Ah, shin splints-a daunting condition that many still associate with high school gym class, before we had any real sense of how to exercise without causing our bodies physical harm. (That or we used it to get a free pass to the nurses office.)
Known in the medical world as medial tibial stressSome alternatives to syndrome, shin splints refer to a tightness that occurs along the front of the lower leg. It radiates from just behind the shinbone-your tibia-and can be debilitating to those who are familiar with this pesky pain.
Placing too much force on the shinbone and the surrounding connective tissues during physical activity-specifically ones that require sudden and sharp stops-typically causes shin splints. But basketball, soccer and football stars aren't the only shin splint-prone athletes; runners often suffer from them too.
The good news about shin splints is that, while uncomfortable, it's also a condition that is easily treated. Zeel Expert personal trainers tip us off to the
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By: StacyAtZeelRead More »from Workout Wear for Wavering Winter Temperatures
No Gore-Tex necessary for this winter in New York (on the whole...)
Save for this past icy weekend, the unseasonably warm temperatures have confused running wardrobes all over the east coast. And if you're like me, and refuse to take your fitness routine indoors for the winter (Mother Nature has never charged me to break a sweat, last time I checked), then you may be stocking up on transitional workout gear that's appropriate for both freezing and fifty-degree days.
With a little sartorial flair, we present our favorite attire for staying toasty through winter and for avoiding sweat-overload on those mysteriously warm days too.
Up top: Nike T&F Hoodie
The key to this full-zip hoodie from Nike ($84) is that it's 100 percent cotton. With a long-sleeved shirt underneath, you'll be set for any 30-degree or below day, while on (relatively) balmier days, you can stay cool with a tank or t-shirt only. Vintage-inspired, Nike designed this must-have sturdy sweatshirt to feature a multi-panel hood that wards off rain. And to look awesomely
By: StacyAtZeelRead More »from Boot Camp Recap with Zeel Expert Spencer Hughes
To many, 7am is reserved for the snooze button. But for the brave crew of exercise enthusiasts (all ladies, might I add) who traded in that extra hour of sleep for a heart-pumping boot camp class, we at Zeel salute you.Spencer shows us how to kick like a pro
Friday kicked off our first of four free fitness classes held in a lovely, garment-filled space at Athleta on the Upper East Side. (You can sign up for any or all of the next three classes here.) The workout was headed by Zeel Expert personal trainer and MMA specialist Spencer Hughes, who arrived with more energy than all of us put together and had us glowing (translation: sweating-a lot) and panting in no time.
To the sounds of eighties-inspired tunes (thanks, generous participant who donated her playlist), we started with dynamic exercises to get our blood flowing, moving steadily into an intense circuit of burpees, squats and push-ups.
Yes, it was challenging. But I was reminded of-and inspired by-Spencer's Zeel profile: "Find the line when you
By: StacyAtZeelRead More »from 3 Massages for Fighting Fibromyalgia Pain
Imaging being achy-really, really achy-all the time. Of course, these massages are good for more than treating fibromyalgia
Fibromyalgia is a widespread condition that's characterized by long-term joint, muscle and tendon discomfort from head to toe. The condition typically emerges by the age of 50, and the symptoms worsen during stressful situations.
Without prompting a hypochondriac-like reaction, fibromyalgia is diagnosed after three months of persistent pain, particularly in 18 predetermined areas of the body, from the rib cage and the lower back to the thighs and elbows.
While physical therapy and pain relievers are often prescribed to thwart the throbs and aches of fibromyalgia, more than ever, alternative means of treatment like massage are emerging as viable options. If you are considering booking a massage, you'll be faced with many modalities to choose from. Here's what Zeel Experts in the field recommend.
Slow and steady: Swedish massage
Swedish massage, sometimes referred to as a relaxation massage for
By: StacyAtZeelRead More »from Need for Speed: Competition Strategies from a Pro
Three interviews to help you navigate training for the first race, break some personal records, and do it all safely!
So you've signed up for a race. Now what?
Or maybe, you're a seasoned competitor. And the next time around, you want to blow your stats out of the water.
And whether you're a first-timer or an expert, we've all incurred the wrath of an injury (or for that matter, multiple injuries).
Sound familiar? Then you won't want to miss this informative roundup of competition strategies, with expert advice from personal trainer and Zeel Expert Frank Baptise. In a series of articles, Frank walks us through basic facts that everyone should know before stepping up to the starting line.
Race Strategies for First-Timers. Learn how to find the inspiration to sign up for your first race, how many days a week you should be training and what can be done to avoid hitting that proverbial wall. (Read the full interview here.)
Improve Your Race Time. As Frank knows, one of the most exciting elements of competition is making-and breaking-personal records. "A lot of the time, you're
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By: StacyAtZeelRead More »from Alternative Advantages: Reduce Neck Pain Without Pills
Relieve (and prevent) that nasty crick in the neck
"Mechanical neck pain is a common condition that affects an estimated 70% of persons at some point in their lives," begins a recent study published in the Annals of Internal Medicine and explored in this New York Times article. Participants in the randomized study, who complained of acute and sub-acute neck pain, were invited to compare the effects of medication versus alternative therapies in the short and long-term, the results which suggest that the latter is in fact superior to modern day drug prescriptions.
In light of these findings, it feels appropriate to revisit a blog we published not long ago, where Zeel Experts in the field of bodywork, acupuncture and massage recommend techniques for relieving a pesky pain in the neck. Perhaps, with these novel findings, you'll discover new meaning to the suggestions within.
Be aware. Try to bring awareness to the times when you tense up, especially if you tend to clench your jaw or tighten your muscles. Managing tension
By: StacyAtZeelRead More »from Mini Moms: The Celebrity Pregnancy Debate
There's miraculous about a pregnant Angel
Happy New Year to all. In 2011, we watched a bevy of beautiful (and spotlight-prone!) women, from January Jones and Beyonce to Rachel Zoe and Jessica Alba, as they journeyed through nine months of pregnancy. In some cases, we're still watching.
What is it about celebrity bumps that captivate our attention anyway? Is it the public nature of their growing bellies as these leading ladies are photographed leaving prenatal yoga looking trim and toned? Or maybe it's their ability to remain elegant through the entire ordeal, their rotund midsections sheathed in haute threads and name-brand swag.
As we dive head first into 2012, there's sure to be a whole new splash of A-list women who will become moms for the first, second or even third time. On our radar? Victoria's Secret Angel Alessandra Ambrosio, who recently flaunted the fact that she walked the famous catwalk two months pregnant (um, wow!), glowing mom-to-be Jessica Simpson and reality star Kourtney Kardashian.
By: StacyAtZeelRead More »from 8 Tips for Acupuncture First-Timers
New York City acupuncturist Bruce Mandelbaum has been treating elite runners for more than 25 years. No stranger to sports injuries himself, Bruce is an endurance athlete and long-time member of the Central Park Track Club, and knows first-hand how acupuncture can complement a vigorous training regimen. A few painless facts about acupuncture.
But here's the kicker; while there are plenty of zealous athletes who are all too happy to put their body through a marathon, triathlon or other challenging feat, there are far less who embrace alternative healing therapies like acupuncture to maintain their physical health. Why? In many cases, it's fear of the unknown.
Sure, the thought of acupuncture can be intimidating to a newbie, even if the potential discomfort of a needle is far less daunting than the pain of running 26.2 miles. Bruce, a "true sports acupuncturist" and a prominent media personality, tames our trepidations with simple tips for all you first timers out there.
Face the facts. There's no way
By: StacyAtZeelRead More »from A New Year's Resolution to Stand By
When Vicki Vara, a personal trainer and trusted Zeel Expert, officially released the v.method, she decided to launch it with the motto "because you can." Why? Because it's true. You can. A fitness trainer, an avid runner and swimmer and, most importantly, a mom of two, Vicki is proof that everyone can find time when it comes to their health.In other (more famous) words,
Think you're too busy to set a New Year's resolution? Not this year! New Years offers the perfect opportunity to re-prioritize and commit to making small changes for a healthier lifestyle as you plan for 2012. All it takes is a bit of dedication and a few handy cues from Vicki-a modern day superwoman.
1. Set realistic, measurable goals. Saying that you're going to get healthy doesn't necessarily mean you will. Instead, set realistic goals that you can progressively work toward over the next 12 months. Lose 10 pounds, try a vegetarian lifestyle, drop a dress size; the choice is yours, so pick your goal and give it all you've got!
The weather outside may in fact be frightful, but farmers' markets are nevertheless in full swing for the holiday season. While we at Zeel.com are fortunate enough to work just steps from the famed Union Square Greenmarket, farmers' markets all around the country are still buzzing with eager locavores who like their beef grass-fed and their produce pesticide-free.From sauerkraut to coleslaw to kimchi, cabbage is a staple around the world.Read More »from 3 Farmers' Market Best Buys
If you thought farmers' markets were reserved for spring, summer and fall, then think again. Winter markets boast a cornucopia of fresh vegetables that make for delicious and wholesome homemade meals. Here's what we'll be shopping for in the northeast. (And for the rest of you, check out this handy guide to seasonal produce around the country.)
Squash. Winter squash-the "adult" version of summer squash-can be steamed, grilled, pureed, roasted or simply diced in its raw form into a scrumptious wintry salad. Squash contains large amounts of vitamin A, vitamin C, and potassium as well as folate, a vital nutrient for women trying