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Friday, July 31st, 2009

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A simple ten minute drill, once a week, can help runners improve by running more efficiently. In just a few weeks most runners notice that they feel smoother, run with less effort, and often run faster.

The acceleration-glider drill (Acg) is also a great warm up before a race, a speed session, or any run during which you expect to run faster than you normally run. After you have had a gentle warmup that works for you, ease into the drill. I like to get a massage in my Human Touch massage chair before I start running, then walk for 3-5 minutes. The first 10 minutes of running are done gently, with more walk breaks than are usually taken. Then I’m ready for the Acg’s.

1) Jog slowly for 10-15 steps

2) Jog faster for 10-15 steps

3) Gradually pick up the pace for 15-20 steps-no sprinting

4) Then, let your momentum carry you as you gradually slow down for 30-50 steps

 
Mechanically, you should experience a slight stride length reduction that allows each foot to line up directly underneath the body. As momentum rolls you forward, the ankle/achilles tendon unit becomes a very efficient spring that does most of the work of running, without using hardly any muscle resources.

After each of these Acg’s, walk for 30 seconds, then jog slowly and start all over again. After you have been doing this drill for 6 months you probably won’t need to walk, and can move right into the next drill.

It’s important to do this once a week. If you wait 2 weeks you will lose some of the adaptations and will not continue progressing as you could.

It may take you several sessions to get the “gliding” technique. Some days you will glide better than others. But if you keep doing this drill, each week, you will find yourself intuitively gliding on downhills, when running in races, during speed sessions or on everyday runs. Each glide saves resources and breaks up the constant continuous motion that can increase fatigue.

Acg’s have been the best transition between slow “warmup” running and the faster pace you need for a race or speed workout. The object is to gradually increase the pace of each of the accelerations so that the last one is done at the pace you will be running in the race/workout.

Many runners use the Acg’s during the middle of a midweek run, to break up the continuous slow running. This gives that run a “mission” and injects fun with purpose.

Advance runners use Acg’s in races as a strategy. They can run up behind a competitor and glide for several segments, saving the legs and feet. Then, when the timing is right, pass the runner ahead using the resources saved from the gliding.

Warm down: I recommend that after the Acg’s, ease down into a gentle jog for 10 minutes (with as many walk breaks as you wish). Finish with 5-10 minutes of walking gently, and then a gentle massage if possible. I usually finish as I started–with 15 minutes in the Human Touch massage chair.

 

Note: Olympian Jeff Galloway has coached over a million runners through his running schools, beach and Tahoe retreats, books and training programs-which are fun and offer individualized coaching from Jeff. Subscribe to his free newsletter and blog at www.RunInjuryFree.com

Wednesday, July 29th, 2009

I just returned to the States after five weeks abroad to visit my parents and compete on the European Tour. Although my results in Europe were disappointing, I am still happy with my play for 2009. I am ranked #23 in the Fed-ex Cup standings, with four top-10 finishes and eight top-25 finishes.

I return to competition at the WGC Bridgestone Invitational in two weeks in Akron, Ohio which is a tournament I really enjoy. Following the WGC Bridgestone, I will compete for five consecutive weeks at the PGA Championship, Wyndham Championship, The Barclays, Deutsche Bank Championship and BMW Championship. Playing six events in a row is physically and mentally demanding; however, I really enjoy this stretch of golf.

As always, thanks for your continued support. I am looking forward to having some good golf to update you on in my next entry.

“Human Touch massage chairs have helped me get my back a lot looser. …It’s been a big part of getting me back to where I am right now.
It’s like a ritual for me, it get’s me going in the morning, and really relaxes me in the evening to have a good night’s sleep.” – Tim Clark

Born in Durban, South Africa, Tim Clark, currently ranked 28th in the World Golf Rankings, has been a successful player in the PGA Tour since 2001 and is a member of the Human Touch Wellness Council promoting Human Touch Massage Chairs.

Tim Clark

Monday, July 13th, 2009

Even a short workout, on a busy day will work out the frustrations and stiffness brought on by travel. Just a few moments on the treadmilll or fitness trail can release stress, improve vitality and attitude, and wake up your mind for a more productive day. The following simple tips have helped me exercise on almost every one of the 250+ days a year that I’m on the road.

1. Keep your bag packed with shoes and clothing for exercise. When I come home from a trip, I take my workout clothes out of my bag, put them in the wash, and immediately insert clean sox, clothes and shoes. Usually within 2 minutes, I have my “next trip bag” packed and ready to go.

2. When you make or receive your lodging arrangements for the trip, look at mapquest.com (or another geographical website) and locate the nearest park, bike trail, etc. If you communicate with the hotel staff in advance, ask about good places to run/walk.

3. Open your day planner and make an appointment with yourself to exercise. Write it into your journal as a very important commitment-it is!

4. Just before you leave your house, check the weather at your destination (weather.com). If you need to pack additional clothing, throw it in your bag. It’s always better to have extra clothing/equipment for varied weather conditions (ear band, hat, sun glasses, etc.), and an extra pair of sox (to use as gloves or to replace wet ones).

5. Bring 3-4 quart size ziplock bags. You may need these for wet clothing, etc., on the return trip.

6. As you check in, ask the front desk staff members if they know of safe running/walking routes from the hotel. If they don’t, ask if there is anyone on the back office staff who might run or know about courses nearby. Ask if the hotel provides a Human Touch massage chair. This is a great way to end the day.

7. Most major hotels/motels provide complimentary exercise facilities with treadmills and other cardio workout equipment. Be sure to ask the front desk if there are times when the treadmills tend to be full-so that you can schedule exercise at other times.

8. Get up early. Most busy travelers tell me that it is much easier to wake up 45 minutes earlier, than to try to insert exercise into a busy travel or workday. I don’t believe that the reduction of 45 minutes of sleep is a problem for most people. In general, it’s best not to exercise strenuously close to bedtime, because many will not sleep well if they do this.

9. Coffee or other stimulant (sometimes hot water) will usually get you going. A cup of coffee has been shown, in research, to improve endurance-and it certainly helps the nervous system get ready for performance. If you have caffeine sensitivities or heart rhythm problems, don’t drink coffee.

10. If you are challenged for time, just exercise for 5 minutes. Five minutes is infinitely better than zero minutes, and most people who go out to run/walk 5 minutes, continue for 20 or 30. Most exercisers who report back to me after doing only 5 minutes, say that even this short amount makes them feel better throughout the day.

11. At the end of the trip, reward yourself with a massage. I look forward to my time in my Human Touch massage chair as my reward.

Exercise can not only help you become more productive in whatever you do-it can bring you joy. By being flexible, and by planning ahead, you can gain control over your schedule, and receive the many benefits that only come from exertion.

Olympian Jeff Galloway has helped over a million runners reach their goals through his ecoaching, running retreats, schools, localized training groups, books and individual consultations. You can subscribe to his free newsletter or blog at www.RunInjuryFree.com

Friday, July 10th, 2009

Stylish iJoy® Robotic Massage® Chair To Be Included In The Real World House For Season 22

Long Beach, CA (PRWEB) July 3, 2009 — Human Touch®, the U.S. market leader of innovative lifestyle and massage products, is proud to announce that the producers of the Real World will be incorporating iJoy® Robotic MassageTM chairs into the Real World house in Cancun, Mexico for season 22, which began June 24th.

Each year, the Real World cast lives in a new, modern and trend-forward residence. This season, producers chose to include Human Touch iJoy® massage chairs, known for their stylishly modern design, as part of its initiative to create the trendy, innovative and unique space that MTV’s Real World house is known for.

“We are thrilled about having some of our most design-focused chairs included as part of one of the legendary Real World houses,” says Andrew Corkill, Director of Marketing of Human Touch. “We know the producers have many choices in choosing seating for their Cancun house and we are delighted that they thought of, and chose, Human Touch chairs as part of their unique décor. We acknowledge and appreciate the value that this brings to Human Touch, as the Real World house is often looked to as a source of design inspiration and ideas.”

“We chose to incorporate the iJoy® Robotic Massage chairs into this season’s house due to their modern design which complements the overall style of our house,” says Charles Aubrey, Production Designer.

With three 15-minute wellness programs and multiple options for customizing the perfect massage, the iJoy Robotic Massage® chair will be the perfect addition to a typically chaotic house. The chairs will allow the cast to relax in after a long, high-energy or stressful day and enjoy a rejuvenating massage on a daily basis in the comfort of their home, as it integrates Human Touch’s advanced Robotic Massage® System, which emulates the same techniques used by today’s massage professionals.

For more information about Human Touch massage chairs please go to http://www.humantouch.com.

About Human Touch®
Human Touch®, the U.S. market leader of premier robotic massage products, offers advanced technology and designs for consumers seeking to incorporate health and wellness into their everyday routine. Appealing to back pain sufferers, sports enthusiasts, and those looking to relax from today’s hectic lifestyles, Human Touch® delivers high-quality Robotic Massage® chairs, zero gravity recliners, and other massage products that are generations ahead of the competition. Wholly owned by Interactive Health®, Human Touch® currently sells products to back care specialty stores, fine furniture stores across the country, on-line at humantouch.com as well as international retailers and distributors in more than 48 countries worldwide.

Tuesday, July 07th, 2009

I bet you have heard the phrase “feed your head”. As a warrior on the seekers path you are sure to be inspired by the knowing that feeding your head can support the change of thinking you desire that can support you in changing and growing your life. We know that keeping strong, being open and aware and standing for your beliefs with a courageous heart and conviction are absolutely necessary to successfully navigate your path to higher living being and expression.

Using the tools and practices of meditation, affirmative prayer, visioning and eating…yes eating can serve you well on your journey. You can expect a more empowered practice when you proactively feed your body-mind some of the key building materials to allow the workshop in your mind to build the very best. I am sure you can remember a time when you were…are moving thru life at a pace that was/is less conducive to thoughtful consumption. Between skipping meals, drive-thru’s, and portion distortion can create a challenge in your quest for balance in your body and your mind. The roller coaster ride of managing the highs and lows of blood sugar can impair even the most zealous seekers vision and keep him from realizing their spiritual mission here in the earth school. As always you do have the power of your beliefs and the energy of your choices to set a tone for hormonal harmony. Creating a positive mental, thought and emotional environment thru the use of key nutrient foods is a practice and lifestyle that will help you to create the well-being you desire and the thinking to create a most satisfying life.

The work shop that is your mind can do some amazing things-the materials that act as support agents are neurotransmitter. These powerful brain chemicals are naturally occurring chemical messengers that when at full strength are the builders of positivity and optimism, confidence and focus, balance and creativity. These chemicals are ready and willing to act on our behalf-we are blessed with the power of choice at every meal time and snack window opportunity to put them to work.

Successful “morning people” are breakfast eaters-your brain loves to be fed every morning to start the day at its best. Motivation, concentration and a high level of energy are key to get your day off to a great start and building your dopamine levels will help to insure your passion for life is always at play. Dopamine helps with fighting fatigue and lethargy which can steel your fire when you are all about creating your best day. At breakfast choose foods like yogurt or eggs to insure your mind has the fuel to go strong and long.

It is amazing what a healthy, well balanced lunch will do for your mind. Most of us have experienced a “carbo-coma” from eating refined carbohydrates. You know you “are there” when your desk top could easily double as a pillow. To keep you upright and moving with balance and ease be sure to stop for lunch and keep your minds eye on restoring your levels of serotonin. Serotonin serves as a natural anti-depressant, when strong it will help with keeping your cravings for sugar at bay and it will give your mood the boost to transcend the stresses that want to take you down. Serotonin soars under the influence of lean proteins, whole grains, healthy fats like avocados and soy beans. Envision and prepare a chicken salad sandwich with whole grain bread, avocados and a side of edamame’ -true comfort food for you mind.

When you are sensing that you are heading in the direction of being in the world and of it…and you need to gain balance, mental fitness and clarity reach for foods that promote peace and the empowering chemical acetylcholine. Three o’clock in the afternoon often offers an opportunity for personal growth. Rather then allowing stress to build beyond reason or inviting low blood sugar to take you down the path of conspicuous consumption (cake, cookies and candy) take a stand and meet your mind with healing snacks like almonds, sunflower seeds, soy nuts, whole grain crackers with a nut butter or a whole grain or a naturally sweetened oatmeal cookie can rescue your mind and raise your day to a personal thinking, feeling and productive best!

Every meal…every moment, you are demonstrating your thoughts by what you see in your life. You can choose to give your mind every opportunity to think bigger, better and bolder. Choose to use food as a fuel for co creation-choose to go for sustained nourishment-open to the idea that your diet can be designed as a lifestyle that is complete alignment with your spiritual path. Set your table and your intention and let the grace begin.

Dr. James Rouse, ND

Dr. James Rouse is a naturopathic physician with extensive credentials in the wellness field including post-doctorate work in acupuncture, Chinese medicine and transpersonal psychology. He is a member of the Human Touch Health & Wellness Council and relaxes in his Human Touch Massage Chair daily.