MIND/BODY CONNECTION

Calm Isn’t a Time Bomb

Becky Holman

I t used to be said that you need to let off steam, to release the anger in arguments, for example. Bottle it up, and you could explode later—as in, have a heart attack. Oregon State University researchers found the opposite—that staying calm can raise your HDLs, also known as the good cholesterol. High-strung men tend to have high triglyceride counts, which could lead to cardivascular problems. Bottom line: Work on keeping your cool.


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You Must Believe

Becky Holman

You Must Believe

You’ve no doubt heard the adage “Believe and you will achieve.” The more research that’s done on the mind/body connection, the more valid that statement becomes. Here’s a good example: In the March ’08 issue of Bottom Line Health, Rebecca Shannonhouse discusses a study performed with 84 hotel maids. Being a maid at a large hotel is a very physically active job, but almost 70 percent of the maids in the study didn’t think their work was exercise. The researchers took physical measurements and then divided the maids into two groups, with one group being informed of the number of calories they burned per day and how it related to exercise, fat loss and health. The other group didn’t get that information. A month later the maids were measured again, and those in the first group had a 10 percent reduction in blood pressure and an average two-to-four-pound loss of bodyweight. The uninformed group’s stats stayed the same. It appears that if you want a weight-loss program to work or a bodybuilding regimen to get you big and ripped, the first prerequisite is that you believe it to achieve it.

Ah, the Good Ole Days

Dave Draper

Ah, the Good Ole Days

I remember when weights were 17 cents a pound, I grew like a weed and muscle aches were some sort of mystery my parents grumbled about. Recollection is an inevitable, involuntary and necessary process. It can be profitable, instructive, entertaining, insightful and painfully dull. Recollections and memories can also be ominous—guilt, fear and doubt are not infrequently lurking in their shadows.