Health & Spirit

Take a Hike: The Transformative Nature of Nature

Health / Marilynn Preston /

Summer is a great time to be getting away from it all. You can slip into escape mode the fast way with multiple margaritas, or you can slow down and figure out a plan to get back to nature, into the woods or on a lake, up a mountain or down a river -- paddling, hiking, camping, fishing, whatever suits your soul.

Your fitness goal? Renewal of ...Read more

Traveling This Summer? Great! 7 Ways to Stay on the Path

Health / Marilynn Preston /

Going on vacation this summer? You'd better! But let me warn you: It's a jungle out there, even if you're headed to the beach, the mountains or the museums.

Temptation is everywhere, usually fried or coated in chocolate. Without an action plan in place, even the strongest of us will wind up with Pop-Tarts and margaritas for breakfast.

At home,...Read more

Sum-Sum-Summertime: Play Now or Pay Later

Health / Marilynn Preston /

It's summer. Yippee. Run to the hammock and let's play a game. I want you to lie back and relax into thinking about something you want to accomplish this summer. Here's the sentence. Fill in the blank:

"This is the summer I want to ..."

What? Name your heart's desire. Keep it clean. Think about your own well-being.

Want to run a 10k? (Great ...Read more

Want a Happier Life? Make Friends With Your Inner Critic

Health / Marilynn Preston /

Wherever you happen to be on the rewarding and rocky road to a healthier lifestyle, you'll travel more gently and feel more joy if you learn to make friends with your Inner Critic.

We all have one. Well, maybe not Donald Trump. He just says what he says, does what he does, amazingly free of self-doubt.

But in most of us, the Inner Critic is ...Read more

Summer of Success: Set One Goal and Make It Happen

Health / Marilynn Preston /

Healthy lifestyles don't just happen, the way dust balls do, for instance. It's up to you to carpe diem, to let go of old habits so you can dance with new ones -- two steps forward, one step back -- until the new ones become a juicy and joyful part of your life.

Like starting your day with 10 minutes of stretching, not because your back doctor ...Read more

Bad News Brings Wicked Stress. 4 Ways to Let It Go

Health / Marilynn Preston /

What do you do when you wake up to the world news and it's all horrific and overwhelms you with sadness and despair?

"We're in a global crisis on an enormous scale!" I heard George Stephanopoulos announce one morning, just as I was inhaling my first cup of French roast.

I'd woken up to the sweet, intoxicating call of a loon on a remote lake in...Read more

Choose to Be Happy? Yes You Can!

Health / Marilynn Preston /

Dr. Amit Sood -- professor of medicine at the Mayo Clinic College of Medicine -- grew up and went to medical school in Bhopal, India. Throughout his medical training, he writes, he experienced "the scourge of poverty, malnutrition and disease" that created tremendous suffering in his country.

In 1995, Sood came to America. He did a two-year ...Read more

Don't Call Him a Klutz! And More Rules of the Parenting Game

Health / Marilynn Preston /

"Hit the ball! You're not concentrating!"

"Your baby sister could have caught that!"

"Run! Faster! You're not even trying!"

Lots of parents don't know how to behave when they watch their kid playing. They're loud and obnoxious and supercritical. So how should they act? Differently.

Here are some vital parenting rules to help you ...Read more

Legal in Every State: How to Keep Your Joints Happy

Health / Marilynn Preston /

Healthy joints make for happy athletes. A bum knee, sore shoulder or painful wrist gets in the way of your best time -- playing tennis, riding your bike, humiliating yourself at golf.

Research shows that more than 80% of all sports injuries involve joints. Ouch! The good news is that there's a lot you can do, and Aleve cannot, to keep your ...Read more

Well-Being 101: Busy Moms Need Day Care, Too

Health / Marilynn Preston /

Why is this Mother's Day different from all the others I've been around for?

Because this year, I'm a mom. My unexpected bundle of joy is an 8-month-old named Abraham, funny and smart and remarkably good-natured. And still, he's a handful, and I find myself obsessed with his needs, constantly thinking about all the things I could be doing, ...Read more

If Esports Champs Can Eat Veggies and Do Yoga, So Can You

Health / Marilynn Preston /

Who put the "e" in sports? And how dare they? And why do they even call esports a sport? It bothers me.

I know video gaming is a booming multibillion-dollar business, but so is pet care, and no one's calling that a sport. Sports are strenuous physical activities, such as basketball, baseball, soccer, right? They require strength and skill and ...Read more

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

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