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7 Things You’re Doing That Cause Back Pain

Filed in The Healthy Writer by on March 11, 2014 0 Comments • views: 6971
7 Things You’re Doing That Cause Back Pain

The American Chiropractic Association states that one-half of all working Americans suffer back pain symptoms each year. Talk to any serious writer or office worker and you’ll likely hear about back pain. “Like many writers,” says author Jana Richards, “I spend a lot of time sitting in front of my computer. Add to that the […]

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What Famous Writers Know About Walking

Filed in The Healthy Writer, The Writing Life by on March 6, 2014 2 Comments • views: 6703
What Famous Writers Know About Walking

By now most of us know that walking is good for us. Research has linked it to a lower risk of diabetes, stronger bones, a healthier cardiovascular system, reduced body fat, increased energy, and a more focused mind. Long before modern studies revealed these benefits, though, writers had already keyed into the wonders that walking […]

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What Your Computer Could be Doing to Your Face

Filed in The Healthy Writer by on March 4, 2014 25 Comments • views: 36129
What Your Computer Could be Doing to Your Face

As if our culture wasn’t already obsessed enough about aging, now comes “computer face,” a new term to describe the premature aging effects of sitting for hours at the computer. What is computer face, and do you need to worry about it destroying your looks before your time? What Is “Computer Face?” In September 2010, […]

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Allergy Headaches? I Tried Butterbur—It Helps!

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Allergy Headaches? I Tried Butterbur—It Helps!

I’ve suffered from allergies for years, but it’s only been in the last decade or so that they’ve manifested into painful and frequent migraine headaches. Spring, summer, fall, winter—doesn’t matter. For the longest time, regular over-the-counter antihistamines worked fine for me, but then came the day when the regular dosage just wasn’t touching my headaches […]

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Sitting > 6 Hrs a Day? Your Risk of Death Just Increased by Nearly 40%

Filed in The Healthy Writer by on February 20, 2014 2 Comments • views: 1446
Sitting > 6 Hrs a Day? Your Risk of Death Just Increased by Nearly 40%

Sitting kills. I know. I’ve experienced the back pain, stiff muscles, and headaches. But it gets worse. In addition to fostering weight gain and too much padding on your backside, sitting can actually shorten your life. Proof Sitting Kills A study published in 2009 looked at sitting time and mortality in over 17,000 participants 18-90 […]

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10 Healthy Munchies for Writers and Other Deskbound Folks

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10 Healthy Munchies for Writers and Other Deskbound Folks

There’s something about working in an office that compels one, no matter how health conscious, to cave in to the munchies. Why not take advantage of the compulsion to choose healthy but satisfying options?

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Study Says Devices Cause Eye Strain—10 Tips to Help

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Study Says Devices Cause Eye Strain—10 Tips to Help

A report released on January 9, 2014, by the Vision Council states that nearly 70 percent of adults experience eye strain when working on digital devices, including computers, tablets, and smartphones.

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Getting Physical—My Week at the Ranch

Filed in The Healthy Writer by on May 16, 2012 6 Comments • views: 925
Getting Physical—My Week at the Ranch

Even if you exercise every day, you may not be moving your body enough for optimal health.

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Listening to the Body’s Inner Voice

Filed in The Healthy Writer by on October 24, 2011 0 Comments • views: 435
Listening to the Body’s Inner Voice

It’s my first day of vacation, and I’m sitting in the Denver airport on a three-hour layover. Doesn’t take long away from the drive of the freelance life to be bitten by the creative writing bug. I love these times when I can just sit back, relax, and let my mind roam free. No deadlines, […]

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Sleepy Nation: Are You Listening to Your Body’s Exhaustion?

Filed in The Healthy Writer by on April 6, 2011 0 Comments • views: 694
Sleepy Nation: Are You Listening to Your Body’s Exhaustion?

We Americans fail to listen to our bodies. I caught part of a documentary today called Eyes Wide Open, directed by Quentin McDermott. Broadcast on the Documentary Channel, it talked about how sleep deprivation is becoming a way of life for many of us, with economists estimating that sleep disorders cost us over $9 billion […]

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The Inner Voice Speaks Through the Body

Filed in The Healthy Writer by on April 4, 2011 2 Comments • views: 647
The Inner Voice Speaks Through the Body

For the last week my eye has been driving me crazy. I’ve got one of those muscle twitches, the kind that makes the eyelid quiver and spazz out like a dying fly. I figured it would go away after a day. Or two. Certainly after three. But I’m going on seven days now, and it […]

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Ladies, Listen to Your Inner Voice and Avoid a Heart Attack

Filed in The Healthy Writer by on February 18, 2011 0 Comments • views: 438
Ladies, Listen to Your Inner Voice and Avoid a Heart Attack

Janine Krolikowski, ultrasound technician, had a heart attack at the age of 46. (She’s featured in February’s issue of Prevention.) Her mother had died of heart disease at 49, and her father at 51, but she never suspected that the disease could hit her so early in life, or that her symptom of dull pain […]

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