For my 70th birthday earlier this year, I gathered up my whole family, including my two marvelous grandsons, and took them on a Caribbean cruise. On the morning of my birthday, I woke up and thought, This is going to be my year. Later that day, I went ziplining.The whole trip would’ve been unimaginable a decade ago. In 2007, I was newly retired, and my health was just the pits. When I visited the doctor, he gave me the bad news: I had two prolapsed heart valves and asthma. Oh, and those prolapsed valves meant my blood pressure was likely to get even worse than it already was and require more medications.MORE: Is Your Breathing Trouble Asthma—Or Something Worse?I was in a position that’s familiar to many Americans: You depend on your doctor, but they don’t really know how to prescribe exercise. They’ll say, “Watch your diet and exercise” but they won’t tell you how or give you a next step. So you wind up taking a lot of medications and … [Read more...] about Here’s How One Inspiring Woman In Her 70s Lost 30 Pounds And Reversed Her Heart Condition
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Conservation and sustainability are part of Susan Rockefeller’s DNA. Growing up in a nature-loving household, where home-cooked meals made with ingredients sourced from the local farmers’ market were a part of daily life, she was instilled with certain values about food from an early age. “We didn’t really have any processed foods,” says Rockefeller. “I remember going to my friends’ houses and eating Mallomars, but my mom’s idea of snacks were fresh peaches.” Food for Thought, Food for Life is the product of ideas Rockefeller has been thinking about for decades. In making the film, she wanted to start a conversation about what we eat and where our food comes from.The 22-minute documentary is the latest by the award-winning director, conservationist, designer, and philanthropist and aims to bring everyone to the table in order to address today’s food systems and what we all can do to make lasting changes.Produced in … [Read more...] about What Susan Rockefeller Really Thinks About Big Ag
When I was pregnant, I heard from more than a few people that my relationship with my husband Chris would be rocked when our son arrived. But…please.At the time I was working at a magazine that devoted a large chunk of every issue to relationships. I talked to marriage therapists every day for stories. I could go over the ways to keep a relationship healthy in my sleep. My marriage was going to be the model for how to ace this whole relationship-with-baby thing.I was such an idiot.Having a baby changes everything. And I mean, everything. Don’t get me wrong: Parenthood is amazing, but it completely shakes up your relationship—at least, it did for us.I noticed the change in myself seconds after our son was born. For a moment, Chris was frozen to the spot while doctors bustled around, unsure of whether he was supposed to take care of me or our squawking infant son. I finally snapped, “Go to him!” I’d never been a snapper before. Where the heck did that … [Read more...] about Hitched: How Your Relationship REALLY Changes After a Baby
I found it kind of endearing, the no-frills approach of the "Sample Room"--the dim fluorescent lighting, faux-leather La-Z-Boy recliner, TV monitor, stack of porno tapes, rack of dirty magazines, sink, toilet.Finally, someone gets me, I thought.It wasn't until the deed was done and I stepped back out into the harsher light of the situation at hand, sans chi, that the sheepishness set in. I wended my way through the clinic corridors back to the reception area, past all the couples still waiting their turn--the men cracking the spines of their sports sections, the women all thumbing their pulses, stroking their bellies.I followed the blue directional arrows down the hall to the pre-op area, and when I finally found my wife tucked away behind her little partition, all prepped and ready, the imbalance of our separate roles was hard to miss.Here we were, Retrieval Day--the day Elizabeth and I both had been working toward for 3 months, the day my wife's eggs were to be harvested and united … [Read more...] about Where Do Babies Come From Anyway?
There's an exercise epidemic plaguing American men. I call it the chinup conundrum, and chances are you're a victim.It goes like this: A guy wants to do chinups, but because he can only complete one or two good reps, he skips them altogether and heads to the lat pulldown machine. Maybe he's embarrassed, maybe he's lazy, or maybe he just thinks, What's the point? So he never improves at chinups, and as a result abandons them forever. Sound familiar?The fact is, the fittest men do chinups. This exercise is one of the best ways to build your back and biceps, and it's a true test of both upper-body strength and endurance. But you probably already know all that.That's why I've created a chinup plan for every man. Whether you can't yet manage a single one or simply want to break out of your 8-rep rut, I have a routine for you.If you can't do more than one chinup...Start with this three-exercise workout. To do the routine, you'll need a Jump Stretch Mini Flex Band ($12, elitefts.com), a … [Read more...] about The Chinup Plan for Every Man