As New Year approaches and resolutions are yet to be made, here are a few articles that might help you decide how to be healthier, more active, younger looking, and perhaps happier.
Klaus Obermeyer has skied his entire life. The 95-year-old founder of Obermeyer ski apparel still skis, swims over a mile every day, and practices aikido, a Japanese martial art. Working out, he says, is the only way to keep his body and mind sharp enough to run a business and still enjoy the slopes. “Your body is like a car. It needs maintenance and care. If you don’t work out, your body will slowly deteriorate.” (At 95, a Lifelong Skier Says the Source of His Vitality Is His Workout)
Slouching is bad, as your mother never failed to mention. And she was right. Slouching is not only bad for your physical health, but is also bad for your mental and emotional health. From the WSJ: “Poor posture can have ill effects that radiate throughout the body, causing back and neck pain, muscle fatigue, breathing limitations, arthritic joints, digestive problems and mood disturbances. It can also create a bad impression when applying for a job, starting a relationship or making new friends.” (Posture Affects Standing, and Not Just the Physical Kind)
I’ve suffered from sciatic nerve problems since my mid 20s, and daily yoga practice has been my panacea. Read here how you can ditch sit-ups, for example, which can aggravate back injuries, and instead benefit from plank pose. (Why You Can Stop Doing Sit-Ups)