Stand up for yourself

ImageWe all know by now that a sedentary lifestyle can be damaging, but not many know the details behind the fact. I alternate between an office and classroom setting all day, most days, so it can hardly be helped.

The Health Hazards of Sitting,” published on the Washington Post‘s website, offers a helpful and quick-to-read diagram explaining just what sitting does to your body. While some of their “studies” are pretty laugh-worthy (“people who watched the most TV in an 8.5-year study had a 61 percent greater risk of dying.” As in, apparently, if you don’t watch TV you won’t die), some of it is genuine and correct.

It offers some tips to counteract the symptoms, but I thought I’d share some of my own tricks as well.

Have the right furniture. Many companies have taken up serious ergonomics programs in recent years. In most cases, if you just ask, you can have your chair traded for an exercise ball or a more body-friendly chair at the least. One company I worked for also provided standing desks so you didn’t have to sit while at your computer (granted, some people may find that a bit extreme).

Stretch, stretch, stretch. You can really never stretch too much. Arms, legs, chest, neck — do it all. Mayo Clinic offers some good “office stretches” on their site.

Be social. Instead of emailing someone, walk over to their desk. Use breaks and other opportunities to get up and move around. Walking is really the best way to counteract the symptoms of a sedentary lifestyle.

Other than that, do all the other junk like eat well and exercise. That should help. 🙂

Colorado’s newest medical marijuana patient causes some outrage

ImageThe debate over medical marijuana is no longer hard-hitting news, especially for those of us in Colorado. But, as with everything else, some new development arises, thrusting it back into the spotlight. The latest fiasco centers on Colorado’s newest patient: 3-year-old Landon Riddle.

The first image that came to mind when I read about a 3-year-old medical marijuana patient was that of a toddler holding a joint; that would certainly be cause for some distress. However, the actual facts make for a valid debate.

It’s worth reading the whole story on CNN (3-year-old is focus of medical marijuana battle). But, I am curious to know people’s opinions on this matter. Do you think subjecting a 3-year-old to marijuana is justified?

Ultimate interviewing prep package

I have read many insightful articles recently on Ragan about how to land a job through a great interview. All are worth sharing, and, combined, can prepare you for mastering your next interview. Read about what to do and what not to do when trying to land your dream job! And, check out this infographic full of information you wish you would have known during your last interview:

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Getting away with murder

Affluenza. I won’t lie; the first time I heard this word I thought it was a weird new strain of the flu. In actuality, it is a term used to describe someone with a sense of entitlement who is irresponsible and, now, apparently above the law. 

Recently, a Texas teen plead guilty to four counts of intoxication manslaughter after killing four pedestrians while driving under the influence of alcohol and Valium, deemed Affluenza as his defense … and got out of serving up to 20 years! 

I’m no criminal law expert, but it seems that if this was a legitimate defense, probation would not be a fit punishment. It’s essentially saying that teens with an unwarranted sense of entitlement and who have been allowed to get away with everything should continue to be allowed to get away with everything. After all, it’s only fair. You can read the whole story on CBS News

Not for commercial use

Talk about your horror stories … this is a bit of old news, but not for some. Bloggers beware: you are not immune to copyright infringement and the obnoxiously large fees that come with it. Ragan talks about their $8000 mistake in their story, “How using Google Images can cost you $8000.”

It’s a scary notion that is not just a cautionary tale for commercial sites; there are numerous instances of common, non-profit making bloggers such as myself that have been fined thousands (or millions) for mistakenly using copyrighted images. Know the laws! 

The U.S. Copyright Office offers great information on whether you can use someone’s work. Here’s just the tip of the iceberg:

You can be held liable for copyright infringement even if:

• It was an accident
• You take it down
• You edit it
• You cite the owner / creator / photographer
• Your site isn’t commercial
• You include a disclaimer
• You found it on the Internet 

Safe blogging!

Tricks even your mother didn’t know

I read so many of these “life hacks” on a daily basis. They seem to be everywhere now, but they never get old; each list seems to have something new to try that makes my life easier in the most simple of ways. 🙂 ViralNova, with their “89 Life Hacks,” has to have one of the best lists I have seen. What a great way to start off the new year!

Photo from ViralNova (www.viralnova.com).

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