22 May

Links for a Sunday Morning

Why did Greek statues have such small penises? – Quartz

Greeks associated small and non-erect penises with moderation, which was one of the key virtues that formed their view of ideal masculinity

China is buying Canada: Inside the new real estate frenzy – Maclean’s (long read)

In the past five years, the flow of money from mainland China into Canadian real estate has reached what many consider dangerous levels, contributing to a gold-rush atmosphere in the nation’s leading cities, while stirring anger among young, middle-class Canadians who feel shut out of their hometown markets.

Why Self-Compassion Works Better Than Self-Esteem – The Atlantic

In order to have high self-esteem, you have to feel special and above-average. If someone said, “Oh, your performance was average,” you would feel hurt by that, almost insulted. When we fail, self-esteem deserts us which is exactly when we need it most.

Forest-bathing is latest fitness trend to hit U.S. — ‘Where yoga was 30 years ago’ – Washington Post

Shinrin-yoku literally translates to “taking in the forest atmosphere” or “forest bathing” and refers to the process of soaking up the sights, smells and sounds of a natural setting to promote physiological and psychological health.

30 years of research prove couples with children really do have worse marriages – Quartz

Comparing couples with and without children, researchers found that the rate of the decline in relationship satisfaction is nearly twice as steep for couples who have children than for childless couples.

The Massive Fitness Trend That’s Not Actually Healthy at All – Greatist

Being chronically exhausted is not the key to success. It’s a race toward disease and dysfunction. And in most cases, it causes suffering that is 100 percent preventable.

Getting people to move more – NY Times

Many people think of exercise as something that is planned and high-intensity and a lot of work. Physical activity is a more inclusive term. Any movement can be considered physically active and beneficial, even if you just walk around the house instead of sitting on the couch. We want to convey the idea that you don’t have to exercise, just move more.

Ontario setting new rules to end era of suburban sprawl across GTA – Toronto Star

We need to make the changes for the development of rapid transit, walkable communities, for the reduction on the reliance of the automobile. . . without such measures to govern out-of-control land consumption, sprawl will continue unchecked. Valuable green space and agricultural land across southern Ontario would continue to be turned over for unsustainable home construction.

No More Joiners: Why Kids are Dropping Out of Sports – CBC

Children’s sports have become too focused on winning at the exclusion of fun and fair play and yet, our continued obsession with rooting out the “best” players at an early age is having a devastating effect.

05 May

Your Knee is a Hinge- Part 2

In Your Knee is a Hinge Part 1 I started discussing how to keep the knee safe when bearing weight in standing lunges where the hips are open (a la Warrior II).
The trick is to not let your knee roll inward because, as the title suggests, your knee is a hinge. It’s not a ball and socket joint like your shoulder or hip. It’s only meant to move in one direction. Check out the post for the tip I gave to help you do that.

This follow-up is another really quick and easy cue to keep in mind when you’re in your lunge.

Try This:

In your warrior II, create a circle of energy starting where the inner thigh meets the groin and moving clockwise around the entire thigh of your bent knee.

That is, pull the inner thigh up to and around the kneecap, then pull the outer knee along the outer thigh to the hip socket. Did your knee re-align itself? I thought so.

Check out the video for more detail (plus a fun singing solo by your truly).

01 May

Links for a Sunday Morning

Why So Many Smart People Aren’t Happy – The Atlantic

So if you get a huge raise this month, you might be happy for a month, two months, maybe six months. But after that, you’re going to get used to it and you’re going to want another big bump. And you’ll want to keep getting those in order to sustain your happiness levels. In most people you can see that that’s not a very sustainable source of happiness.

1 question is all you need to judge someone’s personality – Inc.

A team led by psychologist Dustin Wood asked study subjects (in this case that typical psychological guinea pig, the undergrad) to rate the personalities of several acquaintances. Their responses said much more about themselves than they probably intended.

Men read terrible tweets to female sportswriters in eye-opening PSA – USA Today

“One of the players should beat you to death with their hockey stick.”
“I hope your dog gets hit by a car, [expletive].”
“Hopefully this [expletive] Julie DiCaro is Bill Cosby’s next victim. That would be classic.”

Too Many Elite American Men Are Obsessed With Work and Wealth – The Atlantic

A new study of several hundred NYU undergrads found that young men and women with similar SAT scores express starkly diverging visions of their ideal job. Young female students, on average, say they prefer jobs with more stability and flexibility—“lower risk of job loss, lower hours, and part-time option availability”—while male students, on average, say they prefer more earnings growth

‘Forest bath’ is way to let nature cleanse away stress – LA Times

Shinrin-yoku is the name given to the Japanese art of “forest bathing,” contemplative walks through the woods that reconnect the individual with nature and can lead to decreased stress, natural mood elevation and even a stronger immune system.

In an Age of Privilege, Not Everyone Is in the Same Boat – NY TImes

While choices for the rich are expanding, poorer Americans are benefiting less from product innovation, according to new research by Xavier Jaravel, a graduate student in economics at Harvard. Whether they are selling fancy cookware, natural cheeses or single malt Scotch, purveyors of goods aimed at the wealthy are competing more and offering new products. Downscale items like canned meat or tobacco aren’t drawing as many new entrants into the market.

Samantha Bee takes down the Harriet Tubman haters – Full Frontal