A floor runner is never the first item on a home decor shopping list, but it can be a smart addition. If you have the right space for it, that extra sliver of texture can instantly warm up a room, and the dose of pattern can add a bit of visual interest or tie colors together. Do you have one?
I know a lot of you run, which means you also have friends and loved ones that run too. Buying gifts for the runner in your life is such an easy thing to do because buying and receiving gear is so much fun. Here are a few holiday gift ideas for the woman on the run in your life.
- Running Hat by Lucy: Winter running means wearing something on your head. But not all hats were created for the ponytail set and that is why this hat rocks. Not only does this cap keep heads warm and ears warm while wicking away sweat, it has a ponytail hole to keeps hair up and out of the way.
- Running Tights by Athleta: Running tights are a necessity and this pair has a wrap around reflective design on the calf to make a running gal more visible. Made of wicking fabric, these leggings are great for almost any kind of weather.
- Running Jacket by Danskin: Made for all kinds of weather, this jacket is lightweight but water repellent; and it moves well with you. It wicks as well and comes with an MP3 port and reflective accents too — a runner's dream.
Even if you don't entertain often, every home should have a classic and simple set of table linens, for the occasion that guests drop by and to nudge you to actually sit down and enjoy your brunch every Sunday morning. If you've inherited some antique linens, that's wonderful, but you may want to keep them in good shape for parties.
There's no need to drop big bucks on your tabletop, especially when the JCPenney Hemstitch Table Linens ($12-$27, 50% off) are so affordable. You can choose from seven color choices, or mix and match for a table setting that's just for you. Why not buy several color options and see where the mood takes you? Also, if monogramming is your thing, your runner and napkins will be monogrammed free — how 'bout that for a steal?
I just found this sweet little website chock full of designs for women who run. You can opt to put these sayings on t-shirts, mugs, mousepads, bumper stickers, and magnets. There are so many ways to celebrate your running lifestyle! You can also order a bunch of t-shirts (for about $20) to wear as a team uniform when racing with your friendly pack of lady runners.
These are just a few of the designs. So, if you want to see the rest, then read more
Yoga is great for stretching and toning your muscles, and increasing flexibility, but as far as a great cardio workout for your heart, it doesn't quite cut it.
That's why running is the perfect complement to yoga. It's practically the opposite of yoga on the exercise scale. Nothing gets the blood flowing and your heart pumping like a good run. On an average mile run, your foot will hit the ground 1,000 times. The force of impact can be 3 to 4 times your weight, so it's no wonder that many runners complain of lower back and knee pain, tight hips and hamstrings, and sore feet.
Running works your lower body brilliantly, but it leaves your upper body in the dust. This imbalance is what can cause so many problems for runners, so that's where yoga comes in. Yoga works your upper body (another reason I love vinyasas) and stretches out tight muscles. It also increases flexibility, which can prevent injury, so you'll be able to run for many years to come. Running and yoga can work as a team to keep your muscles strong and supple, and your bones in alignment.
Although both can be quite meditative and relaxing, neither one is a substitute for the other. Whether you focus more on running or yoga, try to strike a balance since the two compliment each other so well.
Fit's Tips: If you are a die-hard runner, try to remember to make time for stretching before or after your runs. You might even want to throw a weekly yoga class into your routine. On the other hand, if you are more into gentle exercise like yoga and stretching, you've got to remember to work your heart too. Add 20 minutes of heart pumping exercise (it doesn't have to be running), 2-3 times a week. Incorporating cardio and yoga will make your body and mind stronger and more balanced.
Chances are, if you are a runner, you've experienced the pain of shin splints. It basically refers to the condition called Medial Tibial Stress Syndrome (MTSS).
When you overwork the muscles in the shin, the muscles exert a great amount of force on the shin bones (tibia and fibula) to keep your foot, ankle, and lower leg stable. This excessive force can partially tear the tendons away from the bone (the tibia, which is the one on the inside of your leg). Shin splints aren't caused by running, but rather by the impact force associated with it.
Here are some tips to prevent shin splints.
- Before going out for a run, warm up and do some gentle calf stretches, which will prevent injury.
- If you are new to running, start off slowly. Too much too soon will cause shin splints or other injuries.
- Along the same lines, if you've taken a break from running, gradually work your way up to where you were.
There's plenty more tips, so read more
If you don't have an iPod Nano, than you obviously don't have the Nike+ iPod that monitors your speed, distance, and calories burned while walking or running. If you did, you would have spent about $190-$230 depending on what size Nano you bought.
If you still want to know all those stats, and others like your heart rate and target heart rate, you should check out this device by Timex.
You wear the watch on your wrist, the band around your chest, just below your breasts, and attach the black and silver rectangular-shaped device somewhere on your body, like on a small backpack.
The Triatholon Bodylink is a GPS (global positioning system), so it works with satellites to give your accurate speed, distance, and altitude. It's water-resistant and can record you workout and download it to your computer. I like the summary mode that allows you to review your speed, distance, and heart rate performance at the end of your workout.
Fit's Tips: If you are a serious runner, cyclist, hiker, or cross-country skier, you'll love being able to keep track of your stats all in one device. You should know that it does NOT work indoors, so if you run on a treadmill or ride an exercise bike inside, I'd splurge for the Nano and Nike+ iPod Sports Kit, since it works both inside and out.
I LOVE running, but that wasn't always the case. As a kid, I always hated it. I played inside with my dolls to avoid those stupid tag games (I was always "it"). And don't even get me started on the mile run at school we'd sporadically do twice a year - I HATED running.
In college, I developed asthma and now I have to take 2 kinds of medicine everyday - if I don't, I can't even carry on a conversation without coughing. But I HATE taking it everyday.
My friend told me her husband had asthma really bad - like rush to the ER bad - and he started running regularly and it really helped.
So I gave it a try. Of course, I didn't stop taking my medication right away, I started running first. And when I say started, it was a slow start. I walked a lot in the beginning, but gradually increased the amount of time I ran, minute by minute - and now I'm up to 30 minutes.
I set a goal for myself to do it consistently, 3 times a week, and I have to say that it helped a ton. Exercising my lungs clears out any fluid I have in there. It must work for Jackie Joyner-Kersee too. Now, I can't remember the last time I had to take my albuterol.
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There are holders for your iPod when you're running, but it's also a good idea to have your cell phone with you too. But where's a girl to put it? Nope, sorry, in the cleavage is NOT a good answer.
Check out this cell phone holder. It's ironically called Hold-a-Phone. You can wear it on your arm, ankle, or wrist, and the band is adjustable so you can really secure it in place.
If you're planning to wear it around a jacket, you can get the 9 inch extension piece.
To use, just slide your open cell phone into the plastic pocket that has a clear plastic face (so you can still see and press the numbers). There's a piece that stretches over the antenna to keep your phone from sliding out. Then you just close your flip phone and secure the safety strap across the front.
For only $19.95 it is definitely worth the price. Keeping your cell phone on you while running, skiing, snowshoeing, or whatever, is not only a smart idea - it's a necessity.
Whether you are a runner, walker, biker, climber, hiker, or just a person who doesn't sit on their butt all day, you've got to get a Road ID.
It's just good to be prepared in case of an accident. If you don't believe me, check out this testimonial. This guy was biking and got hit by a car. He couldn't speak, but his ankle ID had all of his info.
You can get up to 6 lines of text engraved on the stainless steel plate. Choose whether you want the Wrist, Shoe, Shoe Pouch, or Ankle ID.
Now you'll have your important info with you whenever you venture out. Each one is made with durable, water-resistant velcro, so it attaches easily. Plus the band acts as a reflector for an added safety bonus. Nice.
They're stylish and safe, and not too expensive at all. Each one is around $20. Even though I wouldn't put a price on safety, that's a pretty awesome deal.