Included in this edition: Wrist Mobility Exercises for Computer Users; Find Small Town Charm Near Big Cities; Ideas for a Healthy Grab ad Go Breakfast; Just How Green is that Company; and Russet Potato Salad Recipe.
Wrist Mobility Exercises for Computer Users
If you spend your days working on a laptop or keyboard, you may be at risk for hand and wrist injuries. One of the most common is carpal tunnel syndrome, which causes pain, tingling and numbness. Carpal tunnel can make it difficult to type, pick up small objects or perform various manual tasks. Other repetitive movements like texting and scrolling can lead to tendonitis or arthritis.
Preventing these debilitating problems before they develop starts with proper posture and ergonomics. Sit up straight with feet on the floor, and make sure your chair and desk are the correct sizes for your body. Try these simple stretches to relieve tension.
Open and clench fists, then touch each finger with thumb.
Place laced fingers on back of head and stretch elbows backward.
Dangle arms to your side and touch shoulders with fingertips.
Circle wrists in both directions.
Finally, experts recommend taking breaks every 30 minutes and staying hydrated.
Are you looking for a break from hectic urban life? Or, are you planning a big-city vacation with some extra time to explore the area? Consider taking a drive out to a small town near the city to enjoy some relaxation and old-fashioned fun.
Forty minutes outside of Nashville, you'll find Leiper's Fork, TN. This picturesque village offers quintessential southern charm. Tourists can shop for antiques, browse art galleries, listen to live music, and spend the night in cozy cottages.
Known as the "Little Switzerland of America," Joseph, OR, is near the Wallowa Mountains and Mount Howard. It offers paragliding and beautiful trails for hiking and other outdoor activities. Enjoy the art scene on the Bronze Artwalk through downtown Joseph. You can also ride the tramway or take the excursion train for a more laid-back scenic exploration.
Located near Los Angeles on Catalina Island, Avalon, CA, features all the amenities a beach town can offer. Visitors can relax on the beach or take a boat tour around the island to look for sea lions and dolphins. Enjoy all kinds of water sports, including kayaking, parasailing and scuba diving. You can also sign up for a historical ghost tour, play a round of golf on one of the oldest golf courses on the West Coast or catch a movie at the local theater.
Situated an hour outside Green Bay and a peninsula apart from each other, Fish Creek and Bailey's Harbor, WI, offer stunning views of Green Bay and Lake Michigan. Tourists can take an airplane tour over the county, enjoy wilderness and wildlife at the iconic Ridges Sanctuary, or enjoy a live performance at one of several outdoor amphitheaters.
Life on the go often means grabbing a quick, convenient "meal" while rushing off to work, school or appointments. Unfortunately, that granola bar you thought was healthy might be loaded with sugar. You know breakfast is the most important meal of the day, but sometimes there's just no slowing down to properly prepare it.
Eating a balanced breakfast can help control weight, increase metabolism and stabilize blood sugar levels.
Try these delicious, easy-to-prepare breakfast options.
Protein Smoothie Blend a frozen banana with one tablespoon nut butter, one tablespoon flaxseed and a scoop of protein powder.
Avocado Toast Toast two slices of bread and top with Ricotta cheese, sliced avocado and a dash of black pepper.
Apple Sandwich Spread nut butter and low-sugar granola between two apple slices (sliced thin from stem to bottom).
Ingredients 1 lb. red russet potatoes, cut into ½-inch cubes ¼ cup plain Greek yogurt 1 Tbsp. mayonnaise 2 Tbsp. stone ground mustard 3 Tbsp. grapeseed oil 2 Tbsp. lemon juice 1 tsp. sea salt ½ tsp. black pepper ½ small white onion, finely diced ¼ cup chopped fresh chives
Directions In a medium saucepan, add potatoes and enough water to cover them by an inch. Bring to a boil and cook for 3-4 minutes until tender. Immediately drain potatoes in a colander and rinse with cold water. Set aside.
In a large bowl, combine yogurt, mayonnaise, mustard, oil, lemon juice, salt, and pepper. Add diced onion and potatoes. Gently fold to combine all ingredients. Garnish with fresh chives. Chill for several hours before serving.