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Experts Who Can Talk About Health Related Issues

Posted by: pshields on Wednesday, December 10, 2003 - 04:09 AM 1270 Reads

Experts Who Can Talk About Health Related Issues

Purdue University

1. Healthy path to finish first marathon includes rest

2. Expert aids in search to find health club

3. Exercise etiquette, manners at health clubs

4. Getting fit starts with changing frame of mind


Those pledging to run their first marathon as a New Year's resolution need to realize that rest is an important component to help them cross the finish line safely, says a Purdue University exercise physiology researcher.

Run Healthy All Year

Posted by: pshields on Tuesday, December 09, 2003 - 04:31 AM 1299 Reads

Run Healthy All Year

by John Hanc and Dave Kuehls and Martha Schindler

Presenting 52 expert tips for running, eating, and feeling better throughout 2004

For some people, staying healthy is actually pretty simple. It amounts to fighting off the smaller stuff (colds, flu, infections), and avoiding the larger stuff like cancer and heart disease. Call it a 2-point "avoidance" plan.

Runners are different. Our standards are higher. We demand to be healthy on many fronts. We want to run well and consistently, to eat right, and to feel energized and optimistic about life. For us, the pursuit of good health isn't just about avoidance. It's about being proactive in four important categories: injury prevention, general health, nutrition, and mental outlook.

Earn Your Workout!

Posted by: pshields on Monday, December 08, 2003 - 04:04 AM 1238 Reads

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The long haul: Marathons have become goal for everyday runners

Posted by: pshields on Sunday, December 07, 2003 - 05:17 AM 1500 Reads

The long haul: Marathons have become goal for everyday runners

Associated Press

SEATTLE - At 34, Bill Brewster never considered himself a runner. But with some time to train and copious advice from his runner friends, he had the goal of running his first marathon in Seattle last weekend - and finishing.

He wasn't alone. The field of more than 3,000 runners was dominated by recreational runners like Brewster, many of them first-timers. Marathons, which once were races for elite runners built like gazelles, with iron constitutions and a taste for pain, have become long jogs for the masses.


Posted by: pshields on Thursday, December 04, 2003 - 04:08 AM 2171 Reads

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Finding a good personal trainer

Posted by: pshields on Monday, December 01, 2003 - 04:01 AM 1120 Reads

Finding a good personal trainer

By Charles Stuart Platkin

I know that even the thought of questioning the value of a personal trainer makes fitness centers and personal trainers cringe. Why? Because while many of the more than 62,000 personal trainers in the United States are excellent, the majority are just looking to get some of your hard-earned money without offering the right expertise.

"The majority of personal trainers are not qualified to give expert advice," says Dr. Walter Thompson, professor of kinesiology and health at Georgia State University. Unfortunately, there is no regulation for the personal training industry -- so it's basically a free-for-all. "A high school dropout can study for one hour and pass an exam and call themselves a personal trainer -- not very comforting," adds Thompson.

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Sun, sand and two crazy White men

Posted by: pshields on Saturday, November 29, 2003 - 04:11 AM 1442 Reads

Sun, sand and two crazy White men

They answered the challenge of a six-day run through the Gobi desert - and survived

By Wei Koh

SOME people say that only mad dogs and Englishmen go out in the midday sun.

What would they have to say about two men who willingly plunged themselves into the heart of the Gobi desert to run a six-day ultra marathon beneath the blazing sun - while carrying their tents and food on their backs?

The truth about muscles

Posted by: pshields on Thursday, November 27, 2003 - 05:12 AM 1491 Reads

The truth about muscles

Wednesday, November 19, 2003

For maximum health and results, do strength training the right way
By Anna Roufos / Special to The Detroit News
Brandy Baker / The Detroit News

To build muscle, you need to lift heavier weights and do fewer repetitions.

No, wait -- you want to lift lighter weights and do lots of repetitions.

Or is it, do a mix of both for optimal results?

If you often find yourself scratching your head over the best approach to building muscle, you're not alone. When it comes to muscular development, it seems everyone is an expert on everything from the best way to build it to how long it takes to lose it to which kinds of exercises are most effective. What experts do agree on: Most of us start losing muscle in our twenties, so continually building strength is a must.

Here's your guide to what's true and what's, well, just plain stupid.

Treadmill Running

Posted by: pshields on Tuesday, November 25, 2003 - 04:01 AM 1526 Reads

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Resistance Training & Endurance Performance

Posted by: pshields on Sunday, November 23, 2003 - 04:25 AM 4580 Reads

Resistance Training & Endurance Performance

Experience From - Rich Schick


Fredrick Hagerman, Rowing physiologist

"Strength or power measured in non-rowing circumstances often seems to have little value when applied to rowing performance."
Harvey Newton, Strength training coach to American cyclists
"Many top road riders do not do weight training, particularly the European professionals. However, this does not mean weight training is not useful."
Marianne Kriel, 1996 Olympic swimming medalist
"I firmly believe in resistance training with heavy weights. So long as I taper sufficiently before a race, I feel they improve my performance."
Elite and recreational endurance athletes undertake resistance training believing it will improve performance. But training for endurance and training for maximal strength and power represent completely different and opposite forms of activity. Endurance training consists of many thousands of submaximal muscle contractions performed at low to moderate workloads, while training for strength and power involves relatively few contractions at maximal or near maximal force. From a physiological standpoint, it seems unlikely that muscle would be able to adapt to two seemingly incompatible training stimuli when they are undertaken simultaneously. Surprisingly, few good scientific studies have been conducted using well-trained athletes to determine if the improvements in muscular strength gained from resistance training result in enhanced endurance performance.

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