When I started going to a gym regularly and lifting weights, I remember thinking: I don't want to bulk up. I simply want to be a little bit stronger. Would I bulk up, like the Incredible Hulk? What benefits would weight training, or resistance training, give me? Why should I do this? And how did this fit into my health goals? As I wondered about all these questions about women and weight … [Read more...] about Women and Weight Training: Will I Bulk Up?
The health benefits of walking are numerous. Many doctors cite moderate physical activity, including walking, as a "magic pill" for better health. It burns calories, improves cardiovascular health, strengthens muscles, enhances mood, boosts energy, and improves cognition. But most Americans don't get enough regular exercise, according to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. … [Read more...] about Health Benefits of Walking: Is it the Magic Pill?
Resilience is defined as toughness, or "the capacity to recover quickly from difficulties." And in researcher language, it's "positive adaptation despite adversity." But is it something we're born with? Can we develop more of it? And can we use it up as we go through life? When Resilience Begins Science indicates that resilience is not uniform across people, places, or situations. So … [Read more...] about Resilience: What Is It, and How Can I Get More of It?
We all flop from time to time, but how can we bounce back and use our failure as fuel? From the time we start school, we're taught that failure is something bad. But failure can be the wake-up call that takes us to the next level - if we approach it with the right mindset. Even recent research bears this out, but I didn't know that this spring when I created my own failure and then an … [Read more...] about Messed Up? Using Failure as Fuel
Before all the white flower buds flutter off the Bradford pear in my front yard, I'm taking a moment to look back on what I learned in winter 2019. Spring isn't officially here yet, but it feels close, with the flowers and trees blooming. Not to mention the April showers that arrived in December and stayed all winter. So it's time to move on. And, it's a good time to look back, to what I … [Read more...] about 4 Things I Learned in Winter 2019
With small habit shifts, we can reset our brain's circadian clock operating in the background and affect our sleep cycles and energy levels. In fact, you've reset your internal clock unconsciously if you've traveled across time zones or stayed up late a few times to watch an important sporting game or attend an event. But that circadian clock is sensitive to other internal and external … [Read more...] about Can I Reset My Circadian Clock for Better Sleep?