Pimento Cheese, Not Your Grandma's Spread

Pimento cheese is one of those foods that has been so corrupted by the food industry that it has become synonymous with other crappy foods like Spam.  I'm not even certain what store bought pimento cheese might contain, nor do I want to find out.  It's a shame because pimento cheese can be a delightful treat, even if it does Read the full post…

Plum Good BBQ Sandwiches

In a few days it will officially be fall but the temperatures are still warm enough for me to continue swimming for a few more days.  The breeze was a little cool but that didn't stop me from swimming several laps this morning and I felt great afterwards!  Have you exercised lately?  With fall's cooler temperatures and fewer insects, you Read the full post…

Shingles Vacine and Treatment

A friend of mine was recently diagnosed with shingles so I felt I should discuss this nasty virus once again.  If you ever had chicken pox, you are at risk for getting shingles and believe me, you don't want it.  Shingles is a painful rash with blisters that scab over and may take 4 weeks or more to heal.  The Read the full post…

Vegetarian Tacos are muy delicioso!

There are times when I think I could easily become a vegetarian, especially when I try a new dish that is as good as the vegetarian tacos I had at Local Lime restaurant in Little Rock and the tofu fried rice at Sai Tai here in Jonesboro.  My husband and I celebrated our 23rd anniversary this past weekend by spending Read the full post…

Midyear Health Check

Summer is winding down , the year is more than half way over and our January resolutions are long forgotten.  It's time for a health reality check.  First of all, how is your health lately?  If you have enjoyed good health, are you thankful?  Take some time to appreciate how wonderful it feels to be healthy, for your family to Read the full post…

Vacation Lessons For A Healthier Life

  I'm back from a lovely beach vacation and I wish I was still there with all my heart.  Wouldn't it be nice if our every day life was as nice as a vacation?  If we could relax, eat well, sleep and exercise just enough without having to worry about bills, work, illnesses and school, our lives would be perfect.  But Read the full post…

Walking and Running Clubs

[ Post by Lisa Tedder ][ Post on March 9, 2010 ][ In Fitness Tips ]

Last night on the news, they did a piece on safety when running.  Now I’m all about exercise so I was glad to see the story BUT….they left out a major safety factor.  Since the weather has been warmer here lately there are many people out running at all hours.  Several times I have come across runners after dark wearing all dark clothing!  I have been startled when my headlights finally illuminated the runner.  If you are going to run after dark in the street, you had better wear light colored, reflective clothing.  That is such a no brainer but it seems to be easily forgotten.  The same goes for anyone on the street after dark, whether walking, biking, running or hanging out with friends, so remind your teens.

If you are interested in running, there are running/walking clubs everywhere that often sponsor races, help with training or beginning running and group support.  The “Women Can Run” clinic offered here in Jonesboro has already started this year but you can check out the website at neabaptistclinic.com for more information.  Go to ridgerider.org for more information on another local club for walkers, runners and bikers.

Now that the weather is warming, I hope you’ll dust off those athletic shoes and get outside.  Drag your kids out with you and go for a walk in a local park or just around the neighborhood.  Get the dog and give Rover some much needed attention and exercise too.  Air up your tires and take the bicycle for a spin as you soak up some free vitamin D from the sun.

Now for my pet peeve of the week.  Does it seem counter-productive for women’s magazines to feature articles such as ‘Lose Belly Fat For Good’ or ‘Walk Your Way Thin’ when the cover photo is a lucious chocolate cake with swirls of icing or a plate of donuts?  It somehow implies that we can have our cake and eat it too, all the while remaining forever thin if we just do their latest exercise routine which takes just 20 minutes, three times a week.  Why is the cover photo never of farm fresh produce or the articles “Twenty Great New Vegetable Recipes Your Family Will Love’?  Just me griping again.

If you haven’t checked out the books, go to menshealth.com, click nutrition, then click on the Eat This Not That section and check out some of the articles.  You’ll be glad you did.

Upadated on March 9, 2010

2 Responses to “Walking and Running Clubs”

  1. cheleygirl says:

    I live in a place where many people walk and ride their bikes to work and school. There are also off-road paths all over the city. But you rarely see people out without some neon yellow or reflective gear on, even on the paths! Several big companies here distribute safety vest and reflectors (with their company logo), free, to all schools. I think it is a great service to the city. Might be something for a savvy business to look into! Maybe the bike shops in the area? They even have reflective vests for dogs!

  2. Anonymous says:

    What a nice community to live in! I'm going to check into those free vests – that's a good marketing idea.
    Jonesboro is in the process of developing some bike paths but I wish there were more opportunities for people in this area to stay fit. We desparately need a new community pool but there don't seem to be funds available for that. Lisa

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