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Recovering After a Race

June 24, 2015

9e1cMzuEMTwNIOY9e4MLjXMYLZe5gditzRmHjkqbuUsWe had over 3000 runners and walkers recently completed the Vancouver USA Marathon & Half Marathon! Major kudos to Brian Davis and the team at Energy Events for producing such a world class event that has been recognized as one of the best in the country and attracts people from all over the world! Because there are so many races like this going on throughout the country right now….I thought this would be a perfect opportunity to discuss how to recover quickly after a challenging physical endeavor!

Prevention

The best way to treat extreme muscle soreness is to prevent it in the first place. So if you are super stiff, you may not have put in enough training to manage the effort effectively. Next event, consult with a coach to assure your training protocol sufficiently prepares you for the race. Read more on Recovering After a Race…

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Out of School, Out of Shape?!

June 17, 2015

sherri kids bikeOut of school does not need to mean out of shape! It’s typical at this time of year to struggle with trying to exercise with the kids home from school or trying to stick to a workout routine while at the summer cottage, the beach or out of town for summer holidays.

Many people decide to take a two month sabbatical and get back on track in the fall because they can’t seem to find the time to get to a gym. Instead, let’s get our kids involved and teach them to love an active and healthy lifestyle! The key is to make it fun for the kids! Bonus – it will make sure that all your fitness doesn’t go to waste over the summer so you don’t have to start from scratch in the fall!

Here’s some tips for an active summer for the whole family when the kids are home from school:

Invite Friends

I learned a long time ago that if I want my kids to enjoy and not whine and complain during an active outing, I needed to make sure they brought a friend. It was a night and day difference to how the day went.

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Get Out Into the Woods

It’s true that if you allow kids to choose, they will gravitate to their cell phones and video games. It can be addicting! But if you force them to put away their gadgets, and take them out in the woods, at first they may resent it, but soon they will be exploring, laughing, running, and jumping. It’s good for their souls! Read more on Out of School, Out of Shape?!…

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Exercising In The Heat

June 10, 2015

20140720_0270-2There are days here in the Pacific Northwest where the temperatures will get up into the upper 80s and 90s. Many of us in the Northwest aren’t used to this kind of heat and it can cause some serious health concerns especially when we are talking about exercising in the heat.

Heat illness can occur in exercisers whose body heat exceeds its ability to cool down.  

Heat exhaustion is a form of heat illness that is characterized by the inability to continue exercise, headache, fatigue, chills, nausea and confusion. It can be treated by stopping exercise, getting out of the heat and, if a person is coherent and not vomiting, by drinking rehydrating fluids. Read more on Exercising In The Heat…

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Volunteer, and it will CHANGE YOU!

June 1, 2015

About 25 years ago, I was dating a guy who was very involved in the sport of triathlon. I remember thinking there was no way I could ever do a triathlon because I wasn’t a strong swimmer. One weekend he was participating in a triathlon so I decided to volunteer at the event. I remember handing out water at the aid station and seeing all these people of different ages, body shapes, fitness levels, some with physical ailments and disabilities and it completely inspired me.

That’s how inspiration works – if you see someone else doing something, it makes you think “Hey, if they can do it, so can I!” 

20140720_0208-2And that was the start of my love for the sport of triathlon.  I signed up for a swimming program, got a coach and learned how to swim. I’m still not a super-fast swimmer but I can swim for a very long time without feeling like I’m going to die! I did my first triathlon shortly after and I was hooked.  That summer I immersed myself in the triathlon community and did an event every weekend! I love the energy and surrounding myself with people who are committed, disciplined, determined, focused and reaching for their best. I’m a true believer in the statement “you are who you hang with” so if you want to be inspired then surround yourself with people who are inspirational and challenging themselves. Soon you will find yourself doing the same!

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We regularly encourage our clients to volunteer at all different types of events because we know it will inspire them and cause them to step out of their comfort zone. Read more on Volunteer, and it will CHANGE YOU!…

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