Imagine rising from bed each morning, only to promptly pass out cold on the floor. Imagine suddenly no longer being able to digest any of the food you eat. Imagine going to work with a blinding migraine each day.
A book was published earlier this year by Dr. Martin Gibala, titled “The One Minute Workout,” in which he demonstrated how sedentary people were able to derive 150 minutes of endurance exercise in 80 percent less time each week. Dr. Gibala conducted his study at McMaster University to come to this conclusion. Interestingly, a similar study was conducted by Dr. Raymond Wu and led to the publication of his book of the same name, as well as a website, http://oneminworkout.com, where he offers eight free exercises plus premium sections with different levels of services.
Imagine being a sick child in the hospital with nothing to do. Your friends are out having fun, but you are confined to your bed feeling lonely and bored.
Now imagine being able to pick from fun classes, with the opportunity to learn subjects ranging from sign language to playing the ukulele. Simcha University aims to make an extended hospital stay constructive and useful by offering an array of extracurricular classes taught by professionals in their respective fields, which our clients can elect to learn over the duration of their inpatient stay.
The Jewish holidays are a time for prayer, reflection, and many holiday meals. Food is not supposed to be the focus of Jewish observance, but who can deny that festive meals can enhance spiritual experience?
One of the challenges of personal fitness is trying to justify the start-up costs of having workout equipment in your home. A basic weight set can start at $30 for small weights under six pounds, but skyrocket as you increase to 15, 20, or 25 pounds. If you do buy weights, then you may also want to purchase a bench. A new bench can start at $100 to $150. How about a home system with multiple exercise stations? The price tag on those can start at $1,000.
The days between Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur hold the expectation for us to change our lives for the better. Forgiving others, and forgiving ourselves, is a major trend in the transformative process of the Days of Awe. The Rambam in “Shemoneh Perakim” very clearly illustrates that changes in our physical health would be obvious to the rational person, and that we could continuously commit ourselves to those changes as long as our intentions were pure. Having pure intentions for our physical health should be rooted in G-d’s moral prerogative, he continues, a cornerstone to piety and a paramount achievement.
Everybody seems to have an opinion about germs — what causes them, where they’re located, how to avoid them — especially when it comes to children.
Experts say that American children miss 22 million days of school annually due to colds, flu, and other infections.
Flu season is beginning. It usually starts in the fall (October) and extends through the spring (April/May). Each year, millions of people get the flu. Missed school and work can be quite significant, but also hundreds of thousands of people need to be hospitalized and tens of thousands die from flu-related complications.
George Burns once said: “Happiness is having a large, loving, caring, close-knit family — in another city.” That could explain why Jewish holidays can feel quite overwhelming and stressful.
Relatives who live out of town are suddenly sorting through the food in your refrigerator. Your niece and nephews do not seem to have the same table manners you have taught your children. You notice that your siblings are judging you and making comments that send the message that they are better parents, spouses, or children.
"Mitzvah cyclists" raise funds and awareness for Bikur Cholim of Greater Washington.
On Sunday, September 10, over 100 hundred cyclists headed out to Riley’s Lock in Poolesville, Maryland, to ride in MitzvahCycle 2017, Bikur Cholim of Greater Washington’s (BCGW) second annual bike-a-thon. Routes of varying distances and intensities allowed all to participate, from the most experienced cyclist to the newbie rider.
This article is part of a series for Kol HaBirah on“Getting the Most Out of Your Hospital Stay.”
Dr. Laura Wells* was a scientist, accustomed to drawing conclusions based on her own observations. In the year before Dr. Wells’ death, however, her daughter Carol* learned that her mother was in fact the one being “observed.”
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