Runnergirl Training: May 2016

Thursday, May 19, 2016

Product Review: Fit Snap Mobile App

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written by runnergirl training


Fit Snap is a fun mobile app that adds an overlay of workout stats to a photo. It is a great visual display of your workout! It also allows you to invite your friends through social media buttons.

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It allows linking with fitness accounts, such as Map My Fitness, Run Keeper, Strava & UnderArmour.

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There are a variety of overlays with different orientations for the workout stats.

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It also offers filters for pictures.

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Fit Snap is a popular app on social media for posting workout pictures. I find it motivational & fun to see my workout’s stats on a picture from that day. Have you tried it out for yourself?


I was not asked to write this review or compensated in any way. All view expressed are my own.


Wednesday, May 18, 2016

Traveling & Workouts

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written by runnergirl training 


It can be daunting to keep up with workouts while traveling. You have worked hard for your gains. You don’t want it all wasted due to a change in routine, lack of fitness equipment or a different environment. The following are a few suggestions to keep workouts in your travel plans.

Friday, May 13, 2016

Tensor Fasciae Latae Muscle Pain

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written by runnergirl training


The tensor fasciae latae (TFL) muscle can cause pain and problems for runners and cyclists. It attaches to the top and side of the hip bone and runs down to the iliotibial band. It is a muscle group heavily used when running, cycling, sports played on a court, climbing and walking.

The TFL assists in the following movements:
  •       Thigh moving forward
  •       Abduction of thigh (away from body)
  •       Flexion of hip at thigh
  •        Medial rotation of thigh (toward body)


Pain that is associated with a TFL muscle injury may include: 
  •     Deep outside hip pain
  •      Pain when sitting
  •      Front of hip pain



There are a few ways to treat TFL pain. I recommend using ice massage, SMFR (foam rolling) and trigger point release.  I prefer using the Roll Recovery R8 roller or a tennis ball. If using a tennis ball be sure to have it underneath your leg to apply pressure to the muscle when rolling over it. Begin the rolling at the top of the outer hip and work down toward the mid thigh. After use ice massage to reduce inflammation.


Thursday, May 12, 2016

Product Review: CryoCup




written by runnergirl training


The CryoCup is a plastic cup that is freezable and reusable for ice massage. It is a great alternative to paper cups and reduces trash waste and the cost of repeated purchases.

I purchased a set of two CryCups so that one would always be frozen and ready to go! To start, fill the cup with water and freeze. Once frozen, remove the cup portion. Remaining will be a plastic ring that contains the ice. Your hands will not get cold since you are holding the plastic ring!



Pros:
  • Prevents hands from getting cold
  • Prevents dropping ice cubes (you may have tried this method like me!)
  • Prevents excess waste from using paper cups


Cons:
  • There are none


Ice massage is an effective way to reduce pain and inflammation of an injury. Check out my post about ice massage here.

I highly recommend the CryoCup! It has made my frequent ice massaging much easier!



I personally purchased the CryoCup and was not asked to write a review or compensated in any way for it.


Wednesday, May 11, 2016

Product Review: Buband





written by runnergirl training


A proper fitting sports bra, with cups to reduce the bouncing and jarring, goes a long way to limit boob bounce. There’s also an innovative band called the Būband (pronounced bōōb band). It is a 3 inch wide band made from moisture wicking material that has hook closures in the back and wraps around the chest to reduce bounce. 



I have used the Būband for running, spinning, outdoor cycling, aerobics and walking.

Pros:
Reduces movement
Sweat wicking
Adjustable
Easy on & off


Cons:
Can feel restrictive to breathing
Can feel uncomfortable to chest & back


My takeaway is the Būband very effectively reduces bounce while exercising. That being said, I tried adjusting its positioning and width (with the hooks in the back) to make it comfortable. However, for me it was still restrictive to breathing and not as comfortable as I had hoped for my chest and back. Perhaps other people have it fit more seamlessly and don’t find it distracting. It is a great product that certainly delivers what it promises! Try it out for yourself to see what you think!



Thank you to Būband for providing me with a Būband to try out and review honestly. I appreciate your generosity!



Tuesday, May 10, 2016

Common Stomach Problems For Runners

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written by runnergirl training 


Stomach and gastrointestinal  (GI) problems can strike at some of the worst moments. During and after a run or workout being bombarded with stomach cramps or running for the nearest bathroom can really put a damper on things. Let’s examine common culprits and how to avoid them occurring.

Saturday, May 7, 2016

Flexible Dieting / IIFYM & Social Media & Nutrition





written by runnergirl training


Life today is saturated with social media’s influence. There are an abundance of social media apps, websites and networks and no shortage of self proclaimed fitness and nutrition gurus. Anyone can post about a new fad diet they are on and include plenty of pics of their before and after transformation and also their meals. Fitness models and average people can appear to have discovered the secrete to weight loss and beautiful body nirvana. A note of caution however, is to check if they have any health/fitness/nutrition credentials and also validate their nutritional approach with accepted nutritional standards.

Thursday, May 5, 2016

Product Review: Lululemon Swiftly Shirts



written by runnergirl training


The best running shirts that I have ever found are the Lululemon Swiftly womens shirts. They are in racerback tank, short sleeve t-shirt & long sleeve t-shirt varieties. Swiftlies are soft and made with moisture wicking and anti-stink features.

I love how they prevent you from feeling too hot. So many technical performance shirts seem to hold in the heat. The Swiftlies absorb and release body heat and perspiration. They never give that soggy shirt feeling against your skin! They are lightweight and I absolutely love the anti-stink fabric, known as X-STATIC. That is a must for the sweat drenched workouts I throw at them! I also love how comfortable and figure flattering they are to wear. These shirts are my favorite for workouts and running!

To preserve their technical fabric properties, I wash them in cold water, turned inside out, and in garment bags to prevent snags during laundering. I use Sport Suds laundry detergent, as it is free of harsh chemicals and fragrance which would prevent the performance fabric from being effective over time. As with all of my Lululemon clothes I air-dry the Swiftlies. I've had mine for years and they have resisted fading, pilling, and have retained their shape.

Lululemon also has anti-stink clothes for men here.

I highly recommend you try Lululemon Swiftly shirts for your running & workouts and see what an amazing feeling they provide!



I purchased these Lululemon pieces personally and did not receive any compensation for my review. All opinions expressed are my own.


Monday, May 2, 2016

Causes Of Hip Pain In Runners

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written by runnergirl training

There are a few common causes of hip pain for runners. It is best to identify the problem by seeing a doctor or health professional. See more below!
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