The Core is the Core

Whether the topic is education or exercise, core content and core activities tie everything together. In education, core content includes the specific information upon which the course is based. Students are expected, at the very least, to demonstrate mastery of the core content. In exercise, core activities establish the musculoskeletal foundation that supports and enables all other components of physical … Continue reading

Idle Free Bay Area

Did you know that… If you stop idling your parked car you can reduce greenhouse gas, protect our planet and save $$$ -Your car uses more fuel when your engine idles for 30 seconds than when you turn it off & restart your car. -Idling for more than 60 seconds wastes money & fuel, & produces greenhouse gases. -Idling tailpipes spew … Continue reading

Microbreaks

Microbreak Basics A microbreak is a break that lasts anywhere from 30 seconds to as long as 5 minutes, and is meant to be taken frequently – as often as every 10 minutes. Evidence suggests microbreaks actually reduce muscle fatigue by as much as 20-50 percent in an eight-hour day.2 Obviously, not all jobs or tasks are amenable to the … Continue reading

Training Day

Many of us want to improve our level of fitness, but don’t know what to do or how to begin. Others have begun a fitness program, but don’t know what types of activities to include to make their program more comprehensive and healthful. Yet others have been exercising for a while, but don’t know how to keep going or how … Continue reading

The Far Country

Long ago, in the American West, settlers from the eastern seaboard would describe having yearned for the “far country”. Their imagination and wanderlust led them to actualize their vision of a good life for themselves, their families, and their communities. The amount of time and effort involved in manifesting their goals and dreams was, of course, stupendous. Today, all of … Continue reading

Shouldering the Load

We don’t often think about the integrity of our musculoskeletal system. Rather, we expect our bodies to work efficiently without giving any thought to their physical and mechanical requirements. But there are numerous critical requirements for healthy functioning of our joints, muscles, and ligaments. The primary specification involves mechanical integrity of the spinal column. A healthy spine has full range … Continue reading

Problems With Calcium Supplementation

For decades, we – and especially women – have been conditioned to think a high level of calcium intake is required for maintaining bone health as we age. The mantra is crystal clear: “Calcium equals bone health,” which translates into, “Consume dairy and take calcium supplements to prevent osteoporosis and promote bone health.” But is this actually misguided advice? In … Continue reading

Riding the Brakes

We’re all familiar with the highway driving experience of being behind a person who is continually braking for no apparent reason. This is especially problematic if you’re in the left-hand lane. You’re zipping along at the posted speed limit and suddenly the brake lights of the car in front go on. You have to immediately react and hit your brakes. … Continue reading

Can Energy Drinks Cause Heart Attacks?

The Mayo Clinic is recommending that doctors routinely ask patients about energy-drink consumption because of an increased risk of cardiac events. A Bend cardiologist who treated healthy young soldiers serving in Afghanistan for irregular heartbeat seconds the advice. “Even healthy people, if they use it in excess, it can be bad,” said Dr. Ian Riddock of Bend Memorial Clinic. He … Continue reading

The Platonic Ideal

Plato’s Ideas were perfect templates, of which everything we perceive are tangible representations. But the Ideas were not to be found in the world around us. Rather, they were conceptions of rational thought, transcendental objects of knowledge existing in a realm beyond our own. And yet, Plato’s Ideas continue to be a source of inspiration and wonder, more than 2400 … Continue reading