For an energy boost, drink lots of water and get adequate sleep and exercise.
Before you crack open your favorite energy drink and gulp down the high-octane contents, you might want to reconsider. The most common energy drinks are high in sugar, which cause blood sugar spikes and may throw off your regular metabolism. Energy drinks also may add high amounts of liquid calories, which add to your daily intake and may create weight gain.
Lehigh Valley Health Network (LVHN) dietitian Monica Pyzia with Sodexo suggests other reasons you may want to avoid common energy drinks. Read More
The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) announced Thursday it will require the food industry to phase out trans fats, citing them as a threat to public health.
Trans fat has been linked to an increased risk for coronary heart disease, which may cause a heart attack. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) had estimated that a reduction of trans fat in the food supply nationwide could prevent up to 20,000 heart attacks each year.
This is a continuation of a 1999 FDA ruling requiring manufacturers to declare the amount of trans fat on a product’s “nutrition facts” food label.
This new ruling has been applauded by local physicians, including Lehigh Valley Health Network cardiologist Andrew Sumner, MD, with Lehigh Valley Heart Specialists in Allentown.
“This plan is consistent with recommendations from the National Cholesterol Education Program,” Sumner says. “Central to these recommendations is the idea that different types of fat convey different risks for developing heart disease.”
How does one type of fat differ from another, and how does this affect how much fat should be consumed in order to maintain a healthy lifestyle? Read More
Physical therapist Jesse Schimmer records Matthew Burns’ colleague during the last runner’s clinic video gait analysis session.
LVHN media relations coordinator Matt Burns, a running enthusiast and proud father, shared his stories here each week as he worked through a 12-week training program for the Lehigh Valley Health Network Via Marathon. Now he’s giving readers a peek at life after the marathon.
There’s not a whole lot to mention this week, as I took an obligatory rest after the Newport Liberty Half Marathon in Jersey City, N.J. I did manage to make it outside a few times to enjoy the weather and the miles, however. I also took advantage of the running clinic at the Emmaus Run Inn.
The clinic was run by two of Lehigh Valley Health Network’s physical therapists, Craig Souders and Jesse Schimmer. It was an eye-opening experience to say the least. We didn’t do too much running, but we did do a video gait analysis on the running store’s treadmill.
Now I knew going into this that I don’t have the most efficient running gait. I land way too far back on my heel when I strike, and my pronation is pretty bad. By and large, I thought I had fixed my stride over the last few years by using minimal footwear, which was supposed to encourage a forefoot strike. The video proved otherwise. Read More
LVHN media relations coordinator Matt Burns, a running enthusiast and proud father, shared his stories here each week as he worked through a 12-week training program for the Lehigh Valley Health Network Via Marathon.Now he’s giving readers a peek at life after the marathon.
Matt Burns’ wife captured this photo when he crashed on the couch a few hours after running the Lehigh Valley Health Network Via Marathon.
As I said in my last post, I’d be back. Like a bad penny, I always seem to turn up. It’s now been a week and a half since the Lehigh Valley Health Network Via Marathon, and I’ve had some time to reflect on my performance, look at all of the photos and compare my results with others. As I predicted, the vast majority of the full-marathon runners were really fast. I’ve got some competition for next year, I suppose.
Like the taper weeks of the marathon, I really struggle in the weeks immediately following a big race. I tend to be at my least healthy. Old habits return, and burgers, brats and beer make a big splash heading into the fall. They are my biggest weaknesses, and curbing my appetite for those items is always a challenge.
Then there’s the complete lack of exercise. My motivation to go run a few miles following a marathon is practically nonexistent. Partly it’s physical. The first week is a bit rough, with stairs being quite the challenge. The following week (this one) is an extension of that need to take it easy. It’s also a mental issue. I convince myself that I spent all that time and effort training, so relaxing for a while just seems fair. Read More
My wife Lisa and my two daughters, Emma and Grace, were cheering for me. I couldn’t have done it without them.
LVHN media relations coordinator Matt Burns, a running enthusiast and proud father, shared his stories here each week as he worked through a 12-week training program for the Lehigh Valley Health Network Via Marathon. In today’s installment, Burns tells us about his race experience on Sunday.
Well, the race is over. We did it. 26.2 miles. It was a heck of a ride. I hope you all enjoyed it as much as I did. And what a day for a race. The weather could have been a little cooler and a bit less humid, but there were no storms, and it wasn’t blazing hot. I call that a win.
I’ll be honest. I didn’t make the race in under four hours, which was my goal. But I did finish, and I finished smiling. In the end, that’s all that matters to me. There will be other opportunities to reach my goal and other races where I can focus more on my training. Read More