MIND/BODY CONNECTION

Attitude Altitude

Becky Holman

Is it possible to force yourself to feel happier? Yes it is, according to research out of Wake Forest University in North Carolina. Scientists found that active behavior, like singing and dancing, boosts mood. Even laughing out loud or simply smiling for no reason can send your attitude skyward. Are you seeing a connection to the popularity of karaoke here? Singing, some dancing and lots of laughing out loud. Come to think of it, laughing out loud is a great ab exercise too.


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Bottled-Water Whoas

Becky Holman

Bottled-Water Whoas

In “Rethink What You Drink” (Reader’s Digest, February ’08) Janet Majeski Jemmott explains why bottled water may not be as safe as we think. Her points are worth pondering, considering that we drank more than 8 billion gallons of it in 2006. Check out some of the findings from her article:

Russian Kettlebell Challenge

Steve Holman

Russian Kettlebell Challenge

Kettlebells have become popular training aids in recent years, both for all-kettlebell workouts and as adjuncts to more conventional weight-training equipment. With the handle perched above the ’bell, these liftable cannonballs provide a unique angle of pull for many exercises, such as presses and lateral raises.

Alcohol and Sun May Prevent Aging

Bob Goldman, M.D., Ph.D.

Alcohol and Sun May Prevent Aging

Poisons, radiation and sunburn may all help reverse the aging process, it has been claimed. Small doses of “stressors” normally considered dangerous to health can actually boost the body’s self-repair system and, as a side effect, preserve youth, experts believe.

Stressors having that effect might include X-rays, alcohol or mild cases of sunburn. The phenomenon, called hormesis, was once dismissed by most scientists but is now being taken seriously.

The Creative Lifestyle

Becky Holman

The Creative Lifestyle

Do you want to add quality years to your life? Do daily creative work that’s challenging. Researchers at the University of Texas at Austin suggest that if you engage in creative tasks regularly, you can add about seven years to your life span. Challenging hobbies are a must as you age (photography?), or maybe taking a few college courses every semester or two will revitalize you.

Nick Paniagua

Ian Sitren

Nick Paniagua

Nick Paniagua’s take on his healthful lifestyle is to “live, eat and breathe this stuff.” Paniagua is one of the most popular BodySpace members on Body
Building.com and always in the top six of men’s profiles as “XNickEdgeX.”

Nick is an IT analyst in Aliso Viejo, California. Only recently he was a skinny kid who always got picked on—that is, until he discovered iron. Now, after a little more than a year, he’s built some muscle and stays ripped. He’s taking his time packing on 30 more pounds, and he’s doing it by eating right and lifting as a drug-free athlete. No cheating. He eats protein and moderate carbs and helps out his diet with protein powder and power-building supplements. He hasn’t had any alcohol in four years, though he admits that he does miss pizza.