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how to have a better attitude at the pool (or on the run)

Editor’s Note:  Running and swimming have a lot in common, with the main thing that both are “lifetime” sports.  You can do either at a very young age, through adult life and on through the golden years.  Running, like swimming, you can do just for fun, or to compete.  As far as burning off stress and staying fit, both are excellent choices. So with that, here’s an article that we found on a swimming site, that serves its purpose just as well with running!  Enjoy!

by: Olivier Poirier-Leroy – via swimswam.com

It’s crazy how much of an impact our attitude has when it comes to the way we perform in the pool.

On days when we are riding high, with life seemingly bending to our will, even the toughest of workouts is met with an optimistic and determined front. And yet, when we feel bummed out, or pessimistic, the tough stuff in the pool becomes even tougher.

“Excellence is not a skill. It’s an attitude.” – Ralph Marston

Being positive-minded when you are going through those heavy bouts of training, where exams and assignments are piling up, can help make the challenging stuff easier to handle. When we are optimistic we are able to better brace ourselves for the difficult chapters in our swimming career, and perhaps most importantly for the team, you contribute to developing an environment where everyone – and especially you – are primed for success.

1. Get better at failing. If you look at the way you take and handle setbacks as a skill, something you can actively work on, than you are light years ahead of those swimmers that take every failure – large and small – as an indictment on their abilities. Look, setbacks are gonna happen. From the age grouper, to the multi-Olympic, multi-gold medal winning athlete. What separates those from who allow failure to define why they quit and those who choose to make failure a re-direction in their journey is the outlook they have. Decide to work on improving the way you handle failing.

 2. Journal some gratitude. By now there is no doubt that at least one of your friends on Facebook (perhaps even you) have taken some form of the gratitude challenge. (For the uninitiated, you write out 3-5 things you are grateful for on Facebook each day for a few weeks.) Research has shown that this actually works, and that redirecting your thoughts to the good stuff in your life that you have in your life increases happiness and decreases stress. You certainly don’t need to post it online for the world to see,   spending a few minutes at home logging it into a notebook or log book works just as well.

 3. Celebrate the victories. Especially the small ones. If you are like me, you tend to undervalue the impact of your small wins. Because they aren’t the big, life-altering victories that cause massive change, we gloss them over, ignore them and bypass them. Which is too bad. Although having three really good practices in a row, or doing bilateral breathing for the full workout, or doing every meter with awesome technique isn’t a world record or gold medal, it’s still worth recognizing and celebrating.

 4. Be solutions oriented. It’s easy to point out the faults and shortcomings of not only ourselves, but of those around us. When things aren’t going our way the quickest route is to latch on to the problem and dwell on it. Rather than piling on to yourself (or others) seek a solution, a path forward and offer constructive criticism. When we seek solutions we are moving forward, making progress. Making excuses and offering criticism without guidance keeps us stuck in place.

 5. Remember that attitude is a choice. We make a metric ton of choices on a daily basis. What we are going to eat for breakfast. Whether or not we are going to pay attention in class. Whether or not to unfollow or fully unfriend the chronic meme-poster friend on Facebook. The mental approach we take on, the attitude we carry around with us, is dictated by us as well. Simply thinking about having a better attitude can often be just the thing to have it improve. Being conscious of the fact that our chosen attitude is our prerogative is better than allowing our attitude to be influenced by others and left up to chance.

 6. Don’t let the negativity of others infect you. This one is a little more sneaky. We don’t often notice how the people around us influence us until much later. Hang out with a complainer for the course of a day and you can’t help but latch on to some of that negative energy, catching yourself complaining by the end of the day. Hang out with positive-minded people, however, and you will find their optimism to be infectious. If, according the law of averages, we are the average of the five people we spend the majority of our time with, what does that make you?

 7. In the words of Ghandi, be the change. When you are positive with others around you, supporting their goals, making for a more positively charged training environment, caring about your teammates, you cannot help be become more positive with yourself. Seeing the positive within you comes with seeing the positive in others. The effects of this may seem simple, but they are profound. When you choose to be the catalyst for creating a positive environment in training, and when you and your teammates encourage one another and foster an environment that pushes everyone to succeed, everybody wins.

balance: the teeter totter of life

Balance is the one thing in my life I am constantly working on and shaping. Just like a teeter totter, it shifts back and forth. Sometimes the sway is every minute, while other times it is much larger and requires more attention to get the balance closer to the neutral point.

Life balance is not the same for everyone. For instance, an extrovert needs more social stimulation for an energy boost, while its counterpart, the introvert, recharges their battery by having some solo time. Knowing what you need in your life is crucial in the dance to find your balance.

I am currently at a place where my balance would physically exhaust most people. This fall I am doing three half-marathons, getting BODYPUMP certified, and teaching three PILOXING classes a week. Plus my normal workout schedule. It also includes adequate nightly rest, regular food prep at home, taking care of my clients at the salon, running a business, and my weekly run with my runhers ladies. I do still have time to catch up on my favorite shows, see my friends and family, and have an occasional nap in there, too!

One area I am making a conscious effort to work on is not telling others what their life balance looks like. Is it not always easier to dissect someone else’s life instead of taking a hard look at our own? Yeah, I have been there, too! The truth is I have no idea what keeps another person feeling more in balance. I walk in my shoes on my journey, and you walk in your shoes on your journey. All I can hope for is that you are mindfully working on creating and finding what your balance is.

Why is life balance important? Simple. Life runs smoother. Personally, I am less stressed and frazzled, which keeps me more rational and lighthearted. I also have time to breathe, really admire, and give gratitude to my surroundings. Have you taken the time, or even noticed, the colors of fall happening around us? Or, the bright orange and pink sky early in the morning, and at sunset? Just take a minute to stop, take a deep breath, and reset. Balance.

Some ideas that have helped me:

  1. On Sunday, plan out your weekly to do’s on a paper calendar and give adequate time for all things. Include work, sleep, workout time, “me” time, friend and family time, home maintenance, etc. This will help you manage your time and will show you in advance what kind of flexibility you have for the week. Feel free to make it colorful and fun! It’s your calendar.
  2. Know what your heart and soul need to stay centered. Life balance includes your mental health, emotional well-being, and your physical self. Do not apologize for making those needs a priority. You will be the best version of yourself and able to give to those around you more when you are more in balance. If you are craving a Netflix binge, but the house needs cleaning, by all means … watch a little Netflix. The house will still be waiting for you when you are ready!
  3. Know that perfect balance is not the goal or something to achieve. Life balance is like yoga: it’s a mindful, daily practice. You get better at it. It will evolve as your life evolves. Make adjustments as needed.

My balance right now has included new challenges. I have been in my career for twelve years, and wanted a change, so I have stepped into the fitness industry on the side. It has not taken away from my time in my business at the salon; however, it has added another level of fulfillment to my life now. I don’t know if this is a lifelong venture, but it’s in my today, and I am embracing it 100%. 

Live. Life. Beautifully.

~ Staci

domestic abuse/unhealthy relationship/dating violence


Editor’s Note:
Our Designing a Safer Woman Guide is built to cover many issues relating to women’s safety. And it does cover some basics on domestic abuse and unhealthy relationships. This section is especially timely given all the attention in the media these past weeks on domestic abuse. We must continue to raise the bar, and the awareness on this issue that affects so many women. Violence against women is serious, even deadly. We must do all we can to support each other and find solutions within our communities. If you are part of an organization that deals with these issues, and have tips and/or resources you’d like to share, please contact us: info@runhers.com

One in every four women will experience domestic violence in her lifetime. Domestic violence is the willful intimidation, physical assault, battery, sexual assault, and/or other abusive behavior perpetrated by an intimate partner against another. It is an epidemic affecting individuals in every community, regardless of age, economic status, race, religion, nationality or educational background.

Violence against women is often accompanied by emotionally abusive and controlling behavior, and thus is part of a systematic pattern of dominance and control. What might have begun as an intense show of affection can quickly turn ugly if boundaries are intentionally crossed and you see the signs of abuse listed below.

BEHAVIORS THAT MAY INDICATE A PROBLEM

  •        Checking your cell phone or email without your permission
  •        Constantly putting you down and making unflattering comments
  •        The presence of extreme jealousy and insecurity
  •        Anger control issues and explosive temper
  •        The process of isolating you from your family and friends
  •        Making false assumptions and accusations
  •        Wild mood swings and acting emotionally imbalanced
  •        Any physical abuse whatsoever
  •        Possessiveness and intimidation
  •        Telling you what to do, where to be, how to act, etc.

POTENTIAL ABUSER STRATEGIES TO BE AWARE OF

  •        They might use an Intrusion Test where the perpetrator subtly checks out your boundaries by physical proximity, comments or demands on your time and attention.
  •        They might use Desensitization Tactics.  You become accustomed to these intrusion tests, and no longer notice when your physical/social/emotional boundaries are crossed.
  •        They might use Isolation Tactic. The perpetrator isolates you, or waits for a situation where you’re isolated, to provide an opportunity for an assault/rape/attack.
  •        They may have frequent angry outbursts.  These outbursts are meant and intended to intimidate or control you.
  •        They ignore you or don’t believe you.  They keep testing and discounting your “NO.”
  •        They intrude or continue to intrude your personal space and are almost always too close or try inappropriate touching or other body contact.
  •        They frequently interrupt you and/or make intrusive or insensitive remarks, such as about your body, other women, etc.
  •        They use Forced Teaming which is making it seem like you have a mutual problem that you jointly have to resolve.
  •        They use Loan Sharking, which is doing you favors so you may feel like you owe him something or give him the benefit of the doubt.
  •        They use Typecasting which is calling you a name (snob/racist/lesbian, etc.) which they want you to try to disprove.  

 

train and run a 5K with us

Editor’s Note: For OKC Metro area women; we are happy to partner with Metro Family Magazine for another #StrongTogether project using our sofa2success 5K program. The goal race will be October 18th Komen Race for The Cure 5K. We provide all the training and as much motivation/inspiration as we can, you provide some time to come out and get started. They say the first step is the most difficult, but we provide a happy, safe and structured environment to get you going! Hope to see you soon. All details will be on our Facebook.com/runhers page.

The question, what is preventing you from being healthier and happier? Maybe you just aren’t sure how to get started … or re-started? Sofa2success can help you get that ‘feel good’ energy back. Taking that first step can transform you and restore your confidence/energy to live happier and healthier. Truth is, a healthy you is the best you! You’ll be in good company as well, with about 13 million women regularly hitting the road, trail, or treadmill, according to a report by the Sports & Fitness Industry Association.

The supportive women at runhers are here to help you get started or back on track toward a more rewarding lifestyle. We can help train you to run or walk in a 5K (3.1 mile) event. It’s easy to get going – we provide a plan, a certified coach, all the education you may need, and lots of motivation. You provide the first step by coming out and following the plan… and as we move ahead together, your confidence, energy and spirit will grow! Completing a 5K is a great accomplishment and you can continue on your journey to a healthier, happier you. The best you!

You may be asking… why should I be thinking about taking up running or walking in this training group?

  • The accountability and camaraderie: You’ll get to know many other women in the training group and be able support and encourage each other! We are all in this together.
  • The simplicity of it! It’s so simple to start! All you need is some comfortable clothing you can move in and some decent athletic footwear, and your off and running! You can run or walk any day and time you want.
  • Everyone can participate! Running is the most inclusive of all activities. You don’t have to have a special athletic talent to do it. You just lace up the sneakers and get moving at your own pace. Want to get faster or go longer? We can help you with all of that – safety tips, training schedules, group runs and all the support you need are all here at runhers women’s association. You can run or walk for fitness, to socialize or even compete in races.
  • Anytime – anywhere – any duration: You can be just about anywhere and get a run and/or
  • Fun Events – Worthy Causes: The beauty of running and walking is that you can run in solitude one day, with your training/social group the next and then run an event with anywhere from 300 to 40,000 other participants on any given weekend! How exhilarating!
  • Before Starting

    Before starting a 5K training program, it is highly advised that you should make sure you are healthy enough to undertake the training. This 5K training should not be taken lightly. Consult your medical professional to ensure you are ready for this important next step!

    We will be issuing a schedule with locations for the 8 week program. We are meeting up every Saturday morning with Coach to do the miles/minutes as a group. Coach will be providing education and answering any questions before the runs/walks; including proper warm-up, running/walking drills stretching techniques, some laughs and motivation.

    Notes:

    XT means to cross train. This could be any other activity to help body, mind and spirit! You could do some core work, or light stretching, upper body workout, yoga or any activity you enjoy. Mix it up, experiment and listen to your body.

    Easy Runs and Walk/Runs

    This means running totally comfortable and controlled. When running alone or with your runhers training partner or group, you should be able to converse easily. You’ll likely feel as if you could go faster. Don’t. There is always time in the future to go faster or longer if that becomes your goal. For now, just building a ‘base’ level of running or run/walking fitness is what you are after. You can also do walk/runs where you may start with 1 minute of easy running with 2 – 3 minutes of brisk walking; repeating this for the duration. Experiment with the mix of walk/run minute until you feel comfortable with it.

    Rest

    Rest is always important. Make one day a rest day where you really are resting up from training. You need to make sure your muscles are well rested as you progress and grow though the training program. Rest and recovery doesn’t always mean doing nothing, you can do some like stretching or other light physical activity. Your body will begin telling you what it needs as you develop a better relationship with it!

    About sofa2success

    sofa2success© is being developed into a complete series for women that will include the 5K training and other fitness programs, nutrition tips, easy to prepare healthy recipes, other lifestyle tips, as well as a guide to balancing all the things that can make life very stressful. All in all – we will use the sofa2success program as a lifestyle guide that you can use as a reference anytime you need it. Our website and Facebook and Twitter feeds will offer daily lifestyle tips, food and nutrition news, shopping, events and forums of all kinds to help keep you active and happy! We have an advisory group of accomplished people from many disciplines to ensure that we provide you with the best evidenced based information. We also have humorists, to keep the scientists/professionals from getting too serious! We have to have fun!

    a body in motion…

    Editor’s Note:  We all know that too much sitting and/or inactivity is dangerous for our health.  Inactivity is being referred to as an epidemic that can lead to disastrous long term health issues.   The hers projects are researching all around the US and other countries who are taking the issue on, and we are finding some very promising things we can share soon.  For now, we know that even short bursts of movement (5 minutes) are helpful for mood and your body!  This article is interesting on reducing your cancer risks, by moving more!  Read on:  

    By: Peter Janiszewski, Ph.D.

    You’ve heard it here more than once: sitting too much is bad for you. Unfortunately, much of our everyday life is comprised of prolonged sitting – from your car, to your desk, to your dining table, to your couch. There’s just no escaping the temptation to sit. Sometimes, despite your best efforts, sitting is the only socially acceptable option. (Ever tried standing in a movie theatre or at dinner in a restaurant? This guy has!)

    Sitting too much increases your risk of a variety of diseases and early mortality even if you are at a healthy weight and you regularly exercise. For instance, as Travis previously summarized, a “longitudinal study from Australia reports that each hour of daily television viewing is associated with an 11% increase in the risk of all-cause mortality regardless of age, sex, waist circumference, and physical activity level.”

    Some have gone as far to suggest that sitting is the new smoking. How is that for an ominous metaphor?

    In case you needed more proof that excess sitting is, in fact, killing you – here it is, courtesy of a new study published in the Journal of the National Cancer Institute: too much sitting is also associated with an increased risk of certain cancers.

    In the study, the authors analyzed data from 43 individual studies including a total of 68 936 cancer cases (a study or studies, or a meta-analysis in science-geek parlance). Across all these studies they compared the risk of a specific cancer in the most versus the least sedentary group.

    Comparing the highest levels of sedentary behavior to the lowest, the study observed a significantly higher risk for three types of cancers of the colon, endometrium, and lung.

    Specifically, for each 2-hr increase in daily sitting time, the risk for colon cancer, endometrial cancer, and lung cancer, increased by 8%, 10%, and 6%, respectively.

    Similar observations were reported for the specific behaviours of TV viewing time and occupational sitting time as well as total sitting time.

    As has been described in other similar studies, these associations were true regardless of how much individuals exercised. In other words, not only do we all need to try to be physically active, we have to ensure we’re not falling into the category of an active couch-potato. That is, one who exercises for an hour a day, but spends the rest of his/her time with their butt firmly planted in a chair or couch.

    As always, we have to keep in mind the limitations of this type of study. One of the first lessons we all learn in an entry statistics class is that correlation does not equal causation. An increased risk of certain cancers with increased idle time has been observed consistently across many studies, but this does not definitively prove that sitting causes cancer.

    Nevertheless, limited lab studies in humans and animals have provided some insights into the mechanisms by which this might happen. The authors of this paper suggest a number of ways in which sitting may lead to cancer – with the mechanism potentially differing based on the type of cancer in discussion. At this point, however, the picture remains blurry.

    What is less unclear is the fact that we’d all likely do ourselves a favour by spending less time on our ischial tuberosities (sitting bones).

    Reference:
    Daniela Schmid, Michael F. Leitzmann. Television Viewing and Time Spent Sedentary in Relation to Cancer Risk: A Meta-analysis. Journal of National Cancer Institute. 2014. DOI:10.1093/jnci/dju098

    Published at: http://blogs.plos.org/obesitypanacea/2014/06/19/too-much-sitting-increases-cancer-risk/?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=feed&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+plos%2Fblogs%2Fobesitypanacea+%28Blogs+-+Obesity+Panacea%29

     

     

     

     

     

     

    runhers to host Free 5K in OKC Metro


    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
    OKLAHOMA CITY – JUNE 2, 2014
    Contact: Sheila Kidder – (405.659.2852)
    info@runhers.com

    Celebrate National Running Day June 4th!

    Oklahoma City based runhers women’s association is hosting a free, timed 5K to celebrate national running day. The event will begin at 7pm, at Elite Feet Running at 1237 E Danforth Road in Edmond. All ages and abilities are welcomed. Experienced runners are encouraged to bring a friend to hopefully get them introduced and excited about all the benefits of a running lifestyle. There will be festivities following the run. Additionally, there is also an organized and timed 5K run produced by the Norman, OK, runhers women’s association. That event will start at 6:30pm from OK Runner in Brookhaven Village.

    runhers Director of Special Projects Sheila Kidder states, “We’ve already had over 100 people commit and say they are going to be out running with us! Our hope is to continue spreading the happy and healthy virus everywhere we go, and create fun experiences that drive more people towards active lifestyles!” Kidder adds, “If we all encourage and support one person to begin taking those small, daily steps towards a healthier lifestyle, the ripple effect can have dramatic impact on our future.”

    About National Running Day

    Created by the New York Road Runners (NYRR), National Running Day, held annually on the first Wednesday in June, is a day when runners everywhere declare their passion for running. Since 2009, the country’s foremost running organizations have worked together to celebrate our sport with thousands of participants on the first Wednesday of June. We encourage runners to join in by planning a run, spreading the running bug to a friend, signing up for a race, or setting a new goal. www.runningday.org @runningday #runningday

    About runhers® women’s association

    We are a creative force that empowers women to discover, design and activate their version of a healthy and happy life. We create partnerships and experiences that engage, entertain and inspire women everywhere. To connect, please visit us at www.runhers.com or facebook.com/runhers – twitter @runhers – email info@runhers.com

    what the heck is piloxing

    Editor’s Note:  We are one a never ending quest to discover new things.  Trends in exercise, fashion, entertainment, art and architecture are just some of the things we are constantly curious about.  Of course, you can add all things health and happiness to that too!  If you have some interesting topic that you think we should be learning about and sharing – please contact us.   Our feature here is on the topic of piloxing, a new exercise program that Staci Patton is now teaching!  Take it away Staci! 

    runhers:  Hey Staci

    Staci: Well, hello there!

    runhers:  So, being on top of many trends, styles and other cool things, you found a new way to move your body?

    Staci:  I have! Through my friend in LA, who is a Master Trainer for the company, I came across PILOXING. It is quickly growing! We have certified instructors worldwide!

    runhers: Can you give us a little background on where/how Piloxing began, it’s a very cool name!

    Staci:  Of course. PILOXING started in LA about 5 years ago. The creator, Viveca Jensen, is a Swedish-born professional dancer, trained boxer and Pilates instructor. Viveca has a Pilates studio in Burbank, where she trains all sorts of people, including celebrity clients. She took her favorite disciplines and created a fusion built in an interval setting, which is the best way to get cardio and burn fat. The class is one hour long, and includes a warm up, class portion with boxing, Pilates, and dance.  Then we move to the floor to work on butt and abs before cooling down. The best part of the class is it doesn’t feel like you’ve been working out for an hour!

    runhers: What kind of a workout can people expect when they come to a Piloxing session?

    Staci: A fun, fast-paced and challenging workout! PILOXING is bare foot training, which really engages your core for the balanced movements. It also helps strengthen your feet. (Hello runhers!) We wear weighted gloves that are a half-pound a piece, which is the weight of a boxing glove. Incorporating bare foot training and the weighted gloves really helps get the most out of the class. The gloves especially add to the toning aspect in the arms, as well as increasing the heart rate for the duration of the class. I typically burn around 600 calories during the class. Since it is interval training, your metabolism gets kicked into high gear and continues to burn for up to twelve hours after you are done. Bare foot training and the weighted gloves are completely optional though.

    runhers: Do you have to bring  level of fitness or skill set to begin doing Piloxing?

    Staci:  Not necessarily. Depending on where each person is in their fitness journey, PILOXING can be modified for them. It’s about moving, sweating and having a good time while doing so. The first class is always going to be the hardest. Most of the women who have taken my class claim to not be coordinated, but I disagree! Because it is a cardio workout, some may take more frequent breaks than others, which is perfectly fine. And for the fitness junkies, I am still challenged by the workout every time I do it. You can always amp up or tone down your own intensity.

    runhers:  Do the workouts change often?  Or will I do pretty much the same workout at different intensity?

    Staci: I play with different music each week. The choreography will change somewhat. PILOXING has what we call signature blocks, so no matter where you take a class there will be some familiarity to it. However, as a member in the PILOXING Instructor Association, I receive new choreography every quarter to keep things fresh! In each class we will do four boxing blocks, four Pilates blocks and three dance blocks. Each one is different, so no block is repeated during the class.

    runhers: What else should I know about Piloxing?

    Staci: PILOXING is so fun! We don’t take ourselves seriously. We shake our booties while getting fit! Fitness should include workouts you really enjoy, and since PILOXING is so core focused, it makes for great cross training for runners. Oh, and we always end each class with the PILOXING mantra, which is SLEEK, SEXY, POWERFUL! I always leave feeling empowered and strong!

    runhers:  Well, thank you for sharing, we are coming to try it out!

    Staci: Thank you for helping me spread the PILOXING love! Please do! I teach at Body Language in Edmond on Wednesday nights at 6. I would love to introduce everyone to my favorite workout! If anyone would like more info or has any questions for me I can be reached at staciq@me.com.

     

    stay creative this spring

    By:  Britta Newton @ www.brittablogs.com

    Inspiration Board. Whether it’s magazine cutouts push pinned to your wall or a framed bulletin board a creative brain needs the tangible inspiration. Try printing out some of your favorite Pinterest boards and favorite blog posts.

    Keep a beautiful pad & pen on you at all times. I have a stack of unique notebooks, and when I brainstorm I grab which one inspires me for the current project. Using a beautiful pen will keep writing happily!

    Write. Keeping a daily journal and writing about your thoughts each day will keep your creative juices flowing! When they start flowing you’ll be overwhelmed with the hopes of ideas and you’ll have a pen in hand to write everything down.

    Read.  Magazines, books, blogs… Reading and looking at great images will keep your mind in critical thinking mode.

    Be Active. Doing a 15 minute yoga video in your living room, or taking a walk around the neighborhood will get your blood flowing each morning.

    Add Color. I painted my office orange and it really has done wonders. Add color to your work-space to inspire different moods each day. Something as small as multi colored post it notes will brighten up your mundane to-dos.

    Surround yourself with creative people. Having a positive support group to bounce ideas off of will be the tracks to your train. Learning from others and having competition will keep you improving daily.

    …and in my opinion, the most important.

    Break The Rules.  Which ones? All of them. (P.S. I said rules, not laws. Don’t break laws.)

    laugh it up

    Editor:  It’s true that children laugh many more times a day than adults do.  But, we should try to catch up to those little rascals!   And for greats reasons, it’s great for our health, not to mention our sanity!  So yuk it up, early and often.  And please share anything you find funny with us here: info@runhers.com  We are always looking for a good belly laugh! 

    Laughter therapy

    You know how it feels when you laugh so hard you cry? Whatever tension you had, a good belly laugh washes it away. Because your mind and body are connected, laughing may be one of the best natural medicines around.

    What happens when you laugh?

    A robust laugh gives the muscles of your face, diaphragm, abdomen, and sometimes your arms and legs, a good workout. Your heart rate and blood pressure rise then fall, you breathe faster and deeper, and oxygen surges through your blood stream. Your brain pumps hormones that make you very alert and endorphins that numb pain. Laughter:

    • raises your pain threshold
    • reduces stress and calms you in emotional situations
    • enhances immunity by boosting your levels of antibodies

    Laughing relaxes your body and clears your mind. By seeing the humor in a stressful situation, you may be able to change your response to the stress by replacing negative thoughts with positive ones.

    You can’t laugh and worry too much at the same time.

    Prescription for laughter

    How can you use humor to feel your best? Try to:

    Seek out things that make you laugh, like funny movies, books, and cartoons

    Keep a humor journal in which you write down jokes, funny things kids say, newspaper headlines, bumper stickers, and events

    Tell jokes and make a point of passing on the jokes you hear

    Laugh at yourself when you make mistakes or think you’re taking yourself too seriously

    Look at the funny side of stressful situations and turn them into funny stories you can tell afterwards

    Handle stressful events with humor instead of anger or anxiety

    Humor can be a powerful medicine, and laughter can be contagious.

    Source: Adapted with permission from the Healthy Mind, Healthy Body Handbook (as published under the title Mind & Body Health Handbook), David Sobel, MD, and Robert Ornstein, PhD, 1996

    Reviewed by: Paul Millea, MD, June, 2013

     

    sofa2success kicks off in OKC


    We are very excited to be partnering with OKC’s Metro Family Magazine and the 32nd Annual Redbud Classic for this exciting 5K beginner sofa2sucess project.  This year’s RedBud Class is scheduled for April 6th, 2014.  The training is free of charge and open to everyone!  You can register at http://www.metrofamilymagazine.com/Web-2013/Metrofamilys-Redbud-Classic-5K-Sign-Up-Form/

     

    Here is a breakdown of how the program will work:

    • Training will begin on Monday, February 10, 2014 and will run for 8 consecutive weeks.
    • MetroFamily will send you an email on Sunday night with your training program to follow for the coming week. The training program is based on runhers popular “Sofa2Success” program and will guide you each step of the way. At the end of the 8 weeks, you will be ready to run or walk the Redbud Classic 5K on Sunday, April 6, 2014.
    • Your first training email will be sent on Sunday, February 9th—so get your running shoes ready!
    • The training program will be administered by runhers Coach Sara McCauley. Learn more about Sara below.
    • In addition to the training emails, MetroFamily will also be featuring blogs by four local moms (Carrie, Serena, Rachel and Alicia) as they progress through the training program.  You can read about their efforts, receive inspiration and tips and follow along as they prepare for the 5K right along with you.
    • We will host welcome and informational meetings for everyone participating in the program on February 1st at 10am and again on Wednesday, February 5th at 6pm.  Both meetings will be held at The Belle Isle Library, 5501 N Villa Ave, in Oklahoma City.  This will allow you to meet Coach Sara, ask questions, meet other participating moms and get pumped up about this training program.  We hope you will be able to join us—it will be fun!

    In the meantime, be sure to register for the Redbud Classic at www.redbud.org and consider joining the runhers women’s association for additional information and support (runhers.com)

    Here is a welcome from Coach Sara:

    Hey Ladies!

     My name is “Coach Sara” and we are honored to be working with MetroFamily Magazine and all of you as we train for the 2014 RedBud Classic in April.  I head up the training programs at runhers women’s association, headquartered here in Oklahoma City.  I am a nationally certified RRCA Running Coach and a NASM Certified Personal Trainer.  I am excited to work with you all and see you through this fun endeavor. We will meet up soon to discuss details and answer any training questions or concerns you may have!  Congratulations on making this commitment, you will inspire many through your training.  Looking forward to meeting you all!

     Coach Sara

    We look forward to training with you—and hope to meet you in person at one of our welcome events!