It’s Booty Week!!!
This week is one of my favorite weeks of the whole year. The Tour De France bike race just finished, our Live Well Charlotte TDF Challenge is on, and we get to get together with 1,200 of our best biking buddies to ride 24 Hours of Booty. This charity ride is so much fun and brings awareness and funding to the fight to beat cancer and hopefully maybe save some lives. We assemble in Bootyville (Athletic Field at Queens University) with scores of volunteers, and supporters to ride the famed Charlotte Icon “The Booty Loop” a three-mile loop around Myers Park where many in the city come to run and bike or just take a nice walk. We will ride our bikes off and on over the 24 hours starting Friday July 28 at 7 pm and finishing at 7 pm Saturday July 30. We will take on cancer and fight back, because we have to. Please consider a donation.

“The souls of people, on their way to Earth-Life pass through a room full of lights; each takes a taper-often only a spark-to guide it in the dim country of this world. But some souls by rare fortune, are detained longer-have time to grasp a hand full of tapers, which they weave into a torch. These are the torch-bearers of humanity its poets, seers, and saints, who lead and lift the race out of darkness, toward the light. They are the law-givers and saviors, the light-bringers, way-showers and truth-tellers, and without them, humanity would lose its way in the dark.”  Plato??
 
Be a Torch-Bearer! Let us counter the negative with something good that will make an immediate impact.

Polar Smart Coaching Training Tip: Group Activities
Plug into a group activity to increase your motivation to exercise. Group classes, or a group run or ride can give you that added desire to get it done with vigor. The synergy of others can be a big draw in keeping your commitment to be fit very strong. Call a friend and suggest a walking lunch, meet a friend at the club for a spin class. Find a group run (www.meetup.com) in your city and jump in. Connecting with others is a great way to stay committed to your exercise goals. The workouts seem to go faster when you have someone to share the work with. Exercise with a buddy, or group to stay motivated when it gets tough.
 
Read my article on polar.com…Group Exercise and Wearable Technology

Nutrition Tip: Hungry or Thirsty? That is the question
Many people confuse hunger and thirst, deciding to eat when they really just needed some water. Registered dietitian Sharon Richter. “Eating is an automatic go-to, while drinking is perceived as boring,” Richter said. “If you think you’re hungry, have a glass of water and wait 20 minutes. If you’re still hungry, then eat.”
 
“People are anxious to improve their circumstances but are unwilling to improve themselves; they therefore remain bound.” James Allen, author of As a Man Thinketh