BusinessTechnologyWorldNationalMedia & CultureOpinionSportsLuxury Newsletter Signup Technology By Luke Villapaz @lukeydukey 05/22/15 AT 2:00 PM Sure, you can use the Apple Watch to track your exercise habits or get notifications. Then again, you can also strap to your body and see what happens when you're hurtled down a 215-foot drop at 80 miles per hour.Exercise isn't really my thing. So to really give my Apple Watch -- and my vitals -- a workout I brought it along on a trip with friends to Six Flags Great Adventure in New Jersey to see how my heart would fare. From the steep drop of Nitro to the nausea-inducing twirl of the teacups, I had the smartwatch on hand to track my heart throughout the entire day.BaselineTo put in perspective, I took my resting heartrate before I hopped on my first coaster for the day, measuring in at 64 beats per minute. My heart would hardly return to that level until hours after I left the park. BPM: 64 My heart rate before hopping on … [Read more...] about Thrill Seeking With Apple Watch: How My Heart Fared After Adrenaline-Filled Rollercoaster Rides
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Though there’s no exact equivalent in the English language, there is no shortage of names given to illnesses that can stem from the stresses of work: heart disease, depression, irritable bowel syndrome and panic attacks, to name a few.There are plenty of fields that have characteristics that can cause stress levels to skyrocket; the stakes are high in medicine, and social workers deal with situations ranging from complex to tragic. But lawyers are particularly susceptible to such problems because of the unique interplay of the legal profession and the lawyer personality. It’s the adversarial nature of lawyering that sets it apart from other professions, says Amiram Elwork, director of the Law-Psychology Graduate Training Program at Widener University in Chester, Pa. The third edition of Elwork’s book Stress Management for Lawyers comes out this month.“By definition, the adversarial system is conflict-ridden, and conflict creates certain types of emotions like … [Read more...] about Stressing Yourself Sick
The calm the ocean brings us may be our blue heaven.But does it come from our “blue mind”?Perhaps more than anyone, San Diegans know the relaxing, zen-like feeling you can get at the sea shore. Lately, there’s been a growing effort to explain this through science.So with a nod to the beautiful weather we’ve been having, this column is taking a day off from its usual political fare and going to the beach.Marine biologist Wallace J. Nichols has attracted a lot of attention in recent years with his book “Blue Mind: The Surprising Science That Shows How Being Near, In, On, or Under Water Can Make You Happier, Healthier, More Connected, and Better at What You Do.”The colors, sounds and rhythms of the ocean and the air around it often bring us a sense of peacefulness. Nichols and others give scientific reasons for this, though some scientists aren’t buying all of it, even if they agree there’s an instinctive sense of well-being and wonder we … [Read more...] about Does ‘blue mind’ science explain why we love the ocean?
The Physical Benefits of Walking “There are many reasons to walk for exercise,” says Ann Green, M.S., past heptathlon world athlete, yoga teacher and fitness studio owner. “Walking improves fitness, cardiac health, alleviates depression and fatigue, improves mood, creates less stress on joints and reduces pain, can prevent weight gain, reduce risk for cancer and chronic disease, improve endurance, circulation, and posture, and the list goes on…” When comparing the results of the most recent National Runners’ Health Study with the National Walkers’ Health Study, researchers found that the energy used for moderate-intensity walking and vigorous-intensity running resulted in similar reductions in risk for high blood pressure, high cholesterol, diabetes and heart disease over the study’s six year period. Which means when it comes to some pretty prominent markers of our health, walking at a moderate intensity can get the job done just as well … [Read more...] about Why walking is the most underrated form of exercise
A moose is spotted browsing on the west side of Rocky Mountain National Park, near Grand Lake, Colo., on Aug. 15, 2018. (Liz Forster/The Gazette via AP)IAllie Kankowski, a biological science technician, holds a moose cow's head to keep her spine in alignment and neck comfortable as the rest of the team collects data at Rocky Mountain National Park near Grand Lake, Colo., on Aug. 15, 2018. (Liz Forster/The Gazette via AP) COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. — The Holzwarth Historic Site in the Kawuneeche Valley on the west side of Rocky Mountain National Park is unusually quiet for a mid-August night. At the height of summer tourist season, the park attracts hordes of visitors — more than 4 million in 2017. But the only noises are the flutter of the wind passing through the leaves of the aspens, the crunch of the gravel under deliberate footsteps and the occasional muted murmur of a park employee’s radio. Silence was what landscape ecologist Hanem Abouelezz needed as she peered … [Read more...] about Moose population surges at Colorado national park