New Scientist (Sept. 24, 2005) reports that 'it's never too late for lifelong sloths to reap the mental rewards of exercise.' Researchers at the Salk Institute in La Jolla, California, have found that old, lazy mice grow new neurons and ace cognitive tests after beginning to use a running wheel. If you're a couch potato of any age, it's time to put down this article and start to . . . hula!
Spirituality & Health (Dec. 2005) notes that the Hawaiian tradition of hula is a great way not only to increase your heart rate but also to heal old emotional wounds. Rissa Delaquil, a Hawaii native, discovered hula's healing power after being mugged and beaten. While Delaquil has danced hula professionally since she was a young girl, anyone can use its restorative power, she says. She suggests just 'letting your imagination and emotions run free as you move to the music that most inspires you.' . . . Feel stiff and robotic at work? You're always telling yourself to take more breaks, stretch your overworked muscles, and rest your mind, but there never seems to be time. Now you don't have to think about it; technology will make time for you.
Yoga Journal (Nov. 2005) reports on a new product, the RSIGuard, a software program that sets break times for you and then locks your keyboard during the scheduled break. Now you have no excuse for not making time to stretch during the workday (and a great excuse for not having your work done on time).