Let me repeat from last week: Dark. Damp. Cold. And, I can now add: it is even colder. Frigid. But, when you hang with the GVWC, you get our warm personalities to carry you through your Saturday morning walks. So, stick with us!
In the newsletter this week:
- Seasonal Depression
- Easy Test for Upper-Body Strength and Endurance
- Meditation Eases Chronic Pain
Tis the season. Unfortunately. As I said in the introduction, it’s dark, damp, and cold. Not your typical recipe for happiness. Indeed, the mbghealth blog writes about Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD). Fortunately, there are ways to help counteract the symptoms, including – you guessed it! – exercise. I bet walking and having coffee with cool people reduces the symptoms even more. Thanks, Laura Modisette, for the passing the article along!
Easy Test for Upper-Body Strength and Endurance
Looking for an easy way to test your upper-body strength and endurance? (I know you are.) I give you: The pushup. Yep, the simple but effective pushup is the best way to gauge as a general indicator your strength. All you do is count the number of pushups you can do at one time—and do them to failure, not just to when you feel like giving up. Then compare it to the table in this article from the verywellfit blog to see where you score on the fitness scale for your age and gender.
Ok, now drop and give me 30 pushups!
Meditation Eases Chronic Pain
There’s new evidence that mind-body interventions, like yoga and meditation, can help reduce pain in people who have been taking prescription opioids. That’s definitely good news for people who are forced to endure chronic pain. And it’s good news for those of us who experience the natural aches and strange creakiness that results from getting older. “Mindfulness, cognitive behavioral therapy and clinical hypnosis appear to be the most useful for reducing pain,” says study author Eric Garland, a professor at the University of Utah in this story, Meditation Reduced The Opioid Dose She Needs To Ease Chronic Pain By 75%, heard on NPR’s Morning Edition. Namaste.
Route of the Week
This week’s route can be found here.
Motivation of the Week
I hope to catch you all this Saturday. Until then, whatever you do, finish strong!