Monday, March 5, 2012

I'm Back!

Hello wellness bloggers! I'm back! It's Sheri again this week! Just returned from a week's vacation in the Bahamas and boy was it beautiful and fun! I know we often talk to you about why you need to work-out and what it does for your body, mind and soul. It's great for you...and we need to keep our bodies moving always and forever! I'm going to take a different twist today on working out. While I was on vacation I enjoyed the sun everyday- not to mention the free drinks and food(I stayed at an all-inclusive). With that being said, I'm back on the saddle this week trying to teach my body to remember the way it was before I left on vacation! Vacations can sure change the way we eat and work-out(or not work-out in my case). I bring this up for a good point. Too often we are too hard on ourselves when we do take "time off" for vacations and I have come to the realization as of late....that vacation is just that...a vacation from everything that is normal. It's ok to take time off from your routine fitness regime....as long as you hop back on that fitness saddle when you return. Life is about living....and you work-out to help you live better! Reward yourself when on vacation to do as you please, and don't be so hard on yourself because you may have eaten a bit more than needed or didn't work-out as you may normally do. Enjoy yourself in the moment of being on vacation! By allowing ourselves to take small breaks in our regular routines, our bodies appreciate what it does for us more, and actually can work harder on the return because you have given it a small rest. It's our reward to ourselves for working so diligently hard on our fitness and healthy eating all year through. As always, let me know your thoughts! Keep on moving! Sheri
Tip of the week: When walking or running, slightly bend your arms and "pump" with them as you move forward. You waste energy by having them straight.

7 comments:

  1. Welcome back, your vacation sounds amazing!I have a question for you...I’ve been running on a treadmill, using a 1.5% incline and after about a mile I start to get shin splint pain in my right leg to the point that I have to stop. Is there any advice you can give to eliminate or reduce the pain? Shoes, stretching, etc??? I don’t want to stop running.

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  2. Good for you for running and moving! How long have you been running? A lot of people experience shin splints(pain on the front of their leg)when they first start walking and running. This is common because those muscles are not use to the movement you are imposing on them on that constant incline or in that particular speed. I would say start off slow- let your body become warm. Take about 2-4 minutes to start running. Also, look at your shoes. Are your shoes old and broken inside? They may look new, but how many miles do they have on them? Are they brand new? New shoes can cause discomfort too if they are not the right shoes to run in. Look at your incline. When you have a constant incline of 1.5, there is more of a "force" on your calf/shin and that causes inflammation as well. Reduce the grade to .5 until your body feels better. Lastly, STRETCH! Be sure to stretch the heck outta that calf and shin after your run. Do this several times throughout the day if you can. Massage your calf and shin too at night when you are sitting with your hand or a something hard that rolls(like a tennis ball). You can always take an ibuprofen if your medically able to- that helps with the inflammation. Ice is also an added option in the evening for about 10 minutes. Hope this helps! Thanks for your question! Sheri

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