United States Association of Blind Athletes, United in Stride and Running Blind are three of many nonprofit organizations committed to providing athletic opportunities for all people with visual impairment. Among their many services, these organizations match trained guides with visually impaired athletes, which is essential for their ability to train, race and achieve life-altering goals in the process.
Running on organic terrain such as grass, dirt, trail and gravel can decrease impact and strain on the body and provide a more scenic, tranquil experience. Due though to their uneven, inconsistent nature, be extra careful of foot placement to avoid trips and falls, and your pace should generally be slower proportionate to the intricacy of the course.
By evenly spreading an individual’s weight across their oversized, flat surface, snowshoes allow athletes to move through the snow without sinking. Run-specific snowshoes, narrower and lighter than traditional models, are best for running and racing. With minor tweaks in form, beginners and veterans alike can enjoy recreational or competitive snowshoe running throughout the cold winter months.
Scenic and unpretentious, with distances ranging from a few miles to hundreds of miles, off-road racing provides serene, beautiful venues with varying course intricacy levels that redefine speed and dramatically emphasize the natural beauty bestowed upon our earth. Dirt, sand, roots, mud, hills and stream crossings are a few of the more challenging elements runners may encounter.
Fascial Stretch Therapy® is a technique used to increase the range of motion in a joint by spotlighting and loosening the fascia, the most prevalent connective tissue in the body, which in turn increases muscle pliability. Functional assessments are implemented to customize treatment for each individual athlete. Certified Fascial Stretch Therapy® practitioners can be found at StretchtoWin.com.
If you’ve been prescribed medication to manage diabetes, high cholesterol or high blood pressure, know that the medicine alone will not make you healthy. Eating a healthy diet and increasing activity is required to create better health in your life.
Fruit juices are fine to drink once in a while, but whole fruit is better. Read labels on juices. Look for 100 percent fruit juice and check the calorie counts and grams of sugar. Some have more sugar than a soda!
When you have to hit the drive-through, choose a grilled chicken sandwich (only eat half of the bun), or salad with grilled chicken or shrimp. Skip high fat dressings, regular sodas, cheese, bacon and mayo, and don’t super-size!
Make some hard boiled eggs to take to work and pair them with a whole-wheat English muffin. Try plain yogurt with fresh fruit or unsweetened cereal with fresh fruit and skim milk. Keep ready-to-eat items on hand for quick breakfasts.
Do you ever open the refrigerator door looking for something to eat and realize you’re really not hungry? It’s common to eat when bored, so next time, drink a glass of water and wait ten minutes before eating.