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May Day! May Day! May 1, 2019

Posted by nrhatch in Exercise & Fitness, Health & Wellness, Humor.
29 comments

I’ve never seen the appeal of Hot Yoga ~ the idea of sweating in a sweatbox with a bunch of other sweaty folks is decidedly unappealing to me.

But I have wondered whether Hot Yoga offered benefits that I could cash in on while walking each morning in sweltering heat.

The answer?

Probably not . . .

Tracy and his team have conducted two experiments on the physical effects of Bikram yoga, which involves completing a strict series of poses over a period of 90 minutes in a room heated to 104 or 105 degrees. The first experiment included healthy (but sedentary) young adults with no yoga experience. After eight weeks and 24 Bikram sessions, Tracy says the study participants showed some modest increases in strength and muscle control, as well as a big improvement in balance. They also achieved a slight drop in body weight.

“To be honest, we were pretty surprised by the small size of the weight change, because when you’re in the Bikram studio you feel like you’re working really hard,” Tracy says. “And remember, these were people who didn’t regularly exercise before the study. We were expecting a bigger drop.”

For his follow-up experiment, Tracy hooked up experienced yogis to equipment designed to measure their heart rates, body temperatures, and energy expenditures during a typical Bikram session. That new data helped explain some of those disappointing body-weight findings: While heart rate and core temp climbed significantly (but not dangerously) during the 90-minute session, the participants’ metabolic rates—or the amount of calories their bodies burned—were roughly equivalent to those of people walking briskly.

“I think the immediate reaction is disappointment if you’re a Bikram fan,” Tracy says, adding that, if you’ve spent time reading about the activity online, you might assume you’d be shedding up to 1,000 calories per session. “But that’s not the case,” he says. His research shows men burn an average of 460 calories, while women work off about 330. “I think the heat and the difficulty of the postures combine to alter your perception of the intensity of the exercise,” he explains. On the other hand, one part of your body is getting a major workout, Tracy says. “Heart rates are quite high for the amount of work you’re doing. Quite high.”

To read more:

Is Hot Yoga Good For You ~ And For Weight Loss?

Cool! ~> I’ll continue to seek out the shade!

Aah . . . that’s better!

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That’s Crazy! April 29, 2019

Posted by nrhatch in Humor, Joke, Travel & Leisure.
20 comments

BFF dreamt that I was driving an RV . . .

out of a campground . . .

at full speed . . .

down a hill . . .

without stopping . . .

to unplug it first!

As a result of our hasty departure, the RV was dragging a 100-foot-long extension cord behind it as we careened down the hill.

Guess BFF doesn’t think much of my driving!   Flushed

Aah . . . that’s better!

“All In” April 27, 2019

Posted by nrhatch in Humor, People, Word Play.
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Have you been watching James Holzhauer as he wows audiences on Jeopardy?

He’s got a photographic memory AND he’s a professional sports gambler who quick with the clicker ~> a lethal combination, especially when combined with his killer smile!

And he’s fearless!

When he lands on a Double Jeopardy, he calmly pushes it “All In” . . . doubling his score.

After 17 appearances, James has won $1,275,587 and he’s still going strong.

To put his performance in context, Ken Jennings won $2.5 million in regular games back in 2004 ~ but it took him 75 games to get there.

Before James, the single highest one day win totaled $77,000.

James has surpassed that record . . . 8 times!

His highest one day total to date ~ $131,127.

Aah . . . that’s amazing!

Stop Slouching! April 25, 2019

Posted by nrhatch in Exercise & Fitness, Health & Wellness.
28 comments

Your mother had the right idea when she encouraged good posture by insisting that you (and your siblings) “Stand up straight!”

Good posture improves our health and well-being, facilitates our breathing and respiratory function, and even gives our mood and energy levels a quick boost:

It’s true: Peper has conducted a series of studies on posture and how it can influence a person’s mood, energy levels and cognitive performance. Some of his research has found that slouching promotes low mood and decreased energy levels. One of his forthcoming studies shows that slouching can even impair student performance on a math test.

To read more:  How To Improve Posture (TIME)

Aah . . . that’s better!

Do You Need A Digital Will? April 23, 2019

Posted by nrhatch in Home & Garden, Life Balance, People.
22 comments

With so much of our lives stored on-line, what would happen if you were out of the picture?

Would someone else be able to access your on-line accounts to pay bills, move money, cancel subscriptions, read e-mails, retrieve photos, handle other transactions, etc.?

If the thought is making you ponder (or panic), read this:

Digital Wills:  What You Need to Know

Aah . . . that’s better!

Six Little Stories April 21, 2019

Posted by nrhatch in Humor, Life Balance, People, Word Play.
34 comments

Goofy-Under-An-Umbrella{1} Once all villagers decided to pray for rain.

On the day of prayer all the people gathered, but only one boy came with an umbrella.

That’s FAITH

{2} When you throw a baby in the air, she laughs because she knows you will catch her.

That’s TRUST

Goofy-Riding-A-Bike{3} Every night we go to bed, without any assurance of being alive the next morning but still we set the alarms to wake up.

That’s HOPE

(4) We plan big things for tomorrow in spite of zero knowledge of the future.

That’s CONFIDENCE

(5) We see the world suffering, but still we get married and have children.

That’s LOVE

grumpy_thinking{6} An old man’s shirt reads: “I am not 80 years old . . . I am sweet 16 with 64 years experience.”

That’s ATTITUDE

Aah . . . that’s better!

Source:  E-mail from unknown author (sent by Joe M.)

The Middle Path April 19, 2019

Posted by nrhatch in Happiness, Life Balance, Mindfulness.
25 comments

IMGP2584bA husband asked a Zen master to intercede on his behalf with his wife as she had a very uncharitable nature.

The Zen master agreed to speak with her.  He put his clenched fist under her nose and asked, “If your hand was always like this what would you call it?”

“Deformed.”

He then held his hand wide open and asked, “If your hand was always like this what would you call it?”

“Deformed”

The Zen master nodded.

“A naturally functioning hand opens and closes. It remains flexible, neither locked into one extreme nor the other.  Just as a hand at rest is neither clenched nor wide-spread so too is our natural state.  We are not one thing or another.”

With that, he walked away.

Aah . . . that’s better!

A Satisfying Sound April 11, 2019

Posted by nrhatch in Humor, Less IS More, Life Balance, Mindfulness.
26 comments

I finished up our taxes this week.

Yay!  It’s always a good feeling to be done with them.

Better still . . . I spent a few minutes culling unnecessary documentation (old medical bills, outdated credit card slips and statements, insurance claims, charitable receipts, etc.) from our financial files.

Once culled, that weighty stack of paper disappeared into the jaws of our shredder.

A sound most “satisfying.”

Aah . . . that’s better!

Why NOT To Be Gluten Free April 8, 2019

Posted by nrhatch in Food & Drink, Health & Wellness, Humor.
38 comments

Being a vegetarian = easy peasy.
Being gluten free = a constant challenge and a sometimes sacrifice.

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I am re-thinking my options.

Instead of “slim and trim,” maybe I should aim for “fat and sassy”? 😛

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Life is short . . . seize the day (and the pizza!).

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Aah . . . that’s better!

To read an appetizing comment thread and insight filled post:  Odds & Ends on Observations (Kate)

Travel April 6, 2019

Posted by nrhatch in Humor, Travel & Leisure.
36 comments

Travel gets us outside our comfort zones and gives us an opportunity to interact with strangers.

There’s a certain freedom and anonymity to interactions with people we will (likely) never see again.

They don’t know us.

We don’t know them.

We are not limited by pre-conceived notions of how we should act, what we should eat, how we should dress, etc.

We are free to just be.

And, still, there’s no place like home!

Aah . . . that’s better!