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Topic: TrainingThe new items published under this topic are as follows.
Posted by: pshields on Tuesday, August 01, 2006 - 07:46 AM 956 Reads
Personal satisfaction is a better goal than aiming to lose pounds
By Julie Deardorff
July 31st, 2006
It probably seemed like a good idea at the time: sign up for the daunting 26.2-mile Chicago Marathon to drop a few pounds or to impress your friends.
If you finish, you probably will slim down along the way. And running a marathon is an achievement worth bragging about.
Unfortunately, you're approaching it the hard way. First-time marathoners with so-called superficial motivations (such as slimming down) are more likely to drop out of training than those who run for inner glory (such as personal satisfaction), according to an Arizona State University study.
Posted by: pshields on Sunday, July 30, 2006 - 02:13 PM 1141 Reads
Fitness fans keep the beat
By Stephanie Shapiro
July 30, 2006
Software, Web sites can create music tailored to your desired workout rate
Way back when iPods were a twinkle in Steve Jobs' eye, gym rats sweated to fast-paced music, but generally couldn't tell you how many beats per minute their favorite workout tunes actually contained.
In those formative years of fitness training, a song's actual tempo was known to your instructor alone, says Alyssa Shaffer, fitness director of Fitness magazine.
"The shift has been going from instructor-based routines, to the whole iPod revolution. Now you have the ability to create your own playlist and your own intensity mixes," she says.
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Posted by: pshields on Saturday, July 29, 2006 - 03:19 PM 1179 Reads
Seniors Shouldn't Fear Exercise, Study Finds
July 28, 2006
A Johns Hopkins study should ease older adults' concern that exercise could harm their hearts, even if they have mild high blood pressure.
Results of the research on 104 men and women age 55 to 75 showed that a moderate program of physical exertion had no ill effects on the heart's ability to pump blood nor does it produce a harmful increase in heart size.
In this study, "moderate" translated to sustained exercise for about an hour, three times a week. Researchers say people's concerns stem from the fact that during each workout, blood pressure can on average rise from 40 millimeters to 60 millimeters of mercury.
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Posted by: pshields on Thursday, July 27, 2006 - 11:03 AM 2107 Reads
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Posted by: pshields on Tuesday, July 25, 2006 - 03:28 PM 1124 Reads
Too much isn't a good thing Overtraining is counterproductive -- and sometimes career-ending
By Jack Cox
July 25, 2006
Overtraining never was an issue for Roger Bannister, who broke the 4-minute-mile mark in 1954 despite a medical-school schedule so tight he could run only about 30 minutes a day.
Nor was it a concern for Gunder Hagg, the Swedish runner who had set the previous mile record in 1945 after training mostly on his lunch hours as a firefighter. But over the past few decades, athletes in various sports have increasingly stepped up the volume and intensity of their workouts -- to the point where many run the risk of burning out.
Posted by: pshields on Monday, July 24, 2006 - 01:35 PM 980 Reads
Guide for the rookie runner / On your foot
By Yossi Melman
If you have had your physical, been declared fit to train and are dying to get started, be just a little more patient. Next week, we'll get to the real thing - the training program. Today we will discuss one more precondition, one that is no less important than the physical fitness examination: your shoes. You might say: What's the big deal, any sports shoe is adequate. Wrong. I recommend that you learn from my sad experience.
When I started running 12 years ago, I thought that wearing sneakers was enough. I ran in my old sneakers a few times until sharp foot pains forced me to stop. My toenails had turned black and I was forced to see a doctor. It happened in Ann Arbor, Michigan. Lucky for me, the doctor I went to see happened to be a marathon runner.
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Posted by: pshields on Sunday, July 23, 2006 - 09:49 AM 1041 Reads
Posted by: pshields on Saturday, July 22, 2006 - 09:25 AM 3456 Reads
Faster 5Ks on 40 miles per week
By: David Holt
July 20, 2006
Balance your 5K training while using all of your energy systems, and avoid flogging yourself to fatigue.
Want to get injured' It takes no skill to train yourself into the ground with overtraining: just go out and run your hardest every day.
If your goal is to race fast though, while avoiding injury, you should run quite slowly most days (60 to 70 percent of maximum heartrate or max HR). You should only feel slightly fatigued after any speed session; you should not be achy all over.
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Posted by: pshields on Friday, July 21, 2006 - 02:20 PM 1215 Reads
Pre-race meal can lessen chance of sub-par performance
July 21, 2006
You have heard it many times before: "The most important meal of the day is breakfast."
Never more so than if it is a day you plan on running a race or a hard workout.
Everyone seems to know what should be eaten in the days leading up to a marathon. But if you are running the local 2- or 5-mile race do you do the same thing?
It wouldn't be a bad idea to eat somewhat like a marathon runner in the days before your race. Because a marathon runner is essentially building fuel stores, or in other words, storing glycogen, this could be beneficial to you as well.
The morning of the race can be tricky as most runners are clueless as to what should be eaten. Just as important is the time the meal should be eaten.
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