Tuesday, January 27, 2015

How To Get An Actual Workout While You're Shoveling Snow

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Health and Fitness - The Huffington Post

How To Get An Actual Workout While You're Shoveling Snow

If you're one of the more than 35 million people heading inside thanks to Winter Storm Juno, you very well may be wondering: But what about my workout?



Okay, you're probably more concerned about having enough food at home to survive being cooped up for a couple days and enough salt to keep the driveway from freezing over. But you also are pretty likely to have some shoveling in your not-too-distant future -- even if you're not affected by this particular storm. 'Tis the season, after all.



The task is never all that fun, but in some instances, the chore can even be dangerous. According to a 2011 study, about 11,500 Americans end up in the emergency room each year from shoveling snow. It's not uncommon to strain your back while shoveling, and, in rarer instances, the combination of cold temps and high exertion can cause heart attacks, especially in people who are otherwise mostly sedentary.



For the physically fit and healthy, however, outdoor activity in cold weather actually boosts the health benefits of regular physical activity; you can expect a slightly higher calorie burn and an extra boost to your heart, for starters. And since you're not about to drive to the gym, why not make your shoveling work for you? Clear off the front steps while getting in a quick workout with the moves below.



Shovel Squats



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You've heard it before and you're going to hear it again right now: The best way to protect your back while shoveling is to ensure that you lift with your legs and not your back. To guarantee you do so, focus on good squat form to bend down and lift each shovelful of snow. With your feet shoulder-width apart or slightly wider, bend the knees keeping the back straight and the chest lifted. Stop when your thighs are roughly parallel to the ground to scoop the snow onto your shovel and return to standing.





Standing Oblique Shovel Twists



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Once you've lifted that snow, your safest bet is to carry it to your heaping pile rather than fling it over your shoulder. As you cautiously discard it, stand tall and tuck the hips under, bracing the core, and rotate to each side five times to engage the obliques.





Shovel Lunges



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Pushing the snow rather than lifting helps cut down on potential back injuries and limits how many reps of squats you'll be forced to do. But you're not off the hook! Lunge your way across the driveway or along the sidewalk as you push your shovel of snow in front of you. Bend the knees until they form 90-degree angles -- or drop as low as your snow pants and jacket will allow. Keep the front knee in line with the second toe.





Shovel Deadlifts



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This one is for experienced snow shovelers weight-lifters only. Carefully try a few deadlifts with your snow-filled shovel as your weight. Keep your feet a bit more than shoulder-width apart and maintain a little give in the knees. Grip your shovel slightly outside your legs and hinge at the hips, keeping the back flat and chest lifted, as you scoop up a light amount of snow to start. Drive through the heels as you straighten back up, and squeeze the glutes as you thrust your hips and return to standing.





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Monday, January 26, 2015

Adam Scott And Jason Schwartzman Bring You The 'Avatar' Of Fake Penises

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Adam Scott And Jason Schwartzman Bring You The 'Avatar' Of Fake Penises

Adam Scott and Jason Schwartzman are at the Sundance Film Festival with their film "The Overnight," in which the actors don prosthetic penises. The sex comedy has already been called "hysterically funny," but it seems those fake members are all anyone can talk about.



HuffPost Live's Ricky Camilleri joined in on Saturday, when he spoke to the actors -- along with director Patrick Brice and actress Judith Godrèche -- about the movie and all the nudity talk surrounding it.



"If you're interested in seeing where state-of-the-art prosthetic penises are at these days, this movie is sort of like the benchmark," Schwartzman said.



Brice went as far as predicting that the faux penises could become the new standard-bearer in prosthetic genital technology, "kind of like what 'Avatar' did for CGI."



"The Overnight" was just acquired at Sundance for a cool $4 million, so your chance to see it all for yourself is just around the corner.



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IVF babies healthier than before: study

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Parenting/Kids News Headlines - Yahoo! News

IVF babies healthier than before: study

IVF babies healthier than before: studyOf them, more than 62,000 were single births, also called singletons, and more than 29,000 were twins. The health of the babies at birth and in their first year of life was compared to that of children conceived without ART.






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Meet the eyeless man who says he can see (and is probably right)

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Meet the eyeless man who says he can see (and is probably right)

With both eyes lost to cancer when he was just a toddler, you'd expect Daniel Kish to be as blind as a person can get. He's become famous for using a sort of human echolocation to find his way around, but there's more to it than that: According to Kish, his fellow echo-locators, and the scans of their brains, they're actually seeing. Read full article >>










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Grateful Man Who Handed Out His Resume At Train Station Now Hiring At Very Same Stop

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GPS for the Soul - The Huffington Post

Grateful Man Who Handed Out His Resume At Train Station Now Hiring At Very Same Stop

A college grad who took an unconventional approach to getting a job is now back, months later, to show how it paid off.



Alfred Ajani, 22, graduated from Coventry University in Coventry, England, in 2013 with a degree in marketing. After submitting hundreds of job applications with little luck, he took to the Waterloo train station in London last August. He stood inside, holding a sign with his qualifications written on them, and handed out his resume in an attempt to find a job. Ajani's unique effort attracted several employers and a few months later, he had started a new job.



Same spot. Different sign. pic.twitter.com/1lGuuKUf7g

— TheCVMan (@Fr3dSantana) January 22, 2015





Last week, Ajani, who is now employed as the marketing and PR projects manager at a recruitment company, The Asoria Group, returned to the same spot at the train station with a sign. But this time, it came with a very different message -- "Now Hiring."



A photo of the act, which was uploaded to Twitter with the caption, "Same spot. Different sign," has resonated with many, gathering more than 2,200 retweets on the site. Ajani says he's moved his success story is able to give people who are in the same situation he was once in a bit of hope.



"I didn’t expect to be so popular, such an inspiration," the 22-year-old told The Huffington Post in an email. "If I see anyone at the station with a sign I will do my best to get in touch with them."



In his new position, Ajani is working to help his company expand. And as his job search comes full circle, he says his success is due to in his willingness to take a leap of faith.



"Don’t be scared to try something new," he advises other job-seekers. "Safe is risky."



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WATCH: This Talk Will Make You Question How Much You Really Know About Everything

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WATCH: This Talk Will Make You Question How Much You Really Know About Everything

Stories make us who we are. In this inspiring talk, writer Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie beautifully conveys the importance of seeking out many stories from different points of view to form our understanding of the world. TED Weekends has brought you more than 100 stories since it began in 2012. This is our final edition, but it's not the ending; discover more stories, and share your own, at TED.com.



We want to know what you think. Join the discussion by posting a comment below or tweeting #TEDWeekends. Interested in blogging for a future edition of TED Weekends? Email us at tedweekends@huffingtonpost.com.

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Art therapy may help kids with behavior problems

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Art therapy may help kids with behavior problems

Begun in 2002, The Art Room program is aimed at children between the ages of 5 and 16 who have been identified by their teachers as needing emotional and behavioral support. Currently there are nine Art Room programs in UK schools. More than 10,000 children have been through the Art Room program since it started. In a study published in the journal The Arts in Psychotherapy, researchers found that children emerged from the 10-week Art Room program with less depression, fewer behavioral problems and improved self esteem.




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Legal Marijuana Is The Fastest-Growing Industry In The U.S.: Report

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Legal Marijuana Is The Fastest-Growing Industry In The U.S.: Report

Legal marijuana is the fastest-growing industry in the United States and if the trend toward legalization spreads to all 50 states, marijuana could become larger than the organic food industry, according to a new report obtained by The Huffington Post.



Researchers from The ArcView Group, a cannabis industry investment and research firm based in Oakland, California, found that the U.S. market for legal cannabis grew 74 percent in 2014 to $2.7 billion, up from $1.5 billion in 2013.



The group surveyed hundreds of medical and recreational marijuana retailers in states where sales are legal, as well as ancillary business operators and independent cultivators of the plant, over the course of seven months during 2013 and 2014. ArcView also compiled data from state agencies, nonprofit organizations and private companies in the marijuana industry for a more complete look at the marketplace.



"In the last year, the rise of the cannabis industry went from an interesting cocktail conversation to being taken seriously as the fastest growing industry in America," Troy Dayton, CEO of The ArcView Group and publisher of the third edition of the State of Legal Marijuana Markets, said in the executive summary of the report. "At this point, it’s hard to imagine that any serious businessperson who is paying attention hasn’t spent some time thinking about the possibilities in this market."



marijuana fastest growing industryGraph courtesy of ArcView Market Research.



The report also projects a strong year for legal marijuana in 2015 and projects 32 percent growth in the market. Dayton said that places "cannabis in the top spot" when compared with other fast-growing industries.



Over the next five years, the marijuana industry is expected to continue to grow, with ArcView predicting that 14 more states will legalize recreational marijuana and two more states will legalize medical marijuana. At least 10 states are already considering legalizing recreational marijuana in just the next two years through ballot measures or state legislatures.



To date, four states -- Colorado, Washington, Alaska and Oregon -- have legalized retail marijuana. Washington, D.C., voters also legalized recreational marijuana use, but sales currently remain banned. Twenty-three states have legalized medical cannabis. Still, marijuana remains illegal at the federal level.



The report projects that, by 2019, all of the state-legal marijuana markets combined will make for a potential overall market worth almost $11 billion annually.



marijuana fastest growing industryGraph courtesy of ArcView Market Research.



The report also breaks out some interesting marijuana trends from around the nation. California still has the largest legal cannabis market in the U.S., at $1.3 billion. Arizona was found to have the fastest-growing major marijuana market in 2014, expanding to $155 million, up more than $120 million from the previous year. Medical marijuana is already legal in Arizona and California and recreational legalization measures are likely to appear on the 2016 ballots in both states.



More than 1.5 million shoppers purchased legal marijuana from a dispensary, either medical or recreational, in 2014. Five states now boast marijuana markets that are larger than $100 million, and in Colorado and Washington -- the first states to open retail marijuana shops in the U.S. -- consumers bought $370 million in marijuana products last year.



Oregon and Alaska are expected to add a combined $275 million in retail marijuana sales in their first year of operation, the report projects. And while D.C. has also legalized recreational marijuana use, ArcView couldn't project a market size in the District because of an ongoing attempt by congressional Republicans to block the new law.



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Graph courtesy of ArcView Market Research.



The huge growth potential of the industry appears to be limited only by the possibility of states rejecting the loosening of their drug laws. The report projects a marijuana industry that could be more valuable than the entire organic food industry -- that is, if the legalization trend continues to the point that all 50 states legalize recreational marijuana. The total market value of all states legalizing marijuana would top $36.8 billion -- more than $3 billion larger than the organic food industry.



"These are exciting times," Dayton said in the executive summary, "and new millionaires and possibly billionaires are about to be made, while simultaneously society will become safer and freer."




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Europe recommends seven new medicines for approval

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Europe recommends seven new medicines for approval

Europe recommended seven new drugs for approval on Friday, including two antibiotics for skin infections and a new treatment option for HIV. Regulator European Medicines Agency gave the green light to The Medicines Company's oritavancin and Cubist Pharmaceuticals tedizolid phosphate for the treatment of acute bacterial skin and skin structure infections. The Medicines Company's drug cangrelor for the reduction of thrombotic cardiovascular events was also recommended for approval, as was its Raplixa, a fibrinogen and thrombin powder, for improvement of haemostasis.




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Sunday, January 25, 2015

Sarah Palin's Bizarre Iowa Speech Gets Thanks -- From The Democrats

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Sarah Palin's Bizarre Iowa Speech Gets Thanks -- From The Democrats

Shortly after declaring that she's "seriously interested" in running for president in 2016, Sarah Palin delivered a confusing speech that was panned by many, even some on the right.



Speaking at the Iowa Freedom Summit in Des Moines on Saturday, the former Alaska governor and one-time vice presidential candidate delivered a speech that John Fund of the National Review described as "meandering and often bizarre."



Here's an excerpt:



"Things must change for our government. Look at it. It isn’t too big to fail. It’s too big to succeed! It's too big to succeed, so we can afford no retreads or nothing will change with the same people and same policies that got us into the status quo. Another Latin word, status quo, and it stands for, ‘Man, the middle-class everyday Americans are really gettin’ taken for a ride.’ That's status quo, and GOP leaders, by the way, y'know the man can only ride ya when your back is bent. So strengthen it. Then the man can't ride ya, America won't be taken for a ride, because so much is at stake and we can't afford politicians playing games like nothing more is at stake than, oh, maybe just the next standing of theirs in the next election."



In response to the speech, Democratic National Committee communications director Mo Elleithee issued a two-word statement:



“Thank you!”



The New York Daily News reports that Palin's teleprompter froze, forcing her to ad-lib some of her remarks.



Palin also referred to President Barack Obama as "an overgrown little boy." And in a clip posted online by Right Wing Watch, Palin attacked the left for being racist and sexist.



"Really, it's kind of Orwellian, observing how that works, that rule of Saul Alinsky's, no doubt, that the left employs. Disgusting charges, from the left. Reverse them -- for it is they who point a finger not realizing that they have triple that amount of fingers pointing right back at them, revealing that they are the ones who really discriminate and divide on color and class and sex. We call them out. We don’t let them get away with it.”



The reaction on Twitter was not particularly encouraging:



'Weird,' said one conservative activist of Palin speech. 'Terrible. Didn't make any sense.' http://t.co/pe1bDkz2Cw

— Byron York (@ByronYork) January 25, 2015





Watch the video at the bottom. She’s gotta be drinking at this point.



http://t.co/t2ZHyfDUlJ

— Downtown Josh Brown (@ReformedBroker) January 25, 2015





Palin gives what most call most incoherent speech EVER!



That's a HIGH BAR!



http://t.co/pGMr5Ptuwb pic.twitter.com/ABMdmKGUwH

— Jillian Hurley (@BeautyBind) January 25, 2015





I don't say this lightly. This is the strangest speech I've ever seen Sarah Palin deliver.

— Scott Conroy (@RealClearScott) January 24, 2015





And yet.... Conroy also reported that Palin left the stage to a standing ovation and the Taylor Swift song, "Shake It Off."







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