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Easy Lunches

Each meal presents it's own problems.  The problem with lunch is that most people don't have the option of whipping something up at the office.  You either have to plan ahead or you have to find some sort of food that you can get and eat quickly.  Of course, that's where fast food comes in, and it's one of the reasons that the fast food business is so successful.  It's just so easy.  Here are a couple other options.  All are relatively easy, though some will require less thought than others.

How to Make A Standing Desk

You've probably read by now that sitting is harmful to your health.  The more you sit, the earlier you are going to die (I'm paraphrasing).  Since many of us sit for hours upon hours each week (each day even), this is considered a problem.  So, what to do?  Apparently, exercise doesn't work as well as we'd like because the problem is that we sit for too long, not that we don't ever move (though that could also be a problem for some).  So, other than getting a new job that will let you move around, I'm thinking that a standing desk can be a good, low-cost solution to this problem.

Low Cost Workout Options

It seems that one major barrier to working out is price.  It's sad, but true.  Working out can actually be expensive these days.  Depending on what you like to do you might need to buy a bunch of equipment, pay membership fees at a gym or club or pay for classes.  It can be a real crunch.   But there are options that don't cost a lot of money.  Here are five low cost, easily adopted workouts.

Cheap Rides

A lot of people are unsure of what bikes they can get for cheap.  Recently we talked about buying a bike on craigslist.  This is a great way to go in order to get a nice used bike and there are some really great options out there.  But can you get a new bike for relatively cheap?  Let's look at some of the options.

Schwinn Sierra GS Comfort

A Quick Biking Guide

Bikes are an amazing invention.  They are economical, environmentally conscious, fitness inducing and generally practical.  Unfortunately, it takes gas prices going through the roof to keep Americans talking about them.  But, that's exactly what's happening right now.  Average gas prices in the U.S. are right around $3.50/gallon, up almost a dollar from the same time last year.  A quick search for the average commute in the U.S came up with 32 miles round trip, totaling about 50 minutes, though I will admit that data was from 2005.  

Trail Runs and "Fat Ass 50"

An article in the New York Times today about trail running brought up an interesting fitness area that I would think a lot of people like.  If you like to get outdoors and get in the backwoods, why not try some trail runs?  A "Fat Ass 50" is a 50K run and far longer than any beginner should try, but trail runs in general might be a good mix up for your summer workouts.  Here are a few places that might help you get started to finding these "Fat Ass 50's":

Steamed Vegetables

This was going to be a recipe, but since it's really not a recipe I won't try to advertise it as one.  What this really is is one of those, "if you teach a man to fish, you feed him for a lifetime" type of situations.  Nothing could be easier than steamed vegetables.  Not pasta, not rice, probably not salad unless you buy the kind that comes in a package. So one thing might be easier.

Diet and ADHD

In a special to the Los Angeles Times, Jill Adams writes that a recent study published in the British medical journal, the Lancet, attempts to understand whether there is a link between diet and exhibited symptoms of ADHD.  The study, which followed 100 children ages 4-8, place half on a restricted diet for 5 weeks, while the other half was counseled on how to eat healthy.  The study found that 64% of the kids on the limited diet showed improvement in their symptoms in a variety of tests.  

Sleep Science

Everyone who has ever stayed up late knows that their body, and mind, feel better after getting enough rest.  I remembered this today and decided this morning that if I had a superpower, it would be having 26 hours in my day, so I could always get eight hours of sleep.  I probably won't get my superpower, but I do have to do something about my sleep.  It is a topic that is becoming more prevalent in the news, particularly how important rest is for our long-term health, which only reinforces what my body is telling me.

National Nutrition Month

Nutrition has now taken over March.  Why March?  I don’t know, but the sentiment is clear.  Nutrition is a topic that is extremely important to our current national health problem, budget problem and our future as a productive population.  Healthy people will spend far less on healthcare, healthcare premiums would likely go down, people would lose less work time recovering from surgery and sickness (often brought about by our own bad habits), and a healthier population would likely be happier.

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