Health & Spirit

Exercise-Deprived? The Fearless Path to Fitness

Health / Marilynn Preston /

I have a personal question. It's not intended to make you feel guilty (which is the mother of all useless emotions). It's meant to tickle your neurons and invite thought.

What keeps you from exercising more?

You know you should. Exercise is the miracle cure for whatever ails you. Feeling tired? Depressed? Overcome with PTSS (post-Trump ...Read more

Me? Stressed? March Back to Work With DIY Strategies

Health / Marilynn Preston /

I didn't need a new survey from the world's largest temporary-job agency to tell me that working people are feeling stressed. Who isn't? The genius who fixes my car; the bag-packer at Whole Paycheck; the stranger on the running path struggling to keep up with her two poodles and a Pomeranian: Everyone, everywhere I go, is reporting more ...Read more

The Sweet Spot of Valentine's Day: Your Own Loving Heart

Health / Marilynn Preston /

Asma Shuaib, a 22-year-old student attending a rally near Ellis Island to protest the new and confusing immigration rules, was in tears when a reporter for The New York Times caught up with her.

"If you see something that you believe in your heart is wrong," she said, "you must speak out, and then act."

When I read that, I knew I had a sweet...Read more

Marching: an Unexpected Exercise in Well-Being

Health / Marilynn Preston /

Normally, I don't think of marching as an aerobic workout. I'm a healthy-lifestyle expert and wellness coach, and I'm a thousand times more likely to mention running, swimming or biking as terrific ways to boost your heart, strengthen your core and lift your spirit.

But marching? Shoulder to shoulder? Who knew?

And then I found myself in ...Read more

Going Skiing This Winter? Ready, Set, Snow!

Health / Marilynn Preston /

Answering my reader email can be a slippery slope. Especially when it's from a 29-year-old English teacher from Florida asking me for some pre-ski training advice:

"Dear Marilynn: I'm looking forward to some downhill skiing this winter. I've been running all summer and fall -- averaging about 25 miles a week -- and I feel pretty good. What ...Read more

From Oreos to Apples: a Savvy Guide to Raising Healthy Eaters

Health / Marilynn Preston /

Pillow fights are nothing but fun -- joyful, energizing and giggle-producing. Food fights with your kids, on the other hand, are stressful, crazy-making and can result in eating disorders down the line.

"No carrots, no cookies!" "Too full for broccoli but room for chocolate cake?" "OK! No dessert for you," ad nauseum...

"I've tried ...Read more

2017 Wake-Up Call: The Doctor Is Out!

Health / Marilynn Preston /

It's not my nature to end the year on such a somber note. Normally, I'm a pop-the-cork, hats-and-horns kinda gal, but this year is a little different. A (SET ITEAL) little different? Hah!

So here it is: the single worst bit of health and wellness news of 2016:

For the first time in 20 years, the National Center for Health Statistics ...Read more

New Year's Resolutions: How To Make 'Em so You Don't Break 'Em

Health / Marilynn Preston /

As 2016 bangs to a close, many of us will open up to making some positive changes in the new year. Most of them involve living a zippier, healthier lifestyle. If Oprah can drop 40 pounds, you can, too, right? Keeping the weight off is a whole different thing, but let's not veer off into the negative, as our minds tend to do. This is the year ...Read more

Who Put the 'Oy' in Joy? 3 Ways to Flow Into 2017

Health / Marilynn Preston /

"I just don't feel like celebrating," the woman next to me in yoga blurted out the other day. "I'm too tense. I'm so upset by everything that's going on."

This is what "Bah! Humbug!" feels like, I thought during my first forward bend, desperately trying to release the tension that's driving tiny nails into my lower back ever since "fake news"...Read more

Holy Temptations! Live 'Em, Love 'Em, Don't Overdo 'Em

Health / Marilynn Preston /

Even the best-intentioned people on the path to a healthy lifestyle are likely to stumble and fall into the eggnog abyss this time of year.

It is the season to indulge, fa la la la la, so we grab one more brownie, ditch yoga, skip our daily walk and are a no-show at the gym (if we even belong to a gym, which most of us don't).

So what? There...Read more

You Want Change? Say Hello to Your Commander in Chief

Health / Marilynn Preston /

On this all parties agree: Changing old habits isn't easy. We humans are lulled by the usual things: getting along on five hours of sleep a night; the mindless munching of too many gluten-free cookies; sidestepping our workout because we're too busy, too tired, too stressed. We know we can live healthier and feel perkier, but instead ...Read more

Well-Being Alert! Choose Gratitude Over Grumbling

Health / Marilynn Preston /

Thanksgiving has come and gone, but you can earn extra credits at Healthy Lifestyle U. if you keep on feeding that gratitude.

Why? Because happiness researchers (yep, these are real, paying jobs) report the same result, over and over again: Expressing your gratitude on a regular basis has many positive benefits, including better health, ...Read more

For a Strong Heart, When They Go Low, We Go High on HDL

Health / Marilynn Preston /

In times of post-election emotional stress (you talking to me?) we need to take special care to protect our vulnerable hearts. That's why my 90-minute yoga class last week was dedicated to postures designed to open the heart, support the heart, and nourish the heart. I felt so stress-free after class that I was able to get through an entire ...Read more


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