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Relax & Refresh This Weekend

Friday, February 28, 2014
Whether you work full time, attend college or are a stay at home parent; it's easy for your weekday schedule to spiral out of control. Five days of meetings, errands, projects and appointments can lead to high levels of stress. And with some people always functioning in an 'on-the-go' mode, it's important to give yourself a break during the weekend to give your mind and body time to relax and refresh. So we ask: What better time than now? Check out a few ways you can rejuvenate this weekend:

Disconnect From Technology
This might go against all of your natural instincts but in order to seriously commit to feeling refreshed, you need to disconnect yourself. This means turning down your cell phone and putting email, Social Media and other technology on hold. You don't have to be detached all weekend, but giving yourself a few uninterrupted hours of silence can help you relax and clear your mind.

Do What You Love
After making it through another busy week, you deserve to spend time doing something you like to do. Whether it’s reading a book, going out for dinner, shopping or seeing a movie; taking the time to do something you love will instantly boost your mood and reward you after a long, hectic week.

Do A Little Yoga
You may have heard that yoga can help relieve stress, but have you ever tried it? Yoga focuses on stretching and correct breathing, which helps our bodies slow down and relax. There are even specific yoga poses that help reduce stress, so you may want to try setting aside 30 minutes of your weekend to help your body wind down.

Get Your Zzzz's
Adults are supposed to get at least eight hours of sleep per night, but for many people that is not a reality. Your body benefits from sleep in many ways. Examples include keeping your immune system functioning properly, regulating your metabolism and keeping your memory sharp, among several other reasons. Consider going to bed at a decent hour on Friday and Saturday night so your body can get the rest it needs.

Spend Time With Friends and Family
After a long week of dealing with customers, co-workers or classmates, spending time with your friends and family might be just what you need. Time spent with loved ones can be therapeutic because they are always there to listen and to talk to you.

We're looking forward to the weekend, aren't you? How to you plan to relax and refresh? Share with us in a comment, on our Facebook page, Google+ page or Tweet us!

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Quick Facts About The Great American Race

Friday, February 21, 2014
It's that time of year again! The 2014 NASCAR Sprint Cup season officially begins on Sunday, February 23 with the historic Daytona 500. Known as The Great American Race, this is the event that racing fanatics anticipate all year. We wanted to share a few quick facts about the Daytona 500 in honor of the upcoming race and to celebrate the beginning of the 2014 NASCAR Sprint Cup season.

  • The first Daytona 500 race was held in 1959 and was won by Lee Petty, who defeated Johnny Beauchamp.
  • The first two Daytona 500 races were not 500 miles. The Daytona 500 didn't become the full 500 miles until 1961.
  • The Daytona 500 is the most prestigious race, but it didn’t become NASCAR’s season opening race until 1982.
  • Richard Petty holds the record for the most Daytona 500 victories, bringing home the checkered flag seven times: 1964, 66, 71, 73, 74, 79 & 81.
  • 1974's Daytona 500 was shortened 10 percent to 180 laps, or 450 miles, as a result of the 1973 oil crisis.
  • Dale Earnhardt completed all of Daytona's 500 miles a record-breaking 14 times.
  • The Harley J. Earl Trophy is presented to the winner of the Daytona 500 and is named after General Motors car designer and NASCAR's second commissioner, Harley Earl.
  • Buddy Baker holds the record for the fastest winning speed of 177.602 miles per hour (1980). On the flip side, Junior Johnson holds the record for the slowest winning speed of 124.740 (1960).
  • 68 cars raced in the 1960 Daytona 500, the largest in the race’s history.
  • 2008 marked the 50th running of the Daytona 500 as well as the first race that used NASCAR's Car of Tomorrow.
  • During 2010's Daytona 500, a large and dangerous pothole developed in turn 2 of Daytona International Speedway. The pothole resulted in two red flag periods totaling two and a half hours of repair efforts.
  • Trevor Bayne was the youngest Daytona 500 winner at 20 years and 1 day old when he won in 2011, and Bobby Allison was the oldest winner at 50 years, 2 months and 11 days old when he won the Daytona 500 in 1988.
  • 2013's race was the most viewed and highest rated Daytona 500 since 2008.
We love the excitement that the Daytona 500 brings and we can't wait for another great season of racing. We're wishing Clint Bowyer and the 5-hour ENERGY® Racing Team the best of luck at the Daytona 500!



Turn The Olympics Into A Personal Fitness Challenge

Wednesday, February 19, 2014
The Sochi 2014 Winter Olympics are in full swing! We love watching amazing athletes from all over the world give it their all in the events they have been training in for years. The motivation, level of commitment and focus of Olympians is inspiring, which is why we thought it would be fun to give some tips on how you can turn the Olympics into your own personal fitness challenge!
1. Commit – Olympic athletes train for hours per day, so make it your goal to get in 30 minutes of physical activity every day. A 2013 study from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention estimated that only 20 percent of American adults get the recommended amount of weekly exercise. Remember, a half hour workout is only two percent of your day!

2. Coach – Great athletes have good coaches who help them stick to their workout routine, keep them motivated and push them to be their best. Many gyms have personal trainers, but if a trainer isn’t the best option for you, try finding a workout buddy. Having someone to exercise with increases your chances of sticking to your fitness plan and you can be each others coach and motivator.

3. Warm Up – Injury is something many Olympians are familiar with, but they know one of the best ways to prevent injuries is by properly warming up before workouts. Warm ups should last 10-20 minutes and should consist of activities that stretch out your muscles and get your blood flowing. Some common warm ups include lightly jogging, jumping rope and lunges.

4. Switch It Up – Even though Olympic athletes compete in a specific event, they train in a variety of ways. For example speed skaters compete on ice, but many of their workouts are off-ice, such as weight training or running. Don't let your workouts get to be routine because working the same muscles not only increases your chance of injury, but you may bored and lose your motivation to exercise.

5. Hydrate – Hours of training takes a toll on Olympic athletes' bodies, so they know it's crucial to stay hydrated. According to the University of Michigan, 60 percent of your total body weight is water and 75 percent of your muscles are water. Dehydration can negatively impact your health in many ways, including heat exhaustion, heat stroke and muscle cramping. Be sure to drink plenty of water before you work out as well as during and after your work out to replace the water you lose when you sweat.

6. Rest – Olympic athletes know how important getting enough sleep is because they need to rest up for another hard day of training. Many of us don't get enough sleep, but a minimum of eight hours of sleep is recommended for adults. Make sure your room is dark, and if you’re having troubles sleeping try reading before bed.

Like being an Olympian, it takes serious commitment to stick to your workout plan. How do you stay on track to reach your fitness goals? Share with us in a comment, on our Facebook page, Google+ page or Tweet us!