These days I spend a lot of time in front of my closet. It's not that I'm particularly choosy about what to wear. It's because I can't remember why I opened the closet in the first place. Somehow, between my living room and bedroom, all memory of what I was after went poof, leaving me staring blankly at those shelves.It seems like ever since I hit my mid-40s, my memory has been in a state of rebellion. I certainly remember all the big things: my name, what year it is, the fact that my teenage daughter believes I'm invading her privacy when I ask her what happened at school today. But it's the little things—what I ate last week at that new restaurant or even if I liked that new restaurant (speaking of which, what was its name?)—that sometimes slip away. Experts say that such "senior moments" are normal even if it will be decades before you can begin to think about tapping your 401(k). Reassuring, yes, but that still doesn't help me remember the name of that restaurant.Brain … [Read more...] about 8 New Ways To Boost Your Memory
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They ate when they were stressed. They ate when they were lonely or frustrated. Then the guilt set in--for breaking the latest attempt at a diet, for losing the power struggle with a craving. It's an unhealthy pattern familiar to the women on these pages, and one to which many of us can relate. So what makes us stop relying on food as a crutch and start taking control of our choices? Counseling might help some; others may need a disciplined eating plan. For these three women, the answer was faith. They share how their spirituality gave them strength to cultivate healthier habits and shed pounds for good. [sidebar]"I Got Healthy on the Inside" Kimberly Floyd, 43, Fairburn, GA Pounds Lost: 85 Height: 5'4" Weight Now: 155 Weight Then: 240 Kimberly Floyd knew how to lose weight: She studied nutrition and worked as a registered nurse for almost a decade. Floyd had reason, too: High blood pressure and stroke runs in her family. Yet when on break at the hospital, she would … [Read more...] about The Faith to Lose
Multivitamins are a waste of money—at least, that's what two major new studies published in the Annals of Internal Medicine might lead you to believe.The two studies looked at a large-scale clinical trial called the Physicians Health Study, in which two groups of people were assigned to take either a multivitamin or a placebo for between 5 and 12 years. In one study, the authors were looking at whether those taking multivitamins showed signs of reduced cognitive decline compared to the placebo group, and in the second, the authors wanted to know whether the multivitamins could reduce the risk of heart attacks, strokes, and other cardiovascular problems in people who'd already suffered heart attacks.The conclusion from both studies? Multivitamins may help, but most likely, you're just throwing money down the drain. In neither case did the multivitamin takers see much of a benefit over the placebo group. An accompanying editorial, titled "Enough Is Enough: Stop Wasting Money on … [Read more...] about Are Your Multis A Waste Of Money?
Happy hour in Brooklyn Heights, New York. Midweek. When the city gathers its collective courage to push through till Friday. In a popular neighborhood bar, Tom sits across from me, a thick salt and pepper beard covering half his face, a pint of Brooklyn Lager in front of him. Radiohead blares from the speakers. We’re here so Tom (not his real name) can tell me his story. And to knock back a few while we’re at it. I’m well into my first one when I notice he’s not drinking. Through my suds, I watch him adjust the small black glasses perched on the blade of his nose. I take another pull. Tom’s pint, ignored, sits and sweats. Maybe he’s overly polite. Maybe he’s nervous. “Hey, drink up man,” I tell him. He smiles and thanks me, but he doesn’t touch the glass. Tom is a gracious, thoughtful guy—the kind you’d want with you during a late night bull session conducted over a bottle of whiskey. At 37, he seems so … [Read more...] about Are You Too Religious?
A great tip is an awesome thing. Whether it's an undiscovered restaurant, a sleeper stock, or a Sure Thing in the late double at Pimlico, savvy inside info imbues a man with confidence. Control. Strength. Knowledge is power, baby. It's also the secret to a powerful body, as you're about to find out. In our never-ending mission to get you in the greatest shape of your life, we've grilled the world's top experts, combed our own archives, even eavesdropped on some cell-phone conversations to find 100 perfect fitness training tips -- small gems that will make a huge difference in any man's life. Get ready: You're about to feel the power -- and have the body to show for it. Build Better Abs1. Don't work your abdominal muscles every day. "Physiologically, your abs are like any other muscle in your body," says David Pearson, Ph.D., C.S.C.S., an exercise scientist at Ball State University. Train them only 2 or 3 days a week. Protect Your Neck2. Put your … [Read more...] about The MH 100
Over the last twenty years, more and more studies measuring the effect of loneliness suggest it is an important public health concern. For example, there is evidence that the risk of developing and dying from heart disease can depend on the strength of one's social network of friends and family, and that being recently widowed can increase one's odds of dying. And for people with Alzheimer's, even at more severe levels of the disease, cognitive function remains higher in those who have larger social networks. Ever since his wife died, just two weeks after their 60th anniversary, 84-year-old Bert has been practically housebound. If asked, he says "Oh, I'm OK, a neighbour pops in now and again, and kindly helps with shopping". He cleans the house and makes his own ready meals in the microwave. But lying in bed at night, or when he sees her hairbrush on the dressing table, or looks up from reading the newspaper ready to share a thought, he is overwhelmed with … [Read more...] about Loneliness In Our Modern Age