It may actually build cartilage and strengthen your knees

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Photo by Benjamín Hazael Rojas García on Unsplash

If you’ve spent much time running, you have surely heard the advice that you are destroying your knees. It’s not uncommon to hear this not only from well-meaning friends and family members but also from medical professionals. I once had a physical therapist that was treating me for a back injury tell me I should give up running for some other low-impact sport.

I didn’t listen. The entire reason I was working so hard at my physical therapy was so that I could get back to the trails as soon as possible. …

Winter is coming, but we don’t have to be depressed about it.

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Photo by Tim Gouw on Unsplash

By now, we’ve all heard, indoor gatherings are risky. If we’re going to get together with other people, we are safer outdoors where the virus particles evaporate or disperse at a faster rate. But winter is coming, and I have begun to dread the thought of being cooped up in my home for many cold months.

But there is an answer. Rather than dread the winter, we could embrace the cold.

It’s how they do it in Scandanavia, which is known as the happiest place in the world, despite the fact they don’t get much sunlight or warmth in the winter. Of course, it likely has something to do with the comprehensive healthcare system, paid parental leave, and gender equality. …

How a country’s innocence was lost

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Image by mmmCCC from Pixabay

In the fall of 1982, the world changed forever. Seven people in the Chicago area died from consuming poisoned Extra Strength Tylenol capsules. It was determined that someone had taken the pill bottles off the store shelves, purposely filled the capsules with potassium cyanide, and then returned the bottles to the store without anyone noticing.

The fear of product tampering gripped not only America but the entire world. Before this event, medicine bottles, milk bottles, orange juice containers, none of this was tamper-proof. Nothing was wrapped in plastic. …

Check out the latest stories from making your own lattes to finding your running motivation.

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Welcome to the first-ever newsletter for Exploring Wellness! I had intended to write a regular newsletter when I began this publication, but life got in the way, and here we are.

I plan to provide periodic updates to you highlighting our feature articles. Although, don’t expect them to come on any sort of regular sort of basis. Until my kid is back in school full time and e-learning is a thing of the past, I’ve been careful not to overdo expectations for myself. We’re all facing stress these days, and we need to remember self-care. …

Don’t let your turkey go to waste

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Photo by 🇨🇭 Claudio Schwarz | @purzlbaum on Unsplash

This year was a much different Thanksgiving for most of us. Many chose to stay home, and those that traveled did so with masks and hand sanitizer. My family decided we’d get together virtually rather than in-person to protect our health and avoid crowded airports.

And though there were just three of us at the Thanksgiving table, and one of us is a vegetarian, we still had to have a turkey. It was a turkey breast rather than the whole bird. But it was a big one, and now I’m left with a lot of leftover turkey.

Aside from the usual turkey sandwiches, here are some of my favorite leftover turkey recipes from across the web. …

The founding fathers couldn’t have predicted Trump, but they did put in place a system that is hard to dismantle.

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It was looking dicey for about a minute, but I’m happy to report, democracy lives on.

Late Monday afternoon, the General Services Administration (GSA) acknowledged Joe Biden as the President-elect and began the formal process of transitioning power. Shortly after this announcement, President Trump quickly tweeted his agreement that the transition process should begin. He, of course, did not concede but tweeted the following:

I want to thank Emily Murphy at GSA for her steadfast dedication and loyalty to our Country. She has been harassed, threatened, and abused — and I do not want to see this happen to her, her family, or employees of GSA. …

Do you really want to know what your co-workers make?

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I recently came across a story on Medium where one writer had some harsh criticism of a top Medium writer’s income story. You know the ones. You see them all over Medium. You can’t get away from them. It’s usually a headline sounding something like this:

How I Made $X This Month on Medium

The amount of dollars presented in the headline is staggering to the other 99% of Medium writers who make a small fraction of that amount. So when we see these headlines, we can’t help ourselves. …

He locked himself in the State Capitol building, and the new governor had to climb through windows to reach the legislature

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“Would it not be prudent, as well as right, to yield to the verdict of the people as expressed by their ballots?”

If you think that’s a recent quote attributed to the 2020 American presidential election, think again. That was said by President Ulysses S. Grant in 1874 to Gov. Edmund J. Davis of Texas. Davis had barricaded himself in his office on the first floor of the State Capitol building in Austin, after experiencing a crushing defeat from his challenger.

Soon-to-be former President Trump may be the first American president in modern history to refuse to admit an election defeat, but he’s not the first person in history to do so. …

A spin-off of the Trump reality show is currently playing out in the 14th Congressional District in Illinois

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Challenger Jim Oberweis lost the 14th Congressional District race in Illinois to Incumbent Lauren Underwood. The Associated Press called the race for Underwood on the afternoon of November 12th. But that didn’t stop Oberweis from declaring an early victory and appearing in Washington D.C. for new member orientation.

Underwood won two years ago against the four-term Republican incumbent, Randy Hultgren. She became the first woman and the first African-American to represent the district, which happens to be 86% white.

Although the race for president was called early Tuesday night in Illinois, some local races remained too close to call. …

Mitch McConnell has Georgia on his mind

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We all knew this breakup was going to be an ugly one. Like an abusive boyfriend who won’t give up, Trump refuses to see the writing on the wall. He had been warning us of this inevitability for months. The only election outcome he would accept was one that said he was the winner.

And now it has happened. He has lost. And true to his word, he’s not planning a graceful exit. …


Jennifer Geer

Writing a little bit of everything. But mostly about wellness and running.

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