Decorating Ideas

Coming up with decorating ideas is the first — and maybe the most important — step in remodeling your home. While you may have a sense of the style you want for each room of your house, it’s difficult to determine what types of furnishings or materials to use in achieving your goal.
Fortunately, we’ve compiled a number of decorating ideas for home’s interior, including the kitchen, dining room, bedroom, bathroom, home office, and auxiliary spaces such as the entranceway, hallways, and attic. We also have ideas for outdoor living spaces such as the deck and patio. And if you have kids, you’ll want to see our articles on decorating for infants, toddlers, children and teens. The links below will take you to decorating ideas that will inspire your own creative designs. You just may end up with the home of your dreams!
Cabin Decorating IdeasThe history of cabin decor embraces many styles, from enchanting Early American and clean-lined Shaker to ornate Victorian and understated Arts & Crafts. Discover how to transform your log cabin into a cozy retreat.
Country Decorating IdeasCountry decorating is a natural fit for today’s busy lifestyles. It’s casual and comfortable, just what we long for at the end of the day. Learn how to create a living space that is intelligent, organic, and sometimes off-beat.
Modern Decor IdeasIf you’re a city dweller, you thrive on the excitement only an urban environment can provide. At the same time, you need a serene refuge from the busy city. Find out how to accommodate both needs with a style that’s all your own.
Kitchen Decorating IdeasA work?able, pleasing kitchen boosts the sale price of a home. Consider the decorating ideas in this article to give your kitchen a new look. Find out how to add bold color, wood detail, and more.
Bathroom Decorating IdeasBathrooms require adequate light, good ventilation, plenty of storage, and fittings and fixtures that are both practical and attractive. Use our decorating tips to help you put together the perfect bathroom for your home.
Bedroom Decorating Ideas
Bedrooms aren’t just a place to sleep — they serve as a relaxing retreat from the day’s hectic events. See the decorating ideas in this article and transform your bedroom into an island getaway, a Parisian retreat, a casual comfort zone, and more.
Kids Bathroom Decorating Ideas
If you’re designing a bathroom just for kids, you can go a little wild. While you may want to keep costly installed materials fairly neutral, you can paint the walls a bright, lively color — it’s an inexpensive way to make a splash. The same goes for towels and non-slip bath rugs. You’ll also want to purchase a sturdy, low step-stool and shatterproof acrylic or plastic accessories. Find more kids bathroom decorating ideas in this article.
Teen Bedroom Decorating Ideas
Redecorating can be a fun project you and your teen can share. If you both come to an agreement on major items like the bed and desk, the rest of your budget can be spent on colorful wall paint and fun, funky accessories such as beanbag chairs. Find more wild (and economical) ways to help your teen express his or her individuality in this article.
Toddler Bedroom Decorating Ideas
Decorating for little ones who are past the baby stage but not quite school-age can be challenging but fun. Safety should come first, so walk through your child’s room at his or her eye-level to get an idea of what you’ll need to create a safe place for your child. After that, you can move on to the fun stuff. Storybook themes are fun, and posters with acrylic frames are an easy way to indulge your child’s passing fancies. Find more practical toddler bedroom decorating ideas in this article.
Kids Bedroom Decorating Ideas
Children between the ages of 6 and 11 are busy discovering the world around them, so decorating their bedroom can be an adventure. At this stage, a grade-schooler will want to have input into his or her room. If the two of you clash on the issue of color, a compromise is to buy smaller furniture and accessories in the hue desired by your child. Kids at this age have hobbies that are part of their self-definition, so reinforce those that are positive. Learn more useful ideas in this article.
Dining Room Decorating Ideas
Create a separate, formal dining room or a comfortable dining area in another room with these dining room decorating ideas. We’ll show you how to design a glamorous, modern, traditional, or romantic dining area.
Home Office Decorating Ideas
A successful home business starts with a well-designed home office. Learn how to decorate your home office to include natural light, adequate storage, functional details, and more.
Decorating Auxiliary Home Spaces
A home’s entranceway, hallway, mudroom, and attic are often overlooked when it comes to decorating. But these spaces and their styling are essential to the overall beauty of your home. Use this article’s decorating advice to spruce up the neglected areas of your home.
Playroom Decorating Ideas
A “real” playroom can make all the difference in your home. It gives the kids a place to play during the cold winter months when outdoor activity is limited, and it provides a space the kids can let loose — and you won’t have to worry about your fine furniture. Wherever you locate the playroom, you’ll want lighting that’s protected from the occasional football toss; easy-care flooring; and comfortable, movable, easy-to-clean furnishings. Find more ideas for creating a fun playroom in this article.
Safety Tips for Decorating Kids Rooms
Safety is an important issue when decorating your child¡¯s room. Therefore, you should examine furniture, toys, paints, and fabrics before using them to decorate. Even the placement of your child¡¯s bed in relation to the doorway is a decision in which safety comes into play. Get safety tips, ideas, advice, and more in this article.
Baby Nursery Decorating Ideas
Your precious infant’s nursery will become a special place for you and your child. You will be spending a lot of time there, so make it a place where you’ll both be comfortable. In addition to a crib and a changing table that meet modern safety standards, you’ll want a comfortable chair where you can cuddle or rock your newborn. Learn more about making baby’s nursery a special place.
Window Treatment Ideas
Window treatments are more than a decorating decision — they also serve a functional purpose. Curtains, shades, blinds, shutters — or any combination of these window dressings — admit or block sunlight and provide privacy. From flowing curtains to matchstick shades, find the perfect window treatments to decorate your home.
Deck Ideas
An attractive, functional outdoor living area can be one of the finest features of a home, enhancing its appearance, increasing its livability, and bringing pleasure to those who use the space. Find a wide sampling of deck styles to serve as inspiration for developing and planning outdoor living spaces.
Patio Ideas
A good patio can become a travel-free substitute for a weekend getaway. Find a multitude of patio ideas in this article, whether you’re planning an all-new addition to the yard or just sprucing up the space you’ve got.

What It’s Like to Come Out As a Transgender Bodybuilder

Former Marine. World champion powerlifter. Father to three sons. And transgender. Janae Marie Kroczaleski, formerly known as Matt ¡°Kroc¡± Kroczaleski, gives a raw and honest look into her life today.
On July 27, 2015, the life of record-setting powerlifter and former Marine Matt ¡°Kroc¡± Kroczaleski turned upside down. A strength-sports gossip vlogger had publicly outed Matt as a transgender woman.
Rather than hiding from controversy, Kroczaleski confirmed the news on social media and granted interviews to media outlets like TMZ and Inside Edition.
His secret a secret no longer, Matt legally changed his name to Janae Marie Kroczaleski. The weeks and months following her untimely outing were difficult, but today she is thriving ¡ª a supportive parent of three teenage sons, a pharmacist working in southern Michigan and a strong figure in the female weightlifting community.
Janae gives LIVESTRONG.COM a raw and honest look at her life today ¡ª and the long path that led her here.
Stephanie Molnar for LIVESTRONG.COM: Janae, you were outed recently ¡ª last year in fact. But when did you know you were transgender?
Janae: At 5 or 6 years old. Of course, I didn¡¯t know what transgender meant, but I knew I had these feelings of wanting or needing to be female.
Early on, I also knew I was very passionate about strength training. To want to be big and strong and also female ¡ª those two feelings were very challenging when I was an adolescent in the early ¡¯80s. There was no Internet and very little literature about transgender people. Even when I started college, the literature that was available was written by people who were outside of the community.
I grew up feeling alone, like something was wrong with me ¡ª like a square peg in a world of round holes.
You were publicly outed by a video blogger in the powerlifting world. At this point, without certain legal protections in place, outing a trans person can have a very detrimental impact on how they make a living. How has it changed your life professionally?
I was out for three years [at the pharmacy], but I wasn¡¯t out publicly or to the fan base. I was out to one of my main sponsors but not the biggest one, Muscle Tech, and that was something I had discussed with my former athlete¡¯s rep. I didn¡¯t feel like I was hiding anything, but at the same time I figured it was probably best to play it safe unless it was brought up.
Muscle Tech actually found out that I was transgender in April, several months before the YouTube video was posted. The athlete’s rep contacted me and said they were given some pictures of me and I knew right away where he was going with it. I said that, yes, it¡¯s true: I¡¯m transgender. He said they¡¯d have to have a meeting, and would call me Wednesday to let me know what they decided.
They made a decision to drop me. It was a surprise, especially since I¡¯d been with them almost eight years, and they had always said how happy they were with me. I had been told at times that I was the best athlete they¡¯d ever worked with. For them to just drop me like that when nothing had changed…. I wasn¡¯t planning on coming out, and wasn¡¯t out to the fan base.
But I realized it was a business decision, and even though I think it was discriminatory and a poor one, I don’t have any hard feelings toward them. They did honor the time left on my contract, but they immediately pulled all my ads from the website and magazines and canceled all my appearances.
It hurt to be dropped just for being transgender, and financially it was difficult to lose the income, but to be honest it was also somewhat of a relief: one less thing to force me to keep this a secret.
How did you cope?
I always loved sports, and I was naturally competitive. I also found girls attractive. So I just started doing the things society says are normal for boys. I was a jock. I did pretty well in football. I wrestled and played baseball.
I was serious about weightlifting by the time I was 12. I had a lot of insecurities, so lifting was a way to lose myself. People have a hard time believing it now, but I was actually small and skinny with a baby face; I was bullied in junior high.
To be honest, [being transgender] has never been out of my consciousness for even five minutes my whole life. And I grew up Catholic, so there was a lot of guilt and shame that came along with it. It¡¯s hard to be angry at the core of your being about who you think you are.
When was the first time you told someone you felt different?
I never said a word about it to anyone until I was 23.
In the Marines, a few of my buddies sensed there was something different about me. Even though I found women attractive, dating relationships were always very difficult. I was always an alpha male and a leader ¡ª someone who had to be top dog. But when it came to relationships I was very uncomfortable in the male role. It took a long time until I could put two and two together, and it was confusing and frustrating.
I grew up feeling alone, like something was wrong with me ¡ª like a square peg in a world of round holes.
Today, you describe yourself as gender-fluid or nonbinary. How do you describe that?
It means I don¡¯t fit neatly into our male-female system. A lot of trans girls say they feel like a woman trapped in a male body. I can¡¯t say I¡¯ve ever felt that way. I liked being big and strong. There are things about being a guy that I enjoy. As I said, if you put me in a room full of powerlifters or Marines, I am the alpha. But how can the alpha male also be the girly girl in our society?
I enjoy dressing how I want, and the days I¡¯m feeling really girly, I dress that way. Most days now I might look a little more androgynous. Even when I¡¯m in ¡°guy mode,¡± though, you¡¯ll rarely see me without my nails painted.
Has your fitness routine changed?
Well, after I was outed and it was finally time to transition, I tried giving up lifting and started training for a triathlon. I dropped from 270 to 200 pounds, and then I kind of had this realization that I didn¡¯t want to be that small. I missed being big and strong, and I was burned out on the dieting.
I really enjoy strength training and it’s a big part of who I am as well. I¡¯ve probably gained back about 35 pounds of muscle and some of my strength has returned. I¡¯m taking it one day at a time, and I can¡¯t tell you where I¡¯ll end up.
What was it like when you were first accepted as a woman?
When I was down around 200 pounds, people just assumed I was a female weightlifter. Even just a few weeks back, I took my son shopping. One girl said, ¡°I love your arms! I want to look like you.¡± I was wearing training clothes and a hoodie that worked with my physique. I remember thinking, ¡°I¡¯m not sure you really want to look like me!¡±
How do people treat you differently when you present female versus when you present male?
When I¡¯m accepted as female, no one really thinks anything of it. It¡¯s very comfortable. But it does make it easier in some cases to still be able to switch back and forth ¡ª because it¡¯s very real that men and women are treated differently.
When you¡¯re big and muscular, men respect it and women like it. Let¡¯s face it: You get treated with favor in a lot of ways. You get a certain degree of leeway that makes life easier. Women are not always treated respectfully ¡ª especially trans girls.
Living my life gives me a great perspective on being female, being masculine and misogyny. One example: I have a ¡¯67 Camaro that I love. I¡¯ve always been into muscle cars. But if you¡¯re a woman who enjoys doing car stuff, you¡¯re always asked if it¡¯s your boyfriend¡¯s or dad¡¯s car. It’s just one of the many ways in which women are treated as inferior in our patriarchal society.
It¡¯s very real that men and women are treated differently.
At first, it was hard when I couldn¡¯t pass [be read or perceived by others as one¡¯s presented gender]. I didn¡¯t look good as a woman. I was elated to be able to go out in public dressed the way I wanted, but I learned very quickly how it felt to be treated as a third-class citizen. It was sobering.
I was even followed to my car one night leaving a club. Nothing happened. I was so muscular at the time that they guys that followed me didn¡¯t try anything. But it opened my eyes to the fact that I¡¯m more of a target now. Being muscular most of my life, being a target was the last thing I worried about! I had to learn what most girls learn very young ¡ª to be more conscious of my surroundings and not to go anywhere at night alone.
How has being outed affected your relationships?
Well, I had been out for about 10 years to most of my friends, some of the powerlifting world elite and my family. The first three months of that I thought for sure I¡¯d lose friends. I mean, when your friends are ex-Marines and powerlifters, you figure they are the worst people to come out to.
It turned out to be the opposite. I haven¡¯t lost any friends. Everyone has been really supportive. Although one of the guys I came out to by phone thought I was pulling a prank. He called half a dozen of our friends and figured we were all in on it. So most of my friends took it well.
Everyone expected me to be perfect. It made me feel like I was hiding some huge flaw.
With my family it was harder. My mom and dad took it hard, and to some extent they still do. I am very close to my two younger brothers. We¡¯re all close. But having the success I did competing athletically and doing presidential security ¡ª it¡¯s not exactly rags-to-riches, but since I grew up in a trailer on and off welfare, people kind of put you on a pedestal. It¡¯s like, ¡°Oh, he can do anything.¡±
Everyone expected me to be perfect. It made me feel like I was hiding some huge flaw. I didn¡¯t want to disappoint everyone. I didn¡¯t want to shatter the image they relied on.
Has it changed how you relate to your sons?
I am really close with all three of my boys, and they¡¯ve known that I was trans since they were 2, 4 and 6. They¡¯re 14, 16 and 18 this summer. So knowing this about their father is no big deal to them. Whether I transition full-time or not, it¡¯s not going to change our relationship.
We still do the things we¡¯ve always done when they stay with me. We lift weights, we play Frisbee. They call me Dad. Sometimes they call me Mom. It doesn¡¯t matter.
They call me Dad. Sometimes they call me Mom. It doesn¡¯t matter.
Actually, they¡¯ll say I¡¯m the best parent ever because I¡¯m a mom and a dad. I think they recognize I¡¯m a lot closer to them than a lot of their friends¡¯ fathers are. I¡¯m a lot more affectionate and open about feelings and emotions. I think it¡¯s allowed me to build a closer bond with them than most fathers can because of this premise of ¡°guys don¡¯t do that.¡± I really think that¡¯s had a positive effect.
A lot of waiting to transition has had to do with my sons. I didn¡¯t want them to face discrimination at school. So, currently, I don¡¯t go to any of their events as Janae. When I¡¯m at their stuff, I want them focusing on their game or meet, not having to worry about how I¡¯m being treated. ¡°Where¡¯s your dad?¡± ¡°Oh, he¡¯s the one up there in the pink dress!¡±
Everyone at their school knows, and nothing has changed. Though it might be different to show up as 240 pounds of muscle dressed very feminine in an environment where people might be more apt to treat you poorly.
So you still navigate the world in both genders?
Yes. Maybe in four years, when my youngest graduates, I will feel a lot stronger and completely ready to let go of the guy side. Maybe going back and forth will be something I always do. Neither would surprise me.
A little more than 10 years ago, when I first started exploring this part of me ¡ª it was like I realized I really didn¡¯t know myself. I spent so many years constructing the person everyone wanted me to be. I really didn¡¯t know if who I was [at the time] was real or some fake person I had created.
I came to realize that the lifting and competitiveness was part of me, but that there was so much I was repressing. In some ways, I was playing a role and overdid the macho thing in the Marines. My natural disposition was probably more like the total jock girl who has a very girly side.
Also, while I¡¯m nowhere near as big or strong as I was before, I¡¯m always going to be far more muscular than the average person. Even though at 43 my best days athletically are behind me, people still assume I¡¯m 30-ish. I¡¯ll take that and run with it!
How exactly were you finally outed?
There was a guy I don¡¯t even know ¡ª a YouTube gossip kind of thing for strength sports ¡ª and somehow he found out. With me being so open at work and on Instagram and Facebook, I guess it could have happened any day. But he made a short video of Matt¡¯s Instagram and Janae¡¯s Instagram and said, ¡°This the same person!¡±
I didn’t feel it was done in a real malicious manner but he certainly didn’t have my or my family’s best interests in mind when he outed me. The news went viral quickly and in a matter of hours my life turned upside down.
I think he posted at 11 a.m. and by 1 p.m. I had interview requests from TMZ and Inside Edition. My email and phone were flooded with requests for radio shows and podcasts.
I figured if it¡¯s going to be out there, then I¡¯m going to tell my story and not let other people tell it for me. I got on my social-media accounts and said the rumors are true: I¡¯m transgender, and I¡¯m going to be completely open and honest about this. (Ed. note: Below, Janae’s first Facebook post after being outed.)
There has obviously been a great deal of gossip, rumors and questions about me the past few days. To put them to rest:…
How did the strength community react?
I did get mixed reactions. The good thing about having had some success in powerlifting was that I was being used to being in the public discussion: People would talk on forums and tear me down. It helped me prepare for some of the really ignorant comments that came through. One guy¡¯s private message was simply, ¡°Go to hell.¡±
I had a large following as the toughest, most intense lifter, known for overcoming injuries and cutting more weight than anyone. I had torn numerous muscles in my body and been through testicular cancer ¡ª an ex-Marine Rambo-type that could overcome anything. A lot of people felt that I had destroyed their hero, the image of who they thought I was.
A lot of people felt that I had destroyed their hero, the image of who they thought I was.
One of my sponsors, Dave Tate [CEO of], who I told years before had said, ¡°You know, a lot of guys who have your poster on their walls are homophobic. I wonder what they¡¯d think if they knew you were trans?¡± We used to laugh about the irony in that.
So there was definitely backlash. But there was also more support than I could have ever expected.
What was the biggest surprise as far as that support?
The real surprise that made me feel really good was the female lifting community. I didn¡¯t know how they would respond. I was afraid they were going to look at me like I was an intruder in their territory or protest against the possibility of me competing as woman.
When I went down to the Arnold Schwarzenegger Sports Festival in Columbus in March of this year [2016] it was a great experience and I met so many supportive women. I knew my friends in the lifting community would be supportive, but the support of the women who I didn’t know really surprised me.
It was the first year I wasn¡¯t a competing or sponsored athlete working in the booths and signing autographs. I went as Janae and was simply accepted as a female lifter. There were so many of us in town, and I was just another lifter girl.
The female lifting community has been so supportive. They have welcomed me with open arms. Some of them are my really close girlfriends now ¡ª girlfriends of guys I used to compete with. One, Gracie, is my total BFF. We totally go on Skype and do our makeup.
Female powerlifters and bodybuilders can relate to me in a lot of ways. They want to be strong and muscular too, and they sometimes face the same type of discrimination that they don¡¯t look ¡°enough¡± like a woman. They have their femininity questioned the same way I do, and share the same passion for strength training I do. Trying to balance strength training and femininity ¡ª we have so much in common.
They¡¯ve helped me learn that fearlessness and strength are not male or female traits. Lots of women are fearless. I see that and can better reconcile myself with who I am, breaking down stereotypes and barriers.
Fearlessness and strength are not male or female traits. Lots of women are fearless.
You¡¯ve mentioned that there have been dark times.
I did go through some really dark times. I contemplated suicide. My boys are reason enough that I would never go through with that. But there definitely were dark days.
Everything felt hopeless, especially after my first marriage ended, when I started really dealing with this for the first time. I was 270 pounds of muscle with a masculine face. I didn¡¯t look feminine at all. I didn¡¯t see a successful transition in my future. I thought, ¡°I am going to struggle, and I am going to be alone.¡± Eventually, though, I worked my way through it a day at a time.
There are still days here and there. I have days where I still worry about how this will all turn out for me. But it¡¯s usually just a day or even a few hours. And it¡¯s less about who I am and more about relationships: How am I going to find someone who is going to be attracted to and really connected with me, as complex as I am?
Well I, for one, think that you¡¯ll find that person. I¡¯ll keep sending positive energy your direction for relationship happiness!
Thank you. You know, I spent so many years fighting who I am. I think we all try to be ¡°normal¡± in the self we present to the world. But often that¡¯s not our true selves. And I think that applies to a lot of people everywhere, not just trans people. I think so many people hide a large part of who they are for fear of rejection or ridicule, and if we all felt truly free to be ourselves we would find that being different is actually what’s normal.
I think we all try to be ¡°normal¡± in the self we present to the world. But often that¡¯s not our true selves.
So right now I don¡¯t really fit into any of the boxes society tries to put us in regarding gender or sexuality. I think it¡¯s going to take a unique partner to find me attractive ¡ª whether that¡¯s a woman, a man or someone like me.
I’ve always been powerfully attracted to women and so far, I haven¡¯t felt a connection with a man like that; but if that were to happen I would be open to it. These days I am much less concerned about “what” someone is and am more interested in who they are.
If I think something is going to make me happy, I have no problem following the adventure. It¡¯s never boring, that for sure! It¡¯s a continuous adventure on a daily basis, and that¡¯s the part ¡ª as hard as the last year has been sometimes ¡ª that makes it interesting.
How has Janae’s story inspired you? What encourages you most about her journey? Do you feel like you’re living an authentic life? Tell us your story in the comments, and check out to learn more about transgender topics.

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the coach is steal steal learn. if the present nothing important, you have to stop in the past, dig. why am i yourself and frank and free the wonderful heading „unbekanntes… “and call her grandpa tells the war „anderntags elsewhere.” i like such schmaltzy title, a little to rosamunde pilcher recall and christa wolf. or michael. it could be heading „ranzige, greasy butter “. you could also paint the whole introduction. you could also go for a walk rather than to write a blog entry. you may also get to the point.
30. october 1963, em training. 42000 oranje fans waiting in rotterdam, the netherlands, the more serious the neighbours from luxembourg properly beating. the round was 1: 1, a slip, nothing more. after ninety minutes was a certain mr camille dimmer, with its two gates of the dutch rausgekegelt and the cheapest pun of the luxembourg fußballgeschichte justified.
germany was not there, because „em is stupid “(mutatis mutandis herberger and beautiful), one should concentrate on the world cup. neither were the cypriots because, well, the deadline miss.
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Amos Alonzo Stagg

Amos Alonzo Stagg was one of the most important figures in the development of football into a great national game. And even though Walter Camp was responsible for the rules that changed football from a rugby-soccer derivative into a uniquely American sport, Stagg — in his long career as player, coach, innovator, spokesman, and conscience of the game — may have done more to popularize it.
Stagg (1862-1965) first achieved prominence as a baseball player at Yale, pitching the Elis to perennial Big Three (Yale, Harvard, and Princeton) championships. He turned down a baseball contract offered by the New York Giants to enter Yale Divinity School, but believing he was a poor public speaker, he entered the YMCA Training School at Springfield, Massachusetts.
As a football player, he was named an end on the first All-American team in 1889. He coached the Springfield football team and also took part in the first basketball game, aiding Dr. James Naismith in that sport’s creation.
In 1892, Stagg became football coach at the University of Chicago, where he remained until mandatory retirement at age 70 forced him to leave in 1932.
His Chicago teams, though nearly always outmanned, won seven Western Conference titles and had four undefeated seasons.
Much of his success stemmed from his hundreds of innovations — everything from the invention of the tackling dummy to the Statue of Liberty play. He also served on the NCAA Rules Committee. Painfully honest, his unquestioned integrity made him the leading spokesman for college football during this period.
After leaving Chicago, Stagg became head coach at College of Pacific. In 1943, at age 81, he was voted national Coach of the Year when little COP registered seven wins over major teams.
He resigned after the 1946 season but continued as an assistant for 12 more years, first at Susquehanna University under one of his sons and finally at Stockton J.C. In 57 years as a head coach, he compiled a record of 314-199-35.
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Orzo with Spinach and Red Pepper

Orzo with Spinach and Red Pepper
Orzo is a pasta that looks like tiny, slightly flattened footballs about the size of plump rice grains. Alphabet or tiny bead-shaped pasta are good substitutes if no orzo is available.
Makes 6 servings
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Running After Having Your Wisdom Teeth Pulled

Wisdom teeth appear between the ages of 16 to 20 and are extracted if they come in crooked or don’t fully emerge. Often, wisdom teeth will come in straight and your dentist will recommend they come out anyway to leave room for the rest of the teeth as you age. Exercise and running after wisdom tooth extraction should be taken in the context of how difficult the procedure is; some patients can resume exercise very quickly.
Non-impacted wisdom teeth are easier to extract; often the patient is under local anesthesia only. You may experience considerable bleeding or have stitches or packing where the tooth or teeth were removed. Since between one and four wisdom teeth may be extracted, follow the instructions of your dentist on the time to return to exercise, generally when bleeding has stopped after one or two days.
Impacted, or partially erupted, wisdom teeth may require oral surgery under general or twilight anesthesia. Because the anesthesia can linger in your body for more than 48 hours post-surgery, you may have even worse swelling a day or two after the extractions. If you take pain medication and anti-inflammatory drugs, you need to rest at home until your pain and inflammation subside. Do not exercise until your oral surgeon clears you.
The most important factor in running after wisdom tooth extraction is a gradual return to exercise. Since the procedure is scheduled well in advance, you will have time to plan an easy running week after having your teeth pulled. Start your workout with a warmup phase — for example, jogging 1/4 mile around the track. Make sure your running posture is upright, and do not clench your jaw. Then pick up your pace and run a mile or two, depending on your condition. Cool down by jogging slowly or walking.
After a week or two you should be able to resume your regular running workouts. Always incorporate good habits such as warming up, drinking plenty of water and sports drinks if it is hot, cooling down and stretching for 5 to 10 minutes after your run. Keep your abs and back strong by working the core, as it will minimize stress on your lower back, neck, and jaw.

Lance Alworth

Lance Alworth was the “prize catch” of the young American Football League when, in 1962, he signed with the San Diego Chargers instead of the NFL’s San Francisco 49ers.
Al Davis, then a Chargers assistant coach, signed Alworth. “Lance was one of maybe three players in my lifetime,” he said, “who had what I would call ‘it.’ You could see right away he was going to be special.”
Alworth (born 1940) was a much-heralded All-American halfback from the University of Arkansas.
A three-year starter, he gained 1,257 yards rushing, caught 38 passes for 666 yards, returned 51 punts for 690 yards, and brought back 31 kickoffs for 740 yards. To say he was versatile would have been an understatement.
He became known as “Bambi” in the pros, a nickname he disliked. Teammate Charlie Flowers gave him the name his first day in training camp.
“I looked like a kid of about 15,” Alworth explained. “I had real short hair and brown eyes. Charlie said I looked like a deer when I ran.”
During his nine years with the Chargers, the deer-like receiver averaged more than 50 catches and 1,000 yards per season. An All-AFL choice and an AFL All-Star Game performer seven straight years, Alworth literally filled the AFL record book with his amazing feats.
Lance played for the Chargers through the 1970 season before switching to the Dallas Cowboys for the final two campaigns of his brilliant career. In 11 pro seasons, he caught 542 passes for 10,266 yards and 85 touchdowns. He caught at least one pass in every AFL game he played, including a then-pro-record 96 straight.
Alworth, more than any other player, epitomized the wide-open style of offense featured in the AFL. His patented leaping catches and blazing after-the-catch runs are legendary. It was only fitting that in 1978 he became the first AFL player to be elected to the Pro Football Hall of Fame.

What Is the Age Limit to Play in Olympic Soccer Teams?

Although the the International Federation of Football Association considered decreasing the current age limit for men’s Olympic soccer tournaments to 21, the regulating agency decided not to change the guidelines after pressure from the International Olympic Committee. The newly established Youth Olympic games provide additional opportunities for soccer athletes who don’t yet meet the minimum age requirements for the traditional Olympic games.
The International Federation of Football Association, or FIFA, establishes and regulates the guidelines for Olympic soccer teams. Men must be 23 years of age or younger to compete, with the exception that three team members may be over the age limit. FIFA takes a more liberal philosophy with the women’s Olympic tournament, imposing no age restrictions for participation. As a general guideline, the minimum age for participation in Olympic competition is 16, unless a particular sport’s regulating agency specifies a different minimum.
Olympic soccer teams consist of 18 players, including two goal keepers, with an exception for teams that play all qualifying matches at one venue. In the latter case, qualifying teams may register 20 players, including nine substitutes. To prove eligibility, players must present a valid passport that indicates the month, day and year of birth, as well as an official birth certificate.
The inaugural Youth Olympic Games were held in Singapore in August, 2010. The youth games host competitions in the same 26 sports as the traditional Olympic games. Although the youth Olympic games are generally open to boys and girls 14 to 18 years of age, FIFA imposes a different age restriction for soccer participation, making the tournaments open strictly to 15-year-olds.
Soccer, called football in Olympic competition, was an exhibition sport in Athens in 1896 at the first modern Olympic games. Men’s soccer officially entered the Olympic games as a full medal sport in London in 1908. The 1992 Barcelona Olympic Games were the first Olympic soccer tournaments that allowed professional players to participate, and also marks the first games played with the current age restriction. The women’s soccer tournament debuted in Atlanta in 1996.

10 Healthy Fall Foods

As the temperature begins to cool, kids go back to school and college football seems just around the corner. You know what’s coming: fall.
Summer gets a lot of attention for roadside farmers’ stands selling everything from tomatoes to cucumbers to watermelons. True, a lot of healthy and tasty foods are harvested in the summer.
But what about the fall? This season doesn’t disappoint, either.
There are so many fresh fruits and vegetables that come with the fall that it can be hard to narrow down which ones are best for you. But in this article, we’ll look at 10 of the healthiest fall fares.
You’ll want to consider a number of factors when evaluating whether a food is healthy, and opinions on different items are as varied as the foods themselves.
To help, nutritionist Dr. Joel Furhman created a scale called the Aggregate Nutrition Density Index, or ANDI. The ANDI scale ranges from 1 to 1,000 — the latter being the rank for the most nutrient-dense foods available. The scores are based on nutrient density by calories, not serving sizes [source: Held].
Some grocers, like Whole Foods, have adopted the ANDI score to help consumers make healthy choices. But as in any system, a right balance is needed in food choices (for instance, olive oil is only a 9 but is a heart-healthy food that has many benefits), so use the scoring system with other information [source: Whole Foods Market].
Some of the items on our list have high ANDI scores; others have lower ones. But each one has some great property that makes it a health-food choice for eating well in the fall.