Are You Getting Enough Green?

According to the Centers For Disease Control (CDC), less than 1 in 5 Americans eat enough fruits and vegetables. The U.S. Department of Agriculture recommends that we all eat at least 1.5-2 cups of fruit and 2-3 cups of vegetables daily. Since most fruit is better tasting than nearly all vegetables, its usually the vegetables more than the fruit that most of us are deficient in. It is for this very reason that SevenPoint2 developed 7.2 Green Caps and 7.2 Greens powder.

These SevenPoint2 products were developed to over-deliver the amount of greens in such a way that they would taste so good that even small children would enjoy them; or in the case of 7.2 Green Caps have no taste at all. Either way, the experience of getting greens in people is now an enjoyable one. We also solved the issue of cost by providing all of your daily vegetable needs and more for just under $2 per day. 7.2 Greens and 7.2 Green Caps also address the issue of convenience. No longer do we have to go to the farmer’s market, wash the vegetables, cut them up and then figure out a way of making them appetizing without heating them. Our 7.2 Green Caps and 7.2 Greens powder are made with 100% raw ingredients which means that they are never heated above 105 degrees Farenheit.

Not only do the 7.2 Greens products supply an abundant amount of vitamins, minerals, protein and more, they are also naturally detoxifying which means that there is a gentle and steady cleansing effect within our bodies which  keeps our cells running cleanly and efficiently, providing a seemingly endless amount of natural energy. After 25 years in practice, observing people’s diets and how it effects their health, it has been glaringly evident and consistent that the people who eat the most raw, green vegetables daily usually also tend to be the healthiest.  SevenPoint2 is now accomplishing one of the most important, health-generating feats – getting people, both young and old, worldwide, to FINALLY eat their greens…..Daily!

Outdoor Running Tips

Excuse my excitement. I have started my outdoor runs for the season and I’m pretty pumped about it. I know I’m going to be sore tomorrow but it’s the kind of pain that hurts so good!

While I was merrily pounding the pavement this morning I thought of some useful tips for the outdoor runner.

For Better Outdoor Runs:


  • Run on the grass whenever possible. If I’m on the boardwalk I’ll run on the dirt/grass beside the concrete path. Grass is much easier on the joints. It absorbs the shock even better than my Asics gel sneakers. After running on the pavement, you will feel it in your knees and hips. Not in the “hurt so good” way either.



  • Hills are your friend. Uphill anyway! Downhill = Shinsplints. Uphill = Strong legs and butt. The proper way to run hills is to lean in to them and shorten your stride. When you reach the top, you should soar over it and pick up the pace again. If you get to the top and have to crawl home, you may need to start with a smaller hill!



  • Push yourself a little farther. When you start to feel the need for a walking break, look ahead of you and pick an object. It could be a bus stop, an intersection or anything really. Just pick a spot that you can aim to reach before breaking. This technique helps you to push yourself just a little harder so you can improve. If you stop whenever you feel like it, you will always get tired at a certain point and never break your energy plateau.



  • Take the stairs. Try to add some stairs in to your runs. In, one of my routes, I have found THREE big staircases to climb along the way. Stairs add to your workout. They elevate your heart rate and they work muscles differently in your lower bod. Remember to climb stairs with your whole foot on, pressing off from your heels, for maximum benefits. I remember when I ran The Toronto Zoo 10k there was a big flight of stairs mid-way through the run. Everybody was groaning and gasping. Not me! I knew I could do it, no problemo! If anything I found it to be a nice break after having run for so long already.



  • Stretch after your run. The difference between outdoor running and a treadmill is like night and day! On the electric treadmill you are just playing keep up. Outside your body is using all of it’s power to propel itself forward. You feel everything! After my run this morning my muscles were stiff almost immediately! I probably should have started with the 3 mile route instead of the 6 but what can I say? I was too excited!



  • Enjoy. Don’t feel bad about stopping your run mid-way through to relax and take in the sights of nature around you. If I run to the beach I go to the lake, just to feel the breeze for a few minutes. If I run through a forest, I like to explore a bit, to look for wildlife. A huge bonus to outdoor activities is that you get the scenery. So enjoy the little things in life that make you happy and you will look forward to your next run even more!


Have A Great Running Season!

Going The Distance – Long Distance Style

It’s official! Running season is officially underway, and that means the weekend long-run for many trainees. The long run is a distance runner’s technique for increasing endurance by adding additional miles once a week to their running regimen. This method of mile-building is the way runners train to cover the seemingly impossible half and full marathon distances. Runners take their long route at a steady pace with the ultimate goal in mind of bridging the gap between their speed runs, and their distance, to finish the race with a fast time.

Here are Tips to Prepare for a Successful Long Run

1. Have a Plan

Map your route and have an exact plan as to what you will be doing on the long run. By having a specific plan a runner is more likely to follow it, instead of giving up half way through out of boredom or simply not having anywhere else to run.

2. Bring Food and Water

Take some energy gel, grapes or other hydrating food along for the run. This will keep energy levels up and the body burning its fuel efficiently. There are plenty of running backpacks and belts to store water bottles and small food items comfortably.

3. Layer and Dress for the Weather

The dedicated runner will head out rain or shine, wind or cold. Dressing for the weather will ensure that the trainee does not get sick, or uncomfortable while they’re out for long stretches of time. Layering is especially important going out early in the morning. You don’t want to start out freezing and then become too hot within an hour. Wear something that can be tied around the waist or folded and placed into a runner’s pack.

And of course, wear proper footwear, practice proper form and have fun!


Why Seniors Should Try Pilates

At one time, Pilates was a specialized form of exercise limited to a handful of professional practitioners. In recent times, Pilates has become one of the biggest exercise fads in America. Almost every town and city across this great country has a professional Pilates studio, staffed by certified instructors. Pilates, however, is not just another passing fad. Pilates is here to stay.

Practitioners of Pilates can experience countless benefits including improved posture, flexibility, and balance. This presents a remarkable opportunity for an aging population to perform a series of exercises that are both safe and effective. According to the American Association of Retired Persons (AARP), the stretching and strengthening of core muscles through the practice of Pilates is an effective strategy for combating the effects of aging.

Aside from the benefits noted above, Pilates can also help with relief from stress and mental tension. It can also have a direct impact on maintaining strength and range of motion, both of which are especially important for our aging populace. Studies have shown that Pilates can also provide relief from back pain and other physical injuries, which are often a primary cause of pain and discomfort.

The wonderful thing about Pilates, and the reason it is so effective for people getting on in age, is that it is a highly effective form of soft exercise. Pilates can be performed at a pace dictated by the strength and stamina of the individual. It is not goal driven, in the way that traditional weight training or body building is. With Pilates, the effectiveness of the exercise is determined by the overall impact on the health of the practitioner. Pilates is all about achieving long term, tangible results.

The key to the effective practice of Pilates is to make the connection between mind and body. Concentration plays a significant role in Pilates. One of the core principles of Pilates is to establish control of the body through discipline and focused thought. Much like Yoga, controlled breathing plays a pivotal role in achieving results in Pilates. Pilates teaches a form of breathing called Lateral Breathing. This is performed by inhaling deeply through one’s nose, and allowing the inhaled air to expand one’s ribcage. This form of breathing is also called Thoracic Breathing.

Pilates is a highly effective approach to maintaining health and vitality, regardless of one’s age or stage in life. While the practice of Pilates is beneficial for many people, it is especially important for our aging population. Aging individuals often lose control of their coordination and muscles, and this can lead to a sense of frustration and mental anguish for people that have grown accustomed to their sense of independence. Pilates can provide people with the tools and techniques they need to age with dignity and a sense of well being. Pilates isn’t for everyone, but it could be ideal for you.

The 7 Minute Workout

Start with something you learned in elementary school: jumping jacks. Stand up withyour legs spread and your hands touching overhead.Then as you jump, bring your legsback together and put your arms to your sides. You can speed these up or slow themdown to suit your fitness level. Do this for 30 seconds, take a 10-second break, andgo right to the next move. If you’re new to exercise, or it’s been a while, it’s a good ideato get a gym instructor or other fitness pro to help you with proper form.


Get into a “plank” position on the floor or mat, feet together with toes tucked under, hands planted flat below your shoulders. Slowly bend your elbows and lower your body toward the floor, as far down as you can go keeping back and hips level. Then press back up and repeat for 30 seconds. You can make this easier by resting your weight on your knees instead of your feet.

To boost intensity, try resting your feet on a low bench or step instead of the floor.
Ab Crunch  

Start with a basic crunch: Lie flat on your back, with your knees bent and feet on floor. Tighten your core. Press your lower back into the mat and reach toward top of knees. Return to starting position but keep core tight and repeat for 30 seconds.


Stand facing a sturdy chair or bench. Step up onto the chair or bench with your left leg,coming all the way up to stand on it with both feet fully. Then step back down and come back up, starting with your right leg this time. Do as many as you can in 30 seconds.

Get your heart pumping!


Stand with your feet shoulder-width apart and toes forward. Bend your knees as you hinge at the hips, shifting them back and down like you’re about to sit in a chair. Lower yourself as far as you comfortably can, keeping most of your weight on your heels.

Stand back up. Repeat for 30 seconds.

Triceps Dip on Chair  

Sit on the front edge of a stable and sturdy chair or bench, and put your palms on the edge, fingers pointing forward or slightly toward you. Ease off the chair, supporting your weight with your heels and your palms. Slowly bend your elbows as you lower yourself
toward the floor, then push back up. Repeat for 30 seconds. You can make this exercise more challenging by supporting yourself on one leg at a time.

The Safe Way To Deal With Runners Knee

runnerskneeIts often the case that when you discover a condition named after a specific sporting activity such as tennis elbow or runner’s knee then you naturally tend to believe that the people who are avid participators in those are the only ones who get affected. Of course this isn’t the case for we name such conditions for no particular reason. Its true that while runners knee is something that many athletes are stricken down with the fact is that any athlete who uses their legs a lot – a cyclist, pole-vaulter, boxer, and so on can be struck down by the condition just as easily. In fact, its rather ironic that runners knee isn’t actually one specific condition, rather its a term that doctors use loosely to describe a set of problems that occur in the knee.

For instance, almost every type of athletic pursuit that requires you to bend and straighten your knee repeatedly can bring about the condition. The reason is that such motion can rub your nerves the wrong way. Sometimes, the tendons that connect your muscles to the bones around the knees can get injured and cause pain and inflammation. In a significant number of cases, overworked and inflamed tendons become very painful, to the point where even walking can be difficult. In some cases, simply landing hard on your knees can cause the kind of nerve or tendon injury that results from overuse and exercise.

The worst thing is that runner’s knee can make you feel lousy. The main symptom is a severe pain around the kneecap – most specifically where the thigh bone meets the kneecap. Sufferers often experience a grinding and popping sensation in the knee and there is usually pain when you climb downstairs or even when you try to walk or sit down. The most sensible thing to do if you develop runners knee is to have your doctor give you an MRI or even just an x-ray or CT scan to confirm the extent of the problem. While all of this does sound a little scary, you should be reassured by the fact that treating runners knee is actually quite straightforward. Most minor cases go away some rest and icing of the affected area for about a half an hour each day. The symptoms are usually drastically reduced after a week or so especially when combined with a tight knee support. If it hurts when you sit down then you should try elevating your knee with a pillow and it doesn’t hurt – no pun intended – to take some take NSAIDs i.e. painkillers like Advil – to settle the swelling and pain.

Athletes often suffer from aching joints and muscles and so they are usually better taking acetaminophen in place of Advil because this causes fewer stomach complaints with prolonged use. If you have runners knee and you want to resort to painkillers, then doctors are usually of the opinion that Tylenol is one of the safest on the market but, as with everything stick to the recommended dosage and limit yourself to no more than 6 tablets a day.

Researchers have found now that simple well thought-out stretching exercises can help a great deal with keeping runners knee at bay. Exercises especially that strengthen thigh muscles and leg muscles making them stronger and more flexible make the occurrence of runner’s knee a lot less frequent.

How To Treat Running Knee Pain

There are hundreds of ways to exercise and get into shape. You have to do what you love if you want to lose weight or if you simply want to stay in the good shape that you are already in. If you are into sports, exercise to stay ready to go is important. You can always improve your strength and stamina no matter how healthy you may already be. Running is something that most find they either love or hate. If you love running and have run for your entire life, you may end up with running knee pain. If you understand why this can happen, you can make changes to make your favorite hobby more enjoyable again.

Running knee pain can happen simply with age or overuse. If you are an older runner and you are experiencing a lot of pain, this may be something you have to talk to your doctor about. It could be that your joints are getting dried out and worn out. You could have damage that is reversible under the care of a good doctor. You will probably be referred to a specialist. Surgery is not always needed, but with certain conditions it can help. Aging is never easy, but that does not mean you have to accept pain as a part of it. See if you can get help.

Your running knee pain could just be because of the way that you run. If you have feet that are out of line, whether pigeon toed or a bit bow-legged, that could be the cause of your pain. Your spine could also be out of alignment, which is putting more pressure on your knees when running than necessary. Also, it could simply be that you were born with something that in the long run causes pain in your knees while running. If you have the same pain while climbing stairs, seek help for unusual reasons for your pain.

Where you are running can have a huge impact on running knee pain. Running on sand can be problematic for some runners and not bother others. Because the sand sinks, your foot and knee can twist just slightly as your body rights itself, causing damage. Running on concrete or pavement is also a problem for some people because of the shock that it puts on the legs. Think about where you are running and even how good your running shoes may be. Just changing these can help with your pain in a short period of time.

You should also consider changing the way that you run has an impact on your running knee pain. You may have to wear a knee brace to keep your knee in proper alignment so that you are not doing any more damage to your joints. If you are worried and seeing a doctor, you can try the brace and a pain reliever as a short term fix until your doctor can find out what is wrong and what can be done to help. Just remember that some damage can affect your legs for life, so if your doctor tells you to stop running for a while, you have to listen.

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