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Most Dangerous Holiday for a Road Trip

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 any country.

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NANA2PRINCESSES 6/28/2013 7:57PM

    I live in a resort area so the traffic comes to us, making for a lot of local congestion. Try to plan shopping before they get here.

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CINA-MINI 6/28/2013 1:51PM

    The only time we get work "off" is on worldly holidays. I don't like traveling at all but especially on traffic loaded holidays.

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CELEST 6/28/2013 3:56AM

    Yup road rage is a biggie to be avoided at all costs. We also rarely travel on any holiday because Justin feels its better to be safe than sorry.

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JACKIE542 6/27/2013 8:39PM

    We stay home too, tired of the traffic especially on holidays. emoticon

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ONLYTEMPORARY 6/27/2013 8:25PM

    We always stay home to avoid traffic and the drunks.

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3 Risky Statements for Summer

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. emoticon

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. emoticon

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." emoticon

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SUNNYWBL 6/26/2013 2:49PM

    Great tips! emoticon emoticon emoticon

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CELEST 6/26/2013 9:53AM

    Does anyone really question wearing a bicycle helmet?? Crazy folks out there.
Very interesting points for the rest though. As a 3 yr old sister in our congregation says "sanx vewee much"

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NANA2PRINCESSES 6/26/2013 6:44AM

    More good information. I'm guilty of neglecting sunglasses. Thanks for the post.

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ONLYTEMPORARY 6/25/2013 8:07PM

    Great points!

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Sitting Kills, Moving Heals

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."

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CLAUDEM1 6/25/2013 12:30PM

    Interesting. My daughter has been encouraging me to stand whenever possible. When she is on the phone, she paces... getting as much movement in her day as possible. I have been making more of an effort. I spend quite a bit of time sitting at my desk correcting work or at the computer, but I have been trying to get up every 20 min. or so to move around. It helps my joints a lot when I do.


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CINA-MINI 6/24/2013 1:33PM

    I will be sharing this with DH. He and DS SIT MOST of the day. He is in the car more often than not. When he is at an appt., he will stand the entire time, but he spends literally hours driving each day.

Good to know. Thanks for sharing!

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CELEST 6/24/2013 8:52AM

    So the trick is not to be annoyed when you get interrupted, rather have a smile on your face.

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NANA2PRINCESSES 6/24/2013 7:56AM

    DS#1 is a great fan of Dr. Mercola. Unfortunately his job involves sitting in front of a computer all day. Hopefully he stands up frequently. Thanks for more good info.

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TATTER3 6/24/2013 6:46AM

    Gotta get up!!

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SUNNYWBL 6/24/2013 1:50AM

    "It's not how many hours of sitting that's bad for you, it's how often you interrupt that sitting that is GOOD for you."

Thanks for the info and the great quote!

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ONLYTEMPORARY 6/23/2013 7:31PM

    That's great news, thanks!

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LALMEIDA 6/23/2013 4:53PM

  emoticon Good to know!

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Sit to Slim

Saturday, June 22, 2013

Interesting tidbit from March 2008 Good Housekeeping Magazine page 47:

"Sit Down to Slim Down"

"Before you eat, take a 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."

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CINA-MINI 6/26/2013 2:28PM

    Very interesting! I try my best to sit, even if it's at my desk. I carefully chew each bite too. I try to get full before my meal is gone.

Great info. Thanks for sharing.

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CLAUDEM1 6/25/2013 12:40PM

    Really? I'm going to talk to Rick about that. He likes to eat standing at the counter whenever he makes a sandwich for lunch, or has a quick breakfast. Very interesting.


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SUNNYWBL 6/23/2013 5:29PM

    I ought to sit down to eat more often. For me, logging my food has the same good effect.

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ONLYTEMPORARY 6/22/2013 10:34PM

    Wow, I never knew that. I rarely if ever eat standing.

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CELEST 6/22/2013 1:50PM

    My word, I wouldn't have known that??? Just goes to show. I did read once that people who eat in their car while driving, eat more than those at a table, so maybe the table is the place to eat after all.

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TATTER3 6/22/2013 12:18PM

    Not sure....I plan out my meals and don't graze...but if I were'nt watching, it would be 175%more!!!

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NANA2PRINCESSES 6/22/2013 7:44AM

    I believe this to be true. I also live alone, but try and sit for my meals. This summer have been using the outside table as weather permits. Thanks for the info.

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KKKAREN 6/22/2013 7:40AM

    That does sound interesting. I live alone and stand at the kitchen counter most nights for dinner, I'll try it the other way.

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4 minutes to stronger muscles

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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CINA-MINI 6/26/2013 2:31PM

    I have always been careful about stretching. I have read several different things saying that I need to hold the stretch for longer. According to this, 30 seconds on each side 4 times sounds good. I am going to try it.

Thanks for sharing!

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CLAUDEM1 6/25/2013 12:41PM

    I definitely need to stretch more.


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TATTER3 6/22/2013 12:22PM

    Love these articles you find!!!

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ONLYTEMPORARY 6/21/2013 10:56PM

    Interesting, thanks.

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