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A Renaissance Soul blogging on traveling, books, work, miscellany, and enjoying life.

Physical Health

If you ain’t got health, you ain’t got nothing. It’s hard to fully enjoy life and all of the wonderful experiences it offers if you don’t feel good. So, you have to do all of those boring things like eat right and exercise. I know, I know…but you’ll thank me for it later.

Good News for Bookworms: Science Says Reading is Good for Your Health

[note – reference previous re-blogged post on benefits of writing] Benefits of Reading Reading has been linked to an amazing array of benefits, including these: Just six minutes of reading is enough to reduce stress by 68%, and numerous studies have shown that reading keeps your brain functioning effectively as you age. One study even found that elderly individuals who read regularly are 2.5 times less likely to develop Alzheimer’s than their peers. But there could […]

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Mobility

My daughter recently tore her ACL and was in a wheelchair for the better part of a couple of weeks while it healed enough for her to walk for longer periods of time on crutches and then finally on her own. It’s never a good time to tear your ACL but there are certainly worse times. This felt somewhat in the middle, leaning towards “worse times”. She tore it while […]

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What do exercise, veggies, and writing have in common?

Originally posted on The Daily Post:
Part of the mission that drives The Daily Post is to provide encouragement and inspiration to people who want to be more active writers, bloggers, and creators. We often provide tips on how to write or prompts on what to write, but today, let’s talk about why to write. Science stands firmly in support of what many of us intuitively know: writing is good for you. Studies…

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Putting Some Steps Back in My Zip

My third and newest Fitbit Zip has arrived! I bought my first Zip about a year ago and shortly thereafter lost it in the airport on my way to San Francisco. Sadness. Fitbit was kind enough to replace it with a new Zip, which just recently died on me. Sadness again. Over the past year, I’ve gotten very accustomed to checking my Zip throughout the day and have become a […]

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Desk-ercising

If you want to exercise at your desk, the good news is that you have tons of options. You can choose to buy an out-of-the-box solution to replace of supplement existing your existing desk. But if want to go the DIY route, you have a few options too. The best fit for you is going to be partially determined by whether you’re replacing or augmenting your desk, whether you also […]

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Sit Less, Live Better and Longer? Yes!

Like most of you, I spend a huge amount of time on the computer. In addition to spending my entire working day in front of the screen, I’m also on my computer quite a bit in my personal time. Last August, I changed jobs and once again, I work from home. While this is an incredible perk to me, it also means I pretty much camp out at my desk […]

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Is News Bad for Your Health?

face in the news

Maybe it’s just me, but every time I turn on the TV (OK, the computer) and check the news, it often makes the world look just a little bit bleaker. I think that with the 24/7 news cycle, we’re all bombarded with so much news, news, news (most of which is bad, bad, bad) that it skews our outlook on things. I knew I wasn’t alone when I came across […]

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So, Just How Long Does a Fast Food Hamburger Last?

hamburger with pickle

Based on the evidence at WORLDS OLDEST HAMBURGER: The Hamburger’s Story, the answer seems to be “forever.” The hamburger in this picture rolled out from under McDonald’s heat lamps back in 1999 (you know, back when Slick Willie was in the White House), making it now 13+ years old. Yet, the meat and bun (or maybe it should be “meat” and “bun”) somehow have no visible signs or smells of […]

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