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Posted by: pshields on Tuesday, July 20, 2004 - 02:48 AM 1604 Reads
Choose shoes wisely
By Staff, wire reports
You can lift weights in a tuxedo, swim in jean shorts or play tennis in combat boots.
But if high performance and avoiding injury are important to you, the right apparel matters -- especially your shoes. Frank Escobar Jr., who owns Esco Training in Visalia, says athletic shoes have changed over the years.
"In the old days," he said, "you could go out and just buy any pair of Nikes."
Not anymore. Today, it's up to you to find footwear that fits your athletic needs and reduces wear and tear on the body.
It can be tricky. If shoe manufacturers, salespeople, podiatrists and athletes could agree on the best shoe, there wouldn't be hundreds of varieties on the market.
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Posted by: pshields on Saturday, July 17, 2004 - 04:03 AM 1382 Reads
Pilates bandwagon growing for good reason
Ten years ago, the term Pilates Exercise evoked images of unnatural positions performed by contortionists to all but the 5,000 people who participated. Today, more than seven million Americans have joined the Pilates bandwagon.
Although reticent to admit, for fear of rebuff by bigger, more buffed exercise advocates, I, too, am a Pilates participant and ardent supporter. Why? Pilate's is one of the best, most effective forms of core and back strengthening exercise available to the masses.
During World War 1, while working as a nurse in England, Joseph Pilates witnessed young amputees and bedridden patients wasting away, while becoming progressively more contracted and feeble. Because most of these patients could not move from their beds, he concocted apparatuses within the bed frame, using their springs as resistance.
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Posted by: pshields on Friday, July 16, 2004 - 04:16 AM 1042 Reads
Enjoyment key to successful exercise routine
Friday, July 2, 2004
ALEX & SHERRI MCMILLAN
Question: It seems like every summer as the weather starts to improve, I get motivated to start a running program. I usually do OK for the first few weeks, but then I get bored and within a month or so, I've dropped out. What can I do to stick to a running program?
Answer: You're not alone. A lot of people get zealous when the sky is blue and the sun is shining.
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Posted by: pshields on Thursday, July 15, 2004 - 10:16 AM 1601 Reads
In low-carb era, runners race for bagels, pasta
Wed, Jul 7, 2004
By KRISTA J. KARCH Observer-Dispatch
It's the revenge of the carbs.
In a low-carb, no-carb, Atkins-crazy world, the once-standard bagel has been strong-armed to the bottom of the breakfast list by dieters who swear on their bacon by all-protein, all the time.
But Sunday, the bagel will be back on top. The Bagel Grove on Burrstone Road will double its staff Sunday morning, and dozens more bagels will go into the oven in anticipation of a crowd they expect will begin to line up a half hour before the shop opens.
It's Boilermaker time, and there's nothing like a race to get everyone high on carbs.
"We are extra busy before the Boilermaker," said Annie Grove, a manager at the store. "Every day we add a couple people, and we just bake more bagels."
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Posted by: pshields on Wednesday, July 14, 2004 - 04:03 AM 1383 Reads
Accelerade Sport Drink Ups Endurance
Longer Exercise, Less Muscle Damage When Athletes Get Protein/Carb Drink
By Daniel DeNoon
July 07, 2004
Athletes who drank Accelerade could exercise longer -- with less muscle damage -- than when they drank Gatorade.
The finding comes from researchers led by Michael J. Saunders, PhD, director of the Human Performance Laboratory at James Madison University in Harrisonburg, Va. Sports-drink makers did not fund the independent study. It appears in the July issue of Medicine & Science in Sports & Exercise.
Accelerade and Gatorade both contain carbohydrates. Accelerade also has protein. The role of protein in sports drinks is highly controversial. Some say it adds to the endurance-boosting effect of carbohydrates. Others say that while it's good after a workout, protein during workouts interferes with a sports drink's main job: replacing lost fluids. Gatorade Inc. is a WebMD sponsor.
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Posted by: pshields on Tuesday, July 13, 2004 - 04:13 AM 1265 Reads
Coaches motivate in variety of ways
What people say to athletes, and how and when they say it, can make a huge impact, especially when it comes from a person in a position of authority, such as a coach or parent.
A national news story ran earlier this year about a middle school basketball coach in (ironically) Pleasantville, New Jersey, who was reprimanded for his extremely poor judgment in presenting a "crybaby award" to an honors student on his team.
The player was awarded a trophy near the end of the team banquet with a silver figure of a baby on top, complete with an incorrectly spelled engraving of his name. The boy was so humiliated he couldn't bring himself to go to school the following Monday.
What possible good could have come from that?
What was that coach thinking?
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Posted by: pshields on Monday, July 12, 2004 - 02:13 AM 1317 Reads
To feed a need, don't run on empty
Seems it doesn't pay to put the issue of proper nutrition on back burner
By Bob Findlay,
Rocky Mountain News
July 10, 2004
Two marathons in two weeks brought a couple of surprises. One was welcome; both were a little puzzling.
The pleasant surprise came in the Leadville Trail Marathon a week ago. I ran 31 minutes faster than I had last year. More important, I felt good at the end - very tired and a little stiff, to be sure, but with none of the leg cramping and pain that in 2003 had left me barely able to walk.
It also marked a quick recovery from a nasty surprise in the Mayor's Midnight Sun Marathon in Anchorage, Alaska, two weeks earlier. Every step of that 26.2 miles hurt - jolting me with a pain that had gripped my upper legs since I had finished a two-week rafting trip a few days earlier and gone out for a short jog.
A sane person would have dropped out, but then a sane person wouldn't be training to run 100 miles at 10,000 feet.
Why the pain in Alaska? And why the lack of it in Leadville?
Posted by: pshields on Monday, July 12, 2004 - 02:06 AM 1678 Reads
Your Maximum Heart Rate is Benchmark for Exercise Plans
Sunday, July 11, 2004
ANNIE PIERCE RUSUNEN
Columbian staff writer
Sally Edwards, an Ironman competitor and author of 18 books on fitness training including "Heart Zone Training: Exercise Smart, Stay Fit and Live Longer," says it's important to determine maximum heart rate, meaning the highest number of beats the heart is willing to pump in a minute.
An equation that has been used by fitness trainers for years is to subtract your age from 220 to determine maximum heart rate. This has caused debate among exercise physiologists, however, because maximum heart rates can vary from person to person.
Posted by: pshields on Friday, July 09, 2004 - 04:07 AM 1310 Reads
The pause that refreshes
By Amy Bertrand
Health & Fitness Editor
Do you dread getting on the elliptical each morning? Are your evening walks becoming more and more monotonous? Feel like you aren't getting results from your workouts?
You may be ready to try interval training.
Interval training is simply bouts of intense activity separated with short rest periods. Using this approach, you can exercise at a higher intensity without fatiguing.
Personal trainer Emily Karl, who works at The Workout Company in south St. Louis County, used to run five miles a day at a 10-minute-mile pace. It was a comfortable run for her, but she noticed that her body wasn't changing.
"Then I started doing intervals, and I started seeing changes in my body," she says. "There was fat loss and increased muscle tone, and I got a lot faster."
Now, she runs those five miles in 9-minute miles.
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