How Musician Michael Franti Got Into the Best Shape of His Life at 54

You know the saying: Old habits die hard. For musician and filmmaker Michael Franti, those habits finally caught up with him in March 2019 when he stepped on the scale and saw 240 pounds. But he had some serious doubts about overcoming them. After all, he’d been living this way for decades—touring on the road, working 18-hour days, sleeping four hours a night (if he was lucky), and using sugar as a crutch to boost waning energy levels.

Unsurprisingly, he felt exhausted most days. Other than practicing yoga a couple times a week, he says the only other exercise he got was trying to burn as many calories as possible running around on stage every night. After most shows, he’d usually eat half a pizza and wash it down with margaritas before crashing in the tour bus bed.

And while this way of

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Set social distance boundaries | Health Beat

If you’re still uncomfortable with physical interactions, encourage virtual visits with grandparents and loved ones. (For Spectrum Health Beat)

As businesses across the country begin reopening amid the COVID-19 pandemic, individual understandings of safe practices will differ widely.

That’s because we all have different definitions of comfort and safety.

Now is as good a time as any to set healthy boundaries with friends and family who may try to push your limits on social distancing, said Lyndsay Volpe-Bertram, PsyD, section chief for psychology at Spectrum Health.

Even as communities across the country reopen and bars and restaurants open their doors, it’s still advisable to practice proper social distancing and wear a mask out in public.

The dynamics of this pandemic have been different for everyone.

Some have come to feel safer spending time at home and it may be difficult to think about returning to work. Others have

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Good beans | Health Beat

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