5 Amazing Running Benefits

Healthy Is Happy

In lieu of the Boston marathon today I figured a running post would be quite fitting.

When you hear the phrase “let’s go for a run” it will either excite you or intimidate you. Running is one of the cheapest yet most effective forms of exercise however many of us are reluctant to do it simply because it isn’t something we are used to doing. Running is one of those things that can seem daunting at first, but I promise you once you get in a habit of making it part of your everyday lifestyle and slowly increase your weekly mileage it will become something you enjoy doing more.

When I first began running a few years back I would have been happy to have ran a mile. I would find myself getting tired running the three mile loop around the lake in my hometown. If could do this in…

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Core core core (Ab Workouts)

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Evolution Gym Talk

The strength of any tree is in its trunk. Your strength comes from your core so make sure you build in some core strengthening to your daily routine.

Training with good form and taking strength from your core will work over time but some specifics will make a difference quicker.

Also take time for your back-” – between the two they are the things standing you up straight every day.

Some ideas from other sites below


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Relax, Relate and Release into Spring

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With Spring finally upon us, the time has come for us to cleanseand recharge our batteries.Here are 4 ways to ease into spring:

#1 Meditation

Empty your mind from all of the holiday buzz and winter blueswith a simplemeditation routine. Sit or lie comfortably in a relaxed position and repeat the AUM mantra out loud for 15 – 20 minutes. Repeating this mantra helps to calm the mind while relaxing facial muscles and releasing stress. Consistent practice leads to greater mental clarity, emotional stability and increased energy.

#2 Morning Smoothies

Say good-bye to heavy winter porridges. And say hello to light breakfast smoothies. Start each morning with homemade fruit and veggie smoothies packed with nourishing vitamins and minerals. Add a dose of delicious wheat grass, chlorella, or spirulinapowders for added benefits.

#3 Herbal Tisane

Now is the time to swap the usual morning caffeine kick of…

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Survival of the Fittest – Benefits of Eating Apples

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  1. Get whiter, healthier teeth

An apple won’t replace your toothbrush, but biting and chewing an apple stimulates the production of saliva in your mouth, reducing tooth decay by lowering the levels of bacteria.

  1. Avoid Alzheimer’s

A new study performed on mice shows that drinking apple juice could keep Alzheimer’s away and fight the effects of aging on the brain. Mice in the study that were fed an apple-enhanced diet showed higher levels of the neurotransmitter acetylcholine and did better in maze tests than those on a regular diet.

  1. Protect against Parkinson’s

Research has shown that people who eat fruits and other high-fibre foods gain a certain amount of protection against Parkinson’s, a disease characterized by a breakdown of the brain’s dopamine-producing nerve cells. Scientists have linked this to the free radical-fighting power of the antioxidants contained therein.

  1. Curb all sorts of cancers

Scientists from the American Association for Cancer Research, among others, agree that the consumption of flavonol-rich apples could help reduce your risk of developing pancreatic cancer by up to 23 per cent. Researchers at Cornell University have identified several compounds—triterpenoids—in apple peel that have potent anti-growth activities against cancer cells in the liver, colon and breast. Their earlier research found that extracts from whole apples can reduce the number and size of mammary tumours in rats. Meanwhile, the National Cancer Institute in the U.S. has recommended a high fibre intake to reduce the risk of colorectal cancer.

  1. Decrease your risk of diabetes

Women who eat at least one apple a day are 28 percent less likely to develop type 2 diabetes than those who don’t eat apples. Apples are loaded with soluble fibre, the key to blunting blood sugar swings.

  1. Reduce cholesterol

The soluble fibre found in apples binds with fats in the intestine, which translates into lower cholesterol levels and a healthier you.

  1. Get a healthier heart

An extensive body of research has linked high soluble fibre intake with a slower buildup of cholesterol-rich plaque in your arteries. The phenolic compound found in apple skins also prevents the cholesterol that gets into your system from solidifying on your artery walls. When plaque builds inside your arteries, it reduces blood flow to your heart, leading to coronary artery disease.

  1. Prevent gallstones

Gallstones form when there’s too much cholesterol in your bile for it to remain as a liquid, so it solidifies. They are particularly prevalent in the obese. To prevent gallstones, doctors recommend a diet high in fibre to help you control your weight and cholesterol levels.

  1. Beat diarrhea and constipation

Whether you can’t go to the bathroom or you just can’t stop, fibre found in apples can help. Fibre can either pull water out of your colon to keep things moving along when you’re backed up, or absorb excess water from your stool to slow your bowels down.

  1. Neutralize irritable bowel syndrome

Irritable bowel syndrome is characterized by constipation, diarrhea, and abdominal pain and bloating. To control these symptoms doctors recommend staying away from dairy and fatty foods while including a high intake of fibre in your diet.

  1. Avert hemorrhoids

Hemorrhoids are a swollen vein in the anal canal and while not life threatening, these veins can be very painful. They are caused by too much pressure in the pelvic and rectal areas. Part and parcel with controlling constipation, fibre can prevent you from straining too much when going to the bathroom and thereby help alleviate hemorrhoids.

  1. Control your weight

Many health problems are associated with being overweight, among them heart disease, stroke, high blood pressure, type 2 diabetes and sleep apnea. To manage your weight and improve your overall health, doctors recommend a diet rich in fibre. Foods high in fibre will fill you up without costing you too many calories.

  1. Detoxify your liver 

We’re constantly consuming toxins, whether it is from drinks or food, and your liver is responsible for clearing these toxins out of your body. Many doctors are skeptical of fad detox diets, saying they have the potential to do more harm than good. Luckily, one of the best—and easiest—things you can eat to help detoxify your liver is fruits—like apples.

  1. Boost your immune system

Red apples contain an antioxidant called quercetin. Recent studies have found that quercetin can help boost and fortify your immune system, especially when you’re stressed out.

  1. Prevent cataracts

Though past studies have been divided on the issue, recent long-term studies suggest that people who have a diet rich in fruits that contain antioxidants—like apples—are 10 to 15 per cent less likely to develop cataracts.

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Running for Mind (BLW Contributor)

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Just a quick note, my blog is primarily based on personal views and experience, sometimes referring to research and some background information, with the aim of helping anyone who may be suffering, or know of anyone suffering from a mental health illness. I would welcome any advice and feedback on my blogs, or your personal thoughts on the topic.

This specific post describes my experience of the Great Birmingham Run – a non-specific run, where you can participate to raise money for any charity or cause that you have a special connection towards. Without any doubt, I knew I wanted to run for a mental health charity – which is why I chose Mind.

Saturday evening: 1 night till the big run… my nerves took over in the evening and I literally froze thinking of the run. I wandered how I would make it the full length of the half marathon…

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Happy National Vodka Day!!! – Bloody Mary

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INGREDIENTS

3 cups tomato juice

3 tablespoons lemon juice

3 tablespoons lime juice

1 tablespoon prepared horseradish

1 tablespoon Worcestershire Sauce, or to taste

1 teaspoon minced garlic

3/4 teaspoon hot sauce, or to taste (recommended: Tabasco)

3/4 teaspoon salt

1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper

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Small jar pickled green beans

Small jar pickled okra

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DIRECTIONS

In a blender combine the tomato juice, lemon juice, lime juice, horseradish, Worcestershire sauce, garlic, and hot sauce and process until smooth. Transfer to a nonreactive container and add salt and black pepper, to taste. Refrigerate until thoroughly chilled, at least 2 hours and up to overnight.

When ready to serve, fill each glass with ice.

Add 1 ounce of vodka to each glass, then fill the glass with the bloody mary mix. Stir well, and garnish each glass with a pickled green bean and a pickled okra.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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The Aftermath by The Hangry Runner (BLW Contributor)

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Huh.  I just realized this was still sitting in my draft folder.  A little late but never I suppose…

And now we rejoin our tale on September 11, 2016, the day after I completed my first ultra marathon:

When I woke up the next morning…well that implies that I was actually sleeping.  To be honest, I don’t think I slept very much because my muscles would keep locking up.  Needless to say, I was quite tired when the alarm went off.  I was able to get dressed  and then had to contend with the stairs down for breakfast.

I ordered my crepe and devoured yogurt and coffee until it was ready.  My friend ordered scrambled eggs and bacon.  There was another woman who was just finishing breakfast that had run the 28 km course and I felt a sense of kinship with her as I watched her hobble up to her room to pack.
So pretty.

We bid our hosts farewell and began to make the trip back home.  There were frequent stops to stretch and it just so happens that two of those stops were at fromageries and one was at a bakery for cinnamon buns.  The cinnamon bun was a bit of a disappointment.  I mean, it was OK and it had a maple glaze on it.  I was hoping for a good cup of coffee to go with it but I’m not even sure if I saw a coffee machine.  Yes I’m a bit of a snob but when it comes to food, I think it’s allowed.

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Cheese please.

We stopped in downtown Trois Rivieres for lunch at a nice little cafe called Frida which was on the river.  The food was good if a little pricey and they served our food right on the trays.  Yup, no plates.  I guess that’s trendy or something.

By the time we hit the Ontario border, I think we were both getting tired of travelling.  My body was aching in some unexpected places.  Legs?  Of course.  Shoulders?  Makes sense.  Who knew my sides would be hurting?

I think even the conversation dies down the closer to our homes we got and even though we both said we were hungry, neither one of us wanted to stop.

It was about 10:30 pm by the time I hoisted myself out of my car.  I left most of my gear in the trunk and hobbled into bed, so grateful that I don’t have any stairs to contend with.  I had dogs all around me and a cat that insisted on sleeping on my hip and then protested loudly each time I rolled over to try and get comfortable.

Yup.  It’s good to be home.

Check out other great articles from The Hangry Runner

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Happy Stand up to Cancer Day!!! – A 92 yr old Cancer Survivor became the Oldest Woman to finish a Marathon

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Harriette Thompson of Charlotte, of North Carolina, completed Sunday’s Rock ‘n’ Roll Marathon in San Diego in 7 hours, 24 minutes, 36 seconds. She was greeted by well-wishers as she crossed the finish line. The 92-year-old cancer survivor got into the record books Sunday, becoming the oldest woman to finish a marathon.

“I’m fine, they’re really pampering me here,” Thompson said in a firm, joyful voice as people all around her shouted congratulations.

This was her 17th Rock ‘n’ Roll Marathon and, by far, the hardest.

“It’s always harder but this year has been a bad year for me,” she said, adding her husband died in January following a lingering illness and she battled a staph infection in one of her legs.

“I couldn’t train very well because my husband was very ill and I had to be with him for some time and then when he died in January I had…

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4 Best Scientifically Proven Benefits Of Meditation (Science is Awesome)

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1. MEDITATION SPEEDS UP BRAIN PROCESSING POTENTIAL

According to a research journal article published in Frontiers in Human Neuroscience in February 2012, meditation can alter the geometry of the brain’s surface. There was a study done at the University of California in Los Angeles involving 50 meditators and 50 controls that addressed a possible link between meditation and cortical gyrification, the pattern and degree of cortical folding that allows the brain to process faster. This study showed a positive correlation between the amount of gyrification in parts of the brain and the number of years of meditation for people, especially long-term meditators, compared to non-meditators.

This increased gyrification may reflect an integration of cognitive processes when meditating, since meditators are known to be introspective and contemplative, using certain portions of the brain in the process of meditation. Despite articles written from this journal article, more research is still necessary to…

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Motivation Monday!!! – Take Control of your Life by Anthony Robbins

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Anthony Robbins Motivation – Tony Robbins 5 Steps To Take Control Of Your Life Now

Tony Robbins has been an inspiration for millions. Love him and his philosophy or not, it is undeniable that he has had a positive impact on millions of people. He has sold over 30-million motivational tapes, published three best-selling self-help books, more than 2 million people attended his seminars and another 10,000 (including myself) have attended his mastery university in Hawaii. His core products include Get The Edge – Unlimited Power – Date with Destiny – Mastery University and more.
Here are the top 10 lessons that I learned from Tony Robbins:
1) By altering your body’s physiology, you can achieve an immediate change of your emotional state. The mind will follow whatever state your phsyical body is in and not vice-versa.

2) Ask specific questions of yourself (in your self-talk) to direct and control…

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