How to Make Yogurt (The Easy Way)

Most of us buy yogurt in those little plastic cups and have no idea how to make yogurt. It must be complicated, right?

The Easy Way to Make Yogurt

Recently I received a complimentary yogurt making kit from Probiotic Maker in exchange for my review.

Probiotic Maker KitIt turns out that making great yogurt is very easy. The folks at Probiotic Maker send you everything you need.

The kit contains an automatic temperature control sleeve that fits over a gallon or half gallon of milk and automatically maintains the correct temperature to make yogurt.

yogurt culture starter packsThe kit also came with six yogurt starter packs. While the automatic temperature control sleeve takes the guess work out of making yogurt, the real magic is in the starter packs.

All yogurt needs a culture to turn milk into yogurt or kefir. Most commercial yogurts and kefirs have one or two strains of ProBiotic bacteria.

The starter packs from Probiotic Maker contain eleven strains of probiotic bacteria:

• Lactobacillus acidophilus
• Lactobacillus rhamnosus
• Bifidobacterium lactis
• Lactobacillus delbrueckii subsp. bulgaricus
• Lactobacillus casei
• Streptococcus thermophilus
• Lactococcus lactis subsp. cremoris
• Lactobacillus delbrueckii subsp. lactis
• Lactococcus lactis subsp. lactis
• Leuconostoc mesenteroides ssp. cremoris
• Lactococcus lactis subsp. lactis biovar. diacetylactis

This list contains bacteria that thrive in medium heat (mesophilic) and bacteria that thrive in higher heat (hermaphilic).

probiotic maker, probiotics, yogurt

The automatic temperature control sleeve maintains the milk at a constant 98.6° F to maximize growth of all eleven strains.

This gives you the best of yogurt and kefir. Commercial products give you  one or two stains of either mesophilic or hermaphilic bacteria, not a combination of eleven strains.

A wider variety of probiotics provides greater health benefits.

I’ve mentioned kefir a few times. If you are not familiar, it is a drinkable form of yogurt with different cultures (mesophilic) than those found in yogurt (hermaphilic). You should be able to find kefir in the milk cooler at your store.

I’ve only seen flavored kefir. It’s a great drink for breakfast or to make smoothies. But it costs more than milk and comes pre-sweetened.

When you make your own yogurt or kefir, you control all of the ingredients.

How to Make Yogurt at Home

The instructions are very simple.

Start with a fresh gallon of milk

Fresh Milk
Add a complete starter pack

Probiotic Maker Yogurt Culture Pack
Replace the cap and shake to mix in the starter culture
Slip on the automatic temperature control sleeve, plug it in

How to make Yogurt at Home
And leave it alone!

The automatic temperature control sleeve maintains the temperature for you. You don’t have to worry about it over heating and killing your cultures. And you don’t have to worry about it not getting warm enough to get the cultures to grow.

Leave it alone for eight or nine hours and let nature take it’s course.

My test and review

I used gallons of 2% milk to make two batches of yogurt.

It really was as easy as I described above. The toughest part was starting it at the right time of day.

It takes at least eight hours to make. I made one batch over night and another on a Saturday afternoon.

The longer you let it process the thicker the yogurt. Ten hours is about as long as you want to let it set.

When using gallon jugs to make yogurt you don’t want a thick yogurt or you’d have to cut the top off to get the yogurt out.

Also as the bacteria consume all of the sugar in the milk they will die off. To get the probiotic benefits of yogurt you want live and active cultures.

The other thing to remember is not to shake the milk. Leave it alone while the bacteria do their job. Then carefully place the jug in the fridge to cool.

If you use fat free milk you will get a layer of whey at the top of the jug.

Here is a video to explain the process and learn more about Probiotics.

My batches of Yogurt

I let the first batch sit for about eight hours. Since I used 2% milk I didn’t have any whey to pour off.

I removed the automatic temperature control sleeve and placed the jug in the fridge for a few hours.

After just eight hours the yogurt was pretty thick and chugged out of the bottle.

That first taste of pure, fresh yogurt was a little tart.

I took a pint glass, added some vanilla extract and a teaspoon of sugar and mixed it up. That was really good!

I let my second batch go for nine hours. The directions say it should be more sour the longer you let it set, but my second batch seemed less tart.

yogurt parfait The thickness was about the same as the eight hour batch. I need to try a ten hour batch this weekend.

I found that a pint of yogurt with a little vanilla and teaspoon of sugar made a great desert or breakfast drink.

One Sunday after a long run I made a smoothie with a banana, chia seeds and vanilla. It was filling and very satisfying.

Good for you and the Environment

A gallon of yogurt is the equivalent of 32 cups of yogurt. It seems that the average price for a yogurt at the grocery store is $1.00 with many well above that.

A gallon of milk costs about $3.00 right now and you get a package of six starter packs for $19.00 or about $3.15 each. Call it $7.00 even for everything.

That is the equivalent of paying less than 22 cents per cup of yogurt! A 75% savings over commercial yogurt.

Not only are you saving money but you control how much sugar goes into your yogurt and there are no preservatives.

Instead of throwing away 32 yogurt cups and tops, you have one recyclable milk jug.

Quite often milk is sourced fairly local while yogurt may be shipped from half-way across the country.

Most other yogurt makers look like a crock pot. One more item to have on your counter or stuffed into the closet or draw.

The Probiotic Maker is easy to store and wipes clean.

If you made it this far, I have a discount code for you. Use this link to ProbioticMaker and use discount code OMNIRUNNER1 to get a 50% discount on a Probiotic Maker kit!

This offer is limited to the first three people to place their order. You don’t get a 50% discount very often so they have to place limits.

The kit comes with the automatic temperature control sleeve and two starter packs. Additional packages of six starters are $19.00.

Let me know what you think after you make your first batch at info at omnirunning.com.

Run well my Friends!

Andy

Body Helix Compression Wraps Review

I received a complimentary Body Helix Compression Full Knee sleeve in exchange for writing this review.

Body Helix makes a full line of compression products for just about any part of the body that may experience inflammation from a sports injury or arthritis.

Applying compression for shoulder or piriformis pain can be a challenge. Body Helix has compression wraps for these areas plus thigh, calf, bicep, ankle and lower back.

As a runner, I frequently deal with inflammation in my knees. Often this inflammation is experienced as the pain most runners are familiar with.

Over my seventeen years of running, I’ve been in physical therapy several times. In addition to stretching and strengthening exercises, my PT always recommends R.I.C.E.

I’ve read many articles on sports injury and they usually recommend R.I.C.E also.

So what is R.I.C.E. ? It stands for: Rest, Ice, Compression and Elevation.

Body Helix explains how compression aids in recovery as part of R.I.C.E.

Rest, ice and elevation are fairly easy to do, but applying compression can be a challenge.

In the past I’ve used an ace bandage. But it’s easy to wrap them too tightly, and they are intended to immobilize a joint. If wrapped too thickly, ice may not be able to penetrate through to your joint.

A compression sleeve is a better option and I own another brand sleeve. It works pretty well but I can’t wear it under pants and I never run in it. It’s a good solution when I’m hanging around the house and don’t plan to do much. It does work well with ice.

When I had the opportunity to try a Body Helix full knee compression wrap, I checked them out on line and agreed to give it a try.

About Body Helix Compression

Body Helix was founded in 2008 by world-ranked senior tennis player Fred Robinson and physician, Thomas E. Parker, MD.

At the time, Fred observed that most compression gear was uncomfortable, ineffective and did not use the latest materials available.

Fred and Dr. Parker searched for a material that would stretch, rebound and stay in place. And most importantly, provide effective compression.

They developed a product that provides a uniform medical-grade compression in the range of 20-30 millimeters of mercury (or mmHg in the scientific community.) The higher the number, the more pressure we feel.

Twenty to 30 mmHg is the first range of medical grade compression and has scientific evidence documenting increased blood flow and the benefits of compression.

Body Helix has four main differentiating factors that set them apart from the competition:

FORM-FIT TECHNOLOGY

A Helix consists of comfortable, uniform medical-grade compression in the range of 20-30 millimeters of mercury (or mmHg in the scientific community.) As mentioned above, the higher the number, the more pressure we feel.

Twenty to 30 mmHg is the first range of medical grade compression.

Below I’ll discuss how the Body Helix wrap feels.

MOISTURE ACTIVATED ADHERENCE

You’ve seen the person at the gym or on the court stop to pull up their knee sleeve or adjust their thigh wrap. That won’t happen with a Helix.

Thanks to their fabric’s Moisture Activated Adherence, their sleeves utilize the heat/sweat from your body and allow the fabric to act like an adherent between your skin and the product. It won’t slip or move during activities.

The wrap didn’t slip during my 10K run.

CLOSED-CELL FABRIC SCIENCE

Other wraps soak up sweat and take forever to dry, which often leads to unpleasant odors from bacteria becoming trapped within the fabric.

Because a Helix features Closed-Cell Fabric Science technology, it won’t hold sweat or water and you’ll never have to worry about odors or health issues from trapped bacteria.

The wrap is easy to rinse and the smooth fabric makes it easy to wear under clothing.

INFINITE MOTION

Many other products will only stretch up to 50%, which often restricts joint movement while being active. Body Helix compression sleeves (created by professional athletes, by the way, so they literally feel your pain) is made of the highest quality compression material available and will stretch more than the human body.

What this means for you is simple: you won’t need to alter your mechanics of motion when you serve, swing, bend, or run. You can continue to play your game, your way, without limits.

The sleeve was easy to run in and allowed me to bend my knee comfortably while driving.

Body Helix Compression Review

I tested the Body Helix full knee compression sleeve under daily conditions and during a 5 mile race and 10K training run.

Body Helix full knee compression sleeve, product reviewThe Body Helix compression sleeve has a smooth surface and the material does allow for a full range of motion.

l was able to wear it comfortably under a pair of jeans, drive my car and run errands.

This isn’t the greatest photo, but you can barely tell which knee has the sleeve on.

The comfort of the sleeve makes it possible to go about your day and not be stuck laying on the couch.

Road Race Testing

At the Super Sunday 5 mile race I tested the Body Helix compression sleeve. I’ve never worn anything on my knees before and wondered what it would be like.

Body Helix Compression Sleeve, Super Sunday 2020My knees are not bothering me, but I knew this would be a great test.

It was February 2nd, so I had to wear tights. I think this is a real world situation that most runners can relate to.

The sleeve easily slipped over the tights material and was firmly in place.

As you can see, it blends in well with the tights and no one even noticed.

I ran the five-mile race in 41 minutes which is about my regular pace.

During the race I forgot I even had it on. It didn’t bind or pinch and I never felt like it was slipping off. This allowed me to focus on the race and enjoy my self. What more could you ask for?

When I got home I rinsed it in the sink and it looked and smelled like brand new the next day.

Comparison Run

For my next outside run I wore the Body Helix compression sleeve and a sleeve I already own.

I’ve never worn anything on my knees while running except for the Super Sunday race. This time I didn’t wear tights.

As I headed out I wondered if both sleeves would end up causing problems. The last thing I wanted to do was mess up a nice run by stopping to pull up a compression sleeve.

On bare skin, both sleeves were more noticeable. The other brand sleeve was rougher on my skin and covered more of my leg. The Body Helix sleeve was smooth and clung to my skin like a bandage.

About three miles into my run the other sleeve felt like it was slipping off of my thigh. When I reached down I found that it had barely moved, so I left it alone and never broke stride.

Neither sleeve felt like it was hindering my run. They both felt pretty comfortable and for most of my run I didn’t really notice them.

When I finished my run I took this photo. I’m not a professional, but this is what they looked like shortly after finishing my 10K run.

The top of the other sleeve had slipped a bit as you can see.

If I was running a half or full marathon, the other sleeve could have become an issue.

I’m not sure that I’d run a marathon if I felt that I needed to use a compression sleeve.

In my opinion, compression sleeves should be used as part of the R.I.C.E. recovery protocol. And if you are dealing with knee pain you should stick to shorter runs anyway.

A look at other Body Helix compression sleeves

I have shoulder pain currently and have experienced piriformis issues in the past. One of these items would have been great to have.

The web site does say that the shoulder sleeve may not work for everyone and they suggest using it after surgery and not for general pain relief and recovery. I’d give it a try any way.

The compression on my knee felt good and it’s near impossible to apply compression to a shoulder.

I’m not sure that there is a good way to apply pressure to the piriformis or a groin pull.

Check out the Body Helix web site for all of their products. You will probably find a compression sleeve to meet your recovery needs.

You can use promo code BH10RUN to get 10% off any item.

If you try one of their products let me know how it worked for you.

Run well my Friends,

Andy

Epic Wipes Product Review

No time for a shower after your workout?
Epic Wipes are a great way to get cleaned up when you don’t have time or access to a shower. Made from bamboo with plenty of natural cleaning moisture, #EpicWipes are the green clean.

Epic Wipes Clean Up!

I’ve tried several brands of wipes over the years. Recently Epic Wipes sent four packets of their wipes to try.

As a parent I’m familiar with the baby wipes many of you have probably also used. When my kids were little we bought wipes in dispenser boxes which looked like large Lego blocks. Some of those boxes are still around full of Crayons and markers.

We also bought them in little packages we could throw in a diaper bag or backpack.

They were handy for cleaning babies, young children and messes in the car.

As the kids got older the wipes disappeared from our house and cars.

As a runner, I often find my self wet and stinky. I run about three times a week and hit the gym a few days a week also. As a result, I take a lot of showers!

When I run 10K or longer during the day at work I don’t have time to take a shower. I always do, but when I run long my time away from my desk runs long also.

An Epic Solution to an Epic Problem

When I first heard of Epic Wipes I thought, well here’s another wipe like others I’ve used. But I like to try new things so I gladly accepted the offer to try a few wipes.

I received two large and two XL wipe packets.

The first time I tried a wipe was after one of those work day runs.

Epic Wipes, shower on the goI decided to start with a large wipe which is 25.6 x 11.8 inches. An odd size but sized to work.

I’ve used athletic wipes before and there are a few rules you should follow.

First of all, don’t unfold the wipe completely. I usually unfold the wipe to the size of a wash cloth. That way I have a handy size for my face and neck area and I can use both sides before further unfolding.

Rule number two is to start at the top. You want to wipe your face, neck and torso before heading for the pits and points further south.

Your face may be sweaty and a little dirty but it doesn’t stink or harbor vast amounts of bacteria.

By strategically unfolding and folding over a wipe you can clean your entire body with a large Epic Wipe.

Epic Wipe XL

The next time I tried an Epic Wipe was at home after a Tuesday Night Club Run.

The XL wipe is 31.5 x 19.7 inches.

Epic Wipes XL, Massive Wet WipeWith the larger wipe I wanted to try it on my hair. If my hair smelled funny or I looked like a punk rocker, home was the place to find out.

Following wipe rule number one I started with my face and then unfolded the wipe by one more fold. This gave me more of a hand towel sized wipe to work with.

I rubbed the wipe all over my head and hair then used the flip side for another pass.

Epic Wipes are extremely moisture rich and I was able to get my hair wet with the wipe. By using both sides, the first pass got the sweat and smell and the second pass got anything left behind.

With additional “strategic folds” I had plenty of towel to completely clean my body.

Durable and Reusable Epic Wipes

Initially I had concerns with the durability of the wipes.

The first time I used one I was careful not to apply pressure with a single finger. As I went along it became apparent that Epic Wipes were almost as durable as a wash cloth.

At home I gave the wipe a more rigorous test. If I ran into problems I could just jump into the shower.

Both times I used an Epic Wipe there was plenty of life left in the wipes when I was finished. In fact it seemed like a shame to throw them away even though they had a body’s worth of sweat and BO in them.

Later while reading the Epic Wipe web site I found out that they can be re-used. Some people rinse them out and one person even has a mix that they use to re-infuse the wipes with cleaning moisture.

How cool is that?

I don’t think you can get a wipe back into the packet after you unfold and use it. If you want to re-use your wipes I would advise bringing a plastic bag to store them in.

I hate to use more plastic to re-use something. Seems to defeat the purpose. I might try wrapping the wipe in a towel.

The wipes have enough moisture in them that you should have some sort of towel with you to dry your skin.

My one issue is that perhaps there is too much moisture in each towel. I’d hate to wring any of it out before using it and risk ending up with not enough to finish the job. Maybe after a few more uses I’ll have this figured out.

Good for you and the Environment

Re-using Epic Wipes keeps them out of the waste stream and allows you to get multiple uses out of a durable product.

If you do throw your Epic Wipe away after each use, not to worry. They are biodegradable and made from a re-new able resource – bamboo!

I have some t-shirts made from bamboo and they are incredibly soft. So don’t worry about a scratchy towel chafing your tender spots.

Use omnirunner15 discount code when ordering for a 15% discount. You also get free shipping on orders over $40. Not bad.

Check out this video with a “how-to” section and information on how earth friendly the wipes are.

Run well my Friends and keep it clean!

Andy

I Tried Race Bib Tape

Have you ever had a race bib that wasn’t crooked?

I have, maybe twice!

It takes a lot of finagling to get a bib pinned to a shirt strait. I’ve been proud of my handy work only to put on my shirt to realize I had the shirt slightly off, and now my bib was slightly off.

Have you ever wanted to wear your favorite race shirt for a race but didn’t want to put pin holes in it?

I’ve tried the bib magnets and they work well. I used them for the Honolulu Marathon and my bib never moved.

The problem is that the magnets are so strong. This makes it challenging to make adjustments and the magnets love to stick to each other.

Race Bib Tape to the Rescue

Race Bib Tape is a simple solution that even I can use. I received a sample of six pieces of tape to try out and review.

I ran the Super Sunday 5 Miler on February 3rd in Cambridge and used the tape for my bib.

It was so simple. I put my bib on the table, took the backing off of two pieces of tape and placed them on each side of my bib. Then I took the back side off of the double-sided tape and carefully placed the bib on my shirt.

I got the bib on strait on my first try! No re-pinning or fooling around with un-cooperative magnets.

Check out this photo. What do you think?

Race Bib Tape, Super Sunday 5 Miler

I’m a little off center but the bib is on strait. And it only took one try!

I thought about adding a safety pin for, well safety. What if the tape didn’t hold in the cold or if I bumped into someone or got a thumb under my bib?

I have ripped a corner of a bib before. It happened about a mile into a half marathon and I was worried the rest of the day would be down-hill from there.

If I pulled this bib off, would the tape re-attach to my shirt?

Fortunately I didn’t have to put Race Bib Tape to that test. It held the entire race and I never worried about it falling off. I was so confident that it would hold that I never thought about it the entire race.

This is not a photo shopped photo. The bib is attached with just tape and it stayed there until I got home and took it off. And no residue on my shirt!

I’m not getting a commission or anything for saying this. I recommend Rave Bib Tape as a product thatRace Bib Tape 500 ct works.

Race Bib Tape is available through amazon in 36 count for $12.00 or 500 count packages for $47.60. For details on the product check out their web site.

If you are a race director you should consider offering this at your next race. It’s hard to find something unique to offer your runners and everyone is sure to love this idea.

Run well my Friends,

Andy

DEXA Body Composition Scan

The DEXA body scan is the most accurate method to measure body composition and distribution of fat and muscle mass. Read about my scan and learn more about the DEXA body composition scan.

You may have seem TV commercials for the Cenegenics Medical Institute in Boston.

They provide a variety of services from nutrition coaching, metabolism and exercise studies and healthy aging strategies.

One of the services they provide to assess patients physical condition is the Body Composition DEXA Scan.

The DEXA scan is considered the Gold Standard in body composition measurement and is commonly used to measure bone density. Increasingly it is being used to measure body composition.

I received a Body Composition DEXA Scan at Cenegenics Boston as compensation for writing this review.

Cenegenics has offered the DEXA Scan to their clients since 2011 and to the general public since 2015. In 2012 when I first wrote about body composition studies, no one in the Boston area offered the DEXA scan.

Cenegenics Boston provides a single scan for $175, two for $300 and four for $500. If you get a 10 scan package the cost is $99 per scan.

Why get a DEXA Body Composition Scan

The DEXA Scan is performed using a GE Lunar Prodigy Advance. This machine exposes the body to 1/10 the x-ray radiation of a chest x-ray. So the exposure is minimal.

DEXA Body Composition Scan, Cenegenics BostonDEXA Scan gives you the most precise information about your body fat, muscle, and bone composition, and lets you track changes in body composition over time.

Fitness enthusiasts, athletes, and dieters often use body composition scans to get a baseline of where they are now, and to objectively measure their progress.

Scanning every three to six months is a good way to monitor and evaluate your progress.

Some of us need to monitor our bone density or body fat. Athletes want to measure their body fat and muscle composition.

The primary advantage of DEXA Scan over fat estimating devices such as bioimpedance scales, calipers, tape measure, or displacement estimate devices such as hydrostatic dunk tank or Bod Pod is that the DEXA Scan is actually measuring your body fat and giving you precise measurements.

DEXA Scan gives you precise measurements of fat and muscle distribution around your body.

The DEXA Scan scan also shows muscle asymmetries between your left and right sides. These asymmetries throw weight distribution off, cause muscle miscoordination, and create unnatural stresses that lead to injury.

As a true body composition analysis, you can track potentially dangerous visceral fat around your vital organs. This cannot be done with any of the other body composition measurement tools.

You get a better sense of where you are now. And you can track the improvement over time.

For the average amateur runner like me the DEXA Scan can be very helpful.

Getting a DEXA Scan

DEXA scans are available in most major US, Canadian and UK cities. Many large hospitals also offer them to track the bone density of their older patients.

Check here to find the office offering the scan closest to you. Enter your zip or postal code, or use the map.

Check here for how to prepare for your scan and what to expect during your scan.

My DEXA Scan and results

I became interested in body composition several years ago. In 2012 I wrote about the different tests available in a post titled “What’s Your Number?”

You can perform a BMI calculation online or your doctor may provide your BMI at your annual physical. However, the BMI is imprecise and measures body mass, not body composition.

Over the past 15 years, my weight has fluctuated between 175 and 185lbs. When I began running in January of 2003, my weight was 203 on the bathroom scale. In 2014 I trained all year and ran three marathons and my weight dipped to 169lbs briefly.

When I went for my DEXA scan the office scale had me at 188lbs but the DEXA machine had me at 183lbs. I’m also shrinking and am now just under 6′ tall! Between my weight and decreased stature, my BMI was recorded as 25.7. This puts me just into the “overweight” bracket which begins with a BMI of 25.

The DEXA scan gave me the following numbers:

Total Body Mass: 183.7 lbs
Total Tissue:         176.3 lbs
Total Fat:                43.6 lbs
Lean:                    132.7 lbs
Bone Mass:              7.3 lbs
Fat Free Mass:     140.1 lbs

Fat Free Mass combines Bone Mass (7.3) and Lean Mass (132.7) to get 140.1 Fat Free pounds.

Currently I am carrying 43.6 lbs of fat on my body. I was shocked to hear that number. That’s almost a bag of cement!

Dividing 43.6 lbs into my Total Tissue Mass (176.3) gives me a body fat composition of 24.7%. Again, this seemed high.

The important part of this analysis is the next part. The DEXA scans measures both Android and Gynoid fat.

Android fat is primarily carried in the belly area while some is also carried in the chest and upper arms.

Android fat is associated with an increased risk of heart disease and diabetes, hormonal imbalances, some cancers, sleep apnea, and more.

Some Android fat is subcutaneous (under the skin) and some is visceral and surrounds our organs.

The subcutaneous fats is what we see in the mirror and which hides our six packs, no matter how hard we work to get them.

Our bodies need some visceral fat for normal body functions. But too much of a good thing can cause the variety of issues mentioned above.

My estimated Visceral Adipose Tissue was estimated at 2.85 lbs. I was told this is the fat under my abs and that it should be about 1 lb! Yikes! This much fat in this area is not a good thing.

Gynoid fat refers to the body fat that forms around the hips, breasts and thighs. For men this type of fat is typically not an issue. We didn’t discuss this type of fat in depth, but the technician did say that my legs have a healthy amount of fat.

Next Steps and Moving Forward

My goal is to get to 175 lbs. That means loosing about 8 lbs from where I am now. Since my total body fat is 43.6 lbs I need to loose about 18% of my body fat to reach this goal.

With age it becomes increasingly difficult to loose weight. It also becomes increasingly easy to gain weight.

I employed some dietary restrictions over the holidays and didn’t gain any weight. I also maintained my light running routine. This put me in a good position to reach my goal.

By paying attention to my refined carbohydrate and alcohol intake and increasing my running, I will be able to get to 175 and maybe beyond.

My next steps are to train like I have a number for The Boston Marathon. I’ve also been eating more fruit and nuts instead of corn chips and guacamole. I will also be more diligent avoiding sugar as I have been a little lax over the holidays.

Each time I think about heading to the fridge for an IPA, I think about that 2.85 lb pad of fat between my abs and my intestines. Do I really want to feed that thing?

Knowledge is Power

You don’t know what you don’t know. Getting a DEXA Scan is a lot like getting a blood work up at your doctor’s. Until the blood work comes back you don’t know what your cholesterol or triglyceride levels are. You don’t know what your A1c or vitamin levels are.

You can’t take action and control of your health until you know whats going on inside.

While a DEXA scan may seem expensive, I would encourage you to go at least once. It’s not just knowing how much you weigh that’s important. It’s important to know where you carry your weight so that you can understand your risks and what to do about it.

Run well my Friends,

Andy

Renting a car in Europe?

Renting a car in Europe? Get the best rates from the major rental companies and 24/7 support from Auto Europe. Auto Europe can answer your driving questions also

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Many runners dream of traveling to Europe and running a World Marathon Major such as the Virgin Money London Marathon and the BMW BERLIN-MARATHON

There are countless other marathons across Europe and other ways to have a running adventure/vacation of a lifetime.

If you are flying six and a half hours to London or over 10 hours to Berlin, why not make the most of it and stay a few extra days?

You’ve paid for the flight and a few nights in a hotel, a few more nights could turn a destination race into an European adventure!

Renting a car in Europe

Imagine driving across France or Germany and stopping whenever and wherever you want? You can go from town to village to town all the way across The UK or Spain.

Imagine finding a cool trail or park for a run as you travel along?

How about driving to another race? In another country?

How about a road trip across Europe? How many countries can you run in in one week?

Pretty exciting isn’t it?

The idea of renting a car in a foreign country can seem daunting. What are the rules and requirements? Will your US license be valid? What about insurance?

How do you make sure you’re getting the best price?

Auto Europe

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This allows them to offer you the best rates at over 20,000 pickup locations in 180 countries worldwide.
Their primary focus is providing a quality rental experience for those traveling abroad, primarily to Europe.

Auto Europe allows you to compare all of the top rental companies and know your price when you make your reservation without any hidden fees.

Auto Europe also offers a Ready-to-Go Pickup Guarantee and 24/7 service hotline from pickup to drop off.

Who wants surprises or hassles during vacation? It should be all about the fun and adventure.

With over 60 years of experience Auto Europe can help you through just about anything.

Rules of The Road

Auto Europe has been helping travelers for over 60 years. They know the rules of the road and can help you prepare before you go.

Their website has rules of the road for every country they operate in. Have questions about driving on The Autobahn? How about driving on the left side of the road in The UK? They have your answers on their web site.

Click the image to get the best price and best support on your European auto rental. And don’t forget to check the rules of the road and have a great journey!

Drive well my Friends,

Andy