Fall Motivation

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Last Thursday brought us the first day of fall; a season that ushers in red, orange, and yellow leaves, cool days, cooler nights, and Pumpkin Spice Lattes! With that said, some of us may need to refocus on our fitness goals, while others meet their goals and must write new ones. Wherever you are on your fitness journey, Kazi can help you reach your goals!

“Strength does not come from winning. Your struggles develop your strengths. When you go through hardships and decide not to surrender, that is strength.” -Arnold Schwarzenegger

“If we could give every individual the right amount of nourishment and exercise, not too little and not too much, we would have found the safest way to health.” -Hippocrates

“I do not think that there is any other quality so essential to success of any kind as the quality of perseverance. It overcomes almost everything, even nature.” -John D. Rockefeller

“Strength does not come from physical capacity. It comes from an indomitable will.” -Mahatma Gandhi

“If you always put limits on everything you do, physical or anything else, it will spread into your work and into your life. There are no limits. There are only plateaus, and you must not stay there, you must go beyond them.” -Bruce Lee

“Most of our obstacles would melt away if, instead of cowering before them, we should make up our minds to walk boldly through them.” -Orison Swett Marden

“You can’t depend on your eyes when your imagination is out of focus.” -Mark Twain

“Energy & persistence conquer all things.” -Benjamin Franklin

“I’ve missed more than 9,000 shots in my career. I’ve lost almost 300 games. Twenty-six times, I’ve been trusted to take the game-winning shot and missed. I’ve failed over and over and over again in my life. And that is why I succeed.” -Michael Jordan

“The secret of getting ahead is getting started.” -Agatha Christie

(Source: The Huffington Post)

How the new Apple Watch can help your workout

On Wednesday Apple released its new iPhone, announced the arrival of the AirPod and heralded a significant update to the Apple Watch. The Apple Watch is quickly turning into one of the must-have gadgets for the athlete who wants to exercise, track the exercise and still look good doing it.

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The Apple Watch offers some neat features that can quickly become addictive and a part of your exercise routine. Here is a rundown of the features you might use most often:

  1. Built-in GPS. Prior to the new Watch (series 2) position tracking was done by tethering the Watch to your iPhone. This means that if you were to exercise without your iPhone, the Watch would recognize the distance of your activity by essentially counting steps. Now, you can get more accurate location tracking because the GPS is right in the phone!
  2. Heart rate sensor. Knowing how your heart rate trends over time and during a workout can be highly useful information not only for your own interest but also for medical purposes.
  3. SwimmingWe are most excited about the swimming applications in the Apple Watch. The new Watch is water resistant down to 50m which means you can swim with the watch! What does this mean? You can track what type of stroke you perform, how far you go, how many calories you burn, stroke efficiency and other analytics that can actually coach you on how to be a better and more efficient swimmer. We have written about how cadence is an important ingredient in running efficiency and the same can be said for swimming.
  4. Breathing coaching. When your day is stressful and you need some time to decompress, the Watch can help you by encouraging deep breathing. You will respond refreshed and ready to handle what the world throws at you the rest of the day.

So give it a chance. We will be trying it out in the near future as well. This certainly seems less like a gadget and more like a lifestyle.

Kind of like Kazi.

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Trivia: All About Tracktown

Eugene is home to one of the most prolific histories of people pounding the pavement on earth. The greats in running history, like Bill Bowerman, Phil Knight, and Steve Prefontaine, have left a legacy of world-class running in the town of Eugene. The combination of old school athletes and new school greats like Ashton Eaton and Galen Rupp help create a running community that is vibrant, growing, and incredibly supportive. No matter if you are an Olympic hopeful, or weekend warrior just looking to get active, Eugene is the place to get your feet moving.

Now, give your brain a workout with this week’s trivia – all about Tracktown USA

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Why You Need a Hydroflask

(Read to the end for a special offer.)

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At Kazi, we are not in the business of endorsing brands. However, this summer we must publicly and genuinely thank our friends at Hydroflask. This is not a water bottle; it is a lifestyle.

How many times have you filled a water bottle to the brim with ice or put boiling hot coffee into a thermos in an effort to preserve the temperature that makes the beverage so much more enjoyable? How many times have you been promised that a device is a solution to these problems only to find out 3 hours later that all your ice has melted and the boiling heat is now just lukewarm?

Dissatisfying. Disappointed. Disenchanted with the product.

The bottles and thermoses begin to take up more and more space in your cupboards like bland pieces of wonder bread with no substance, character, or redeeming quality. Some of them have a logo you like but since when were we in the business of buying products because of the logo? (Actually, that’s a bad question – we do it every day. But you get my point.) The products don’t work.

Until Hydroflask.

The vacuum-insulated stainless steels bottle is truly a marvel. TempShield technology allows cold liquids to remain cold for up to 24 hours and hot liquids to remain “steaming” for up to 6 hours. And for once this is a company that makes good on its promises. You don’t get that metallic taste that you get with some water bottles.

For those hot runs and hikes, the Hydroflask has been our trusty companion. We know people who own multiple bottles. And not just two; but three or even four.

So give it a shot; you’ll be glad you did.

And – in our first ever promotion of this type – if you get 15 of your friends to download Kazi, we will send you your own Hydroflask, free of charge.

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The 10 Best Sports Movies of All Time

An incredible summer Olympics have finally wrapped up in Rio. Many of the medals awarded in the last few weeks have come as a result of incredible stories of motivation, teamwork, and perseverance. These stories, while often times overwhelming, are all around us. A great tale of overcoming obstacles, or rising above difficulty always gets us up off the couch and ready to do more. That’s why this week we have chosen to mobilize around the top ten best sports movies of all time.

  1. Rocky (1976)

  2. A League of Their Own (1992)

  3. Rudy (1993)

  4. Million Dollar Baby (2004)

  5. Coach Carter (2005)

  6. Remember the Titans (2000)

  7. We Are Marshall (2006)

  8. Bend It Like Beckham (2002)

  9. Hoosiers (1986)

  10. The Blind Side (2009)

If you’re feeling down and want a great motivator, make sure you watch these ten great movies.

Think others should be in the top ten? Let us know by commenting below, or emailing us at customerservice@miadisolutions.com.

 

Cross Training Benefits

Cross-training has been an ever-present term in the running community over the past decade. It is defined as “training in two or more sports to improve fitness and performance, especially in the main sport.”

Google Trends data suggests high and sustained levels of interest and there are countless books written about it, including Cross-Training for Dummies.

Typically, most people will discuss some of the biomechanical benefits of cross training. They say that it improves overall fitness, reduces injuries, and enhances “active recovery” (Men’s Fitness). Some say it improves weight loss, and Runner’s World says that it can “increase the number of time runners spend training without accumulating fatigue or getting injured.”

As none of these articles cite genuine scientific research on the benefits of cross-training, we suppose one simply must take the authors’ word for it.

Or should we?

The New York Times in 2011 issued a report that looked at the body of scientific evidence behind cross-training. The conclusion? No significant evidence of improved performance and no significant evidence of reduced injury incidence.

Now, the American Orthopedic Society for Sports Medicine suggests cross-training because it is beneficial for one’s overall health. That is fairly intuitive of course. Just like running has a salutary impact on one’s “running health”, exercising other parts of the body surely boosts your health on a broader basis.

But here is what is said on actual performance improvements (emphasis added):

Hirofumi Tanaka, an exercise physiologist at the University of Texas in Austin, came to that conclusion more than a decade ago in a review of published papers. Studies comparing athletes, both trained and untrained, had found that only one factor mattered if performance was the goal: training in that sport.

Since then, he said, there have been numerous small studies, asking the same question and coming to the same conclusion. For example, two subsequent recent studies — one involving moderately fit runners and the other trained runners — found that adding cycling to a running program did not improve running performance.

The article continues by then examining the impact of cross-training on injury prevention:

Dr. Willem van Mechelen, head of public and occupational health at VU University Medical Center in Amsterdam, looked at data on injuries in runners and tried to tease out the factors that were linked to them. And he concluded that the only way to prevent running injuries is not to run.

The harder you run and the longer your running distances, the more likely you are to get injured. And, he wrote, among the factors “significantly not associated with running injuries” is “participation in other sports.”

Unless cross-training means you simply do less of your primary sport, then, don’t expect it to protect you from injuries.

In fairness, resistance training (like weight lifting) has been shown – in some cases -to produce improved performance. But the impact is intermittent and depends on the activity for which you are cross-training.

Nevertheless, there is one benefit to cross-training that is surely undeniable; there is a reduction in burnout risk with cross-training. Participation in a rigorous training program is tiring physically and mentally. Having an activity that keeps you moving (lowering frustration risk) but reduces your involvement in the core activity (e.g. running) reduces the risk that you will lose the love for your exercise and view it as a chore instead.

Keep up the cross-training! Not only will it make you faster or reduce your injury count, but b it will provide some degree of the mental piece, variability, and excitement for your morning workout.

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Michael Phelps Testimonial

I have 23 Olympic medals to my name. I have competed in 2000, 2004, 2008, 2012, and now the 2016 Olympic games. I have gone from young star athlete to national let down, to recovered alcoholic, and returned to the games as a mature competitor. There was a serious moment that I thought I might never enter a fifth Olympics, but with the help of others getting me in the right frame of mind, I have made my comeback.

For so long, I thought of myself as this kind of robot. Now that I see myself as a human being, it has changed my life. My fifth Olympics is not about me for once. This time, its about the people who love and care for me, the folks who have trained with me, and stayed with me along the way. This one means more than any of my previous Olympics because I can now set the record straight about who I am and what I stand for. I stand for the swimming community and for

After this Olympics, I will be taking on a project that I am excited about called Michael Phelps Swimming, designed to teach people of all ages and abilities about this sport. What is special about it is that it give me a chance to share swimming with others and create a greater community.

This chance to build a community is what draws me to make a bigger impact, and is what makes apps like Kazi an excellent opportunity to do so. Encouraging people to get together and be active is an amazing way to not only build up athletes and healthy communities but also to prevent situations like the ones I put myself in. We all can release energy in healthy ways with other like-minded people. Download Kazi , and get social, get active, and get rewarded.

*This article quotes but does not reflect the opinions and facts of Michael Phelps or Michael Phelps Swimming

Source Credit: Promises, USA Today, NBC Olympics