." Sorry honey, but you do.
has arguably one of the most appropriate song titles in music history. The hit, filled with uplifting lyrics like “can't nothing bring me down” and set to a catchy, head-bopping beat, is an instant mood booster. Because of the infectious cheerfulness of the chart-topper off of the artist’s album “ Pharrell Williams’ “Happy”G I R L,” it has recently inspired thousands of covers — but none come close to topping Dan Newbie’s unique and creative version.Read More »from Pharrell Williams' 'Happy' Is Even Better With Wine Glasses and Pans
Newbie uses number two pencils as drumsticks and hits them on water-filled wine glasses and cooking pans to emulate the dance-party-like rhythm in the “Despicable Me 2” track. While the original was composed using more conventional instruments, Newbie's version still manages to exude similar euphoric emotions using only stuff you'd find in a kitchen cabinet. Even without words, award-winning quality production, and a 24-hour long super buzzy music video, Newbie’s video rivals the Oscar-nominated number.
Not since Sandra Bullock played wine
This will restore your faith in friendship: 11 women in South Africa recently put their hair — and their vanity — on the line by shaving their heads in solidarity with friend Gerdi McKenna who was diagnosed with breast cancer in February. “I learned one thing this morning and that is that hair is but a small part of you, and your biggest gift is that you are healthy,” said one woman after shaving her head.
Photographer Albert Bredenhann captured the altruistic act in a 4-minute video and photo shoot, set to the Meatloaf song “I Would Do Anything For Love,” along with McKenna’s stunned reaction when she arrived at what she assumed was just another group gathering. “You girls look awesome!” says a teary McKenna.
Watch, cry, then go hug your girlfriends.
- Babble.com | Healthy Living – 16 hours ago6 Lessons to Learn from the 10 Least Obese States in the USThe annual most and least obese states report came out last week - a set of statistics I always find oddly interesting. It's never a surprise that the healthiest states in our country are also some of the most beautiful geographically: Hawaii, California, and Colorado, to name a few. I mentally add these top ten states to places I want to visit and/or live one day if I were ever forced to move out of my beloved Carolina home. I'm immediately drawn to the way the community gravitates towards healthy living. What I love most is that their surroundings allow them to embrace such a lifestyle, with lots of outdoor activities, access to fresh and local foods, and walkable cities and neighborhoods.
This year's top ten least obese (and coincidentally, healthiest) states are: Montana (the clear winner at 19 percent obesity), Colorado, Nevada, Minnesota, Massachusetts, Connecticut, New Mexico, California, Hawaii, and New York.
For comparison's sake, the most obese states are MississippiRead More »from 6 Lessons to Learn from the 10 Least Obese States in the US
- 75 percent of sodium in the American diet comes from processed foods.
By Nancie George, Everyday Health
You already know that excess sodium in restaurant and processed foods can give you puffy skin, raise your hypertension risk and cause weight gain. But a high-salt diet can also threaten your joint and bone health, especially if you have rheumatoid arthritis, and it can also trigger an autoimmune response.
Although you need sodium to keep your body working properly, the average American consumes 47 percent more sodium than the recommended daily amount. Here are four more ways salt can hurt you.
1. Salt can cause bone loss.
A high-salt diet increases the amount of calcium that goes out in your urine, and a lack of this essential bone-building mineral can contribute to bone loss. Although there is no definitive evidence that a high-salt diet causes osteoporosis - the bone-thinning disease that affects about 52 million Americans - a calcium deficiency could result in weaker bones.
suffer from developmental problems. However, one pediatrician famous for his anti-television views has changed his tune — at least, when it comes to the iPad.If you’re the parent of a toddler, you’ve probably heard that kids under the age of two who use multi-media (computers, video games, television) Read More »from iPads May Be OK For Babies, Says Doctor. Seriously?
Dimitri A. Christakis, M.D., a Seattle doctor whose opinion piece was published this week in the journal JAMA Pediatrics, says kids under the age of 2 could actually benefit from using the iPad for up to 60 minutes per day, as long as they’re engaging in mentally stimulating activities such as learning games rather than simply watching videos.
He also notes that the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP)’s 2011 recommendation that kids under the age of two generally avoid using media (which he co-authored) was written one decade before the debut of the iPad, tablets, and devices. “The statement was drafted with no knowledge that such a device would ever exist,” wrote Christakis. “Now, 3
- Do anti-hangover drinks and powders really work? Two docs weigh in.
By: K. Aleisha Fetters
If your famous last words-"just one more"-routinely turns into three or four, you might have already sought the help of one of the many so-called hangover cures currently on the market. These powders, pills, and miracle beverages promise a night's worth of poor choices without any (okay, some) of the morning-after regrets.
But do they really work? We ran some of the most popular formulas out there by alcohol metabolism expert James M. Schaefer, Ph.D., and nutritionist Jaime Mass, M.S., R.D., L.D./N., founder of Jaime Mass Nutritionals LLC.
The Claim: Throw it back up to an hour before or while drinking to help neutralize and process the toxins that contribute to hangovers.
The Review: Given its ingredients, this one has a pretty good shot of delivering on its promises. Thiamine, for instance, is a B vitamin that can run low following a night ofRead More »from The Truth Behind 9 Popular Hangover "Cures"
By: K. Aleisha FettersSkinning
A combination of skiing, cross-country, and climbing every stair in the Empire State Building, skinning is a sport that's on the up-and-up-literally. In skinning, you have to ski up the slope before you can shred downhill.
Why would you ever do such a thing, you ask? In the olden days, it was the only way to get up the mountain. In fact, the name skinning comes from the sealskins people used to attach to the bottom of their skis to give them more traction. (Perhaps it's also the reason why some people prefer to call it ski mountaineering, ski randonnée, or alpine touring.)
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Fast-forward to present day. While ski lifts are your easy ticket up the mountain, skinning offers an invigorating (and ass-kicking) workout. To skin, you wear alpine touring (AT) equipment, which looks a lot like traditional alpine gear with a few key differences. First, the boots allow for more range of motion up the hill and have aRead More »from The Best End of Ski Season Workout: Skinning
- By Jennifer Van Allen, Runner's World
Running is not only great for the soul but good for your health. Check out the 6 different ways your body can reap the benefits of running.Read More »from 6 Ways Running Changes Your Body for Good
1. Running makes you happier.
If you've been working out regularly, you've already discovered it: No matter how good or bad you feel at any given moment, exercise will make you feel better. And it goes beyond just the "runner's high"--that rush of feel-good hormones known as endocannabinoids. In a 2006 study published in Medicine & Science in Sports & Exercise, researchers found that even a single bout of exercise--30 minutes of walking on a treadmill--could instantly lift the mood of someone suffering from a major depressive order. In a May 2013 study in Medicine & Science in Sports & Exercise in which rats and ice got antidepressant-like effects from running on a wheel, researchers concluded that physical activity was an effective alternative to treating depression.
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- Alex Palombo/FITNESS MagazineBy Jessica Girdwain
It was a seemingly normal workout: a high-powered circuit of pull-ups, push-ups, and squats. "Difficult, yes, but done in 20 minutes," says Shari Becht, a 40-year-old chef in Highland Ranch, Colorado. Seventy-two hours later she knew something was seriously wrong. "I couldn't believe how big and heavy my arms looked," she says. They were so swollen and sore she could barely straighten them, and her fingers tingled. Worried, Shari rushed to her doctor, who did blood work. "The next afternoon, I got a call saying, 'We have a hospital bed waiting for you,'" she remembers.
Shari was diagnosed with exertional rhabdomyolysis, a condition brought on by intense activity in which muscle fibers break down and release electrolytes and proteins into the bloodstream. One of the proteins, myoglobin, can occur in such high concentrations that it overwhelms the kidneys, which can lead to kidney failure or death. Shari spent three days in the hospital hooked up to a saline IVRead More »from Workouts Gone Wrong: Ways to Injury-Proof Your Sweat Sessions
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