Submitted by Thad McLaurin on Sun, 11/15/2009 - 6:44pm
The sports world has latched onto something seniors the world over have known for a long time—support hose or "Granny Stockings" are a good thing. Grandma used them to help with tired, aching and swollen legs—often the result of poor circulation. The blood flow from the lower legs often slows causing congestion as people age.
CEP Compression Sportsocks has taken the premise of the support stocking to a whole new level that will benefit athletes of all kinds, especially runners. The CEP Compression Sportsocks support the arteries and the supply of oxygen to the musculature. The special and patented compression of the CEP compression sportsocks increases the ambient pressure. As a result the musculature in the arterial wall relaxes and a relaxed musculature increases the arterial diameter and consequently the blood flow through the arteries.
Submitted by Thad McLaurin on Sun, 11/15/2009 - 6:27pm
Research shows that post-workout eating is critical to a rebuilding muscle and the sooner you do it the better. When you exercise you're actually tearing muscle and depleting your glycogen stores. These stores need to be replenished as soon as possible.
A good rule-of-thumb is to eat a ratio of 4:1 carbohydrates and protein (i.e., 4grams of carbs to every 1gram of protein) within 15-30 minutes of finishing your run. It's also important to rehydrate after your run. You can combine the rehydration with the carbs by drinking a sports drink. Accelerade—a 3-in-1 sports drink that provides the liquid, carbs, and protein—is great to drink during and after your run.
Submitted by Sharon Madsen on Wed, 11/11/2009 - 10:28pm
Hey all! Please accept my sincere apology for the lack of sewing posts! Believe me, it wasn't because I had nothing more to say about sewing. In life, sometimes things happen that we have no control over and we must focus our energy elsewhere. That's what happened with me. Something unexpectedly happened that needed my attention and took most of my spare time and energy.
Submitted by Debbie Mandel on Mon, 11/09/2009 - 2:48pm
The plant migration has started. The temperature dipped into the thirties last week along with a serious wind, so heave ho and I started bringing the outdoors pots into the house.
Hibiscus plants line the hallway which has a skylight, a floor to ceiling window and glass sliding doors with Western exposure. The 68 degree temperature is ideal. Guess what? They are blooming profusely in the house.
Submitted by Debbie Mandel on Mon, 11/09/2009 - 2:26pm
A huge stressor ominously looming in the near future is holiday gift giving during these hard economic times. According to a recent Consumer Reports survey 2/3 of US citizens will cut back on their holiday expenses and 36% admit that they will be re-gifting. Add to this external pressure the self-induced pressure of guilt and self-doubt, which manifest in the way your eyes cannot make direct contact and the flush which suffuses your face and neck, when you give the gift that keeps on giving.
Submitted by Daniel Raphael Ph.D. on Mon, 11/09/2009 - 1:57pm
Romantic Consciousness, By Daniel Raphael, Ph.D.
There is something about the romantic roots of love that makes me very, very curious. And, that involves the phenomena that Dean Radin, Ph.D., talks about in his book, "Entangled Minds." Whether we are romantically vulnerable or not, it is our consciousness that senses another person. The romantic, who is desirous of a romantic relationship, has in so many quantum ways is sending out the signal that he/she is interested in a romantic relationship.
The topic and the way I am presenting it may seem a bit esoteric and remote to most readers of romanticism, but for others it is tantalizing to consider the possibilities of finding their "right and perfect" romantic partner. What ties "right and perfect" to the option of projecting our consciousness out to a potential romantic partner are our intentions for that relationship.
Submitted by Thad McLaurin on Sun, 11/08/2009 - 3:44pm
After my Saturday group long run, I was talking with a good running buddy and somehow we got on the topic of core strength and I asked her if she ever worked out with a medicine ball for core strength. It dawned on me during this conversation that my medicine-ball core workout would be a great thing to share with the Long Distance Running Circle members. A strong core is essential to efficient running. The power for your legs originates in the core. A strong core also helps you in those later miles of a distance run. It takes a lot to keep your torso upright and aligned with the rest of your body. The following workout routine consisting of eight simple exercises using a medicine ball will give you that strong core.
Submitted by Thad McLaurin on Sun, 11/08/2009 - 3:30pm
Well it was inevitable. The first cold run of the season hit yesterday with the temp hovering around 35°. Actually wasn't too bad, once we got going. With the cold comes a whole different set of running concerns. Check out these cold weather running tips by Christine Luff from About.com: Running & Jogging
1. Watch for Frostbite
On really cold days, make sure you monitor your fingers, toes, ears, and nose. They may feel numb at first, but they should warm up a few minutes into your run. If you notice a patch of hard, pale, cold skin, you may have frostbite. Get out of the cold immediately and slowly warm the affected area. If numbness continues, seek emergency care.