Month: August 2013

Yoga For Regular Guys: The Best Damn Workout on the Planet

Most ‘regular’ guys think yoga is just for women.  Actually, many men probably think yoga is a great way to meet women, but that’s not all yoga is good for.  For most men, yoga can actually be the best damn workout they’ll ever try.  According to Men’s Fitness writer, Jennifer Cohen, there are three main reasons that men should do yoga.  She says that yoga will: Increase a man’s range of motion Lower stress and cortisol levels Strengthen the cardiovascular system When men increase their range of motion, they actually increase their capacity for weight lifting, and thereby increase the amount of weight that they can lift.  As explained by Kate, Abate, a certified yoga teacher and trainer, “Yoga widens range of motion and increases access to more muscle fibers, allowing for more substantial hypertrophy in any given muscle group.” Hypertrophy occurs when a muscle becomes enlarged because its cells have become enlarged: muscle growth at the cellular level.  In simple terms, you get stronger, and your muscles get a bigger pump. Next, yoga lowers your cortisol levels, by reducing your stress levels.  Cortisol is a hormone that is produced by the body when it is stressed. When cortisol levels increase, the body reacts by holding onto fat, which is something no man wants.  Lose the beer belly, don’t keep it.  Yoga lowers stress by teaching practitioners how to...

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Teacher Tools – Knowing When Substance Abuse is in the Classroom

Teachers in their role as interventionists can make the difference in the lives of children. Paying attention to cues and clues is part of proper classroom management. For example, how can teachers tell that substance abuse is occurring besides a tell-tale smell? When it is not as obvious as a distinctive scent, what particular behaviors should teachers look for? Once it is suspected that there is substance abuse, then what is to be done? This article gives a real life example from a teacher who had an experience that ended in death and provides research about current trends in substance abuse in schools. A Real Life Example The teacher reported that the student would often look down and away in a seemingly disengaged manner and would often be rude. The teacher was concerned about the student’s infrequent attendance, and was even more distraught that the student was unresponsive more often than not. The teacher incorrectly interpreted the behavior as rudeness, when in fact it was an attempt to mask intoxication. The teacher got a rude awakening when one day the student dropped dead from alcohol overdose. How could the signs be missed? SIGNS TO LOOK FOR Not looking the teacher in the eye Unresponsiveness Unwarranted rudeness Responsiveness on some days can also be a clue. Sniff for unusual scents Bleary eyes Unkempt appearance      Language cues Bodily damage Research 2012 data suggests that overall drug use among high school teens...

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RSS Addiction News

  • Polysubstance Abuse: Addicted to the ‘High’ Rather Than the Drugs February 21, 2018
    Until there’s a social consensus, it bears repeating that addiction is a complex and complicated disease of the brain. People develop the condition for a variety of different reasons, which makes plotting out an effective treatment approach a challenge for patients, physicians, therapists and other addiction healthcare specialists. That said, the treatment of addiction continues […]
  • Driving Under the Influence Just Got a Lot Weirder February 14, 2018
    In all 50 states, the legal blood alcohol limit (BAC) for anyone operating a motor vehicle is .08, though advocates continue pressuring legislators to bring it down to a .05 BAC. Public awareness campaigns, new laws and stricter penalties regarding DUI violators were launched in the mid 1970s. The original campaigns highlighted the gruesome realities […]
  • Hygge [hew-guh] to Beat the Winter Blues and Improve Mental Health: The Danes Know What They’re Doing February 7, 2018
    As the grip of post-holiday wintertime clamps down on North America, it’s all too common to allow the shorter days, frigid temperatures and stress of getting back to work push us into isolation, both physically and mentally. In Denmark, where the average temperature in January is about 28 degrees Fahrenheit and 0 degrees in February, […]

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