Fawcett’s Favorites 1-31-22

Every week I find a few great articles I feel are especially valuable. Following are this week’s best. I hope you find them as useful as I did.

This week’s favorites include the best physician financial blogs of 2022, are you too old to shovel snow at age 45, is coffee bad for your heart, short walks have a big impact on our health, and what to do when the stock market crashes. 

Happy reading!

How does one even start to weed through all the advice on the internet? It is often tough to find what you are looking for. The Motivated MD got me motivated by posting the best physician financial blogs for 2022. I was happy to be on this short list. You will not go wrong by following the blogs listed here. If you need free financial and career advice, you will find what you seek from this list. 

I have noticed that as I age, cardio workouts seem to tax me more every year. Turns out we are not as capable at 60 as we were at 25. Who knew? This article from Yahoo News which originated from USA Today puts some teeth into that thought. Are you too old for shoveling snow discusses a super high cardiac stressor that many unfit older people tackle when they haven’t done any stressful activity in months. They define old as being over 45. So how will they get the driveway cleared if they don’t do it themselves? This is a good time to hire a teenager. Both you and the teen will be happy you did. 

I never drank coffee when I was a younger physician, but then I started drinking it about age 50. When I developed some heart palpitations I went to my doctor to see what was up. He told me to back off on the coffee and then the palpitations went away. So I wondered if coffee was bad for my heart. Then Medscape published the answer in Does Coffee Intake Influence Cardiovascular Outcomes and Mortality Risk. Turns out a coffee a day might keep the doctor away. I feel better now.

When my wife and I were training to walk 450 miles across Spain, I wondered how good walking was for my health. It is not the same as running as I don’t get my heart rate up much when walking, unless I go up hill. Then Popular Science published this article showing that even short walks can have a big impact on health. Looks like my wife and I should get back out and do more walking.

Looking at all the chatter on social media, the stock market must have dropped recently. I only find this out by seeing all the worry warts asking what to do now. I don’t even watch the stock market, even though I have seven figures invested in it. The day to day price fluctuations will not affect any decision making on my part, so I don’t waste time looking. Don’t track things you will not act on.  Budgets are Sexy talks a bit about what you should do when the market goes down. The short answer is to do nothing. You might try some tax loss harvesting, but if all your stocks are in retirement accounts, even that is off the table. 

I hope you enjoy these articles as much as I did. I look forward to updating you again next week with a few more articles I find especially interesting. If you read an especially good article, send me the link so I can share it with others.

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