Finding the Right Running Shoes For You

One of the most daunting tasks for a new runner can be finding the right shoes. Finding shoes that fit correctly not only make your run a little more enjoyable, but a lot more comfortable, too. And the right shoes will help you to avoid nagging knee, hip and ankle injuries (not to mention blisters and shin splints).

Which is why I was glad to come across this article from Men’s Health, which details what you need to look for in your next pair of running shoes (here’s a hint: comfort trumps everything else). Check it out – and don’t be afraid to visit a running store for a fitting. Shoes – and feet – change over time, and running stores employ expert runners with numerous miles under their belts. I still think getting fitted was one of the best things I’ve ever done. They may not be the prettiest shoes, but blisters and shin splints are no longer a problem for me!

My perfect shoe? The Mizuno Wave Inspire (I’ve gone through 8 or 9 pairs since I discovered them about 3 1/2 years ago). What’s yours?

If You Pay Attention, You Have Your Answer (a.k.a. Don’t Take My Stuff)!

I’ve discovered there are two kinds of people when it comes to strength training: those who ask you if you are using something you clearly are not, and those that just try to pick up and walk away something you clearly are. If you’re in the gym as often as I am, you come across both at least once a week. For me, this morning it was the latter.

Let me start to explaining that all of my weight workouts consist of circuits and compound exercises. I spent way too much time in the gym to begin with, so the less time I can waste (by grouping exercises to reduce the amount of rest time I need to take) I do. So you’ll understand my confusion, as I was finishing up a set of kickbacks, to see this man checking out the weights I was using for the second exercise (which I was about two reps from beginning). And then trying to walk away with them. And no, he didn’t even ask if I was using them.

Now, I’m all for sharing (I made it through kindergarten with flying colors, after all), but why would a person ever think it’s okay to try to walk off with something that someone else is obviously using? I mean, I could understand if it was something that wasn’t so obvious – if I were using something on the other side of the gym, or perhaps even on the other side of the cables or something. But these weights were right next to the bench. Yes, the one I was, at the moment, actively using.

If you’ve been reading this blog for any amount of time, you know that I have a laundry list of gym pet peeves, but this one is pretty high on the list. I can think of MANY times I’ve moved on to a different exercise or changing my plan for the day, simply because something I wanted to use was currently unavailable. And let’s be honest – this happened at 10 a.m. on a Saturday. You aren’t going to have to wait for anything you need for long – if at all. Be flexible … and don’t be sneaky or ask stupid questions!

How do you deal with these sorts of situations? Comment below!

Spinning Playlist – September 5, 2013

Hey everyone – happy Thursday! Hope you had a nice Labor Day, and got lots of football in over the weekend (yes, my Tigers did move up to #4 – or #5, depending on what poll you look at – and I’m still basking in the glow of that win on Saturday). I’m taking things back a bit today, bringing you several songs we haven’t heard in a while – ones I’d forgotten were so dang good!

That said, here it is, straight off the bike:

Warm-up (Flat Road; Resistance 3-4 on a Scale of 10)
If I Lose Myself – One Republic

Building Block #1 (Start Resistance 5, Build to 9+)
Summertime Sadness – Lana Del Ray
When I Grow Up – Pussycat Dolls
Blackout – Breathe Carolina
Let it Rock – Kevin Rudolph ft. Lil Wayne

Building Block #2 (Start Resistance 4-5, Build to 8+)
I Write Sins Not Tragedies – Panic! at the Disco
Club Can’t Handle Me – Flo Rida
When Love Takes Over – David Guetta ft. Kelly Rowland
Telephone – Lady Gaga ft. Beyonce
Uprising – Muse

Building Block #3 (Start Resistance 5, Build to 8+)
Mr. Brightside – The Killers
Don’t You Worry Child – Swedish House Mafia
Domino – Jessie J
Rosa Parks – Outkast

Cooldown
Not Like the Movies – Katy Perry
Best I Ever Had – Vertical Horizon

That will do it for this week – make sure you have some football on your agenda this weekend (NFL is officially back starting tonight, too – I LOVE FOOTBALL)! I know I’ve kind of hinted that something big has been going on these last few weeks (hence my posting a little less than usual), and here it is: I start a new (“real”) job on Monday! I don’t believe it will be impacting my classes, but I won’t know for sure until I find out what my schedule will be looking like from here on out, so I’ll plan on seeing you soon! Have a great weekend, everybody!

How to Get Your Family Involved in Cycling (Guest Post)

Today’s guest post comes to you from Mike over at consumerhealthanswers.com. Enjoy! 

If you had a question in mind as to whether you can take your child along on short cycling rides, so that he/she can get involved in cycling and you can live your passion? Then be informed that of course you can. There are various options available including child seats, tandems, trailer bikes, cargo bikes, kid’s own bike, and trikes etc that can be used to make cycling a family experience.

From baby bike seats to tandem bikes, these days it is very easy to get your child involved in the biking passion. But there are concerns about what the best bike is for your child, what the right is to change your child’s helmet or when the child can go out cycling without the training wheels etc. All these questions and many others need to be addressed. Look down for some cycling products and attachments that are available to address your concerns.

  • Baby bike seats

The easiest, best and the safest way to get your child involved in cycling is to start pretty early by attaching a baby bike sea onto the back of your bike. If you are taking short trips (where the child may not fall asleep) the baby bike seat is surely a must use because it is effective and cool. Most child seats are suitable for children between the ages of nine months to four years. The lower limit can go down further depending on the child’s ability to sit up unsupported.  On the other hand, the upper limit has nothing to do with age; it’s basically related to passenger weight. Baby bike seats are basically made to carry 20kgs.

  • Trailers

If you are not a pro and are less confident about your riding skills, then instead of the baby seat, you may be better of attaching a rear bike trailer. Trailer is basically a two tire covered seat, which attaches to the rear of an adult bike that can also function as a push trailer. The trailer is behind you and out of your range of easy communication, therefore trailers are ideal for slightly grown up kids.

  • Cargo bikes  

Cargo bike is a new option of carrying your babies on a cycling outing. The bike comes with a basket attached to the front, which is probably large enough to carry two small kids at once. The cargo cycles can be a little highly priced but you have the children strapped to the front of the bike so you can easy see and communicate with them, increasing the level of safety and security. Most of these come in two wheel variants, but cargo bikes are also available in three wheeled rides, for additional child safety.

  • Trail-a-bike

Bike extenders are another way to keep your little ones tagged on a long family bike ride. The bike-shaped equipment attaches to the rear of the adult bike and is ideal for children strong enough to stay stable and pedal.

  • Bike

Now, if your child is properly trained and wants to join the family love for cycling, then take the kid to a local vendor and let him/her try a few bikes. Once finalized make sure you get the bike seat adjusted to a height from where the child sitting on it can easily touch his/her feet to the ground.

Author Bio

I’m Mike a Health & Fitness Consultant, who has conducted several researches studies on the inter-relation between happiness and health. Currently regularly doing blogging for www.consumerhealthanswers.com.

 

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Choose Your Chocolate

 

I have a confession to make: I love chocolate. The good news is, studies have shown that small amounts of chocolate a day are good for you (YAY!) … but you do have to pick the right kind.

Here’s a quick rundown from Prevention on the benefits of chocolate … and why all types are not created equal. Luckily, I have a preference for dark chocolate!

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