Why Your Hands Fall Asleep—and What to Do about It


The perfect at-home date night—you’ve ordered the cheesiest pizza within a 10-mile radius (so the restaurant will still deliver, of course), you’ve got your favorite movie on, and now you’re kicked back on the couch with your arm around your sweetheart. It’s all blissful until your partner starts to nod off, trapping your arm and leading to the dreaded pins and needles. Do you dare move your arm and risk waking up your sleeping beauty, or do you stick it out and push through the tingling? (more…)

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How to Protect Your Hands When You Love Home Improvement Projects


Don’t you just love weekends? From sleeping in on Saturday morning to sharing pizza and wings over your team’s football game, weekends are the perfect opportunity to do as much or as little as you please. For many, this includes projects around the house, like finally hanging up those pictures on the wall or surprising your kids with a playset you assembled yourself. Whether you love to work on home improvement projects or they’re simply items on your honey-do list, we’ve compiled some tips to keep you happily hammering away instead of nursing an injured hand from a project gone wrong.  (more…)

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The History of Opposable Thumbs and Their Benefits


On Monday, October 9th, we celebrate Columbus Day. Regardless of your feelings towards the federal holiday, its purpose is to celebrate the explorer’s achievements as well as Italian-American heritage. In the spirit of a focus on the past, we turn our attention to the history of opposable thumbs and the benefits they provide. Most of us take for granted the fact that we are one of the few animals that have opposable thumbs. Without these “tools” so to speak, life would be much, much different for us all. (more…)

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All You Need to Know about the Top 4 Swimming Strokes


Do you have aspirations to become the next Michael Phelps or Katie Ledecky? Even if Olympic gold medals aren’t your primary pursuit, swimming is a great workout and stress reliever. While there are several types of swimming strokes, we’ll give you a rundown on how to do the big four: (1) freestyle; (2) backstroke; (3) breaststroke; and (4) butterfly. Other notable strokes include the doggy paddle, the sidestroke, and the elementary backstroke. If you need some added motivation to dive into swimming, Family Health & Fitness Day USA will be taking place on September 30th. The event promotes family involvement in physical activity. Why not take the whole family to the pool for a couple of laps or the beach…

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5 Finger Foods That Will Be the Hit of Any Fall Party


The first day of fall is tomorrow, September 22nd, and Houstonians everywhere are rejoicing. Fall means a nice, cool break from the dog days of summer, football games with friends and family, and all things pumpkin-flavored. Whether you’re hosting a tailgate party before your team plays or a festive get-together to celebrate the fall season, these five delicious finger-food recipes are perfect for any soirée. (And let’s face it, any food you can eat with your hands is the best kind of food.) (more…)

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Are Typing and Wrist Pain Connected?


In our digital world, it’s likely you’ll spend at least some portion of the day typing on a computer, even if that’s not necessarily in your job description. Whether you’re typing up client briefs or commenting on your friends’ Facebook posts, learning how to type properly is key for helping prevent wrist and forearm pain.  (more…)

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How to Shred Guitar and Not Your Hands


The rock-and-roll lifestyle can put years on your life, but what often gets overlooked is the impact it has on your hands and wrists. Intense use for hours on end can really wear joints and muscles down. After years and years of playing, you could end up dreading that minute-long solo you’ve been working on for months. It’s important to make sure you protect and take care of your hands and wrists, so you can keep playing today’s music until it’s on the oldies channel. (more…)

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How to Ergonomically Enhance Your Office


Whether you’ve got a corner office with a view, a cozy cubicle, or simply a desk in a communal area, you’ve likely adorned your workspace with individualized elements to make it a little more you. A few picture frames here and there, maybe a nice lamp or a vase of flowers, and an over-the-door basketball hoop might be among the pieces of self-expression you’ve added to your personal cave. There are a few items you can add to your office that you might not have thought of—items that can help you avoid those aches and pains that often come from hunching over the computer all day. Check out our list of four items you can use to ergonomically enhance your…

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Sleight of Hand: 3 Easy Magic Tricks


Abracadabra, hocus pocus, alakazam! Break out your favorite magician catchphrase—you’re going to need it after reading this guide of 3 easy sleight-of-hand magic tricks. It’s amazing to see what types of magic tricks your hands are capable of! Check out our list and tell us your favorite magic trick.      (more…)

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All You Need to Know about Sculpting


Tuesday was National Relaxation Day. This national day is a reminder to take time out of your busy schedule to relax and recuperate. Everyone needs a little R&R to stay fresh! While hobbies such as watching TV or reading a book are common ways to unwind, consider taking things up a notch with an activity that makes good use of your hands—sculpting. Even if you haven’t been blessed with loads of artistic talent, sculpting is definitely a skill that can be improved upon with practice. Sketch Your Idea If you don’t want your masterpiece to look like it was created by a baby, some preparation is needed. Before you even consider busting out the clay, sketch your design on a piece…

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