Energy Express from Creators Syndicate Creators Syndicate is an international syndication company that represents cartoonists and columnists of the highest caliber. en Mon, 26 Jun 2017 01:31:30 -0700 Energy Express from Creators Syndicate 556450e7d17851bb1dee90aec942826a 'Moms, Think About This!': a Welcome Rap on Crap for 06/20/2017 Tue, 20 Jun 2017 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>This month, I'm researching personal well-being on a small, gorgeous remote Greek island. Be happy for me. A generous spirit is a sign that your healthy-lifestyle training is paying off. </p> <p>Up the street and around the corner, next to the school, is a playground for the children of my neighborhood. Before the latest equipment arrived, it was a messy field starved for attention, overgrown with weeds, a random selection of battered structures that no self-respecting 8-year-old wanted to play on. <p>Updated: Tue Jun 20, 2017</p> 9a510c474119bc2054728e46c1eaea73 Rethink and Reboot: 3 Hot Ideas for the Coolest Summer Ever for 06/13/2017 Tue, 13 Jun 2017 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>School's out and summer is on her way. Expect rising temperatures, melting polar caps and a need to rethink and refresh your warm-weather workouts to prevent that killer of all dreams: boredom. </p> <p>Boredom is to fitness what a bucket of water is to a flaming marshmallow. Here are three strategies to help you extinguish the possibility of exercise burnout this summer, when you and most everyone you know are in a sweat about so many things. <p>Updated: Tue Jun 13, 2017</p> eb8f27d2170d65a37eb72d4b005259ce The 'Body as Battery' Theory Lives! Tick-tock, Tick-tock for 06/06/2017 Tue, 06 Jun 2017 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>President Donald Trump is exercising his right to be wrong, so hilariously wrong that I must put aside the column I intended to write &#8212; which was about the benefits of working out in water &#8212; and instead discuss our president's current understanding of how the human body operates. </p> <p>The man who is president of the United States of America, when recently speaking to reporters on the record, said that he thinks the human body runs like a non-rechargeable battery. When you're born, you have a finite amount of energy stored in your body, in your battery, and the quicker you use it up, the earlier you die. <p>Updated: Tue Jun 06, 2017</p> b6a23386f793d1eb4f564caa135d8aa1 Why's He Hiding His Golf Swing? Plus 4 Par-ful Training Tips for 05/30/2017 Tue, 30 May 2017 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>May has come and gone and I neglected to mention that May is National Fitness Month. </p> <p>According to the Mayo Clinic, something like 2.7 percent of Americans are living a healthy lifestyle. And according to the House version of the new health care bill, the entire nation must now be punished. Tens of millions will lose their health insurance. Medicaid will be cut to the bone. Food stamps &#8212; also known as nutritional support &#8212; will be withheld from elderly people, hungry people and poor people, adding to our reputation as one of the sickest countries in the developed world. We're in a health care crisis. So what's to celebrate?<p>Updated: Tue May 30, 2017</p> a064606a53eeb101c755dc60a5a83a42 Game On! When Times Are Tough, the Tough Need to Play for 05/23/2017 Tue, 23 May 2017 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>Sigmund Freud didn't get everything right, but here's one thing he said that has the ring of truth. "In our innermost soul," the world's most famous shrink tells us, "we are children and remain so for the rest of our lives." </p> <p>Some years earlier, Plato delivered this bit of wisdom: "What then is the right way of living? Life must be lived as play."<p>Updated: Tue May 23, 2017</p> ab9997948f95f222c30a9f1f74ea27b0 Hear Ye! Hear Ye! And Your Brain Will Thank You Forever for 05/16/2017 Tue, 16 May 2017 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>All the upsetting news about hearing loss in America is falling on deaf ears. Who cares about <i>not</i> hearing when just <i>having</i> a hearing about, say, Russian interference in our elections is so much more important to our well-being?</p> <p>Is it? Listen to another mess we're in: <span class="column--highlighted-text">About 35 million American adults and children have hearing loss, and according to the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association, fewer than 25 percent of all people who need hearing aids actually get them.</span> Say what?<p>Updated: Tue May 16, 2017</p> ba77a3efe10620499e5ea7e376e31c3c Why Add Insult To Injury? What to Do When You Overdo It for 05/09/2017 Tue, 09 May 2017 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>As your most personal trainer, I've written many columns over the years about how to prevent and treat overuse injuries. It's not sexy. It's not the latest research linking diet soda to early dementia. It's not even tied to the House version of our newest health care bill, which should be tied to a submarine headed to the bottom of the sea. </p> <p>So, why do I keep coming back to overuse injuries? Because trying to do too much, too soon, with a body that isn't strong or flexible enough to take the stress is the most common sports injury there is.<p>Updated: Tue May 09, 2017</p> e02d45699352e6f76d8344875084edc3 Tale of 2 Siddhis: You Have the Power to Help Yourself for 05/02/2017 Tue, 02 May 2017 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>From the top down, the news about health care reform in America is sad. Very sad. Chaos and greed soil every story, and every fix is geared to making insurance companies more profitable, instead of citizens more well. </p> <p>But from the bottom up, I see real progress in health care. Ordinary citizens are more open than ever to new and extraordinary strategies for their personal well-being. They're eager to take better care of themselves. They know they should. They need education and encouragement. I hope you're one of them. <p>Updated: Tue May 02, 2017</p> 4bddf175e534ee78cbde77fd878401f2 All Is Well: Read This Book and Make Us All Happy for 04/25/2017 Tue, 25 Apr 2017 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>As many of you dear readers already know, I'm a big fan of yoga, race walking and mini haystacks of crispy fries. But when it comes to the aerobic tooting of my own horn, I'm a slacker. If it is in my DNA, it's been hiding for decades.</p> <p>And now this. After more than 40 years as the author of America's longest-running healthy lifestyle column, I've written a new book called "All Is Well: The Art {and Science} of Personal Well-Being," published by Creators Publishing.<p>Updated: Tue Apr 25, 2017</p> df09a2887b675f66410ae93d7d72b840 April Showers Help You Flower: 5 Ways to Spring Joy for 04/18/2017 Tue, 18 Apr 2017 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>Are you having secret thoughts, dear reader, about jumping on your bike and pedaling up the road, foraging for fresh zucchinis at your farmers market, planning the kind of outdoor adventure that makes you feel happy, healthy and sweaty at the end of the day? </p> <p>Of course you are. It's spring! Many people on the path are feeling that undeniable seasonal urge to get out and grow, to open up and sprout. But where do you begin?<p>Updated: Tue Apr 18, 2017</p> 29809f033c6b2bce821b72f15d448484 Body Wisdom 101: Align Your Spine and You'll Be Fine for 04/11/2017 Tue, 11 Apr 2017 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>It's time to roll my shoulders, press through the balls of my feet and take a strong stand on proper posture. It's super-important to your health and wellness &#8212; right up there with eating real food and getting enough sleep &#8212; but it's just not top of mind when we think of ways to boost our energy and prevent pain. When it comes to awareness of the awesomeness of body alignment, the country is in a slump. </p> <p>So let's look at a few things everyone with a spine ought to know about posture and why it matters, inspired by a recent article in IDEA Fitness Journal by personal-training specialist Ryan Halvorson. <p>Updated: Tue Apr 11, 2017</p> 4af196177dfbfd104fcb22021f8c733c Dance Into Spring Without the Inner-Thigh Jiggle for 04/04/2017 Tue, 04 Apr 2017 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>There are worse things in the world than inner-thigh jiggle, but with shorts season on the horizon, I'm struggling to think of one. </p> <p>So say hello to your adductors, those oft-neglected inner-thigh muscles. Ignore them and one thigh inevitably rubs against the other. Whip them into shape and not only will you look better at the beach; you'll also feel more energy throughout your entire body, helping you run further, swim faster and jump higher. <p>Updated: Tue Apr 04, 2017</p> b8e4ff66aabe5da0b6ea43bef4db3c6a Prevention Attention! Turning a 'No' Vote Into a 'Now' Vote for 03/28/2017 Tue, 28 Mar 2017 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>The people spoke. The vote was not taken. The Affordable Care Act lives on. </p> <p>If we are smart and strategic, it will move closer to what it could and should be. <p>Updated: Tue Mar 28, 2017</p> 75d180bbf01f67065bcd01ac8c057ff8 Prevention Is Bipartisan. So Why Aren't We Talking About It? for 03/21/2017 Tue, 21 Mar 2017 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>America's super-expensive and poorly ranked health care system is under scrutiny. You may have noticed. </p> <p>The Affordable Care Act is turning out to be a hard thing to kill. One reason may be its name and the idea behind it. When it comes to our personal well-being, who doesn't love affordability and care? <p>Updated: Tue Mar 21, 2017</p> bb8c7e453b17c53837874a100fac32e6 Spring! Your Secret Weapon to Seed Change for 03/14/2017 Tue, 14 Mar 2017 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>Spring, dear readers, is nature's way of saying that you can begin again. </p> <p>If it's true for trees and tulips, it's true for you and your well-being, because we're all organisms on this earth, made of the same essential stuff, all wanting to get our sap rising, our energy flowing, our legs strong enough to walk the stairs without cursing our knees. <p>Updated: Tue Mar 14, 2017</p> 50896e553d20e54163bd00a963f53706 So You Want to Quit Smoking? Knowledge Is Power for 03/07/2017 Tue, 07 Mar 2017 00:00:00 -0800 <p></p><p>Maybe you're following the debate about legalizing marijuana and want to do a little research of your own. In California, it's now OK to grow six plants per household for your personal use. And if you just want to try a few puffs, for heaven's sake, there's something to be said for inhaling. </p> <p>Here's what it is: Cannabis can relax you; soothe your pain; heighten your awareness; make you sleepy; make you hungry; or make you mistakenly think what you've just said is positively brilliant. But all the research indicates it won't give you lung cancer, whereas tobacco smoking is very bad for your health. And that's all I have to say about weed. Today.<p>Updated: Tue Mar 07, 2017</p> c4576fd95f25cf947785faf0f02a8cab Want Wheel Joy? Fit Your Body to Your Bike for 02/28/2017 Tue, 28 Feb 2017 00:00:00 -0800 <p>Whether you're communing with nature or commuting to work, riding a bicycle works on your body the way a good rain soaks the earth. Riding pumps muscles, builds strength and burns calories. Bikes are fun, energizing and provide a terrific way to play with family or friends.</p> <p>Bike riding is also a healthy way to self-medicate. Next time you're feeling blue, or anxious, jump on your bike for a 30-minute spin and watch how your mojo gets going when your mind, your body and your breath change gears and synchronize.</p> <p>Riding your bike won't leave you feeling drugged and drowsy, and the most common side effects are a calmer brain, stronger legs and a renewed sense of well-being. <p>Updated: Tue Feb 28, 2017</p> b027b171f1312ddcad7ccc7b1fb964e6 Back Pain? Down With Drugs, Up With Standing Desks and Yoga for 02/21/2017 Tue, 21 Feb 2017 00:00:00 -0800 <p></p><p>I've been waiting for some good news about U.S. health care, which is the world's most expensive but not even close to the world's best. So far, I've been seeing very little that sparks joy. </p> <p>The Affordable Care Act is in limbo, to be kind, and that's creating deep anxiety nationwide. <p>Updated: Tue Feb 21, 2017</p> d530db119a38d9e1c4c62e4cf0df25df Exercise-Deprived? The Fearless Path to Fitness for 02/14/2017 Tue, 14 Feb 2017 00:00:00 -0800 <p></p><p>I have a personal question. It's not intended to make you feel guilty (which is the mother of all useless emotions). It's meant to tickle your neurons and invite thought. </p> <p>What keeps you from exercising more? <p>Updated: Tue Feb 14, 2017</p> a89fd695aa0378a7a732f4e28f66ba58 Me? Stressed? March Back to Work With DIY Strategies for 02/07/2017 Tue, 07 Feb 2017 00:00:00 -0800 <p></p><p>I didn't need a new survey from the world's largest temporary-job agency to tell me that working people are feeling stressed. Who isn't? The genius who fixes my car; the bag-packer at Whole Paycheck; the stranger on the running path struggling to keep up with her two poodles and a Pomeranian: Everyone, everywhere I go, is reporting more anxiety, more tension and less energy. And most people are complaining without even being asked. These are stressful times. And the ever present, wildly alarming drumbeat of "What's Really Happening in America?" isn't helping one bit. </p> <p>"More than half (52 percent) of workers said they are stressed at work on a day-to-day basis," according to a new survey by the staffing firm Accountemps. Only 52 percent? Could that be an alternative fact? "Business is moving faster than ever, and employees feel the crunch," a top executive with the company reports. "Managers should look for signs their staff is overworked ... and talk to employees to pinpoint triggers and implement stress-relieving solutions."<p>Updated: Tue Feb 07, 2017</p>