Thursday, June 27, 2013
Better Homes and Gardens July 2012 issue page 168 is a good reminder for today...for the holidays and every day.
"Most Dangerous Holiday For A Road Trip: JULY 4
"Car accidents spike on Independence Day, in part because snarled getaway traffic stokes aggressive driving. Keep your cool by allowing extra time for your trip. If you encounter a hostile motorist, avoid eye contact and distance yourself from the [other]vehicle."
This issue is for a US Holiday, but would apply any time there is heavy traffic...and especially on holidays when people travel...in any country.
Tuesday, June 25, 2013
From Better Homes and Gardens July 2012 page 170. Good reminders for all of us..esp. as we work to become more active, especially outside.
"3 Of The Riskiest Statements You Can Make Right Now:
1) "Why start wearing a bike helmet at my age?" Coasting on good lnck is a bad idea. Head injuries account for 70% of bicycling fatalities, with adults over age 25 making up a growing portion of those deaths, says Tess Benham, a program manager at the National Safety Counsel. Purchase a helmet that fits snugly, covers your forehead and the back of your head, and has straps that don't intrude on your peripheral vision. If your hair is long, a helmet with a ponytail cutout (like the Giro Skyla, $40.00: sporting goods stores ) can help ensure a proper fit.
2) "The sky is cloudy, so I'll leave my sunglasses at home." Even when you can't see the sun, its harmful ultraviolet rays have little trouble finding you. For eyes, that means an increased risk of cataracts, macular degeneration, and melanoma, says Dr. Paul T. Finger, an eye cancer specialist in New York City. Slip on UV-blocking shades (in addition to applying sunscreen) whenever you spend time outdoors during daylight hours.
3) "I'll just stay in my swimsuit - it'll dry sooner or later." The problem is that it might not dry soon enough. A damp suit promotes the growth of bacteria and yeast, which can cause infection if they migrate to the urinary or reproductive tract, says Mary Jane Minkin, a clinical professor of obstetrics and gynecology at Yale University School of Medicine. Pack dry clothes in your beach bag and change as soon as you're done swimming for the day."
Sunday, June 23, 2013
Most of the little clips I post are from old magazine or newspaper articles. Sometimes from emails. This one, however, was posted today by Dr. Mercola. I printed the entire article for a friend who has no internet..and spends much of her day in a recliner or wheelchair. BUT..I think this info is important enough to share...for myself and for everyone else. You can visit Dr. Mercola's website to locate the entire article.
Here is the "Story at-a-glance"
"Sitting for extended periods of time is an independent risk factor for poor health and premature death. Even if you are very fit, if you uninterruptedly sit for a great percentage of the time, you're still at an increased risk of dying prematurely.
"Research by the NASA scientist responsible for monitoring the astronauts, shows your body declines rapidly when sitting for long periods.
"Simply standing up over 30 times a day is a powerful antidote to long periods of sitting and is more effective than walking.
"There are virtually unlimited opportuities for movement throughout the day, from doing housework or gardening, to cooking and even just standing up every 10 minutes.
"It's not how manyhours of sitting that's bad for you, it's how often you interrupt that sitting that is GOOD for you."
Saturday, June 22, 2013
Interesting tidbit from March 2008 Good Housekeeping Magazine page 47:
"Sit Down to Slim Down"
"Before you eat, take a seat...it may help you shed pounds. Researchers at the University of Toronto fed two groups a meal with the same number of calories: The first had lunch at a table (complete with linens); the second ate while standing at a kitchen counter. The big surprise? The standers ate 75 % more at their next meal."
Friday, June 21, 2013
I am cleaning out stacks of paper and old magazines..but I often reread things before moving them out. This afternoon I found this article in a Good Housekeeping magazine page 42 March 2008.
"4 Minutes to Stronger Muscles"
"Stretching not only makes you more limber, it also makes your muscles stronger, reports a new study from Brazil. When a group of young adults were guided through stretches designed to lengthen tight muscles in the backs of their thighs (the hamstrings), both their back and front thigh muscles became up to 12 percent stronger. "Stretch the muscle groups that you use in your workout,' advises Luci F. Teixeira-Salmela, Ph.D., of the Federal University of Minas Gerais in Brazil, who adds that limbering up is even more important as people get older and lose flexibility. To do the hamstring stretch that researchers used in the study, stand up and - keepin gyour legs straight- place one food on a table or bench high enough that you feel a stretch in the back of your thigh. Hold 30 seconds; do four times on each side."
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