There’s nothing quite like the strains of a familiar melody to get your body moving on the dance floor, bring back a distant memory, or lift your spirits when you’re feeling down. We all love rocking out to our favorite tunes, but it turns out that music actually does a body good. That’s correct: science is continually uncovering more and more data that suggests that music isn’t just good for the soul; it’s also great for your physical and mental health.
Music Boosts Athletic Endurance and Performance
As anyone who’s ever tried to stick to a fitness routine knows, it can be difficult to stay motivated. When you’re feeling low-energy, it’s really tempting to take a few shortcuts on your daily jog or reroute your bike ride to avoid those strenuous hills. A 2010 study published by the Scandinavian Journal of Medicine and Science and Sports found that healthy male college students who listened to fast music pedaled stationary bikes at a substantially faster clip than those who listened to slow music, and that they reported lower levels of physical exertion.
Learning How to Deal With Climate Change
Regardless of the cause, there is little doubt that the Earth’s climate is changing and weather is becoming more extreme. We have seen more frequent hurricanes, more violent tornadoes, deadlier wild fires, and colder winters. Many parts of the world are suffering from drought conditions while others are suffering frequent floods following torrential downpours. Mudslides and landslides continue to cause havoc in the poorest communities while seaside resorts are being battered by violent winter storms.
Over the past year we have seen power supplies cut off for millions of people, rail networks shut down, huge swathes of the land flooded for weeks at a time, and whole communities trapped by snow. Overall we are coping at the moment, but climate change experts have predicted that this is only the beginning and that these extreme weather patterns will continue to get worse. Are we prepared for what is to come? Continue reading
Dementia is a difficult condition to cope with, not just for the person suffering from it, but also for the people around them. Elderly folks with dementia may forget those closest to them, and their lapses in memory and judgement can drastically compromise their quality of life, and may even put them in danger. Those with dementia often require extensive and costly care, as their condition renders them increasingly unable to address their own needs.
When I say, “veggie chow-chow,” what comes to mind? No, it’s not a vegetarian dog. It’s actually a type of relish made from picked veggies. If you’ve lived in the South or the Appalachians, you probably have at least a passing familiarity with the stuff. If you’re a lifelong west-coaster, then you may not have heard of it.
It’s not quite clear how chow-chow got its name. Some claim that it’s because of the Chayote, an edible gourd native to Mexico. Others say the name came from Chinese rail workers in the old west, who imported pickles and spices from home. Still others insist that the name comes from the French word for cabbage, chou, or that the name originally hails from India.
While we might not be clear on the obscure historical machinery behind its nomenclature, we are quite certain that it is tasty. We have tested this theory again and again, always with the same results. It’s good. Really good.