Recipe for Helping Your Muscles & Blood

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Beets are one of the super foods that you have been overlooking. Honestly, for the longest time, I refused to eat them too–disliking them in their raw form. But like the Belkin team in the Tour de France, I am on board now for eating beets regularly. But wait! I’ve got a recipe to share on how to make them more palatable. Meanwhile, check out how they can help: Nitrates in them help the muscles … Continue reading

Reasons to Keep Eating Chocolate

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You have heard that dark chocolate is better for you than white or milk chocolate, but did you know why? Recent research is starting to provide us with answers. 1. Helps with blood flow: There are certain compounds in chocolate called polyphenols that blood vessels to dilate, subsequently, it may help with blood pressure problems 2. Serves as a pre-biotic: Probiotics are well known as the good bugs in our belly that help us digest foods. … Continue reading

When it is Okay to Borrow Your Neighbor’s Wife

HaveMatWillTri.com: Wife Carrying Contest
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It is okay to borrow your neighbor’s wife if you want to carry her in a race. Yes, you read that right–it doesn’t even have to be your own wife. It is in the rules for the World Wife Carrying Championships held in Finland. I came across an article describing this race, and I just had to share. The race is only approx. 250 meters long. There are two obstacles. And another rule: all participants … Continue reading

Running the Athens Marathon

HaveMatWillTri.com: Running the Greece Marathon
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A couple of years ago, my family stopped over in Greece to let my husband run THE marathon–Athens. Here is the experience in his words: why, how, and tips. (The kids and I visited the Acropolis museum and very friendly children’s museum while waiting on him. Then we met him at the stadium!) According to legend, the very first marathon in the world appeared on the route where the present day Athens Classic Marathon takes place. … Continue reading

Not Yoga Related…But I’ve got to mention it!

None But You by Shaleen Kapil
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So, besides teaching yoga and fitness, I’ve been embarking on some new endeavors: Copyediting & making ebook covers. Both of these two have come about because I have been working on writing a couple of books. My first ebook is now available! It is not at all yoga or fitness related, although the heroine is a runner and is running a half-marathon when the book begins. However, I am proud and celebrating my accomplishment this … Continue reading

Should I Practice Yoga as a Christian?

HaveMatWillTri.com: Should you practice yoga as a Christian?
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Yogis draped in Buddhist prayer beads, chants about Hindu god Shiva, and Sanskrit symbols of Om…these New Age symbols and practices abound in yoga. It looks un-Christian, but let’s look into the heart of the matter: Can you and should you practice yoga as a Christian. The Christian Science Monitor has published articles on both sides of the issue. It can be a confusing matter. On one hand, can doing physical postures of the body … Continue reading

Christian Meditation: What Meditation Means to Me

HaveMatWillTri.com: Christian Meditation. Prayer of Quiet
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My guest post this week is writing about how meditation can calm the mind and deepen one’s connection with God. Author Donna Fasano has written a new book called Prayer of Quiet. Prayer of Quiet is meant to be a short, simple instruction book about a practice that can quiet the internal chaos while communing with God. What Meditation Means To Me by Donna Fasano  Be still and know that I am God. ~Psalms 46:10 … Continue reading

A Look Back at the Gym of the Past

HaveMatWillTri.com: Gym circa 1915
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When people used to visit health spas back in the day, their treatment plan could include a number of thermal baths, steam therapies, and massages. They also incorporated exercise. Even before we had studies saying how exercise could reduce heart disease, diabetes, and cancer, exercise was incorporated into a health optimization routine. The pictures here are ones I took in Hot Springs, AK. While some of the equipment looks very different, a lot has stayed … Continue reading