Is crying good for you?

March 2, 2021 Adiantku 0

It’s safe to say that 2020 gave us more than enough to cry about. Yet even prior to last year, it seems that we were crying fairly often. Researchers note that, on average, American women cry 3.5 times each month, while American men cry about 1.9 times each month. These figures may take some of us by surprise, especially as our society has often looked at crying — particularly by men — as a sign of weakness and lack of emotional stamina.

Health benefits of crying

As a phenomenon that is unique to humans, crying is a natural response to a range of emotions, from deep sadness and grief to extreme happiness and joy. But is crying good for your health? The answer appears to be yes. Medical benefits of crying have been known as far back as the Classical era. Thinkers and physicians of ancient Greece and Rome posited … Read the rest

Seeking solace, finding resilience in a pandemic

March 1, 2021 Adiantku 0

In times like these, it can feel wrong to feel happy. There is so much suffering in the world that appreciating the goodness that still exists can seem unempathic, if not altogether futile. A landmark study on happiness often mentioned at dinner parties and social gatherings (when we had those things) considered how people react to intense, sudden changes to their circumstances. The researchers found that people who had recently won the lottery were no happier after some time had passed than people who had experienced severe trauma that paralyzed their lower bodies. It’s a testament to stubbornness as our common lot in life — and the resilience we also share.

The lottery winners seemed to lose their ability to find joy in mundane aspects of their lives, while the survivors of trauma had a different experience entirely: they focused more on idealized memories of their past, perhaps at the … Read the rest

Bikini Olympia Top 3 Reunite on ‘Femme Flex Friday’

February 28, 2021 Adiantku 0

Femme Flex Friday host Alina Popa hosted a roundtable discussion with the Top 3 Finishers of the 2020 Bikini Olympia on the February 26th episode. Champion Janet Layug, runner-up Jennifer Dorie, and third-place finisher Etila Santiago all had a lot to share about various topics, including the road to the Olympia, how they plan to improve for 2021, and more. Among the most notable comments was when Layug declared that her dream was a Bikini repeat.

“My dream was to become Ms. Bikini Olympia, but now my dream is to become a two-time Bikini champion. And you know, we haven’t had one in a while. That is my goal, and you guys know me. When I set a goal, I strive for it. I can’t stop and won’t stop.”

Layug on How She Trained and Prepped During Lockdown

“So my gym was closed for a period of time, … Read the rest

Grandparents and vaccines: Now what?

February 28, 2021 Adiantku 0

As COVID-19 vaccines roll out across the US, many grandparents — including one co-author of this blog post — are thrilled to hold out their arms for a jab. In some parts of the country, these vaccinations began as early as mid-January. By mid-February, legions of energized and relieved seniors were trading selfie shots of their newly vaccinated arms.

Grandparents, like other seniors, wanted the vaccine to keep themselves safe. However, there was another compelling reason: the desire to hug grandchildren. Ellen Glazer, LICSW, asked fellow grandparents in different states — some of whom live minutes away from grandchildren and some who are separated by continents — what they look forward to once fully vaccinated.

Below, Amy Sherman, MD, an infectious disease specialist and instructor in medicine at Harvard Medical School, weighs in on a number of hopes and questions — some very specific, and some that can help everyone. … Read the rest

Check Out Flex Lewis’ New Dragon Lair in Las Vegas

February 27, 2021 Adiantku 0

Las Vegas, NV, is most famous in bodybuilding circles as the home to Jay Cutler, but now another Olympia winner is making his mark.

James “Flex” Lewis is best known as the seven-time Olympia 212 Champion, but the superstar from Wales is making waves in the business of bodybuilding as well. If you need evidence of that, look no further than the “Dragon’s Lair,” the private gym that he once held in Florida. That gym has now moved, along with Lewis and his family, to Las Vegas.

The owner went so far as to offer his fans a sneak peek into his gym, courtesy of YouTube. Lewis shared an update at the start of the video while enjoying a meal.

“It’s coming. Every time I walk in here in the morning, which these guys (his crew) get here early, they get cranking. They’ve done so much. … Read the rest

New school guidelines around COVID-19: What parents need to know

February 27, 2021 Adiantku 0

We all want our children to be able to go back to school. What we don’t want is for them — or their teachers — to get sick from COVID-19.

There is no easy, let alone perfect, solution, which is why, a year into the pandemic, there is no clear way forward. Recently the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) released new guidelines to serve as a roadmap for navigating this difficult part of our pandemic journey.

According to these new guidelines, all schools offering in-person learning should prioritize universal, correct use of masks and physical distancing. The CDC also notes three more strategies are essential for safe in-person instruction: hand washing, cleaning school facilities, and contact tracing. Layering together these five strategies can help lessen the spread of COVID-19 in schools.

Below are key highlights from the CDC guidelines.

Children need to be in school

I … Read the rest

212 Olympia Champ Shaun Clarida Speaks with ‘Monday Night Muscle’

February 26, 2021 Adiantku 0

This week’s episode of “Monday Night Muscle” featured hosts Shawn Ray and Bob Cicherillo interview 2020 Olympia 212 champion, Shaun “The Giant Killer” Clarida. The New Jersey native was open to talking about several topics regarding his win and the sport in general.

On the Feeling of Being the Olympia 212 Champ

“It’s crazy. I was just one of these amateurs taking pics with all these legends and now I’m in this position. It feels amazing, honestly. It was a moment I was dreaming of my whole entire career, and now for it to come to fruition, it really hasn’t sunk in yet.”

Dexter Jackson’s Career from Bantamweight to Mr. Olympia & Comparison to Clarida’s Journey

“He was always my role model, someone I looked up to just because he started off like I did. He was a smaller guy, people didn’t think he could do it because … Read the rest

Want to feel more connected? Practice empathy

February 26, 2021 Adiantku 0

Do you ever wish that a certain person in your life would make the effort to truly understand where you’re coming from? That ability — being empathic — comes more easily to some people than to others. Empathy helps people get along with others, from loved ones to strangers. So it’s worth considering your own aptitude for empathy, which you can hone just like any other skill.

“While either genetic proclivity or our upbringing makes some people naturally empathic, empathy can be cultivated at any point in our lives,” says Dr. Ronald Siegal, PsyD, assistant professor of psychology at Harvard Medical School. Empathy helps us understand other people, so we feel more connected and able to help one another through difficult times, he adds.

What is empathy?

Empathy is a key aspect of emotional intelligence, which also includes the ability to identify and regulate one’s own emotions, and to use … Read the rest

Orlando to Once Again Host Olympia Weekend

February 25, 2021 Adiantku 0

Bodybuilding’s biggest event is coming back to the Sunshine State.

Organizers of the Joe Weider’s Olympia Fitness & Performance Weekend announced that the fitness industry’s most prestigious event is returning to Orlando, FL, for its 2021 world championship weekend to be held the weekend of October 7-10. 

President & Chief Olympia Officer Dan Solomon is excited about this year’s Olympia returning to Florida. “Our team has been busy evaluating options for this year’s event and we’re excited to announce that Orlando has been selected as the host location. The entire city welcomed our fans and athletes with open arms last year and our sights are now set on taking things to a whole new level this year.” 

The Orange County Convention Center will once again host the Olympia’s main events, including the 57th edition of the Mr. Olympia competition, along with the newly named Olympia World Fitness Festival, Read the rest

Lowering cholesterol protects your heart and brain, regardless of your age

February 25, 2021 Adiantku 0

High or abnormal cholesterol levels, inflammation, and endothelial dysfunction play a key role in atherosclerosis and plaque buildup, the most common cause of heart attacks and strokes. (Endothelial dysfunction refers to impaired functioning of the inner lining of blood vessels on the heart’s surface. It results in these vessels inappropriately narrowing instead of widening, which limits blood flow.) There are many different types of cholesterol, including high density lipoprotein (HDL, or good, cholesterol); triglycerides (a byproduct of excess calories consumed, which are stored as fat); and low-density lipoprotein (LDL, or bad cholesterol).

It’s well established that lowering LDL cholesterol, sometimes regardless of whether or not you have high cholesterol, improves cardiovascular outcomes. But do older adults reap the same benefits from lowering cholesterol, and do they face additional risks?

Lowering LDL reduces cardiovascular risk

Studies have consistently shown that lowering LDL cholesterol reduces the risk of cardiovascular death, heart attacks, … Read the rest