It’s National Hydration Day!

Games get intense under the hot summer sun and we need to replace fluids lost in the heat of battle.

Did you know the human body contains more than 60 percent water? Maintaining that balance while training is a challenge, doing it during the summer months is a practice that must be consistent. Becoming overheated or dehydrated can lead to heat stroke and possibly death.

There are ways to help prevent dehydration. Being hydrated before a workout even begins is important. If you are under hydrated before you start it’s hard to catch up once the sweating starts.  Drink plenty of fluids throughout the training. These can include sports drinks which contain electrolytes (Magnesium, Calcium, Sodium and Potassium) to replenish the essential minerals the body loses through perspiration.

My favorite product is Sustain which has the dual duty of protecting the athlete as well as providing essential electrolytes for maintaining hydration balance while the athlete trains, without adding excess sugar. Sustain can be used before, during, and after the workout, to continue fluid replenishment. It tastes great and is easy to bring on my workouts.

It’s National Smile Power Day

From the good morning greeting and the first “How may I help you?”, National Smile Power Day urges everyone to share the power of a smile.

No matter where you are employed, job seeking, retired or looking for new horizons starting the day with a smile is certainly more empowering than a pout or grump.  Besides, starting with a smile, is so much easier; because, when you smile at someone, you are telling them that they are valued. Smiles are morale boosters and confidence builders.

Research has proven that smiling really does increase attractiveness and likability between humans.  Smiling creates a greater trust and increased interpersonal cooperation. Smiling at someone can help them to relax and relieve their stress while at the same time, it will make you feel right.  Smiling (even if you do not feel like it) will lift your mood and can make you a happier person. So challenge yourself to smile more often today. Use a smile to disarm a tense situation, or simply smile during your daily tasks.

Contact Dermatitis

This allergy season activated skin issues diagnosed as contact dermatitis. My hands have been suffering the worst, probably because I touch everything. They’ve been itching, peeling and flaking from the rash, not to mention painful. I decided to try this product in addition to the normal topical eczema/dermatitis products to see if it would help. I’ve only been using this product for a a few weeks and my hands are healing nicely. Only one finger is still acting up and it looks like in a few more days it will be back to normal. thank goodness.

An interesting benefit, a person I met yesterday, asked me if I was 11 years younger than my actual age! Nice! I definetly recommend it, apparently my skin is looking great! Even with dermatitis!

Men, listen up!

Men, this week (June 9 – 16)  is for you!

The week leading up to Father’s Day focuses on YOUR health. When it comes to a healthier body and mind, prevention is critical. Many of the risk factors for disease are preventable. Learning what to look for and what changes to make, can help lower those risks.

I encourage the men in my life to keep scheduled checkups, learn their risk factors and start or maintain a healthy lifestyle. I know scheduling screenings as recommended will help them detect disease early, making intervention possible.  Learn more about Men’s Health Week at www.menshealthmonth.org.

Walking as a workout

It’s good to speed up during everyday activities like grocery shopping or taking your dog out, but you should also incorporate power walking into your official training plan. That’s because walking makes a routine full of HIIT, sprints, and other demanding sessions more well-rounded and, unfortunately, athletes don’t do it enough. That’s important: working your heart rate at varying intensities on different days is crucial for improving performance, avoiding plateaus, and dodging injury for all athletes.

A new study shows that metabolically, moving at a cadence of 100 steps per minute (or 3 mph) counts as moderate intensity training. Raise your pace to 130 steps per minute (about 4 mph), and researchers say you’re likely logging a vigorous workout.

Try to swap one or two steady-state runs or active recovery workouts per week with a power walk of 30 to 60 minutes each—aim for up to 4 mph on the treadmill or a heart rate between 130 and 150 if walking outside.