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Fun Summer Runs in Jacksonville

Fun Summer Runs in Jacksonville

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Looking for some summer fun that will make you sweat? Here are three of my favorite summer running events: June 14, 2014 – Run for the Pies – My first race ever!  I still remember it like it was yesterday. I also remember asking the other novice running friend if I “looked like a runner” in my race outfit.  HA! This one starts at The Landing in downtown Jacksonville and never disappoints! To beat most of the summer heat, start time is 7:30 p.m. (Nike 5k Championship begins at 7:00 p.m. Only qualified runners will be eligible to participate in the Championship event.) Best part of this race – the first 200 finishers receive a free pie! The local running company hosting the event also contributes lots of giveaways. In fact, according to their website, “each year 1st Place Sports tries to give away the store.” Enter to be eligible to win these prizes and hang around to see if your name is selected! August 1 & 2, 2014 – Tour de Pain – Another favorite.  Thankfully this series of races has become much easier for me after doing the Tour de Pain Extreme a couple of times.  The three race event promises to be a scorcher! You can join for just one or complete all three for a special medal. The Tour consists of a: Four mile Beach Run, starting Friday at 7:00 p.m. 5K on Saturday at 7:00 a.m. from the Baymeadows 1st Place Sports location Mile Sizzler on Saturday at 4:30 p.m. beginning at The Jacksonville Landing August 16, 2014 – Summer Beach Run – This race celebrates 50 years this summer! This one has been especially painful for me every year, but I keep showing up.  Glutton for punishment I guess.  Join fellow runners at the Seawalk Pavilion in Jacksonville Beach with the race course taking all out to the sandy shores. There are two options for runners, a five miler beginning at 6:00 p.m. or a one miler starting five minutes later. Finishers of this year’s event will receive a specially commissioned medal to commemorate the 50 year milestone! There will also be a huge post-race party with live music, great food by Tijuana Flats, and beer.  Yum…..post race BEER! Don’t miss out on the summer fun! Join me for one or all of these great events.  ...

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Is Weight Gain Inevitable?

Is Weight Gain Inevitable?

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Ladies, have you been wondering if weight gain is inevitable? As we age, we begin experiencing symptoms associated with hormonal changes. In the last twenty years, doctors have started acknowledging a peri-menopausal phase. During this time, women can experience numerous health changes including: Night sweats and/or hot flashes; Worsening PMS; Abdominal weight gain; Increased bouts of anxiety; and, Depression, among many others. The symptoms experienced tend to vary greatly between individuals, and can be linked to numerous other health problems, making peri-menopause even more confusing to understand and diagnose. But, there is hope for combatting the physical and emotional changes – exercise! Regular exercise benefits your body in multiple ways: Fights weight gain. Excess weight can contribute to numerous serious health conditions such as diabetes and heart disease. Reduces the risk of other diseases (including breast and colorectal cancers). Boosts your mood. According to numerous medical studies, weight gain during peri-menopause and menopause is common, particularly around the waist. However, there is evidence that it does not have to be inevitable. By making smart food choices, consuming fewer calories, and moving more, excess weight gain can be avoided. If you’d like to find an exercise plan that will help you keep your hormones in better balance and combat the effects of peri-menopause, contact me. I’d love to help you beat the odds and maintain better health!...

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Need Stress Relief? Exercise!

Need Stress Relief? Exercise!

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One of my clients, Karen, sent me this story: “I woke up with my stress-meter at a 10 (on a 10 point scale). Since I’d already made the commitment to workout, I changed and drove over to meet you, grumbling the entire way. During the drive I kept thinking ‘I don’t have time for this, I need to cancel my morning workout sessions until this stress passes by.’ I arrived at your place and grudgingly completed the entire workout.” “About two hours later as I was going about my day, I realized how calm I felt. In fact, my stress-meter was down to about a 4 and remained that way throughout the day (even though the stressors did not at all go away). It was at that point that I realized I had my thinking all wrong. Instead of figuring out how to quit, I needed to determine a way to fit in more workouts during the week!” While it’s great to be needed and provide stress-relief, this is a perfect example of how personality and exercise relate! Karen found a short respite from all of the craziness in life through physical exertion, providing her with a much needed mental break. What they say is true! Exercise can relieve stress in multiple ways, including: Releasing endorphins, or a natural chemical that creates the “runner’s high.” Promoting focus and clarity. Boosting your mood which can help combat feelings of depression and anxiety (often associated with stressful situations). So, the next time you’re feeling stressed, don’t try and save time by skipping your workout. Make sure you take the time to exercise. You’ll feel so much better, I...

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Super Foods

Super Foods

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Are you getting the most out of your food choices? Try these 5 superfoods and reap the benefits! Broccoli – High in vitamins C and A, folic acid, calcium, and fiber. Great source of calcium for supporting healthy bone growth. Helps control blood pressure and has been linked to the prevention of colon cancer. Avocado – Helps with the absorption of lycopene and beta-carotene. Loaded with potassium. Makes a great replacement for high fat processed foods such as butter and mayo. Edamame – For a legume, this soybean packs a punch! Lots of fiber, high protein (for a non-meat item), lots of vitamins C and A, respectable source of iron, and helps with healthy cholesterol levels too. Blueberries – Hugely helpful to the nervous system, linked to better brain health – including cognitive ability and memory. These tasty berries have vitamins and minerals that help regulate blood sugar and support healthy cellular function. Green tea – Contains gobs of antioxidants, improves blood flow, lowers cholesterol, promotes brain health, helps keep blood sugar stable, plus increases your metabolism! Want to know how these superfoods can play a role in your overall health? Feel free to contact me for more info! Have a favorite superfood that’s not on this list? Please add it in the comment section...

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Finding a Personal Trainer

Finding a Personal Trainer

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There are several ways to search for the personal trainer that will be the best fit for you. Starting with a web search with terms such as “personal trainers in Jacksonville” is one option.  Another (and possibly better solution) is to ask for a personal referral! Before you make a final selection, consider these questions: 1. What type of training or certification does the potential trainer hold? 2. Does the trainer work with people similar to you? Take some time to research the trainer’s primary audience, for example, busy professional women, triathletes, injury or illness rehabilitation patients, etc. 3. Find out their areas of preference in Jacksonville. Will they come to you or will you need to travel to them? Will the training be primarily in a gym, outside, or in your home or theirs? 4. Does the trainer have a website? If so, are prices and customer testimonials posted? 5. Call the trainer to get more information about training methods, availability, and pricing. Ask if you can contact one of their current or former customers. Check the references provided and ask questions about the training methods, personality, and work habits of the potential trainer. 6. Ask to meet the trainer in a neutral location before committing to sessions to see if your personalities will mesh and verify that their training methods will be a good fit for you. 7. See if the trainer has any trial or group sessions where you can try them out before committing to a longer-term package. Finding the right trainer is a very personal decision! Don’t forget, a professional trainer is operating a business and should take your questions seriously. I’d love to talk to you more about what I offer for training sessions. Please give me a call. If I’m not the right fit for you, I’d be happy to recommend trainers in Jacksonville who might better serve your needs. Look forward to speaking with you...

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