I love running especially in autumn. I have never been selective when it came to socks, until now. I have recently tried wearing the SmartWool Women's PhD Run Light Elite Micro socks on my runs. These socks are made with wool, nylon and elastane. These socks are ideal for running because they are seamless (yes, no seams whatsoever) and are made with breathable material. Therefore, when you run with them, there are no chafing and sweaty feet surprises. I have been able to get more mileage out of my slightly worn out running shoes by wearing these nice cushioned running socks. I love wearing them so much that I placed them in their own laundry mesh bag so I won't risk losing them while I complete my wash. For more information about their products, please visit www.smartwool.com.
Part of the challenges we face in society is the perception and practice of extreme convictions. We are either hedonists or perpetual garbage forayers. We live thinking everything is disposable or become hoarders. There is a middle ground that will enable us to achieve an eco-friendly lifestyle. That is conscious consumption. Before purchasing an item, try going through the following checklist:
- Do I have something similar at home that I can use (or can borrow from a friend)?
- Can I use this more than once?
- Who can I give this to or how can I best repurpose this item when I am done with it?
In addition to providing vital oxygen to nourish the body, breathing helps calm the mind and improve overall emotional health. One of the first signs of anxiousness or heighten emotions is a quicken breath. I have been running based on my time on my GPS watch and decided to run a mile race (my first mile race) last weekend based on how I feel. I ran my fastest mile (7:45/mile) in the Magnificent Mile race to date. By focusing on my breath (and concentrating on how my efforts felt), I was able to run faster. I realized that I have been using my GPS watch to limit myself. Now I am determined to complete at least one training run a week based on perceived effort as opposed to my pace displayed on my GPS watch. As long as I remind myself that I can use my breathing as my barometer for effort, I should be okay.
I have recently started yoga teacher training and wanted to reflect on why I started this journey and what has been part of my journey to date. I started writing about my desire in seeking a more eco-friendly living lifestyle a few years ago. It started as an external effort with "recycling, reusing and reducing" being part of my daily mantra. Having an eco-friendly focus has made me more mindful of the things that I do that affect the environment. I have dappled in yoga here and there over the past few years, but it was not until exactly a year ago that I began practicing yoga regularly. Initially, my goals included stress management and better physical fitness. However, over time, I realized that I have received many additional benefits. While my physical strength may have increased; my mental strength has exponentially expanded. The mind-body connection becomes more apparent to me as I practice yoga daily. Yes, my blood pressure has lowered, pounds have been lost and my skin cleared up. These physical benefits are just the tip of the iceberg of the changes that I feel happening inside me. Mentally and emotionally, I am no longer chained to arbitrary external worldly standards. I am a happier person and no longer feel "guilty" for admitting it.
I know that I am only at the beginning of this journey. I look forward to seeing how my yoga practice and life continues to unfold.
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I have recently tried practicing yoga on the Gaiam 5mm Plum Jam yoga mat. It is a comfortable yoga mat that is firm yet soft enough for practicing a variety of yoga poses. At 5mm thick, it is an ideal thickness for most yoga practice. I find that it is more difficult to hold balancing yoga poses on mats that are thicker than 5mm. It is also phthalates and latex free! The retail cost is less than other leading yoga mat name brands. It is slightly narrower than my other yoga mats. Overall, it is quite comfortable and reasonably priced.
For more information about this product and other Gaiam offerings, please visit www.amazon.com. Enjoy your practice!
Eco-friendly activist trying to make more healthy eco-friendly choices for my family.