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Working out and living a healthy lifestyle is a challenge for many people who are for the most part “healthy” or at least do not have a health condition in their lives, but when I hear of stories like the one Jason Romero of Denver Colorado my respects to the man for leading by example. And he clearly goes to show that many times our biggest challenge is the limiting mindset that we trap ourselves around.

On March 24, 2016, at Santa Monica Pier, a blind runner began to make history. Romero, a world record holder in multiple distances and times, will begin VisionRunUSA – a 3-month journey across the U.S., on foot. When Jason finishes his run at Faneuil Hall in Boston, he will become the first blind person ever to run across the U.S. WOW!

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Group that accompanied Romero from Santa Monica to LA City Hall

Guiding him the first two days of his cross country adventure was Vincent Hau, MD and PhD, a vitreoretinal physician and surgeon at the Kaiser Permanente Riverside Medical Center.
Dr. Hau is an experienced marathoner who has a passion for running. He is also passionate about helping his patients with their retinal health. When Dr. Hau met Jason Romero at the California International Marathon last year, Romero told him of his plans to run from Los Angeles City Hall to New York City Hall, (although officially starting at the Santa Monica Pier with his foot in the ocean). In 2015, Dr. Hau ran the Boston Marathon as a guide runner for the visually impaired. Having such a positive experience doing that, Hau called Romero up and told him he’d be honored to be his guide for the first leg of his journey if he’d have him.

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Romero with Dr. Vincent Hau just a few steps away from LA City Hall

The run started at 10 a.m. on Thursday, March 24th at the Santa Monica Pier and proceeded to LA City Hall (about 17-18 miles). The next morning, Friday, March 24th, the run started at 4 a.m. in front of LA City Hall and Jason ran 50 miles. This took him just past Chino City Hall. Jason will continue to try to run around 50 miles a day until he reaches NYC City Hall around Memorial Day. Adrian Broca (Los Angeles, Calif.), visually impaired marathon and ultramarathon runner, will run with Romero the first week in support of VisionRunUSA. Romero and Broca will also be joined by Mark Lucas, executive director of United States Association of Blind Athletes.

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Before taking off in Santa Monica

Jason was diagnosed at 14-years old with Retinitis Pigmentosa, a degenerative eye condition that gradually decreases peripheral and central sight, visual acuity and the ability to perceive light. Despite setbacks and obstacles, he went on to become an honor student, attorney, business executive at GE and Western Union and CEO of a non-profit school for children with Autism. In 2014, at 43 years old, Jason had lost 85% of his sight and suddenly found himself hopeless and depressed. That’s when he reached out to the United States Association of Blind Athletes and started running again. Running and connecting with blind athletes across the U.S. renewed his joy for life.

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Romero with Dr. Hau before Starting

Romero will run roughly 3,200 miles, to Boston, in the span of around 60 days. Romero will cross 14 state lines (California, Arizona, New Mexico, Texas, Oklahoma, Missouri, Illinois, Indiana, Ohio, West Virginia, Pennsylvania, New Jersey, New York and Massachusetts) to inspire Americans, sighted and not.

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Along the Route

You can follow Jason’s journey on social media (links below), join the conversation (#VisionRunUSA) and track his progress across the country on his website: www.VisionRunUSA.com

At Nike’s Innovation 2016 event in New York City, Mark Parker, President & CEO, NIKE, Inc., detailed the company’s new “Era of Personalized Performance” and one of the products that speaks to Nike’s next stage of innovation is the Nike+ App.

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Starting in June, the new Nike+ app becomes athletes’ all-access pass to Nike’s most coveted products and events via one seamless sign-on. The “plus” now equates to “personal,” and the app connects members simply and swiftly to the Nike+ Run Club, Nike+ Training Club and Nike+ SNKRS apps. It also offers members a personal store stocked with performance product recommendations and reserved invitations to their favorite sneakers. Combining these offerings, the app serves every step of an athletic life — from competition to training to sport-style — propelling members towards their potential.

THE NEW NIKE+ APP FEATURES

FEED

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Easy access to the world of Nike begins in the customized “Feed” tab, which includes a continuously updated selection of stories — training tips from coaches and trainers, inspiration from Nike athletes and information about the latest Nike releases — tailored to each member’s unique interests and ambitions.

MY STORE

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The “My Store” tab showcases clothing and footwear personalized to members’ sport and lifestyle preferences. It prioritizes their favorite products, gives expert recommendations and offers customization options through NIKEiD.

SERVICES

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The “Services” tab connects members directly to Nike+ experts, who are available to answer questions about all Nike+ services or book a 1:1 reservation in select Nike stores. Members can also connect simply and swiftly to the Nike+ Run Club, Nike+ Training Club and Nike+ SNKRS.

PASS

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The “Pass” tab stores a personal QR (Quick Response) code, which can be added to Apple Wallet as well as used at any Nike retail store or event for personal recommendations and easy access.

INBOX

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The “Inbox” tab is where members gain extraordinary access to Nike’s newest releases and experiences.

The new Nike+ app launches in June 2016. To become a Nike+ member go to Nike.com

Text and Photo Credit: Nike News

The Nike #LunarEpic shoes make my ankle feel as if they are being hugged while running. Oh, what a great feeling!

It was a little overdue when Nike introduced the most innovative running shoe called the Lunar Epic, but they did it on March 3 after a lot of strategic planning because they knew when the perfect timing was. Nike always knows what it’s doing and how to stay ahead of their sport. And by the way they do it very well.

I had a test run in these Lunar Epic shoes during a synchronized global launch event on Thursday night and I can honestly say that they are like nothing you’ve seen before in running shoes. Hands down! The shoe introduces precision technologies that delivers an extremely tuned and balanced ride.

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Nike unveiled its newest shoe, a one-piece runner with an ankle collar that stretches well past the ankle to the outsole and it resembles a topographical map of hills, the Lunar Epic breaks into never seen before grounds.

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The test run I participated in was held at Nike Santa Monica (Lunar Epic LaunchPad) and it was there where I experienced the future of running—where after that day running will never feel the same with the Lunar Epic running shoes. I received a behind-the-scenes look at Nike’s latest running innovation, logged my first Lunar Epic miles along the Santa Monica oceanfront and pier, heard an in-depth discussion from Nike reps and received a special gift at the end.

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In a word I would summarize the entire evening in one word: EPIC.

As soon as I arrived to the event I was greeted like everyone else by the Nike pacers and was given a bracelet for the group that I would be running with, which was determined by our average mile running time. I am not the fastest runner, nor am I the slowest so I choose to run with the green group – mid range! I made the right choice.

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Then we were escorted upstairs to where we had our test shoes patiently waiting for us to be worn. I sat down and stepping into the Lunar Epic was easy and intuitive, almost like pulling a thick stretchy sock onto your foot. The hold on the foot is smooth – so smooth that I felt as if my ankle was soothingly being hugged and caressed. There was no binding, pressure or tight grabbing on the foot – it was just perfect.

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I got to walk around with them and it seriously felt as if I was barefoot. I did not feel the shoes and maybe because they were so comfortable and light too.

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We then heard from Nike Coach on the shoe’s technology, DNA, performance, strategy and preparation for launching the shoe.

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After that we were set to go on our 5k run in the dark and lovely oceanfront view of Santa Monica. We tested the shoe on sand, concrete, brutal stairs and even on the pier and it always felt as if we were running barefoot. It’s the feel that the Lunar Epic shoes will give you.

To mention a little more about how the shoe fits is that the laces tied into embedded “flywire” cables around the midfoot. The shoes also worked fine if I tied the laces loosely and simply slip the shoe on and off without tying, which is how I wore them on the run.

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Throughout my run I noticed that the overall ride is highly cushioned and comfortable, the hallmarks of “Run Easy” shoes make themselves very apparent. Since the 5k trail was specifically chosen so that we would test the shoe in difference surfaces I was able to tell that it provided a holistic experience. The holistic experience impressed me very much and it was honestly very hard to give the shoes back. Very sad!

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After our run we made our way back to Nike Santa Monica for some group pictures, water, snacks, talk about our experience and explore the shoe’s features some more.

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With so many Lunar Epic shoes on display I decided to get creative with my photography skills and snap some cool shots… I think! Lol

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On our return back to Nike I also learned that the sole is a soft “Lunarlon” foam that is surrounded by a firmer, resilient layer that serves double duty with more stability on the base and the outsole.

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As we were getting ready to leave a surprise waited for us at the entrance and guess what they were?

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We were given some brand new Lunar Epic shoes for us to enjoy our next running adventure in Los Angeles. WOW, this was very unexpected and unbelievable. I was sad when I handed in the shoes I tested, but I never imagined we would be given a brand new pair of these cushioned and epic shoes.

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The Lunar Epic shoes are now available at retail stores and Nike online. If you are a runner these are a must-have in your collection. Don’t miss out on the light, comfortable and perfect pieces of art.

You can find them in four main colorways: University Red, University Blue and Voltage Green, Hyper Orange, and Yellow Strike.

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Will you be purchasing a pair for yourself or why not buy a pair for that special someone?

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Absolutely nothing worth having in life comes easy! Incorporate these into your next #workout routine to work on those #triceps. Here’s the #TricepsKickback:
🔵 Rest your hand on your knee and grab a dumbbell with your other hand, palm facing your body, upper arm parallel to your body.
🔵 Push the dumbbell back by extending your elbow and allow it to slowly return after a short pause.
🔵 Keep your upper arm still throughout.
Do 20, 15 and 12 reps. Start with the heaviest weight possible and decrease the weight with each set. Then switch to the other side!

Absolutamente nada que valga la pena llega facilmente a nuestras vidas! Incorpora estos movimientos en tu rutina para trabajar en esos triceps. Aquí estan estas Extensiónes Posteriores para Triceps.
🔵 Ponga su mano en la rodilla y agarre una mancuerna y con la otra mano, la palma hacia su cuerpo y el brazo superior paralelo a su cuerpo.
🔵 Empuje la mancuerna hacia atrás mediante la ampliación de su codo y deje que vuelva lentamente después de una breve pausa.
🔵 Mantenga la parte superior del brazo sin moverse.
Haga 20 , 15 y 12 repeticiones. Comience con el peso más pesado posible y disminuya el peso de cada set. Luego cambiese al otro lado!

Absolutely nothing worth having in life comes easy! Incorporate these into your next #workout routine to work on those #triceps. Here’s the #TricepsKickback:
🔵 Rest your hand on your knee and grab a dumbbell with your other hand, palm facing your body, upper arm parallel to your body.
🔵 Push the dumbbell back by extending your elbow and allow it to slowly return after a short pause.
🔵 Keep your upper arm still throughout.
Do 20, 15 and 12 reps. Start with the heaviest weight possible and decrease the weight with each set. Then switch to the other side!

Absolutamente nada que valga la pena llega facilmente a nuestras vidas! Incorpora estos movimientos en tu rutina para trabajar en esos triceps. Aquí estan estas Extensiónes Posteriores para Triceps.
🔵 Ponga su mano en la rodilla y agarre una mancuerna y con la otra mano, la palma hacia su cuerpo y el brazo superior paralelo a su cuerpo.
🔵 Empuje la mancuerna hacia atrás mediante la ampliación de su codo y deje que vuelva lentamente después de una breve pausa.
🔵 Mantenga la parte superior del brazo sin moverse.
Haga 20 , 15 y 12 repeticiones. Comience con el peso más pesado posible y disminuya el peso de cada set. Luego cambiese al otro lado!

Here’s a #SeatedTricepsExtension exercise you should master into your routine today. Just get it done and here are the instructions:
⏺ Sit down and hold one dumbbell with both hands behind your head, elbows at 90 degree angles, upper arms straight up.
⏺ Raise the dumbbell with both hands until your arms are close to being fully extended and slowly lower it back after a short pause.
⏺ Keep your upper arms still throughout.

Improvise if you don’t have the adequate equipment and concentrate on your form and don’t make excuses!!! Do 20, break, 15, break and 12, done!

Aquí unas flexiones de tricpes sentado que deben dominar en su rutina hoy. Instrucciones:
⏺ Siéntese y sostenga una mancuerna con ambas manos detrás de la cabeza, los codos en ángulos de 90 grados, y los brazos hacia arriba.
⏺ Levante la mancuerna con ambas manos hasta que los brazos esten cerca de ser completamente extendidos y baje lentamente de nuevo después de una breve pausa.
⏺ Mantenga sus brazos todavía en todas partes.

Improvise si no tiene el equipo adecuado, concentrese en su forma y a no poner excusas! Hacer 20, pausa, 15, pausa y 12!

FEATURING A REVOLUTIONARY MID-HEIGHT COLLAR DESIGN AND A NEW TOOLING SYSTEM, THE LUNAREPIC FLYKNIT OFFERS A VIRTUALLY VANISHING FIT, FLUID FEEL AND SUPERIOR SOFTNESS.

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The conception of the LunarEpic Flyknit began over 18 months ago with the contemplation of a global football boot. Taking insight from Nike’s Magista — which allows the foot, ankle and lower leg to work together as a single unit to emphasize natural movement and a feeling of fluidity — the company’s running designers set out to create a shoe that imparted this same sensation, while still serving runner’s key needs: fit, feel and force.

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They began by constructing a lightweight, breathable one-piece Nike Flyknit upper, engineering different densities directly into the knit for precise support: a snug fit at the arch, heel and forefoot. Meanwhile, the aforementioned mid-height collar was added to facilitate lockdown, both physically and sensorially, and Nike Flywire cables were knitted in for additional strength and a close, dynamic fit.
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Moving to the midsole, the designers employed a new dual-injection technology. Using heat, instead of glue, they fused two foams into one piece that still features traditional Lunarlon construction, with an IU foam carrier and soft IP core. Laser siping on the side of the midsole facilitates cushioning and targeted flexibility.
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Next, a rubber-free outsole with laser-siped geometric pistons inspired by pressure maps of the foot was added. Constructed of Lunarlon foam, each piston moves individually, enabling pointed compression that results in an exceptional ride. Maximizing both cushioning and traction, it provides unrivaled heel-to-toe transitions and propelling energy return.

When combined, these few potent components form an unprecedented shoe with a virtually vanishing fit that adapts to the body in motion for a fluid feel and superior softness. Incredibly versatile, it is ideal for runners tackling a distance workout, progression run or recovery run.

The LunarEpic Flyknit is available starting March 3 at Nike.com and retail locations. An exclusive colorway of the LunarEpic Flyknit will be available at NikeLab retail locations.

All Text and Photo Credit: Nike

Exercising every day has many advantages, the main ones are living a healthy lifestyle as well as having a healthy body weight. In reality though there are so many more reasons why you should exercise daily, and many of them relate to making you a better person inside and out by gaining confidence and inner strength. Below I have compiled my top 5 reasons why exercise builds confidence and inner-strength in teens.

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1. Learn how to set and follow SMART goals: Everyone knows how to set a goal, however setting one and following it are two separate things. A goal without a road map is essentially just a dream, it will be very hard to attain. Using the SMART goal philosophy will help you realize your goals much easier and much quicker. SMART stands for Specific, Measurable, Attainable, Result specific, Time bound.

2. Learning to fail: You will fail in life, it’s a fact, and you might fail at the goal you set. The most important part is learning from these failures and turning them into successes. By doing this you will gain confidence and inner-strength, even through failure.

3. Building good work ethic: If you have no other commitments, exercising daily would be a cinch. Unfortunately not all of us are so fortunate, we have work or school, homework, families, friend etc. Making exercise a priority in your life will help you determine what is most important and how you should spend your time, making you smarter and stronger.

4. Waiting to see results: This one follows #3, not many people have all day to exercise, and no one can exercise once and see the results. In order to achieve your SMART goals you will have to continue to work day after day for weeks or months. This type of dedication helps strengthen you, builds your confidence and makes you patient.

5. Improve your physical control: Some of the best athletes in the world got to where they are not because they only did that sport, but because they did many sports. This helped them gain better body control and the confidence to succeed. By exercising you are teaching your body how to move, which in turn will help you be more coordinated, confident and strong, both inside and out.

Mike Dellemann has spent the last 10 years as both an athlete and a coach and has seen firsthand what happened to those who make SMART goals, stuck to them and worked hard. Although there can be days that are difficult, the end results always outweigh those small hiccups.
Coach Mike is a former Team USA Skeleton athlete who has competed internationally in 4 different countries and won many medals. He is an avid hiker and backpacker, fisherman, hunter and water skier. An ex collegiate All-American Decathlete in college he now enjoys coaching high school track and field and teaching grades K-12. Mike has a BA in Business Administration with a minor in Adventure Education and is pursuing his MBA.

About Kurbo:

The experts at Kurbo, a new fitness/weight management mobile-based app designed just for kids, comes complete with personalized coaching. It is unlike adult fitness apps, which focus solely on food tracking and calorie counting. Instead, it offers games, in-app chats and video sessions with a personalized coach, and an easy “traffic light system” breaking down food categories into three easily identifiable colors.

See whether Kurbo is right for your child, try a Kurbo coaching plan for free today!

Developed by Joanna Strober, whose middle child struggled with his weight, she teamed up with co-founder, Thea Runyan, who spent over a decade doing research at Stanford on childhood obesity. Together they recreated a virtual version of the expensive and demanding hospital weight programs designed specifically for adolescents. www.kurbo.com

Prior to co-founding Kurbo, Thea spent 12 years as the lead behavior coach for the Pediatric Weight Control Program at Lucile Packard Children’s Hospital at Stanford, where her expertise in this field has helped hundreds of kids, teens, and families manage weight and lead healthier lifestyles. Known as “The Stoplight Lady,” Thea is a frequent guest speaker on topics related to pediatric obesity, and writes about health and weight management on the Kurbo blog and for many other publications. She holds a BA from UC Berkeley and an MPH from San Jose State University.

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1. Jogging helps prevent #hypertension and #heartdisease. 2. Jogging helps prevent some cancers. 3. Jogging improves mental fitness. 4. Jogging combats stress. 5. Jogging helps you #loseweight and reduces #bodyfat levels. And if those 5 reasons are not convincing enough to go #jogging then go to enjoy the beautiful weather we have here in Cali! Do 30-45 minutes of walking, jogging or sprinting a day at least 4 days of week and you’ll see how healthy and good you start feeling.

1. El trotar ayuda a prevenir enfermedades del corazon. 2. El trotar ayuda a prevenir algunos tipos de cáncer. 3. El totar mejora la actitud mental. 4. El trotar combate el estrés. 5. El trotar ayuda a perder pezo y reduce los niveles de grasa corporal. Y si estas 5 razones no son lo suficientemente convincentes para ir a trotar entonces por lo menos haslo para disfrutar del buen tiempo que tenemos aquí en California! Has de 30-45 caminando, trotando o corriendo al día por lo menos (4 días de la semana) y veras qué tan saludable te hara sentir.

Here’s a plyometric exercise you can do from a sidewalk!!! Stop giving yourself excuses about not having the proper equipment just look at your surroundings and get creative. Begin by standing in front of the sidewalk with both feet on the ground. Rapidly alternate tapping the top of the sidewalk with each foot, springing off the ground with each step. Move your arms in the running motion as your feet tap and to add complexity travel from one side to the other. Do 20-40 taps, take a break and then do 50-60 taps, take a break and finish with 70-100 taps.

Aquí un ejercicio pliométrico que se puede hacer desde una banqueta. Deja las excusas a un lado por no tener el equipo adecuado porque con tan sólo ver a tu alrededor lo tendras y se creativo. Comienza con los pies delante de la banqueta y con los dos pies en el suelo. Alterna rápidamente tocando la parte superior de la banqueta con cada pie, saltando sobre el suelo con cada paso. Mueve los brazos en el movimiento y para añadir dificultad viaja de un lado a otro. ¿Has 20-40 toques, toma un descanso y luego has 50-60 toques, toma otro descanso y termina con 70-100 toques a la banqueta.

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