Thomas Jefferson, Earnest Hemingway and Charles Dickens, just to name a few, often used standing desks instead of sitting while writing or doing other book work. They felt it got their creative juices flowing and was better for their minds and bodies. Science is proving them to be correct. The long hours of sitting that most American jobs require may be a big part of the reason we have an obesity epidemic in our country, but on the flip side most of us still have our own teeth. I’ve decided to write this entire article standing up while I explore the question; how do we enjoy the fruits of science without turning into jelly fish with great teeth? [Read more…] about Jelly Fish with Great Teeth–Science Verses Nature Part One
NEWS & VIEWS
Did you know that men are more attracted to women who smile according to a study done by the American Psychological Association? Not any smile will work however. If your teeth are stained it’s better to keep your mouth shut, or better yet whiten. Whitening your teeth is one of the most cost effective ways of making yourself look younger. Because teeth naturally discolor as we age, whitening can take as much as ten years from your appearance. [Read more…] about What’s in a Smile?
Back to the lizard from last month’s newsletter, the most disconcerting thing about the whole experience was the tail left to its own devices with no lizard attached. It flailed and flopped around my driveway while I screamed for my husband who handles all things animal and insect (except for snakes, he hates snakes). Why wouldn’t it just die? [Read more…] about The Tail of the Lizard–Part Two
I love Seinfeld. There is much great truth to live by in that show. In one of my favorite episodes, George Costanzia decides that since all the decisions he has made in life to this point haven’t brought him success he is going to start doing the opposite of what his natural instincts tell him to do. He sits down next to a beautiful woman in the coffee shop and tells her that he is out of work and living with his parents rather than the architect fabrication he usually resorts to. It works. [Read more…] about The Opposite Principal
Have you ever had a terrible run, the kind where your whole body feels like you’re Steve McQueen in Papillion? Your legs are shackled; you’re shaking from nothing but starvation rations for months, maybe years; and your stride length was developed in solitary confinement. I read a study once that said these are your most productive runs, but neither my psyche nor my GPS agree. I do know, however, in fitness failure is good. If you work to failure when you strength train (the point where your muscles just won’t do one more bicep curl) you will see future strength gains. If you run like the warden is on your tail, you will see future strength gains. The principal of Positive Adaptation requires that you do something that your body isn’t prepared to do so that it will make the adaptations it needs to make for future success.
Are you struggling with the blues, a poor body image, or feeling like a fitness failure? ABC Pilates and Fitness Inside Out are hosting another event in our encouraging January Jean Squeeze In series. This event is all about Beauty from the Inside Out. [Read more…] about Come and Meet Ms. America 2011