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Happy NOVEMBER! Time to roast those pumpkins!

In At home cooking, blogger fun, bodybuilding, clean food, events, fitness, friends, LIVE FIT TRAINER, new faves, popular recipes, Reviews, running, sweets, Uncategorized, zumba On November 5, 2013 1 Comment

Hi loves!!! With Halloween behind us, I can’t hardly believe that the end of the year is upon us. As you know, Halloween has never been my favorite holiday, but I loveeeeee fall, so…. I had to show support and at least get dressed up. Here’s a shot of us at my girlfriend Kelly’s house. She threw a great lil party. Honestly….I have absolutely no clue what I was supposed to be, but, it kind of resembled a sheriff from New Mexico. Of course, a bit of a sexy version. Whatever. Lol.

Anyway…for those of you wondering…(since I never post pics of boys) this is Marcin. He’s dressed up as a “big black cloud” and he’s dreamy. Sighhhhhh

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Ok, moving on to more fall news;) finally time to start getting rid of some of these sugar pumpkins all over my house. From decoration into my belly!!! I decided to cut this puppy up, and roast it.

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Pumpkin is pretty tough in texture and typically takes quite some tie to roast and soften in the oven, so I cut it up into small squares to speed up the cooking. A lil impatient you could say…..
Here’s an idea of what to do with the seeds when you remove them from the inside of the pumpkin. Lord knows…I HATE wasting food. SWEET CACAO ROASTED PUMPKIN SEEDS.

These little pumpkin bites were roasted with:

HONEY ( I used this one)

NUTMEG

CINNAMON

SALT & PEPPER

Roast at 400* for 40 minutes.

(note: pumpkin in itself isn’t very sweet. Do not get confused with “canned” pumpkin. When roasting real pumpkin, if you want it sweet, make sure to add a bit more honey to compensate for the bitterness.)

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As you all know, Halloween comes with copious amounts of candy, on candy, on CANDY!!!!! Shit candy, really. Kit Kat, twix, snickers, ughhhhhhhhhh! I’m not gonna lie….I did give in and have a few. C’mon…who really didn’t have ANY shit candy?????
Well, yes….I’ve got a gnarly sweet tooth & will absolutely admit to having sweets (sometimes a bit toooooooo often) , but…….. if I’m gonna get cray on some sugar, this is what I wanna stuff my face with.

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So, we’ve covered pumpkin, now, let’s explore another fall flavor. CARAMEL!
One of my favorite clients from the salon, Diane of Nerdhavenfarms.com has really hit the jackpot with these. I was a lucky son of a bitch to get to sample these sweet but slightly salty beer & Pretzel caramels. We have the best time when she comes into the salon. We chat, laugh, share blogging tips, compare recipes and bounce ideas. I love it. She has a total foodie like me!! 🙂

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If I’m gonna get down on some sugar, I’d seriously prefer for it to be in this form; handmade with local ingredients, organic, & homemade with love! This is the best way to enjoy sweets my sweets! How freakin cute is there packaging though!!!???
I not only wanted to share these perfect little morsels because I LOVVVEEE them, but also because I was super inspired by Diane’s passion for whole, clean foods as well as her life balance of health with a bit of added sweetness;) I truly aspire to find that balance and find that passion. I promise I will make sure to send y’all a link soon on how you can get ahold of these, because they truly are such a great gift idea!

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No babes…… You cannot have some….. Pups begging;)

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November is here!!!!! This is how naughty I’ve been…. I haven’t been posting enough, I know. We went from the end of oct-the begging of Nov without a post! Wtf! Well, November pretty much came so fast, it practically slapped me in the face! This past Sunday ( November 2) was a a very special day.
My best friend Alicia (on the right) and I, along with close family and friends ran the 6th annual Heroes of Hope grey ribbon crusade to continue brain cancer research, in which all proceeds benefit childhood and adult brain tumor research at UCLA, Children’s Hospital Los Angeles and Cedars-Sinai Hospital. Alicia’s uncle was recently diagnosed with a lrg brain tumor and is currently undergoing chemo through Cedars-Sinai. We pray that he recovers and continues to live a healthy and cancer free life.

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Sporting my new Saucony “The guide 7” running shoes that they so graciously gifted to us at the Fitness magazine “Meet & Tweet” event.

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The event was held at beautiful Dockweiler State Beach Park. I was surprised that the fog rolled out fairly early. We ran in sunny & beautiful weather:) Absolute best part: Loads and loads of supporters showed up!

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For some reason, I thought we were gonna be running a 10k but apparently we signed up for the 5k. Whatever, I was just stoked to be running by the beach. It was actually perfect because I haven’t really been running lately, so a 10k at 7:30 am prooooobably wasn’t the best idea for my problematic, not trained feet. Lol. The 5k was perfect and super fun!

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I came in 69th place. With a time of 26.38. Not too shabby! Well, for me;)

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Any time, after a run….I am famished. Lol.
I’ve been a fan of Detour protein bars for some time now. (Since they were a sponsor at blend retreat) they are seriously awesome. These and quest bars are always my go-to!
Detour just came out with these and they are fab! IM SORRY BUT THESE NUTRITION FACTS SAY IT ALL.

Nutrition Facts
Serving Size 1 Bar
Amount Per Serving
Calories 130
Calories from Fat 20
Total Fat 2.5g
Saturated Fat 0.5g
Trans Fat 0g
Total Carbohydrate 18g
Dietary Fiber 3g
Sugars 4g
Protein 10g

If you ask me, that is really great.

GLUTEN FREE

LOW SUGAR

WHEY PROTEIN

SWEETENED WITH STEVIA

MADE WITH ORGANIC OATS.

Scarfed it down as soon as I passed the finish line;) they were passing out SoyJoy….but I way prefer this.

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Our team…. “F YOU CANCER”

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I spent the rest if Sunday hanging with my bro, who is home visiting from vancouver;)

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This weekend, I also decided to make an excuse as to why I needed to buy a million new bras and panties, and open up a Victoria secrets credit card. goooooood lord.
At least I saved $15, ha!

This is the thing…..I NEVER find bras that fit me perfect. I always just “make it work” lol. Soooooooo, when I tried on “THE DATE UNLINED BRA” I realized that I had met my match, my soulmate! I’m a sucker for a good deal, and guess what!? If you bought the bra ($28.50) you practically received a free matching panty! Whatttttttt!? Hell yeah. Bring it betch.
A set for $30!? I’ll take it….times 5. Lol

Anyway, back to things of importance. Fitness.
Yesterday, Monday, marked day 1 or the LIVEFIT TRAINER from bodybuilding.com.
First day of week 9...LEGS.

Ok, so I didn’t actually do this whole workout today. Reason being, that I knew I had to teach Zumba at 7 pm and seriously thought it may be too much on my body. Sometimes, you just gotta be honest with yourself. I couldn’t do it.
My class was fantastic though and we had a great time finding out inner sexy bitch.
I surprised myself when I decided to stay for the next class, which was body sculpting.

Oh girllllllll! My body said “oh hell no!”
I immediately filled my tub with Morton’s Epsom salt, grabbed some reading material and soaked! Soaked my tired and sore muscles. Womp womppppppp.

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Hope everyone has a wonderful rest of the week!!!! I am sooooo excited to visit my other bestie, Amy in the Bay Area this coming weekend!!!!

Btw…. DOES ANYONE HAVE A FUN 10k IN THE LA OR SURROUNDING AREA THAT THEY LOVE PARICIPATING IN!???

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ENTER for your chance to WIN 2 FREE entries to the COLOR ME RAD 5k in LOS ANGELES!!!

In giveaway!, running, Uncategorized On May 23, 2013 0 Comments

 

 

wooHOO friends!!!!

      I am so stoked to announce that COLOR ME RAD is coming to LA!

If you’re looking to get out, have some fun, get CRUNCK and wild while staying fit, this is your chance!

This is a super fun 5K that you can do with a friend and have LOADZ of fun!

In other words 3.1 miles of sloppy colorful fun!

I love the idea of this fun race because :

#1 Proceeds go to Special Olympics Southern Cali

#2 It’s not some gnarly race you have to go out and train for

#3 You get some really fun pics out of it;)

 

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Color Me Rad Los Angeles takes place June 22, 2013 at the Home Depot Center and a portion of the proceeds benefit the Special Olympics Southern California.

The Color Bombs start flying at 9 am with waves of runners getting plastered with paint every 5 minutes after. You’ll end up looking like a kindergarten art class gone wrong… but the Art of Running will make you feel oh so right.

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The SWEET folks at Color Me rad were SUPER kind to offer up 2 FREE ENTRIES to a devoted FROMFRIESTOFIT reader!

Read on to see how you can win!

MOST importantly:

you must:

*be available JUNE 22 2013

*willing to get dirty

*own a white tee

*have a partner in crime 😉

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Unfortunately, I won’t have a chance to be there;( womp…womppppppppp)
I’m in the salon all day, busting my ass, but trust me, I wish I could be out there enjoying all that fun with ya’ll!
do feel blessed though, that I get to share this fun event with my readers, and have a chance to give back to those that put so much in me;)
I’m loving these giveaways! My way of saying…THANKS. 

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DON’T WORRY:

 This is non-toxic, non-rash-inducing, Kroger branded, colored corn-starch.  Subsidized by the government and processed in the good ol’ US of A, these blasts of starch will change your color, and your demeanor, but never your level of wellness.

(colormerad)

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HERE’S YOUR COURSE BABES!!!
GET READY!

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 ENTER TO WIN!

IT’S SIMPLE….YOU ENTER, AND ON THE 17TH OF JUNE, I WILL SEND THE WINNER THEIR 2 FREE ENTRIES THROUGH COUPON CODES.

WHEN PROMPTED AT THE END OF THE PAYMENT INFO, YOU SIMPLY ENTER THE CODE I SEND YOU! EASY PEAZY! ahhhhhhhh I’m sooooooooo excited.

You must send me a pic of you and a friend at the race acting like FOOLS!!! LOL

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LOVE UUUUUUUU,

good luck babes, and hey even if you don’t win, I still encourange doing something super cool like this! It’s called “LIFE EXPERIENCE” 😉

xo, P

Running motivation for the NEW YEAR!

In running, Uncategorized On January 13, 2013 2 Comments

GOT RUNNING ON THE MIND?

 

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Hey guys! Today, this post is dedicated to my RE-inspiration of getting my feet back to the pavement. As you know, this past year, I ran my first ever 10k, and was completely hooked. I surprised myself with how well I did actually. I had always been active, and worked out, but had never built the endurance of a runner, so I had to start at zero. I created a training schedule to keep me on track, and to get my body used to running more than one meeeeezzly mile. (the most I could do then. Yes.. believe it.) In 2 months, I was comfortable running 6 miles without stopping to walk.

Since then, (october) I’ve consumed my workouts with with other fun activities. You know I get bored;), but I think it’s time to get back into it. I miss the feeling of accomplishing a race. To me, Ms. Competitive Lady, the best motivator is a bit of fun competition! I’m sure you can relate, right?

There are a lot of things that you sure take into account before deciding to hit the streets. Mostly because it can get boring, painful, and difficult, so a lot of people give up because they just end up hating it.

Listen, I’m not saying everyone is built to run 26 freakin miles, but the point being, that running can be a great asset to an everyday FIT life. Remember… 1 mile is more than none.

I’m back to training now a couple days a week, and wanted to share some great tips with you guys to maybe give you that last little push that you may need;)

 

Why having a running partner works:

1. You’ve heard it before, but it’s so true: There’s nothing like good conversation to make a run fly by.

2. A partner can help troubleshoot your running form. Have him or her look at your stride and point out what you’re doing wrong.

3. Partner running is safer. Particularly for women and during nighttime running, you’re much less likely to encounter trouble if you have company.

4. Partners are good pacesetters. If you have a hard day planned, call Speedy. He or she will keep you honest. Likewise, if you want to be sure to run easy, set a running date with Slowpoke.

5. A partner is the perfect pick-me-up when you’re bored with your running. Or with life, for that matter. If nothing else, you’ll have someone to blab to about your problems.

6. If you’re apt to miss running days for no good reason, a running partner will help. You won’t want to disappoint a friend by being a no-show.

7. If you’re tired of the same old running routes, a partner is sure to know some different ones.

8. Partners make great alarm clocks. If you’ve always wanted to do more morning runs, find a morning person to run with. Added benefit: You’ll be better acclimated to those a.m. races once you’ve done some a.m. training.

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Reasons to sign up for a race now:

  1. To test the waters: You don’t have to convince yourself to sign up for a marathon; there are many smaller races that will give you the sense of accomplishment and help you decide if running is for you. 5K races, for example, are great for new and experienced runners alike; even if you’ve clocked longer races under your belt, 5Ks are a great way to test your speed and improve on your time. If you’re new to running, five kilometers (or 3.1 miles) is the perfect distance to tackle as a beginner. If you’re new to 5Ks, here’s a5K training plan for beginners.
  2. To stick to your goals: If you’re like most of us, your New Year’s resolutions include a new (or better) fitness regimen. Signing up for a race now will help you not become a member of the broken resolutions club. After you sign up for a race, look for a running club to join; training for a race with newfound friends will further ensure that you stay motivated and on track.
  3. No last-minute diet plans: Sign up for a late-spring marathon now and you’ll have ample time to start a four-month marathon-training plan. Committing now will help you finish your race like you want to, but will also help you stay ahead of the game when it’s bikini weather; you won’t have to resort to last-minute diets and crazy fitness regimens when Summer rolls around.

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Below, I’ve listed some of the upcoming races in the area. Isn’t it crazy how many there are?! Now, just choosing one….

Sport Date Name Location
Running 01.19.13 Don Bosco Tech Music – A 5K Run/Walk for the Sound of Music South El MonteCA
Cycling 01.19.13 12 Hours Of Temecula #1 TemeculaCA
Running 01.19.13 Temecula Valley Half Marathon + 5K TemeculaCA
Running 01.19.13 Tule Fog 5K/10K Run VisaliaCA
Running 01.20.13 LASAA 2012-2013 Mug Run #6 – HOM CommerceCA
Cycling 01.20.13 SoCal Enduro temeculaCA
Running 01.26.13 Kids Marathon Mile at LEGOLAND CarlsbadCA
Other 01.26.13 3rd Annual Newport Beach 1st Battalion 1st Marines Beach Challenge Newport BeachCA
Running 01.26.13 PDCMS Foundation 5K Palm DesertCA
Running 01.26.13 Coastal Challenge 5K/10K Playa Del ReyCA
Other 01.26.13 Hanohano Huki Ocean Challenge San DiegoCA
Running 01.26.13 Stephen Strasburg 5K with Tony Gwynn benefiting Aztec Baseball San DiegoCA
Running 01.26.13 OLA 5K VenturaCA
Running 01.27.13 2013 Tri-City Medical Center Carlsbad Marathon + Half Marathon CarlsbadCA
Training 01.27.13 Tri-City Medical Center Carlsbad Marathon & Half Marathon Training CarlsbadCA
Running 01.27.13 Wild Horse Trail Half Marathon Chula VistaCA
Running 01.27.13 Highland Family YMCA 30th Annual 1/2 Marathon, 10K and 5K Run HighlandCA
Running 01.27.13 Rose Bowl Half Marathon PasadenaCA
Running 01.27.13 Run For Music San Luis ObispoCA
Running 01.27.13 The Biggest Loser RunWalk Off-Road Challenge Temecula TemeculaCA
Sport Date Name Location
Running 02.02.13 Anthony’s Seeing is Believing 5K + 10K Run/Walk BakersfieldCA
Running 02.02.13 Run with Dogs Dana PointCA
Running 02.02.13 The Electric Run – San Diego Del MarCA
Running 02.02.13 The Color Run Los Angeles Los AngelesCA
Running 02.02.13 Moorpark Groundhog Day 5K MoorparkCA
Running 02.02.13 Run Or Dye Orange County Orange CountyCA
Running 02.02.13 YMCA Super Fun Run 10K + 5K + Kids’ Run Paso RoblesCA
Running 02.02.13 Super Run 10K and 5K Run/Walk San DiegoCA
Running 02.03.13 LASAA 2012-2013 Mug Run #7 – PKB CerritosCA
Running 02.03.13 Super Bowl 4-Miler GoletaCA
Running 02.03.13 Surf City USA Marathon/Half Marathon Huntington BeachCA
Running 02.03.13 Super Kids Sunday 5K and Fun Run Long BeachCA
Running 02.03.13 Redondo Beach Super Bowl Sunday 10K/5K Run/Walk Redondo BeachCA
Training 02.04.13 HITS Triathlon Series Palm Springs Week-long Tri-Camp La QuintaCA
Training 02.05.13 Death Valley Camp Death ValleyCA
Training 02.08.13 Triathlon Coaching as a Business Santa MonicaCA
Running 02.09.13 OC Chili Winter Trail Run Series (#1) Trabuco CanyonCA
Running 02.09.13 CSUB PEAK Club Valentine’s Run BakersfieldCA
Cycling 02.09.13 15th Annual Tour de Palm Springs Palm SpringsCA
Running 02.09.13 Rosemead 5K RosemeadCA
Sport Date Name Location
Running 02.09.13 Run or Dye San Diego San DiegoCA
Running 02.09.13 Westlake Village Pancreatic Cancer Research Run Westlake VillageCA
Running 02.10.13 GIRLS ON THE GO for Women & Girls SacramentoCA
Running 02.10.13 Live Ultimate Los Angeles 5K/10K Run/Walk, Ultimate Team Challenge and Kids Dash Santa MonicaCA
Running 02.10.13 Puppy Love 5K Del MarCA
Running 02.10.13 15th Annual Palm Springs 1/2 Marathon, 1/2 Marathon Relay and 5K Run/Walk Palm SpringsCA
Running 02.10.13 San Dieguito Half Marathon/5K Run/Walk Rancho Santa FeCA
Running 02.16.13 Paws FUR Pink 5K Run/Walk OrangeCA
Running 02.16.13 Bishop Alemany 5K Mission HillsCA
Running 02.16.13 BUZZ Marathon #13 San MiguelCA
Running 02.16.13 President’s Day Weekend 5K WalnutCA
Running 02.17.13 7th Annual 5K Winter Warm Up CarpinteriaCA
Running 02.17.13 Rock ‘n’ Roll Pasadena Half Marathon PasadenaCA
Running 02.17.13 Bandit Ultra Trail Run 50K, 30K, 15K + 6K Simi ValleyCA
Running 02.17.13 LASAA 2012-2013 Mug Run #8 – WAL WalnutCA
Running 02.23.13 Snowshoe the Bear Big Bear LakeCA
Running 02.23.13 Love Your Community 5K Run CamarilloCA
Running 02.23.13 Southland Credit Union Los Alamitos Race on the Base Los AlamitosCA
Cycling 02.23.13 5th Annual Los Angeles Chinatown Firecracker Bike Ride Los AngelesCA
Running 02.24.13 Frozen Food Foundation 5K and Walk AnaheimCA
Sport Date Name Location
Running 02.24.13 Brea 8K Classic 2013 BreaCA
Running 02.24.13 35th Annual Los Angeles Chinatown Firecracker 5/10K Run Los AngelesCA
Running 02.24.13 WiSH Education Foundation Run For Gold NewhallCA
Triathlon 02.24.13 13th annual Redlands Triathlon, Duathlon + 5K Run/Walk RedlandsCA
Running 02.24.13 Roses en La Playa Santa BarbaraCA
Running 03.02.13 11th Annual Diamond Valley Lake Marathon HemetCA
Running 03.02.13 DairyAire 5K ChinoCA
Triathlon 03.02.13 14th Annual Desert International, Sprint Triathlon and Duathlon La QuintaCA
Walking 03.02.13 Walk to End Alzheimer’s – Coachella Valley Palm DesertCA
Running 03.02.13 Running Wild for Hidden Valley riversideCA
Running 03.02.13 Finish Chelsea’s Run 5K Run/Walk San DiegoCA
Running 03.03.13 Laguna Niguel Triathlon 5K/10K + 1K Kids Run Laguna NiguelCA
Running 03.03.13 Home Run For Kids 5K/10K Los AngelesCA
Running 03.03.13 City Challenge Urban Race Pasadena 5K + Half Marathon PasadenaCA
Running 03.03.13 St. Patrick’s Day 5K Run/Community Walk & Leprechaun Dash for the Gold Redondo BeachCA
Running 03.03.13 LASAA 2012-2013 Mug Run #9 – TEM Temple CityCA
Triathlon 03.08.13 Bayshore 70.4 Triathlon Long BeachCA
Running 03.09.13 Every Child Matters 5K Run/Walk Los AngelesCA
Running 03.09.13 Festival of Whales Grunion Run Dana PointCA
Running 03.09.13 Run Or Dye – Los Angeles Los AngelesCA

Why strength training matters:

Runners often overlook strength training for the upper body, yet this conditioning can yield major gains in respiratory efficiency, core stability, and running economy. The mechanism here is muscle strength, which improves performance and prevents injury.

The area of a muscle correlates to the amount of force it can produce; bigger muscles produce greater force. Resistance training can increase the size of the muscle–but it can also enhance the nervous system’s ability to coordinate the contraction of muscle fibers, which also contributes to greater force. In runners, the goal is greater force without increased muscle size, or developing a big engine in a light chassis. Training duration, volume, and intensity are all variables that determine whether this desired outcome is achieved.

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Finding the shoe that fits:

There is nothing worse than feeling uncomfortable while running. When the shoe is wrong for you, you tend to change the  way you run and land, which can sometimes cause injury. Avoid this, by stopping into a running store and getting properly fitted for your style. The best thing about doing this, is that they will have you run in front of them to get an idea of your habits, style , and movements. Below, are some of my faves that I’ve tried before, and had lots of luck with. Find your favorite!

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Apps & playlists:

I know people who run with nothing but their own breath, and that’s fine, I’m just not one of them….

I need to stay pumped up, you know?

You can do this by creating a playlist through pandora, spotify, or from your Itunes library!

Not only do I need some serious tunes, but I need to stay motivated by hearing my improvement during my workout. The apps below are the best ones to keep you on point.

RunKeeper

Endomondo

Nike+ Running

Zombies, Run!

MapMyRun

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Before Those First Steps!

There are very few people who should not exercise because of cardiovascular, structural, muscular, or other problems. It is very important to ensure that you are not in this risk category.

  • Before beginning any exercise, diet or other improvement program, be sure to have yourself and the program evaluated by specialists in the areas you are pursuing.
  • Specific structures and problems of individuals may require program modifications.
  • In each area, find specialists who are also knowledgeable about the positive and other effects of exercise and running.
  • Ask several respected leaders in the fitness community for recommendations of specialists.
  • Always back off any exercise or program when you feel any risk of injury or health.
  • The benefits come from regular exercise and steady adherence to a long-term program.
  • Never radically increase the amount of exercise or drastically change diet and other health elements.
  • Joining a group helps motivation!
  • Have fun and you’ll want to continue.
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Are you getting stoked?!

well, one last thing.

In addition, check out this link to learn how to properly breath while running.

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