Sun and Fun With a Volunteering Twist

Zip-lining through a cloud forest. Yoga in a butterfly sanctuary. Local, freshly ground coffee strained through a burlap filter. What’s not to love about a weeklong vacation in Costa Rica? As Roberta Lang, 59, and Monica Bolin, 54, sorted through their options, the friends from Red Deer, Alberta, Canada, found a vacation package that included a service project at a Cost Rican elementary school. Bolin was hooked. She liked the idea of interacting with kids again and seeing a non-tourist …

Holiday Blues? 7 Ways to Cheer Up

The winter solstice — and the shortest day of the year — will soon be upon us (Dec. 21), and not everyone is feeling the holiday spirit. Illness, loneliness, financial troubles, family problems and depression can make many dread the “most wonderful” time of the year and endanger both mental and physical health. A recent University of Chicago study found that feelings of loneliness and isolation can lead to increased stress, higher blood pressure and other health problems. Here are some things you can do …

Yoga para combatir el dolor

Cada martes y jueves en la tarde, llevo a mis hijos pequeños a su clase de karate en un dojo o estudio que también recibe a estudiantes de yoga. La sensei (maestra) y yogi que dirige el estudio es una exquisita señora mayor, divina, cultísima, con vastos conocimientos, en excelente estado de salud. Lo mismo puede neutralizar a un atacante con sus destrezas de cinta negra en artes marciales japonesas que dirigir una profunda meditación para entrar en contacto con …

11 Things We Didn’t Know Last Week

News, discoveries and … fun 1. Brits are reviving an unusual hobby – stuffing mice and arranging them in human-like poses. (Learn more at NY Times) 2. Men’s faces evolved in a way that maximizes protection during fistfights. (Learn more at Washington Post) 3. A wool fitness mat with embedded sensors and LED lights can help you perfect yoga poses and record progress. (Learn more at Wired) >> Get travel discounts with your AARP Member Advantages. 4. Bulletproof blankets have been developed to …

Michelle Obama cumple 50 -y ya piensa en sus 70 y 80

La primera dama de Estados Unidos celebra medio siglo de vida con una gran fiesta en la Casa Blanca y en medio de toda la alegrí­a, nerviosismo y preguntas que tan importante cumpleaños trae consigo, ya comenzó a prepararse para los años que están por venir. Michelle empezó por ajustar su rutina de ejercicio -en miras a los 70 y 80-, según expresó en una entrevista que le diera a la revista People. “Me visualizo cambiando los ejercicios con pesas …

End the Year With These Fabulous Freebies

Some fabulous freebies to end the year with and ring in 2014: Free Video From Santa: Hurry! Time is running out to send the kids a personalized video from Santa via this website. If’ you’ve already sent out your Christmas cards, remember it for next year. Free 2014 Calendar: Click on the link for these free, downloadable calendars. You can customize them to meet your needs and track your schedule. Free Financial Planning Tools: Several websites like Mint, Bankrate and AARP offer free calculators …