Health

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Friday, Sep 15, 2017

Get Off The Couch Baby Boomers, Or You May Not Be Able To Later

Count the number of hours you sit each day. Be honest.

Monday, Jun 12, 2017

There's a strong link between anxiety and depression, and sleep problems, and it goes both ways

The majority of evidence suggests the relationship between sleep problems and anxiety and depression is strong and goes both ways. This means sleep problems can lead to anxiety and depression, and vice versa.

Thursday, Mar 23, 2017

Yes, Your Sleep Schedule Is Making You Sick

The reason we don’t all walk around in a state of perpetual jet lag, waking and sleeping at random, is that our circadian rhythm evolved to be tied to the solar day. In other words, our internal clock is easily influenced and kept in check by the daylight cycle.

Tuesday, Jan 31, 2017

How worrying can actually make you sick

Some people—even those who are strong and healthy—are totally convinced that disease is just around the corner… Now, a new study published in the journal BMJ Open shows that this type of worry, ironically, is linked to a 70% higher risk of heart disease.

Tuesday, Jan 24, 2017

Too much sitting, too little exercise may accelerate biological aging

“Our study found cells age faster with a sedentary lifestyle. Chronological age doesn’t always match biological age,” said Aladdin Shadyab, PhD, lead author of the study with the Department of Family Medicine and Public Health at UC San Diego School of Medicine.

Monday, Dec 19, 2016

How to Sleep

Should you drink more coffee? Should you take melatonin? Can you train yourself to need less sleep? A physician’s guide to sleep in a stressful age.

Monday, Dec 12, 2016

8-5 Desk Life

Sitting at my desk all day is getting the best of me. I’d like to receive some information, ideas, or exercises I can do for 5-10 minutes at my desk to stay mobile and flexible. Seems that my posture and mobility is starting to decline quickly!

Friday, Dec 9, 2016

International DN'ers who need prescription meds?

Curious to hear if there are any current or former digital nomads here who have had to deal with getting frequent prescriptions filled overseas.

Friday, Nov 18, 2016

People are getting sick of working in the sharing economy

As the US economy has improved—with six years of unbroken job growth and even an uptick in wages—a greater share of those gig participants are finding better jobs. So they’ve stopped or cut down on their Uber and related gig work.

Friday, Jul 15, 2016

How Exercise Shapes You, Far Beyond the Gym

While the traditional benefits of vigorous exercise — like prevention and treatment of diabetes, heart disease, stroke, hypertension, and osteoporosis — are well known and often reported, the most powerful benefit might be the lesson that my coach imparted to me: In a world where comfort is king, arduous physical activity provides a rare opportunity to practice suffering.

Monday, Jun 27, 2016

Why Unplugging During the Holidays is Imperative for Your Health

It’s one thing to read all of the anecdotal evidence and science-backed facts about the benefits of a work-life balance. It’s another thing entirely to actually unlearn our deeply ingrained, workaholic habits and give ourselves permission to take a real break.

Thursday, Apr 7, 2016

Healthiest Way to Work: Standing vs. Sitting and Everything Between

So what is indeed the healthiest way? And what can you change about your style today to get the biggest benefit?

Wednesday, Mar 23, 2016

The Ultimate Guide to Posture

To get us humans moving forward again into what Winston Churchill called “the broad sunlit uplands” of a bright and upright future, I’ve spent the last few months researching the benefits and mechanics of good posture, and how to achieve it in an age of schlumpliness. Today I’m going to share everything I learned.

Tuesday, Mar 22, 2016

Stand To Work If You Like, But Don't Brag About The Benefits

I’ve been itching to get a standing desk. After all, America’s sitting itself into an early grave. Sitting is the new smoking. Clearly, a standing desk would stop me from sitting, and standing is just so much better for you than sitting, right? Contrary to popular belief, science does not say so.

Monday, Feb 22, 2016

Do you really need 10,000 steps a day?

We’re often told to walk 10,000 steps per day, but what is the science behind that? Why not 20,000? 5,000? Why step count, and not the type of exercise, intensity, or total minutes?

Tuesday, Feb 16, 2016

Dead Men Write No Code

I work long hours, in a chair, writing code (and of course this article applies to anyone who sits a lot). The sole reason I am writing this is to warn you of the danger you might be in if you are anything like me.

Thursday, Jan 14, 2016

Our chairs are killing us, but that's just the start. Why it's time to re-think the entire office

Poor workplace design takes a physical toll: Sitting is making us miserable. Canadians, on average, spend 37 hours a week at work, and the more one sits, the higher his or her risk of heart disease, diabetes, cancer and death. Sitting has been branded the new smoking, but the average workplace facilitates sedentariness with long hours in front of a screen, and provides few reasons to get up and stretch one’s legs.

Monday, Jan 11, 2016

Keep Things Simple For A Healthy, Long Life

I’ll risk it, though, and tell you again that there really aren’t shortcuts to health. Here’s what you need to do: Get enough sleep; Move your body throughout the day; Eat well — a healthy assortment of foods. Mostly plants, and not too much; Interact socially. Isolation is not good for the body, soul or mind; and take some time to reflect on what you are grateful for.

Friday, Nov 20, 2015

How do you stay healthy on the road?

Constantly traveling the world for conferences and in the last 6 months especially have started gaining way too much weight. If you travel a lot - say 1 new city every week or two - how are you staying in shape? Assume no kitchen in these hotel rooms.

Tuesday, Nov 3, 2015

Take Two Hours of Pine Forest and Call Me in the Morning

These days, screen-addicted Americans are more stressed out and distracted than ever. And nope, there’s no app for that. But there is a radically simple remedy: get outside. Florence Williams travels to the deep woods of Japan, where researchers are backing up the surprising theory that nature can lower your blood pressure, fight off depression, beat back stress.

A Remote Worker's Guide To Staying Healthy

When most people think about working in a home environment, they think they will be able to wake up late, work in their pajamas, not worry about traffic jams and so on; basically, do whatever they want. And, while that may be partially true, working remotely can have an effect on your physical health. That’s why it is important for remote developers to stay active and healthy, and that’s what we’re dicussing today.

Wednesday, Oct 21, 2015

How to lose weight in 4 easy steps

You realize that it’s not about hitting a goal weight, or lifting a weight. It’s about being able to wait. Waiting, being patient, and trusting that life will slowly inch along and things will eventually get better. After all, change takes time. But time is all it takes.

Saturday, Oct 3, 2015

Reducing workplace burnout - the relative benefits of cardiovascular and resistance exercise

Exercise has potential to be an effective burnout intervention. Different types of exercise may assist employees in different ways. Organisations wishing to proactively reduce burnout can do so by encouraging their employees to access regular exercise programs.

Friday, Sep 4, 2015

Ergonomics for Digital Nomads - Working on the Road Without Killing Yourself

As awesome as it may be to choose a different beautiful office every day, what many nomads are willfully ignoring is the fact that it’s physically impossible to have good posture if all you have is a laptop.

Thursday, Sep 3, 2015

Free Range Running

Being untethered to time is the guiding principle behind free range running. Going watchless frees your mind up by not having to look down at your wrist. Without any digital temptation or distraction, your thoughts can easily drift off to interesting, dream-like states of consciousness. This mental, contemplative wandering is best experienced running on trails. You begin to feel one with the wilderness. The emotion or sensation is liberating. Free range running allows for free association.

Wednesday, Sep 2, 2015

How to Stay in Shape on the Road with Bodyweight Fitness

If you are a digital nomad or living location independently in one way or another; it can be especially difficult keep up with your workout routine… So how do you stay in shape on the road, or in a foreign country, when you are finding so many excuses not too?

Friday, Aug 28, 2015

How To Stay In Shape While Traveling

However, things always got completely screwed up whenever I traveled (which was a lot) – hotel gyms were always crappy, I was always “too busy” to exercise, I could never find a good set of weights, and I allowed myself to eat whatever I wanted “because I was traveling.” Not surprisingly, my fitness progress would either stall completely or backpedal during these trips, and I’d have to spend two weeks after coming home trying to get back into a rhythm.

Tuesday, Aug 25, 2015

Breathe, Avoid McDonalds

Keep moving, keep breathing, keep the inertia on your side. Rest days should be a welcome anomaly, not a way of life. And avoid lineups with lots of morbidly obese people in them, it’s a sign of what the future looks like if you spend too much time in the same places… Airports, American chain restaurants and conveyer belts all move us closer to the drain hole. Keep the good momentum up.