Head-on wind, flying dirt, kamikaze bugs and pesky pollen can all cause dry, itchy, irritated eyes. As someone who recently had Lasik eye surgery, I want to be extra protective of my peepers — especially when I’m training. Athletes tend to focus on doing everything to protect and nourish their muscles that we often forget that our eyes are precious, too.
When I was in high school, I had a job at one of the first “all women” exercise facilities. I remember a day when the manager handed out samples of meal replacement shakes. The concept of a “diet shake” was new then—and women went crazy for this seemingly magical solution to weight loss. All you had to do was drink two delicious shakes and eat one meal a day, and extra pounds were supposed to melt right off.
Q: How do you clean your bike after a wet and windy ride?
Brandon Marsh answers
A: Though wind may not cause any permanent damage to your bike, mud, water and grime can. If not thoroughly washed, road debris can eat away at your gears and frame. So no matter how exhausted you are after a hard ride, opting for a post-ride siesta before cleaning your bike could be a costly mistake.
Media’s portrayal of the ideal woman has changed from the once-popular skeletal frames. In today’s world, more fashion models and celebrities are realizing that a fit body sells. And, quite frankly, it’s a healthier way of life. That’s why they’re turning to fun and functional group fitness options (think Tabata training and crossfit) and top-level personal trainers to transform their bodies into lean, mean machines. Finally, the sexiness of a well-toned body is catching on — and this is a trend you won’t want to miss!
When I drive my daughter to dance class every day, I pull into a parking lot packed with cars. But they don’t belong to other “dance moms” bringing their children to tap, ballet and jazz lessons. They belong to patrons—men and women of all different sizes, shapes and ages—of a yoga studio next door. I always wonder what’s going on in there, to draw such a huge crowd of smiling, mat-carrying people, rain or shine, morning or night.
The benefits of music are immeasurable. Yet, some people still wonder if it’s a good idea to listen to music while exercising. For example, athletes aren’t allowed to wear headphones in a race, so some prefer to train in silence claiming it helps prepare them mentally. While we don’t recommend plugging your ears while cycling on the road (all eyes and ears open, please!), we do find the mental, physical and emotional impact of music to be a great benefit to athletes of all kinds.
“The secret of achievement is to hold a picture of a successful outcome in the mind.” – Henry David Thoreau
There are many forms of motivation, but the one I find most effective is visualization. If you have ever spoken in public and pictured the audience in their underwear, you know the power of visualization. So if you’re dying to get into your pre-pregnancy pants, pull those suckers out of the closet and use them to push you through your get-fit journey. I have a few other ways visualizing your success can really pay off, so keep reading. Read more →
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