Likely the word “diet” has a Greek or Latin origin, but for those who have been on the diet merry-go-round a couple of times, the first three letters of the word speak volumes.
Whenever a new calendar is slapped on the wall, many of us swear off carbs and commit to kale all-day-every-day, or decide this spring we’re going to do our first triathlon even though we get out of breath jogging to the bus stop and the only time we wear a swimsuit is to wade over to the swim-up bar.
Right now, if someone were to hand you a survey which asked when you last suffered from chronic pain, and you were able to answer “never,” count yourself lucky as 100 million Americans are not able to say the same. When doing the math, this number is greater than those dealing with diabetes, coronary heart disease, stroke and cancer combined. That’s huge.
The whole concept of New Year’s Resolutions and some of the crazy (and possibly unhealthy) things people decide to take on worry me at times. I understand that a new year presents a “fresh start,” but there’s a lot that goes into making change stick, so let’s get started and see if we can set you up for success in 2017.
Did the title of this article just give you the urge to stretch or massage your lower back? Maybe you’re shifting around in your chair, trying to make your position more comfortable. If you’re a yogi, you might currently be in child’s pose on the floor. (Once you’re done, please come back and continue reading!)
When we worry about aging, many of us focus on things like greying hair, or developing wrinkles in our skin. But in addition to our external body growing older, our insides — including our muscles, skeleton and organs — also experience wear and tear over time.
If asked, probably most of us can recall our first crush, which perhaps is associated with a cringe-worthy, pink-faced embarrassing moment or three… (If only that was the last time one of those happened!) And we can also likely agree matters of the heart rarely made sense.
Can you remember the first time you heard someone say “5 second rule!” and watched them ceremoniously pick up whatever fell on the floor and shove it in their mouth? In that one brief moment, you were introduced to the concept that if something doesn’t lie on the ground for more than five seconds, it’s immune to anything gross.
Remember back in the good ol’ days, before the internet, when the only access we had to celebrity scandals (like who wore what, or who was caught cheating with so-and-so) were those incredibly educational magazines that lined the grocery store checkouts?
Human beings are made of strong stuff. Time and again, we have overcome great challenges and exhibited admirable willpower. But there are a couple of things which can bring us to our knees faster than you can say “Sara Lee” — one of which being a basket of warm, fresh bread straight out of the oven.
We’ve all heard about the ever-increasing power of the UV rays pelting down on us from the sky and what we need to do to avoid being harmed by them. Options include: slathering on a 60+ SPF sunscreen the second our feet hit the floor in the AM, sporting a whole suit of protective clothing while at the beach, or staying indoors or in the shade during peak hours.
High heels. Those two words, when strung together, can evoke a variety of feelings, emotions, as well as the possible emptying of bank accounts. You might be more than familiar with them, having a closet or two devoted to your collection which spans the colors of the rainbow, and bestow upon them the power to “make or break” any outfit and/or week.
There’s a strong possibility that you are sitting down right now reading this. Maybe while seated, you’re noticing a bit of a pinching sensation around your waistband.
For many of us, the only time you really think about what’s inside your mouth is when you’re standing in the buffet line, salivating as you pray nobody takes all the macaroni before we get there. Or occasionally early in the morning, when you need to quickly rectify whatever’s inside your mouth making that smell float outside…
For as long as mankind has been hangin’ around, pooping has been a thing. A natural thing. A thing we are supposed to do regularly to be as healthy as possible