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We are pleased to announce an exciting new way to earn Vitality Points™ with HumanaVitality Mobile App: Apple Health!  Apple Health is included with the iOS8 software update and tracks a variety of health and fitness data. HumanaVitality members enjoying the mobile app can now earn Vitality Points™ for steps tracked with Apple Health. Upload fitness data from your favorite compatible fitness devices into Apple Health and earn Vitality Points for reaching your fitness goals.

Before you get started, make sure your iPhone is updated to iOS8 and that you’ve shared fitness device information with Apple Health.  To earn Vitality Points, connect Apple Health to the HumanaVitality App:

  1. Sign into the HumanaVitality Mobile App for iOS.
  2. Tap “Connect” from the menu in the left-hand corner.
  3. Tap “Connect to Apple Health” (screenshot below).  iOS8 software is required for Apple Health, so be sure to update your operating system.
  4. Grant permissions to connect HumanaVitality to Apple Health.
  5. Allow HumanaVitality to read your Steps data from Apple Health.

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HumanaVitality is not an insurance product. This material is intended for informational use only and should not be construed as medical advice or used in place of consulting a licensed medical professional. You should consult with your doctor before making dietary changes or starting an exercise routine.

Creamed corn goes tropical with coconut milk, cilantro and lime juice. We love this with the kick of crushed red pepper, but it’s great without it if you don’t enjoy spicy food. Try it with garlic-rubbed grilled flank steak and a vinegary Asian slaw. 

Coconut Creamed Corn
Servings: 4
Total cost per serving: $0.68

Ingredients

  • 4 ears corn
  • 1 cup coconut milk, light
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • 2 tablespoons cilantro, fresh
  • 1 tablespoon lime juice
  • ¼ teaspoon pepper, red, crushed

Instructions

  1. Combine corn kernels, coconut milk and salt in a medium saucepan.
  2. Bring to a boil, then adjust the heat to maintain an active simmer.
  3. Cook, stirring occasionally, until most of the coconut milk has evaporated, 12 to 15 minutes.
  4. Stir in cilantro, lime juice and crushed red pepper, if using.

Nutrition Information

  • Calories, 148
  • Saturated Fat, 3 g
  • Sodium, 178 mg
  • Dietary Fiber, 3 g
  • Total Fat, 5 g
  • Carbs, 24 g
  • Cholesterol, 0 mg
  • Protein, 5 g

Recipe originally published by Everyday Health and reposted here with their permission.

Article originally published by Competitor.com and reposted here with their permission.

Success in running requires mental toughness, and that requires focus.

As a runner, how would you rate your mental toughness? In Part 1 of this series, we talked about the profile of mental toughness and outlined seven key traits that define the champion’s mentality: resilience, focus, strength, preparation, vision, openness, and trust.

In Part 2, we discussed my top five tips for building mental toughness into your running: your performing edge mindset, outlook, mental imagery, focus, and power words.

Today in Part 3, let’s go into more depth with one key element of mental toughness: focus.

How to Improve Your Focus

Success in your toughness training requires total concentration, whether you are a novice or at the highest levels of performance. If your mind begins to wander, you can easily become distracted and lose your edge. It is not only your performance that declines, but the quality of your experience as well. You cannot take pleasure in an activity when you are not fully present.

Complete and undivided attention is difficult to come by. As a runner, you can easily become sidetracked by a myriad of external factors or the mind’s thought processes. Focusing is a challenge when there are numerous tasks to attend to (preparation for your event, work responsibilities, family demands, children’s needs, etc).

You may have input from several different sources at once — your coach, your training group, your sports medicine doctor and so forth. The challenge is to integrate all of this information, separate the important issues from the nonessential ones, and make important decisions about your training. Knowing how to focus and being able to maintain concentration throughout the day are critical skills for athletes at any level.

The Right Focus for Mental Toughness

So what is the correct focus for runners who want to be mentally tough? This depends, of course, on the particular demands of each situation. There is no single right way to focus your attention. However, there is one vital principle: successful concentration depends upon a present-centered focus where you are totally connected to the task at hand.

A present-centered focus is one in which all your attention is directed to what is occurring at the present time. So, for instance, in a race, your focus may be on the competitor in front of you, on how your body is feeling, or on the decisions you are making based on this information.

Concentration is the learned skill of fully attending to the task at hand and excluding irrelevant external cues and internal distractions. Internal factors for athletes include self-doubt, fears, expectations, and fatigue.

External distractions may involve heavy traffic getting to a competition, a rival competitor showing up unexpectedly, or equipment problems. You need to be able concentrate in spite of these disruptions. The true test comes when the amount of time you need to stay focused extends beyond your current abilities.

Exercise: Assess Your Mental Toughness Focusing Ability

Practice this exercise before beginning your training each day. Find a comfortable, quiet place where you will not be interrupted and take note of the time on your watch. Close your eyes and narrow your focus to one point or one topic (your breathing, or your running form, for example). Feel each inhalation and exhalation. Continue this exercise for as long as you can sustain this focus. Once your mind begins to wander, open your eyes and notice the time on your watch. How much time passed since you started this task? Ten seconds? One minute?

The longer you can focus on one point or on one target, the more successful you can be at focusing in mentally tough situations with your running. Practice this focusing exercise each day with your running and you’ll find you are running faster and with more enjoyment.

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About The Author:

Dr. JoAnn Dahlkoetter, best-selling author of Your Performing Edge and creator of drjoann.com, is a Stanford-trained performance consultant, sports psychologist to Olympic gold medalists and CEOs, winner of the San Francisco Marathon and a second-place finisher in the World Championship Hawaii Ironman Triathlon. She is an internationally recognized keynote speaker, columnist, and TV expert commentator.


HumanaVitality is not an insurance product. This material is intended for informational use only and should not be construed as medical advice or used in place of consulting a licensed medical professional. You should consult with your doctor before making dietary changes or starting an exercise routine.