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Wednesday, 01 March 2017 07:50

Run for the Bling

Races are great avenues for inspiration and motivation to live an active, healthy lifestyle. And sometimes, there's a little extra incentive: The Bling.

Published in Wellness
Wednesday, 05 October 2016 06:05

More Than Pink

Despite advances by the medical community and advocates—and despite declining breast cancer death rates—a stubborn truth remains: More than 40,000 women and men in the United States die of breast cancer each year.

Published in Wellness
Monday, 09 April 2012 15:59

Training Tips from a Marathon Runner

Wellness- Marathon PrepThe road ahead is long, especially if you're just starting your marathon training. Sports medicine expert Dr. Kristi Kern says the key to distance running success is setting a goal and hitting the trail.

"Make sure it's realistic and that you're not overwhelmed with the schedule. It's good to start off small at first. At the same time, you shouldn't rule anything out," she says.

Get advice from the pros, Kristi says. Trained runners at stores like Gazelle Sports or Eastown Striders can give new runners advice on equipment and pace. Athletic stores sometimes have running groups set up already, and Kristi says its a good idea to join.

Published in Wellness
Friday, 16 March 2012 14:36

Runners: Locked and Loaded

Style-Sports BraRunning is hard enough on your body, especially if you're just getting back into it after winter's hibernation. Take strides to prevent unnecessary discomfort by choosing the right sports bra. Here's how:

1. Try before you buy. There is no "one size fits all" for sports bras. Try on the sports bra before you buy it to ensure you're getting something that will fit your body and give you the most comfort and support. For a sports bra that will support even the heaviest set woman, choose something with wide shoulder and racer back straps.

2. To prevent chafing, chose a fabric that wicks moisture away. Sports bras made with 100 percent cotton will absorb sweat and stay wet. Seams that are covered or bras without seams are the best to prevent chafing. If the bra does have seams, make sure they are covered with fabric. For a sports bra with an underwire, make sure the wire is completely covered.

Published in Style
Tuesday, 31 January 2012 13:52

Make a Date with Your Girlfriends

Relatiionships-Girl FriendsWhether your ideal girlfriend date is at the coffee shop, the mall or cross-country skiing, make time for each other. E-mailing, although sometimes necessary, does not count! Set aside a half an hour this week, and give your girlfriend an old-fashioned phone call.
A little effort will better your relationships, but there are other rewards of friendship too. Gallup Poll Organizer Tom Rath says we glean habits, emotions and work ethic from our friends.  

"If your best friend eats healthily, you are five times more likely to have a healthy diet yourself. Married people say friendship is more than five times as important as physical intimacy within marriage. Those who say they have no real friends at work have only a one in twelve chance of feeling engaged in their job. Conversely, if you have a 'best friend at work,' you are seven times more likely to feel engaged in your job," he says.
So what are you waiting for? Make the date! Here are some ideas you and your girlfriends can use around West Michigan:

  • Muskegon: Who doesn't love a shopping spree! Even if it's just window-shopping, you and your girlfriends will have fun hanging out at The Lakes Mall. Whether you try on goofy outfits or shop for an evening out, a mall date is a perfectly casual outing for friends.

  • Grand Haven: Who doesn't love a crisp morning jog? In Grand Haven you can use your warm ups and cool downs to release more than endorphins. Girlfriends are encouraging and ever gracious, a combination perfect for running buddies. Hit the trails with your girlfriends this weekend. Are you up for this challenge? (Park Guide)
  • Grand Rapids: Have a girl's night out. What starts with happy hour can last long into the night when good friends abound. Check out the Experience Grand Rapids website to find locations perfect for your friendly festivities.
  • Holland: Coffee shops galore! Step into the cafe of your choosing to catch up with your friend, rehash the week, or simply enjoy a cup of tea. Coffee shops are the perfect meeting place for long-lost soul sisters. Take a seat, and remember the good old days.
  • Saugatuck: Take a walk down the beach. It's as simple as that. Even in the cold you can enjoy the lake's beauty (from inside your winter coat of course). If you and your friend don't want to brave the cold, pull up to the water at Oval Beach, and chitchat from the comfort of your car.

Written by: Erika Fifelski was born and raised in West Michigan, and after a brief stint on the sunrise side, she's home and loving it. Erika enjoys cooking, sewing, vacuuming, and discovering new ways to live sustainably and support local businesses. Photo: Stephanie Teslaa

Published in Relationships
Thursday, 12 January 2012 10:02

Running: A Necessary Fact of Life

JulieSome may scoff at running outdoors in the wintertime, but for me, it is a necessary fact of life that helps me decompress. I prefer it to running in the heat, actually, even when the temperature drops.

There is no therapy like a run around Reeds Lake, especially the stretch along the East Beltline. The area is serene enough that I go without ear buds, and allow the peacefulness to remove any anxiety.

Reeds Lake is where I got my start. I challenged myself to make it all the way around. I'll never forget the first time I did. A friend was rollerblading while I ran. The area is secluded in the fall and winter, but those are the times it is most beautiful.

When the temperature goes below 25 degrees, I wear extra layers, and if I get too hot, I can always take a layer off. I also have a fleece scarf that I breathe through every couple of minutes. It takes the edge off my lungs so that the coldness isn't as harsh on the body. I'd recommend these tips to anyone unaccustomed to winter running.

I don't run every day, but at the end of the days I do, I feel lighter. It removes the stress, and makes me feel better about eating Mexican food.

Written by: Julie Kalinowski has called Grand Rapids home since birth. She is a professed lover of her Grandma’s homemade Polish food, and she has a degree in advertising and public relations from Grand Valley State University.

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