Why is Warm-up Important? by Coach Heather

Why is warm-up so important?  For one, the activity or your job that you were doing it shifts your mind and gets not only your body ready but your mind ready.  I had a runner over the weekend tell me they don’t warm-up before a race – the runner asked if that’s why his/her hamstrings feel so tight and stiff.  Absolutely! Warm-up gets your cardiorespiratory and neuromuscular systems and metabolic energy pathways stimulated.  Muscles contract and, to meet their increasing demands for oxygen, your heart rate, blood flow, cardiac output and breathing rate increase.  Blood moves faster through your arteries and veins and is gradually routed to your working muscles.  Think of it this way: those of you in the colder states think of just getting in your car without defrosting the windshield and rear view mirror.  Your car has to work harder and you can’t see.  You’re basically doing the same thing to your body.  You also risk injury.  Warm-up is injury prevention.  You can’t go from sitting or working and just into a workout without a proper warm-up to get your body and mind prepared.  Your body will not like it.  Your brain tells your body what to do. Your blood temperature rises and oxygen is released quicky, raising the temperature of the muscles.  This allows the muscles to use glucose and fatty acids to burn calories and create energy for the exercise.  All of these processes prepare the body for higher-intensity!  You cheat your mind and body when you don’t warm-up! A proper warm-up leads to the following benefits: 1. Leads to efficient calorie burning (who...
Product Review by Coach Kristie  – ipsy

Product Review by Coach Kristie – ipsy

Being a part of the fitness and endurance community from time to time I am approached to review products that are widely used, or newly being introduced, in the fitness and endurance worlds.  I currently have a few products I am working with to create reviews for the very near future. Recently I have been approached by an entirely different community.  The community of health and beauty for both men and women.  They want to reach a different demographic.  People who are “real” in the world and not necessarily experts or influencers in the health and beauty community. Keep in mind, fitness and endurance sports are my specialty, my reviews will not be the typical as you would see by a beauty expert.  However I hope it provides you a fresh perspective. Welcome to the first of these product reviews! There are many monthly subscription services out there.  Bark Box, Runnerbox, Wine of the Month, etc.  This was the first time I have been introduced to a company that does health and beauty, primarily, make-up. My first impression, it’s VERY affordable.  $10 a month to be exact.  What you get each month is a “Glam Bag” with 5 sample sized items picked out for you based upon a product/beauty profile you fill out before you subscribe.  When you first sign up, you are placed on a wait list unless you want to get your Glam Bag right away.  To get off the wait list you have some options with sharing on social media.   I decided to go on the wait list as I didn’t want to give ipsy...

Support/Mental Strength – by Coach Heather

Support/Mental Strength What is support?  Google defines it as to bear all or part of the weight of, build up.  Give assistance to.  Why is it important related to health and fitness?  It is crucially important. There are some people who are self-motivators and value exercise or who grew up exercising and love it.  There are those who like myself didn’t grow up exercising and it’s intimidating. I remember the first time I stepped into the gym with Jolene and my family.  It was very intimidating.  I was fat, had no self-confidence and had no clue as to what I was doing.  I remember walking on the treadmill and looking at Jolene and saying hey that looks cool let’s try that etc.  You could tell I had no clue as to what I was doing.  It is funny to think about it.  I will never forget this Trainer asking us if we knew what we were doing.  I appreciated her honesty. I remember when I was training for my first Triathlon.  Having my husbands and families support was so crucial.  Being surrounded by people who love you, believe in you and support you is really important. As I was growing up, I didn’t have any self-confidence.  As kids, we were always put down.  Our cousins were always praised.  So growing up and taking up Triathlon I have broken a lot of barriers and have had a lot of breakthroughs. I remember when I was losing weight and people in the gym would see me and encourage and compliment me.  It is the best feeling to have others see you...