Friday, November 28, 2014
To prolong the life of your shoes, keep multiple pairs in your closet, each for a different terrain or activity. Don't take walks in your running shoes or lift weights in your trail-runners. Switching shoes this way may also help guard against overuse injury.
Pay attention to how your shoes feel when you put them on. "When your shoes start feeling 'flat'...it's time for a new pair." says podiatrist and distance runner Jamie Mieras. Make sure to get fitted with a shoe that is correct for you. Different brands run narrow or wide. Some have more cushioning in the heel or the ball of the foot. You may need a specialty insert to customize the shoe for your foot. A comfortable shoe is essential to motivate consistent workouts. You won't get out there if your feet hurt!
Choose a specialty running shoe store. The staff will custom-fit you according to the activity you enjoy and frequency of your workout. They will take into account any pain or fit issues you've had in the past and will choose some styles for you to try on. The staffer will watch you walk, run or jump and help you decide on the right shoe for you.
Give yourself a healthy gift this Christmas or ask Santa to put a new pair of workout shoes under the tree this year!
Friday, November 21, 2014
Anger, resentment and sadness elicit the production of stress hormones which are known to harm the cardiovascular system. These feelings stimulate the release of pro-inflammatory chemicals called cytokines. Widespread inflammation is the basis for the development of heart disease, as well as chronic pain, cancers and depression.
Gratitude, forgiveness and love increase the production of beneficial chemicals, like serotonin, which result in a sense of well-being and can ease inflammation, allowing for a stronger, healthier heart. There is new evidence to show that thankfulness can improve blood flow to the heart as well as positively affect a portion of your DNA, the telomeres, that help you live longer.
Everyone experiences negative feelings but what you do when they crop up is up to you. Choosing to let go of the negative thoughts is a pro-active way to be rewarded with happiness and improved physical health. Don't worry if appreciating the goodness of life doesn't come naturally to you. The more you try to be grateful, the easier it will become.
You can journal your grateful thoughts, announce them to your co-workers and share them with your children. Make a game of it with your family, finding one thing to be thankful for each day. The result can be a healthier heart and body and a happier mindset.
Friday, November 14, 2014
In a post-party experiment, researchers covered half of the leftover food with clear plastic wrap and half they covered with foil. Within two days, all the leftovers in see-through wrappings were gone, while most of the food in opaque wrappings were still there <10 days later. The good news is this works as well for carrot sticks as it does for cookies. If you can easily see them, you'll eat more of them. So the healthier a food is, the clearer the packaging should be.
Think ahead to Thanksgiving. Choose to arrange healthy appetizers in easy-to-see places. You can still choose a treat or two (I love Brie!) but make healthy choices accessible. Prepare a few low-fat, high fiber side dishes to accompany the traditional dishes. Make it easy to choose well.
Think ahead to post-Thanksgiving leftovers. Do you want second helpings of green bean casserole and pecan pie? Perhaps one serving on the special day is enough. Dispose of leftovers, give them away or freeze them to have at a balanced meal later in the month. If you can't see it, it will be less tempting.
Display the good stuff, hide the "bad" stuff and enjoy success this Thanksgiving while you Enjoy Your Food!
Tuesday, November 11, 2014
The Turkey Trot is a great Burbank community day with people from all areas of city life coming together to get their sweat on before sitting down to dinner. It's fun to see so many friends gathered for the event. John and I will be power walking the 5K course. Don't miss my turkey feather headband!
See you there! Pre-register today to save $5 at http://www.burbankymca.org/turkeyTrot.php