Running Gear Review: Lock Laces (Elastic No Tie Shoelaces)

Lock Laces Review

I have a confession to make. I’m terrible at tying my shoes. Terrible. I’m a grown man, but my shoes come untied two or three times a day. I don’t know what it is–maybe it’s being left-handed, I don’t know–but I’m just straight-up bad at it.

As a runner, that’s a pretty terrible quirk since so much of our sport is tied to how we lace up. (Heh. Puns.) I mean, I was stopping once or twice a run to tighten up my laces and make sure my shoes weren’t slipping around.

So when I started seeing blogs and forums mentioning Lock Laces, I decided to give them a try. I wasn’t sure how I’d like having elastic bands in my shoes that I had to cinch up instead of knotting, but after running in them for a couple months, I can honestly say that I am never going to tie my running shoes again.

Ever.  Continue reading

It Takes Discipline to Make Any Kind of Progress

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Last year was hard for me. I ran a half-marathon in October, but getting there was tough. I had bursitis in my hip from stupid things I’d done to myself the previous summer, so training was slow, steady, and careful.

One thing I try to track is my summer-to-summer progress in terms of running. Take last year to this year, for instance. With my hip injury, I had to stay pretty inactive. So, for example, on June 4th, 2014, I ran 2 miles. This year, on June 6th, right at one year later, I ran 10.

I am stupidly proud of myself.

But it took a lot of hard work and discipline to get there. Continue reading

[Guest Post] Supercharge Your Water Intake

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Today’s guest post is brought to you by Mike from Be A Healthy Geek

It wasn’t that long ago I was listening to the podcast “Super Nutrition Academy.” Yuri the podcast host and nutritional author was interviewing Chris Lopez who is a respected personal trainer. At the end of the interview Mr. Lopez suggested that more sleep, and consuming more water are two of the quickest ways to improve your health.

This comment started me on an adventure to figure out just how much water I should be drinking? I had always thought that I drank more water than the average person, and didn’t need to drink more. Boy was I seriously wrong!

It turns out you should drink a minimum 2 litres or 68 ounces for every hundred pounds of weight, so for me back in 2014 that meant drinking at least four litres per day. And on days I was exercising I needed to drink another litre or 34 ounces.

Wow! That’s a lot of water. But I’m hear to tell you that turning yourself into Aquaman, or woman, is worth the effort.

But is it really worth it?

Yes it is worth the extra trips to the washroom!

1) I’ve discovered when I’m dehydrated that I get cranky. Staying hydrated and drinking enough water has meant that I have more patience and energy for my job and family. This benefit alone has changed my life.

2) One of my biggest struggles with being healthy is not snacking or binge eating in the evening. Drinking enough water during the day has helped me overcome this bad habit of eating too much during the evening.

3) I have more energy to exercise! I’ve found that even if I’m a little dehydrated I’m less likely to feel like working out, and if I do workout, I’m not going to enjoy it as much.

Make it so!

How do I do it?

1) I have three water bottles. I leave one at work, I have one at home, and I have one that travels between work and home with me. That way I have a water bottle wherever I am, even if I forget one at home or work.

2) I try to drink one litre of water by certain points of the day. For me this looks like the following: I drink one litre of water during my 1 hour commute to work, I drink my second litre of water before lunchtime, I drink my third litre before the end of the work day, and then I drink another litre on the way home. (I’ve actually found that drinking water during my commute in the morning, really helps to wake me up.)

Keep it clean keep it safe!

Keeping your water safe and clean is one thing that people often don’t think about, myself included. There are really three different things that you can do here. Purchased a under sink water filter, a very popular Brita filter, or a water bottle with built in filter like the bobble. Personally, I find the Brita and bobble filters take too long to do the job.

But just remember if you are going to be drinking over 60+ ounces of water a day, then you want to make darn sure that all that water is going to be clean. Otherwise this habit isn’t going to have a positive long term impact on your life. And I don’t know about you, but I want to be around to see all the new Star Wars movies for years to come!

So why not give it a shot? Drink the recommended amount of water for one week. It may just make you feel like a superhero. I know it sure has changed my life…

If you’ve liked what you’ve read you can find more geeky health and fitness articles at beahealthygeek.com! Between trying to up my Xbox One achievements score and having light sabre battles with my kids, I somehow find the time to share my experiences about staying healthy, while still staying geeky!

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Feature photo credit: JD Hancock