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Boomeritis: Too Much of a Good Thing Causes Injuries

Health / Marilynn Preston /

Any body, at any age, can suffer a sports injury, but we baby boomers are famous for them. There's actually a term for it -- boomeritis -- and it refers to the high number of sports-related injuries that happen to people born between 1946 and 1964 -- the first generation of Americans who grew up working out, with or without the Jane Fonda leg ...Read more

What Can Yoga Teach Us About a Great Way to Detox?

Health / Marilynn Preston /

OK, here's a bit of silliness to start your dendrites dancing: What do Chubby Checker and every yoga class in the world have in common?

Think now. (If you're wondering who Chubby Checker is ... YouTube.)

Yes! It's "The Twist."

Chubby Checker made twisting a wildly popular dance in the '50s, but for thousands of years before him, yogis ...Read more

Make Your Getaway! If You Don't Take Your Vacation, Who Will?

Health / Marilynn Preston /

April showers do bring May flowers -- I can hardly wait! -- but I'm also aware that April is the month that many of my dear readers fall victim to VPJ -- Vacation Planning Jitters.

How many days and how much money can you comfortably spend on something as frivolous as your well-being? Where will you go? Who will go with you? How many pairs of ...Read more

Kinhin: Calm Your Mind While Stimulating Your Soles

Health / Marilynn Preston /

Have you ever tried walking meditation? It's a gentle and giant step into the world of Zen. And in case you've just returned from planet Elsewhere, Zen is trending big here on Earth. There are Zen retreats, Zen smoothies, Zen comics, Zen methods of diapering and accounting and an actual book called "Zen and the Art of Casino Gaming."

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Be Like Bianca: Her Secret to Success Can Make You a Champ

Health / Marilynn Preston /

You don't have to be a tennis player or even a Federer fan to love what recently happened to 18-year-old Bianca Andreescu in the final match of the highly prestigious Indian Wells tournament.

She won!

Bianca -- who only qualified for the BNP Paribas Open as a wild card-- beat one of the greatest players in the game, Angelique Kerber, 6-4, 3-6,...Read more

Shift With the Season: Ways to Spring Clean Mind and Body

Health / Marilynn Preston /

The spring solstice is here with a secret and sparking message that everyone on the rocky path to a healthier lifestyle needs to hear: When the seasons change, we can, too.

"Springtime is in the air," writes Kenneth Cohen, a Qigong master. "A good time for spring cleaning of mind and body through meditation, healing practices, eating spring ...Read more

The Joys of Cross-Training: Mix Your Sports, Nix Your Injuries

Health / Marilynn Preston /

Are you hooked on your favorite sport? Do you spend all your workout time either running, biking or swimming, believing that single-minded dedication is going to make you stronger and faster, better and better?

Sorry, dear reader. That's not how it works. It's time to learn about the benefits of cross-training, a fancy name for simply including...Read more

Think Now: What Rhymes With Favor and Boosts Your Joy?

Health / Marilynn Preston /

Savor rhymes with favor, and if it's not in your vocabulary, it should be. Why? Because learning to savor is a wonderfully effective steppingstone to greater happiness, according to the latest research in positive psychology. And yet, these days -- when so many of us are feeling chronically rushed and endlessly distracted -- who has time for ...Read more

Teach to the Test: Well-Being Is Worth Studying, Isn't It?

Health / Marilynn Preston /

Our president is obsessed with his wall. I can relate to that. I really, really want a national well-being test. It would save the country millions -- trillions -- in health care costs. It would educate and motivate people to eat smart, exercise with ease and pursue meaningful relationships so they end up needing fewer doctor visits, ...Read more

Confessions of a Winter Wimp: How Layering Changed My Life

Health / Marilynn Preston /

When it comes to exercising in cold weather, are you a winter wimp?

I'm not talking brutal polar vortex weather. I just mean enough cold to give you an excuse to stay indoors with the taco chips instead of doing some outdoor activity that melts your stress, boosts your energy and -- most especially in these high-tech times -- calms your ...Read more

School's In: Why Can't We Be as Mindful as the Brits?

Health / Marilynn Preston /

Brexit is creating a lot of bad press for Britain these days, but here's a recent headline about the U.K. worth celebrating with a warm Guinness:

"English Schools Will Give Meditation A Try."

Cheerio! The British government just announced that students in up to 370 English schools will get mindfulness training in their classrooms.

They'll ...Read more

'Cramps' Rhymes With 'Stamps'; Here's How to Lick 'Em

Health / Marilynn Preston /

Class is in session. Today's topic isn't the sexiest, but if you've ever had a muscle cramp during sex, you know how it can snap the brain to complete attention. Cramps happen at other times, too.

You're running across a tennis court when suddenly, someone is jabbing a fork into your calf. Or you're blissfully swimming along and for no reason, ...Read more

Celebrate Your Heart: Four Pulsating Ways to Add Zing to Every String

Health / Marilynn Preston /

With Valentine's Day on your mind -- candles at dinner, red silk undies, chocolate-covered anything -- now's a good time to think about your heart.

Thump, thump, thump. Don't be distracted by the obvious rhyme. Focus! When your heart gets sick, so do you. When it stops, you drop. There are many reasons to take care of your heart -- oh, the ...Read more

 

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