Health & Spirit

Plan a Getaway! Adventure Travel Takes You Outside and Inside

Health / Marilynn Preston /

I've been a cheerleader for adventure travel since the first time I jumped on my Schwinn one-speed and yelled, "Giddyap!" What's ahead, around the corner, up the trail? Whom will I meet? What will I see? Why am I here?

I'm here to tell you that spring is the perfect time to plan an adventure travel trip of your own. What will it be? Where will ...Read more

Confessions of a Dorito Addict: How to Beat Back Bingeing

Health / Marilynn Preston /

I've never been much of a binger, but recently I had a humbling experience that gave me new insights into binge-eating... not to mention a bad case of the bloats.

Suddenly, without warning, away from home and visiting family in Florida (who are blameless), I found myself unable to resist Cool Ranch Doritos. Morning, noon and especially at night...Read more

To Bike or Not to Bike: Is That Even a Question?

Health / Marilynn Preston /

Let's celebrate! May 18 is National Bike to Work Day, which is part of Bike to Work Week, which happens to coincide with National Bike to Work Month.

It's all part of the healthy-lifestyle revolution, of which I am a tireless spokesperson.

From 2000 to 2013, the number of bike commuters in the U.S. grew by more than 62 percent. Bike-sharing ...Read more

Your Nervous System Is Making You Nervous. Be Resilient!

Health / Marilynn Preston /

Your mind attaches to the negative.

Who cares? So what? Why is that even helpful?

See? You're doing it already. You're thinking negative thoughts about thinking itself instead of relaxing into the fact that your brain is hard-wired to be fearful and anxious. The trick is to consciously shift to the positive, taking full advantage of ...Read more

Aloha! Practicing Huna in 28 Inches of Epic Rain

Health / Marilynn Preston /

This is my first time on Kauai, a 6 million-year-old speck of volcanic rock in the chain of ancient Hawaiian Islands that are 2,500 miles away from everywhere else. And yes, there is a Starbucks.

Kauai -- rhymes with Hawaii -- is the lushest, wettest island on earth, and it offers more forms of spectacular and insane outdoor adventures than any...Read more

Body Awareness 101: Close Your Eyes and Float Your Kidneys

Health / Marilynn Preston /

You're in the park, on the track, at the gym? Terrific! You've squeezed a workout into your crazy busy day. You deserve a Snickers just for showing up.

You've done your stretches, and your muscles and tendons are warmed up, ready to have some fun.

Bravo! May all your dreams of thinner thighs and tighter butts come true.

But, wait ... just ...Read more

Pack Up All Your Cares And Woes ... Here We Go

Health / Marilynn Preston /

Spring cleaning isn't just for crowded closets and messy garages, and it's certainly not just for the women folk.

It's something we all do because it makes us feel so satisfied when it's over, and spring is the perfect time to take it on. In fact, I've read about communities that spring clean together, meeting in little groups, moving from one ...Read more

Reefer Madness Gives Way to Reefer Gladness

Health / Marilynn Preston /

Just for fun, I started writing today's column, which highlights "4/20," at precisely 4:20 -- the ideal time to draw attention to April 20. That's the day set aside in the '70s to honor America's favorite healing herb, a powerful plant that has been part of human health, well-being and giggles for thousands of years.

Yes, we're talking cannabis...Read more

Adductors 101: How to Activate Rivers of Energy

Health / Marilynn Preston /

There are worse things in the world than inner-thigh jiggle, but with shorts season on the way, it's right up there.

The problem is weak and wobbly adductors -- those oft-neglected inner-thigh muscles. Leave them alone and flab happens. You can't lose it completely, but if you connect to them and make them stronger, you will not only ...Read more

Spring Forward! When Seasons Shift, So Can We

Health / Marilynn Preston /

Spring has sprung. So what? So now's an extraordinarily good time to notice that the birds are chirping, the buds are popping and your own body is primed and pumped to push you down the path to your own personal well-being.

"Springtime is in the air," writes Kenneth Cohen, a qi gong master. "A good time for spring cleaning of mind and body ...Read more

What's the No. 1 Sport for Getting Into Shape? Guess Again

Health / Marilynn Preston /

Last week was the last hurrah... until next winter... for my most invigorating and humbling workout: cross-country skiing. The sun was dazzling; the snow was fluffy, and the Royal Gorge Cross Country Ski Resort in Soda Springs, California -- one of the largest ski centers in North America -- had half of their vast network of trails nicely ...Read more

Stand Up to Confusion: Fake News About Standing Desks

Health / Marilynn Preston /

Sit happens, which is why I've become wildly enthusiastic about the health benefits of standing desks. (FYI: No company is paying me to say this. Darn.)

The science is in: Sitting too much, crushing your kishkes, stagnating your blood, blocking the flow of energy for six, eight, 10 hours a day, is an insult to your well-being.

It's been linked...Read more

Anxious? Who Isn't? Time to Move With Mindfulness

Health / Marilynn Preston /

"Adam" is a guy I've created to illustrate one big and fascinating idea from a new book by British psychotherapist William Pullen: Movement is medicine.

Yes! Forget the word "exercise" for now. Just moving our bodies -- walking, dancing, jogging, preferably in nature -- can help free us from stress, emotional pain and whatever else we're ...Read more


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