Since it’s so beautiful in most of the country during this time of year, everyone wants to be outside enjoying the sun and weather. This leads to so much opportunity to get those calories burned without having to hit the gym. However, if you live in places like Arizona, where I grew up, it’s almost too hot to be outside unless you take the right precautions. WATER, WATER, WATER and a few salty snacks will save you!
About a week or so ago I ran one of the half marathons that I have on my calendar, to achieve my goal this year and run 13, 13.1 races in 2013. While I was excited to run with my friend and for the adventure we had in store, I found myself paying a huge price for not taking in to account the weather! I knew it would be warm, but I didn’t realize that I would be running directly in the sun and my body started cramping from dehydration; I was miserable until the sun started to set. By that time it was too late and I had to just barrel through while intaking what I could in water and electrolyte drinks to try and get some hydration back. I actually wasn’t able to fully recover until I snacked on some saltines as well.
Next time you see someone walking and running in different intervals, don’t assume they are a beginner runner. Jeff Galloway’s method recommends run/walk intervals for all runners, even veteran marathoners, because walk breaks speed up recovery and minimize muscle overuse. Walking, when used in alternating intervals, distributes the workload between more muscles. I have found, from personal experience and in working with clients, that this method increases performance, minimizes muscle breakdown over long miles and wards off injury.
This method is highly effective for people just starting to run (even highly active people) because it:
1) Increases cardiovascular stamina, allowing you to exercise for longer than if you were to go out and only run.
2) Builds up your cardiovascular endurance without injury or discouragement.
3) Allows your body, especially your joints, to acclimate to your new endeavor.
Most people would consider losing 70 pounds to be a once in a lifetime accomplishment, but Angela VanBuskirk had to do it twice. After losing 100 pounds with the help of a personal trainer, Angela’s efforts were stymied by an aggressive bone tumor in her leg. Now, she’s 70 pounds lighter and determined to finish her fifth half-marathon in three hours or less.
Angela’s true weight loss story is the result of patience, determination and “admitting the struggle.” For her, the struggle took years to overcome and included heartbreaking setbacks.
One of my favorite books is The Blue Zones: Lessons for Living Longer from the People Who’ve Lived the Longest. Author Dan Buettner looks at areas in the world, dubbed Blue Zones, with large populations of people who live past 100.
He’s taken their life lessons to create The Power 9. These nine habits create a “blueprint” to living a longer and healthier life. The interesting thing is none of the people he studied consciously followed these Power 9 or set a goal to live to be 100. They just did. Their lifestyles and communities were set up to make long life possible.
Would you say the same of yours?
My community is working on it. We are working on taking the Power 9 principles and making Springfield, MO a healthier place to live. There are a lot of exciting ideas floating around, especially after Buettner’s visit to our fair city this month. In his presentations, he gave us examples of work in other towns (and almost the entire state of Iowa) using the Power 9 to create an environment that supports overall healthy and longevity.
Do you want to make your community a healthier place to live? Here are great ways to get started from his talk: Read Full Post >
At DietsInReview, we take pride in being your premiere lifestyle website. Whether we’re whipping up a healthy recipe or trying out a new piece of exercise gear, our goal is to make sure we’re providing all the information you need to make your life the best it can be. That’s why we’re introducing you to the newest fitness craze, “Prancercise.”
Wait. What? In case you missed it, Joanna Rohrback, prancing pioneer, released a video of the the “fitness workout” she created way back in 1989. She became an instant YouTube darling, and as of today, has just shy of 4 million views. Inspired by horses, Prancercise is a “springy, rhythmic way of moving forward, similar to a horse’s gait.”Ankle and wrist weightsare used intermittently to increase resistance. The basic moves include the “Prancercise walk” the “Prancercise trot” and by the time Joanna busts out the “Prancercise gallop,” look out ’cause that little filly is really on the move.
Rohrback, a 61-year-old social worker from Coral Springs, Florida, says she’s “flabbergasted” by all the attention and even appeared on the Today Show plaza where she coaxed Natalie Morales to trot around in three-inch heels. Read Full Post >