By Nicole Esplin
Runner or non-runner, black Friday is a chaotic mess of people, sale signs, and choices. Do I want the dress or the skirt? Dress. Do I want the lacey dress or sparkly dress? Sparkle (always). ….what about new make-up? Or should I spend that money on a new Chi to straighten my hair?
This year, I was efficient in making decisions, and I left the mall with my wallet a little skinnier and my bags stuffed more than my stomach was the day before.
I was content, planning out my holiday outfits for the next two weeks…until I passed the running store. That’s when regret and guilt hit.
Why hadn’t I stopped here first?! I felt like I was cheating on running with cute clothes…and I wear running clothes every day. I willed myself to keep walking, but I couldn’t resist the urge to step inside.
Instantly, I wished I had saved some money for the shoes, clothes, and accessories in the store.
That’s why I made my 2011 running Christmas wish list that I am sharing with you today…runners and friends of runners take note-these presents may be perfect for you or your running friend!
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By Bonnie Efird
Let’s face it: We often overeat the day of Thanksgiving … err … and the several days after Thanksgiving as well (too many leftovers sound familiar?).
Here are the top-5 tips for sticking to your wellness plan during Thanksgiving week.
1. Stay active. Just because it’s the holidays doesn’t mean you get a holiday from taking care of your body. Use your time over Thanksgiving break to pamper yourself even more. Sleep in, go for a longer run or do an hour of yoga each day. Thanksgiving break is a time to rest and spend time taking care of yourself, so don’t let your routine slip just because you’re in the holiday spirit.
2. Practice portion control. As tempting as it is to pile up your plate, don’t. You will be sorry — not only will you suffer from a “food coma”, but stepping on the scale post-break might be a bit disappointing. So, be sure to practice portion control. Remember, you can cook these foods anytime of the year, not just Thanksgiving. Don’t eat like this is your last meal. If you do, your waistline will have something to show for it. And don’t even consider going back for seconds, unless it’s on a vegetable or something that is low in fat and sugar.
3. Slow down and enjoy it. Although the anticipation builds for the Thanksgiving feast, shoveling your food in at lightning speeds is a bad idea. Why? Because your body won’t have enough time to realize it’s full before you’re running back for seconds. Slow down and enjoy chatting with friends and family. You’re not doing yourself any favors by rushing through your Thanksgiving meal. Aren’t the holidays a time to slow down, anyway?
4. Don’t deprive yourself. On another note, for those of you who tend to be overly health conscious, chill out a little bit. Depriving yourself of a food you really want will only cause you to binge at a later time. Is the caramel cake staring you down? Have a small slice or share with a family member. Allow yourself to enjoy the holiday — just be sure one small slice doesn’t turn into four.
5. Have a family activity planned to get everyone moving. Instead of just sitting around with your friends and family on Thanksgiving, plan a family walk around the neighborhood or play a game outside (weather permitting) that calls for some movement and activity. That way, you will still get to spend time with your loved ones but will be able to burn off those calories simultaneously.
By Bonnie Efird
Warrior I is a staple pose in most Hatha style (physical) yoga classes. Hatha includes all of the different physical lineages of yoga, including the popular Vinyasa Flow, Ashtanga and Anusara styles. This pose allows the practitioner to strengthen the front quad, find length through the spine and side bodies, and open up the back hamstring. Notice how her front knee is at 90 degrees, parallel to the floor. Her knee is aligned right over her ankle. Her back foot grounds into the earth and her back leg is straight with her toes pointing in about 45 degrees. Both of her hips are facing forward – this is a parallel hip pose, unlike Vira II, which is an open hip pose. She is rising up out of her hips and sending upward energy (prana), through her fingertips. Her gaze is slightly upward to find length in the back of the neck. Every part of her body is working to sustain this strengthening and invigorating pose. To find your inner peaceful warrior, add Vira I to your yoga practice.
The body is a temple, as the old saying goes, but in college some people stray from this mindset and, voluntarily or involuntarily fall into unhealthy eating habits and exercise patterns and experience high stress because of school work and outside activities, internships and jobs.
This blog from Elon University’s student-run newspaper The Pendulum, will keep you in the loop on all things wellness for the body, mind and spirit. Check back several times each week as new stories, tips and events will be chronicled right here on the Elon Wellness blog.