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Apr 17

Is ex-Cowboy Dez Bryant ready to make his NFL comeback? The trainer of star wide receivers thinks so. – Examiner Enterprise

By Calvin Watkins

The Dallas Morning News

(TNS) The workout locations range from Frisco to Fort Worth to DeSoto.

They start with a phone call. Dez Bryant, wide receiver looking for NFL work, calls David Robinson, wide receiver trainer to the stars.

If you dont believe in Robinsons work and influence, check out the 20 players he trained for the upcoming NFL draft. Hes been working with wide receivers since 2005 and runs the DRob Always Open Wide Receiver Academy.

If you need to work on your game, you call Robinson.

Bryant is no different. He wants to work out. He will hail former Cowboys teammates Dak Prescott and Ezekiel Elliott. Sometimes Super Bowl-winning QB Patrick Mahomes. Ex-Cowboys receiver Lance Lenior shows up, too.

It looked like a class reunion, Robinson said of the recent workouts with Bryant and Prescott. It looked like they missed each other. You could definitely tell that they were quoting some of the plays, routes, when they played together. Dak was spitting verbiage, and Dez was remembering it. They were having flashbacks on certain routes they were working on. It was great.

For Bryant, this is part of the comeback tour. Its a tour thats been scrutinized for the videos Bryant has posted on Twitter and Instagram. Its a tour criticized for a lack of social distancing during the coronavirus pandemic.

The videos show Bryant running routes, catching a Prescott pass on a back-shoulder fade, running a slant, sometimes catching a pass falling down. With each video comes the social media film critics.

Shoot, 80% of those people never played receiver, never played football, Robinson said. So I dont really get caught up in the responses because none of those people that are responding have never scored 73 touchdowns in their career. None of them have. So a lot of them dont know the art or have an understanding of how to run a route.

Robinson is Bryants confidant and trainer. He doesnt seek the publicity, but when asked, Robinson tells you Bryant, who didnt return a message seeking comment for this story, is ready to play in the NFL.

Hes been away for two years. Bryant had a chance to return after the Cowboys released him that emotional day in 2017. Baltimore offered him a contract that he turned down. There was the haphazard visit to the Cleveland Browns facility where Bryant showed up in a sleeveless T-shirt and his agent was in a power suit. It was a mess from the beginning.

In 2018, New Orleans signed Bryant to a one-year contract, and he showed up overweight. He tore his Achilles tendon in one of the first practices, ending a dream scenario where he would catch passes from Drew Brees and giving him a legit chance of a deep playoff run.

So Bryant just waited to heal. He called Robinson and told him he was ready. The early videos posted on Twitter showed Bryant looking heavy and slow.

As for the people that say hes not fast, Dez has never been fast, Robinson said. He came out of college running 4.6, 4.5, so hell tell you that thats not his game.

This is the process when you start a comeback tour. Bryant needed to lose weight, and one of the ways to do it is by working out. For Bryant, this occurred in public. He was showing the world his warts, and Robinson was there to help.

Ive been working Dez for a year and a half now. Hes looking night and day from when we first started, Robinson said. He dropped a lot of weight. Hes a lot lighter on his feet, hes a lot more efficient in and out of his cuts, and his confidence is on another level right now.

The workouts with Prescott and Elliott had some fans clamoring for a reunion. Cowboys owner Jerry Jones said at the NFL scouting combine that hes not dismissing the possibility. Robinson said up to four teams are interested in Bryant.

Hes back to his old self, Robinson said. When he had that Achilles, coming off it, hes never been a real fast guy, but he was running with a limp. So we thought he would have to hang it up. (He) got discouraged, but he just keep doing his rehab and therapy on his Achilles, and we just kept working on his routes, his change of direction drills, and hes looking real good now. I think hes about 80-90% where he needs to be.

Robinson believes the comeback tour will find Bryant a home in the NFL. It will be interesting to see where Bryant ends up, if anywhere, considering how deep this upcoming draft class is at his position.

Meanwhile, the workout tour continues.

It might happen in Frisco today. Maybe at the field next to Bryants house. Possibly in University Park.

You can call any judge or police officer to complain about the small groups of people working out. Bryants workout tour will continue, with or without a cellphone recording it, because thats how its going to be.

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Apr 12

Why we are hardwired to focus on the wrong parts of our product – The Next Web

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In his book Thinking, Fast and Slow, Noble Prize-winning economist Daniel Kahneman discusses the psychological phenomenon of loss aversion, which he, along with Amos Tversky, first identified back in 1979. At its core, loss aversion refers to the tendency of the human brain to react more strongly to losses than it does to gains. Or, as Wikipedia puts it, people prefer avoiding losses to acquiring equivalent gains: it is better to not lose $5 than to find $5. This phenomenon is so ingrained in our psyche that some studies suggest that losses are twice as powerful, psychologically, as gains.

In his book, Kahneman describes a study of professional golfers. The goal of the study was to see if their concentration and focus was greater on par putts (where failure would mean losing a stroke) or on birdie putts (where success would mean gaining a stroke). In an analysis of 2.5 million putts, the study found that regardless of the putt difficulty, pro golfers were more successful on par putts, the putts that avoided a loss, than they were on birdie putts where they had a potential gain. The subconscious aversion to loss pushed them to greater focus.

If loss aversion is powerful enough to influence the outcome of a professional golfers putts, where else could it be shaping our focus and decisions?

Loss, Gain, and Iterative Product Development

Iterative product development is a process designed to help teams ship (get a product in front of customers) as quickly as possible by actively reducing the initial complexity of features and functionality. This is valuable because it gets the product in the hands of users sooner, allowing the team to quickly validate whether theyve built the right thing or not. This makes it less risky to try something new. The alternative process, waterfall, asked teams to build in all the complexity upfront and then put the product in front of customers. A much riskier and potentially costlier proposition.

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Iterative product development achieves its speed through a Minimum Viable Product (MVP) approach. MVP means taking the possible feature set that could be included in a product, or the possible functionality a specific feature could deliver, and cutting it down to the minimum needed to bring value to the end-user. As a simplified example, imagine you are designing the first music streaming app (like Spotify). It could have lots of potential features beyond just streaming music. Things like playlists, search, recommendations, following artists, sharing, offline mode, dark mode, user profiles and so on. Building all of that would take a lot of time and effort. So an MVP streaming app might just have music streaming and search. The goal is to build something quickly that can validate if users even want to stream music in the first place before you go invest in all those other features.

Once the MVP of a product is live, a team can then quickly assess if it is successful or not, and with minimum time invested, can move rapidly to build on the initial functionality.

It is this step of the process where things can start to go sideways.

The problem starts with the concept of an MVP. We arent geared to think in terms of MVP. In fact, our mind takes the opposite approach. When we get excited about an idea our brain goes wild with all the possibilities (see our list of music streaming features above). We imagine all the possible value a product could deliver and then we have to lose a significant portion of that value by cutting it down to the bare minimum. Its never easy. The unintended psychological consequence of this process is that we walk into the first version of our product with a feeling of loss. Even if our MVP is successful, that feeling sticks in our brain.

Weakness-based Product Development

The MVP process primes us to want to regain the value we believe weve lost. As soon as the product is live, we fall into a weakness-based, additive strategy, where we are compelled to add new functionality in order to win back our lost value (real or imagined).

This weakness-based mindset gets further reinforced when we start analyzing data and feedback. Because loss aversion causes us to focus on losses more than gains, we are more likely to gloss over positive signals and areas of strength and focus instead on the areas of the product that arent working.

Think about the amount of effort you put into understanding why something is not working versus the effort you apply to understand why something is working. It is rare to hear someone say how do we double down on this feature thats working? Instead, we strive to deliver value by fixing what we perceive to be broken or missing.

In the worst case, we even (subconsciously) go looking for signals that corroborate our underlying feelings of loss.

To go back to our music streaming app, if you believed that playlist was a critical feature, but it was cut in the MVP, you are primed to put a higher weight on any feedback where a user complains about not having a playlist because it validates your own sense of lost value. Even if that feedback goes against the other signals you are receiving.

We focus on areas of weakness because they represent potentially lost value, but weakness-based product development is like swimming upstream. Areas of strength are signals from your users about where they see value in your product. By focusing instead on areas of weakness, we are effectively ignoring those signals, often working against existing behavior in an effort to improve engagement by forcing some new value. This is why many product updates only garner incremental improvement. Swimming upstream is hard.

Strengths-based Product Development

Strengths-based product development means leveraging the existing behavior of your users to maximize the value they get from your product. Its about capitalizing on momentum, instead of trying to create it.

Instagram is a solid example of a strengths-based development approach. For starters, they have kept their feature set very limited for a long time. Especially early on, they did not focus on building new things but instead focused on embracing existing value. They prioritized things like new image filters and editing capabilities, faster image upload processing, and multi-photo posts. Instagram knows that the strength of its product is in sharing photos from your smartphone. They didnt spend a ton of time enhancing comments or threads. Theyve made minimal changes to their heart functionality for liking posts. They never built out a meaningful web application. When they did create significant new functionality they often made it standalone, like Boomerang and Layout, as opposed to wedging it into the core experience.

Arguably the biggest change theyve made over the years was the addition of stories. However, even that feature, while copied from Snapchat, was still an extension of their core photo-sharing behavior. And, ultimately, stories increased the value of feed-based photo sharing on Instagram as well. Before stories, all your daily selfies, food shots, workout updates and so on all went into your feed. Now, much of that lower quality posting goes into stories, and feed posts are reserved for higher quality photos, creating an enhanced feed experience.

In contrast, take an example from my previous job. I was head of product for a streaming video service for almost seven years. As a subscription-based service, our bread and butter was premium video. However, many competitors in our space focused on written content, which we did not have. As an organization, we saw this weakness as a potential value loss and prioritized implementing an article strategy.

Written content did not enhance our core user behavior, but we built up justifications for the ways that it could. This is actually a key symptom of weakness-based product development. When something enhances your core strength, its value is obvious. If you find yourself needing to build a justification, its a sign you could be on the wrong track.

Articles never gained significant traction with our paying subscribers. They did, however, drive a high level of traffic from prospective customers via platforms like Facebook. But, the conversion rate for that traffic was extremely low. The gap between reading an article and paying a monthly subscription for premium videos was just too big of a leap. We were swimming upstream in an attempt to fill in perceived holes, but never really enhancing our core value.

On the flip side, we also developed a feature that allowed subscribers to share free views of premium videos with their friends. Capitalizing on our core strength and an existing behavior (sharing). Like articles, this drove organic traffic but also had a significantly higher conversion rate. The effect of swimming with the current.

The good news is that if you find yourself in a weakness-based mindset, there are a few straight forward things you can do to break out.

1. Analyze what works

When you see areas of strength dont just give yourself a pat on the back and move on, make those areas the key focus of your next iteration. Be the one to ask, why is this working and how can we accelerate it? Stop chasing new values. You are already delivering value. Build on that.

2. Move from addition to subtraction

When you look at metrics, stop looking at weak performance as something to be improved. Instead, look at it first as an opportunity to simplify. Instead of immediately asking, how can we make this better? Make the first question, is this something we should get rid of completely?

This is especially powerful in existing products. If youve been practicing weakness-based development you potentially have a bloated, underused feature set thats dragging down your overall experience. What if every third or fourth development cycle, you didnt build anything new and instead focused on what you were going to get rid of? How quickly would that streamline your product and bring you back to your core strengths?

3. Understand your strengths

Do you know what is valuable in your product? You have to be able to answer that question if you want to step into a strengths-based mindest. If youre not sure about the answer thats ok, you can start with this simple matrix.

Plot your features in the matrix. Features in the upper right quadrant represent your core value. How many of your product cycles in the last three months have focused on the elements in the upper right? If the majority of your work is not happening there then there is a good chance you are practicing weakness-based product development.

If you are doing any work in the lower left quadrant you are wasting your time. Dont waste cycles propping up weak features. Kill those features, move on and dont fear the fallout. We get worried about upsetting users who have adopted features that arent actually driving our success (theres that loss aversion again). Its ok. Users will readjust, and yes, some might leave. But if you are clear on your products strengths and focus your efforts there, the value you gain will more than making up for anything you lose by cutting the things that are holding you back.

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Apr 12

Ramadan during COVID-19: What clerics and health experts say – Gulf News

Fasting is one of the five pillars of Islam, and Muslims are required to fast during Ramadan, the ninth month of the Islamic calendar. Image Credit: Pixabay

Dubai: With only 12 days left before Ramadan begins, many Muslims around the world are wondering whether fasting can pose an increased risk of catching the COVID-19 virus, due to dehydration. It is a logical question as the coronavirus pandemic is continuing to sweep its way across the world, where people are advised to keep up fluid intake to keep mucus membranes moist.

Fasting is one of the five pillars of Islam, and Muslims are required to fast during Ramadan, the ninth month of the Islamic calendar. Ramadan is derived from the Arabic word Al Ramad, which means intense heat and drought. This reflects the hardship felt by Muslims who fast every day from dawn to sunset, during which they cannot eat or drink anything the whole day.

The question about fasting is also asked by non-Muslims who resort to intermittent fasting an eating pattern that cycles between periods of fasting and eating. It is also known as an intermittent energy restriction- an umbrella term for various meal timing schedules that cycle between voluntary fasting and non-fasting over a given period. Three methods of intermittent fasting are: alternate-day fasting, periodic fasting, and daily time-restricted feeding.

As Ramadan is around the corner, Muslims worldwide wonder if they would be excused from fasting. Ramadan is expected to fall on April 23, depending on the crescent moon sighting and the Hijri calendar. In fact, Muslims cannot suspend one of the main worships and a key pillar of Islam unless a Sharia fatwa is issued by one of the Muslim worlds highest Islamic institute.

As the novel coronavirus continues to spread globally and people go on to self-isolate in their homes and stockpile groceries, is this the right time to fast? Does fasting inadvertently weaken immune system? Does fasting cause dehydration? These are a few questions raised by many Muslims and non-Muslims worldwide at such a turbulent phase of human history.

What health experts say?

According to recommendations by the World Health Organisation (WHO) and health experts, people are advised to drink plenty of fluids, particularly gargling with warm water and drinking liquids to keep their throat and respiratory tract moist.

Health experts say drinking water prevents dehydration, but it will not prevent anyone from catching the new coronavirus.

Doctors caution against believing homegrown advice and what social media users are spreading online as ways of preventing the virus. Dr. William Schaffner, an infectious disease expert at Vanderbilt University, said while medical professionals typically recommend keeping up fluid intake when sick, drinking more water will not keep anyone from catching the virus.

"We always caution anyone healthy and people who are sick to keep up fluid intake and keep mucus membranes moist. It makes one feel better; but there is no clear indication that it directly protects against complications, Dr. Schaffner confirmed.

Importance of drinking water

You've always heard or read about drinking at least 2 litres of water through the day.Well, now, in the time of COVID-19 pandemic, staying hydrated becomes even more imperative.Why? Well, we are about 70+ per cent water, which is used by our cells to move important factors such as oxygen, trace elements around the body through blood. It is also used to flush out enemies - be it waste or pathogens.So, when our bodies get dehydrated, or face lack of water, the cells come under immense pressure. Some of them start shrinking such as bone cells, because their water is borrowed to keep the blood moving. Things become slushy and sluggish. Waste can build up, including pathogens.We drink when we are thirsty, but by then, it is already late. And, if you have hiccups, then it is a bad sign.But, do not suddenly consume vast quantities of water, it has to be in a controlled manner. Sudden over consumption can cause other issues. We have to stay hydrated through the day. Because, exces-sive dehydration releases the stress hormone cortisol in your body, decreases immunoglobulins in your saliva as it gets thicker, thereby impacting your frontline immunological response to an invading alien pathogen. This is as per a study on marathon runners by the Korey Stringer Institute and Univer-sity of Connecticut, USA.Another study observed that dehydration, as expected, reduces the overall volume of blood and lym-phatic fluids, which are an integral part of the body's immune system. This impairment of response will lead to disease.So, how do you stay ahead?As per Scotland's National Health Information Service, watch out for these early warning signs of dehydration:*feeling thirsty, even mildly, and lightheadedness*a dry mouth*tiredness*having dark coloured, strong-smelling urine (ideally should be light, straw-coloured)*passing urine less often than usual (normal is about 4+ times in a day)*even feeling unnaturally hungry could be an indicator the body needs water, as we get nearly 80 per cent of our fluid component from food.Additionally, an article by the pharmaceutical company Abbott stated: "Healthy hydration levels can help your nose by maintaining the mucous membrane and decreasing irritation when coughing, sneez-ing and even just breathing."So, stay hydrated, stay healthy, stay safe.

What science says?

Recent scientific studies show that fasting is the secret to a healthier and longer life. According to a UK-based National Institute on Aging, evidence from decades of animal and human research shows wide-ranging health benefits of intermittent fasting.

The institute conducted a review of the research, published in the New England Journal of Medicine, which pointed that hundreds of animal studies and scores of human clinical trials have shown that intermittent fasting can lead to improvements in health conditions such as obesity, diabetes, cardiovascular disease, cancers and neurological disorders.

The review said still more research is needed to determine whether intermittent fasting yields benefits or is even feasible for humans when practiced over the long term, such as for years.

In a Horizon Documentary titled Eat, Fast and Live Longer, Dr. Michael Mosley sets for himself a truly ambitious goal: he wants to live longer, stay younger and lose weight in the bargain. He discovers the powerful new science behind the ancient idea of fasting. Mosley tests out the science of fasting on himself with life-changing results.

In his journey, he explores the secrets to good health and the secrets to longevity. He does not stop there but goes on to discover what is called, intermittent fasting What is very interesting is that he discovers the effects of fasting on the aging of the brain. Although the trials were conducted on mice, they suggest that human beings have a good chance of reducing brain diseases by fasting intermittently.

What Islam and Muftis say?

Dr Ali Ahmad Mashael, Grand Mufti at the Dubai Department of Islamic Affairs and Charitable Activities, said: Fasting is the fourth pillar of Islam, and nothing can excuse one from not fasting except for ailing people who are on medication and fasting may complicate their health condition.

He said there are legitimate reasons for which one may be excused from fasting as mentioned in the holy Quran, which are sickness and travelling. O you who believe! Fasting is prescribed for you as it was prescribed for those before you, that possibly you would be pious, [Al Baqarah 2: 183]. Fasting for a limited number of days. So, whoever among you is ill or on a journey - then an equal number of days [are to be made up]-And upon those who are able [to fast, but with hardship] - a ransom [as substitute] of feeding a poor person [each day]. And whoever volunteers excess - it is better for him-But to fast is best for you, if you only knew [Al Baqarah: 2:184].

Dr. Mashael said: Nothing can be preferred over the pillars of Islam, including fasting, which is a duty by every Muslim. A fear of getting sick is not an excuse for a Muslim to not fast. Islam permits sick people, whose health condition makes them unable to fast, and are advised by their [Muslim] doctors, who know the virtues of fasting, not to fast because it may risk their lives.

Islam permits sick people - if fasting can risk their lives or cause harm to their health - not to fast. The sick person, who fears that fasting may make his sickness worse or slow down his recovery or damage a part of his body, upon his doctors opinion, has the option of not fasting, the Mufti said.

He said: If the sick person is very ill, it is permissible for him not to fast. But if a healthy person fears difficulty and tiredness or afraid of getting sick it is not permissible for him to break his fast.

The grand mufti said fasting is a reflection and purification of both body and soul. Fasting is also good for human health, as it has been proven by modern medicine and scientific studies. Fasting was found to have beneficial effects on health, backed by recent scientific studies, he emphasised.

Regarding COVID-19 infected patients, Dr. Mashael said: It is permissible not to fast if the health condition of a coronavirus-infected patient is critical and is advised by his doctor not to fast because he/or she needs to keep drinking water and taking medicine.

What Al Azhar Al Sharif says?

Al Azhar Al Sharif, the Muslim worlds top Sunni Islamic institution issued a statement that Muslims are required to fast this year, and fasting has nothing to do with the possibility of an increased risk of catching coronavirus.

Not fasting during Ramadan is not permissible due to coronavirus, and fasting is a duty and a must for Muslims, Al Azhar said in a statement.

Al Azhars Fatwa is based on the feedback they received from the World Health Organisation, which says that drinking and gargling with water does not protect a person from catching COVID-19 virus.

We have asked WHO if drinking water or gargling with water would protect people from being infected with coronavirus. The answer was: Although water is important for the moisture of human body, it does not protect against the virus and has not been proven that gargling with water can protect anyone from catching the virus.

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Apr 12

Sarcopenia: Causes, Prevention and Treatment for Muscle Loss With Age – LIVESTRONG.COM

It's a common frustration that many older people face: I'm not as strong as I used to be. What gives?

Staying active is one of the best things you can do to prevent sarcopenia.

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Well, it turns out there's a name for it. This age-related loss of muscle mass and strength is called sarcopenia, according to a November 2018 article published in Best Practice & Research: Clinical Rheumatology.

And, unfortunately, it happens to just about everyone. Generally, muscle loss begins around age 50, per the Cleveland Clinic, and about 50 percent of adults will experience it by their 80th birthday, according to an April 2012 article published in Family Practice.

First, some grim news: People lose as much as 5 percent of their muscle mass per decade after they hit age 30, according to Harvard Health Publishing.

Here are five reasons why:

Yes, the old "if you don't use it, you'll lose it" expression rings true.

Normally, exercise releases muscle growth factors, which stimulate muscle regeneration. But that process declines with age, according to the Family Practice article.

Plus, older people are less active in general, sometimes as a result of having a disease that makes them tired and in pain, according to a November 2012 article published in Current Opinion in Rheumatology.

People tend to consume fewer calories as they get older, Brooke O'Connell, RDN, LDN, registered dietitian with Glanbia Performance Nutrition, tells

Between the ages of 40 and 70, calories are reduced by about 25 percent and that means nutrient intake is on a downward slope as well, according to a February 2019 review published in Clinical Nutrition. That can lead to weight loss and muscle loss over time, O'Connell says.

3. Decrease in Muscle Fibers

The Current Opinion in Rheumatology article notes that fast-twitch muscle fibers (which aid the body in power-based moves, according to the American Council on Exercise) decline with age, which contributes to muscle decline overall.

Testosterone, which plays an important role in determining the body's muscle mass, also declines with age. This process starts around age 40 and decreases at a rate of about 1 percent per year, according to Harvard Health Publishing.

5. Increased Inflammation

Inflammation comes with certain diseases and aging in general and makes it harder to remain active and increases the likelihood of disability. All of that gets in the way of muscle growth, according to the Current Opinion in Rheumatology article.

Working to prevent sarcopenia can help you stay active and independent.

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Sarcopenia can be dangerous. According to the Cleveland Clinic, it can make you more frail and put you at increased risk of falling or other injuries.

An October 2012 study published in Clinical Nutrition found 27.3 percent of people over age 80 with sarcopenia reported falling during the study's two-year follow up, compared with 9.8 percent of 80-plus-year-olds without sarcopenia, making those with sarcopenia three times more likely to fall compared to their peers without it.

More falls and injuries increase your risk of disability, which can lead to a loss of independence if it becomes dangerous to live on your own, according to the Family Practice article.

"Vitamin D is the most prominent nutrient deficiency for older adults, and depleted vitamin D levels are associated with decreased muscle strength."

In short, you want to preserve and build muscle as you age in order to live a longer and healthier life.

According to a June 2015 study published in The American Journal of Medicine, the amount of muscle an older person has can predict his or her risk of dying, with more muscle mass index being linked to lower mortality risk.

Even if you're well into your golden years, it's not too late to build back some of that lost muscle. Here are four things you can do to thwart sarcopenia.

An inactive lifestyle speeds up the muscle-loss process, according to the Cleveland Clinic. One of your best defenses, then, is staying active.

Prioritize activities that increase blood flow and oxygen to your muscles, strengthen the brain-to-muscle connection and help you maintain range of motion in your hips and shoulders, suggests Michael Moody, a Chicago-based personal trainer, certified senior fitness specialist and creator of the podcast The Elements of Being.

Some good options include:

Protein is the macronutrient that promotes growth and development, according to the U.S. National Library of Medicine. And older people usually don't get enough of it.

Indeed, a March 2020 study published in Frontiers in Nutrition found older people consume about 83 grams of protein each day, which is significantly lower than younger people.

Even though the Recommended Daily Allowance is 0.8 grams of protein per kilogram of weight, the researchers suggest older people need more somewhere between 1 and 1.5 grams per kilogram to stay healthy.

They suggest spreading your protein intake across meals and increasing protein intake at breakfast and lunch as one way to mitigate muscle loss.

O'Connell says not to overlook non-meat sources of protein for these daytime meals, such as a Greek yogurt parfait for breakfast or adding eggs, cheese, nuts or beans to a salad for lunch.

3. Pay Attention to Vitamin D

"Vitamin D is the most prominent nutrient deficiency for older adults, and depleted vitamin D levels are associated with decreased muscle strength," O'Connell says.

If you're deficient, your doctor may recommend a vitamin D supplement, but you can also meet your needs by thoughtfully including vitamin D in your diet. O'Connell suggests choosing products like milk and cereal that are fortified with the vitamin in addition to increasing your intake of natural sources such as salmon, sardines, canned tuna and egg yolks.

4. Embrace Progressive Resistance Training

As in, don't be afraid to make your workouts more difficult as you get stronger with more weight, more reps or more sets.

"Your body is a complex system that requires training and movement in different planes," Moody says. Once your body is no longer being challenged, "that's a perfect time to pivot and begin injecting a focus on another weakness."

Any type of resistance training should help. A meta-analysis published in Medicine & Science in Sports & Exercise reviewed 49 studies involving men ages 50 or older and found resistance training led to a 2.4-pound gain in lean body mass.

Be patient, however. It could take six to eight weeks to see results, per the Cleveland Clinic. Moody says it rests on your diligence, effort, focus and, most importantly, routine.

"Your success will depend on your consistency, appropriate challenge and frequency," he says.

If you're new to exercise, it's a good idea to assess your strengths, limitations and range of motion before getting started, Moody says. "Find a second set of eyes, like a doctor, physical therapist or personal trainer for a thorough examination," he suggests. He or she can help point out your blind spots and advise you on how to approach exercise safely.

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Apr 9

Running A Mile A Day: The Pros And Cons For Your – Women’s Health

Whether you don't have access to gym equipment like dumbbells right now or just ~need~ a break from the day-to-day and are looking for a solo form of exercise, there's never been a better time to set a running goallike running a mile a day.

As long as you have a pair of sneakers and a safe place to put one foot in front of the other, you're just minutes away from basking in all of the endorphins (and hopefully the sun) that come with a good run.

Even if running has never been your thing, working toward a daily mile is totally doable. "Most peopleincluding kidscould safely run or walk a mile per day with little to no risk of injury," says Steve Stonehouse, CPT, USATF run coach, and director of education for STRIDE. (Yep, walking breaks are totally acceptable, guys!)

Even seasoned runners should consider running a mile every day. "If you already have a regular running routine, increasing up to daily runs could improve your stamina and mood, too," adds Rebecca Kennedy, CPT, Peloton Master Tread Instructor.

So, yeah, if you needed a little extra push to get moving, this is it. But before you set that daily reminder to get out there and log that mile, there are a few things the pros want you to keep in mind.

As long as you do it safely (more on that soon), running a mile a day is a great way to support your overall health and fitness.

"You get all the benefits of running in general, like supporting cardiorespiratory fitness and bone health, without the volume of mileage that can potentially cause injury," says Stonehouse.

It's also a great way to guarantee you spend some time outdoors every dayand exercising outside has been shown to have greater psychological benefits, like a boosted mood and feeling calm, than sweating indoors, according to research from the American Psychological Association. (If you log your mile on a tread, though, even looking at nature scenes on a screen enhances your run's happiness-inducing effect, found a study published in the International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health.)

The average 150-pound person burns about 370 calories in 30 minutes of running at a 10 minute/mile pace, according to Harvard Medical School. Run a single mile at that pace and you'll burn about 123 calories.

While that's definitely something, it's likely not going to keep you progressing toward your goals long-term. "Your body is an incredibly adaptive machine and will adapt to the stresses of running a mile a day relatively quickly," explains Stonehouse.

If weight loss is your ultimate goal, you'll want to focus on training that helps you burn fat efficiently and build muscle. Which is why, ultimately, just running a mile a day won't do much to move the needle towards your long-term weight-loss goals; it simply doesn't burn enough calories. (Need a little inspo? Try one of these top calorie-burning exercises instead.)

Though logging a daily mile can be a great way to get moving and support your health and fitness goals, whether or not it supports muscle growth, too, depends on how you run it.

"Low-intensity cardio does not lead to muscle gain, a.k.a. hypertrophy," says Kennedy. If you run a mile at an easier or more moderate pace, you rely on type I (a.k.a. slow-twitch) muscle fibers, which support endurance exercise. (Picture a marathon runner.)

However, "sprinting is a great way to focus on muscle gain," Kennedy says. Sprinting recruits more muscle fibers, specifically type II (a.k.a. fast-twitch) muscle fibers, which support power production.

A surefire way to build that muscle? This equipment-free workout sculpts your lower body from home:

That said, sprinting just a total of one mile a day likely isn't enough to make noticeable muscle gains, says Kennedy. "In order to really put on muscle, you need to lift weights, eat enough to support muscle tissue breakdown and protein synthesis, and get adequate recovery."

Ultimately, can sprints support your progress? Totally. But will they do the job on their own? Not so much.

Before you vow to lace up your running shoes seven days a week, consider this: "If you don't run regularly and begin running every day, the steep increase in stress and impact puts pressure on your joints and ligaments. This could lead to potential injury," Kennedy says. So, if you don't have a current running routine, start with just one day of running per week and work yourself up to every day over the course of several weeks, she recommends.

Still, though, "running daily is not for everyone, just like power lifting every day isn't advisable," Kennedy says. So don't feel like if you haven't tried running a mile a day that you're missing out. There are plenty of other ways to reap similar benefits.

One of the biggest things to keep in mind is that, while you can totally build a tolerance to daily runs, switching up how you move from day to day can keep you feeling fresh, both in body and in mind.

Kennedy says her go-to way of incorporating a one-mile run into daily exercise is as a finisher. "It's an incredible way to feel accomplished at the end of a workout," she says. Whatever gas you've got left in the tank, burn through it in that mile.

Or, if you take your daily mile at an easier pace, it works well as a warm-up, too.

The bottom line: Running a mile a day can support your overall fitness and cardiovascular health, but don't expect it to build major muscle or eliminate the need for other types of exercise.

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Apr 9

The Many Ups and Downs of the Beach Boys – Biography

The Beach Boys began their careers with sunny paeans about California life that led to multiple No. 1 hits, induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and years of successful tours. However, the band has also faced harsh realities such as Brian Wilson's mental illness, the early deaths of Dennis and Carl Wilson, and conflicts within the group over their music.

The Beach Boys arrived on the scene with "Surfin'" in 1961. Of the group's founding members brothers Brian, Carl, and Dennis, their cousin Mike Love and Brian's classmate Al Jardine only Dennis surfed (the ocean scared Brian), but that didn't keep them from creating more hit songs that highlighted the idyll of life in California, including "Little Deuce Coupe" and "Surfin' U. S. A." Their songs were usually composed, produced and arranged by Brian, with Love often providing lyrics.

Though early Beach Boys songs focused on fun and sun, the Wilson brothers had actually endured a horror-filled childhood. Father Murry engaged in physical, verbal and psychological abuse (he'd eventake out his glass eye and have a boy look into the empty socket). Brian's deafness in one ear may have been caused by a blow from his father. As Murry was initially the band's manager, he continued to put pressure on his sons while they found success. Brian once said of his father, "He scared me so much I actually got scared into making good records."

Brian became frustrated enough to fire Murry in 1964. However, he still felt pressure to keep creating hits and that year had his first nervous breakdown. "I was run down mentally and emotionally because I was running around, jumping on jets from one city to another on one-night stands, also producing, writing, arranging, singing, planning, teaching to the point where I had no peace of mind and no chance to actually sit down and think or even rest," Brian later explained. "The rubber band had stretched as far as it would go."

The Beach Boys, 1964 (L-R) Dennis Wilson, Brian Wilson, Mike Love, Al Jardine, Carl Wilson

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Brian soon stopped touring (Bruce Johnston was brought into the group at that point). But he continued to create hit songs, like 1965's "Help Me, Rhonda." His talent was such that his eccentricities such as a sandbox around his piano, a tent in his den and having meetings in an empty pool were worked around.

Brian wanted to stretch his musical abilities with the album Pet Sounds, while Love believed the Beach Boys should stick to songs that matched their track record of success. The Beatles were among the admirers of Pet Sounds when it was released in 1966, but despite Brian's vision and creativity, the album wasn't a success, which devastated him.

Smile, the next album Brian began working on, also didn't find a fan in Love, who later said, "I admit to wanting to make a commercially successful pop record, so I might have complained about some of the lyrics on Smile, calling them acid alliteration." Though "Good Vibrations," a track intended for Smile, reached No. 1 in 1966, Brian ended up abandoning the album. According to some reports, this was due to Love's disapproval, though Brian has also said, "We were taking a lot of psychedelic drugs, like the Beatles and the Rolling Stones, so it got us very into the music to the point where we got lost in it. We said that we better shelve this because its getting too heavy."

Dennis led a self-described "fast life." Before the Manson Family committed a series of murders in 1969, he'd provided a home to Charles Manson and his followers, and had even worked on a song with Manson. In 1979, the Beach Boys told Dennis to leave the group due to his excessive drinking. He came back the next year but remained so unreliable that bodyguards were enlisted to keep him from drinking before going on stage. He and Love clashed so much that restraining orders were required.

In 1983, Dennis was again told he needed to address his alcoholism or wouldn't be welcome on tour with the band. That year he also entered into his fifth marriage. His bride was Love's illegitimate daughter. The marriage soon fell apart, and Dennis found he had little money left after years of extravagant spending, along with the need to pay child support and alimony.

In December 1983, Dennis entered a rehab facility, but he left after a few days. On December 28, he was at the marina where he'd once kept a boat (the vessel had been sold due to his financial straits). He then decided to dive into the 58-degree water in search of possessions he'd tossed overboard years earlier. He didn't resurface after one dive and his dead body was found over an hour later. He was just 39 years old.

READ MORE:Dennis Wilson and Charles Manson Had a Brief and Bizarre Friendship

Brian, who has said he started hearing voices after taking LSD (he would eventually be diagnosed with bipolar schizoaffective disorder), began to behave more and more erratically in the 1970s. He took to his bed, and by 1976 was barely functioning. "Meals happened without me," he admitted. "Kids went to school and came back and I might still be in a bathrobe up in the bedroom or downstairs, sitting at the piano, still in the bathrobe."

Brian's wife Marilyn arranged for him to see Dr. Eugene Landy, a psychologist who helped Brian return to the studio in 1976. Landy was terminated when he wanted to take part in management decisions and receive income from the Beach Boys. Yet after leaving Landy's care, Brian again lost control of his life. He and Marilyn divorced in 1979, he stopped bathing, used drugs and his weight climbed to more than 300 pounds. The Beach Boys fired Brian in 1982 and made seeing Landy again a requirement if he wanted to return.

With little choice, Brian returned to Landy's care in 1983. But he ended up being cut off from his family, friends and fellow band members and was also surveilled around the clock. At one point Landy lived Brian's house, while his patient was dispatched to a rental. Landy did help Brian lose weight and get off drugs, but the Beach Boy was often sedated and overmedicated. When Brian went to the studio, Landy claimed co-writing credit for songs. Landy also became involved in business decisions, which ran counter to his responsibilities as a therapist.

The Beach Boys jumping off a ledge in front of the Eiffel Tower in November 1964

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Carl ended up overseeing the band's music when Brian wasn't able to handle the role. The Beach Boys kept touring, but no new songs came close to matching their earlier success until "Kokomo." It sold more than a million singles and landed at No. 1 in 1988, making it the band's only top hit without Brian's fingerprints.

Also in 1988, the Beach Boys were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. However, the ceremony was perhaps most notable for Love insulting an array of fellow musicians, including Bruce Springsteen, Paul McCartney, Diana Rossand Mick Jagger. (Love, a long devotee of meditation, later suggested the outburst may have been linked to a missed session.)

Carl died of lung cancer in 1998. That same year, Love was granted the sole right to use the "Beach Boys" name while touring. When Jardine tried performing in shows that referenced him being a "Beach Boy," Love stopped him in court. In the early 1990s, Love also sued Brian because he hadn't been credited for lyrics on 35 songs. In addition, he filed a defamation claim because Brian's 1991 memoir didn't give Love credit for co-writing hit Beach Boy songs. He ended up receiving a payment of $1.5 million from Brian's publisher.

In the 1990s, Brian was able to get away from the problematic Landy's control, helped by his second wife, Melinda, whom he'd married in 1995. He also surprised the world by stepping back onstage and performing. In 2004, he completed the long-delayed Smile. (Love filed another lawsuit related to a promotional CD tied in with Smile's release but the case was dismissed).

In 2012, the remaining Beach Boys Brian, Love, Jardine, Johnston and David Marks, a guitarist from early albumsreunited to perform at the Grammy Awards. That year they also toured together and released a new album, Thats Why God Made the Radio. But the full reconciliation some fans may have hoped for didn't happen. Love, who continued to maintain rights to the Beach Boys' name in touring, decided not to add in more performances with the full group.

Brian protested his cousin's decision, telling CNN, "I'm disappointed and can't understand why he doesn't want to tour with Al, David and me. We are out here having so much fun. After all, we are the real Beach Boys." Love countered that they were playing smaller venues that couldn't handle the requirements of the bigger tour.

Despite their ups and downs, the Beach Boys' music continues to find fans. "The main thing about the Beach Boys performances is the positivity, and the multiple generations enjoying our show together," Love said in 2019. "That's one of the greatest things I can think of about what we do and have been doing for decades now."

Mental health worries caused Brian to postpone a tour in 2019 (though he can't tour as a "Beach Boy," he can go out under his own name), but his music endures. He said in 2015, "For me, music is about love. Love is the message I want to share. I hope people feel the love in my music. That makes the hard work worth it."

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Apr 9

How Social Distancing Has Helped Me Gain Perspective On My Life – Thrive Global

Life doesnt care about you. Youre alive. Youre dead. Its all

We live in a world where we put value on the next social media post, if someone virtually likes us, or that it wasnt fair, she got the job/project/raise/etc. instead of me.

Were all different.

What makes you happy is likely a lot different than what makes me happy. I started writing a list of what makes me happy, so I deleted it. It was too long!

Instead of a list, I turned it into a series of principles that help guide me to be happy each day.

Happiness isnt a product of a thing, but rather, a feeling, a thoughtsomething ingrained in your personality.

We often think were owed something. Because I did this, I get that.

Life isnt about equal give and takes. Life doesnt give a shit about what you want.

Complaining about it produces bad emotions that distract you from pushing forward.

Life will keep moving on whether you get what you want or not.

Theres a myth that children laugh 300 to 400 times a day, and adults only 17.5.

This study is a load of horse crap, but theres some truth to it. Adults seem to have a giant stick lodged up their ass.

Remember, life owes you nothing. It will swallow you up as fast as it spits you out.

We might as well enjoy the ride.

The other day my wife and I were getting our boys ready for bed. Our oldest, Noah, was annoying his little brother.

My wife threatens, Noah, keep doing thatand Illjust stop.

She failed at her attempt to negotiate a punishment.

She stumbled on her words.

We looked at each other and started laughing.

Almost every situation in life is laughable when you look at the bigger picture.

Listen to more comedy. Force yourself to laugh.

If youre at work and everyone is tense, crack a joke, playfully tease someone, try to lighten the mood.

We can all get important stuff done while laughing and having fun.

Heraclitus would shed tears whenever he went out in publicDemocritus laughed. One saw the whole as a parade of miseries, the other of follies. And so, we should take a lighter view of things and bear them with an easy spirit, for it is more human to laugh at life than to lament it.SENECA, ON TRANQUILITY OF MIND, 15.2

Are you breathing today?

Then smile damnit. Its one more day youre alive. Nothing is perfect. With the light, youre going to get darkness.

I make it a habit to smile right when I wake up, and when I go to bed. It forces me to break the tension, loosen up, and be happy.

For all I know, life is short. I may not get another chance at it. I might as well smile and laugh as I go through it.

Start by making yourself smile in the morning and at night before bed, even if you had a shitty day. Look at the good in it. What were the lessons?

As you pass strangers, smile at them, open the door, wave, and expect nothing in return.

We always expect something. When youre friendly, expect nothing in return.

My wife taught me a great life lesson. She said, when you give a homeless person spare money, never judge them on how theyll spend it. Youre giving for selfish reasons.

Give to give with nothing tied to it.

This is a great lesson that spans every aspect of our lives.

Give the gift of a giant, beautiful smile to everyone you see today.

Instead of complaining, be grateful for what you have. The grass isnt always greener.

Being grateful will bring positive vibes into your life, which will fuel your happiness muscle.

In a Psychology Today article, they wrote about a study in which 200 college undergraduates would write a weekly gratitude journal.

At the end of 10 weeks, those in the gratitude condition reported feeling more positive about their lives as a whole, more optimistic about the upcoming week, having fewer physical symptoms, and spending more time exercising.

Dont just do this weekly. Every day think of things youre grateful for, even if its a difficult situation.

Be grateful for the lessons you learned. The experience you overcame. The strength you developed.

Complaining and being toxic makes you unhappy.

Being happy means, you have unique values guiding your life. Theyre your rules for living.

If not, youll adopt values when theyre convenient for you. Youll ignore them and get distracted when a bright shiny object lays its golden egg in your lap.

Your values are non-negotiable. They rarely change and are the foundation of your life. Its how you make decisions and filter your behaviors. They keep you in check.

You may break your values, but when you do, it serves as a learning lesson. Every time I get angry, which is very rare (not so true in my twenties), I reflect on my value of peace:

I do not get angry, yell or scream. Its not worth the mental energy. Everything has a solution so I take a deep breath, give it time and think of the best solution. This is my life, and Im responsible for what happens to me. I blame no one else but myself. These are the choices Ive made and the life Im living.

A goal without a plan is adream.

Goals arent useful if you write them down, stick them in a drawer, hoping to achieve them one day.

Your goals must be an integral part of your life. Youll be much happier as you begin setting goals you care about and achieving them.

Not like 99% of the people who tell themselves their New Years resolution is to lose weight and quit before the end of January.

There are five types of goals you should set in various aspects of your life:

Life is a constant bout of improvement, yet we get stuck in our daily grind and forget to develop our mind and body.

If youre not improving, what are you doing?

Youre on auto-pilot, landing and taking off in the same direction.

How boring.

If youre looking to grow in your career, improve your skills, and learn new ones.

When I was starting, I had no formal training in sales, negotiations, writing, copywriting, and marketing.

I got my MBA, but this taught me very little about real-world business. I had to continue to learn and develop these skills.

Im still improving these skills.

The same goes for your health, how you communicate, being a great spouse, and the list goes on and on.

Always be improving and remember

Life is both short and long.

Its one of lifes greatest contradictions.

Youre not going to get the career you deserve by hustling for two months. Youre not going to be great at a skill with little practice.

You have to be patient.

This is hard for me as an ADD, OCD, type A put my nose down and force the results kind of person.

Be patient.

Small incremental changes over time lead to greatresults.

Life doesnt serve you great things on a silver platter. You have to earn it. As you do, youll be incredibly happy on your journey.

If you want more, follow me above , clap for this post , and share it with people you believe will benefit from it.

Make sure to join my newsletter and Ill continue to deliver ways to optimize lifes potential and live your best life.

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Apr 9

Diet Doc Stresses to Consumers the Importance of Keeping Weight Gain to a Minimum Amid COVID-19 – Yahoo Finance

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Apr 9

Best time to do intermittent fasting revealed – NewsDio

In recent years, the fasting intermittent diet type has become popular as one of the most effective and healthy dietary trends that people can try if they want to lose weight, along with the Mediterranean diet. But as much as people want to restructure their eating habits, one question remains a common one among many: when is it really the right time to avoid eating? The Right Time for Fasting Unlike other diet trends that have more downsides than pros, the Intermittent Fasting Diet has been touted as one of the healthiest and most effective ways to lose weight today, achieving a position as one of the best. diets that you can easily try. And while many people like the idea of restructuring their calorie intake to lose weight and become healthier, the general obstacle that people have to go through is that many of them get confused when it comes to timing their fast and eating periods. , which is a common query. As such, a study was conducted to help answer this common question. "There are many animal and human studies suggesting that it's not just about how much you eat, but when you eat. Our research sought to test the findings of existing fasting studies by asking real humans to participate in a multi-day trial to two different eating routines. What we discovered is that the body's circadian rhythms regulate nighttime fat burning, "said Carl Johnson, lead author and professor of biological sciences at Vanderbilt University. Johnson and graduate student Kevin Kelly tested by monitoring the metabolism of middle-aged and older adults under controlled conditions for two 56-hour sessions, putting them through the same period of an overnight fast.From there, the researchers found that any food eaten before bed delays fat burning while we sleep."This confirms that meal times during the day and night cycle affect the way ingested food is used rather than stored, and that any food eaten at bedtime will delay fat burning during sleep," Kelly said. . Intermittent fasting has been linked to increased stress resistance, better blood sugar levels, and better blood pressure and resting heart rates. However, dieters are encouraged to stay hydrated. Pixabay. [TagsToTranslate] fat burning

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Apr 9

World Health Day 2020: Beware, These 5 Habits Can Ruin Your Health – NDTV News

World Health Day 2020: Get rid of these habits to fight to ensure better health

World Health Day is observed on every 7th April. The theme for World Health Day 2020 is to support nurses and midwives. This World Healthy Day you can make promises for better health. You can fight the risk of several health issues with a healthy diet and lifestyle. You might not know but some habits can take a toll on your health. From lack of exercise to too much snacking, there are several things that you need to change for a healthy living. On the occasion of World Health Day, here are a few habits that you must get rid of for a healthy living.

Many take their mobile phones to the bedroom. It can disturb your sleeping pattern. Using phone for too long can is not just bad for your eyesight but can affect your overall health. Poor sleep is linked with several health issues. Keep your phone aside and make sure that you ensure better sleep.

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Sitting for too long can make you gain weight as well as increase the risk of chronic diseases like heart diseases, diabetes and certain cancers. More physical exercise throughout the day can help ensure better health. Exercise every day and take frequent breaks if you sit for too long.

Also read:World Health Day 2020: 5 Secrets To Stay Healthy And Disease Free; Make These Healthy Choices Today

When having a meal, eat slowly and chew your food properly. Eating quickly will not give you the satisfaction. It can also make you consume more calories than required. You should avoid all distractions while eating and chew food slowly.

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Many skip meals to lose weight. But it will not help you lose weight. To lose weight you should eat small and frequent meals. Skipping meals will make you consume more calories in the next. Also, add enough nutrients to your every meal.

Also read:World Health Day 2020: What Happens When Your Diet Is Low In Protein? Nutritionist Explains

Do you consume a pain killer whenever you experience pain or minor discomfort? This is also linked with several health issues. You should not consume pills without your doctor's consultation. Also, try to skip the use of painkillers as much as possible.

Also read:World Health Day 2020 Honours Nurses And Midwives: Here's Everything You Need To Know

Disclaimer: This content including advice provides generic information only. It is in no way a substitute for qualified medical opinion. Always consult a specialist or your own doctor for more information. NDTV does not claim responsibility for this information.

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