We're excited to announce Wellness Wednesday, a new column by Alessandra (Alé) Gil about living your best and finding true wellness. Alé has been in the Fitness and Wellness industry for almost 20 years, and she's thrilled to join the FearLess movement.
Exercise and performance have been my area of expertise for almost 20 years. More and more, however, I'm coming to realize that true wellness is about much more than physical fitness, and fitness professionals have a responsibility to understand this. We are much more than Strength coaches or Fitness experts; we are Wellness coaches. The realm of wellness oversees not just movement, but also nutrition, stress, sleeping quality, energy level, anti aging and anything related to a person’s well being.
FearLess contributor Dan Sturges writes in MIT's Technology Review about how new advances in technology are allowing people to ditch their cars in favor of a more efficient, more connected system:
I think any transition would have to start with the roughly 70 million commuters in the United States. The recipe for making car ownership less necessary for them requires three main ingredients. First, we need express "trunk line" transit services (trains, buses, vans, or carpools) from residential neighborhoods to areas where people work. Next, people will need local, short-distance transportation in the form of a bike, low-cost taxi, shuttle, or small personal vehicle to get to and from the trunk line service. Finally, car-sharing services—like Zipcar or peer-to-peer services like Getaround or RelayRides—need to be available near both work and home so people can have access to a car when they need one.
This is one of the most viewed TED talks ever. Jill Bolte Taylor got a research opportunity few brain scientists would wish for: She had a massive stroke, and watched as her brain functions -- motion, speech, self-awareness -- shut down one by one. An astonishing story as she discovers nirvana within her own mind.
Since waking up this morning, there is nothing but an endless stretch of sea in any direction I look. An occasional albatross would fly through view to break up the picture. They are incredible fliers. After watching these birds fly alongside for a day and a half I've still never seen one flap its wings. They are incredible fliers that glide along just a foot or two off the surface of the water and they seem to be able to ride the air currents forever.
Durning breakfast we sighted some Minke whales on the starboard side. Over and over they came up to the surface for air as they raced along side the boat. We were steaming along at 15 knots and these whales swept past us and then across our bow. As one passed, she rolled over to take a good look at us, showing us her big white belly.
In 2010, researchers from Battelle and the University of Washington tested 25 top-selling cleaning products and found that each emitted at least one chemical classified as toxic or hazardous under federal laws and 11 contained at least one probable carcinogen. Scary stuff. Household cleaning manufacturers are not required to list the ingredients in their products, (they claim that their formulas are trade secrets.)
However, an increasing number of companies are recognizing that consumers have a right to know what’s in the products they buy. And what about the failure of industry to test these chemicals BEFORE they are added to these products? We asked a group of eco-experts to come clean … to tell us what household cleaning products they avoid using themselves. And we’ve tried to provide some safer alternatives so you can feel better about tackling those dirty jobs.