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National Running Day June 5, 2013

National Running Day June 5, 2013

Today is National Running Day and it’s the fifth anniversary.    I wanted to share this day with everyone because it’s a passion and love of mine.  The specific purpose of the day is to get people inspired to go running in many different ways such as committing to a new training plan or just heading out on the streets and trails with a group of friends.

National Running Day is a wonderful way to share with friends and family the benefits of running.   Six health benefits of running are:

1. Improve your health – Believe it or not, running is actually a great way to increase your overall level of health.  Research shows that running can raise your levels of good cholesterol while also helping you increase lung function and use.  In addition, running can also boost your immune system and lower your risk of developing blood clots.

2. Prevent Disease – For women, running can actually help to lower your risk of breast cancer.  It can also help reduce the risk of having a stroke.  Many doctors today recommend running for people who are in the early stages of diabetes, high blood pressure, and osteoporosis, and it is proven to help reduce the risk of having a heart attack.  By helping the arteries retain their elasticity and strengthening the heart, your chances of suffering a heart attack can be significantly reduced.

3. Lose Weight – Running is one of the best forms of exercise for losing or maintaining a consistent weight.  You will find that it is a leading way to burn off extra calories and that it is the second most effective exercise in terms of calories burned per minute, following only after cross country skiing.

4. Boost your Confidence – Not all of the benefits of running are physical.  Running can provide an noticeable boost to your confidence and self-esteem.  By setting and achieving goals, you can help give yourself a greater sense of empowerment that will leave you feeling much happier.

5. Relieve Stress – Stress can actually cause a number of health and mood problems.  It can also diminish appetite and sleep quality.  When you run, you force your body to exert excess energy and hormones.  Running also helps to reduce your chances of developing tension headaches.

6. Eliminate Depression – When you are depressed, the last thing you likely want to do is to get up and go for a run.  Yet you will find that after only a few minutes of running, your brain will start to secrete hormones that naturally improve your mood.  In fact, there are few things in the world that can better or more rapidly treat depression than exercise such as running. 

So what’s it going to be…are you going to just sit there on your butt or get up and run?  I promise you, you will feel amazing after a run!  Get up and run 🙂

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Tuesday Cook Off ~ The Biggest Loser Salad and Dressing

Tuesday Cook Off ~ The Biggest Loser Salad and Dressing

Since I have been posting a lot of baking I decided to change it up a bit for this week.   This week I am featuring “The Biggest Loser” salad and dressing.   Now, the salad is really nothing different but the dressing is awesome.   It’s light and tangy and perfect for the summer.   My husband and I have been enjoying this dressing for about 2 months and I figured it was time to share.   I also believe the basil in the salad also gives it a nice favor.   We also add light feta cheese to our salad but it’s up to you.   This recipe is great for all those summer BBQ’s.

Ingredients: 

1 head of fresh lettuce 1/3 cup olive oil (for dressing)
1 cucumber 4 tbsp lemon juice (for dressing)
2 fresh in-season tomatoes 1 tsp honey (for dressing)
1/4 red onion salt and pepper, to taste
1 bunch fresh basil
Directions:
For the salad: wash and dry the lettuce. Tear it into bite-size pieces. Peel the cucumber and cut it into bite-sized bits. Wash the tomatoes and cut them into bite sized pieces. Peel the onion and slice it as thin as possible. Wash and chop the basil into large pieces.

In a large mixing bowl, combine the lettuce, cucumbers, tomatoes, onions and basil. Toss together so the ingredients are well mixed.

For the dressing: place the dressing ingredients in a container with a tight-fitting lid. Cover the container and shake vigorous.  Add the dressing to the salad, toss and serve immediately.

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About Me:

Hello and welcome! I am a 40 something year old mom of two boys, living in Scottsdale, AZ with my husband Al. I started My Baby Pajamas in 2007 and have watched it grow and mature. I love to blog but am not much of a writer per say. I am a avid runner and love to compete in races. I like my yoga HOT and love to hike with my family and our pit bull mix dog, Chance. My favorite time is hanging with my family and cooking homemade dinners and hearing about everyone's day while my husband and I enjoy a glass of wine.

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