Better Brain Health

Earlier this year, I heard Dr. Sanjay Gupta interviewed by Terry Gross on Fresh Air about his most recent book Keep Sharp: Build a Better Brain at Any Age. In the interview, he spoke about these four important activities for better brain health: Exercising Eating well for heart health Getting…

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Improving #WFH Work-Life Balance

About 30 years ago, my wife and I moved with our first-born into an apartment located five minutes from my office. At first, I loved the idea. A five-minute commute was essentially no commute at all. After years of much longer commutes, I was thrilled. A year later, we moved,…

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Awareness is a Key Element for New Habits

My earliest, clear memory of the then-imminent pandemic was almost exactly a year ago, during an early-morning visit to a hotel gym. I was attending a business conference in Austin, Texas. As I peddled away on a stationary bike on February 27, I read the news on my phone. In…

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Healthspan and Lifespan Exercise Tips for 2021

I write frequently about exercise, an obvious, key component of “Be Healthy,” the sixth of my Six Simple Rules. I very much like the concept of healthspan – focusing on the longest possible healthy life, not just the longest possible lifespan. That said, a couple of articles about longevity caught…

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Practice Good Habits Forever

Last year I wrote about my primary takeaways from listening to Arthur Brooks in conversation with Simon Sinek at an event I attended. The conversation, as I outlined in a prior post, was about the way we can heal our divided world by practicing an approach of loving your enemies…

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45+ or Family History? Colonoscopy, Now!

Chadwick Boseman’s death came as a shock to the world. He had many fans, as made clear when the announcement of his passing on his Twitter account became the most retweeted post ever. Boseman was only 43 and died of colon cancer. He was very young to have been afflicted…

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Eating Well for Better Brain Health

In 1977, when my grandfather passed away at what then seemed like the ripe old age of 73, he had what was called senility. I remember visiting my grandfather in a nursing home. I remember helping him stay on the right page at religious services—services he previously had known like…

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Smiling & Gratitude for Stress Reduction

About six weeks into sheltering-in-place, I hit a low. As someone who is able to work from home, I am well aware my low is far higher than those on unemployment, which makes me a bit reluctant to talk or write about my situation. But, as I learned many years…

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Neck Pain from Working from Home

At my office, I have a desktop computer. At home, I’ve used a laptop for many years – but, until the past eight weeks, I had never used a laptop for eight or more hours a day. Two weeks ago, my neck started hurting. It got worse over the course…

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Small-Space, High-Intensity Exercises

In a shelter-in-place existence, figuring out ways to exercise, especially in small spaces, has been important. Just about a year ago, I read an article in the Wall Street Journal titled “The Best Exercises for Your 50s, 60s, 70s—and Beyond”. I held onto it for a few months and then…

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Take a Walk

On March 19, just under a week after I began working from home, I wrote this note to my work colleagues: I am a long-time exerciser, and I am a long-time fan of the outdoors. But until the past week I don't think I have ever taken a walk near…

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Serving Sizes During Quarantine

I've been writing COVID-19-related articles for the last few weeks, and I likely will continue to do so in the coming weeks. I don't write about weight loss, other than to say if you want to lose weight, eat less and exercise more. My focus is on healthy eating, and…

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