HELLO there!! HAPPY Fridayyyyy :D
How are you?! How was your week?! Did you accomplish your goal(s)?! Are you ready for the weekend?! WOOO WHOOO!! Don't forget to check out Friday's recipe at the bottom. It's another SMOOTHIE recipe and it's BERRY BERRY good :)
Flexing your feet before stepping out of bed in the morning can save your hamstrings later ;) KEEP READING...
- Perpetually strained hamstrings
Wearing flip flops or lightweight running shoes can hurt your feet and can cause inflammation in the plantar fascia, the tough band of muscle along the bottom of your foot. Plantar fasciitis is more common in women, however, men can get it too. The first symptom of plantar fasciitis is a painful, crackly stiffness in your heel in the morning that gets better within an hour or two, as the band warms up, says podiatrist Phil Vasyli. Without treatment, though, the tightness will creep up into your calf muscles and hamstrings, found research in the journal Foot & Ankle International.
To treat and prevent the pain, quickly stretch the muscle by flexing your feet 10 to 15 times before stepping out of bed and massaging it with a tennis or golf ball twice daily. Strengthen the band with quick daily exercises, such as scattering marbles on the floor and picking them up with your toes, advises Jordan Metzl, M.D., sports medicine physician at the Hospital for Special Surgery in New York City. And wear supportive slippers at home, especially right when you get out of bed each morning.
- Tight, knotty calves
Your sleeping position may be to blame, says Trevor Prior, a podiatric surgeon: "Lying on the stomach forces you to point your toes, which makes calf muscles ball up. That may change your stride, also causing sore knees and hips." A simple calf stretch every morning can help ease the tightness, he says: Sitting in a chair, grasp a bath towel in each hand and loop it around your foot, then pull the ends toward you, flexing and stretching your foot. Repeat on both sides.
- Splotchy skin
Cracking, split heels, a common result of dry winter air, can allow harmful organisms into your skin, explains Bass. This may increase your risk of fungal and bacterial infections like cellulitis, a staph infection that causes skin swelling, tenderness, and redness (usually on the lower body, though spots can appear anywhere), and requires treatment with antibiotics. To safeguard your heels against dryness, slather on vitamin E-enriched lotion nightly.
Tip: Soaking your feet in salt water can temporarily reduce joint inflammation, alleviating aches, finds Manchester University research.
KEEP READING...strawberries are in season and the most popular berry just got even better! And this recipe's BERRY BERRY good!! :D
SUPREME STRAWBERRY SMOOTHIE
2 handfuls of strawberries
8 Tbsp guava juice
- This recipe makes 2 portions.
- For a more refreshing smoothie, blend some ice with the other ingredients.
- This smoothie is GREAT for energy AND immunity; GOOD for skin.
Nutrients: Beta-carotene, biotin, folic acid, vitamin B3, vitamin C; calcium, magnesium, phosphorus, potassium, sodium, sulphur.
Thanks for visiting today...i'll be back here on Monday!
Have a BERRY BERRY good weekend!!
Pamela Stewart, NASM Certified Personal Trainer and Weight Loss Specialist