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What to Feed a Cold, Heidi Mitchell, Wall Street Journal

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In the Health and Wellness section of WSJ, December 17, 2013, “What to Feed a Cold.”

She discusses the myth of dairy, the impact of alcohol, “Mom’s Penicillin”, and Vitamin C

 

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A CEO Crossfit Regimen

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From Wall Street Journal, June 17, 2013.

This guy is 52, the typical age for Crossfit athletes to get hurt with this regimen!

I find it interesting how often “mature” men get into this serious exercise program, only to enrich their orthopedist.

The key to getting the best from Crossfit as an adult male is to resist the temptation to be “trained” by your worst enemies: “The Guy You Used to Be”, and his really nasty cousin, “The Guy You Thought You Were”.

My advice is to think long term, not quick fix.  You actually may accomplish a quick fix, but only if you think long term.

Full disclosure, my son and two friends opened a CrossFit Studio this year.  He has tried to help me learn how to exercise and get healthy in new ways, and I’m actually liking it, though taking it in baby steps.

My constant drumbeat to Taylor’s enthusiasm to help me, “Remember, I’m not 35 anymore.  The body doesn’t bounce back like it used to.  The object here is health, not injury.”

I endorse this program, and wish I’d leaned about the principles earlier in life–but I subscribe to the philosophy of never too late.  Just take is slow, and as the cliché goes, listen to your body.

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“Optimal Music for the Gym”

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From WSJ, April 2, 2013, in the section on ‘Your Health.’ discusses music for your workouts.

  • At the right tempo, music can reduce the sense of exertion as well as boost motivation
  • When athletes synchronize their movements to a musical beat, their bodies can handle more exertion
  • Music can alter emotional and physiological arousal much like a pharmacological stimulant or sedative
  •  The benefits of music seem most pronounced during low-to-moderate-intensity exercise,…more effective for recreational exercisers than elite athletes

Seems to confirm that the right exercise equipment includes a good playlist!

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Ichiro Suzuki’s Secret Gym, Wall Street Journal

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This Wall Street Journal article from March 5, 2013, adds some interesting information about the definition of “fitness” particularly as it relates specifically to baseball.

“I believe flexibilitygives me my strength,” Ichiro explains.  “Flexibility is my weapon.”

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How Sick Do You Have To Be To Skip Going to the Gym? –Alina Dizik

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Another good piece on exercise when not at your best.  Cold okay, Flu–not so much.

Also, if you have the time, google Alina Dizik–seems like a hoot.

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Six Ways to Relieve Arthritis Naturally, Moshe Lewis

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From the SF Chronicle, July 19, 2012, good article on arthritis relief.

 

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Should you exercise during a cold?

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I have been on a roll recently,  and am loathe to miss a day of exercise.  I was recently overcome with the usual winter cold, and wondered what the pros and cons were of exercising through it.  I came across this article from the New York Times, dated December 25, 2008.  With the blessing of its wisdom, I powered right through my cold,  and actually felt better for the exercise.  I hope you find the article interesting.

http://www.nytimes.com/2008/12/25/health/nutrition/25best.html?_r=1

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