Olympic Inspiration: Do-It-Yourself Electrolyte Drink

Whether you’re an Olympic athlete or a weekend warrior, you sweat out nutrients called electrolytes along with water when you train hard. Electrolytes are the essential minerals that affect the amount of water in your body, the acidity (or Ph level) of your blood, your muscle function, and other important processes.

If you rehydrate your body without replacing these minerals, you could risk getting hypothermia – an electrolyte imbalance that causes vomiting, headaches, lethargy, muscle weakness, cramps, or, in more serious cases, seizures or coma.

But you don’t have to rely on bottled sports drinks full of artificial colors, flavors, and sweeteners to replenish yourself during workouts. It’s easy to make your own homemade sports drink to replenish sodium, potassium, magnesium, calcium, and other nutrients.

Healthy Electrolyte Drink

Prep time: 2 minutes
Yields: 1 serving

Ingredients:

4 cups warm water
Juice of 1 lemon
2 tsp honey
¼ tsp salt

Directions:

Mix well. Chill and serve.

Contact Shanda with any health questions you may have at [email protected] or visit her website at HealthCoachShanda.com.

Health and Hugs,
Shanda Walston, CHC AADP
(571) 250-7711

Shanda Walston

Celebrating Women Entrepreneurs

ZweetSport celebrates and highlights the achievements of women business owners and promotes female entrepreneurship. Let’s face it: in a “man’s world,” women face challenges in the professional world that can often discourage us from adamantly pursuing our entrepreneurial goals. The constant battle with unequal pay, lack of advancement, stereotypes associated with working mothers, etc. all chipping away at our self-confidence and overall moral can make things pretty tough. Despite the hardships, entrepreneurial women are emerging as leaders, with different points of view and creative input that their male counterparts have failed to produce. In fact, according to OpenForum the growth of women-owned businesses is accelerating at a pace faster than that of any other group: soaring to a rate 1.5 times greater than the growth rate of male owned businesses in just the past 15 years!

Tremendous strides aside, there is still room for improvement, as is illustrated by the infographic below. Women still suffer difficulties at the 5-to-9 employee and $250,000-$499,999 levels, and despite owning 29% of businesses, women-owned operations contribute merely 4% revenue and 6% to employment in the United States workforce.

But don’t give up! Despite not living in an ideal world of equality, women still have the power and potential to turn the workforce (along with the economy) around. ZweetSport owners, Marja Toan and Kimberly Landini, are shining examples of how persistence prevails. From the very first sketches to our 3rd line coming out in the Fall/Winter 2012, we’ve invested our time, energy, and brain power into developing and nurturing our active wear company into the successful (and still growing!) entity. In October ’09, ZweetSport was formed, and since we’ve acquired Brand Ambassadors and even more ZweetSport support from women well known and highly active in the pole dance, Bikram, and fitness communities. Names such as Jessalynn Mediary (Pole Pressure DC), Karri Telford (Pole Pressure Leesburg & Miss South Carolina Pole Champion 2011), Katie Shewbridge (Maryland Yoga Asana Champion 2012), Amanda Russell (Celebrity Fitness Expert & Entreprenuer), Kristen Novosad (Entrepreneur & Miss Pole VA 2012), and Jana Stewart (Entrepreneur & Fitness Model) have graced the pages of ZweetSport’s blog, rock ZweetSport’s athletic apparel, but most importantly are #PoweringTomorrow as women business owners.

ZweetSport, along with female entrepreneurs, and fans of female entrepreneurs everywhere, should strive to reach even greater heights. This conversation is just the beginning and the implications are profound: woman entrepreneurs have the ability to turn our economy around. Let’s do it! #PoweringTomorrow!

Positive Thoughts Lead to a Happy Healthy Life!

The most important health and fitness step you can take is learning peace . Wondering what I mean? Take a quick inventory of your thoughts. As you are reading this, are you replaying some event from earlier today? Was it unpleasant? Can you change it? If not, then visualize letting that ugliness slip away and out of your life.

Think about your shoulders. Are they hunched and tense? You don’t really need that tension, do you? Stretch. Shrug your shoulders. Realize when you start doing this to yourself. Pay attention to the times when you’re on autopilot, on your commute or when you’re falling asleep at night. If your thoughts are biting themselves in the tail and can’t stop, tell them firmly that this is your mind, and chase them out.

Worrying about something you possibly can solve ? By all means, turn it over in your mind and see if it looks any different than it did earlier. But not for too long, or it’s stuckness too. Do you hear a little voice telling you that you’ll never get that bikini body, or jeering when your diet makes you so crazy that you go out and get a gallon of ice cream?

Stop. Take a deep breath. What you say to yourself matters very much, on a deep and primal level. Recognize it for what it is, a distorted echo that will lead you astray if you believe it.

This kind of despair can become a self-fulfilling prophecy. Worse, it will actually make you sick if you listen. Stress and unhappiness can increase your blood pressure and depress your immune function. That’s not how to win the Miss America pageant. Or even just reach your fitness goals. Unhealthy patterns will only make it harder to become the radiant example of womanhood you were always meant to be. Happiness increases with your level of fitness. Studies show that being happy and active can stabilize your health, and correlates with a positive outlook on life. So any time you feel stressed, try throwing on your cutest ZweetSport gear and hitting up a Bikram yoga class to unwind and recapture your peace of mind instead of wallowing in negativity.

But just because you’re already in good health and living a good life, don’t assume that you don’t still have a frightened child deep down inside. Catch yourself when you have just eaten something unquestionably not good for you . Why did you do that? Don’t berate yourself – just replay the moment. Were you feeling deprived? Rebelling against a parent that never lets you have any fun? Maybe the parent part of your mind should give the kid a break. Part of the reason nutrition habits can be difficult to break is that we learned them in childhood. Don’t let your inner parent tell you what a loser you are. The part of you that is a child wants to please.

So offer yourself strawberries. Pistachios. Cherry tomatoes. Pay attention to what goes in your mouth, and also what comes out. DingDongs are not nutrients. Have one occasionally if it will keep you from running out to 7-11, but why do you want to? Do you even like Ding Dongs? Ok then.

Show your child a better reward — tangy kiwi quarters. Sweet tangerines. Don’t drag yourself to the gym. Go swimming, or hiking, or even just walking. Move your body, and love doing it. Find out how much fun fitness can be. And stop telling people that you are trying to lose weight. Unhunch your shoulders, smile, and tell them how much fun it is to get back into shape. Teach yourself good nutrition by learning how good it tastes.

Make Health & Fitness a way of Life!

ZweetSport for Team USA!

The Olympic Torch has circled back around to the home of the London Underground! From July 27th to August 12th, the Olympic Games will be held for the third time in the historic UK city of London, officially dubbed the “Games of the XXX Olympiad”. Over 10,000 athletes from 204 National Olympic Committees are expected to compete, making the XXX Olympiad the largest multi-sport event ever to be held in the UK.

Big Ben is set to ring for three minutes straight in celebration of the first day of the Summer Olympics this Friday: the first time in over 50 years that the giant tower has sounded outside of it’s regular hours. To join in on the celebration, thousands of other bells across Great Britain will chime in as well, truly “ringing in” the opening events!

“Isles of Wonder” is the theme of the Opening Ceremony, inspired by William Shakespeare’s play “The Tempest”: a story about men, monsters, magic, and adventure. According to Director Danny Boyle, the ceremonies’ theatrics are supposed to showcase the best as well as the many different aspects of the UK. Features of the Olympic Stadium will include a meadow, livestock, a cricket match, and even a mosh pit (serving as a nod to Britain’s rural summer music culture). Essentially the ceremony will illustrate Britain’s past, present, and future to an audience of approximately 1 billion television viewers and about 60,000 spectators attending in person.

Following the Opening Ceremonies, the competitions schedule is as follows:

For the first time ever, women’s boxing is included in the event schedule, along with the return of mixed doubles in Tennis, which has been MIA since 1924. ZweetSport owners Kimberly and Marja are excited about watching the gymnastics and volleyball competitions (starting July 28th), and ZweetSport Interns Amanda and Taylor are looking forward to the women’s boxing, swimming, and equestrian events! Go team USA!

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