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I should get one important point out of the way right off the bat: Adjustable dumbbells are not the ideal weight training solution. In a perfect world, you live in a house with a large garage or basement or gym and you have access to a full rack of standard dumbbells from 10 pounds through 100 the kind that are fixed, easy to handle, and allow you wide freedom of movement.

But alas, few us of have that kind of space, that kind of money, or that kind of significant other i.e. the type who tolerates several thousand pounds of industrial-looking metal racked up against a wall.

Sure, you can find such weights at a gym, but there's the whole, you know, pandemic thing. That can make it tricky for many of us to comfortably return to such spaces, meaning an interim (or possibly permanent) solution is necessary. And that's where the adjustable dumbbell truly shines.

The Bowflex SelectTech552 is one of the adjustable dumbbell OGs. Contained within each unit is essentially 15 sets of weights, from 5 to 52.5 pounds. They're adjustable through the first 25 pounds in 2.5-pound increments, providing a micro-range with lower-weight exercises, and use an intuitive dial system for weight selection. I got to give a pair of 552s a whirl, and I have to say, they sure beat the crap out of the adjustable pair that I got back at Sports Authority 20 years ago for about $50. (Though to be fair, my dad bought me those. Thanks, Dad!)

Here's everything you need to know about them.

A vaguely intelligent monkey most monkeys could get the hang of the weight selection system on the 552s. It's quick and intuitive: rotate the large selector knob on either side of the dumbbell to the proper weight, pull up, and... that's it. The weights seat and re-seat easily, and you can even select uneven weight distribution for special exercises should you so choose. Otherwise, you simply match the weight number on both dials located on each end of the dumbbell and that's the weight you get. In other words, once both dials read "25," you'll get 25 pounds of total weight on the dumbbell (not 25 pounds on each side). It's an easy system that simply works.

As I mentioned, the 552s go up to 52.5 pounds each, which is plenty of weight for all sorts of stuff: dumbbell presses and curls, dumbbell squats, triceps extensions, farmer carries and more. If you lift super heavy and you need something heavier, well... you'll have to look elsewhere. (Bowflex offers the SelectTech 1090, which goes up to 90 pounds, for $799). But the 552s offer plenty of weight for the average person doing workouts at home, and the ergonomics are such that you can also use them for creative moves like deadlift variations.

They live up to their promise, meaning you no longer need an entire rack of weights. The 552s conveniently offer a solution that's portable if heavy and allows you to legitimately work out at home. And they really are far better designed and constructed than my old-school adjustable dumbbells, the kind that use bare metal plates and giant steel wing nuts that invariably come loose as you're heaving weight around. It's worth noting that the 552s work in concert with Bowflex's free SelectTech training app, but I haven't tried it yet. I have my own workout routines that I follow, as I imagine most of you reading do, too.

I'm doubtful one of the 552s is going to come apart when positioned above my face during a skullcrusher, but it feels like there's a chance, because the plates wobble slightly as you use the dumbbell. The entire 552 selector mechanism is brilliant, but the fact that the plates shift a bit is a slight cause for concern, and I wonder if it can't be addressed in future iterations. (Perhaps my fears are unfounded, but it's nerve-racking to have 50 pounds of wobbly, plastic-coated steel positioned a foot above your nose.) If there were a way to improve the connection to the bar such that the plates were seated tighter, that would do a lot for peace of mind.

If you don't have a barbell at home I don't then you might sometimes use dumbbells for deadlift variations. Gripping a standard dumbbell by the side works fine for various types of lifts, but it's a bit awkward to grip a 552. Because the plates progress from smaller to larger, outside-in, you end up gripping the dumbbell from one of the smaller plates, which doesn't feel sturdy or give you as much surface area to handle. Again, it's mostly a psychological consideration and it won't apply to everyone but it made these lifts a little more difficult. I could imagine a more conventional design, such as the JaxJox DumbbellConnect, being a bit easier to handle though I haven't tried that system myself.

Speaking of those JaxJox dumbbells, they are a bit more aesthetically pleasing. The 552's vibe is highly industrial, the red accents aren't my jam, and they'd probably look right at home in a hardscrabble tent gym on a forward operating base in the Middle East. Yes, these things are pretty great they just wouldn't be my first choice of decor in my bedroom, is all I'm saying.

You've made it this far in this review, so probably. If you're dedicated to working out, pandemic be damned, and you want to continue to lift reasonably heavy, then you really need a pair of adjustable dumbbells. (Or a barbell, but that's a whole different story.) This set is intuitive, easy to use, and decent-looking. They're not cheap, but they're much cheaper than a full weight rack. And if you're dedicated to home fitness, it's a small price to pay for years of use especially if you're no longer paying gym fees.

I dig the 552s a lot. While the wobbliness of the plates does give me pause, after examining the dumbbells to ensure their structural integrity, I am confident they are not going to result in my death. They're portable, intuitive, versatile, and not unreasonably expensive considering their various use cases and build. If you need to lift heavier than 52 pounds each, go for something like the 1090s, but otherwise, the 552s are pretty damn great. I see myself using them for many years to come.


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Aug 28th, 2021 | Filed under Loss Weight

LOSING weight is hard and with a plethora of fad diets out there, it's hard to know what will actually work for you.

One expert has now revealed that to lose weight, you need your own personalised formula - as one size doesn't fit all when it comes to health and wellbeing.



Posting to TikTok, fitness and wellness coach Eric Roberts explained the calorie formula that can help you lose weight and reach your goals.

The first thing, he said, is working out your total calories.

To do this you need to decide on your goal body weight in pounds and multiple it by 12.

For example, he said if your goal body weight is 150lbs (10st 7lbs) then you would multiple 150 by 12, which makes 1,800.

This he said, is the number of calories that you will be eating specifically for fat loss.


But the formula doesn't stop there, as Eric says that it's not all about counting calories, but that you also need to focus on your macros.

Macro - is short for macronutrient and these are the different food groups that help give us energy - such as protein, fats and carbohydrates.

Eric explained: "What I want you to do is take your goal body weight in pounds and multiple it by one."

Using the previous example of 150lbs, this means that 150 multiplied by 1, is 150, this means you should be having 150 grams of protein each day.

Protein shakes have around 15-20g of protein per serving and chicken breasts have around 31g of protein.

"From here we need to make sure we find our total calories from protein. For every one gram of protein there is four calories.

"So we are going to take 150x4 and that is 600 calories from protein", Eric said.

Next up is fat, and to calculate this you need to take your current body weight, multiplied by 0.35.

Eric then uses the weight of 200lb (14st 2lbs) as an example.

This would be 200 x 0.35 which equals 70g of fat.

"For every gram of fat there is nine calories", Eric added. You then multiple 70 by 9 - which equals 630.

Eric's weight loss formula

Here's a step-by-step guide to Eric's weight loss formula

Goal body weight in pounds x12 = total calories

Goal body weight in pounds x1 = grams of protein each day

Goal body weight x4 = amount of calories spent on protein each day

Current weight x0.35 = grams of fat each day

Personalised grams of fat x9 = amount of calories spent of fat each day

Personlised protein + fat - daily calories.

Remainder of daily calories divided by 4 = grams of carbs each day

Eric then explained that the remainder of the calories would go on carbohydrates.

For example, if you have 600 calories from protein, and 630 calories from fat, this will be 1,230.

You then take this away from the 1,800 that you started with - equalling 570.

Eric explained: "For every one gram of carb, there is four calories."

You then take your 570 and divide this by four, which equals 142.5 - so this would be 142.5g of carbs.

Eric said that these are the macros you need to stick to for weight loss.

The NHS says that the key to weight loss is to make realistic changes to your diet and physical activity that can become a part of your regular routine.

It states you should aim to loose weight at around 0.5kg to 1kg a week (1lb to 2lb), until you achieve a healthy body mass index (BMI).

A healthy BMI is between 18.5 to 24.9 range - this takes into account your height, weight, gender and age.


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Aug 28th, 2021 | Filed under Loss Weight

The Lionsgate presentation gave us a wide array of movies for their upcoming 2021/2022 film slate. While we didnt see anything for John Wick 4, we were treated to an ecletic mix of movies. Here are some of the highlights from the Lionsgate presentation.

The clip starts with the NASA astronauts (Patrick Wilson and Halle Berry) on a satellite repair mission in outer space. What becomes a routine repair mission becomes something else entirely as all hell breaks loose. The electronics in the spacecraft begin to glitch, then you see a black blob of particles coming towards them. Everyone is in a gravity free fall. Patrick Wilson gets back into the ship, and he uses the thrusters to stabilize the spacecraft while hes trying to find his crewmate, Marcus. Were now on the moon, where a tornado is spinning on it as the titles come up.

Synopsis: In Moonfall, a mysterious force knocks the Moon from its orbit around Earth and sends it hurtling on a collision course with life as we know it. With mere weeks before impact and the world on the brink of annihilation, NASA executive and former astronaut Jo Fowler is convinced she has the key to saving us all but only one astronaut from her past, Brian Harper and a conspiracy theorist K.C. Houseman believe her. These unlikely heroes will mount an impossible last-ditch mission into space, leaving behind everyone they love, only to find out that our Moon is not what we think it is.

A hooded person is entering a church and walks past many high-security chambers of possessed people. She goes towards a particular door, and they let her into the room. The high-tech door opens, and its dark inside. She looks around with a crucifix. A shadowy figure appears behind her, and as she turns around, the creature grabs her.

Synopsis: Sister Ann, a restless 25-year-old, who devoutly believes that performing exorcisms is her calling. But she is at odds with the institutions traditions: sisters are not allowed to perform exorcisms, only priests. With the support of a mentor, a professor who senses her special gift, she is allowed to observe actual training sessions. Her desire to prove herself takes a personal turn when she meets one of the schools most disturbed patients. During their harrowing encounters, Sister Ann comes face to face with a demonic force that infests the school and has mysterious ties to her own past. It is then that the power of evil and her own startling abilities are fully realized.

The footage begins with a montage of some of Nicolas Cages most famous roles. Unfortunately, Nicolas Cage cant find gigs and hes on the brink of quitting. However, his agent (Neil Patrick Harris) offers him a gig where someone is going to pay him 1-million dollars to hang with them. Easy money, as he says.

Javi (Pedro Pascal) is asking him what his most famous role is. Javi shows Cage his Nicolas Cage shrine and even has a wax figure of him. The problem is that it looks nothing like him. Cage thinks its grotesque, but he wants it anyway. It looks as if hes finding himself again. Until he is approached by cops, where they inform him that Javi is actually a Mexican drug lord. So Cage uses several of his most famous roles in an attempt to take him down.

Synopsis: Nicolas Cagebegrudgingly accepts a $1 million offer to attend the birthday of a Mexican billionaire super fan. When things take a wild turn, Nic is forced to become a version of some of his most iconic and beloved characters in order to extricate his wife and daughter from the fan who is a notorious drug lord.

Unfortunately, we didnt see much of Eli Roths Borderlands movie, but we did see the characters in a non-silhouette form during the Lionsgate closing montage. We saw the psychos, Lilith (Cate Blanchett), Dr. Patricia Tannis (Jamie Lee Curtis), Roland (Kevin Hart), and Tiny Tina (Ariana Greenblatt). Each character looks accurate to their video game counterparts. Hopefully, well get to see more Borderlands stuff in future Lionsgate presentations.

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Aug 28th, 2021 | Filed under Loss Weight

A weighted vest can be a super versatile and hella effective piece of workout equipment. But before you pack on the pounds, lets weigh the benefits. Heres everything you need to know about weighted vests.

Studies suggest that weighted vests boast a wide range of impressive perks. Heres a deep dive into the biggest benefits.

Weighted vests might help you get more gains. The extra weight forces your muscles to work harder, which can increase strength and build muscle mass.

A 2017 study also found that wearing a weighted vest helped older adults maintain muscle mass while losing weight.

According to a small 2015 study, running with a weighted vest may help improve overall performance and stamina.

Additionally, researchers in a 2019 review looked at the effects of weighted vests on sprint-running performance. Participants were loaded with weights equal to 5 to 40 percent of their body weight.

The peeps who wore lighter weights had more improvements in longer distances, while heavier weights were associated with better sprint performance.

Adding extra weight to your body can help you burn more calories. According to research from the American Council on Exercise, a weighted vest that weighs 10 to 15 percent of your body weight could help you burn up to 13 percent more calories. Woot!

Wearing a weighted vest might also boost your metabolism. A small 2020 study found that wearing extra weight can help the body metabolize fat better. But that was just one small clinical trial, and we need more research to find out if this effect is legit.

Weighted vests boast beacoup benefits for your bones . Weight-bearing exercises (like workouts while wearing a weighted vest) can help reduce your risk of osteoporosis. How does it help? Exercise challenges your bone tissue, encouraging improvement in bone strength and density.

One 2017 study also found that light-load power training with a weight vest improved pelvis bone mass density and knee extensor strength in postmenopausal women who were losing muscle mass as a result of getting older.

A weighted vest might make you more mindful of your posture when you work out, which could improve your overall balance and stability.

A 2017 study found that weighted vests might improve balance in folks who have lower-body paralysis.

And in a 2019 study, participants had improvements in muscular strength, power, and functional abilities after completing a 6-week step exercise training program while wearing a weighted vest.

But we need more research to confirm these effects.

Here are some top tips to help you make the most of a weighted vest:

Weighted vests are generally safe when used correctly. Just keep these notes in mind before you slip one on:

A weighted vest can be a great addition to almost any workout, whether cardio or strength training. It can help you burn extra calories, increase muscle mass, and strengthen your bones.

Just make sure to keep things safe by starting with a lighter vest and working your weigh up to heavier loads over time.

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Aug 28th, 2021 | Filed under Loss Weight

According to the House of Commons Library, 28 percent of adults are obese in England and carrying more bodyweight than deemed healthy can bring a whole host of problems, from joint and back pain which can, in turn, restrict movement, to a loss of muscle mass which can make an individual weaker. Basic home activities such as climbing the stairs, cleaning the house and bathing also become difficult. These are all things that Alex Athienitouis struggled with, but last year, when Britain experienced extreme heat for the summer, she experienced blisters from her skin rubbing against itself and explained how she couldnt even walk down the street without being in pain and having difficulty breathing. In the space of 12 months, she has gone from a size 20 to a size 8. So how did she do it and how does she feel now?

Speaking about last summer, Alex said: You need to wear less clothes in the summer [and because of this] my body issues and insecurities had never been worse, a change had to come.

With gyms up and down the country closed, Alex didnt know where to start with exercise and working out in the park in front of other people, or even in the garden in the heat, was something that sent shivers down the spine.

Alex considered all options and eventually decided that a gastric sleeve procedure was the best plan of action.

The operation removed 85 percent of Alexs stomach, meaning simply that she couldnt eat the amount she was able to before.

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The weight fell and the initial results were astonishing, taking her from a size 22 to a size 10/12 in a matter of weeks.

But, being thinner didnt necessarily equate to being fit, healthy or happy and Alex knew there was something missing.

With two small children, Alex would see them playing games in the park and was devastated to not get involved.

The results were dramatic, and I felt brilliant, she explained. However after the initial buzz died down I realised that just because I was smaller, I still wasnt necessarily fit.

In a bid to get even fitter, Alex researched Six Pack Revolution and booked herself onto the next session.

The program, founded by Scott Harrison, takes participants on a journey of self-discovery and life improvement, and involves 75 days of being told what to eat and drink, completing a daily exercise regime.

In a bid to add accountability, participants uploading a picture/video to a Facebook group as evidence.

The exercises are short but highly effective, taking 10-15 minutes per day with two sessions of 30 minutes a week.

And Alex completed the process at the end of July 2021, with a two week break to undergo a procedure to improve the stretch marks on her arms.

Having taken part in Six Pack Revolution, Alex went from a size 10/12 to a size eight, but the effects are more than just physical for her.

I can genuinely say that the health and fitness plan has had a bigger impact on my life than the operation did, she said.

I can think more clearly, my memory has improved, I am happier, more energetic, I sleep better, and I look amazing.

Im not just thin, I am strong, healthy and my body is sculpted I cant believe I have abs! Something I never in my wildest dreams imagined would happen.

Im enjoying summer 2021 much more than I did summer 2020, Alex added.

As for what daily meal plan Alex followed, a snapshot included:

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Aug 28th, 2021 | Filed under Loss Weight

Want to add a furry friend to your family? Look no further than these Meyerland animal shelters for a pet available for adoption. Many shelter animals are still looking for their forever home and facilities are still working to fulfill adoptions and place pets with families.

Millions of companion animals are taken in each year by rescue organizations nationwide, according to the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals.

Of those, approximately 3.3 million are dogs and 3.2 million are cats. Shelters often look after other animals in search of a permanent home as well, including pigs, birds and even horses.

However, only around half of all shelter animals are adopted each year, ASPCA data shows. This means millions of animals some right here in the Meyerland area are still waiting for their forever homes.

Here at Patch, with a little help from our friends at Petfinder, we've rounded up this week's list of animals available for adoption near you. If you're a cat person, meet Dale, a Domestic Short Hair up for adoption. Or if dogs are more your thing, there are several great dogs available, too.

Click on any listing to learn more about a pet or to start the adoption process.

Editor's note: This list was automatically generated using data compiled by Petfinder. If you're a local shelter looking to see your adoptable pets appear on Patch, you'll need to list them through Petfinder. All readers are encouraged to report errors or other feedback to

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Our list of recommended products is based on a mixture of personal experience, high ratings of at least 4 or 5 stars, and best-selling items.

Weighted blankets can be a useful and cozy tool to add to your arsenal of de-stressing products. The blankets heaviness emulates deep pressure stimulation therapy, which can help relax the nervous system.

While there is a multitude of blankets on the market, Bearaby weighted blankets are by far some of the most stylish. Perfect as a couch or bed throw, the chunky knit blanket comes in six colors.

Another major perk of the Bearaby Tree Napper is its cooling effects. The blanket is made from eco-friendly eucalyptus fibers and Tencel Lyocell fabrics that can wick away moisture a necessary feature for hot sleepers.

The Tree Napper blanket comes in weights of 15, 20, and 25 pounds, and the brand recommends the blanket be roughly 10 percent of a persons body weight.

When stress creeps up on you, you might feel tension in your neck and shoulders. The Neckteck neck and back massager is a luxury that wont break the bank.

The device is a best-seller on Amazon and has amassed nearly 28,000 reviews. The shiatsu massager has eight nodes that knead deeply into the skin at three different speed options. Bonus: The massager is heated, which can help boost circulation and reduce stiffness.

Whether your loved one has a case of text neck or they just need to decompress, an on-demand massage is a gift that will be put to good use.

Nectars set of donut-themed bath bombs are a sweet (pun intended) gift for the bath lover in your life. The pastel color palette and whimsical shape make the set a playful touch for a bathroom counter. Nectars bath bomb formula includes kaolin clay, Epsom salt, and skin-nourishing almond oil. The colorful bath products are handmade in Las Vegas and use natural, vegan-friendly ingredients.

Hot baths have many health benefits like stress relief, reduced inflammation, and a better nights sleep. Of course, bath bombs are one way to make a healthy habit even more enticing for your loved one.

If youre shopping for someone who loves their weighted blanket, a weighted sleep mask sounds like a natural progression. The unique design of the Nodpod mask helps block out light and provides deep pressure, similar to a weighted blanket, on your eyes. Theres no strap or Velcro, so it wont be too tight or get stuck in your hair.

Many reviewers found that the Nodpod mask helped them calm down at night and get a restful sleep. Some verified buyers also claimed the sleep mask helped alleviate their headaches.

Aromatherapy has been a longtime natural treatment for stress, and a growing body of research continues to suggest its effectiveness. A 2017 study found that when using lavender essential oil on participants receiving a massage, those receiving the oil reported a 12 percent decrease in stress, while those only receiving a massage noticed just a 3.3 percent decrease.

The Vitruvi stone diffuser dilutes essential oils and disperses them into the air, filling the room with the aroma of your choice. The modern design is sleek and subtle, making it a great addition to a nightstand or countertop.

Opening a book helps readers enter a different world with new perspectives. Reading can help increase empathy, enhance your vocabulary, and even reduce stress. One 2019 study found that recreational reading helped reduce psychological distress in university students during the school year.

Book of the Month takes the guesswork out of picking a specific book to give. The membership, available in plans ranging from 3 to 12 months, ships a new book to the readers house each month. Readers can choose from five books that are vetted by the Book of the Month team, including some early releases for the VIP bookworm in your life.

The line of pendants from Cor has managed to make aromatherapy a wearable companion, and the minimalist style looks effortlessly cool and stylish.

However, these gold and silver pendants are more than just a fashion statement theyre also a covert stress relief tool. The pendant is a vessel for Cor Wicks, the brands essential oil blends that fit inside each pendant. The inserts come in various scents, including a Calm blend with lavender, chamomile, neroli, Rosalina, and linaloe berry.

Over the last year, everyones spending a lot more time inside. Give your night in an upgrade with the Calm Club Big Night In kit.

The curated box includes essentials for curling up on the couch like cozy wool socks, a soy wax candle, and a ceramic mug for your favorite hot beverage. For mindfulness, Calm Club also includes a wooden puzzle to help focus your thoughts. Of course, theres also a sleep mask for when its time to turn in for the night.

This care package is a great hint for workaholic friends who could use a little self-care.

DAVIDsTEA has more than 150 loose-leaf teas to choose from, which can feel overwhelming for shoppers. The sampler features 12 tea leaf blends designed to aid relaxation and sleep. Options include popular chamomile and rooibos, as well as blends like Halo Headache and Lavender Buttercream.

Conscious shoppers may admire the sustainability efforts of DAVIDsTEA. The fair trade-certified brand is allied with the Ethical Tea Partnership, an organization with a mission to make the tea industry more sustainable and fairer for tea farmers, their families, and the environment.

When in doubt, candles are always a good idea. Tucked away in a Brooklyn factory, Apotheke has been hand-pouring candles and bar soap for a decade. Founder Chrissy Fichtl started concocting scents in her kitchen and selling at local flea markets until a West Elm debut put the brand on the map.

Apotheke candles are a minimalist and versatile choice to incorporate into any home, regardless of decor. The Hinoki Lavender candle comes in a chic frosted glass, but the design is the icing on the cake. The earthy scent blends notes of Hinoki cypress, lavender, lotus flower, and sandalwood a soothing fusion that can burn for up to around 70 hours.

Calm is an award-winning app that provides calming techniques, morning stretches, guided meditations, and sleep aids. The app is available for iOS and Android devices as well as desktops and has a 4.8-star average rating in Apples App Store. Among the many tools within the app, users can learn and meditate with the stars.

From meditating with professional basketball player LeBron James to taking a master class in creativity with Elizabeth Gilbert, the membership sprinkles celebrity-led content into the experience. Some sleep stories on the app are narrated by A-listers like Kate Winslet and Harry Styles. Yes, you can give the gift of falling asleep to the sound of Idris Elbas voice.

Plant-lined shelves and hanging pothos plants have taken over Instagram feeds and TikTok videos. With more time at home than ever, garden centers have been teeming with new customers and many reported a huge boom in 2020.

But plants are more than just a pretty thing to sit on the windowsill. Research finds plants are powerful tools to boost positivity and concentration. A 2020 study analyzing the impact of indoor plants in work environments concluded that plants decreased anxiety in employees in a Japanese office.

When buying for a plant newbie, aim for one where a green thumb wont be a prerequisite. The ZZ plant is a hardy piece of greenery that can survive in low light and requires minimal maintenance.

Small habits like keeping a journal can help reduce stress symptoms. The Press Pause journal is chock-full of writing prompts and questions that can help guide writers who are new to journaling. The 52-week journal also includes inspirational stories from writers who share their own journey with mindfulness.

Taking a small portion of the day to jot down goals, reflect on gratitude, and document memories can create a special memento to look back on in the future.

Author and mental health activist Moorea Seal is known for her line of journals that focus on subjects like bravery, togetherness, and happiness. Her book 52 Lists for Calm is teeming with thought-provoking prompts for each week of the year.

The prompts are separated into four sections: Present, Look Back, Move Forward, and Release. Seals journal features images and illustrations designed to spark serenity in users. She also incorporates mindfulness strategies, essays, and quotes meant to help those who are struggling with burnout.

Fine art photographer Gray Malin has traveled the world capturing beauty from a birds eye view. His aerial photos of candy-colored beach umbrellas and crystal blue waters have become his trademark.

Rather than lining the halls of a gallery, Malins work has evolved into a lifestyle brand. His photography is emblazoned on phone cases, coaster sets, postcards, and tote bags.

The artists two-sided puzzle features Hawaiis famed Waikiki Beach on one side and a verdant Kauai coastline on the other. Its the perfect calming tool for a friend who needs to step away from their screen and focus on the moment.

Heating pads can be used for injuries and pain, but their value doesnt have to end there. According to the American Psychological Association, muscle tension is almost a reflex reaction to stress. Chronic stress can make you feel constantly guarded, and when that tension hits the neck and shoulders, it can cause headaches.

Since heat can help loosen muscles, a heating pad can be a handy tool for stress relief. Put a unique spin on the traditional heating pad with this adorable sloth plushie, which can be microwaved or frozen to offer relief.

Are shower steamers the new bath bombs? These essential oil-infused shower steamers are one way to bring your hot showers to the next level. Break off a piece of the Miss Patisserie product and place it on the floor of the shower the scents blend with the hot steam and fill the shower with an aroma designed to soothe.

The package comes with six steamers with essential oils like juniper berry, lemongrass, lavender, eucalyptus, jasmine, and orange. The de-stressing steamers are also cruelty-free and vegan-friendly.

When shopping for a skin care devotee, eye gels can be a nice pick-me-up to add to a regimen. Patchology Moodpatch Chill Mode eye gels have a cooling effect that soothes.

The gels are infused with cannabis seed oil, which contains the anti-inflammatory gamma-linoleic acid to soothe the skin and purports to encourage cell turnover. The products allantoin and rhodiola extract help to calm redness while the reishi and snow mushroom extracts hydrate the under-eye area.

Similar to the time-honored method of using cut cucumbers on your eyes, the eye gels are cool to the touch. The eye gels can help depuff tired eyes in the morning or provide a little indulgence after a long day.

Getting adequate sleep is necessary for a healthy life. A general rule for adults is 7 to 9 hours of sleep, and sacrificing extra Zzzs can have a detrimental effect on wellness. Research shows that 21 percent of adults report feeling more stressed, while 37 percent find themselves feeling fatigued or tired because of stress.

With sleep being such an important part of life, the Hatch Restore can be a helpful aid for loved ones in need of some quality shut-eye. The Hatch Restore is a multi-use relaxation tool that features a sound machine, meditation app, and a sunrise alarm that simulates the morning sun. The device also includes a soft-glow reading light.

Celebrate your friend with a little bubbly no, not that kind. Neom Real Luxury Bath Foam from their Scent to De-Stress line is a fragranced formula that contains lavender, jasmine, and Brazilian rosewood. The effervescent foam also works to soften and soothe the skin with ingredients like coconut oil, aloe, and almond oil.

Neom sells branded gift bags and boxes that may come in handy for those sending gifts long-distance.

Much like adult coloring books, activities that require focus and distract from self-awareness can result in relaxation. Etsy has a stockpile of crafting kits that focus on everything from candle-making to pottery. Embroidery the skill of hand-sewing art onto fabric is a popular craft on Etsys marketplace, where more than 618,000 embroidery kits are available.

Fiber arts like sewing have been incorporated into art therapy programs and explored by researchers. The embroidery trend has also captured consumers: Google Trends shows a 2020 surge in embroidery-curious users searching for ways to start the craft. Etsy seller snugglymonkey has garnered more than 20,000 reviews and provides embroidery hoops, patterns, and supplies for crafters.

Any yogi knows that the best part of a yoga practice is Savasana (aka Corpse Pose). Using a yoga bolster can alleviate pressure on joints and deepen the stretches of certain poses. Bolsters are similar to a pillow but feature a firmer foam that provides lumbar support.

This AJNA yoga bolster is highly rated on Amazon. It has a 4.8-star average rating with more than 2,500 reviewers 88 percent of which gave the pillow 5 stars. As a yoga teacher Id absolutely recommend this bolster, says one Amazon reviewer.

Cozy weekends need their own uniform. Parachutes soft rib robe is made from 100% cotton terry cloth, a material that many reviewers call cuddly. While comfort is key, Parachutes clean design features ribbed lines and side-seam pockets.

Gray and white are two reliable color choices, but the robe is also available in a rustlike clay color like the one on Popsugars list of colors dominating 2021 runways.

In the reviews, 81 percent awarded it between 4 and 5 stars. Warning: You may be tempted to buy the Parachute robe for yourself. I loved this robe so much that in a matter of two days [I] bought one a day for other people. They love their robes too, writes a verified customer.

A flurry of vitamin brands has emerged on the market with an aesthetic of simple design and familiar fonts that have come to symbolize modern wellness. While stress-relieving supplements sound appealing, some brands can cost upwards of $60 for a months supply. Rae Wellness, founded in 2019, has supplements starting at $14.99. Its DeStress capsules have the same ingredients that aim to combat stress at a far more accessible price.

Studies conducted on ingredients like the Ayurvedic herb ashwagandha and Rhodiola rosea have shown some positive findings in stress reduction, though research is developing. The capsules also include L-tyrosine, an amino acid with some promising findings on its link to improved mental function.

Aveda Stress-Fix Composition Oil is an aromatic product that can be used as a body oil, scalp oil, or bath additive. The multiuse product blends certified organic lavender, lavandin, and clary sage scents into its formula. The compositions jojoba and sunflower oils also moisturize and work as antioxidants.

A perk of this Aveda oil is its ability to multitask, making it more than just a one-trick pony of a present. It can be used from head to toe, acting as a pre-shampoo scalp massage oil or a nourishing foot rub for calloused feet. The Aveda website also suggests adding a few drops of oil into the bathtub for a full-body soak.

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When you're a kid, you fear cavities. When you're an adult? Well, clues for cavities are still on your radarbut early sigs of gum disease should be, too.

Youre likely familiar with the concept of gum disease from talking to your dentist, but if youve assumed its an older persons disease, youd be wrong. Gum disease can affect adults of all ages. Even the early signs and symptoms can cause significant discomfort.

Here, a dentist breaks down what to watch out for and how to reduce your risk.

Gum disease, also known as periodontal disease, is caused when plaque (bacteria) builds up between the gums and teeth, says Vera W. L. Tang, DDS, a clinical assistant professor of periodontology and implant dentistry at NYU College of Dentistry.

When the bacteria begin to grow and increase, the gums surrounding the tooth initially become inflamed, [causing] gingivitis, Dr. Tang explains. When left untreated, this inflammation can continue to invade and break down the bone supporting the teeth, causing whats known as periodontitis. This can cause gums to recede or even continue to cause tooth loss.

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According to Dr. Tang, there are a long list of factors that may contribute to early gum disease (gingivitis): diabetes, smoking, aging, genetic predisposition, stress, inadequate nutrition, puberty, hormonal fluctuations, pregnancy, substance abuse, HIV infection, and the use of certain medications.

Research has [also] shown that gum disease may be associated with other systemic diseases, such as diabetes, heart disease, rheumatoid arthritis, low birth weight babies, respiratory diseases, osteoporosis, cancer, and Alzheimers disease, she says.

Gum disease isnt limited to older adults, either. According to data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) on the prevalence of periodontal disease, about one out of two American adults over the age of 30 have periodontal disease.

In adults over the age of 65 years, the prevalence jumps to 70 percent, Dr. Tang says. People with a genetic predisposition, smokers and people with diabetes have a significantly higher risk.

Gum disease is often silent and signs and symptoms may not show up until much later, Dr. Tang says. Still, here's what to watch out for:

The good news is that youre not destined to get gum disease, though prevention is key, Dr. Tang says. Brush and floss your teeth to remove food debris and plaque trapped between your teeth and gums, especially along the gum line, she advises. Mouthwash can help reduce plaque and can remove remaining food particles that brushing and flossing may have missed.

Finally, ask your dentist how often you should make an appointment for a cleaning. While insurance often covers twice yearly cleanings, if you're particularly at risk for periodontal disease, have gingivitis, or have had either condition, your dentist may advise coming in more often. This schedule is important to stick with, as seeing your dentist will catch symptoms sooner (where they're not as severe and can be more easily addressed) a determine if youre dealing with a more serious issue.

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METAIRIE, La. -- In the end, the choice became clear for coach Sean Payton, who named Jameis Winston as the New Orleans Saints' starting quarterback Friday.

Although the battle was close for a while, the 27-year-old Winston arguably offered more upside than the 31-year-old Taysom Hill -- and definitely made a stronger closing argument with his dynamic display Monday night.

Still, the Saints' decision hardly means all questions have been eliminated as they head into a season without Drew Brees for the first time in 16 years.

Here's a look at four questions that stand out most:

It didn't take long to see the element Winston brings to Payton's offense. His first of two deep touchdown passes to receiver Marquez Callaway on Monday traveled 53.3 yards in the air according to NFL Next Gen Stats -- the longest of any Saints TD since 2016.

When asked if Callaway was his first read, Winston's face lit up.

"Absolutely," Winston said. "As soon as I saw the safety cut [toward a shallow receiver], I'm letting it go. I don't like missing those opportunities."

We saw several similar throws from Winston throughout training camp, and we also saw Payton design a 56-yard TD pass from Winston on a trick play in the playoffs last season.

Conversely, we didn't see many of those throws in Brees' later years. In 2020, the Saints threw 29 passes that traveled 20-plus yards beyond the line of scrimmage, according to ESPN Stats & Information -- fewer than any team since 2014.

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Obviously there is more to playing quarterback than arm strength. Brees is Exhibit A. But that doesn't mean Payton isn't excited to add some old tricks back into his playbook from when Brees was routinely throwing for 5,000-plus yards per season.

Almost every time Payton has been asked about Winston over the past two years, he has mentioned his "arm talent" and his leadership as two traits that stand out most. Several Saints receivers have also expressed excitement with knowing Winston might let it loose down the field even if they aren't the first read.

Winston didn't actually rely that much on deep balls during five years with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. According to ESPN Stats & Info, he ranked 16th, 15th, eighth and 14th in the NFL in percentage of passes thrown 20-plus yards from 2015 to 2018. But he ranked second in 2019 at 16% while leading the league with 5,109 passing yards in his first year with aggressive offensive coach Bruce Arians. Of course, Winston also infamously became the first QB to throw at least 30 TD passes and 30 interceptions in that same season.

Therein lies the rub. Winston threw 88 interceptions and lost 23 fumbles in 70 games with the Bucs. The Saints need to make sure he stays on the right side of that risk-reward formula.

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So far, Winston has said and done the right things -- starting with his decision to join the Saints last year to get a "Harvard education in quarterback school" under Payton, Brees and offensive coordinator Pete Carmichael Jr.

Winston said the No. 1 thing he learned from Brees was focusing on making the right decision instead of trying to force big results. And you can count his total number of interceptions on one hand through four weeks of camp, while he has made a habit of checking down to safer throws (he did have a slightly underthrown deep ball picked in the first preseason game, though it bounced out of receiver Lil'Jordan Humphrey's hands).

"Sean Payton told us, 'Jameis will not play the same way he played in Tampa Bay, I assure you of that. I will not allow him to, and our system will not allow him to,'" said ESPN analyst Louis Riddick, who had a pregame chat with Payton as part of the Monday Night Football broadcast.

"The reason why you should be optimistic is simply because, one, Jameis is a good quarterback," Riddick said. "He always has been. He just needed to be better as far as his decision-making is concerned. And that's not always just about him. That may also be a function of the offenses he has played in. The other reason to be optimistic is that he is in a tried-and-true and productive system that has been proven to work."

This is obviously a disappointment for the fifth-year pro, who has always stressed that his goal is to become a starting quarterback, despite his eagerness to help the team in so many other ways as a RB/TE/WR/kick returner/special teams coverage ace.

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Hill went all-in to achieve his goal this offseason, gearing his workouts and practice reps solely toward playing QB. Listed at 6-foot-2, 221 pounds, Hill bulked up a bit in past years to take on some of those extra duties. This year he said he slimmed down to 215 to gain flexibility because "if I'm not going to be blocking defensive ends and backers and safeties and stuff, then I didn't need to carry the extra weight."

Still, it's hard to imagine Hill won't gamely step back into a similar role. Maybe the Saints won't ask him to do as much blocking or special teams work. But they will almost certainly keep designing packages for him as a read-option QB, runner and pass-catcher after he has racked up 613 rushing yards, 332 receiving yards and 16 touchdowns over the past two seasons.

That versatility is a big reason the Saints signed Hill to a two-year, $21 million deal as a restricted free agent in 2020. And you could argue that role is more important than ever since the Saints lost Brees, wide receiver Emmanuel Sanders and tight ends Jared Cook and Josh Hill this offseason -- and top WR Michael Thomas is currently out because of an ankle injury.

As for the future, Hill will be an unrestricted free agent in 2022 and may have to decide whether to keep pursuing QB opportunities elsewhere or potentially embrace his "slash" role on a more permanent basis.

Winston's emergence didn't shake things up much in ESPN's fantasy football rankings. Mike Clay, who produces ESPN's projections, said he already had Winston making 12 starts -- and only bumped that up to 14 because of the risk of a potential QB switch at some point. Clay only moved Winston up to QB 24.

"He can prove to be a fantasy steal," Clay said. "But at the same time, his pass-catchers remain a question mark and he's going to lose occasional snaps to Hill."

Winston's value increased more with analysts Matthew Berry and Field Yates, since both thought Payton might go with Hill to start the season. But neither was ready to make Winston a top-15 QB since he doesn't add much fantasy value through rushing yardage -- and since he could cede snaps to Hill in certain packages.

However, everyone agrees Winston enhances the value of New Orleans' pass-catchers -- especially running back Alvin Kamara, who is safer as the consensus No. 3 overall pick. And Callaway has soared into the top 50 among receivers after his breakout summer.

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Phlebitis is the name for the inflammation of a vein. A vein can inflame if a blood clot is inside it or if something damages the veins walls. Symptoms of phlebitis can include painful lumps beneath the skin and flushing or darkening of the skin.

Phlebitis most commonly occurs in the lower leg. But it may also affect surface veins in the arms, penis, or breasts.

If a blood clot is causing the inflammation, then the condition is called thrombophlebitis.

Thrombophlebitis primarily affects people between 2550 years old, with the average age being around 40 years old. Males are three times more likely than females to experience thrombophlebitis.

In this article, we examine the types and causes of phlebitis. We also look at the potential treatments and possible complications.

There are two main types of phlebitis, known as superficial phlebitis and deep vein thrombosis (DVT).

If a person has superficial phlebitis, the inflamed veins are near to the skins surface. Healthcare professionals may treat this condition, but they do not consider it to be serious. This condition often goes away once the inflammation goes down.

If a blood clot is present, doctors will refer to this as superficial vein thrombosis (SVT).

If a person has DVT, they tend to have inflammation in the larger veins located deeper in the body, usually in the legs.

Blood clots can often cause DVT, which can be severe. These blood clots can break away and travel through the vein into the lungs, which may cause a pulmonary embolism (PE).

A person should contact a doctor if they think they have DVT.

The following are symptoms of superficial phlebitis and deep vein phlebitis.

Symptoms of superficial phlebitis include:

Deep vein phlebitis may occur without the presence of any symptoms. But sometimes, the following symptoms do occur:

The leading two causes of phlebitis are a blood clot inside the vein or damage to the veins walls.

A persons veins may receive damage in several ways. These include:

There is a wide range of factors that can cause a person to develop blood clots. These include:

Some people can treat phlebitis at home with advice from their doctor, but others will need medical treatment.

A person may wish to treat their inflammation with anti-inflammatory drugs such as aspirin or ibuprofen (Advil). But if a doctor prescribes an anticoagulant blood-thinning medicine, a person should avoid taking anti-inflammatory medications unless a doctor advises them to do so.

If phlebitis is present in a persons leg, raising the leg may help reduce swelling. A person could also speak with their doctor about using a compression stocking, which may help reduce swelling.

A doctor may treat deep vein phlebitis with an anticoagulant. These are blood-thinning medications that help prevent blood from clotting.

If a blood clot is present, a doctor may decide that the person should undergo a thrombectomy. A thrombectomy is a surgical procedure that aims to remove a blood clot from a blood vessel.

A surgeon inserts a wire and a catheter into a blood vessel during this procedure, commonly in the groin. They then advance the wire through the blood vessel until they reach the blood clot.

Once they reach the blood clot, a surgeon will use one of several methods to remove it. They may use:

A doctor may also use an inferior vena cava filter. This small device sits in the vena cava, which is a large vein in the body.

This device does not stop blood clots from forming, but allows blood to flow while stopping the clots from moving into the lungs. This device can help prevent a PE from taking place.

A doctor may diagnose phlebitis using a basic examination and knowledge of a persons symptoms. Often, they will not perform any specific tests.

But they may use an ultrasound, a CT scan, or an MRI scan to see if a blood clot is present.

If a person does have a blood clot, a doctor may carry out a blood test to look for certain blood clotting disorders, such as thrombophilia.

DVT is a significant complication of phlebitis. DVT is the presence of a blood clot in the veins, typically in the leg.

Blood clots in the vein can cause phlebitis. The blood clot may move from the vein and travel through the bloodstream to the lungs. Here, it can block the pulmonary artery, resulting in a PE.

Blood clots are a common cause of phlebitis. Many factors can increase a persons chances of developing blood clots, such as:

A person can help prevent blood clots in several ways. These include:

If a person has to sit for long periods, such as when traveling for longer than 4 hours, they could try getting up and walking around every 23 hours and wearing loose-fitting clothing.

They may also wish to exercise their legs while sitting down by:

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Superficial phlebitis often goes away without treatment or any lasting effects.

Deep vein phlebitis can be more severe and requires treatment by a doctor. If a blood clot is causing deep vein phlebitis and the person has DVT, this can be life threatening.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), one-third to one-half of people with DVT will develop long-term complications in the affected limb, such as:

The CDC also states that around one-third of people with DVT will have a reoccurrence within 10 years.

If a person experiences any symptoms of phlebitis, they should contact a doctor. A doctor can determine whether a person has superficial phlebitis or more severe deep vein phlebitis.

If the person has deep vein phlebitis, healthcare professionals will provide treatment immediately.

Phlebitis sometimes displays similar symptoms to another condition called cellulitis.

Phlebitis results from blood clots or damaged veins, and cellulitis is due to a bacterial infection.

Cellulitis affects the deeper layers of the skin and the fat and soft tissue that lies underneath.

Symptoms of cellulitis can resemble phlebitis, such as:

A person with cellulitis may also have skin that looks pitted, similar to orange peel, and may develop blisters on the skin. Some people also develop a fever and chills.

A person can develop cellulitis in various parts of the body. But it is most common on the legs and feet.

As cellulitis is a bacterial infection, doctors treat it with antibiotics.

Phlebitis is the name for the inflammation of a vein. Two causes of phlebitis are blood clots and damage to the veins wall.

Superficial phlebitis and deep vein phlebitis are the two main types of phlebitis. Superficial phlebitis affects veins that are near to the skins surface. Deep vein phlebitis affects veins located deeper in the body.

Symptoms of phlebitis include painful lumps beneath the skin and redness of the skin.

Healthcare professionals do not consider superficial phlebitis to be serious. But deep vein phlebitis can be severe if a blood clot is present, because the blood clot may travel through the bloodstream and cause a PE.

Doctors can treat phlebitis with anticoagulants. They may also wish to carry out a thrombectomy, which is a surgical procedure to remove a blood clot from a vein.

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