Celebrate Stoptober & be aware this month

I seriously had no ideas for an October Monthly Challenge. I was just not going to do one.

But I decided to post on the Monthly Challenge Facebook page asking friends if they had any suggestions. And I got two almost immediately. Thanks, Rosie and Jen!

My friend Rosie is from the UK and this month is Stoptober, which means being sober and smoke-free for the month. Read more about it here.

If you’re a smoker, this might be a great time to think about quitting. It may not happen this month. But think about how much healthier (and nicer smelling) you will be if you quit.

I told Rosie that this is my birthday month and there is no way I am gonna give up drinking even with the supposed gold pass of one time to cheat this month. I mean, I am going to Tahiti next week and plan on having a lot of fuu-fuu drinks!

But hey, it’s always a good idea to limit alcohol. So maybe keep your drinking to only the weekends. Or cut your usual alcohol intake in half. Or if you really want to get crazy, try not drinking for the whole … Continue reading

Can you drink too much water?

Years ago when I lived in Phoenix and worked at The Arizona Republic I was a unfairly unhealthy person. Having a job in newspapers makes it difficult to have any sort of healthy lifestyle.

I think that was also when I had my (regular, packed with sugar) Vanilla Coke addiction and I would troll the floors looking for the soda in the various vending machines. Eventually I quit that and just started bringing in my own soda, which just fueled the addiction.

I worked with a guy who regularly came in with lunch (we normally started our shift around 2-2:30) from some fast food restaurant. His favorite seemed to be fried chicken.

We’ll call him Enrique … Enrique was probably one of the the unhealthiest people I have ever known with his regular fast food intake, cigarette smoking, coffee and Diet Coke imbibing and pitchers of beer each night after work. (Sounds like a party, right?)

Enrique came in to work one day and announced that his doctor told him he was drinking too much water. We all, of course, laughed. I don’t think I ever saw Enrique drink water, unless ice cubes count.

Enrique definitely wasn’t drinking too much … Continue reading

Yoga questions with answers

Two of my readers, Jen and Regina, had some yoga questions for me. I punted them to Hilda, who has trained in yoga, is a yoga teacher and a yoga studio manager at the Yoga Connection.

Jen’s first question:

I work out hard all week with weights, treadmill and high-impact Zumba. I’d love to find a yoga class that was just gentle stretching. Do you recommend a particular kind?

Hilda’s answer:

Yin Yoga is the perfect counter practice to the workout you’re doing during the week.

Yin Yoga is a type of yoga practice based in concepts of Taoist Yoga. It emphasizes the connective tissues of the hips, thighs, pelvis and lower spin. It is characterized by the relaxed practice of floor asanas for three to five minutes at a time. Yin Yoga provides the space needed to practice mindfulness by connecting with the breath move inward and reconnect with our center.

Jen’s second question:

I love Bikram Yoga because it helps get the deep stretching in my neck/shoulders that I haven’t found anywhere else, which really helps an old whiplash injury. Unfortunately, Bikram aggravates a knee injury terribly. Is there any class that might work my neck … Continue reading