MOUNTAIN VIEW, CA — Google, the makers of the Nest™ thermostat that totally does not track your every movement and thought, has partnered with climate activist Greta Thunberg to make a thermostat that scowls at you when you attempt to turn the heat up.
The Greta Thunberg Thermostat™ also emits an audible, “How dare you” if it hears you emit dangerous methane into the atmosphere in the form of a fart.
The Greta Thunberg Thermostat™ is predicted to fly off the shelves of stores that are currently unable to carry less important items like baby formula and children’s vitamins. Popular features of the new thermostat sure to be a hit among climate-informed users include:
A backlit screen that displays the names of people who will probably die because you bumped it from 63º to 64º in mid-January.
Emits a loud siren if you leave the front door open for more than three seconds.
Reports you to the United Nations Climate Police if it feels like you might be thinking about turning on a lamp.
Smiles at you when you turn the heat down, but it still looks like a scowl.
At publishing time, stores had begun stocking a new PETA Frying Pan™ that screams bloody murder if you use it to cook meat.
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Heard of the phrase: range of motion? This term, which is often shortened to ROM, refers to how much joint and muscle movement you have.
How much flexibility you have in your joints will differ from person to person, with one study conducted by the CDC (opens in new tab) revealing that your ROM can be influenced by your gender, age and lifestyle. If you’re trying to improve your ROM, massages, stretching and using some of the best foam rollers can help you work towards increasing your overall flexibility.
Along with helping you complete daily tasks, like bending down to tie your shoe, your ROM can also help to reduce the feeling of joint stiffness, improve muscular function and help you live a better quality of life.
So, to discover how to increase your ROM we decoded the science and spoke to certified fitness trainer Nicole Thompson from the American Council on Exercise (opens in new tab) (ACE) and Helen O’Leary, physiotherapist and Pilates instructor at Complete Pilates (opens in new tab).
What does range of motion mean?
Thompson says: “Range of motion can be defined as ‘the number of degrees through which an articulation will allow one of its segments to move’.”
But to help understand this term a little more, Thompson recommends thinking about the meaning of flexibility, as the two concepts are closely related. “Flexibility is the ‘ability to move joints through their normal full ranges of motion’,” Thompson tells us. “So typically, the more flexible you are, the better your range of motion. Essentially, ROM is a reflection of flexibility.”
How do you know whether you have a good ROM? “There is an ideal length of muscle fiber in which the muscle will function optimally,” Thompson says. “However, if the fibers are too short (or sometimes too long) that can cause stiffness in the muscle and therefore limit the range of motion a joint will have. If the muscle fibers are at an optimal length and have enough elasticity, the muscles will allow the joint to move to optimal degrees.”
Nicole Thompson is an ACE Certified Personal Trainer, Medical Exercise Specialist, Group Fitness Instructor, and Health Coach as well as an ACE Senior Fitness Specialist and Fitness Nutrition Specialist. She holds an M.A. in Sport and Performance Psychology and studied Fitness Instruction/Exercise Science at the University of California, San Diego. Her love of health, fitness, and learning landed her at the American Council on Exercise in 2015 where she continues to cultivate those passions.
Why is range of motion important?
As we’ve seen, maintaining good flexibility is super important, especially as we age. And the best flexibility exercises can help you stay on top of your ROM.
As Thompson explains: “Range of motion is the result of flexibility. And flexibility is an essential component of fitness and one’s ability to perform activities of daily living. A flexibility routine can help improve ROM, reduce stiffness and injury, improve muscular function and can even improve your mood.”
But not staying on top of your flexibility can lead to health and wellbeing problems later down the line. Thompson tells us: “If there are muscle imbalances, as a result of altered muscles lengths/length-tension relationships around the joint, that alters the joint mechanics, which result in postural misalignments, faulty loading, and ultimately pain, injury, and/or compensation.”
How can you improve your range of motion?
1. Massage can help with your range of movement
If done consistently and by a professional, massages can help increase your ROM. Thompson says: “Massage can help relax muscles by increasing blood flow to muscles, decreasing knots (which are believed to be inflammation or microtrauma to muscle fibers that can restrict ROM), and can help fascia be more pliable. Fascia is a connective tissue that covers all the body’s compartments like a web.”
And research backs this point up. The Journal of Physical Therapy Science (opens in new tab) published a study which looked into the effect of massage therapy on the range of motion of the shoulder and concluded that massage therapy ‘significantly improved the shoulder range of motion, especially the flexion and abduction’. While a second review, published in Frontiers in Physiology (opens in new tab), concurred, stating that even with just 15 minutes of massage some increases in ROM were spotted.
2. Use of a foam roller
Foam rollers are a form of self-myofascial release technique and can be adopted as part of a warm up or recovery program.
According to one review published in Frontiers in Physiology (opens in new tab), foam rollers can also be used to ‘increase your ROM’ by performing simple back and forth movements over the roller to ‘exert mechanical pressures on soft tissues via the weight of the body (or the force of the upper limbs)’.
And Thompson agrees, adding: “Myofascial release, whether done by foam rolling or massage, attempts to relieve tension and thus improve flexibility.”
3. Drinking more water
We all know that drinking water is important to our overall health. But it’s believed that guzzling down some H2o can also work towards increasing your ROM.
“Since water is present and needed in tendons, ligaments, and muscles — proper hydration can help optimize muscle performance,” Thompson says. “Water can also help lubricate joints and tissues so they can be more elastic.”
In fact, a study published in the Journal of Human Kinetics (opens in new tab) revealed that collagen fibers are influenced by hydration levels and might be responsible for the cause of stiffness.
Thompson adds: “Conversely, it’s common to get muscle cramps (involuntary contracting/shortening of the muscle) when you are dehydrated. Muscle cramps usually indicate to endurance athletes that they need water and electrolytes. Which further supports the idea of water contributing to muscle pliability.”
Wondering where to start when it comes to your stretches? O’Leary recommends adding the below to your routine to hit different areas of your body.
Helen O’Leary is a chartered physiotherapist and Pilates instructor/director of Complete Pilates (opens in new tab) in London. She graduated from Birmingham University in 2008 and in 2010 completed her Polestar Pilates Rehabilitation course and began to teach both mat and equipment Pilates. At Complete, O’Leary works with clients before and immediately after surgery to optimize their recovery.
Bouncing roll down. This will help you touch your toes easier. O’Leary says: “Roll down towards the floor and let your arms hang, accepting that you probably aren’t touching the floor. Let one knee bend and keep the other straight to reach towards the floor. Lift your body up a little, switch knees and bounce back down again. Keep repeating 10 times before letting yourself hand and slowly coming back up. Try to keep the bounce smooth and not force anything.”
Cat cow. This will stretch out your spine. O’Leary explains: “Get on all fours, tuck your tailbone under and allow your spine to arch towards the ceiling. Press into your hands to encourage your mid back to lift as well. From your tailbone, open your sit bones and let your spine go the other way into extension. try to keep pressing into your hands so that you don’t sag between them and lift your chest up and towards the ceiling. Keep your gaze somewhere in front of you so that you aren’t overextending your neck.
Banded dislocations. This stretch will tackle your shoulders and chest. O’Leary adds: “Hold onto the ends of a long band. The longer or lighter the band the easier the movement will be. Take your hands up in front of you, pull apart and then go towards the ceiling and back behind you. Reverse the movement bringing them back up towards the ceiling and down in front of you. The more you pull apart the more you are likely to get round so make sure you find a place that is a challenge but possible without you bending your elbows.”
This article is for informational purposes only and is not meant to offer medical advice.
Becks is a freelance journalist and writer writing for a range of titles including Stylist, The Independent and LiveScience covering lifestyle topics such as health and fitness, homes and food. She also ghostwrites for a number of Physiotherapists and Osteopaths. When she’s not reading or writing, you’ll find her in the gym, learning new techniques and perfecting her form.
Audrey Noble, Freelance Writer By Audrey Noble Updated September 28, 2022
Getting strong, healthy nails—and getting them fast—is surprisingly simple.
The goal of getting strong and healthy nails is more attainable than you might think. If you’re experiencing slow nail growth or dealing with brittle, easily broken nails, learning how to grow them faster is likely important to you. As it turns out, there are things—some within our control, others not—that prevent speedy nail growth. Marisa Garshick, MD, a board-certified dermatologist at MDCS Dermatology, says to consider the following factors when it comes to how fast (or slow) your nails are growing: physical stress on the body (such as an illness, virus, or surgery), dietary changes, vitamin deficiencies, and certain medications are all part of the equation and could cause some sort of trauma to our nail beds, hindering quick nail growth.
“It is important to remember that nails grow slowly, about 3 millimeters per month,” says Dr. Garshick. “[It] can take up to six months for a fingernail to grow in.”
Luckily, there are easy ways to combat slow nail growth. Dr. Garshick and Jeannette Graf, MD, a board-certified dermatologist and assistant clinical professor of dermatology at Mount Sinai School of Medicine, break down how to grow nails faster.
Eat a Well-Balanced Diet
Both Dr. Garshick and Dr. Graf agree that eating a well-balanced diet is key to getting nails to grow faster. Dr. Garshick says that eating a healthy diet ensures your body gets the proper amount of vitamins to maintain nail growth. These vitamins include zinc, biotin, folate, and protein. To get those vitamins and build that healthy diet, Dr. Graf says to include foods like fresh fruits and vegetables, lean proteins, carbohydrates, and healthy fats.
Stop Biting Your Nails
This an obvious—and we admit, difficult—habit to break, but if you want nails to grow faster, Dr. Garshick says you have to avoid biting them. She explains that trauma to cuticles with biting and other habits like picking, cutting, pushing, and trimming leads to frequent injury and sometimes inflammation. All of these factors slow down nail growth.
Of course, it’s easier said than done. The American Academy of Dermatology Association lists some ways to help you gradually wean off this habit. Some tips include applying bitter-tasting nail polish—a great option is Orly’s No Bite ($12.99, ulta.com)—and identifying triggers that cause you to bite your fingers in the first place.
Try a Biotin Supplement
Dr. Graf says taking biotin will help promote nail growth. Though limited, there are studies showing that biotin supplements promote overall nail health. If you’re interested in taking biotin, Dr. Garshick recommends seeing your doctor before taking any supplement; your primary care physician will best determine if you need any additional supplements or vitamins in your diet.
If you’re noticing changes to your nails that concern you, seek professional help. Dr. Garshick says nail changes can represent different conditions, so you want to be sure you’re treating it properly. For that reason, she says to go to a dermatologist if you’re worried. “[They] are trained in the different nail changes and can help identify what may be the root cause,” she says.
The fire department’s surveillance camera caught the moment on video as the golden retriever excitedly, her tail wagging rapidly, goes to the front door and opens it to the relief of the man stuck outside in the dark.
After opening the door, the first responder greets the dog with lots of attention and love.
Madeline Buiano, Staff Writer at Martha Stewart By Madeline Buiano
These nostalgic hot tools have officially made a comeback. Here, several stylists explain how to use them to get these popular, volume-boosting looks.
As a child, you likely watched your mom or grandmother using hot rollers to achieve more volume or re-create a look they saw on the red carpet. Now, the hair tools have made their way back into the mainstream, and thus into your beauty cabinet. But, despite being extremely popular, rollers can be daunting to use. What size is best for you? What direction do you roll them in? Where on your head should you place them?
While these questions are all valid, using hot rollers doesn’t have to be a high maintenance task—in fact, they’re designed not to be. “Hot rollers offer us the opportunity to get voluminous curls in such an effortless way,” says Brittany Secrest, an Irresistible Me Hairstylist Partner and the owner of Hair Daze Salon in San Diego, Calif. “Who wouldn’t want to be able to curl their hair while doing their makeup or other tasks? It’s so simple, yet it looks so chic and unique.”
In addition to being great for multitasking, hot rollers also affords you the opportunity to try out different styles. From a blowout and beach waves to tight curls and big ringlets, the looks you can achieve with hot rollers are endless—once you know how to wield them, that is.
How to Set Up Your Rollers
Like a curling iron or hair straightener, hot rollers require very little maintenance to set up. “The best thing about hot rollers is the ease. You plug them in and within a few minutes, they are ready to use,” says Jamie Wiley, Global Artistic Director at Pureology.
Most sets have a light indicator that will let you know when the rollers are ready to use (they typically take about two to three minutes to warm up), but be sure to reference the manufacturer’s recommendations first, as every product is a little different. “Place them back in their case when finished. It’s that simple,” Wiley says.
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How to Section Your Hair
Sectioning your hair correctly will make the entire process of styling your hair with hot rollers easier and more organized. “General rule of thumb: Make sure the sections you are taking are the same width as the rollers you are using,” says Secrest. After making each section, secure the hair in place with a clip until you’re ready to roll.
Make a section at the top of your head in a rectangle form, like a mohawk. The section should start at your hairline and travel back just below the crown of your head.
Then make another section on the left and right sides of your head, from the mohawk down to the ear.
The final section is dedicated to the hair at the back of your head; this was left out when sectioning the top and sides of your hair.
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How to Use Hot Rollers for a Blowout
Giving yourself a salon-quality blowout at home is easier than it seems, especially if you have hot rollers in your arsenal. Wiley recommends starting with the mohawk section of your hair first, as this is what sits over everything and what you see the most. “Setting this first will allow the top to process longer, creating a stronger curl and ultimate hold later on,” she says.
Rolling the Top Section of Hair
On clean, dry hair, use a rat tail comb to create a part that runs parallel to your hairline and is 1 ½ to 2 inches wide.
Starting at the bottom of your hair where the ends are, place the largest sized roller on top of the hair and roll it backwards away from your face until it’s about 2 centimeters from your scalp.
Now, move on to the back section of your head, just below the crown. Taking about 2 inches of hair at a time, place the rollers underneath your hair at the ends and roll toward the nape of your neck. There should be about two more large rollers placed here.
At the very nape of your neck, split the remaining hair into two sections—the left side and right side of your nape. Using one small to medium-sized roller on each side, place the roller underneath your hair at the end and roll each section of hair down toward the nape of your neck. Secure each roller in place with a clamp.
Rolling the Side Sections of Hair
Finish with the left and right sides of your head. Section each side into two smaller sections, parting the hair diagonally. Using two small to medium-sized rollers on each side, place the rollers under and roll downwards away from your face.
Secure all the rollers with a clamp and let them sit for 25 to 30 minutes before removing.
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How to Use Hot Rollers for Big Ringlets
According to Secrest, hot rollers were made for big ringlet curls. Start by sectioning your hair as you did above, then follow the same step-by-step process outlined for achieving a blowout look. Use the largest rollers in your set around your entire head, taking up 2 to 4 inches of hair as you go.
The only difference between this look and the blowout (besides hot roller size) is that instead of rolling the hair at the nape of your neck into two separate, medium-sized rollers, you should roll those strands into just one large roller. McKnight says to spray each section with holding spray before applying the other rollers to your hair.
Secure each piece in place with a clamp. “Once complete, let rollers sit for 20 to 25 mins and then remove the hot curlers gently, allowing ringlets to drop,” says McKnight.
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How to Use Hot Rollers for Beach Waves
To achieve beautiful, loose waves, McKnight says you’ll need to decrease your roller size. “For example, if you normally use a large-sized roller of 1 3/4 inches you’ll need to step down to a medium sized roller of 1 1/2 inches,” she says.
Rolling the Top Section of Hair
Starting on clean, dry hair, section your hair following the steps outlined above. Use a rat tail comb to part the mohawk section of your hair down the middle.
Take a small section from the area closest to your central parting. Starting at approximately the halfway point of your hair shaft, McKnight says to begin wrapping hair around the hot roller in the same way you would if using a wand curler.
Once you’ve wrapped the hair strand around the roller and reached your ends, begin rolling the roller downward away from your face as you go.
Repeat on both sides of your part until the top section of your hair is completely rolled.
Rolling the Side Sections of Hair
Repeat the steps outlined for rolling the top section of hair on both the left and right sides of your head.
Rolling the Back Section of Hair
Finally, move on to the back section of hair. Without parting your hair, take a small section of hair at a time and roll it the same way you did in the previous sections.
Secure all the rollers with a clamp and let them sit for 15 to 20 minutes and then gently remove.
Credit: Caitlin-Marie Miner Ong
How to Use Hot Rollers for Tight Curls
To achieve tight curls, you’ll want to use the smallest rollers available in your set. McKnight recommends using 0.75 inch to 1-inch sized rollers.
For this look, Secrest says to repeat the steps you followed for beach waves, but with smaller rollers and smaller sections of hair—taking up about 1 or 2 inches at a time. Secure all the rollers with a clamp and allow them to sit for 30 to 35 minutes.
These old-school hair tools impart lasting volume and big, bouncy curls.
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As the saying goes, there’s nothing new under the sun—and that is certainly true for hot rollers. They have been used for decades to boost volume and create glamorous curls, but like many “old-school” beauty trends, TikTok has given them a resurgence. There are a myriad of reasons why hot rollers have made a comeback, and one of them is versatility. Whitney Eaddy, a celebrity hairstylist and the founder of Juices & Botanics, explains that these styling tools are suitable for virtually all hair types, textures, and patterns. “It’s really about finding the right roller that best suits your hair,” Eaddy notes. StyleSeat hairstylist Kamara Brown agrees and adds that preparing your strands—before introducing rollers into the mix—will ultimately lead to the best result. Ahead, we explain exactly how to use hot rollers and share several expert-approved sets you can purchase right now.
According to Eaddy, it’s best to begin with a smooth, blown-out base; those with textured hair or tighter waves or curls, on the other hand, should get strands into a straightened state. From there, part your hair exactly how you’re going to wear it. “This makes it so much easier to achieve your desired style without moving the hot rollers,” she says. Brown adds that it’s more difficult to create a part once you add heat to hair—so be sure to do this first.
Next, apply a heat-protective serum or spray. “Like with any other hot tool, it is easy to experience damage with hot rollers,” Eaddy explains. Then, it’s time to roll up your strands. Grab a roller and, holding it vertically (doing so results in soft, loose curls, notes Eaddy), roll your hair in the direction you want your waves to fall. Your desired result should inform their placement: The looser the curl, the higher up you’ll need to position the rollers.
How to Set Your Curls
It’s critical to let the hot rollers sit for 15 to 20 minutes, allowing the pieces to fully cool while they are in your hair sets that wave in place. Before you finish with a hairspray, Eaddy suggests pinning the curls with single-prong clips if your hair is still a touch warm post-roller removal. This will further set the look and lead to a longer-lasting style. Now that you know how to use hot rollers, you’re likely interested in a brand-new set (the one from your teens probably isn’t up to the task). Ahead, we asked Eaddy and Brown to share the best hot rollers on the market—discover their picks below, and you’ll quickly realize that today’s models have made major strides.
“This T3 set is probably the most luxurious one on the market,” says Eaddy. Made with the brand’s HeatCore technology, the base distributes heat evenly via two temperature settings (opt for the lower one if your hair is fine—it’s gentler on your scalp). The set comes with eight rollers in two sizes; each one has cool grips, so you don’t have to worry about burning your fingers as you place them in your hair.
According to Eaddy, the BaBylissPro Nano Titanium Hot Rollers work well on fine hair. And with six rollers in three different sizes (that’s 18 pieces total!), you’ll be able to create a myriad of looks. Best of all, each roller has a velvet finish, which ultimately adds volume to finer strands, she explains.
This set boasts 20 rollers and clocks in under $20, making it the ultimate budget option. Brown particularly enjoys this model because the rollers come with coordinating rods, and everything can be organized into a convenient carrying case. You also get three different roller sizes—small, medium, and large—which create a mix of curl patterns. Without a doubt, this is the best value set out there.
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