Social media has made connecting with friends and distant family a lot easier. It helps people share ideas, thoughts, and businesses connect who never would have met otherwise. I use it quite often for a number of purposes like Facebook for family, friends, and classmates, sharing ideas on Pinterest, and meeting great people like you on all of them! One thing stood out to me this week compared to just a few years ago: people don't socialize like they used to. Sure, they share something they found on the internet, but they rarely share their lives with each other. I know it is more difficult for bloggers to get input on our content from readers, for some unknown reason. What happened to the "social" part? Are people afraid of letting themselves be real with each other? Are they concerned about bullying? I would like to offer these challenges to you:
Don't forget to sign up for the Rackin' Up the Miles challenge! It begins June 1 and runs until August 31. Since no one gave me input about cost and prizes, it is free with the only prize as being recognized for your awesome accomplishment! You may bike, run, swim, hike, walk, rollerblade, etc. You will be placed in a category of similar activities. We will keep tabs on your progress. All we ask you to do is check in regularly to log your mileage! You can join the event on Facebook to encourage each other and share ideas of how you can go the distance this summer!
I shared the current Awareness-es for the month: Celiac, Food Allergies, and Fibromyalgia. The struggles these illnesses cause are unseen, yet life altering. You can click on each one to learn more about these illnesses for yourself or others.
In case you missed them:
Food Tip of the Week: Grow Your Own!
If you want delicious, healthy fruit and vegetables, try growing them yourself! This is especially true if you want organic and non-gmo. You can do the old-style row garden or you can set up square foot raised garden beds, my favorite. My garden is getting set this coming week, due to late frosts here. What if you don't have space for a garden? If you can put pots outside or in a sunny area of your home, you can grow them in pots. Finding organic seeds and plants for your garden is easy! Look for a nursery with organic gardening supplies or try your local natural foods store. Whole Foods and some of the larger chains carry some. There are links below to some great sites to help you get your garden growing!
Note: some may be a bit New Age, but their gardening tips are spot-on.
Exercise Tip of the Week: What's the Big Deal About Form?
When I work with my clients, I am always correcting form. Why? Because doing an exercise correctly means the difference in accomplishing your goals or eventually injuring yourself, which can set you back about 3-6 months in your goals! One bad form that concerns me is when people are doing planks, push-ups, and core conditioning in the plank position. Seasoned athletes often compromise their necks, shoulders and upper back more than a new exerciser. It's important to keep your shoulders rolled back and down, your head in a firm neutral position, while looking at the floor. A lot of neck and shoulder injuries happen with bad form.
A couple of other areas prone to injury are the low back and the knees when exercising with bad form. Arching and flattening your back doing Pilates and other core floor work hurts! Eventually, you will strain muscles in your back.For the back, control your back position in either neutral or imprinted alignment. Improper squat and lunge form compromises the knee, a very complex structure. The fix is to keep the knees from going beyond the toes in squats, do not add undue pressure forward in your knee for lunges, keeping your foot aligned properly with the hip, and body upright. Proper form is everything! It can mean the difference between a newbie and a star!
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May God bless your week!