Ride a Bike—Avoid the (gas) Pump!

Wow—have you had to fill the gas tank in your car lately?  Sure does make sense to start considering alternative methods of transportation.

Perhaps you’ve thought about becoming a commuter cyclist but need a refresher course in basic skills of cycling.  On May 1 Bike Maryland is offering such a course that will also include cycling safety and bike handling—and it’s FREE.  They are a local organization that offers quite a few special events throughout the year.  Their mission it is to encourage and promote bicycling, increase safety, improve conditions, and provide a voice for bicyclists in Maryland.  

Not in Maryland?  No worries, lots of local bicycling groups can be found by a simple internet search or stopping by your local bike shop.

Get ready because May 20, 2011 is national Bike to Work Day!

Support a great cause while getting some exercise

Today, over 26 million Americans have been diagnosed with chronic Kidney disease.  Dynasplint® colleagues, Patricia Boteler and Brittany Fooks have felt the weight of this terrible disease first hand. Patty’s family has been rocked by kidney disease for as long as she can remember.  Her nephew, Chris, lived with this disease his whole life.  After undergoing two excruciating kidney transplants (one donated by their father) he later died waiting for a much needed third transplant last summer.  Chris was 33.  He left behind his wife and two young children searching for answers.  Chris’s younger brother, Joel (26 years old), also has kidney disease.  Joel was the recipient of one of his sisters matching kidneys last fall—improving his condition greatly, but not leaving him without a fight.  Science tells us that most strands of kidney disease are hereditary though tests for Chris and Joel would indicate their strands were not related.  Uncertainty remains as to how their family will be further affected by this disease in the future.

To help the Schaum family and others affected by this deadly disease, join Patty and Brittany on the Maryland Kidney Foundation Kidney Walk.  Click to learn more about the National Kidney Foundation or to join the Annual Kidney Walk.

New Year–New You?


It’s that time of year.  The time when we all make pledges for the New Year–and sometimes the “New You” to come!

But how do you stay motivated after the resolution?

The challenges of shorter days and harsh winter weather can quickly de-motivate us to stay on track.  So make sure you surround yourself with inspiration!  Post reminders where they’ll do the most good for you, even the four walls that surround you at the office.  Make your workspace–your workspace:

  1. Personalize and accessorize by bringing in a race bib or finishers medal from a race in which you participated.  Hang a photo of yourself from a race you completed or of someone that inspires you! 
  2. Socialize by talking to colleagues and sharing accomplishments and goals.  This is also a great way to learn about other races or interesting activities you may have not known about otherwise!
  3. Bring your gym bag to the office and put it in a place that you can see! 

Check back with us often for other tips throughout the year–and feel free to share things that work for you.  Go ahead, post a comment…we’d love to hear from you!



When we think of failure, failure will be ours.

If we remain undecided, nothing will ever change.

All we need to do is want to achieve something great and then simply to do it.

Never think of failure for what we think will come about.—Maharishi Mahesh Yogi

Inaugural National Running Day – June 3, 2009

The mission of National Running Day is to designate one national day to promote running as a healthy, easy, and accessible form of exercise.


This initiative aims to:

  • Strengthen a nationwide grassroots movement to get people running.
  • Encourage Americans of all ages and fitness levels to get out and run.

  • As more school physical education programs disappear every day, get kids interested in running as a part of an everyday healthy lifestyle.
  • Inspire children of all ages by exposing them to professional runners who know better than anyone the benefits of running.
  • On June 3, wear your running shoes to work to show your commitment and participation.

You can participate in National Running Day anywhere!  Remember this is an easy and accesible activity. So, go ahead, lace up those shoes and get moving!

For more information visit www.runningday.org.

Thinking about vacation?!

Whether you are considering a vacation to run or just running on vacation–there are many options!

Check out:  http://runningawayonline.com
This is just one of the sites to visit for those that have considered a running vacation. 

There are also resources for clinics and camps to attend where you can run your first 5K or improve your marathon.

Check out: www.cityrunningtours.com
The above link is a good resource for those that are considering a vacation where you may want to get out for a run while you’re there.  You pick the distance and the company provides the guide!  With a guided tour you can get in your run while learning about the history, urban myths and other things that make that particular city unique.

Have a great vacation and enjoy your run!

National Walk to Work Day

The first Friday in April has been labeled as National Walk to Work Day.  This started in the US in 2004 and the aim is to walk for all or part of your commute.

If walking to work isn’t an option, gather some colleagues and Walk to Lunch instead!

Remember to wear sensible clothing and comfortable walking shoes.  Walking 30-60 minutes each day greatly lowers your health risks.

Don’t forget the importance of stretching when you’ve completed your walk.  Check out some great stretches in our post entitled, “Want to be a faster runner?” http://dynasplint.net/running-walking/want-to-be-a-faster-runner#more-149

There are many websites out there offering information about National Walk to Work Day.  Here’s one that offers a lot of great information:  http://walking.about.com/od/pedestrians/p/walktoworkday.htm

See you out there!

March 19 – Poultry Day?!

ChickenIn 1984 the question was, “Where’s the beef?”  Well, maybe the question should be, “Where’s the chicken?” 

There seem to be numerous health benefits of choosing chicken, when choosing meat, but keep in mind it’s the cut and preparation method that keep this choice a healthy one.  Here are just a few health benefits:

  • Chicken is rated as a very good source of protein.
  • The fat in chicken is less saturated than the fat in beef.
  • Chicken is a source of niacin.
  • Lean organic chicken can be a good source of selenium, zinc, Vitamin E, and beta-carotene.

Let’s not forget chicken soup!  Researchers have recently discovered what grandma has known all along–the ingredients in chicken soup might actually serve a medicinal effect on the immune system, easing the inflammation caused by cold viruses.

Along with the many health benefits it is also extremely versatile in preparation as it can be roasted, broiled, baked, grilled, or poached! 

Feel free to share a favorite healthy chicken recipe!