Health & Spirit

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

Going for Gold: How to Champion Your Inner Olympian

Health / Marilynn Preston /

I'll miss the Olympics when it ends, if it ever ends. I've been tethered to the tube night after night, chip after chip, dazzled by the incredible athleticism on display, constantly humming the Olympic theme song that keeps repeating and repeating: Dum-dum, da-dum-dum-dum-dum... It almost makes me want to run out and buy a Toyota.

Can ...Read more

The Biggest and Best Thing You Don't Know About Well-Being

Health / Marilynn Preston /

Let's pretend we're sitting down, face to face, and after some easy chitchat about two-time Olympian Johnny Weir's fabulous fashion statements, I put on my reporter's hat and ask you this one dizzying question: What is the single most crucial factor when it comes to living a happy, healthy life?

Take a breath. Reflect. Have a glass of something...Read more

Take Heart: You're the Cupid You've Been Waiting For

Health / Marilynn Preston /

I'm taking Valentine's Day to heart this year for one good reason: So many hearts are feeling the stress of all that's going on. Anxiety is the cheesy chicken-fried steak of the healthy heart, the open heart, the heart that is so at ease, you barely flinch when someone cuts in line or steals your parking place.

Whether it comes from politics, ...Read more

Go Deeper... and Live a Big, Juicy Life

Health / Marilynn Preston /

All the research circles back to the same fascinating/terrifying conclusion: New Year's resolutions are made to be broken. No one keeps them. It's now a month into 2018: Do you even remember what your resolution was?

I'm pretty sure mine involved potato chips.

Relax! Finger-pointing and guilt-mongering, while still part of my cultural heritage...Read more

Sick of Dieting? Sick from Dieting? Read This Now.

Health / Marilynn Preston /

What's the worst thing you can do if you want to lose weight?

Go on a diet.

Are you surprised? Probably not. Are you relieved? I hope so.

For the first time in recorded history, overeating is a bigger global problem than starvation. In America -- home of the 1,500-calorie Slamburger -- two out of three adults are overweight or obese, thanks ...Read more

Vaccines Are Iffy, so Do 1 More Thing to Resist the Flu

Health / Marilynn Preston /

I was driving the other morning, listening to Forum -- one of my favorite radio interview shows. The topic of the day was the flu.

The Flu! After a few noisy coughs, I leaned right in, because pretty much everyone I know either has the flu, had the flu or is about to get the flu.

"It's very bad this year," the two doctor guests on KQED agreed,...Read more

A New Year's Revelation! Tiny Habits Lead to Big Changes

Health / Marilynn Preston /

What? You've already failed to keep your New Year's resolutions?

Of course you have. Welcome to human nature. And don't feel badly. Zillions of your fellow Americans are also failing to give up nachos, sleep seven hours a night, bicycle to work, defend their souls against time-sucking small-screen devices. Great intentions, depressing results. ...Read more

Small Moves and Big Government: Well-Being Matters in 2018

Health / Marilynn Preston /

New Year clearances are happening all over town, including my own desk, piled high with articles, notebooks and coffee-stained press releases leftover from 2017. It's an activity, like skinny-dipping, that I highly recommend.

One thing I am keeping is an intriguing new book called "The Psychobiotic Revolution," by Scott C. Anderson, John F. ...Read more

Resolutions 'R' Us: How to Make 'Em So You Don't Break 'Em

Health / Marilynn Preston /

As 2017 bangs to a close, many of us open up to the possibility of a zippier, zestier 2018. We resolve to make changes, positive changes that move us in the direction of enhanced well-being, less stress and a new determination to find the "Off" button on our mobile phones.

"I want to start exercising every day!"

"I'm going to lose 20 pounds by...Read more


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