Pre Workout Stretches to Lessen Hand Pain + Curamin® to #StopPainNow

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As a growing-older yet still goal-oriented athlete, I decided it was about time to give the finger to my chronic hand pain. Stiff hands and sore thumb joint was making it increasingly difficult to enjoy and compete in the sports I love, like obstacle course racing and Crossfit. Even yoga, which had once been a source of relaxation had become stressful as I could no longer splay my hands out flat on the ground without significant discomfort.curamin stop pain now

But, thankfully, I found Curamin® Stop Pain Now, a safe, effective, non-addictive herbal formula that has gotten me back in the literal and figurative game. Read on to learn more about how this #1 selling brand can be your first line of defense against chronic pain. Also, check out my Pre-Workout Hand Stretches to Lessen Pain for even more relief.

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4 Ways Sports Injuries Build Better Athletes

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I’ve never met anyone who enjoys being physically injured, and the insult of having your body kick you to the bench seems even more painful (at least mentally) to athletes. So, in no way am I endorsing injuries as a way to be a better athlete – for heaven’s sake, take care of yourself!  But, if a physical issue, (biomechanical, accident or otherwise) does come your way, I’m here to tell you that you can use the setback to your advantage.

I’ve sustained my fair share of injuries over the years through running, CrossFit, gymnastics, yoga, working out and enjoying an overall active lifestyle – everything from concussion, stress fractures and bone contusions to cuts that required stiches, oozing road burn, ripped palms, a multitude of pulled muscles, sprained ankles, wrists and ribs and more. Thankfully, nothing of a very serious nature and that a little Advil® PM couldn’t help me though!

Getting a good night's rest is important to recovering from minor sports injuries.

“No, no! I don’t need to go to the hospital!” Uh, I’ve said that before . . . .

However, I believe the time spent sitting on the proverbial sidelines can help an athlete heal both physically and mentally, especially if the right mindset is kept. Think of your injury as a way to embrace these four factors that will ultimately help you mend on the inside and out – remember that tough times don’t last, but tough people do!

4 Ways Sports Injuries Build Better Athletes

Box jumps gone bad - careless form leads to injury.

Box jumps gone bad – careless form leads to injury.

Confronts Problem:  Some injuries are complete and total fluke accidents. However, the majority of problems caused by exercise are driven by careless, reckless or single-minded behavior – even ignorance and denial are reasons people hurt themselves in sports over and over. Admit it, you know a guy who jacks his back in the gym every month.  Whether you are piling on miles with terrible running form, are an adrenaline junkie who puts thrill before skill, or just unlucky enough to be at the wrong place at the wrong time,  getting injured forces you to look at the issue rationally and figure out ways to rehabilitate and keep it from happening again. Or, so I hope!

Even if a sports injury is minor, it's a good idea to take it easy for a few days.

Taking some rest is a good thing!

Forces Rest: As much as a go-go-go, type-A personality athlete might feel like he or she is withering away physically and emotionally when slowed down by injury, the forced rest is actually quite beneficial – muscles actually get stronger during the recovery phase of a workout, not during the actual effort! There is some time that you don’t have to use it, before you lose it. Take this as a not-so-subtle hint to sleep in, move slower and focus on nutrition.  It will take at least a couple weeks for strength athletes to notice any signs of muscle atrophy and, in the same vein, endurance athletes shouldn’t expect to lose any significant VO2 max during the same period of break. However, if an injury is more serious, you will want to work with your doctor of physical therapist to develop an alternative training plan that will keep you at an agreeable baseline of fitness – so that when you’re able to jump back in, you’re not starting from square one.

Dislike turned to love while recovering from an injury.

Dislike turned to love while recovering from an injury.

Expands Horizons: When life hands you lemons, you make lemonade! Finding an alternative form of exercise to keep fit through an injury may just introduce you to the newest passion in your life – an experience never fully realized had it not been for the initially unwelcomed introduction. For example, runners may find they love swimming, weight-lifters may find they love sculling, tennis players may take to yoga and, heck, who doesn’t want an excuse to play golf all day long?! Even if you can’t wait to get back to your first true love, the change of pace will do your mind and body good!

Staying focused on the end goal despite obstacles.Tests and Strengthens Resolve:  A sports injury can really put a person’s resolve to the test, especially when it comes to staying on course. This ability to stay focused, determined and put a plan into action is a testament to the strength or weakness of your resolve – or, another way to say it, it’s the “steering mechanism” that drives you to a desired outcome. Will you crash and burn, stall out and give up, or keep after it until you reach the finish line? Playing the victim (or poor me), blaming, making excuses and complaining when it comes to dealing with an injury just weakens your resolve and lessens the likelihood of you ever achieving the athletic goals you first imagined.  Once you are healed, being fearful and dwelling in the past will likely also keep you from that personal victory. Just keep looking forward, staying positive and celebrating your milestone achievements on the road to health and recovery.

Whether you are an everyday athlete or an elite superstar, managing the pain and the restlessness that often comes with being sidelined due to injury can be lessened with Advil® PM. I’ve used this safe and effective over-the-counter pain reliever and non-habit forming sleep aid with great results to treat the aches, pains and minor injuries I’ve dealt with running and working out over the last 25 years. It’s always so hard to sleep when your muscles are trashed from a marathon, or that headache from a day in the sun won’t go away —Advil® PM to the nighttime rescue!

Of course, before taking Advil® PM, you’ll want to consult with your physician to make sure this product is right for you. You can visit for more information and a coupon!

Have you had a sports-related injury?  What happened and how did you get through it? Please share in the comments below. XOXO – Jennifer

How I’ve Kept Running Strong (and Pain Free) for 25 Years

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How I've Stayed Running Strong for 25 Years -

I’ve been running fairly seriously for about 25 years, that’s hard to believe as I type out the words. In my mid to late twenties, I could zip through a marathon like nobody’s business – my marathon PR was just seconds away from qualifying for the Olympic Trails. Let me assure you, it was soul-crushing to see the clock ticking away as I approached the finish line – I had trained to perform better, yet was feeling quite “off.”   I returned by to my hometown and just couldn’t shake the funky feeling, still days afterward. Well, it turns out I was pregnant and that was the beginning of my journey into motherhood (I now have three teenage boys) and I wouldn’t change a thing!

In those early baby days, I took it pretty easy. I jogged with the stroller around the block and would occasionally enter a 5k or 10k fun run. In hindsight, I feel like this stepped-down time kept me from burning out and also preserved my body parts from wear and tear and being in a state of constant recovery. Family and friends were pushing me to return to racing, but I kept putting them off, “saying, not now but maybe when I turn 40.”  Well, that day happened and so I kept my word. Despite the fact that I had done very little training (just the “entry-level fitness maintenance,” as I like to call it) and hadn’t run a marathon in 12 years, I hauled my butt down to the Las Vegas Marathon and did pretty well, all things considered. I was happy and hooked again, but good gosh, was I sore — SO SORE! It was more my mental fitness that got me to the finish line than my physical fitness.

Jennifer Fisher - Running Then and Now

Grandma’s Marathon 1995 . . . San Antonio Marathon 2013! Not my first marathon, nor my last!

Thank goodness my husband is the best travel packer ever. Where I just bring a toothbrush and mascara, he brings a collection of toiletries, vitamins and small pharmacy of over-the-counter meds. That night, he dotingly delivered some Advil® PM to my bedside. Being a bit of a self-righteous purist at the time, I was reluctant to take the medicine initially — but thankfully I gave in! Not only did the Advil® PM deliver relief to my trashed quads, aching feet and sore elbows (really!), the “PM” part helped me drift off to sleep.

To this day, almost eight years later, I’ve been using Advil® PM regularly as part of my nighttime routine after a race or tough workout. It’s not uncommon (and actually expected) that recovery from intense physical exercise takes longer as you get older. As much as I don’t want to admit that, there’s some truth to that. Thankfully, Advil® PM provides me relief from these minor aches, pains and inflammation – plus, I get the benefit of a non-habit forming sleep aid as well!  For me, a pain relief product that also addresses sleeplessness a great thing — it’s hard to turn off my mind after both good and bad days of racing.

Jennifer Fisher Spartan Obstacle Race

Advil® PM helped me bounce back from obstacle aches and pains!

So, today I am still racing ALL the distances, from 1 mile to marathon – I’ve even run a 50 mile ultramarathon for FUN! It was at this 50-miler I learned that a race doesn’t have to be a “race,” it can just be done for fun. That being said, it’s hard to keep my competitive side on the down low for too long. So, to keep myself the best shape I can be while getting older, I’ve starting mixing up my fitness to become stronger and more adaptable.

This has included about five years of CrossFit, Yoga, strength-training, obstacle course races and more. Of course, all of these activities also have their own recovery demands!  Off to Costco now to buy the big bottle of Advil® PM!

Yoga Revolved Side Pose


Of course, before taking Advil® PM, you’ll want to consult with your physician to make sure this product is right for you. You can visit for more information and a coupon!

Are you new to running or been at it a long time like me?  What do you do for your aches and pains? Please share in the comments below! xoxo Jennifer