My First Date with Acupuncture

HaveMatWillTri.com: My First Date with Acupuncture
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Acupuncture is NOT painless. I just had to get that over with. That whole thing about the needles being so small that you don’t even feel it is not true. Now, that I have gotten that off my chest, I will backtrack for a moment. If you have been following me for a while, you know that I have been struggling with bursitis in my foot, supposedly from Haglund’s deformity. In an effort to avoid … Continue reading

Worlds Largest Kids Triathlon

HaveMatWillTri.com: World's Largest Kids Triathlon
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Last week, my son raced in what is now being claimed to be the world’s largest kids triathlon. The Houston Kids Tri had over 2,100 registered and 1,958 finishers. We were thrilled that our school had 90 children register, honestly almost entirely due to the efforts of one parent, Becky from http://kidworldcitizen.org. She started our school’s tri club last year. This year another local school followed her lead and we were out-registered. But that is nothing … Continue reading

A Morning Jog Could Help You Loose Weight

HaveMatWillTri.com: Morning jog to lose weight
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A recent study by Northwestern University found that people who had more exposure to morning light were leaner, with lower BMIs. The study recommended that people should get sunlight between 8am and noon, with earlier being better. Now, combine this with a British study published in 2012 that said exercising before breakfast helps people burn more body fat, and it sounds like we have a pretty firm recommendation for that early morning jog. The Glasgow … Continue reading

Walking, Running, and Cycling in London

HaveMatWillTri.com: Cycling in London
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I just got back from an awesome trip to England. Actually, let me rephrase: a lovely holiday in England. As usual, I went prepared with running shoes. Now, I will be utterly honest: I didn’t run. Never fear! That doesn’t mean I wasn’t glad to have my shoes. I mapped my day’s walk, and after walking the British Museum on my first day, I took a long self-guided tour of London and Westminster. I covered … Continue reading

Marry a Runner, Have Active Children

HaveMatWillTri.com: Marry a Runner, Have Active Children
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I am continuing Monday’s post about how an individual’s activity levels influence the activity levels of the family. In this case, I am reflecting on the BBC News article “Activity levels in mums and children ‘directly linked’”. (http://www.bbc.com/news/health-26679906) This article kept to the studies findings by saying that activity level was linked to children’s activity levels, but they couldn’t explain the causal relationship. While they can’t, I sure can, at least when we are discussing … Continue reading

Marry a Runner for Heart Health

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The New York Times recently published an article about how running effects the heart. A while back, some scary studies were published saying that too much running could cause scar tissue on the heart. This is scary stuff for the long-distance runner who feels he or she is healthier than most. I’m sure it caused a lot of people to rethink their distances and goals. But this new study negates that. Yes, runners can have … Continue reading

Why You Should Lift Weights Before Cardio

HaveMatWillTri.com: Lift weights before doing cardio for better recovery
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A new study suggests that previous workout advice is in error, we should be doing our strength training before our cardio. As a fitness instructor, I’ve watched the standard of a workout be a cardio routine followed by the strength training portion of class. I have also watched people moving from the treadmill to the weights. But according to a new study, the order may need to be reversed. This study by a university in … Continue reading

The United States of Corn

HaveMatWillTri.com: How our grains stack up
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I was impressed by the exhibit that showed the grains we eat in the U.S. versus the rest of the world while I was visiting Heifer Village at Heifer International in Little, Rock, AR,. Do you know what that picture is showing is top for the U.S.? Yes, corn. This should be unsurprising considering we also feed our livestock corn. Cows meant to eat grass…eat corn. Pigs eat corn. We even feed corn to farm … Continue reading