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My Fitness Regime: Rebecca Pinder – Fédération Equestre Internationale

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What separates the good from the great within equestrian sport? What makes someone truly a master at their discipline?
 
How do certain people take their love of horses, build a successful partnership with their equestrian teammate and become champions and inspirational figures within their sport?
 
These are questions that fascinate us at Mind.Body.Vault. In this series, we have asked these questions to some of the top athletes in each of the FEI disciplines.
 
We have learned about the need for quick reflexes and presence in connecting with the minds of multiple horses with FEI Driving World Cup™ winner Bram Chardon of the Netherlands.
 
Also in this series, the passionate and vivacious Dressage champion Luciana Diniz shares how incorporating yoga and breathing along with the power of mindset work into her daily routine brings her joy and success inside and outside the competition arena.
 
Today we get to hear from Endurance rider Rebecca Pinder of Australia, whose deep love and connection with horses from a young age has guided her journey from back paddock pony riding to internationally ranked endurance athlete.
 

 
Rebecca speaks of a love of horses that began from a very early age, laughing as she recalls the story of trying to convince her parents to change her middle name to “Phar Lap” – the famous racehorse from New Zealand that captured the hearts of many in Australia throughout the Great Depression. She jokes “thank goodness they didn’t give in to that demand! Although we can’t help but say, read on to hear what “Rebecca Phar Lap Pinder” accredits to her success as an equestrian athlete!
 
This love of horses seems to have come from within, as none of Rebecca’s family or relatives were involved in any sort of equestrian sport growing up. Her parents always thought her interest in horses was a phase. However, never fading, her love of horses continued to grow with time.
 
Rebecca continued to spend hours upon hours riding her ponies, loving being outdoors for long stretches of time, it was here she felt most herself. It is not surprising that when her sister’s boyfriend bought an Arab horse to enter his first endurance race, she jumped at the opportunity to get involved in the sport.
 
“I got to combine my love of riding along with my love for exploring the beautiful countryside.”
 
Through her years training, what she prides herself most is staying true to herself, and trusting her instincts. This connection to her horses and her belief in them despite the opinions of others, is her deepest source of pride.
 
Here is what Rebecca has to say:
 
“When people talk about your greatest accomplishments, most likely having successful completions in what are regarded as the most difficult races in the world or winning prestigious races would be the ones most spoken about. I have done both and although, yes, the feeling is amazing, it hasn’t been what has made me the most proud.
 
“I have, and have had, horses that people have told me to give up on either due to their thinking they do not have what it takes, or behavioral issues etc. But I have always trusted my instincts and so far have been rewarded for that.
 
“One such mare of mine, just a few months before taking out fourth position in the Spanish Championship in her first ever 160km***, I was told I was wasting my time and money with her. She hasn’t been an easy mare but I always knew she had the quality and the love to run so it was a proud moment to see her prove the doubters wrong. Having said that, Endurance for me has never really been about the end result but the journey, and if you can enjoy that, then you are already winning.”
Through her years training, what she prides herself most is staying true to herself, and trusting her instincts. This connection to her horses and her belief in them despite the opinions of others, is her deepest source of pride.
 
Here is what Rebecca has to say:
 
“When people talk about your greatest accomplishments, most likely having successful completions in what are regarded as the most difficult races in the world or winning prestigious races would be the ones most spoken about. I have done both and although, yes, the feeling is amazing, it hasn’t been what has made me the most proud.
 
“I have, and have had, horses that people have told me to give up on either due to their thinking they do not have what it takes, or behavioral issues etc. But I have always trusted my instincts and so far have been rewarded for that.
 
“One such mare of mine, just a few months before taking out fourth position in the Spanish Championship in her first ever 160km***, I was told I was wasting my time and money with her. She hasn’t been an easy mare but I always knew she had the quality and the love to run so it was a proud moment to see her prove the doubters wrong. Having said that, Endurance for me has never really been about the end result but the journey, and if you can enjoy that, then you are already winning.”
 

 
We asked Rebecca what steps she takes to ensure she can perform at her highest year after year.
 
“Spending long hours in the saddle, riding over different terrains can place a lot of stress on your body.
 
“I am lucky in that I always played a lot of sport when I was younger and therefore had access to great coaches and trainers who instilled the importance of looking after your body through varied training, stretching and diet.”
 
She added:
“Even though I ride most days of the week I also love to run, take hikes in the mountains and do some sessions of resistance training with some stretching afterwards. The strengthening and stretch work doesn’t have to be for long. I normally pull out my yoga mat whilst I’m watching my favourite series and do around 20 minutes. You will really feel the benefits even just doing short sessions three or so times a week.
 
“In our sport, I do see a lot of back problems and stiff and painful joints.
 
“I have luckily avoided anything serious, though my weakness does seem to be tight hips and tension in my shoulders if I am not consistent in my strength and stretching training.
 
“In my personal opinion, I think In any equestrian discipline, tension and the tightening of muscles rather than having strength and relaxation, is the biggest downfall.”
 
Everyone has their own areas of weakness, and Rebecca focuses on these areas:
 
 
She said: “All of these have really helped my body to cope with the demands of this sport and to be the most useful and effective partner to my horse.”
 

 
That’s such incredible insight from Rebecca! For those of you at home inspired by this story and looking to care for your own body so you can support an enduring career, we have gathered some of our favourite resources below:
 
To help prevent back soreness plus to soothe tension in both mind and body check out our video on Yoga to Relax Before Your Next Horse Show.
 
For joint care as well as bringing a sense of balance and release to tired muscles, try foam rolling in this 7 Minute Foam Rolling Routine.
 
If you are interested in incorporating breathwork or mediation into your training as Rebeccca recommends, check out this video designed especially for equestrians looking to get started with these practices.
 
Finally, here is an easy way to kick start your strength training regime, a fun class you can do from the comfort of your own home or even out at the barn.
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Smoothie Operator: Independent Blender Bringing Healthy Food To The Streets – BayStateBanner

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NEW ORLEANS — Good food and music are staples of New Orleans, Louisiana.
Unfortunately, that food usually comes in the form of seafood, gumbo, jambalaya, king cake and beignets — items that make your taste buds happy and your waistline expand.
However, 5th Ward native Domonique “Dinero” Meyers offers a delicious alternative to the city’s famous, but sometimes greasy fare. His Ascent Blends brand of organic smoothies had a modest start on the sidewalks of New Orleans, just a blender and organic fruits.
His efforts at healthy living didn’t go unnoticed — he recently secured a distribution deal with Rouses Markets that will soon see his smoothies and ginger shots on its store shelves. (Rouses started in Houma, Louisiana, more than 40 years ago and is one of the largest independent grocers in the U.S.)
Meyers — who prefers to go by Dinero — understands that health is wealth and hopes his Ascent Blends will create a healthier city. He recently talked with Zenger News about the success of his company, how the Rouses deal came to fruition and much more.
Percy Crawford interviewed Domonique “Dinero” Meyers for Zenger News.
 
Zenger: Tell us about the name of your company and the mission behind it. 
Dinero: It’s Ascent Blends; everything is handcrafted, made fresh daily. We’re your jump-start to becoming healthier. We are community-driven, and we care about your health.
Zenger: From what I understand, you were making smoothies in the hood and that turned into something big. How did it get started?
 
Dinero: Being mindful of my diet over the years, I started this company in July 2016. So, five years ago, I was riding on a pink scooter in my neighborhood, the 5th Ward. And I see a building that used to fix motorbikes and scooters for lease. I said: “This could be a smoothie business right here.”
I reached out, talked to the owner and the numbers were good. But I really wasn’t ready to start a business there. I had never even made a smoothie to sell. The idea just kind of sparked. I worked at a nonprofit, so I asked a few people there what I should do. They said: “Well, if you can’t get the building, just get started by setting up a stand at the barbershop in the neighborhood.” And that’s what I did.
They also told me to get quality ingredients. I wanted to make sure my smoothies are healthy. I wound up using non-dairy agave, which is better than sugar.
I started selling smoothies at the barbershop. They were an instant hit. I was out there 24/7, all over the city. I would have the entire sidewalk lined up with people wanting smoothies, which weren’t available anywhere else. We didn’t have any healthy options there — the 5th Ward is crammed with liquor stores and fried foods.
I was working out every day on the sidewalk, people were joining in with me, and I also started running and doing 5K runs. We are definitely about health education and informing all of our customers, leaving them with literature and inspiration on changing their lifestyle. It’s much more than just a smoothie.
Zenger: Was it hard to get these healthy smoothies to take off in a city not known for having healthy dining options? 
Dinero: it was a bit challenging, but it wasn’t hard. About three or four years ago, things were shifting in the city. You started seeing some healthier options come around. I think that I had a lot to do with people being able to have access to that kind of product. It helps that my smoothies really taste good. I’ve had people looking at my green smoothie like:“Man, that thing probably tastes nasty.” Keep in mind, I’m dealing with the hood, so it was straight like that. It was: “Ugh, I don’t want that green one, give me the pink one.” But then they would taste the green one and find out it’s amazing.
I actually shook the culture from understanding that looks can be deceiving when it comes to things like a healthy smoothie. You have to give things a try.
Zenger: How did the deal with Rouses come about? 
Dinero: One of my homies had a meeting with Rouses about figuring out how to do something together. He brought in a few people who had businesses already, from the farmers to people who cooked to products. He said he wanted to do a vendor market every week or something like that at Rouses. So, I took the meeting. I’m community-based, and there were a lot of things at stake, as far as them righting their wrongs. So, if they were willing to do the undoing, I’m with it.
That was my whole pitch in the meeting. This is not just about me. It’s about creating opportunities for jobs. It was a decision I had to make for myself and others. We are about four or five months in now, and every Saturday, we do the market at Rouses on Tchoupitoulas. And very soon, they will have my fresh-pressed juices and ginger shots on the shelf in their CBD [Central Business District] location.
(Edited by Matthew B. Hall and Fern Siegel)
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Beats Fit Pro Now Available In Malaysia; Retails At RM909 – Lowyat.NET

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The Beats Fit Pro wireless earbuds are now officially available for purchase via Apple’s Malaysian website. The earbuds were first launched in the US back in November, while their worldwide release was announced to be slated for 28 January 2022 – though it seems that Malaysia is getting it a couple of days early.
The earbuds come with both adaptive Active Noise Cancelling (ANC) and a transparency mode, as well as support for head-tracking Spatial Audio. It is also equipped with the Apple H1 chip, giving it many features that AirPods users enjoy; including instant pairing, audio sharing, and seamless audio switching between devices.
The Beats Fit Pro are marketed as fitness earphones, so they come with flexible wingtips that should keep them snug in your ears while working out. They are also IPX4 water-resistant, feature auto play/pause when you take them out, and uses Class 1 Bluetooth technology with a range of up to 100 metres.
As for the battery life, Beats claims a six-hour battery life with ANC turned on, with an additional 18 hours with the charging case, though Beats’ original press release claimed 21 hours of battery life from the case. Once low on battery, five minutes of Fast Fuel charging will give you an hour of listening time.
For controls, the earbuds have a single tactile “b” button on each bud for changing listening modes, taking calls, and activating the voice assistant. The buttons can also be remapped to adjust the volume. Additionally, most of the earbuds’ features are compatible with Android through the Beats companion app.
Priced at RM909, the Beats Fit Pro come in black, white, purple, and grey. Malaysians can pre-order the product now and, according to the product page, it will start shipping on 27 January. The earbuds ship with a USB-C to USB-C cable but as with most Apple products, it doesn’t come with a charging brick.
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