Beginning this past January (2009), bicycle commuters "can" get a tax benefit of a stipulated amount per month for their pedaling. I use the quotes because securing the benefit takes some work. Even though the bill passed over eight months ago, there is still confusion and frustration about how to best implement the program.
Maybe the question should be what would you do for $60? Not much. Hmmm, tie my shoes, get out of bed, be nice, do the laundry -- basically what I normally do and just maybe a little more.
Even for a $100 bucks I'm unlikely to tax myself or do anything unpleasant. So when a study released earlier this month (published by the National Bureau of Economic Research), found that money had very little effect on people's weight loss motivation, I thought well NO KIDDING given the paltry sums involved.
We all know that exercise is an important ingredient to a healthy lifestyle and combined with eating well, it will produce physical results.
But did you know that exercise can reduce your risk of colon cancer?
And we're not alone. According to news stories only about 15% of Americans have a clue that heart pumping is a colon cancer fighter. Lack of exercise is one of the HIGHEST risk factors for colon cancer, which is the third most common type of cancer! Wow.
I visited a new doctor's office today, so I had to fill out all of the paperwork: Personal information, medical history, insurance information -- standard stuff. Included in the papers on the clipboard was a form that I haven't been asked to sign by other doctors, a "Physician-Patient Arbitration Agreement." In so many words, signing this "agreement" would forego my right to file a lawsuit against the doctor and his medical group should they make any mistake in my medical care--you know, the kind of mistake that could kill me.
Many people start their (and/or their kid's) day with a tall glass of orange juice. "A great source of Vitamin C," is a common refrain heard by the masses. But, there's a dirty little secret that Tropicana, Minute Maid, and other orange juice purveyors hope drinkers continue to ignore...
About 3 weeks ago I posted about my wake-up call at the Doc's office. It has been documented that drinking very hot beverages (over 158 degrees) is DANGEROUS and ups the probability of mouth cancer over 8 times! I
f you missed the previous post, click here to read it. I've been drinking wicked hot coffee and tea for YEARS...at least 8. So when I went to the specialist and learned that my mouth and uvula demonstrated serious damage, I was shocked.
Athletic-Minded Traveler subscriber, H. Scott Sarran, can no longer say he's never won anything. Be careful what you wish for Scott...Ironman just released its lottery winners and Scott is on the list. Congrats! Be sure to tell your wife and kids that they'll likely never see you this summer!
Congratulations to all the other lottery winners as well.
I had a wake up call today; and I was politely reminded by my very nice looking 38 year old Doc that I'm not 22 years old anymore. "The body can't rebound as quickly."
It started two days ago. A sudden sharp pain in the throat which made swallowing difficult and produced a gag reflex. Coughing followed. And I mean hard, violent, get whatever it is in my throat out sort of coughing. And just like my now deceased cat Fogge, I got it. But instead of a nasty little hairball, mine was a blood ball.
EDITOR NOTE: ANOTHER POST WAS RECENTLY UPDATED: FIND IT HERE
With airline fees changing by the week, travelers have a lot of uncertainty regarding the total cost of their flights if bringing oversized and/or overweight luggage. Often airline personnel themselves don't even know the current policy and calling customer service can provide differing answers depending upon who you talk to.