Food for Sore Muscles

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Tart cherries were not particularly on my radar until one day, several years ago,  I read how they have pain reducing properties. Since then, they have become a staple to be tossed in with the rest of my salad. Knowing how food can react in our bodies is very beneficial. If you train hard and endure sore muscles from time-to-time, you might appreciate this list of 9 Home Remedies For Sore Muscles by Runtastic.  Most of the suggestions are probably things you fuel up on already but knowing the ailment relief they provide can allow you to know when to use them to your benefit.  Stay active and stay feeling great! ~trvw

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To: You From: Me | You Are A Blessing

A new day will begin and sometimes waking up can be rough. A list of things that have to be done might be spinning through your mind and you feel a day late and a dollar short. Take a deep breath and start taking action. The temptation to bury under the covers might tug at you but the sooner you start doing something the better you will feel. It might seem like you have no control over the day. Maybe people at work are telling you what needs to be done and how to do it. Perhaps the kids need help with homework that you can barely figure out and it’s making you feel stupid. It could be that you are having dinner alone again and you long for a meaningful relationship. Take action! Make a list and do something.

If that list is difficult here’s a start – do something for someone else. Take flowers to a friend, email someone to let them know you are thinking about them, hold the door open for people, just do something for someone else and be a blessing – because you are a blessing! When you take time to focus your attention on a few moments of happiness, even for someone else, it can renew your energy. Your problems might not disappear overnight, but for a moment you let someone else escape theirs and probably forgot about yours for a second, too! ~trvw

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Your Next 24 Hours Matter

When an email came to my inbox about a chance to be part of a launch team for a book about kindness, it had my attention. This wasn’t something that I had been a part of before, but an opportunity to read a book than can change myself and others – for the better – as a result of kindness seemed worth a response. So far it has been easy to read and provides actionable suggestions at the end of each chapter. If you’re ready to up your kindness game, here’s a link to Your Next 24 Hours. It might be a refresher or something brand new for your eyes to see; either way, its timing couldn’t be better with the massive need for compassion in the world we are immersed in right now.

My plan is to update you as I read, as well as get some insight from other readers and share what they are learning from the book. Resources fill bookshelves and blogs about how to get ahead in life. If we succeed and have no one to share the glory with then what’s it all for? We only have today to make each moment as great as we possibly can for someone else.  ~trvw

 

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To: You  From: Me | Be Better with Battle Scars

Dear You,

Hello! Hopefully you’re having a great week. If so, great! I hope it keeps getting better. If it’s lacking, I hope it only gets better from here. Either way, you’re doing wonderful. Life is tough but you’re tougher. While it’s tempting to scribble sentences of fluffy, sunshiney words, the truth is there are days, weeks, months, or even years, where it can feel like the world is a war zone. Hold your head high, put your shoulders back, stand tall and know you are a person deserving of happiness. You will be better with battle scars!

Take care,

Me

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Strive To Be Better

Most people want more from life. Many get an education, work hard, grow a family and hope happiness is the end result. Challenges arise every step of the way. College debt, long hours, and sick kids are just a few of the hurdles that pop up on the road to a blissful life. Of all of the life skills we are taught, some of the most important things are dismissed simply because the people who we expect to teach these lessons are trying to figure them out for themselves. Somehow it became expected that the grown-up had the answers to everything for everyone. They might have been playing it by ear because most adults, or the wiser elders that are honest, have candidly revealed that they don’t know the secret to having it all. Perhaps that’s because having it all is a different portrait for every individual. What makes my mosaic perfection might be a muddled mess to you and vice versa.

Whatever your ideal image of a great life is, there is the need to know the reality of perfection is better suited as simply a guideline that has permission to change. Be sincere with knowing that it is ok to own perfection on a difference scale than another person. Even more important, strive for progress, not perfection. ~trvw

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World View

The first week of 2017 is moving along quickly. Many people have elected to choose a word to focus on for the year. Some still subscribe to the resolutions. What ever your method of management for making the world a better place, may you be determined and deliver on your direction. Every moment is a new opportunity to reset your mind if you need to and move through this magnificent world. ~trvw

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Fitness Review of the Simply Fit Board

The words, “As Seen On TV” might raise a red flag for many consumers. Many items are under par when it comes to satisfaction. When the Simply Fit Board was on the shelves of Walmart I couldn’t help but be intrigued.

Difficult workouts are a turn off for me. If I can’t do something from the get-go then I’m not very likely to stick with it. Especially when it comes to needing to fit an effective workout into my day. This board was interesting since I had been seeing commercials about it and then noticed it in stores. It isn’t too often that I will open up my wallet to buy fitness equipment that might do nothing more than collect dust.

The Simply Fit Board (SFB) impressed me! Unlike a BOSU ball, which is known for working the core, it was easy to get on and use. A BOSU ball is great, don’t get me wrong – I have and use one. However, there are still times where I feel like I have baby deer legs when I try to get balanced on it. The SFB was simple to get balanced on and easy to use. They provide an instructional DVD, user guide, YouTube videos, and are easy to find on social media. The SFB also holds up to 400 lbs.! A BOSU ball that is 25 inches in diameter holds about 350 lbs.

Even though the core work comparison between the SFB and the BOSU ball are noteworthy, the SFB is both great for a whole body workout and is at a reasonable price-point. The one I purchased was $39.88 at my local Walmart. The videos do demo the workouts using weights. These are not necessary but I would recommend light dumbbells with the exercises. I used 3 lb. weights.  If you are looking for a low-impact full body workout I think you will be pleased with this sturdy little board. It will get your heart rate up, it’s versatile, and a great way to get cardio and strength exercise. ~trvw

Listen to a user testimony from David. He is a male who works out approximately six days a week and tried the SFB.

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Overuse Abuse

 

Research has reported that both our minds and bodies will succumb to atrophy if neglected. While it’s a terrifying thought to consider such evidence, there are still people who prefer the couch cushion to a bicycle seat and many that click the remote control to watch the T.V. instead of an ink pen to write a letter. It seems that we might have an overuse injury.

If you’re familiar with fitness jargon, you’ve probably heard about an overuse injury. These occur as a result from a repeated action. Modernization has allowed us to move less with button clicks and made it easier to neglect our noggins. Society is overusing the luxuries and it seems to be causing setbacks in our well-being.

The great news is that the remedy is simple and fast acting. A walk to the mailbox and a word puzzle are easy starts to putting your body and mind in motion. While you might not see the results right away the advantages are happening behind the scenes.

Impatient? Check out this article for 5 Immediate Benefits of Exercise – spoiler, your mind benefits from a work out so it’s like a two-for-one! ~trvw

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Running In The Cold

snow-bridgeThere is something magical about running in the winter. It’s cold and quiet. There is a feeling of additional accomplishment since most people avoid such frigid elements. Enjoy the beautiful bliss of a bundled up trek because it’s only going to last a little bit. ~trvw

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Happy Feet, Happy Runner

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Often, our feet are the last to know. Our bodies might ache. There could be a change in our gait. Maybe a tweak in the knee. Then, you stop to consider that those shoes might be spent. The average running shoe can go about 300-500 miles before it needs to be replaced. It’s a good idea to track how much mileage that you are putting on your kicks and make notes on how your body is feeling, especially at the end of the replacement time. If you are noticing aches, pains, and even a slower training time, you might benefit from changing out your shoes sooner. Every runner will vary. Check out some of the apps that will help you track your shoe usage. Shoe replacement might seem aggravating up front but missing a run because of an injury will be worse. Run happy by remembering your feet. ~trvw

Apps to consider:
Runkeeper
Shoedometer
27 Apps Every Runner Should Know About

 

 

 

 

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