Monthly Archives: February 2011

Be Contagious.


Yup, you read the title of this post correctly. Be Contagious! No, I’m not encouraging you to go around and wipe your running nose on your friends, but I am encouraging you to be healthy and in turn, be contagious. Healthy is contagious. Have you ever noticed that if you are out for dinner with a large group and one person orders salad, a few more follow suit. Once one person sets the tone or the culture for the table by ordering a healthy option, it is a lot harder to order to fried chicken with french fries. Or, if you opt to take the stairs vs the elevator with your co-workers, many of them will also choose the stairs.

If you are a trend setter, be that contagiously healthy person and see how many people you can get to join your movement. Or, if maybe you need a little motivation, surround yourself with healthier people and you’ll be more likely to emanate and imitate their habits.

 

Be Healthy. Be Balanced.

-Alicia and Nikki

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Be Sore.


Many people gauge the effectiveness of their workouts by how sore they are the next day. Contrary to popular belief, that may not be the best mentality to have!

Post-exercise soreness (called delayed onset muscle fatigue or DOMS) is normal if you are a beginner or have been working out consistently, but have recently changed up your exercise routine. DOMS is actually caused by micro-trauma or tears to your muscles. These tears are the muscles normal reaction to overload (read: how we build muscle). But the pain should decrease over time and if you are sore after every workout, you may not be giving your body enough time to rest, repair and recover. If you continue to be sore after every workout, you are putting yourself a risk for injury and overuse syndromes.

So basically, you should still be able to walk up the stairs, wash your hair, and pick up your children the day after you workout!

 

Be Healthy. Be Balanced.

-Alicia and Nikki

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Be Red.


I just realized I missed National Wear Red Day since it was last Friday the 4th! For those of you not familiar with the movement, the Go Red for Women movement was started by the American Heart Association in 2004 after nearly 500,000 US women died secondary to cardiovascular disease.

Up until this movement, many Americans thought cardiovascular disease only affected “old men.”  The goal of Go Red is to increase awareness of the impact of cardiovascular disease on women’s health. The movement challenges all women to know their risk for heart disease and take action to reduce their personal risk.

Check out http://www.goredforwomen.org/BetterU/index.aspx for a bunch of tools to help get you started, including heart healthy recipes, fitness tips, and much more!

Be Healthy. Be Balanced.

-Alicia and Nikki

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Be A Crock.


Who doesn’t love coming home  to a warm, home cooked meal? I sure do and that’s one of the many reasons why I love my crock pot. But even though I love it, I often forget about it. So I’ve decided to devote an entire post to the benefits of crock pot cooking in order to profess my love.

Reasons I love my crockpot:

1. Rarely am I home early enough to have a warm meal on the table by 8 PM, unless of course my “prep” work consists of dialing the pizza place down the street.

2. After I’m finished eating, there is only one pot to clean!

3. Often crock pots are large enough that there are enough leftovers for lunch the next day.

4. The crock pot needs little to no tending to, leaving me free to do other things around the house (or even leave it unattended).

5. Crock pots are relatively inexpensive. You can find a good one for about $30 and if you’re really thrifty check out local yard sales and thrift shops.

So there it is, I love my crock pot and I would like to extend a formal apology to it for allowing it to sit on the top shelf of my kitchen cabinet and collect dust for months on end.

Just a word of caution- don’t leave your crock pot unattended the first few times you use it, just in case it does malfunction.

 

Leave a comment: What’s your favorite kitchen appliance? Is there an appliance you love, but don’t use that frequently?


Be Healthy. Be Balanced.

-Alicia and Nikki

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