I am a low maintenance kind of girl. I don’t like to have to remember things like taking pills with every meal or even in the morning. And silly though it may sound, I always like to think that if we had some natural disaster that prevented me from having access to meds or pills I’d be okay. Basically, in case zombies attack, WWIII occurs, or Steven King’s The Stand comes true, I want to be able to be a-okay when I’m walking across the country with minimal food and water.
I’ve been working out again and it feels so good! I notice a difference in my mind and body, and the change is so palpable that it is a huge part of what sustains my desire to exercise. I think when nearly anyone moves their body and starts working out they feel better, but I’m not sure everyone feels as good as I do. If they did, they would stick with it more and exercise more. If everyone felt the way I do after exercising, everyone would exercise.
It’s like I’ve taken a drug. I think I sincerely get a high from exercise, and I feel lucky because it’s a healthy high. But I think it’s also why I feel so down when I go two weeks without it, so it does have a bit of a double-edged sword.
There has always been talk about a runner’s high and endorphins giving athletes a pick-me-up, but it turns out now there is actual science to back it up. Check out this article from the New York Times. I’d like […]
Rarely does a Pilates class go by where someone doesn’t get a toe or foot cramp, and sometimes a cramp in the calf or hamstring. While I don’t typically get leg and foot cramps anymore I do feel for people who have them because I used to get terrible Charley Horses in the middle of the night.
I always suggest that people curl their toes (flexing their feet) and stretch. And luckily that is the right advice, but I’d also always understood that dehydration played a role in cramping, although it turns out there is no evidence to prove that. Still, I don’t think recommending people go home and hydrate is necessarily the worst idea.
However, here is the cool thing… A recent research study at Brigham Young University found that pickle juice seems to reduce leg and foot cramps. But why? It might not be what you expect. I assumed it had something to do with the salt or vinegar in pickle juice. The researchers aren’t sure yet what about pickle juice […]
There are apparently multiple research studies that prove that the more men help with housework the more a couple has sex. Tara Parker-Pope who writes “Well,” the New York Times’ health blog was on NPR last week discussing marriage and brought up the benefits of men doing housework.
I thought it was a fascinating and helpful tidbit of research. It makes sense to me just in the fact that the more help someone gets around the house the more time there is for additional activities.
So whether you’re a man or a women, consider this information food for thought and take from it what you will.