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Less Is More In Skincare, Too!Featured

Less Is More In Skincare, Too!

SIMPLIFY.

“Less is more” is a healthy philosophy for pretty much everything in life.
In food, less processed means more nutrients and less junk. Studies show that mindfulness — clearing the mind of clutter and focusing on the now — has significant health benefits for the brain and aging. In skincare, simple formulations with as few ingredients as possible minimize the risk of cross reactions — it’s a golden rule of hypoallergenicity. Plus, sticking to fewer products from fewer brands means there’s less guesswork involved when identifying what could be causing a reaction or acne.
“Less is more” helps doctors more easily identify what could be the cause of a problem. Frequently, the first step of allergy or contact dermatitis management (often, along with a patch test) is an “elimination diet” (our popular, ultra-reliable 7-Day Skin Fast). In the Skin Fast, you’re asked to stop using all products — except a very, very controlled few — for 7 days. This helps skin return to its most non-irritated state, so that when new products are slowly introduced (one every three days or so), problem products can be more accurately isolated.
The same applies to acne: acne can have several causes and certain types of acne can take days to develop…making it almost impossible to accurately identify which product is causing the acne when using many different ones.
Having fewer ingredients in a formulation is a best practice in hypoallergenicity…so much so that one of the quickest ways to spot a high-risk product is to look at how many ingredients it has: the longer the list, the higher the likelihood of reactions.
In addition, using multiple products can lead to over-treatment and drying of the skin…getting it to a borderline-irritated state so that anything new applied (whether or not you are actually allergic to it) could trigger a reaction.
This is why doctors tend to recommend sticking to few products and, ideally, from the same brand. It is impossible to ensure how products are made from one brand to another, ingredients can have different raw materials (some pure, some with additives such as trace amounts of preservatives or allergens), and many formulations are outsourced to third-party manufacturing facilities where vats can be used for mixing many different formulations, including those with allergens. Check out Why Sticking to One Brand Is Safer (an interview with EczemaBlues.com) for more on why using products from different brands can make the management of complex skin conditions difficult.

For more on hypoallergenicity and how less is more, check out:

HYPOALLERGENIC: What is it Really?
Why Sticking to One Brand Is Safer

For more on reactions:

Reactions: About, Allergic, Irritant, Sudden, Prevention, Using VMV & Other Products, etc.
Mythfoliation: If I Get a Reaction, The Last Product I Applied Is The Problem

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Your Skin Needs You To Stop StressingFeatured

Make stress management a priority.

Like, now.
Set an alarm to meditate for 10-20 minutes a day. And schedule a facial to zone out for an hour. And keep a gratitude journal. And do yoga. And turn your phone off on the weekend. That’s “and,” not “or,” by the way. Your skin, body, and mind will reward you for it.
An increasing number of studies is showing that stress has profound, widespread, and lasting effects on many aspects of our health, from depression, to obesity, how our brain becomes “trained” to function, and even cancer. Stress is so linked to skin that in many practices, stress management and therapy are standard in the management of psoriasis. Stress is inflammatory and tends to trigger acne, premature aging, psoriasis flare-ups, and eczema.
For more on how stress can affect your skin, check out these articles:

Tip: a remarkably efficient way to hit anti-stress and skin goals in one hour? Book a facial!

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Drink Lots Of Water: 30-Day Healthy Skin ChallengeFeatured

Your body needs water. Your skin needs water. Drink water.

It really is that important. 
While water alone can’t keep skin healthy — enough sleep, good nutrition, plus a good skincare regimen that includes proper cleansing, a moisturizer to prevent water loss (you’re seeing how important it is to prevent water loss, yes?) and strengthen the barrier layer…plus a daily sunscreen are needed, too — adequate hydration is crucial for your entire body’s proper functioning.
Among many, many other things, water flushes out toxins, keeps the membranous areas of our bodies moist, and brings nutrients to our cells.
You constantly lose water by breathing, sweating, and in urine, and to replenish, you need more than you may think: women need to be drinking about nine 8 oz. cups (a little over 2 liters); and men about thirteen 8 oz. cups (about 3 liters) of water a day.
Our body weight is about 60% water. Water…not juice or milk (which the body treats as food). This vital fluid is so important for our cells and our overall health, so make sure you’re drinking enough of it every day.
TIP: Not sure if you’re drinking enough water? Measure your intake by carrying around a water bottle that has an ounce or liter fill specified on it. For example, if your water bottle says that it takes 18oz, you know you need to refill it (and drink all of it) about 4 times throughout the day. Down a bottle after working out or at breakfast. Down another at lunch. Down a third in the afternoon. And down another at dinner.

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Your Vitamins Or Meds Could Be Causing Your Skin Problems

Your Medication Is Important, But Could Be Affecting Your Skin

A surprising variety of medications can cause acne, hyperpigmentation, and even skin sensitivity.
Some vitamins and drugs known to be…
…Acnegenic:

  • T3 and T4 hormone supplements
  • Vitamin B12 (alone or in multivitamins)
  • Certain hair growth supplements
  • Some neurologic medications and anti-depressants

…Photosensitizers (can make skin sensitive to light and cause hyperpigmentation):

  • Certain sedatives
  • Some antihistamines
  • Ibuprofen
  • Some cholesterol management medication

…Sensitizers:

  • Chemotherapy drugs can make skin very sensitive and photo-sensitive, or can dry out the skin.
  • Patients undergoing chemotherapy can also become immune-compromised and be more prone to infections.

Do not stop taking your vitamins or medications without your doctor’s ok, but if you’ve got acne, hyperpigmentation or other stubborn skin conditions, talk to your physician about whether your medication might be contributing to the problems.

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Your Skin Wants You To Exercise Daily: 30-Day Healthy Skin ChallengeFeatured

“Post #bootcamp…I swear my #espresso’s smiling at me 🙂 #workout 145, day 144, 2016. #dailyexercise #dailyworkouts #hiit #fitness #health #happiness #pourmeasmile” via @LauraAtVMV

Work out daily.

Not 3x-a-week, not 4x…but every day.
Why? Most of us lead sedentary lives, with hours and hours of inactivity in front of a computer or binge watching a current TV addiction. Studies are showing that sitting down for more than a few hours at a time is extremely unhealthy. Other studies suggest that it’s not about extreme exercise three times a week: constant activity is the new objective. And we all know how vital exercise is for your heart, metabolism, brain, and skin.
Let’s go back to that: it’s not about extreme exercise three times a week…constant activity is the new objective. This means a shift in focus from high-intensity sweat fests to just making sure you’re moving more than not. Try these simple tips…
1. You don’t have to kill yourself with a mega soul cycle burn each time — instead, focus on doing something, anything, every day. For example, if you had a hard workout on Monday, make Tuesday a “rest” day but instead of spending an hour in bed watching TV, catch up on your favorite shows while pedaling slowly on a stationary bike.
2. Mix it up: do cardio one day and weights the next; yoga or pilates another day, then perhaps a hike outside. Mixing it up keeps it interesting and keeps your body challenged.
3. Be conscious about prioritizing movement. Instead of taking a cab, walk it. Get off at the subway or bus station before your regular stop. Set an alarm for every hour as a reminder to walk around for ten minutes. Use the stairs instead of the escalator or elevator. Be inefficient on purpose: instead of taking down all the laundry in one go, take one load at a time so you have to go up and down the stairs more often. Get a standing or treadmill desk to prevent total immobility when working for hours. This “incidental activity” (as opposed to structured exercise) is highly beneficial to your health.
For more healthy tips, check out: How To Look Good? BE Good.
For workouts you can do anywhere:
Heart Thumping 10-Minute Workout
10-Minute Anywhere Workout
10-Minute Pilates & Barre Workout

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Your Skin Wants You To EAT Your AntioxidantsFeatured

“Dinner in the sunshine. Natural fiber place mats, retro tin camping plates, spinach soup, lotsa veggies, grilled fish. #healthyeats #eatarainbow” via @LauraAtVMV

It’s not just what you stop eating — great skin comes from what you DO eat.

The junk is gone, yay for you! Now what?
First, let’s over-emphasize how thankful your skin is (and body and brain are!) for dumping the junk. Junk food is pro-inflammatory and so many health and skin problems are linked to inflammation, including acne, psoriasis, eczema, rosacea, and aging. Considering how addictive bad food can be, cutting it out of your diet is an achievement worth the extra pom-poms.
Leveling up means not only not eating bad food but choosing powerfully healthy foods for even more dramatic benefits — you’ll feel better, sleep better, have more energy and your skin will look its best, ever.
A great “skinvestment” is to talk to a nutritionist who can help you plan a menu that works with your lifestyle — work, kids, travel, whatever. If you can’t or prefer not to, you can go by some basic rules of thumb to make your diet work more powerfully for your skin (and body and brain!):
• Eat your antioxidants and anti-inflammatories: there are several studies now showing that many antioxidants and vitamins do not survive even minimal processing, and do not make it into pills, capsules or other nutritional supplements (and many are too delicate even for skincare). You get the actual goodness by eating the actual foods — nothing beats fresh vegetables and fruits.
• Multitasking works with power foods: sweet potatoes, for example, are great vegetables and packed with antioxidants…that also make for yummy desserts and potato substitutes!
• Having trouble getting the kids to eat raw veggies? Try sweeter options like sweet potatoes. Or, blend veggies into a soup with some chicken stock and coconut cream. Or, get even “naughtier” by blending spinach with cheese into a delicious dip.
• Up your intake of omega 3 oils — find them in small fish like sardines and herring…which also have great protein.
• Moderate intake of wine and pure coffee (sweeten with a bit of coconut sugar) may have antioxidant benefits.
• If you eat meat, look for smaller fish and free-range, organic meats with less or no antibiotics, no growth hormones, and raised in healthier, hygienic, humane conditions.
• Healthy proteins can also be found in Greek yogurt, goat’s milk, coconut milk and cream, amaranth or quinoa and other complex grains (which are great for fiber, too).
Your skin is an excellent reflection of how your insides are doing. So much so that your skin can sometimes reveal internal health problems before a blood test or MRI can. Similarly, if you’re healthy on the inside, it shows — really beautifully — on your skin! On absolutely every level, it pays to eat well.
 

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Junk Food Is Junk For Your SkinFeatured

It’s called “junk” for good reason.

Dump the junk. NO MORE JUNK FOOD. Get rid of it, don’t shop for it, don’t store it.
Unless that isn’t clear yet: while you can lessen some less-than-healthy foods, junk food does your body, brain, and skin ZERO favors, period, and needs to not have a role in your life. At all.
Trans fats, for example, cannot be processed by the body and are linked to many health concerns including lowering our “good” cholesterol and raising our “bad cholesterol;” heart problems; obesity, diabetes, immunologic conditions, and asthma. Because they cannot be processed by the body, they can build up in the brain; they can even be transferred from nursing mothers to babies, with effects that can remain for years.
Feeling good because you’re eating chips labeled “zero trans fats?” Be careful. Some FDAs allow “zero trans fats” as a claim when a food product contains less than 1% trans fats…but because trans fats are in so many thing that we eat, even 0.5% trans fats can add up very quickly (and again, the body can’t process them so even minute traces can build up in the body for decades.)
Dumping the junk can contribute to dramatic improvements in skin, from helping to lessen acne and psoriasis or atopic flare-ups — junk food is pro-inflammatory, after all — to giving your skin a natural, lit-from-within radiance:
• Opt for fresh-squeezed juice or fresh fruit over pre-packaged, longer-life options. Throw out colas and sodas altogether.
• Choose whole-grain, nut-filled, wilder or rawer options over white counterparts: sugar (try coconut sugar, which has some nutritional value and a low glycemic index), pasta, rice, breads.
• Got a sweet tooth? Instead of flavored yogurt, buy raw Greek yogurt and add fresh fruits and raw honey to taste. Look for coconut-sugar and complex-flour pastries. Instead of pancakes, drizzle organic, pure maple syrup over fruit or yogurt. It may take a while but your palate will adjust — and relearn to love — to how natural foods actually taste!
• Need a snack? Try dried or baked root or kale chips, or just raw nuts (incredibly good for you and far more filling).
Stuff to watch out for in ingredients lists:
• If the ingredients list is long.
• If the product can last a long time, it may have lots of preservatives.
• Any mention of trans fats.
• “Hydrogenated” anything.
• Safflower, sunflower, rapeseed and vegetable oils — most of these oils need some hydrogenation to stay stable.
• Preservatives and dyes (some dyes in drinks, chips and candy can cause acne and rashes around the mouth, in addition to other flare-ups).
• Look for “organic” (this claim is strictly regulated by most FDAs).
 
For more quick tips on how to choose healthier food, check out Eat Right & Move!

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Elaine Abonal, SurfistaFeatured

Elaine Abonal

surfing
Multiple Islands, Philippines

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Hooked on surfing after her first taste of surfing culture in high school in Florida, Elaine chose the Philippines to set up Surfista Travels, a surf tour company that helps surfers and travelers arrange trips to the Philippine islands that include accommodation, transport and surf lessons  and island hopping.
Elaine speaks English, French, Spanish and Tagalog. She has contributed her photos and articles to numerous magazines and newspapers. She is also available as a personal surf tour guide.

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How long have you been surfing? 
My first surf lesons were in La Union in 2002! So 13 years.

Elaine Abonal - Siargao 2013
Why do you do it? 
I do it because it has become such an integral part of my life. It is my exercise, my alone time, my meditation, my job. I love it so much and I can’t imagine my life without it!
Why do so many fall in love with surfing? 
I learn something new every time I go surfing. I wouldn’t be the person I am today if it weren’t for it. There’s knowing your limits but not being afraid to push yourself; realizing that it’s great to have a good ride, but it takes more to appreciate, even enjoy, getting back up after a big wipe out. I learn a lot about people; age differences disappear and languages become insignificant. You see that it doesn’t matter who you are, where you come from, or how much money you make. You respect each other’s differences and share a common passion for being in the water that called to you.
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How do you train for it?
Surfing is a very physical sport. I eat healthy, surf as much as I can (daily if possible), do yoga so that I’m flexible, and get enough sleep.
How did you get started?
I was in Florida in high school and saw surfers and the whole surfing lifestyle. As soon as I got back home to the Philippines, I researched about surfing lessons, went on a trip with 4 boys (I was the only girl) and never stopped since!
You talk a lot about safety…
Surfing is not as hard as it seems but it’s not as easy as it looks either. Never underestimate the power of the ocean. Conditions change every day, every hour. It’s important to respect the ocean and know our limits. As surfers, we’re not only dealing with ourselves out there but also other people and their surfboards. Knowing basic safety is to protect others as much as ourselves.
Safety is so important. Surfista Travels organizes everything (transportation, accommodation and lessons) for people who want a safe and worry-free trip to the best surf spots. And this includes sun safety. Staying protected from the sun is a real concern because I live and breathe surfing. My lifestyle and job means that I am in the water and under the sun a LOT and at different times of the day. I try to avoid peak UVB hours but sometimes waves are too good to miss, or surf lessons get extended. I wear rash guards but my face, legs, and hands are still exposed. I make it a point to slather on sunscreen repeatedly and remind Surfistas to do the same!
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Why do you like using Armada Sport as a sunscreen?
Armada‘s my favorite, I can rely on it to protect my skin while not having it get in the way of what I do. I love that it’s not sticky or thick. It doesn’t feel hot even if I’m not yet in the water. I won it in a surfing association’s raffle once, and all the surfers there said it was the BEST sunscreen ever, so I started using it. It’s been in my beach bag since.
I LOVE Armada Sport because of many reasons! It’s not sticky or heavy when applied so it’s not uncomfortable on my skin. It’s the only sunscreen that I’ve ever used that doesn’t only protect me from the sun but helps IMPROVE my skin condition at the same time. I had skin problems where my skin tone became uneven and I couldn’t be under the sun and my skin was too sensitive for other sunscreens. Ever since I started using Armada Sport it has slowly been healing!
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What was your most memorable moment in surfing?
I can’t think of one particular moment since I’ve been doing it forever. It’s more like a mix of different moments that I treasure – surfing in beautiful conditions during sunrise or sunset with my good friends and good vibes and lots of laughter in the water, with a rainbow in the background for example – those are moments that I treasure the most!
You feel prettiest when…
My skin is SUCH a big part of who I am because it represents two major things about me — being a surfer and being Filipina. I always get complimented on my skin tone wherever I go in the world. 🙂
I feel prettiest when I am in my bikini, with no make up, barefoot and with a flower in my hair – AND surrounded by people who I love and love me just as I am!
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Do you have any tips for fans out there for fitness, sun protection and/or training?
Always put VMV Armada Sport 70 sunscreen – ALWAYS – whether you’ll only be out in the sun for 15 minutes or an hour, eat healthy because anything that you put in your body will be your fuel, do something active everyday. It takes WORK to be fit, it doesn’t come from just looking at pictures. Also don’t forget to RELAX & HAVE FUN!
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What’s your daily skin care and/or makeup?  
I only use VMV Hypoallergenics products. I don’t use so much makeup on the island, except for blush and Ooh-La-Lash!. I pretty much use VMV Armada Sport sunscreen as soon as I get out of my room during the day. At night, I always wash my face & moisturize. I’m under the sun and in a lot of extreme conditions so it’s good to have a daily skin regimen.
 


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Al-mond, Dieu! This Superfood Makes For Super SKIN, tooFeatured

Almond As Superfood

Studies show that eating almonds decreases your risk of heart disease, helps you feel full faster, and helps with weight loss and diabetes prevention. Other studies suggest benefits for arthritis, cancer and Alzheimer’s. Packed with antioxidants, eating them is great for your skin, too.

What About On Skin?

Don’t go rubbing almonds on yourself. Do check out mandelic acid, an alpha-hydroxy acid derived from almonds.

What’s So Great About Mandelic Acid?

Like the almond, from which it is derived, mandelic acid is a powerful health multi-tasker, addressing:

  • Photo-aging (wrinkles, loss of elasticity),
  • Acne, and
  • Dark spots.

It’s also far less irritating than many other effective actives out there.
Mandelic acid (present in VMV Hypoallergenics Superskin Toners) has a larger molecular size which makes it penetrate the skin less…but more evenly, performing excellently as a keratolytic.

On AHAs and Irritation

But isn’t the holy grail of efficacy how well an active penetrates the skin? Like lots of things skin, it’s more complicated than simply: penetrating deeper is good, more superficially is bad.
Alpha-hydroxy acids (AHAs) mostly work by keratolytic action or “pKa”…basically microscropic peeling — forcing old, dead cells to the surface and encouraging bright, healthier, newer cells to the surface. This process is highly effective but is generally irritating, which is why relatively few cosmetics use actives in effective concentrations or in unbuffered (undiluted) form.
If an effective active is highly irritating, it becomes difficult to use and could cause other problems such as reactions, redness and post-inflammatory hyperpigmentation (dark splotches after a skin trauma like a pimple or rash).
And while a smaller molecular size does mean faster penetration into the skin (allowing the active to micro-peel at a deeper level), the general rule is: the smaller the molecular size of an ingredient, the higher the risk of an irritant or allergic reaction. For many actives, a tiny molecular size means they can penetrate the skin more readily, but they do so unevenly and increase the risk for irritation.
Mandelic acid pulls off a neat trick in that it remains highly effective even if it penetrates the skin less.
In clinical studies (our own and others), mandelic acid is the least irritating when compared to other actives such as glycolic acid, salicylic acid, retinoic acid, and hydroquinone. All are effective micro-exfoliants, but mandelic acid is better tolerated even by compromised skin. This makes it ideal for drier, more sensitive skin, younger skin (Superskin can be started at age 9 for prophylactic care), skin that is prone to post-inflammatory hyperpigmentation, or people who want the most benefits with the least amount of product.

Inside and out, the almond is a quintessential superfood.

Superfood in Superskin: Get your almond goodness in you…and on you!

Allergy Info

Allergic to tree nuts? You might still be able to use mandelic acid. Food and skin allergies do not always correlate. A prick test or blood test is specific to food. Make sure to get a patch test to confirm your skin allergies.

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Miguel Feuermann, TriathlonFeatured

Miguel Feuermann

triathlon
Vancouver, Canada; Manila, Philippines

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Miguel Feuermann has been an endurance athlete and triathlete for multiple years. Having raced in various distances from short but high-octane sprints to the demanding long course of Ironman, he is full of stories and knowledge on the sport that shapes his life.
Born in Argentina, Miguel grew up in Vancouver, Canada and is an experienced hotelier by trade. He is currently a director at Shang Properties in Manila, Philippines, where Miguel lives with his loving family.

Chat with Miguel about endurance racing, juggling training with a career and family
— and even kids triathlons! —
on social now!

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How long have you been racing?
Started racing back in 2008 and have been hooked ever since.
Why do you do it?
Racing is the icing on the cake. The cake is the fitness, lifestyle, health (mental and physical), focus, determination, friendships, energy, etc. That is why I do it. Like everything, forming a habit is the most difficult part of it, but once you get over the initial hurdle, you will not turn back. It is a healthy, although somewhat costly, addiction! Although the costs associated with other lifestyles could be just as expensive.
How do you train for it?
The body is an amazing machine. It adapts to almost anything as long as you give it time to do so. For my Ironman and Ironman 70.3 distances, I have been following a detailed training program found in the Be Iron Fit, time efficient training secrets for ultimate fitness by Don Fink. There are 3 distinct programs within his book: just to finish, intermediate and competitive. I used the just to finish one for my first at Ironman Canada in 2013 and did exactly that — just finished…with a smile. For Ironman Melbourne in 2015, I followed the intermediate program which prepared me to approach the race a bit more aggressively — I managed to shave almost 3 hours from my Canada journey. I believe in the method of training he writes about and it works for me. We are all different so this approach may not work for all. As an executive working full time and with a busy family, his programs are perfect for me. All training is based on heart rate zones and time as opposed to distance, except for the swim which is strictly distance-based on different exertion levels. With this approach, I am able to schedule my training around my work and family, and know that I’ll be able to accomplish my personal goals. Depending on the race, for the Ironman distance, I start training 6 months out, 6 days a week, several days with 2 workouts a day. Majority is all swim / bike and run, with the time and efforts going up as the weeks progress. As long as you have a decent base, it is doable and your body will continue to adapt to the efforts you are putting it through.
How did you get started?
I got started upon returning from a trip to Argentina looking like a blimp! I did not like what I saw nor how I felt. I came across a book called Marathon Training For Non-Runners and picked it up. I was a non-runner and perfectly suited for it. 16 weeks later the book was finished and I completed my first ever marathon in Quebec! Due to the huge load in such a short time that I put my legs through, I got injured and got a stress fracture on my left shin. Prior to the race. I was determined to finish it! Upon my return home and getting rid of crutches, I bought an entry level Giant road bike in Jakarta. I felt I was able to continue with my fitness without pounding my legs. During one of the many rides, I met a few triathletes who offered that I joined them. Problem: I couldn’t swim. No problem: I hired Akbar Nasution, Olympic swimmer for Indonesia in the Sydney Olympics. Within 5 tough months of swimming 4 times a week I completed the Bintan Sprint Triathlon! The rest is history.
Why do you like using Armada Sport as a sunscreen?
Armada Sport is a great sunscreen which truly works. It keeps me well protected while I am completely exposed to the sun while I swim, bike and run. I have tubes of it stashed everywhere as I go through a ton of it. Nice that it stays on even after a hard swim although I still re-apply depending on the distance of the race or training session.
What was your most memorable moment in a triathlon?
Finishing my first — Bintan Sprint Triathlon! I remember feeling the same emotion of accomplishment then as I did when crossing the line during the Ironman events. The difference at the Ironman’s is that I had my family there cheering me and supporting me all the way. Having my daughter, Ariel, at the finish line and placing the finishers medal around my neck was unforgettable!
You feel most handsome when…
I feel handsome all the time!
Do you have any tips for fans out there for fitness, sun protection and/or training?
If you are thinking of starting any sort of fitness regimen for whatever reason, start slow. Educate yourself ( internet, forums, teams, training sessions, etc.) Join a group. Hire a coach. Tell the world. Sign up for an event even before you start. You will not back out of it. At the beginning, having support from your family, friends, peers is very motivating and will get you out of bed to train, race, etc. Surround yourself with common interest individuals. Don’t neglect your family as they will be part of your support. Lastly, listen to your body, it knows best. Missing a session or two will not make a difference on a long term plan or habit. So if you feel you need to rest, then do so. Your body will thank you in the long term. Pushing too much in too little time is an automatic injury and one which I ignored in my early beginnings.
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