22 Aug

Links for a Sunday Morning

Be Real

Tinder and the Dawn of the “Dating Apocalypse” – Vanity Fair

When there is a surplus of women, or a perceived surplus of women, the whole mating system tends to shift towards short-term dating. Marriages become unstable. Divorces increase. Men don’t have to commit, so they pursue a short-term mating strategy. Men are making that shift, and women are forced to go along with it in order to mate at all.

Versailles May Finally Get Its Own Hotel – CN Traveller

The majority of visitors who come to Versailles often do so as a daytrip from Paris due to a lack of hotels in the area. No longer: the palace’s management is seeking an outside partner who will transform three buildings on the property into accommodations.

Why You Should Treat Your Career Like a Bad Boyfriend – Chelsea Krost Blog

Your career is that fixer-upper boyfriend who never seems to get fixed, the one that lets you give and give without ever giving anything back in return. You’ll never get out of it what you put into it. Your career will never make the effort worth your while.

Why Do Some Runs Feel So Freaking Hard? – Greatist

Research shows it occurs when your body is depleted of glycogen stores in the liver and muscles, resulting in an abrupt feeling of fatigue and a loss of energy. The two biggest physical culprits? Overtraining and low blood sugar

Carbs are fine – The Atlantic

Researchers brought 19 obese volunteers into a lab and kept them there for two weeks. They fed half of them a low-carb diet and another half a low-fat one. Both groups cut their calories by 30 percent. The results, published in Cell Metabolism, showed that the two diets worked equally well: Everyone lost about a pound of body fat.

Why gratitude could be good for your health – Maclean’s

Humans are hardwired to see the negative in life. But growing research shows that feeling grateful can boost health, school grades, and even brain function.

The Beginner’s Guide to Every Type of Yoga Out There – Daily Beast

Yoga isn’t necessarily a ‘one-size-fits-all’ practice, either. Different types of yoga might be best for different people. A 20-year-old and a 70-year-old probably don’t need the same things. Someone who is hyper-mobile and flexible doesn’t need the same thing as someone who’s muscular and stiff.

19 Aug

Strong, Sexy Arms with Chaturanga (video)

Tips for a safe chaturanga: Get strong and sexy arms while keeping your shoulders safe.

In Ashtanga and Vinyasa yoga practices one thing we do over and over again is the chaturanga dandasana pose, or low pushup.

This pose in an amazing strengthener for the shoulders, triceps, chest and core, but poor form can cause be damaging to the shoulders (hello, rotator cuff injuries!)

The three steps you want to use in your chaturanga pose are

1. Pull the heads of the shoulder back.
2. Hug the elbows in to engage the triceps.
3. Press the floor away with the palms spread the shoulder blades.

Check out the video below for to details as to why these steps are important to getting strong safely.

15 Aug

Links for a Sunday Morning

Show Up

My ‘granny’ hair is staying – Globe and Mail

Some have said that the granny hair trend has a streak of defiant feminism about it. It does not. Grey hair on the young is not defiance. It’s not acceptance of aging. If anything, it is a mockery of aging, because it is not real. It’s fake grey. And getting old is a very, very real experience, felt in the bones.

I’m the Heaviest I’ve ever been and I just bought my first crop top – Elle

For the first time in my life, I am exercising ONLY because I would prefer a strong and boundless body, not because I have visions of a thinner me at the end of the line.

The Open Office Trap – New Yorker

Though open offices often fostered a symbolic sense of organizational mission, making employees feel like part of a more laid-back, innovative enterprise, they were damaging to the workers’ attention spans, productivity, creative thinking, and satisfaction.

Rape Jokes are Finally Funny Because They’re Targeting Rape Culture Instead of Victims. – Guardian

That rape jokes aren’t funny was an axiom assuming that rape jokes are at the expense of the victim. Something horrible happened to you, hahhahha! . . . People then drew a distinction between punching down (mocking the less powerful) and punching up (aiming at the privileged, the status quo, maybe even striking blows against the empire). The rape joke as it then existed was all about punching down.

How ‘Rock Star’ Became a Business Buzzword – NY Times

Posting a listing for a job for which only ‘‘rock stars’’ need apply casts an H.R. manager as a kind of corporate Malcolm McLaren; that nobody is looking for a front-end developer who is addicted to heroin or who bites the heads off doves in conference rooms goes without saying. Pretty much anyone can be a ‘‘rock star’’ these days — except actual rock stars, who are encouraged to think of themselves as brands.

Canada’s Federal Election Quiz – I Side With

Take the political quiz to see which federal parties your ideals align with.

World’s Most Liveable Cities – Metropolis

In our extensive urban coverage throughout the year, we often look at a variety of facets that contribute to a city’s overall quality of life—i.e., the sum of the housing, amenities, connectivity, and, in a word, pleasures a city has to offer the people who live in it.

Man takes vacation from being human, becomes goat – Mashable

He spoke to an expert in animal locomotion to nail down their movement. Even further, he met with a biologist to see about making an artificial rumen (a part of the goat’s stomach) in order to digest grass. To put it simply: He did not take this lightly.

Here’s what winning the Super Bowl looks like when you’re a female football player – Washington Post

Imagine the madness in the nation’s capital if the men’s football team had won the NFC East championship by beating the Dallas Cowboys? But because these champions don’t have Y chromosomes, it’s crickets.

It turns out parenthood is worse than divorce, unemployment — even the death of a partner – Washington Post

The study’s goal was to try to gain insights into a longstanding contradiction in fertility in many developed countries between how many children people say they want and how many they actually have.

Five foolproof ways to destroy employee morale – Globe and Mail

Every so often, I come across managers who seem hell bent on doing just the opposite. They say and do things that completely destroy their employees’ self-confidence, drag down team morale, and create a negative working environment.

09 Aug

Links for a Sunday Morning


The Best Kept Secret: Why People HAVE to Squat Differently – Movement Fix

This article will help show you why athlete comfort should dictate squat width, why some people’s (not EVERYONE) feet point out (no matter how much “mobility” work they do), why some people have a really hard time squatting deep, and why some people are amazing at pistols while others can’t do them at all.

Canada has the worst climate change record in the industrialized world – Press Progress

Canada still shows no intention on moving forward with climate policy and therefore remains the worst performer of all industrialized countries

The Rise of Richface: Why so many young women are getting cosmetic surgery – The Globe and Mail

According to dermatologists, young patients aren’t looking for subtle results; they want the ‘work’ to be noticeable. That’s because the puffed and plumped ‘richface’ aesthetic is the new Louis Vuitton handbag in certain circles – an instant, recognizable marker of wealth and status.

Atheist minister fighting United Church’s effort to fire her – The Globe and Mail

What’s important, she says, is that her views hearken to Christianity’s beginnings, before the focus shifted from how one lived to doctrinal belief in God, Jesus and the Bible.

“Is the Bible really the word of God? Was Jesus a person?” she said. “It’s mythology. We build a faith tradition upon it which shifted to find belief more important than how we lived.”

The Makeup Tax – The Atlantic

Years of research has shown that attractive people earn more. Thus, the makeup tax: Good-looking men and good-looking women both get ahead, but men aren’t expected to wear makeup in order to look good.

A Way to Get Fit and Also Have Fun – NY Times

The essentials of 10-20-30 training are simple. Run, ride or perhaps row on a rowing machine gently for 30 seconds, accelerate to a moderate pace for 20 seconds, then sprint as hard as you can for 10 seconds. (It should be called 30-20-10 training, obviously, but that is not as catchy.) Repeat.

What happens when an average sized woman recreates a modelling shoot? – Katie H. Blog

It was a really interesting for me to shoot these images and try to get them as close as possible to the model’s photo because I kept thinking, “God I look huge.” Or, “Why can’t I get it to look the same?” That was when I truly understood why this is so important. This model is an extremely small size for her height, so much so that it was difficult to even get my body to pose the same way.

Habit Creep: The Proven, Reasonable and Totally Unsexy Way to Become More Successful – James Clear Blog

This idea of slightly adjusting your habits until behaviors and results that were once out of reach become your new normal is a concept I like to call “habit creep” . . . the key is to avoid the trap of trying to grow too fast.

Science proves what you suspected: hiking’s good for your mental health – LA Times

“We weren’t asking people ‘How do you feel right now?’ We were asking, ‘How do you tend to think?’ To change anything about how one describes how they think is quite compelling.”

My wedding was perfect – and I was fat as hell the whole time – The Guardian

As a fat woman, you are told to disguise, shrink or flatter your body. But I wasn’t going to hide at my wedding – the older I get, the harder it is to depoliticise simple acts