Most graduation speeches are full of clichés, claptrap and wicked insinuations. I have tried to adhere to that model as closely as possible.
It’s hard to make good decisions, but here are three quick jedi mind tricks to avoid a lot of bad decisions:forget sunk costs, use absolute numbers rather than proportions, and be aware of confirmation bias.
If you have a formal office and you’re not comfortable grunting your way through a set of pushups or the other aggressive workplace exercises, let alone building your secret office mini-gym, but you still like the idea of Workrave and mini-breaks, there are still some great things you can do and nobody will even know […]
Some researchers have recently recognized “sitting syndrome.” Otherwise known as “death by chair”, this set of health problems result from simply sitting too much. Meanwhile, as anyone who spends most of their day in front of a computer (like me) knows, even with good ergonomics, we develop aches and pains in the neck, shoulders, back and wrists. If we’re not careful, we also watch our gut grow.
If you have a private or free-spirited office, you can actually get in a nice little mini-workout on a Workrave break (see Part 1 for more on Workrave and micro-breaks) or just select one or two exercises and then have a drink of water.
For those of us who spend far too much time planted in front of a computer, that very fact is a danger to our health. I’m in front of a computer full-time for work, then there are my hobbies (like this site), emailing friends and now there’s even Facebook and Youtube. Before you know it, […]
Stevia is the newest sweetener on the market at the moment. Many times sweeter than sugar, that means that it is considered a zero-calorie sweetener. Stevia is an extract from the leaves of the stevia tree and therefore is considered a natural product. But does that mean it’s safe? A word about the word ‘natural’ […]
Numerous weight loss articles and forum posts tout the virtues of cinnamon, commonly saying that it increases metabolism twenty fold and is therefore a useful supplement for weight loss. Sorry folks, but this is wrong on too many counts to count! That said, the research does show that cinnamon has beneficial effects on blood pressure […]
Gaining weight is a simple problem: eat more than you burn and you gain weight. That doesn’t make it an easy problem to solve, but to some extent the simplicity of the problem suggests a simple solution might be in order. There’s not much simpler than walking. A decent pair of shoes and a door […]
Scientific American has a great podcast, especially for those of us who believe in whacky theories like evolution, climate change and gravity. Tom Friedman has some great perspectives on why dealing with climate change is a good bet, even if the theory is wrong. To the doubters, he argues that our national security depends on […]