How to Properly Use a Foam Roller [infographic]

February 28, 2013 |  by  |  Health  |  3 Comments
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Hopefully you’ve started incorporating interval training into your workouts after my post last week. If you did, then your probably experiencing some extreme soreness in your body, especially in your legs. Your muscles are not used to using so much energy at one time, which leaves them fatigued, and ultimately sore.

But alas, thank goodness for the foam roller. The foam roller is exactly what it’s name implies, a large roll of hard foam. It is used to massage sore muscles and tendons using body weight as pressure. Today’s infographic lists some types of foam rollers to try, as well as some exercises to massage out sore muscles. My legs and butt have defiantly benefited from this wonderful contraption. It’s almost essential for all athletes to own one. Try it out and relief those sore muscles! [via]

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Reading For The Future [Infographic]

February 27, 2013 |  by  |  Education  |  No Comments
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When I was little, I remember my mom reading chapters of Harry Potter and The Hobbit to me every night. She, along with my father, gave to me the gift of story and a love of reading. It’s easy to take literacy for granted (obviously you’re able to read this) but it is quickly becoming an unsettling problem for schools and homes across the United States.

By the third grade, children should (in theory) transition from learning to read to reading to learn. But in many homes, this is not the case. In 2009, 67% of all fourth graders scored below proficient on national reading tests. This single subject area can decrease the likelihood of graduation immensely. Children are as much as 4 times more likely to fail to graduate on time if they are below proficient readers by the third grade! The statistics of poverty can also be a major hinderance as well, although I was shocked that 50% of children in affluent settings are not proficient!

These numbers are startling and disturbing. Reading is a tool in which we can communicate with others regardless of time or location. The written word should be the first priority in education. Hands down. Don’t just blame the schools though. Be like my parents. READ TO YOUR KIDS. Show them how wonderful reading can be. The pen is indeed mightier than the sword and we should reflect that for our future generations.

Check out the infographic below for more info on the 5 components of reading and what you as parents and mentors can do to help this problem.

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Sleepless in America [infographic]

February 26, 2013 |  by  |  Health  |  1 Comment
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Sleepless in America. How many of you would say that you get enough sleep? A solid eight hours, or enough to make that 7 am alarm clock feel manageable? I will go out on a limb and say that I do not get enough sleep. Even on the unusual night where I clock in a solid eight hours, my morning alarm still pains me every time. I suspect it is because the rest of my nights average closer to four or five hours and my body just can’t catch up.

According to today’s infographic, inadequate sleep can result in higher risk of stroke, a large decrease in testosterone and the destruction of your diet. Getting a solid eight hours of sleep will save you money, keep you alive and help your productivity at work. Driving while drowsy is comparable to driving with a blood alcohol content of .05. The danger in that statement alone should have you dying for some shut-eye! Taking care of your body is important and getting an adequate amount of sleep is an integral part of the equation. Eat well, drink well and sleep well.

As I always say, sleep or be sleepy. Let’s all get some sleep! [Via]

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The Age-Old Battle: Star Wars vs. Star Trek [Infographic]

February 25, 2013 |  by  |  Entertainment, Movies  |  9 Comments
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The world is full of ancient and deep-seated rivalries whose various conflicts make up the stuff of legend. You have the Capulets vs. the Montagues, the Hatfields vs. the McCoys, Spy vs. Spy and so on, but all of these rivalries pale in comparison to one that is set to erupt yet again as early as 2015. One of the things that make this particular rivalry so passionate yet simultaneously divisive is that both sides are now led by the same man: J.J. Abrams.

Abrams has had success with projects like Lost and Cloverfield and received praise for his reboot of the Star Trek film franchise in 2009 (the sequel of which is slated to come out later this year). As if this weren’t enough to firmly plant him as a voice in the world of science fiction, Abrams’ next job is the already much-anticipated new Star Wars movie. Fans of the original films may have concerns for where he will take the series, but with so much experience already under his belt, I think it’s safe to say that Abrams would be a natural choice to take the helm.

Fore more info on the popularity of the pop culture behemoths that are Star Wars and Star Trek, refer to the infographic below. [Via]

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Election 2013: How the Pope is Decided

February 22, 2013 |  by  |  Government  |  1 Comment
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With the recent surprising resignation of Pope Benedict XVI, a whole new election process must take place to fill his shoes.

Benedict XVI’s reign has had many ups and downs. Considered a champion of traditional Christian values, he has stuck to his guns and faced many problems of the church head on like the child abuse scandal. Although, his past has had trouble escaping him. A mandatory member of Hitler’s Youth and later a german soldier during the end of the second world war, Benedict has had his fair share of hurdles in the lime light.

It has been almost 600 years since the last pope resigned. Whether it was for health reasons as stated or hidden inner-church drama doesn’t matter, the real concern should be in who will replace him. Will another strict traditional catholic replace him or are they considering a younger, more open-minded leader?

Today’s graphic details the process of pope election. Just like our political system, there are rules and regulations on picking a secessor. Two thirds of Cardinals must agree on the next Pope. Let’s hope he is an adequate addition to long list of Popes. [Via]

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