Q: I have been following a training program to prepare for my first 5K running event. I want to enter an event that will benefit an organization in my community. Any suggestions on how to begin searching for an event?
A: Entering a local fitness event that benefits a cause is such a great way to give back. Begin by searching for “nonprofit” organizations in your local area. These types of organizations will most likely have a variety of events, such as races, fundraisers, and community gatherings to support their company mission. American Red Cross, your local Alzheimer’s Association, March of Dimes and Goodwill Industries are examples of these types of nonprofit organizations. Many organizations have a variety of types of races with varying lengths. Some of the most popular races for causes include Team in Training (www.teamintraining.org), Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure® (ww5.komeng.org), or the BikeMS series (www.nationalms.org). Entering a race to support a cause that you believe in is a great way to stay motivated.
Q: While watching a variety of sporting events, I’ve noticed several athletes wearing colored tape on their ankles, calves and sometimes their shoulders. What exactly is the purpose of wearing the colored tape?
A: The brightly colored stripes of Physio tape or Kinesio tape have been popping up everywhere from the most elite athletes to the average recreational exercisers. Unlike other types of strapping tape, where the tape is wrapped tightly around an injured joint or muscle to provide rigid support, Physio tape — with its unique elastic properties — is applied directly over and/or around an injured area to provide dynamic support. One benefit of the Physio tape is the increase of blood circulation to the injured area, which helps to circulate more nutrients and energy, allowing a person to sustain an activity longer with less pain and fatigue at the injured site. Physio tape can be worn for up to five days, therefore the therapeutic benefits are available to an injured site for 24 hours a day, which accelerates the healing process from an array of injuries and inflammatory conditions.
Kirk Jordison is the club owner at Anytime Fitness in northeast Ankeny’s Briarwood Center. Tiffany Christensen is the club owner at Anytime Fitness in Ankeny’s Prairie Trail development. Both owners are proud to be raising their families in Ankeny. To submit a question for future articles, please contact the authors at: email@example.com (Prairie Trail) or firstname.lastname@example.org (Briarwood).