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It’s no secret that running is good for your physical and mental health. Running requires almost no equipment and you can run virtually anywhere; however, it is not as simple as it sounds. Whether you’re just getting into the sport or you’re a seasoned marathon runner, ensure you aren’t making these four common running mistakes.

The Wrong Shoes for the Right Job

Wearing improper footwear can cause your feet blisters and irritation, but it can also hinder your form. It is best to visit a specialty store. The excerpt can measure your gait (every one’s is different) to help you determine the best fit for your foot. Runners’ shoes should facilitate strengthening of the feet and muscles, and not just absorb every impact – this means you will want to look for flexible, and maybe even roomy, running shoes. Although they aren’t necessary for every runner, barefoot running shoes are a good alternative to traditional sneakers. You’ll want to replace your running shoes annually.

Bad Form! Bad Form!

This is a trickier running mistake. Form is more important than time or distance. With improper form comes injury. Pay attention to every stride and determine whether you are landing on the heel or the sole of your foot. Landing on the heel of your foot can cause injury to your muscles and joints because your heel is not designed to absorb such an impact. Instead, practice landing on the sole of your foot with every stride – doing so will help to prevent knee or ankle pain. With this in mind, you can also prevent injury by taking smaller strides.

Improper Fueling Up

Carb-loading, although enticing, is not always necessary. To avoid stomach cramps, it is best to allow your body two hours to digest food before you start running. For short runs, eating a light snack fifteen minutes beforehand is acceptable. Less than 30 minutes after any run, you should eat a snack rich in proteins and carbohydrates to help with recovery. Always make sure your body is hydrated, and as a general rule of thumb, you can optimize your performance by eating a diet which consists of at least 80% healthy food. Because everybody is different, it is a good idea for runners to keep a record of which types of foods work best for them.

Sidestepping Warm-Ups and Recovery

Before every run, you should warm-up, which can include anything from walking to jumping jacks. You should be able to speak easily throughout your warm-up. You should also be stretching before and after your run. Not only does stretching help prevent injury to the joints and muscles, but it can actually help to improve a runner’s speed and endurance. You’ll also want to ensure that your body has properly recovered between runs. Taking rest days is vital to allow muscles to repair themselves. Recovery can also mean foam-rolling the muscles, which can aide in minimizing the dreaded next-day muscle pain.

As you can see, most running mistakes are easy to fix. Turn these don’ts into do’s, and you’ll hit the ground running!

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Three Farmgirl Luxuries

Ladies who farm can be just as girly, beautiful, and pampered as their urban-dwelling sisters. In fact, most farm girls who don’t have access to a spa can probably come up with whatever it takes to make themselves feel great about themselves and their bodies. Here are three ideas that farm girls will completely understand.

Stock Tank Pool

Some of you city slickers may not know what is meant by a stock tank pool, so here’s the explanation. These 8 feet in diameter tanks that are about 2 feet tall are used to feed stock. You know, cattle, horses and the like. But, they also make excellent pools. All you have to do is add a pool pump and a filter. The pump also keeps the water moving, which deters mosquitoes from laying eggs in the water. Once that’s done, you can use a swimming pool net to keep debris out of the tank. In the winter, you can change the plumbing to copper and add a propane heater and viola- you have a hot tub.

You can choose to have your “pool” above ground or sunken. If you dig a hole and place your pool at ground level, you can landscape around the edges. Imagine how beautiful your relaxing pool will be with plantings, built-in benches, and slate tiles around its rim. You have to agree; this is an outdoor retreat like no other.

Do-It-Yourself Bath Bombs

Bath bombs are a current trend for a reason. Popping one into your bath after building, planting, and mowing all day is an extravagance that no one can resist. Farm girls are more likely to make their bath bombs and use herbs from their gardens to decorate them. In fact, farm girls probably have most of these ingredients in their homes already. Here is an easy recipe:

Ingredients:

1 cup baking soda
1/2 cup citric acid
1/2 cup Epsom salt
1/2 cup corn starch
2 1/2 tablespoons almond oil
3/4 tablespoon water
2 teaspoons essential oils

Sift the dry ingredients into a bowl and mix. In a small bowl, combine all liquid ingredients.

Slowly mix wet and dry ingredients. If you mix too quickly, some of the ingredients will react and make your bombs bumpy.

Separate the mixture into several bowls and add food coloring as desired. Use ice cube trays, silicone cupcake molds, or a stainless steel circular mold.

Allow the bomb to harden for at least 24 hours after taking them out of the molds. Precise instructions are available online.

Herbal Tea Recipes

What could be more relaxing and luxurious than a cup of tea on your front porch? And did you know you can make your brews right at home? Well, you can, and the benefits of tea are myriad. Tea can:

  • relieve stress
  • calm the nervous system
  • contribute antioxidant properties to the body
  • cleanse the body

The tea base consists of fresh or dried ingredients, such as ginger or peppermint A sweetener, like honey, stevia leaf, or licorice root, may be added. After this step, you can get as creative as you like. Some additions that have health benefits include:

  • citrus peels
  • eucalyptus
  • dandelion root
  • echinacea root

Put your ingredients into a cup and pour hot water over them. Cover your vessel for roughly 10 minutes. Strain, put on your favorite terry cloth robe, sit on your front porch swing, and enjoy! There are many tea recipes online, many of which produce beverages that have particular advantages.

Farmgirl luxuriating is simple, rewarding, and fun. Don’t you think it’s time to take care of yourselves for a change?


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