Tagged health

5 Kinds of People Who Don’t Get Vaccines But Aren’t Anti-Vaxxers

The cases of measles in Minnesota have grown to 32, and as someone who has a hereditary rubella vaccine allergy, I’m worried. The measles and mumps vaccines are no longer available separately, which means that I have only had one dose of the MMR vaccine—the dose that almost killed me as a baby. Basically, I am probably not immune. So if you like having geeky science and technology articles from this nice person, please get vaccinated, as I could...

Lucia Hawley Helps Minnesotans Balance Their Well-Being through Food

“How can we get you feeling awesome?” That seems to be the catchphrase for Twin Cities nutritional therapist Lucia Hawley, who runs her practice out of Solcana Fitness and Wellness in Minneapolis. It also describes the driving purpose behind that practice—ever since Lucia was little, she has been finding ways to use food as a healing tool. This came out of having numerous physical and emotional issues dismissed with a diagnosis of “Oh, you’re fine,” or “You’ll grow out...

Celebrate the Magical Healing Powers of Coffee on National Coffee Day

Happy National Coffee Day! September 29th is one of my favorite days because I can celebrate my daily routine of drinking a cup of my black coffee. Coffee provides regularity to all of my mornings and gives me that extra boost of energy I feel I need to complete my daily workload. (Plus, can I just say how many awesome mugs there are out there? My favorite is my Van Gogh TARDIS mug—it’s so beautiful.) Since working as a barista, I’ve...

Care of Magical Creatures (Yes, That’s You)

We are all magical creatures, but unfortunately we don’t have Hagrid to care for us and know just what we need to keep us healthy and happy. I certainly could have used him recently, though. Last month was my first trip to New York Comic Con, and it took much longer to bounce back than I anticipated. It was a grueling weekend with YogaQuest appearing each day to teach yoga and putting in an additional appearance for a discussion...

The Gym Is a Lie

One of the most rewarding parts of traveling to conventions to teach YogaQuest classes is seeing geeks moving their bodies and having a great time doing it. I am so grateful when attendees come up to thank us and say that they didn’t realize they could engage in self-care and still have fun. I love yoga, but I recognize that it’s not everybody’s idea of a good time. Lately, I’ve had folks asking about how else they can incorporate...

The Ultimate Doctor Who Workout Guide

This summer, I find myself slacking on maintaining a workout routine. My basic excuses include wanting to be outside, going through my video-game backlog, and reading through my favorite comics. After attending CONsole Room at the end of May, I thought about how fun it would be to incorporate the Doctor into my exercise routine—and when the Doctor became my new workout friend, I began looking forward to going to the gym, and it created excitement for being active....

Bend, So CON Doesn’t Break You!

Conventions are exhausting, and they can be rough on your body. There is so much standing and walking and sitting, and let’s not forget schlepping. By the end of the day, most of us are feeling pretty swollen and achey. I’ve talked about some general health tips for cons before, but this time I’ll go into more depth and discuss some simple yoga poses you can do to prep for the day, relieve some minor discomfort during the day,...

This Convention Season, Don’t Just Survive—Thrive!

Hooray, it’s convention season! . . . Boo, I’m going to be exhausted and probably sick. As a wellness professional, my main concern is for everyone’s health and well-being during con season. Here are some ways to make your self-care a priority while still getting the most out of your convention experience. You may have heard some of these before, and some might be new to you. 1. Carry a Water Bottle (and Drink from It Often) You’ve heard...

Forget New Year’s Resolutions—Let’s Start a New Year’s Revolution!

This time of year, our television and computer screens are inundated with diet schemes, gym membership offers, and good old-fashioned shame for having fed our bodies over the winter holidays. It’s all but impossible to miss the screaming messages from advertisers: You aren’t good enough! You’ve failed! You need to change your body! I, for one, have had enough of this cultural norm of resolving to change our bodies every January. I propose that we start something new this...
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