When the weather outside is frightful, exercising outdoors can still be delightful.
PHILADELPHIA — On a perfect November Saturday afternoon, when they could have been pumping iron at the gym or hanging out with friends over a couple of pale ales, half a dozen men slipped through the back entrance to a Spartan yoga studio on the main drag of Westmont, N.J.
They were there, bravely and voluntarily, to spend two hours doing yoga.
Worried about packing on pounds during the high-calorie holiday season?
The good news is, local dietitians say you CAN have your cake and eat it, too.
Food companies want you to believe that eating healthy is as easy as ripping open a bag or opening a bottle. Fiber-rich cookies, water spiked with vitamins, breakfast cereal made with whole grains line the shelves.
“As food manufactures have become more aware that the consumer has become more aware, they know if they put certain things on the label like ‘natural,’ people will respond,” said Angela Rester, a board member of the Wisconsin Local Food Network and executive director of Wellspring Farm and Education Center in West Bend. “People don’t realize that the word ‘natural’ has been hijacked. It holds very little meaning now.”
But the description also applies to those who work industrial jobs in construction, factories, refineries and other jobs that require pulling, lifting, climbing, twisting and other repetitive movements.
They are the “industrial athlete.”
MINNEAPOLIS — As high-deductible health insurance becomes more common in the United States, it may be causing men to make fewer trips to the emergency room — even when they have dangerous conditions such as kidney stones or heart trouble.
Men whose employers switched to such policies cut their ER use by nearly 20 percent the first year they were covered, according to a new study by researchers at the University of Minnesota and at Harvard Medical School.
BOSTON — Fertility clinics have put a new twist on how to make babies: A “two-mom” approach that lets female same-sex couples share the biological role. One woman’s eggs are mixed in a lab dish with donor sperm, then implanted in the other woman, who carries the pregnancy.
A New York doctor described 18 of these cases last week at a fertility conference in Boston that featured other research on ways to help same-sex couples have children. Dr. Alan Copperman is medical director of Reproductive Medicine Associates, a New York City clinic that does the “two-mom” approach.
It’s getting cold again — about the time for you and yours to get colds. But what’s the best option for treating the sneezes and suffering?
Many reach for over-the-counter medicines in hopes that those will provide some relief. But you might want to consider home remedies first.
Donna Mosca had practiced yoga for several years and taught it for five. But it wasn’t until she took a mindfulness-based stress reduction course that she realized how much deeper her own yoga practice and teaching could become.
“We’re constantly pulled away by the stuff going on in our lives,” said Mosca, owner and teacher at Peace Tree Yoga in Burlington. “Adding in elements of mindfulness meditation made me look more closely at my choices, from the books I read and movies I watched to the people surrounding me and the foods I ate.”