We all wish for good health and long life, but they come at a price. Many deteriorations of health are being recorded due to bad habits. Therefore, knowing your well-being is a priority to us, we have identified 5 basic habits you can adopt to improve and maintain a healthy lifestyle.
- Exercise and weigh yourself daily
Truthfully, it’s a busy world and we can’t help but lose sight of little things like performing a 10 to 30 minutes exercise daily. However, as “playful” as it may look, daily exercise is one of the simple health habits worth adopting into your life as its benefits can’t be overemphasized. Majorly, exercising your body makes you detoxify yourself by sweating, helps you get fit, gives your body a good balance, corrects bad postures, and achieves weight loss. The great thing is that you can achieve all this without buying those large and costly regular gym equipment. You can go out for a run or use your body weight.
Likewise, it is important to keep your weight from creeping up on you. For this, you can always set a weekly weight loss goal and examine yourself against it. It has been advised that in order to get accurate outcomes, you should weigh yourself at the same time every week.
- Eat healthily and take enough water
Nothing kills more steadily like junk foods, hence, the habit of taking the appropriate diet daily is the beginning of a healthy lifestyle. It has been recommended that you should start your day with a healthy breakfast by taking something high in fiber and including protein to keep you full. It is believed that if you eat a good breakfast, it is a small healthy habit with a big impact. This is because it helps to eliminate ulcers, avoid headaches, and reduce your risk of diabetes.
Furthermore, you can improve your healthy eating habit by introducing more creative food item combinations. You can incorporate more green and reddish lettuces to add more nutrients, flavor, and water to your diet. Not only that, we can’t overlook the importance of water to your health, therefore, drinking a lot of water early in the morning and throughout the day is mandatory. Taking enough water helps keep your temperature normal, lubricates your joints, and safeguards your spinal cord.
- Reduce alcohol, Soda and resist smoking
For those who don’t know, moderation in everything is one of the basic principles to ensure a healthy lifestyle. There are about six reasons to take a break from alcohol, therefore, a reduction in the consumption of alcohol and soda can go a long way to keep you healthy. As it has been discovered, frequent intake of alcohol increases your desire for high-calorie foods and puts you at risk for weight gain. Although a reduction in the intake of alcohol and soda can’t be achieved easily, it requires some discipline and gradual adaptation. You can achieve this by taking carbonated water, unflavoured tea, coffee, or fruit-fused plain water in lieu of alcohol and soda.
- Have fun and stay happy
It is generally believed that happy people have more healthy lives and live much longer. Any time you are elated and you laugh or smile, you basically relieve your body of the stress and bothersome thoughts. This consequently saves you from the ravaging high blood pressure and incidental ailments like stroke. Therefore, you can partake in games or sports you love in order to get some fun and excitement. For example, for sports and gambling enthusiasts, you can always make moderate stakes and enjoy the excitement at online betting sites. Watching your favorite sport is an ideal way to unwind. With the help of review sites, you can be certain that you are in good hands and can easily search for the finest welcome bonuses, comprehensive reviews, and how-to instructions written by professionals to help gamers play with ease.
- Get enough sleep daily
Being a workaholic and skipping your sleep is like working against yourself. Yes, you can skip your sleep to gather all the money but your health might deteriorate in return. Consequently, as it has been severally advised, you should at least get a solid 7 to 8 hours of sleep daily to stay healthy. Getting enough sleep restores and rejuvenates your body after each day’s activities.
Producer/DJ Martin Jensen kicks off 2022 with new collaboration “Running” alongside Los Angeles-based electronic trio Cheat Codes and Danish singer Theresa Rex. The single is the follow-up to Martin Jensen and Theresa Rex’s hit “Solo Dance.” Listen to “Running” HERE, out now via Astralwerks.
The musical synergy from the collective artists on the collaboration is palpable as “Running” ignites into a primed dancefloor player. Addictive and memorable, thanks to warm piano tones and Theresa Rex’s vocal, which is snappy and is striking from the first listen.
Cheat Codes have expertly crafted countless electronic music anthems, spanning dance, pop, hip-hop, and alternative. A formula has seen them excel in the streaming world, clocking in over 6 billion total streams, amounting to them being one of the “Top 200 Most Listened to Artists in the World”. The LA-based trio that consists of Kevin Ford, Trevor Dahl, Matthew Russell has also collaborated with a string of high-profile artists that include Afrojack, Wiz Khalifa, Travis Barker, Tove Styrke and Demi Lovato.
Cheat Codes said, “We are excited to kick off 2022 with ‘Running’ alongside our friends Martin and Theresa, we wanted to bring as much positivity and vibrance into the production and accomplish something anthemic! We hope everyone had a Happy New Year and are ready to hit the ground RUNNING in 2022.”
Danish singer Theresa Rex is the voice behind numerous hits, working with great artists like Jonas Blue, Alle Farben, and Dimitri Vegas & Like Mike. However, perhaps her most significant success came in her team up with Martin Jensen on the wildly popular “Solo Dance,” Martin’s breakthrough single, which stands at over 653 million streams on Spotify alone.
On the collaboration, Rex says, “It was so special working with Martin and the whole team again. It has been a moment since ‘Solo Dance’ came out, but I think that ‘Running’ is the perfect follow up and adding Cheat Codes to the mix has made it pure magic.”
Martin Jensen added, “The energy working with this whole team was incredible. Reuniting with Theresa meant we had to do something extraordinary, so who better to do that with than our good friends Cheat Codes.”
Jensen enjoyed a stellar 2020, capping off the year with two epic homecomings Me, Myself, Live shows in November, a year in the making and the evolution of his Me, Myself, Online shows launched during the lockdown to keep connected to his fans. Martin also returned for his second series as a judge on the Danish X-Factor series, where he remains the first DJ to do so. Martin also had a great year on the music front, receiving BBC Radio 1 support on his single “Can’t Come To The Phone” with Amber Van Day and N.F.I and releasing “Make My Mind Go,” with Rompasso, FAULHABER and JONASU.
From Apple Music comes their very own DJ Mix series; a special space where all artists, DJs and producers can come together to produce an exclusive fitness experience, only on Apple Music.
Everyone has a distinguished taste for their workout music, and the Fitness Mix series allows artists to customize their own tracks to create an unparalleled experience for listeners.
The Fitness Mix series is separated into four differing subcategories, which includes Run, Ride, Gym and Yoga. Each mix is solely produced to be worked out to.
Detailed descriptions on what listeners can look forward to in the first round of mixes is featured below.
The first Apple Music Fitness Mix for cycling showcases the British electronic producer and singer Aluna (formerly one half of AlunaGeorge). Aluna set out to encapsulate her DJ point-of-view in the mix, styling the mix for cyclists. “I take whichever club or festival I’m playing all around the world with my collection of global dance music,” Aluna tells Apple Music. “This time, it’s on a bike.” Crafted specifically with a cycle set in mind, the mix flows from a comfortable warm-up to a powerful set of climbs and sprints. Eventually, Aluna directs viewers to what she calls the “sweet spot” of 90 RPM. The combination of all of Aluna’s distinct songs in the mix sets up viewers for a kinetic cycling encounter.
The LA-based house due Loud Luxury generated a mix sure to get listeners motivated and amped to run. Inspired by their own personal preference for fitness music, Joe Depace, one half of the group, told Apple Music, “in terms of the set’s structure, we were really intentional about having some sections that are very high-energy, big sing-along moments mixed with sections where it’s a bit more rhythmic and repetitive. The goal here is to keep you on pace so you’re never getting bored but also not losing all of your energy on one song.” The duo referenced their own busy schedules for creativity in the fitness mix, aiming to create something that would be easy to listen and get active to.
All Apple Music Fitness mixes have a shared goal in common; to pump up the viewers and give an essential boost of energy during workouts. Valentino Khan, an LA-based DJ/producer, created the fitness mix for the gym to get anyone through weight trainings, HIIT workouts or any other demanding fitness routines. Khan elaborated on his mix, stating, “I wanted to keep the energy high, while still selecting tracks that were pleasant to listen to play in any setting. It’s a bit of a crescendo, with the higher-energy tracks towards the later stages of the mix. At the same time, I wanted to give people a great ending that they can ride out to.”
The UK trio Above & Beyond has released three albums since their Flow State project in 2019, with intention “to bring people’s attention and focus towards helping themselves find better mental fitness and overall happiness in life,” Paavo Siljamäki, one third of the group, tells Apple Music. Since collaborating in the past with yoga experts Elena Brower and ChauKei Ngai, the group was the innate choice to cultivate the Apple Music Fitness mix for yoga. The mix is a crucial one, as the flow of the mix will directly correlate to the energy and tempo during one’s yoga workout. “Through raised awareness, being more present, one can reach a state of flow: a creative and free state of mind where time, fear, and stress dissipate,” says Siljamäki. Above & Beyond strives to provide a sense of calm and comfort through this fitness mix.
RUNNING THE NYC MARATHON–AND OTHER GLOBAL RACES–TO RAISE MILLIONS FOR HOLOCAUST SURVIVORS
For the 50th anniversary of the running of the NYC Marathon, The Blue Card, a national non-profit organization dedicated to aiding over 3,000 needy Holocaust survivors households is thrilled to be partnering with the race for the eleventh consecutive year. The TCS New York City Marathon is one of the largest marathons in the world, 26.2 miles, running through the five boroughs of NYC, and hosting runners from more than 100 countries.
“The New York City Marathon showcases the resilience and the fortitude of this great city,” states The Blue Card’s Executive Director, Masha Pearl. “We’re thrilled to have Team Blue Card running among athletes from around the world once again, and the ability to use this great gathering to raise much needed awareness and funds for holocaust survivors.”
The Blue Card has partnered with the NYC Marathon for this initiative since 2009 as ‘Team Blue Card.’ These 50 runners use their training, platform, and the event to raise funds and awareness for The Blue Card, aiding the organization’s mission of helping holocaust survivors in need. Historically, ‘Team Blue Card’ has raised a grand total of $2 Million through their combined efforts over the last 11 years, fundraising through social media, crowdfunding, employer gift matching, sponsorships, as well as through family and friends.
Team Blue Card’s efforts extend beyond the NYC Marathon. The Blue Card has been an Official Charity Partner of the Miami Half/Full Marathon since 2011, the TD 5 Borough Bike Tour in New York City since 2011, and team members have also participated in the NYC Panasonic Lifetime Triathlon as well as numerous other national and international events including Germany, Tel-Aviv and Jerusalem, Israel, and Italy. Our endurance team participants come from around the world, including Argentina, Austria, France, Israel, Italy, Mexico, and South Africa.
There is still opportunity to run with Team Blue Card—or to support from the sidelines. More details can be found here: https://bluecardfund.org/become-involved/team-blue-card/.
Funds raised go toward providing Holocaust survivors with the following services daily:
- Education & Outreach Programs:
- Person-Centered, Trauma-Informed (PCTI) training for dental and medical professionals working with Holocaust survivors
- The Blue Card-Lissner Hospital Visitation Program – Volunteer visits to hospitalized Holocaust survivors.
- Nutrition guidance
- Jewish Holiday – Provides financial support for the High Holidays, Hannukah, and for Passover, giving survivors the financial means for a better holiday season.
- Mazel Tov Birthday – Provides survivors with a card and a check on their birthday. This is particularly meaningful for holocaust survivors who lost their entire family during the war.
- FreeStyle Libre Glucose Monitoring: The Freestyle Libre 2 system continuously measures glucose data with customizable, optional real time alarms The unit gives people with diabetes excellent accuracy and actionable information to better manage their condition.
- Grant assistance for emergency needs, including:
- Housing and related costs to prevent eviction, homelessness, or utility shut-off
- Emergency relocation
- Food purchase
- Medical and dental care, including medical equipment not covered by insurance
- Emergency relocation
- Essential clothing and footwear
- Purchase and repair or essential major and minor appliance
- Aid to survivors battling cancer through the Siggi B. Wilzig Fighting Cancer Together program
- Emergency Prevention Programs, including
- Monthly stipend for poverty-stricken survivors
- Telephone emergency response system
The Blue Card, established in 1934 in Germany and organized in the U.S. in 1939, is the only organization whose sole mission is to provide critical financial aid for emergency medical, dental, housing and food needs to survivors of Nazi persecution. While the Holocaust seems like a long ago nightmare, for survivors it is a continuing one. Of the 75,000 Holocaust survivors in the U.S., one-third live at or below the federal poverty level. For many, the losses they experienced decades ago are compounded by their current struggles to subsist on meager incomes and threadbare or nonexistent support systems. Studies show that Holocaust survivors have higher incidences of mental illness, cancer, and other debilitating diseases.
You can donate to The Blue Card Fund here: https://bluecardfund.org/become-involved/donate/
About The Blue Card
Established in Germany in 1934 as a grassroots effort and re-established in the United States in 1939 to aid refugees resettling in America, The Blue Card continues today to provide direct financial assistance to needy Holocaust survivors who live at or near the poverty line. As this population ages, with many now living into their 80s and 90s, their needs have drastically increased and changed, giving rise to the need for funding of essential needs. Funds raised are used to finance many diverse programs including stipendiary, medical/dental, cancer, vitamin/nutrition and holiday as well as other initiatives for this frail and often neglected population.
The Blue Card has distributed over $46 million to date, with 100 percent of individual donations going directly to survivors. For more information on The Blue Card, please visit www.bluecardfund.org.
Dean Carnazes is a marathon runner known for serious feats of endurance. He recently wrote a book, Runner’s High: A Life in Motion, about running and his experience as a marathon runner. I got the chance to speak with Dean about his marathon career and Runner’s High.
What was your favorite experience while running?
While I was running across the country—from LA to NYC—I got a call from the White House saying that Michelle Obama wanted me to stop in to say hi. Prank call was my first reaction. But it was real. I’ll never forget running down the hallway of the White House and out to the South Lawn to meet with the first lady. She welcomed me with a hug and said, “It’s such an honor to meet you.” I’m not making this up.
What is your favorite part of the marathon experience?
The pain and the struggle. You remember the joyful moments, but the tough moments leave a more indelible imprint.
Do you have a marathon that you particularly liked?
How long is the interview? (laughter) I’ve run hundreds of marathons and each is memorable in it’s own way. I once ran 50 marathons, in all 50 states, in 50 consecutive days. That experience in its totality was quite extraordinary.
Do you have a favorite place to run?
Greece. I’m 100% Greek and Greece is the birthplace of the marathon. It doesn’t get more real than that.
What athletes do you particularly admire?
The back of the packers struggling to reach the finish line before the cutoff. Sure, I admire the elite, but watching the last place finisher is more inspiring.
I’ve been in a 2-week quarantine in a hotel in Sydney in preparation for this crazy 1,000-mile run across Australia, so I’ve been watching a lot of the Tokyo Olympics. In fact, I’ve probably watched more television in the past two weeks than I’ve watched in the past two years!
Are there any Olympic athletes, in the most recent Tokyo Olympics, that you were particularly impressed by?
So many of the athletes impress me. But I think what impressed me the most this Olympics’ was Simone Biles withdrawal because of mental health concerns. She is such a dominant force but she became very human in showing her vulnerability.
How do you feel about energy drinks and other products that may change/enhance athletes’ performance?
Athletes will always seek anything that can provide an edge. So long as it is not a banned substance, I’m okay with it.
What, in your opinion, is your biggest accomplishment as a runner?
The fact that I am still just as passionate about running as I was when I first started. The stoke is still there after all these years.
What was it like to write a book about something you’re so passionate about like running?
To capture my authentic running voice, I do a lot of writing while I run (by dictating into my phone). People say I truthfully capture the essence of running in my writing, and that’s because at a time when I’m experiencing the thoughts, feelings and emotions of a runner I’m taking note. To put that passion into words makes compelling reading.
Are you happy with the way people have spoken about your book thus far?
I got an email from a gentleman this morning who said he had intended to read a couple chapters of my book last night before going to bed. Five hours later he finished the book, he told me. Then, he said, he got up. He just had to go on a run.
Yes, I’m happy with the way people have spoken about my book. That message says it all.
By: Emily Bunn
American sprinter, Sha’Carri Richardson, has been suspended from the Olympics for one month.
Sha’Carri Richardson has recently been drug tested and found positive for marijuana usage. As such, she faces a one month suspension from the Olympics- threatening the sensational sprinter’s involvement in the upcoming Tokyo Olympics. Her suspension is set to begin June 28th, 2021.
The New York Times reports that the timing of this suspension could clear Richardson in time to run in the 4×100 meter relay, which takes place later in the games. However, Richardson is set to miss the qualifying rounds for the women’s 100.
Richardson has recently reveled in victory at last month’s 100-meter race at the U.S. track and field trials in Oregon. However, while in Oregon, the Olympian was also dealing with unexpected death of her mother. Not only was this news devastating, but Richardson found out about the very personal circumstance from a reporter.
As a means of coping with the harrowing tragedy, Richardson admitted to her marijuana usage. She stated: “It sent me into a state of emotional panic…I didn’t know how to control my emotions or deal with my emotions during that time.” It should be notes that in Oregon, the use of recreational marijuana has been legalized.
Cannabis is still among the United States Olympic & Paralympic Committee ruling of prohibited substances. The famed athlete apologized to her family, friends, and sponsors for her drug usage: “I greatly apologize if I let you guys down, and I did.”
As a result of Richardson’s suspension, several top runners have been bumped up in their rank positioning. Jenna Prandini is now set to be one of the three American Olympians involved in the women’s 100. Additionally, Gabby Thomas now stands as an alternative athlete for the same race.
Commenting to the Today Show on the situation, Richardson pleaded for spectators to recognize their shared humanity: “I just say, don’t judge me and I am human — I’m you, I just happen to run a little faster.”
By: Skyler Johnson
Sha’Carri (Shu-Carry) Richardson sported bright orange hair and long painted fingernails as she ran a record 10.86 second time leading her to win first place and become the fastest woman in America. Because of her unique style and short stature she certainly stood out amongst the competition.
The track athlete is only 21 years old but is proving to be a name you should look out for. After all, she’s set to potentially win gold in Tokyo for the 100m which an American hasn’t won since 1996.
It was an emotional day for Richardson who after winning went up to her grandmother in the stands. Only two weeks prior, her biological mother died, which she talked about during an interview after the event, where after weeks of having to put on a straight face she finally was able to break and get emotional about her mother’s passing, though despite the tremendous sadness she surely felt she was able to keep herself composed throughout the interview.
The athlete’s Instagram page proves how much of a legend he is, with the exuding confidence every Olympic athlete must have in order to win. When she was about to re-dye her hair from red, she stated: “Bye bye Red head you put it on them too tuff… what will the next color be.” Her confidence is unmatched, and her performance is as well.
Sha’Carri sported the orange hair because of a suggestion from her girlfriend, who stated it was loud, encouraging and dangerous. Despite the power it carried on the turf, it’s Sha’Carri and Sha’Carri alone that allowed her to win first place with a solid 0.12 seconds ahead of her competitors.
You’ll be likely to hear a lot about her during these upcoming Olympics, as while right now she’s the fastest woman in the U.S., she could soon become the fastest woman in the world.
When postponing the Rock ‘n’ Roll Running Series Nashville event, the Rock ‘n’ Roll Running series team shared that the new event date would be contingent upon the release of the Tennessee Titans home schedule. With that recent announcement, they have worked diligently with local officials and stakeholders to finalize a new 2021 event date that aligns with the community calendar of events and we are now pleased to share that the St. Jude Rock ‘n’ Roll Running Series Nashville will return on Saturday, November 20, 2021. The team is working hard to create a great event for our participants that meets the guidelines and recommendations set by public health entities as it relates to COVID-19.
All registered participants will be receiving an email with more information. We thank our participants for their commitment and look forward to returning to Nashville with a great event this November.
About Rock ‘n’ Roll Running Series
The Rock ‘n’ Roll® Running Series is the world’s largest running series taking part in destination locations around the world every year. Established in 1998, the Rock ‘n’ Roll Running Series’ simple idea of making running fun has transformed both the U.S. and global running landscape by infusing the course with live bands, cheer teams, and entertaining water stations, creating a block-party atmosphere for participants and spectators alike. Focused on running, music, and community, race weekend kicks off with a free Health & Fitness Expo showcasing the latest in running gear, sports apparel, health, and nutritional information, and much more. Events culminate with an entertaining finish-line festival featuring some of the biggest names in music, with past performances including Macklemore & Ryan Lewis, O.A.R. Aloe Blacc, Pitbull, Flo Rida, The Band Perry, Fitz, and the Tantrums, the Goo Goo Dolls, and Bret Michaels.
If you are starting to discover the joy of running, you can enhance your experience by wearing cool running gear. Not only will you look the part and feel more confident while you run, but also you will ensure you have the right gear to maximize your performance.
If you wear a normal cotton top for running, it will rapidly absorb sweat or rain, so it is a much better idea to go with a short-sleeved or long-sleeved top that has been specifically designed for running. Mid-range to top-range running tops wick away sweat to keep you cool. They also allow for greater air circulation. A good running top needs to be reasonably fitted, but not too tight. Make sure that your top regulates temperature according to your body’s needs.
Interval Timers and Apps
Interval training can help runners see faster results, so there is no wonder why it has become particularly popular. As the name suggests, interval training involves high intensity workouts interspersed with periods of relief.
It can be challenging to keep track of when it is time between intervals of relief and running. However, that problem can easily be solved by using interval timers and apps. Interval timers are small devices that you wear. They are lightweight, so you do not have to worry about motion interference. Alternatively, you may prefer to use a timer app that can be accessed via mobile device. Such devices can be useful to keep track of time while you run.
Running shorts are available in a wide variety of colors, styles, and brands, so choose a cool pair of shorts to make you feel confident while you run. Look at the practicalities of the shorts as well as their fashion statement. Running shorts should be comfortable and lightweight. They should also have the ability to wick away sweat. The shorts should not cut off circulation around your waist nor be too loose.
Running gloves not only make you look trendy, but also serve a practical purpose too. When you run, blood is diverted from your fingers and hands to the working muscles in your legs. This means that your hands can become very cold when you run. Running gloves keep your hands and fingers at an optimum temperature during cold periods. The gloves should be lightweight and comfortable. The best gloves are waterproof and have wind-stopping capabilities.
When the weather is very wet or cold, you need to think about more than just your hands. It is advisable to buy a long-sleeved waterproof jacket that has wind-stopping and rain-resistance capabilities. There are plenty of funky-looking running jackets available, but you need to consider more than just fashion. Choose a running jacket that not only keeps you warm and dry, but also has a high-visibility pattern to keep you safe when running in the dark.