How to Train for Marathon: Preparing for 26.2 Miles of Marathon Heaven

[Srdjan here (hi!). Today I have a very cool guest post from my good friend Jeff Sanders - a raw vegan marathon runner with killer marathon track record. Since I've been getting a lot of requests from readers on how to train for a marathon, I decided to ask Jeff - the marathon expert - to share his knowledge and experience on the subject. If you're a marathoner or you're just looking to get into the game, you'll find this post very useful. Take it away Jeff!]

How to Train for MarathonMarathons are crazy hard. It doesn’t matter how much experience you have or how “in-shape” you are – running 26.2 miles is tough.

In the last five years I have run 12 full marathons, 3 ultramarathons, two, 200-mile team relay races, and around 20 half-marathons. After each race my conclusion has always been the same: I should have prepared better. I should have trained more.

I don’t mean to shed a negative light on marathon running. I LOVE running and marathons are the ultimate test of my passion, training, and physical fitness.

However, as any marathoner can attest, the physical toll on your body is nothing shy of a full-on car accident. The effects of a marathon on your body are immense and unforgettable.

The funny part is that’s also the most addictive aspect of running. Feeling like you just got hit by a train is what draws runners back again and again.

Today I’ll give you a bit of insight into what it takes to prepare your body and mind for a marathon.

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Thoracic Park: Is Caveman Posture Hurting your Lifts?

Thoracic ParkThis is a guest post by my good friend and movement specialist David Wu.

You know that feeling…

The one you get after sitting on your ass all day.

Your brain is mush, tongue is dry and your body feels like it’s decomposing.

And after hours of desk dwelling you redeem your body by crushing some weights in the gym.

Chances are, however, those weights are crushing you too.

If your idea of keeping active is going from cubicle to Crossfit, let me unveil the most common postural dysfunction that is the holding you back from performing well in the gym.

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Learn how to Cook: An Essential Life Skill that can Better your Body

[This is a guest post written by my good friend and food lover Darrin Carlson from theguycancook.com. I asked Darrin to prepare this post for Bloom to Fit because I know he is incredibly passionate about teaching people how to prepare simple and healthy meals. Learning how to cook for yourself isn't hard and it can literally transform your life. Take it away Darrin.]

Learn to cook80% of your health and fitness is the result of your diet!

We’ve all heard sayings like this, and most people who have been successful at getting and staying in shape will agree that changing their diet had the most dramatic effect.

But how can you eat a healthy diet in a world of fast food and chemically-engineered food products?

Easy: learn how to cook.

When you learn how to prepare your own meals from scratch, you have 100% control over what you put into your body.

You don’t have to struggle reading nutrition labels, and plenty of research suggests that reducing the amount of “high-calorie, high-flavor” food that you find in most prepared meals is a successful way to reduce overeating.

Oh, and knowing how to throw together a tasty meal will come in handy on date night, whether you are a guy or a girl.

So you’re ready to learn how to cook? Awesome! Here are the basic guidelines. [Read more...]

8 Wicked Mountain Climber Variations

This is a guest post by my good friend Troy Pesola who is the founder of Cube Dweller Fitness. He helps cubicle dwellers learn to live life outside of the box. He has been a long time fan of the fitness bloomer movement and I’m happy to have him share some of his insights here. 

Living in Colorado means being surrounded by mountains which is the perfect setting to think about mountain climber variations. When Srdjan published the Mountain Climbers Exercise For Building Core Strength article, I figured I would suggested some variations that I found work well to build endurance and core strength.

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Guest Post: Why Eating Local will Make you Healthier

Besides all the good you’d be doing for your local farmers, the nation’s food industry, and good old Planet Earth, shopping at your local farmers’ markets is a great way to revamp your struggling diet.  Eating seasonal produce keeps your focus on vegetables instead of meats and carbs—not to say that you can’t get both from the market or that your body doesn’t need them.

Grocery shopping at your local farmers’ market has the following perks for your body:

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Guest Post: The Power of Chanting Om

My good friend Jennifer W Alters has put together a very unique guest post for my blog that will change how you think about meditation and chanting Om.

She recently listened to a guided meditation by a man named Victor Demko who is widely respected in the meditation field. He studied and practiced meditation with Sufi Master Pir Vilayat Khan for 12 years, Swami Sundaranand in the Indian Himalayas and the Dali Lama amongst others. He’s even directed and edited 3 full length films on meditative healing arts including the highly respected “Personal Time with Swami-ji.”

Today, he leads meditations in The Sufi Order International on topics such as breath, the chakas, chanting, light, mantra, sound, concentration, contemplation and realization.

Jennifer has been thinking a lot about meditation since she listened to Om Unplugged. She says it’s one of the best step-by-step guides to meditation she has seen.

Here is the post by Jennifer W Alters:

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