Recently considered giving something up or picking up a good habit?
Apparently, It takes six steps to learn a song and only one to four steps to fail forming a new habit (a habit that doesn't form itself, i.e. one that is good for you). Remember to keep going to form a new habit, just like you would when learning a new song.
The holidays are a time for giving thanks, being around family, and stuffing our faces. It's also an unwelcome time of weight gain for many.
Here are some US companies that are going to do well out of the expected consequences of festive debauchery of the culinary kind, aka post-holiday fallout.
It may well have started around 125,000 years ago that people huddled around the fire to cheer each other up during long winter months. Over the millennia, traditions and cultures may have shaped a large variety of festive events (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_winter_festivals), yet, fundamentally, we are still huddling around a fire to cheer each other up during long winter months. Some features have changed, a little, over time: many a Westerner's holiday season revolves around the stove (a place of warmth and calm, of well-deserved solitude at times. At least the turkey does not talk incessantly, like aunt Agatha does), the TV (who needs a fire if you have one of those?), the mince pie (after even UK celebrity chef Heston Blumenthal struggled to force "a new twist" onto the classic pastry, new half-breeds such as the gingerbread mince pie are being judged by adventurous palates this season), and red wine at varying prices, temperatures and strengths.
The common thread during the holiday season is the fierce determination of well-meaning hosts to force upon us billions and billions of extra calories in varying guises, which we gulp down at a speed as if to outrun the body's calorie counter - if the body can't keep track then maybe the weight gain won't be so bad...
So, everyone's happy. Pre- and post-holiday business is booming, everyone is happy huddling around the tills first, the fire / TV second, and finally around the gym equipment in January, and the winter months won't seem all that long.
So, if I may, there is just one thing I would suggest we change: get aunt Agatha to adopt this slightly weird thing called MINDFUL EATING. She will talk less because she's chewing more. The one downside might be that she'll be just a tiny bit smug come January, because she won't have gained an ounce, having savoured every mouthful of the delicious food, and stopped when she was full.
Maybe it’s worth a closer look and a try? Here just a few examples from the web:
An unorthodox new method of paying for a Metro ticket has been introduced in Moscow....doing squats in return for a free underground ride.
Now, that's quirky! Where are the health & safety officials, where is the accident and injury waiver form to sign, where is the alternative option for those less mobile, to avoid discrimination...?? It's quite tiring, too. Just did 30 squats, just to know what it's like. I'm sweating and puffing, and my muscles are hurting (I was trying to copy the funny squats the journalist is doing). This should make for a few sweaty people on the Moscow underground, but also for a few people who feel a little bit more alive than they'd normally do after descending into the belly of the underground network.
As we get ready for the second installment of The Hunger Games, we now have a new fitness regime to help us train like a tribute
Fitness Playground are doing a great job at taking your mind off the hard work while making you work harder... Luckily, there is no age limit to "train like a Tribute". So much fun! http://fitnessplayground.co.uk/
Hazards magazine and WHIN (Workers' Health International Newsletter) provide occupational health and safety information, facts and features for the benefit of workers and their representatives.
There are people who suffer because they sit too much at work. There are people who suffer because they stand too much at work. And then there are potentially seriously unhealthy jobs. "Ouch!" stickers seem like a brilliant idea for anyone, though. http://www.hazards.org/diyresearch/bodymapping.pdf
By Headspace Running most certainly has its benefits: It's good for our hearts and our heads.
Ealing Half Marathon in London is a great event. It was made special because friends and Serpentine runners were running it, too, and friends came out to support. Also, there were a couple of "firsts" for me at this race: before the starter horn went off, I asked myself "what would it be like if I could just go for it this time, without worrying about anything?". Also, I tried to meditate while running. Out of he many steps in this article, I only tried to apply a few: focus on my breathing, focus on how my body felt, and focus on how my foot touched the ground with every step. This worked quite well in the first half, then I got a bit too tired and easily distracted. All in all a brilliant day, and a special run.
All photos by NKM Populist, or a bit far out? A candidate in the upcoming mayoral election in the French capital has recently presented several concepts for the resurrection of decommissioned Metro stations
I like the idea of swimming in a Paris ghost station. Would it be greedy to suggest a 100 m pool?
You don't have to be the right weight to be healthy. It is perfectly okay to be overweight, as long as you are active and fit. This may sound like a bold and shocking statement but research shows that far more people die of inactivity than obesity.
There may be barriers, but on the whole, it is easy for the majority of grown-ups to get walking - by themselves, or by joining a walking group. Here are some options in the UK:
They are known as the mule women of Melilla. Everyday they carry heavy loads across the border between the Spanish enclave and Morocco - if the women can carry them, they can be imported into Morocco duty-free.
While Russia Olympic organisers are rewarding Moscow underground users for a bit of physical exercise with a free ride in a PR stunt (see scoop: http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-europe-24873180) to remind us of the importance of fitness, the porteadoras at Barrio Chino risk their health and even their lives to feed their families by carrying loads of 60kg or more across the border between the Spanish enclave Melilla and Morocco. A win-win situation? Traders do not have to pay duty, and the woman can earn a living. At what risk, and at what price, though...
How about organised "fitness holidays" in Melilla - rather than swinging a kettle bell on a beach, strong fit people in search of an "adventure" could go to Barrio Chino and help out a porteadora for a day...?
WINSTON CHURCHILL knew it. Ernest Hemingway knew it. Leonardo da Vinci knew it. Every trendy office from Silicon Valley to Scandinavia now knows it too: there is virtue in working standing up. And not merely standing. ...
Quoting from the article: "...Though all organisms tend to conserve energy when possible, evidence is building up that doing it to the extent most Westerners do is bad for you ... That, by itself, may not surprise. ... What is surprising is that prolonged periods of inactivity are bad regardless of how much time you also spend on officially approved high-impact stuff like jogging or pounding treadmills in the gym. What you need as well, the latest research suggests, is constant low-level activity. This can be so low-level that you might not think of it as activity at all. Even just standing up counts, for it invokes muscles that sitting does not...."
Hot showers can relieve tension and soothe stiff muscles. If you have a powerful shower head, even better! Let the hot water work like a mini massage on your shoulders, neck, and back.- Studies have shown that taking a hot shower can amp up your oxytocin levels and ease anxiety. Anyone working with stress can use more of the love hormone in their life! - A hot shower also acts as a natural decongestant to relieve cold symptoms, since the hot steam moisturizes nasal passages. - Under the weather and running a slight fever? A hot shower might be what you need to help break your fever, and bring your temperature back to normal
Accumulating evidence suggests that, independent of physical activity levels, sedentary behaviours are associated with increased risk of cardio-metabolic disease, all-cause mortality, and a variety of physiological and psychological problems.
Sitting around and watching TV for hours on end is bad for children's health, apparently.
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