Rolling With It

Connecting With Purpose

Connecting With Purpose

It's a new year, and as we see messages of "seek to find meaning, not happiness," floating around social media, I know we're all thinking "Ah, yes that makes sense, because if you find meaning, happiness is likely going to come along for the ride." In founding RistRoller with Jade, I was able to connect to purpose more deeply. That tagline "feel awesome, do awesome," is really an extension of my life's purpose: helping others feel awesome so they can do awesome ties into my sense of purpose which is to help others claim wellness. (And no, "Others" is not a reference to LOST, though I suppose it is now, now that I capitalized the O. "Others" is meant to include more than just humans.)

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    Overworking - Bad for You, Bad for Business

    Overworking - Bad for You, Bad for Business

    Are you an over-worker? Do you find yourself waking up early to get a head start on the work day, working through lunch, or working into the evening hours: rather than spending time with loved ones? According to some studies, you are not alone. Many Americans have taken to the practices of overwork, to the detriment of their wellbeing and/or productivity levels. Read more
    7 Tips to Avoid Text Neck and Texting Thumb

    7 Tips to Avoid Text Neck and Texting Thumb

    More than half of teens with smartphones say texting is their main method of communication. With more than 75 percent of all teens owning smartphones, according to Pew Research Center, it seems safe to say that texting is a firmly established trend. What’s more, by some estimates, adults spend an average of 11 hours each day using electronic media. As a result, people of all ages are experiencing physical effects that really didn’t exist 20 years ago, such as text neck and texting thumb. These physical conditions are the direct result of overuse of electronic devices or a lack of awareness while using them. The good news is that you can avoid the physical discomfort of text fatigue by making a few elemental changes.

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    The Uplifting Tale of OSS Weightlifting

    The Uplifting Tale of OSS Weightlifting

    A decade ago, a Men’s Health article caught the eyes of retired federal agent Mario Dispenza, who was, at the time, looking for something new in training. Having been active with cardio and weights all his life, he was drawn to the claim “the greatest workout known to man,” so he picked up their piece about Olympic Weightlifting. Mario found the  sport to be quite captivating, and the article spurred him to find a local USAW coach. Soon he was hooked.

    Olympic Weightlifting is about sport: the bar is lifted overhead in a fast, explosive movement. Body mechanics are key. Olympic Weightlifters train to become more efficient with the bar, to better harness their strength and grow their personal records (PR’s).  In the sport of Olympic weightlifting, there are two lifts: the snatch and the clean and jerk.  The snatch is performed with a wide grip.  The bar is lifted overhead in one single motion.  

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    Natural Help for Plantar Fasciitis

    Natural Help for Plantar Fasciitis

    What is Plantar Fasciitis?

    Plantar fasciitis occurs in in the heel and sole of the feet. When you first get up after a night’s sleep or a daytime rest, you experience sharp pain when putting weight on these areas. Flexing your foot may also trigger pain from plantar fasciitis. About one-third of those with the condition are affected in both feet but most have it in only one. Plantar fasciitis develops slowly over time, usually originating in the heel and moving forward toward the toes. You can often alleviate your symptoms without extreme measures like surgery. The name of the malady comes from the plantar area, or sole, of your foot and the connecting tissue, or fascia, that extends from your heel to your toes. The tissue sustains minute tears that become inflamed, thus causing pain along the length of your foot.

    What Are the Symptoms?

    Pain in the heel and sole of your foot when you walk is the primary symptom of plantar fasciitis. People typically do not run a fever or have other noticeable symptoms. The most severe pain occurs when you first get up, and it tends to lessen as the fascia and muscles warm up. However, if you remain on your feet for most of the day, the pain will worsen as the day goes on. Climbing stairs may cause a flare-up. Getting off your feet will ease the discomfort. If the pain continues during the night when you are in bed, you may not have plantar fasciitis. Instead, you may have arthritis, a pinched nerve, tarsal tunnel syndrome or a foot injury.

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