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Benefits of Massage Therapy

Massage Therapy:  manual manipulation of soft body tissue (muscles, connective tissue, tendons and ligaments) to enhance a person's health and well being.

Athlete: a person who is proficient in sports and other forms of physical exercise. . .that's you!

If you are an athlete, how often do you get massages? Once a week, month or once every 3 months? Well, I am here to tell you that you should get a massage as often as you can and add it to your fitness routine. If you workout 3-6 times a week, you need to make sure that someone is massaging those muscles once every two weeks OR at least once a month!

Massage therapy has been used by elite athletes for many years.  So much so, massage therapists are a specifically hired to be a part of their athletic staff. Even some of your favorite rock stars that live on the road, working concert to concert have their own personal massage therapist to keep their muscles in mobile and prevent future injuries while performing.

Whether you are a runner, multi-sport athlete or a rock star, getting a massage will keep you moving and performing at your best.

Benefits of Massage Therapy:

  • Relaxes the muscles
  • Provides a better range of motion
  • Relaxes clenched muscles
  • Helps to prevent future injuries
  • Reduces the intensity of DOMS-Delayed Onset Muscle Soreness
  • Increase the number of white blood cells that help fight off infection
  • Decreases the "stress hormone", cortisol
  • Increases the balance of your body

Massage therapy should be a part of your regular fitness routine.  I would suggest booking an appointment after one of your harder workouts or big event (marathon, 5K or athletic competition). If you can afford a massage every week or two, that is fantastic! I highly recommend that you get a massage 2-4 times a month.  It's a great way to get your body moving in it's full range of motion and familiarize yourself with what your body can/can not do! 

Please note if you have chronic back pain or imbalances in your body, seek professional help first.  Talk to your doctor, physical therapist or personal trainer.  They can direct you to a massage therapist that can work for you!

Ru...Run... Running!

OH MY GOODNESS! There was a lot running this weekend, even for me! I type that but, of course, I still loved it!

I haven't been blogging for a while because I have been extremely busy with work, travel and trying to keep up with my soccer girl's schedule. My daughter has been just as busy and I have to say, I'm proud of her work ethic. She keeps pushing through no matter what's thrown at her. It's funny because when we do get a chance to breathe and actually talk to each other, we literally compare how many hours we have slept in a week's time. It's not much but things are getting done.

Since both my daughters were traveling this weekend for their respected sport, I decided to volunteer and get in a lot of running. My next event is coming up in a few weeks and I want to be ready!

Saturday, I headed north to help out the ladies from Sandy Feet Events . They put together an awesome 5K Fun Run for the EAT DRINK VEGAN festival that took place this past weekend at the Pasadena Rose Bowl.

There were approximately 150 runners and walkers at the event and the weather was perfect. The first 50 finishers received a free yoga mat and the top runners received a medal. Soon after the run there was 30 minutes of yoga and later meditation. All the participants were so happy to be part of this event and excited for the festival!

Sunday, I decided to head to the beach and knock out a 9 mile run. It turned out to be an 8 mile run because my body was SO SORE from the day before. I did a lot of standing, cheering and moving cones around, so that made sense...I guess? Don't tell my daughter but I did catch up on a few "Zzzz" soon after! 

Then there was MONDAY, Memorial Day. Yassss! The night before my phone buzzed to remind me of an event that... I COMPLETELY FORGOT I SIGNED UP FOR! The Soledad 10K Challenge sponsored by Movin Shoes. Wait...WHAT?? I debated running this event all night but when I sign up for something, I have to do it and I am so happy I did! The course started at Movin Shoes in Pacific Beach. Runners ran 3 miles UPHILL to Mount Soledad and 3 miles back down to the store. I LOVE the events from Movin Shoes because they are free of charge and Mick does a great job of inviting runners to run different areas of San Diego, day or night. You can find Movin Shoes on Facebook, Instagram, Meetup or, of course, their website.  Sign up for an event and meet great people! 

Now that all the running is over, for now, I feel really good. No more anxiety and I am well rested. I am ready to start a new week and face any challenge thrown at me. Almost any challenge!  Happy Memorial Day weekend and have a great week.

Let me share something with you, if you have a lot of stress in your life, suffer from anxiety or have trouble sleeping, physical activity can help. You do not have to run but you do need to move, increase your heart rate and break a sweat for 30 minutes each day. It is ALWAYS hard to start but when you  finish, you feel great! 

As always, talk to your doctor, build a plan, seek support and get moving. Remember, life happens but it doesn't have to stop you from living. Email me with any questions you might have! Good luck.

 

 

Here is your Brain on Exercise

5 Ways Exercise Helps the Brain

When you feel slow, tired and unenergized, check your schedule, did you get a workout in today? 

As an athlete, trainer and worry-wart extraordinaire, I already know exercise is good for the brain! Exercise releases endorphins and hormones that help improve brain function. There are actually 10 hormones that have a direct physiological effect when a person is exercising. Your brain is always at work, so why not exercise so it can work at it's best.

 

Here are 5 ways Exercise can Improve Brain Function

Increases Your Focus

When you exercise on a regular basis and you have a goal in mind, you are disciplining yourself to focus. Focus is bringing attention to one particular thing and that "thing" is YOU! As you see yourself improve, the focus you have created can be harder and harder to shake off and that's good!

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Makes You Happier

I don't know about you but when that workout is over and I have survived, I am very happy! Last week, I did my first real track workout in 20 years! When I saw what I had to do, I almost walked back to my car. I did the workout and I walked away happy. When exercising, endorphins are released from the pituitary gland in the brain and act as a pain killer. 

Increases Resilience To Stress

When you workout on a regular basis and exercise becomes a huge part of your lifestyle, there is no more room for a lot of stress. As mentioned above, you are releasing stress fighting hormones every time you work out. Also, as you see your body change, all you care about it feeling better and being at your best. Exercise builds you UP mentally and stress is reduced significantly.

Improves Your Quality of Sleep

If you have a terrible time falling asleep, workout at medium to high intensity. Sometimes we do "just enough" to say we worked out. I have to tell you as a trainer, if you are not getting proper rest, you need to "up the ante" when working out. Always check with your doctor first but don't cheat yourself. Get  good solid workout in and GET SOME SLEEP!

Lowers Your Risk of Dementia and Alzheimer’s

When you exercise a chemical in your body known as the brain-derived neurotrophic factor or BDNF, stimulates the growth and increases the number of brain cells. The more you exercise the more BDNF you produce which helps with memory function. It's easy to chill and live a sedentary lifestyle because it's easy. Everything you need is right there in the palm of your hand thanks to technology. GO OUTSIDE, be around people and build your BDNF so you won't forgot who you are those who love you! 

WANDERLUST. Run. Yoga. Meditation.

WANDERLUST  is a wellness event that includes Running, Yoga and Meditation.  Click 2 Register

WANDERLUST is a wellness event that includes Running, Yoga and Meditation. Click 2 Register

In the past 2 years, my life has completely changed due to a divorce and one girl off to college. In my head, I understand that change happens but when it's quick, harsh and life changing it can definitely blindside you. For me, it was like ripping a band-aid off an open sore that was too big for the band-aid to begin with. OUCH!

Well, I made it to the other side, so-to-speak, and there were three things that got me through it all...running, yoga and meditation, in that order. When I heard about this Wanderlust event, I signed up right away! This is one triathlon I will definitely participate in! 

I am excited to meet new people, see new faces and learn from each experience. You can register today at WANDERLUST-SanDiego . It's easy and there are various packages you can purchase that fit your budget. Wanderlust is happening on Saturday, April 14th starting at 7:30AM.

Running. I have been running for nearly 30+ years and one thing I know for sure, running is therapy.

  • Running has helped me organize thoughts, ideas and situations in my life.
  • Running has fueled my self-confidence.
  • Running has also kept me from doing or saying things that I would regret later...for the most part.
  • All-in-all, running has kept me in the best shape of my life before, during and after children. 

Yoga. I have been doing yoga off and on for nearly 8 years. For me, yoga always comes around when I really need it.

  • Hot yoga helps me focus on the present. I am so afraid I will not make it through the heat, I am paying close attention to how much my body can tolerate in 90+ degree temperature for more than an hour.
  • Yoga keep me flexible. Yoga moves are the best moves to after a nice long run. Yoga is also know to relief back pain and prevent future injuries if done correctly. 
  • Yoga centers me. Yoga, mentally for me, is like running. Your brain tends to talk to your body and vice versa. Yoga centers my mind, body and soul. Running is very straight forward. Yoga is challenging and helps you embrace the functionality of the human body. 

Meditation. I have been meditating for about a month or so now. Mediation is changing my life.

  • My brother introduced me to meditation. I was skeptical but found an app that I use daily. 10% Happier by Dan Harris. You can do 5 minutes or try 60 minutes of meditation. 
  • Meditation calms the voices and running thoughts in my head. Voices and running thoughts are a consistent in my head. I have so many ideas, things I want to do and plans I am trying to make. Meditation helps me slow things down and find quiet, even for a few minutes.
  • Meditation allows me to approach challenges differently. Now don't get me wrong, I can still get worked up over some things but not as much as I did a few months ago. I can't explain it but I hear something that would trigger a feeling and it's just not there any more. TRY MEDITATING no matter how busy you are. 

Exercising Your Inner-Strength

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Exercising your inner strength. I am happy to see black people, young people and women standing up for what they believe in and exercising their voices.

When you exercise your voices, you are exercising your inner strengths openly.

Same holds true for women who have been broken down through relationships, jobs and/or health-related issues. Being broken should not stop anyone, especially women, from moving forward. I believe things happen in order for people to see the world differently.

As human beings, we are so use to seeing a bad situation, as a bad situation instead of seeing it as part of a learning process. I'm not saying getting abused or sick has the golden answer to life behind it but when sh$t happens, reality sets in and things HAVE TO CHANGE. Yes, the process can be hard and sometimes unbearable but when a person decides to push through, other people are inspired to do the same.

WHEN YOU ARE "BROKE DOWN", I suggest...

  1. Write down what/who broke you down.

  2. Write down how it made you feel and just sit with it.

  3. Sit with it for an hour, half a day OR a week, but don't forget to write down WHAT YOU ARE GOING TO DO ABOUT IT. There is a solution! 

  4. Find the solution, a healthy solution that will benefit you mentally, physically and spiritually.

  5. Do the work and believe in the process. Even when you feel like crap, keep moving forward.

  6. GOOD OPTION. Don't fight your battles alone. Find good, positive and trust-worthy people to help you. YOU CAN DO IT!

SeeNicJuice

When I learned that juicing promotes healthy looking skin and it was like taking "live" vitamins, I was in!  I love finding new ways to take care of my hair, skin and nails...especially when I can do it naturally. Hey, I'm a girl who's a little vain...nothing wrong with that.

I happened to stumble over a film on Netflix called "Hungry for Change". It caught my attention, because like everyone else, I want positive change in my life. 

The "Hungry for Change" film had an entire section on juicing and how juicing literally has saved lives. I don't want to get into detail because I want you to watch the film for yourself. The experts explained that juicing was the best way to get vitamins and nutrients in your system. Also, if you juice on a regular basis, you will noticed increased energy, healthier looking skin and can help promote weight loss. 

So, I got my juicer, got my organic fruits and "veges" and now I juice every day! Before juicing, I experienced the regular aches and pains of aging. My joints would hurt, my energy was low and no matter how much or little I worked out, something was always hurting. After juicing for a solid 2 weeks, my energy level sky-rocketed, the aches and pains were gone and my skin cleared up. I also noticed I didn't want ANY junk food and I wanted to workout even more (if that's possible).  Juicing motivated me to start eating super-healthy ALL the time. I didn't want anything else bad in my system. I had no desire for that occasional donut or candy bar (that part didn't last long but it did happen). LOL!

Remember, I am a baby when it comes to juicing so, as I mature, I will share. I try and use all organic fruits and vegetables. I suggest that you clean your fruits and vegetables thoroughly.  Once everything is broken down into juice, save the compost for future smoothies. The compost is the fiber left over from juicing. Your body can always use a little extra fiber to lower cholesterol and regular blood sugar. Last, I suggest not drink more than a cup and half of juice. Remember, juicing is a live vitamin that goes straight to your blood stream and too much can keep you UP ALL NIGHT!

  • 1/2 Cucumber, 1 cup Kale, 2 small Carrots, 1 full Sweet Apple, 1 brocolli stalk, small piece of Ginger Root
  • 2 tall Celery stems, 1 cup Spinach, 1 Large Green Apple, Ginger Root, 2 small Carrots
  • 2 tall Celery stems, 1 cup Red Organic Kale, 1 Gala Apple, 2 small Carrots, Ginger Root, 4 large Strawberries

Benefits of Juicing:

  • Facilitates weight loss
  • Increases energy levels
  • Strengthens the immune system
  • Promotes strong bones and a glowing complexion
  • May reduce chances of heart disease, cancer and strokes

Finding the Right Juicer:

What juicer will work for you? When I started my research, there were SO MANY JUICERS to choose from! I needed one that was affordable, worked extremely well and was easy to clean. The Breville juicer was highly recommended on several juicing sites. The price range varies between $150 - $450. Even though I wanted to juicer to be easy to clean, I have to warn you, it is important to clean your juicer as soon as you are done using it. Get into that habit immediately to keep your juice clean, sanitized and ready for the next day. It's a LITTLE time consuming, but not really when it comes to making healthier lifestyle choices.Check out the link below and start juicing with me!  I've got my Dad, co-worker and a couple of friends to juice with me and they love it.

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Posted on March 11, 2018 and filed under Food, Health, Motivation, Nutrition, Wellness.

ZEROWATER

5 REASONS WHY I LOVE ZEROWATER

  1. It's the only water filter certified to reduce lead and chromium from my family's drinking water.
  2. ZeroWater is filtered through a 5-stage filter vs a regular 2-stage filter.
  3. You can test your water with ZeroWater's contaminant TDS reader.
  4. ZeroWater filters come in a variety of sizes. My favorite, the ZeroWater Portable cups.
  5. My daughter loves the convenience of the ZeroWater dispenser that we keep on our kitchen counter. If she's happy, I'm happy!

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Resistance Band Workout

When I travel, I always grab my favorite resistance band and throw it in my suitcase. Resistance bands are light, easy to pack and very effective. I don't always have the time to hit the gym in a new or unfamiliar city. So, I have my little bands just in case. Here are 3 exercises that will work the entire body if done right. 

TAKE NOTE

  • Watch my posture
  • Do 3 sets of each exercise for 45 seconds - 1 minute each
  • 1 minute rest w/water break between each exercise
  • Pace your workout with a nice pace and
  • Do NOT rush through the workout

EXERCISES

  • Squats with overhead press (legs, shoulders and triceps)
  • Bicep curls with side steps (strengthens IT band, biceps, gluteus minimus)
  • Leg extensions with overhead press (legs, shoulders, triceps and abdominals)

GOOD LUCK and EMAIL ME if you have any questions!

MONDAY MOJO

When you are different from everyone else around you, it's easy to get discouraged and feel the need to change_change in a way to fit in or make yourself look like everyone else. But you are not like everyone else, you are YOU and I am ME. There is no one like me and there is no one like you. That's what makes life around US unique and interesting. Once you start to understand that your uniqueness is what others need to grow and expand their minds to new ideas, you will thrive in being yourself and you will no longer worry about being someone else.

Lena Horne was an international jazz superstar and a dynamic performer of striking appearance and elegant style. Lena Mary Calhoun Horne was born June 30, 1917, in the New York City borough of Brooklyn. In May 2010, Horne died at the age of 92.

Posted on February 26, 2018 and filed under Motivation, Health, Fitness, Exercise.

A RUNNING PERSPECTIVE

There are times when life is challenging. I don't know which way is right or wrong. I get caught up in the moment and let my emotions take over...but when I run...when I run, things seem to fall into place mentally and everything begins to make sense. 

I have been running since I was 14 or 15 years old. At first, it was for the love of track and field. I got a taste of competition, winning and glorification that I had never really had before. It wasn't until I was about 19 years old and I broke up with my first real boyfriend that running took on a whole new meaning.

The day of the breakup I was so confused, frustrated and angry I just headed out the front door, barefooted. I ran all the way to my high school track, which was right across the street and I just ran until I could not run any more! It wasn't the smartest thing I had ever done.  I developed blisters to prove that but that day, running relieved me of so much pain. I was able to move on and "get over it"!

Now that I am older, running is a necessity. Like everyone else, life loves to challenge me at work, with relationships and, of course motherhood. When I don't run, it's hard to put things into perspective.

Not everyone enjoys running and I get it. There are days that I can do without it myself but for me, it's instant therapy. I can quietly think and put the pieces of my life's puzzle back in order.

Find your way of running. It could be a bike ride, a long walk or even gardening. Find something that will put things in perspective for you and stop making decisions based off of your emotions.

I am not perfect in any way. I have made a lot of mistakes but now that I am running again...consistently...I am re-teaching myself how to be myself and keep things in running perspective.