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FitLabPGH Lab Lessons 19:22 Summer is Coming; be Sun Smart.




Have you heard the news from the FitLabPGH Labs??? We’ve introduced Labrador Lessons from the FitLabPGH Podcast! Every Thursday, we’ll be bringing you wisdom from the FitLabPGH Labradors (with occasional input from the cats).

Summer is coming; be Sun Smart.

As Labradors, we love to move…on any terrain…at any speed…in almost any weather…but full disclosure: we don’t love hot, humid days…so we adjust our movement routine to stay safe and healthy when temps rise. We avoid the heat of the day by hiking early in the morning. We seek shade and soft surfaces when possible (sunshine + hard surfaces = burned paws). We slow our pace as necessary, and we stop for regular water breaks.

Whether you have 2 legs or 4, take steps to stay safe and healthy as summer temps arrive. Use sunscreen and/or sun protective clothing. Stay hydrated…bring more fluids than you think you’ll need, and consider adding electrolytes when sweat is a factor. And adjust your pace as necessary when heat and humidity rise. Take home message: stay safe today, so that you can keep moving tomorrow and through the summer.

Visit www.FitLabPGH.com for tips, hacks, and podcasts to help you get moving and keep moving through 2022!


FitLabPGH Lab Lessons 17:22 Take Time to Enjoy the Journey




Have you heard the news from the FitLabPGH Labs??? We’ve introduced Labrador Lessons from the FitLabPGH Podcast! Every Thursday, we’ll be bringing you wisdom from the FitLabPGH Labradors (with occasional input from the cats).

Take time to enjoy the journey.

 As Labradors, we love to move…on any terrain…at any speed. We know it’s not ALL about the pace. If we obsess about pace, we might avoid hills…and we certainly wouldn’t take time to enjoy a “Summit Celebration” with our human…and hills and celebrations are some of the best parts of hiking!

Whether you have 2 legs or 4, take time to enjoy the journey. Whether you’re hiking, biking, walking, or running, enjoy the experience. Of course, if you’re training for a race, pace is a factor…but outside of training sessions, try to find time to move for the sake of moving…take the hill…explore a new trail (even if it slows you down)…get outside and enjoy the experience of moving!

Visit www.FitLabPGH.com for tips, hacks, and podcasts to help you get moving and keep moving through 2022!


Movement is a Lifestyle – Kelly Kuhn PT (Peters Township Community Television)



FitLabPGH is excited to return to Peters Township Community Television with Movement is a Lifestyle. In this episode, our host, Ben Reuter, PhD, CSCS*D, ATC interviews Kelly Kuhn, MPT, CSCS of Kelly Kuhn Physical Therapy to discuss common running injuries as well as approaches to run training for special populations, including postpartum women and student athletes. Tune in on YouTube and get ready for your Spring running season.


FitLabPGH Lab Lessons 16:22 Consistency is Key




Have you heard the news from the FitLabPGH Labs??? We’ve introduced Labrador Lessons from the FitLabPGH Podcast! Every Thursday, we’ll be bringing you wisdom from the FitLabPGH Labradors (with occasional input from the cats).

Consistency is Key.

As Labradors, we love to move…every day, no matter the weather. But we know that sometimes weather, or the obligations of our humans, prevent us from hitting our movement goals…and that’s ok…as long as we consistently make movement part of our lifestyle.

Whether you have 2 legs or 4, don’t make hitting 100% of your movement goals a source of distress in your life. Consistently prioritize making movement part of your lifestyle, and you will reap physical and mental health benefits. Make time for movement; make time for rest and recovery; make time for you.

Visit www.FitLabPGH.com for tips, hacks, and podcasts to help you get moving and keep moving through 2022!


FitLabPGH Lab Lessons 15:22 Set Your Boundaries




Have you heard the news from the FitLabPGH Labs??? We’ve introduced Labrador Lessons from the FitLabPGH Podcast! Every Thursday, we’ll be bringing you wisdom from the FitLabPGH Labradors (with occasional input from the cats).

Set your boundaries.

As Labradors, we are naturally social. We enjoy walking our humans and lounging with our feline roommates. But every now and then, we need some alone time (and so do the cats)…and that’s ok!

Whether you have 2 legs or 4, don’t feel guilty about setting boundaries. Do what you need to do to take care of yourself. Make time for movement; make time for rest and recovery; make time for you.

Visit www.FitLabPGH.com for tips, hacks, and podcasts to help you get moving and keep moving through 2022!


FitLabPGH Lab Lessons 14:22 Build Your Wellness Team




Have you heard the news from the FitLabPGH Labs??? We’ve introduced Labrador Lessons from the FitLabPGH Podcast! Every Thursday, we’ll be bringing you wisdom from the FitLabPGH Labradors (with occasional input from the cats).

Build Your Wellness Team.

As Labradors, our human is in charge of building our wellness team, which consists of an excellent veterinarian and responsible pet sitters for those occasions when our human needs to travel without us. As humans, you’ll probably need a larger team, including medical professionals, who help keep your mental and physical health on track.

Whether you have 2 legs or 4, do your research when building your wellness team. We hear that some humans spend more time shopping for a car than they spend “shopping” for a doctor, veterinarian, or personal trainer. If you’re planning to put your health and wellness in someone’s hands, do your homework. Seek out professionals who are both qualified AND a good fit for your needs.

Visit www.FitLabPGH.com for tips, hacks, and podcasts to help you get moving and keep moving through 2022!


FitLabPGH Lab Lessons 13:22 Spring is Here…Be Mindful of Ticks




Have you heard the news from the FitLabPGH Labs??? We’ve introduced Labrador Lessons from the FitLabPGH Podcast! Every Thursday, we’ll be bringing you wisdom from the FitLabPGH Labradors (with occasional input from the cats).

Our message for 3-31-22:

Spring is Coming…Be Mindful of Ticks.

A reminder before you opt outside to enjoy Spring hiking, biking, walking, or running…while ticks don’t have an official “season,” the arrival of warmer temperatures means ticks will be more active.

Whether you have 2 legs or 4, Spring IS a great time for hiking…but when you step off the paved path, you step up your risk of an encounter with ticks…that doesn’t mean that you should be afraid to get outside and get moving…but it does mean you should be aware of the danger of ticks…check out TickEncounter Resource Center at www.TickEncounter.org for tips on tick bite prevention and post-bite resources…and check yourself (and your dog(s)) after each hike / walk / run / outdoor adventure. Also, consider tick repellent; avoid tall grass and overgrown vegetation if possible; and talk to your vet about the Lyme Disease vaccine for dogs. Awareness is key for a safe, healthy Spring Season!

Visit www.FitLabPGH.com for tips, hacks, and podcasts to help you get moving and keep moving through 2022!


FitLabPGH Lab Lessons 12:22 Keep Your Movement Goals Realistic




Have you heard the news from the FitLabPGH Labs??? We’ve introduced Labrador Lessons from the FitLabPGH Podcast! Every Thursday, we’ll be bringing you wisdom from the FitLabPGH Labradors (with occasional input from the cats).

Our message for 3-24-22:

Keep your movement goals realistic.

The Labs love to move. If they were in charge of scheduling, they’d probably take 4-5 mile hikes in the woods every day…year-round. But movement goals need to factor in more that a desire to move. We need to consider the stress that movement puts on the body, as well as other sources of stress in our lives, and outside factors such as weather, ticks, and time constraints (like the need to fit in bath time). The Labs know when ticks are active, we adjust the route to minimize tick exposure, and when temps are warm or REALLY cold, we shorten our hikes to keep them safe.

Whether you have 2 legs or 4, take a tip from the Labs: keep your movement goals realistic. If you’re under unusual pressure at work (or at home), this might not be the best time to tackle a big fitness goal like training for a marathon. Look at the big picture; take into account all of the demands on your body and mind; then adjust your movement goals to allow movement to be a positive influence in your life rather than a source of distress.

Visit www.FitLabPGH.com for tips, hacks, and podcasts to help you get moving and keep moving through 2022!

 


FitLabPGH Lab Lessons 11:22 Have a Happy, Healthy, and Safe St. Patrick’s Day




Have you heard the news from the FitLabPGH Labs??? We’ve introduced Labrador Lessons from the FitLabPGH Podcast! Every Thursday, we’ll be bringing you wisdom from the FitLabPGH Labradors (with occasional input from the cats).

Our message for 3-17-22:

Have a happy, healthy, and safe St. Patrick’s Day!

The Labs are big fans of having fun…but they know that TOO much of a good thing can leave them feeling bad…so they believe in moderation and setting limits/boundaries. For the Labs, that means no more than three pumpkin biscuit dog treats at a sitting and not giving into pressure to dress up in festive bandannas (they leave the bandannas to the dog sculpture).

Whether you have 2 legs or 4, take a tip from the Labs: make time for fun and play, but know your limits so you can stay safe today and keep moving tomorrow.

Visit www.FitLabPGH.com for tips, hacks, and podcasts to help you get moving and keep moving through 2022!


Snacks That Keep Us Moving – FitLabPGH Video Podcast




This week’s FitLabPGH Podcast release is a video podcast providing a look inside the FitLabPGH Snack Bin. This is what WE use to fuel our 60-90+ minute movement sessions…primarily hiking, biking, and running. If you are looking for individual advice on nutrition and food choices, we STRONGLY encourage you to consult a registered dietician.

Listen to the audio, or enjoy the Labradors and cats in the video podcast.

What is Ben looking for in a movement snack? It should be able to be stored in a pocket or pack; it is approximately 100 calories; and it doesn’t upset his stomach. For Ben, that means no stevia, monk fruit extract, or sugar alcohols. Everyone’s body is different. Experiment to find what works for you. When in doubt? Consult a registered dietician. The goal is to get outside, enjoy moving, and avoid the dreaded mid-workout bonk/crash/insert your favorite term here.

So here’s the current inventory of our Snack Bin:

  • Baby food – pear, mango, spinach (Lisa has not endorsed this option)
  • Mini Clif Bars – chocolate chip or crunchy peanut butter
  • Whole Wheat Fig Bars from Nuts.com (individually wrapped for convenience)
  • Trail Mix – make your own, or head to Trader Joe’s
  • Sport Beans (Lisa’s favorite cycling snack). Want to save money? Buy Jelly Belly jelly beans
  • Honey Stinger mini waffles (warning: they may crumble in a pocket or pack)
  • Skratch Labs Energy Chews – Sour Cherry (2 “warnings” – they contain caffeine and they get sticky when temps get too warm)
  • Papa Steve’s No Junk Raw Protein Bars – vegan and whey protein options, many flavors, all “real food” ingredients
  • Infinit Nutrition Performance Coffee Cold Brew protein powder, a.k.a., protein for coffee lovers

Take home message: get outside, enjoy moving, and pack snacks to fuel your movement session. Even if you’re planning a fairly short session, be prepared…you never know when a hike or bike ride might become an outdoor adventure.

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