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FitLabPGH Lab Lessons 24:22 Hydration is Essential




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).

Hydration is Essential.

Hydration is important, year-round, for Labradors and their humans…but when the weather gets warmer, hydration becomes critical. When we walk/hike in temperatures above 60 degrees, our humans bring Berkey Water Filters filtered water in our Nalgene bottle for our water breaks. When heat and humidity are a factor, our humans add electrolytes to their water; their current favorite electrolyte source is LMNT.

Whether you have 2 legs or 4, remember to hydrate yourself and encourage your movement companions to hydrate!

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


FitLabPGH Lab Lessons 18:22 You Don’t Need a Special Occasion to Move




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).

You don’t need a special occasion to move.

As Labradors, we love to move…on any terrain…at any speed…in almost any weather (full disclosure: we don’t love hot, humid days). We don’t wait for a Doggy Dash 5k or National Walk Your Dog Day to take our humans out for a walk/hike/jog…we make daily movement part of our lifestyle, year-round.
Whether you have 2 legs or 4, don’t wait for an event or special occasion…get moving today. Find an activity you enjoy, then make time to move. Hate running? Take a walk! Explore a local park by hiking the trails. Grab a helmet and go for a bike ride. We understand some humans prefer indoor movement…that’s ok; our cats are like that…climb the walls, do some mobility work…just move!

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 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 8:22 Be Like Maggie




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 2-24-22:

Be Like Maggie.

Maggie the Black Lab likes to get outside to move in any weather. Rain, snow, ice, summer heat…she adapts her route and speed based on conditions, but she doesn’t complain. She goes with the flow. She has fun. And when she’s moving outside, she stays alert to keep herself and the FitLabPGH team safe. If uncontrolled dogs (or humans) threaten her personal space, she gives a bark to let them know to keep their distance.

Whether you have 2 legs or 4, take a tip from Maggie: be alert. Have fun. Enjoy your movement session. But don’t forget to look out for dangerous situations…from ice to off leash dogs to speeding cars…stay safe today, so that you can keep moving tomorrow.

Check our website weekly for tips, hacks, and podcasts to help you get moving and keep moving through 2022!


FitLabPGH Lab Lessons 6:22 Slippery When Wet (or Icy)!




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 2-10-22:

Slippery when wet (or icy)!

The Labs love to get outside to walk/run/hike with their humans…and when they do, they want to make sure the humans stay safe. Even with 4-paw drive, trails, and especially bridges on trails, can be slippery when wet…and extra slippery when icy. If the humans get injured by slipping and falling, who will walk the Labs???

Whether you have 2 legs or 4, do your best to stay safe. When facing wet or icy trail conditions, slow down, and shorten your stride to keep your feet underneath your body. Stay safe today, so that you can keep moving tomorrow!

Check our website weekly for tips, hacks, and podcasts to help you get moving and keep moving through 2022!

 


Why We Leash the Labradors – a Video Podcast




This week’s FitLabPGH Podcast release is a video podcast: Why Do We Leash the Labradors?

People who follow FitLabPGH may wonder why the Labs are “always” leashed. First, we’ll note that the Labs spend the vast majority of their lives off leash, at home or in the fenced-in backyard. But if you see us in public, you’ll see Leashed Labradors. Here are the reasons why.

Listen to the audio, or watch the video below to see the Labs enjoyed a leashed hike.

#1 – It’s the law. If you see us on the Montour Trail, in Mingo Creek Park, or in South Park, we’ll be obeying the Leash Laws. We know, many people don’t…but we do.

#2 – We want to keep the Labs with us. Yes, they’re well-behaved dogs. No, they’re not immune to the temptation of sights and sounds of nature. Chasing a squirrel or rabbit could lead to a lost dog…or worse if the chase leads into the path of an oncoming car…

#3 – We want to keep the Labs safe. In addition to the risks covered by Reason #2, if the dogs stray even a little off the trail, they’re at increased risk of injury from technical terrain, from eating something they shouldn’t, or from an encounter with another animal.

#4 – To avoid being a jerk. Not every trail or park user wants a close encounter with a dog…even if that dog is a Labrador. And EVERY one should be able to get outside and enjoy moving in nature. So we leash the Labs, and shorten the leashes when we pass other people. Because it’s not ALL about us.

Take home message: we enjoy making movement part of our lifestyle, and part of the Labrador Lifestyle…and we want to continue moving safely with the Labs in the future.

So get outside…leash your dogs…be safe…and move more. Then visit www.FitLabPGH.com for tips, hacks, and podcasts to help you keep moving throughout 2022.


Do’s and Don’ts for Moving in 2022 – a Video Podcast




This week’s FitLabPGH Podcast release is a video podcast: Do’s and Don’ts for Moving in 2022. We encourage everyone to make movement a lifestyle…this year and every year! Whether you’re just starting a movement routine or you’re already a lifetime mover, here are 5 tips for an enjoyable, and SAFE, movement practice (for you…and for those around you).

Listen to the audio or watch the video below to enjoy the Labradors making movement part of their lifestyle.

  1. DO: Just Move. Your movement practice doesn’t need to be complicated, scheduled, or trending on social media. Take a walk. Ride your bike. Dance in your living room. Just Move.
  2. DON’T Put Yourself in Dangerous Situations. Just because you CAN try an extreme sport or ride your bike on a busy road, doesn’t mean it’s a good idea. Stay safe today, so that you can keep moving tomorrow.
  3. DO: Make Movement a Priority. Life is busy. Schedule time for regular movement.
  4. DON’T Be a Jerk. Translation: It’s not ALL about you. Share the trail (or gym equipment). Leash your dog in public spaces. Do your best to allow other movers to enjoy their movement experience.
  5. DO: Be adaptable. You may not have time to do your fantasy workout. Your fitness class may have been canceled. Adapt. Find something you CAN do to keep moving.

Take home message: find ways to include safe and fun movement in your lifestyle today, and you will look forward to making movement part of your lifestyle in the future. So just move…be safe…and move more.

Check out the FitLabPGH Movement Tips and Lifestyle Hacks videos every Monday, Wednesday, and Friday for tips and hacks to help you, and your dog(s) move more…move better…and stay safe…throughout 2022.

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Check out our sister podcast Moving2Live concise but interesting podcasts for the movement and exercise professional and amateur aficionado.


FitLabPGH Features 34:21 Kristin – @4run2 (Repost)




FitLabPGH is a podcast about movement and movement opportunities in the Pittsburgh, PA area.  Once a week we also highlight a FitLabPGH mover…someone who understands that movement is a lifestyle…not just an activity.  The questions are lightly edited to allow for easy readability.  Click FitLabPGH Features for more info if you want to be featured/know someone who should be featured.

This Week: Kristin – @4run2

Are you a Pittsburgh native? If not, what brought you to the Pittsburgh area? If so, why are you still here? Yes. I grew up here, but moved away for college and a couple years after. I’ve been back for about 7 years. Most of my family is here and I love being close to them.

What are your three favorite movement activities in the Pittsburgh area? Running, rock climbing, mountain biking

Describe the best vacation you’ve ever taken? Where did you go? What movement activities did you include? Patagonia. My now husband and I did an awesome hiking trip in Argentina and Chile about 2 years ago. The scenery was gorgeous, the hikes were challenging, but fun, and the food was amazing! My favorite part of the trip was an overnight mountaineering trip we did with a guide.

What is your favorite pre- or post-workout snack? Pre- apples, post- Diet Dr Pepper and pretzels

What is your favorite thing to eat in Pittsburgh? Note: it does not need to be healthy. French Fries

Do you have a movement activity on your “bucket list”? If not, what’s a movement activity/event you’re looking forward to in the next year? My husband and I are hoping to bike the GAP trail from PGH to DC next year! I would also love to do a dog trail race with my pup!

What do you think is the biggest obstacle to getting people to move more? Either motivation or finding something they enjoy doing. It can be hard to stay motivated if you are not seeing the results you want to see or if you are not enjoying the activity. I love to run. I love being outside and I use that hour as me time. A lot of people hate running and see it more as torture than a fun activity.

What do you feel is the most adventurous movement activity you’ve ever done? Lead Rock Climbing

What is your favorite recovery or self-care practice? Recovery- sitting on the couch 😂. Self care- pedicures. Lately I’ve been doing a lot of at home pedicures/foot baths. Running does a lot of work to my feet and I try and keep them looking decent.

What is your favorite spot in Pittsburgh? (Bonus points if it is a “hidden gem”) Frick Park

Contact info for Kristin:
Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/4run2/