Sunday, February 27, 2011

Dean Karnazes is hoping his run across the country will inspire you to start exercising!

                                                            
  Ultra Marathon man Dean Karnazes, whose physical accomplishments include.....
*Runner up at the Canadian Death Race, 2009
*Overall Winner, 4 Deserts Race Series, which TIME magazine calls “The toughest endurance series in the world," 2008
*Competitor magazine Endurance Athlete of the Year Award winner, 2008, 2006, 2005
*ESPN ESPY Award winner, “Best Outdoor Athlete,” 2007
*Ran 50 Marathons, in 50 US States, in 50 Consecutive Days, 2006
*Winner, Vermont Trail 100 Mile Endurance Run, 2006
*Two-time Emmy Award winner, 2005, 2007
*American Ultrarunning Team, World Championships, 2005, 2008
*Men’s Journal, Adventure Hall of Fame, 2005
*Winner, Badwater Ultramarathon: World’s Toughest Footrace, 2004
*Eleven-time Western States 100 Mile Endurance Run Silver Buckle holder, 1995-2006
*Outside magazine, Ultimate Top 10 Outdoor Athletes, 2004
*Winner, Outdoor World Championships, 2001

 is running from California to New York in 75 days to raise awareness about the seriousness of the obesity epidemic in America. He is hoping to inspire everyone to be more healthy and active in their daily lives.The trip began on Feb. 25th in Disneyland. The money that will be raise during this trip, (through sponsoring runners in 5k and 10k races, that he will participate in along the way) will all go to the charity "Action for Healthy Kids". Action for Healthy Kids, is a non profit organization whose mission it is to improve the health of students across the country through exercise and healthy eating.
     Dean won't be stopping often, even to sleep! He will average about 50 miles a day. (woah)  but, when he does take a break from all his running, he will be visiting some schools and health clubs to speak about the cost the obesity epidemic has on peoples lives.
 Today more than 34% of adults in the US are obese and 1/3 of American Children, 25 million are overweight or obese. Dean will be stressing the need to eat healthy and exercise for our own health and to be good role models for our children.
 Dean's own charity Karno Kids also supports healthy living for kids. You can read more about Dean and his charitable work on his website http://www.ultramarathonman.com/flash/.
  You can also learn more about him and his trip in this video
                                        

 Here are some fun facts about Deans trip:
 He will go through about 12 pairs of sneakers
 Eat 20 bananas a day (among other things)
 Consume 10,000 calories a day
 Pass through 17 states and the district of Columbia
 Run almost 3000 miles!
 Run 50-60 miles a day, for 14 hours everyday!

 You can catch updates about Dean's Journey on "Live With Regis and Kelly" and on his facebook page.
  Dean's ultrarun should make us all stop saying "we can't" and inspire us to go out and achieve all our fitness goals!
  Let me know if you have been motivated to start your own walk/ run program, sign up for your first 5k or even half marathon! 

Sunday, February 6, 2011

Heat Up Your Valentine's Day through Exercise!

                                                    
         

                    If you are looking for a way to heat up your Valentine's Day,
                               skip the lingerie and put on your sneakers!

 You know that exercise helps people lose weight, but did you know it can improve your sex life??

                                                              OH YEAH!
            
       Both Cardiovascular exercise and Strength Training, improve your sex life.
            Here's how.....
           
    1. Exercise improves blood flow to all muscles in the body.
         When you have good blood flow, your sexual function increases.
    2.  Exercise decreases your stress levels.
         When we feel less stressed, our desire for sex increases.
    3. Exercise increases your endurance.
         Increases in endurance means better stamina, in other words, we are able to last longer and be more energetic!
    4.  Exercise helps you to lose weight and build muscle definition.
         When we lose weight and get "toned", we can feel more self confident. Studies have shown that when women feel more confident about the way they look, their sex life improves.
    5.  Exercise increases muscle strength.
        Plain and simple,  you need muscle strength to do what you want to do for longer than a minute.... Enough said.
    6.  Strength Training increases our levels of Endorphins, and hormones such as Testosterone and Adrenaline
        Increasing these levels have been shown to enhance sexual desire and pleasure.   
   7.  Exercise increases body awareness.
       When you exercise, you create a better connection with your body. You enhance your understanding of what your body wants and needs. You also have a greater control of your body in space. In other words, you feel more graceful and in sync with your environment. 
   8. Exercise increases your flexibility.
       I don't really need to explain the benefits of being flexible, do I?
   
          So, if you want to heat up your Valentine's Day, start working out now.
 Better yet, get your partner to do it with you. That way, you can both enjoy the benefits together, long after Valentines Day is over!!!! Now isn't that better than a box of chocolate?