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Two Reasons to Exercise While You’re Pregnant…

19 Apr

According to a study published in the American Journal of Obstetrics & Gynecology, researchers contacted 39 0f 52 women who were participants in a study 20 years ago that examined their exercise habits before, during, and after their pregnancies.  The follow-up found that moms who exercised through their pregnancy weighed less and were at a lower risk of cardiovascular disease than women who stopped exercising when they became pregnant.
Another reason to keep moving if you’re a mama to be!

(via Rodale, photo courtesy of ABC News)

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Boston!

18 Apr

In honor of the Boston Marathon today Fitbe lets us in on the secret (and maybe a little weird) pre-race rituals of some of the best runners.  Here are a few of the highlights:

Bill Rodgers, four time winner of both the Boston & New York City marathon, wore a snoopy hat. 

Ryan Hall, US 1/2 marathon and 12k record holder, shaves his face, head, and legs before a race.

Molly Huddle, US 5k record holder, eats a peanut butter and jelly sandwich on the morning of the race and does butt kicks and high knees. 

Do you have a pre-race/game ritual?  Care to share? I’d love to know!

(via Fitbe & Photo Run)

Grandma Runs 27 Marathons in 27 Days!

7 Apr

Running Grandma

I can’t believe I’m just now hearing about this! 

Meet Rosie Swale Pope, a 63 year old british grandmother who completed 27 fundraising marathons in 27 days in May 2010!  Rosie ran the marathons to raise money for the Ty Hafan children’s hospice in Cardiff and Helen & Douglas House in Oxford.

If you think thats inspiring, listen to this – this isn’t the first time Rosie has run for a good cause.  In 2003 she embarked on a 5 year journey to run around the world to raise awareness for prostate cancer after it claimed the life of her husband.  She ran 20,000 miles on that trek!

So inspiring!  Come on, doesn’t reading this make you want to suck it up and keep going for another mile or two?

(via Fox Sports)

Dogs are Battling the Bulge Too!

25 Mar

Dogs are overweight too

The research is in and it doesn’t look good for man’s best friend.  Recent studies show that up to 40% of the dogs in the US are overweight.  Just like their human counterparts, the excess weight can put them at risk for health problems.

The good news?  Studies also show that people who exercise with their dogs are more likely to stick with their fitness routine.  Exercises you can do with your dog include brisk walking, hiking, jogging, playing frisbee, and even doga (yep, yoga for your dog).

(via WebMD)

How to Spend Smart & Live Longer

22 Mar

There are a few things that money can’t buy.  Unfortunately, one of those things isn’t health.  Self magazine gives us 5 smart health investments:

Black Raspberries – At $5 per 1/2 pint these are pricey but worth every penny when you consider how they may protect against certain cancers and help stabilize your blood sugar.

Massage – A recent study in the Journal of Alternative and Complementary Medicine shows that Swedish massage therapy lowers stress hormones and can increase your immunity.

Bike It – A 2010 study in Environmental Health Perspectives shows that riding a bicycle on a regular basis could add up to 14 months to your life expectancy.

Take a Vacation – The Marshfield Clinic found that women who took a vacation two or more times per year were less likely to be depressed and had happier marriages than those women who only took one vacation every 2 years.

Good Tennis Shoes – Support and protect your joints with a good tennis shoe.  You’re feet will thank you later.

You can read the whole story, as well as tips on how to pay for these items, here.

(via Yahoo!)

Yoga for Runners!

21 Mar

Kimberly Fowler, founder of Yoga for Athletes and yoga guru for the LA Marathon, created a special video yoga series just for runners.  The series is designed to lengthen and stretch shortened hamstrings and open up tight hips.  In case you can’t watch the video, here are a few of the poses she recommends:

Forward Bend Pose (Hold for at least 30 seconds)

HOW TO:

  • Bring your legs together with feet touching; sit up tall take a deep breath.
  • On your exhale hinge forward from your hips and try to grab your toes. If you can’t reach your toes, use a rolled-up towel around the arches of your feet to reach forward.
  • Keep your back flat.

 

Seated Tree Pose (Hold for at least 30 seconds)

HOW TO:

  • Sit up straight like you did in forward bend and bring the bottom of your right foot to the inside of your left thigh. Let your right knee fall open towards the floor.
  • Take a deep breath in and on your exhale hinge forward from your waist and try to grab your left foot. If you can’t reach your foot than use your towel.
  • As your hip opens up, your knee will start to fall to the mat. Repeat on other side.

Cobblers Pose (Hold for at least 30 seconds)

HOW TO:

  • Bring the soles of feet together with knees wide apart. Sit up tall, take a deep breath in and on your exhale hinge forward from your waist. Try to bring your “nose towards your toes.” Don’t worry if your nose can’t touch your toes at this point.
  • If this is an easy pose for you, walk your hands out in front of you for a deeper stretch. If your knees are way up in the air, move your feet a little further from your body.

Reclining Pigeon Pose (Hold for at least 1 minute on each side)

HOW TO:

  • From Cobblers pose, bring your knees together then roll down onto your mat. Hug your knees into your chest and then bring your right foot on top of your left thigh. Your left foot is lifted off the ground.
  • Lace your hands around the front of your left shin and bring your left knee towards your chest. Try to hold this pose for at least 1 minute. Repeat on the other side.

Corpse Pose (Relax for 30 seconds)

HOW TO:

  • Lie flat on your back, arms out by your sides with palms up. Take one deep breath in through your nose and let it out through your mouth.
  • On your next exhale, let every muscle go. Just relax into your mat. Stay here a minute or two if you can.
  • From here, roll onto your side and come up to a seated position.

 

(Photo’s & pose instructions via iyogalife)

 

It’s all that Good Clean Living

18 Mar

The US life expectancy has risen to an all-time high of 78 years!  Babies born in 2009 can expect to live to age 78.2.  Experts attribute the increase to better medical treatment, vaccination campaigns and public health measures against smoking.

(photo courtesy of texascollaborative.org)

Get Your Run On

18 Mar

Amy Dixon has shared this fantabalous beginning running program with Women’s Health.

First time runner?  Hated high school gym and always lied stretched the truth a teensy bit about how many laps you actually completed?  Not a problem.  This is a great program to get your run on.

I really like this program because it starts off with very little running until you have a chance to build up your endurance.  It’s a lot easier to wrap your mind around alternating between running and walking every other minute than running for 5 or 10 minutes straight.

Here’s the plan below:

(Photo courtesy of amydixonfitness.com)

Why I’m a Fitness Junke…

15 Mar

There are a couple of reasons why I consider myself to be a Fitness Junke.  I thought I’d share, because I’m nice like that.

And the most important reason that I’m a Fitness Junke is……….

Yep, those are the two most important reasons.  I want to be around for a looooong time for them.

 

Why are you Fitness Junke?

This is HUGE!

15 Mar

 

A new study suggests that the breast cancer drug Tamoxifen can protect against the disease for a decade after treatment ends and saves an estimated $47,580 in health care costs per 1000 women treated.  This is such good news!

Speaking of breast cancer, teams all across the country are gearing up the Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure.  Find you’re local event here.

 

(Photo courtesy of pragmites.com)