• fitness friday,  health,  walking

    Walking Lowers Blood Pressure and Strengthens the Heart

    Make Walking a Lifetime Habit In this last post about walking for fitness, I want to emphasize that walking does a body good. For those of us in the prime of our lives, the cardiovascular health benefits of walking are good news. According to the CDC, heart disease is the leading cause of death for most ethnic groups. Although the risk for stroke and heart disease increases when we are overweight, any one of us is susceptible as we age. Thankfully, walking is an easy, low-impact workout that can help reduce our stroke and heart attack risks. One last thing as we wrap this up: If you know you have…

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  • choice,  feminist,  happiness,  health,  social responsibility,  womens rights

    Does Anti-abortion really mean Pro-Life?

    A world where every human life is valued and protected. The above statement is the vision statement of the March for Life. Sounds like a laudable position, yet when I look at their Life Principles page I discover that they only talk about life up until the point of birth. They never mention the lives of women prior to getting pregnant or the lives mothers, fathers, or children after the baby is born. This makes me wonder if they are truly interested in valuing and protecting every human life. I do not believe that just because you’re opposed to abortion, that that makes you pro-life. In fact, I think in…

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  • happiness,  health,  simple living,  social responsibility,  voluntary simplicity,  want to life

    Voluntary Simplicity – a philosophical review

    The Moral and Ethical Weight of Voluntary Simplicity By resisting the consumerist impulses to needlessly upgrade and acquire, many of us can save ourselves from financial stress due to over-commitment and debt, while simultaneously freeing up time and money we can spend on non-material pleasures such as time with friends and family, as well as in pursuit of personal passions, projects, and goals. Samuel Alexander and Jacob Garrett recently published a new report for the Simplicity Institute. (Download it HERE.) As a longtime adherent of simple living, I found their philosophical discussion enlightening. I chose voluntary simplicity because it makes life easier and more pleasant. Living simply reduces the amount…

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  • food,  health,  recipes,  simple living

    Easy Fruit Salad

    I love fruit but am terrible about eating it if it requires me to peel, cut, or in any way prep it before eating. I get around this personality flaw by making fruit salad. Yes, I still have to prep it, but I do it all at once, put it in a bowl, and then eat at my leisure the rest of the week. You can use a variety of fruits in this salad. My rule is pick two fresh and two dried and go to town. If you use grapes, cut them in half. If you use oranges or some other citrus, cut into bite-size pieces and let them…

  • health,  personal development,  self-care,  self-discovery

    When flexibility matters

    I saw this word of the day from dictionary.com, and it occurred to me that while our opinions tend to ossify with age our bones tend to deossify. We would do well to work to prevent both. Ossified opinions gives us old, rigid minds and deossified bones give us old, fragile bodies. Exercise the mind.  Exercise the body. Prevent the deterioration of brains and bones.

  • health,  health care,  personal responsibility

    If we really want to solve the healthcare crisis…

    (After writing this I decided to add this disclaimer at the top: I believe a modern, civil society has a moral obligation to care for the sick. However, each individual in such a society also has a moral obligation to do his or her part not to invite illness and disease into his or her life.) Good health starts with healthy habits. Healthy habits are a personal responsibility. Eating right and exercising are personal choices–personal choices that far too few Americans choose to make. Despite the millions of dollars spent each year on gym memberships, fitness products, and fad diets, Americans continue to be overweight and unhealthy. High blood pressure,…

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