1. Have you heard about the McDonald's revamp? The fast food leader announced earlier this week that it's making moves to improve the nutritional value of their offerings. This will start with changes to the happy meals first, and the addition of nutritional messaging in all marketing to children. Then by 2020 (yes, 9 years from now) the company has pledged to "reduce added sugars, saturated fat and calories through varied portion sizes, reformulations and innovations." Lastly, McDonald's will increase access to nutritional information for customers and employees. I like that they're making information easier to find, that they're going to automatically include apples in happy meals, and they're going to reduce sugar, saturated fats and calories (who wants to bet they won't reduce prices when they reduce the portion sizes?) but there is still a lot lacking here and people will still be eating this stuff way more often than they should be. The thing that disappoints me the most about this is that Dara Torres has signed on to be McDonald's celebrity spokesperson. For someone in such good shape, this really doesn't seem like a smart fit for her.
If you want more info, check out these links:
McDonald's Press Release
Reaction from Small Bites
Slate's take on the changes
Marion Nestle's take
2. Next weekend there are a few cool things happening in NYC. The first is Escape To Yoga Island, sponsored by Lululemon. A day of yoga classes and music on Governor's Island, just off the southern tip of Manhattan. Grab your yoga mat, sunscreen, lots of water and healthy snacks, and a hat, then jump on the free ferry. There's a Facebook page where you can RSVP if you're going to attend.
3. On your way to the ferry, check out Summer Streets which starts next Saturday! I've written about this for the past two years because I think it's one of the coolest events in NYC and I love that it's continuing again this year. The city will close major streets in the city to traffic from 7am till 1pm August 6th, 13th and 20th, so people can run, bike, rollerblade, skateboard, walk between Central Park and the Brooklyn Bridge! There are events along the route each weekend including fittings for free bike helmets, free bike and rollerblade rentals, an REI adventure zone, a Whole Foods picnic and a lot more. It's a great time to get out and have fun with family and friends, and it is pretty incredible to run through the Helmsley Building at 42nd St! It's a great time, trust me. My parents will be visiting and we plan on showing them the fun!
4. You may have noticed that it's been pretty hot in most parts of the country lately. Whether you're doing yoga outdoors, running or just walking around, be sure to take it easy, stay hydrated and adjust your exercise to account for the high temps and humidity. Also, be sure to stay hydrated even when you're not exercising. Drinking plenty of water throughout the week is key to staying healthy. Check THIS out for Runner's World's tips on running in the heat.
5. I'm going to leave you with an amusing video. Woody is a fan of Tosh.0. I'm more often slightly offended by him than amused by him, and this clip from a recent episode is a combination.
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- What's on tap for your weekend?
- How do you get through training runs in the heat?
Yesterday's workout -
2x20 hip abductor
2x18 seated row
175 ab exercises
Today's workout -
none. much needed rest day.