Wondering about a flu shot?

»Posted by on Oct 5, 2012 in Health | 0 comments

I’ve gotten a flu shot every year for about six years. I didn’t get the flu any one of those years. Last year I forgot to get one, and around February I was laid up for about a week, moaning and sniffling and shuffling sadly into my kitchen every hour or so to make toast or tea or to grab a little container of pudding, the only three things I could manage to keep down. Totally, totally un-fun. It’s now that time of year when flu shots are available to the general public. Check out the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Q & A regarding flu shots. Lots of good info here, including what a flu shot is exactly, what the possible side effects are, and a link to find the closest place in your area to get one:...

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Love Your Buddha Belly

»Posted by on Oct 19, 2011 in Health | 0 comments

I came across this piece in More magazine. Despite the fact they had multiple articles and advertisements in the rest of the magazine and on the website, I found this article to be right on target. Yoga helps you focus on your mind, and on the feel of your body, rather than your apppearance. The first step in this yoga journey, however, is to love the body you have. You don’t have to love every inch. Just focus on what you are proud of, like the fact that your body can now hold plank pose longer than ever, or you can stay in crow pose for just a second or two longer. Yoga also makes it easier not to perseverate in dissatisfaction with your body because on your mat, you are in the moment — and there is no space for you to concentrate on what you...

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Who wants to go tanning…?

»Posted by on Oct 3, 2011 in Health | 1 comment

Tanners beware. I’m the guy who never thought it would be me. I wouldn’t wear sunscreen. I went tanning a few times when I was younger. Last year, I discovered a small cut on my temple that wouldn’t heal. I mentioned it to my doctor at my physical and he tried to freeze it off. It returned. I was referred to a dermatologist. He tried to perform a biopsy, but he didn’t take enough tissue for a conclusive analysis. So I waited—probably too long. But the spot that wouldn’t heal returned, and grew. It even bled once in a while. I went back to the dermatologist and I was told that it looked “very suspicious.” He did another biopsy, and I was told I had cancer. I made an appointment to remove it, and I got clue number one that it was more serious than I...

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“It’s been a while since my last Olympics…”

»Posted by on Mar 3, 2011 in Health, Yoga | 0 comments

Joe played football in college. But it’s been a lot of years since, and though Joe works hard, he hasn’t been exercising. He’s also gained 20 pounds. He decides it’s time to get his body back in shape, and his friends have told him yoga is a great way to do it. He comes to his first class and as he moves through the asanas, he finds himself in a competitive state of mind. Sure, it’s been years since the football field, he thinks, but shouldn’t he be able to keep up in a yoga class? He watches the most obviously advanced students, and tries to emulate their ease in different poses. Bad idea. The next day he’s stiff, his back hurts, he’s feeling a little tendonitis — in short, he’s not exactly feeling...

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Drink this.

»Posted by on Feb 13, 2011 in Health, Yoga | 2 comments

I went online recently to see if I could find some data to back up something I’d read some time back: that drinking room temperature water during exercise is better than drinking cold water because your body absorbs it better. Here’s one of the first things I found after Googling “yoga drinking water”: A Yoga Journal article entitled “Hold the H2O: Why some yoga teachers caution against drinking water in class.” Rodney Yee, a legendary and impressive yoga teacher, says in this article that the obvious reason a yoga student should avoid drinking water during class is “visual and aural distraction.” In other words, a notable reason not to drink water in class is because you might disturb the class with swallowing,...

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