Energy Express from Creators Syndicate Creators Syndicate is an international syndication company that represents cartoonists and columnists of the highest caliber. en Wed, 16 Aug 2017 22:41:41 -0700 Energy Express from Creators Syndicate e895ea620b54f42f2522cb4546d38bc0 The Belly-Fat Wars: You Can't Outrun Your Fork for 08/15/2017 Tue, 15 Aug 2017 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>Of all the things America worships &#8212; the Tesla, the Google, the sour- cream-and-onion potato chip &#8212; the flat stomach is one of the hardest to achieve. Photoshop is a big help, as are simpler airbrushing techniques, but for most people, looking down, belly fat is as normal as cotton socks on little kids. It's just how it is.</p> <p>Maybe not. Let's review some basic body-fat facts to educate and inspire you to get a handle on belly fat. You can't wish it away, but once you understand it, you can take action. <p>Updated: Tue Aug 15, 2017</p> 7f4eb85d065bdd60d37e75d40bcc980f 'I'm Too Stressed to Deal With My Stress!' for 08/08/2017 Tue, 08 Aug 2017 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>"Personal well-being is <i>very, very</i> personal," I declared to a packed room of smart, successful women who gathered last week for a lively conversation between me and Christie Hefner, hosted by the Chicago Network. </p> <p>Full disclosure: I'm a member of this group. I'm the one who insisted on a large bowl of organic, non-GMO potato chips to sit beside the goat cheeses and raw veggies with dips. (Christie humored me.)<p>Updated: Tue Aug 08, 2017</p> 7d5309f91bb56c55b52e78a5236df0b6 Notes From Up North: 'Sick and Tired of Being Sick and Tired' for 08/01/2017 Tue, 01 Aug 2017 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>I've been perched on a remote lake in the Northwoods of Wisconsin these past few weeks, consorting with two adorable loons named Lorna and Claire D, three flighty eagles named Nelson and a few too many biting flies.</p> <p>Forget the flies. It's been bliss, a state of mind that surfaces easily in summer when you're out in a kayak, or a canoe, or standing on a paddleboard, gliding, riding, just following the sound of your breath, the rhythm of your stroke, nowhere to go, nothing to do.<p>Updated: Tue Aug 01, 2017</p> 38be0e46ddaa627f00ca5a2352268b1d 'Eff Zeen'! Where's Your Getaway Taking You This Summer? for 07/25/2017 Tue, 25 Jul 2017 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>Too much technology takes a toll on our personal well-being &#8212; so much distraction, so little time &#8212; which is only one of 50 reasons why summer getaways are so important. </p> <p>"There's this magical sense of possibility that stretches like a bridge between June and August," writes Aimee Friedman. "A sense that anything can happen."<p>Updated: Tue Jul 25, 2017</p> dd034b74354717ed30e5a8281f7ce609 A Wonder Weapon You Possess... But Are You Using It? for 07/18/2017 Tue, 18 Jul 2017 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>Summer's here. Time to kick back, take a deep breath... and focus. Slowly inhale through your nose; hold it for a couple of seconds; then exhale, also through your nose. </p> <p>Then do it again. <p>Updated: Tue Jul 18, 2017</p> 044079eef054777f7133e831176e7df7 Weight Loss 101: Plateaus Happen. Be Patient and Reboot for 07/11/2017 Tue, 11 Jul 2017 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>I'm going to skip over the obesity statistics for the moment. Let's just sum it up by saying that every third person in the country is trying to lose weight. It's not on everyone's mind &#8212; some folks are joyfully roasting chocolate-covered marshmallows over campfires &#8212; but with so many millions of American's dieting, you get tons of people who lose... lose... and then they plateau. The needle gets stuck. </p> <p>In spite of your best behavior &#8212; eating real food and smaller portions, exercising more &#8212; suddenly, your body simply stops losing weight. It's a very common problem. Also very frustrating. <i>Oh Lordy, what's happening?</i><p>Updated: Tue Jul 11, 2017</p> 0f77eb905a564439e5a1c0b3ba1f626c Each Moment We Have a Choice: the Art Of De-Aging for 07/04/2017 Tue, 04 Jul 2017 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>Summer is the perfect time to practice de-aging, a wonderful thing I discovered years ago on this tiny island in Southeastern Greece where I'm grateful to live, work and overdo it on fresh feta several months a year. </p> <p>De-aging &#8212; a smart practice for all ages &#8212; is to personal well-being what snapping photos is to a great vacation. And it's what I decided to focus on last week when at least 100 friends and guests gathered at a favorite beach cafe to celebrate a funny, savvy new book, just out, called "All is Well: The Art {and Science} of Personal Well Being."<p>Updated: Tue Jul 04, 2017</p> cf7e18c149e65e2b0c78d440cdce1738 To Boost Well-Being, Forget That House, and Leave Your Own for 06/27/2017 Tue, 27 Jun 2017 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>After 40 years on the fitness beat, something new to consider. A health care bill that is sickening. A pending health care bill that does nothing meaningful to prevent rising rates of chronic disease, assist citizens who aspire to wellness, encourage children to grow up to be strong and fit adults. </p> <p>A health care bill that punishes the elderly, women, the poor and all people who favor a health care system that is sensible, fair and just. <p>Updated: Tue Jun 27, 2017</p> 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>