3 Spring Must-Haves!

It’s that time of year again, the geese are confused and back early here up in Canada, the trees are budding and the snow is pretty much gone in most areas!

I’m not going to miss the cold that much, but as we ease into this lovely new Equinox, I want to tell you about 3 Spring Must-Haves that should be in your outdoor running toolkit!

Nike Running Club:  Ask your friends to add you, stay accountable to yourself, get reminders sent directly to your phone! This app keeps me in check.  I love sneaking a peek at the weekly leader board to see where I am ranking against my friends – a little good healthy competition never hurts your motivation to lace on up, and head on out for one of those 5 am 5Ks I’ve been telling you about! 😉  

Deep Blue Rub: I recently discovered this product and I’ve switched from Deep Relief/A535 as this dōTERRA cream/rub is infused with the Deep Blue Soothing Blend of  CPTG Certified Pure Therapeutic Grade® essential oils and gives you a cooling and warmth sensation that helps problem areas!  Getting back into outdoor running can be a challenge, but Deep Blue is your buddy that helps those achy muscles you feel when you’re getting old ;))  

10% Happier by Dan Harris: I picked this book up as a reco from my buddy Doug Foley over at The Happiness of Pursuit.  Dan Harris in this well-written book, makes fun of himself in ways that I connected with, pointed out similarities that I never thought him and I would have, and makes you realize that meditation, self-awareness and reflection are easily able to help us become that much happier (at least 10% ;)).  His journey through to meditation and self-realization are inspiring and attainable!

The running app keeps me accountable, the Deep Blue keeps my tired muscles happy and on point, and 10% Happier keeps me in-check to mentally re-set when I need it, and power through those tough moments when you’d rather turn around and go home to sleep in your gym clothes!  *Maybe that’s only me? 😉

Happy Training, lovely people!
-Bexx

Bexxified: Surviving Cold and Flu Season

poofI wish I had THE magical advice, which would rid you of any chance of getting a cold or flu this winter season.  Heck, I wish I had this magical advice so I could also give it to myself and avoid whining and crying and missing workouts because I can’t breathe.  I think you forget how much you like breathing through your nose while you sleep, until you can’t.  It makes me angry when it happens. A few times I’ve even got so frustrated I yelled “COME ON!” at my congested nostrils.  Stop laughing, I bet you have too, so stop pretending you haven’t. (Yelling at them didn’t work, but it made me feel a bit better, in spirit at least.)

There are a few things that I will unsolicitedly tell you what I do to fight off colds and flus during this lovely winter season, while simultaneously making up words…*sigh*  Hopefully some of them will help you.  Sometimes these things help, sometimes they don’t.  Regardless (placebo-ish thoughts or not) doing these things makes me feel better and makes it seem to me as though my colds/flus are shorter than most.

Bexxify Yourself for Cold and Flu season in the following ways:Arnold

1- If you start to feel sick, tired and fatigued, get ample amounts of ZZZs and drink a lot of water.  Sounds simple, but we forget.  Whether you’re a little stress-ball working extra hard during your company’s year-end, or running yourself down visiting ten million (I may exaggerate a bit) relatives during holidays, make sure that ultimately you are getting the rest that you need to keep the germs at bay.  Germs hate strong immune systems.  I wouldn’t mess with Arnold, colds and flus won’t mess with Arnold-Immune, as long as you keep strronnggg. *flex*

ColdFX2- If you start to feel a tickle at the back of your throat ,or like the front of your face is going to fall off/front of the face headache – eat ice cream.  (Okay, I may be lying about that part….) If any cold or flu-like symptoms appear, be proactive about things.  Big fan of ColdFX.  There are numerous professionals that agree or disagree with the use of this, but it makes me feel better.  I suppose one doesn’t really know if it works because it’s supposed to prevent you from getting sick at the beginning of the sickness. If I’m not sick once I’ve taken it, I assume it worked.  I am no medical professional, so who knows.  I consider this and Echinacea to be the ninjas of cold fighting.  One could argue that Oil of Oregano makes them feel better, but it tastes not as great, and burns.  I am not a particular fan, but I have taken this as well when told it would help.*Sneeze

3- Wash your hands.  Don’t be touching things on the subway then eating or touching your own face with said hands, because Joe-McSneezerson could have been touching that pole before you got on the subway,  you don’t know.  I’m not saying get all paranoid and become one of those people afraid to touch anything, but be cautious.

So these are a few of the things that I do to protect myself from dreaded cold and flu!  Despite my sarcastically sound advice on this topic, sometimes you’re still going to get sick.  You’re going to want to yell at your congestion like I do, and maybe even shake your fist at it.  If this does happen, curl up under your biggest blanket, drink lots of water, get a lot of rest, and most importantly demand someone bring you soup – at least that’s what I do!

Stay healthy,

-Bexx

*Confession: Paused half way through cold and flu tips to have a little dance party to Applause-Lady Gaga and Stompa- Serena Ryder. Then I tried to drop a beat to Rihanna and Eminem’s The Monster, but still have to learn the song a bit better first.*

#MomMustHaves #ImNotAMom

Although I am lacking a key thing that makes me a mom, that being a baby or young child, I was invited to attend an event that was put on by Honeywell, Vicks & Braun.  I gladly accepted when I heard that this event would give me a look into the health and wellness aspects of products for the cold and flu season! (I also feel like my mom friends will benefit from this post :))

The event was held at the Shangri-La in Toronto, in the Owner’s Suite.  The guests were put in groups to visit specific stations set-up to be reminiscent of a real home.Entertain

We were shown some air purifiers first, which I didn’t find all that interesting initially, being someone who lives in a condo and doesn’t have any allergies to worry about.  The part that really interested me the most about the air purifiers is that they can actually clear the air of smells, which is great if you’re doing home renos, or if you’re cooking something that is rather fragrant.  (I will get into more detail about this when I do my full review on the Honeywell AirGenius 5 Air Cleaner in an upcoming post.) People with allergies will benefit highly from one of these for sure.

VicksVapourizerThe lovely Dr. Greenberg went over humidifiers and the importance of having one in your home especially in the cold and flu season.  I’ve never really owned one, and when I think about humidifiers in particular, I always think of that one from childhood that every mom seemed to have for their sick children that smelled like Vicks VapoRub. Turns out that this Vicks Vapourizer is still available and now features Vicks VapoPad technology.  For those of you who may have grown up with one of these, do not be sad and think that ‘old faithful’ is gone.  The Vapo-pads are $9.99 for a 6 pack, which is a pretty good deal, when coupled with the $26.99 for the humidifier itself.  I was recently sick and used Vicks under my nose (and on my feet – weird sounding, but I read somewhere it helps?! hah) and the humidifier is like putting Vicks under your nose times ten.  AND for those of you who are afraid of the dark, there’s also a nightlight on this bad boy 😉 *you’re welcome*  Plus the fact that it’s called a vapourizer makes it sound galactically bada$s.  Think about it.

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Dr. Greenberg demonstrates the Vicks Behind Ear Thermometer

(I will be doing a full review on the Honeywell Filter Free Cool Mist Humidifier in an upcoming post to give you an idea of some different options when it comes to humidifiers.)

There were a couple of thermometer demos that were cool for moms out there.  The one that seemed the most interesting was the Vicks Behind Ear Thermometer  that takes your body temperature from behind the ear.  This prevents a baby or little one from waking up during a temperature check, which is probably a great idea when you have a sick baby on your hands.  Some of the Vicks Themometers also include Fever Insight, which is awesome because it lights up according to temperature levels.

If you have any questions about anything you see in this post or are curious to learn more, let me know.  I’ll try and answer to the best of my ability or find out for you! 🙂

Stay healthy during this cold and flu season!

-Bexx

 

*I was not compensated monetarily for this post, and opinions in this post (as always) are my own.  I will be  provided with the Honeywell Filter Free Cool Mist Humidifier, and Honeywell AirGenius 5 for review*