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Topic: TrainingThe new items published under this topic are as follows.
Posted by: pshields on Wednesday, April 12, 2006 - 01:33 PM 1556 Reads
Contact Living Department
By Bryant Stamford
Wednesday, April 12, 2006
Regular exercise is part of a healthy lifestyle. Does this mean that if I exercise regularly, I can more effectively fight off those nasty upper respiratory tract infections (better known as the common cold)?
Research has shown that folks who engage in moderate exercise, such as brisk walking five days a week, demonstrate an enhanced ability to fight off colds.
Exercisers suffered only half as many days of cold infection as those who were sedentary. These same results have been found in the elderly.
This suggests that a regular program of moderate exercise can bolster the immune system.
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Posted by: pshields on Tuesday, April 11, 2006 - 02:34 PM 1350 Reads
Want to be a runner? Here's how to start
By: BRADLEY J. FIKES
Are you so inspired by the example of fit, well-trained runners that you want to join the pack? That's a worthy goal. Running is good for your health. It takes off the pounds, gives the cardiovascular system a workout, and has psychological benefits. But without a careful plan, good advice and follow-through, your health could take a hit.
Dr. Joseph Scherger, an active runner who regularly runs the Carlsbad Marathon, said the keys to success in running are to take things gradually and to seek advice before starting. Becoming a well-trained runner is a long-term endeavor.
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Posted by: pshields on Monday, April 10, 2006 - 02:32 PM 1442 Reads
Blast fat with bursts of strength training
BY NANCY COLE
Apr. 10, 2006
You've heard the dreaded mantra: It takes cardio, cardio, cardio to lose fat.
Incorporate it into your strength training and you'll break up the boredom and blast extra calories.
Adding small bursts of cardio here and there will add a jolt to your routine, increase your endurance level and improve your athletic performance. It'll help you shed pounds, too.
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Posted by: pshields on Sunday, April 09, 2006 - 02:16 PM 1185 Reads
Tips to get back on the road to fitness
By R.J. Ignelzi
"When you're hurting, the natural tendency is to stop all activity or immobilize the sore or injured area," says Fabio Comana, exercise physiologist with the San Diego-based American Council on Exercise. "However, the body is designed to move."
Certain movements and exercise modifications not only can speed healing, but also let you maintain your fitness while on the mend.
Health and fitness experts recommend the following exercises while nursing commonly injured body parts. Be sure to consult your health-care professional before engaging in any rehabilitative exercise program.
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Posted by: pshields on Saturday, April 08, 2006 - 06:11 PM 1229 Reads
The Definition of Interval Training
April 06, 2006
Interval training is a frequently misunderstood concept. Most coaches use the terms interval and repetition interchangeably, but they are very different types of training. A repetition is a single unit of running. An interval is the recovery period that follows individual bouts of running.
In repetition training, the objective is to run specific distances at race pace with a relatively complete recovery. With interval training, the goal is to run specific distances with incomplete recovery so that the athlete trains with elevated blood lactate.
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Posted by: pshields on Saturday, April 08, 2006 - 06:32 AM 1184 Reads
Get up, get out of bed - Histories
20 August 2005
THE five men in the publicity photo are the image of American youth, circa 1966: well groomed, smiling, confident. America was racing for the moon, but these young men were looking beyond, doing their bit for astronauts in orbiting space stations and perhaps eventually a trip to Mars.
They had volunteered for what is now known as the Dallas Bed Rest and Training Study. The goals were twofold: to simulate the effects of weightlessness on astronauts and to determine how quickly the body recovered when normal life resumed. As an aside, the scientists who were monitoring the effects of such slothfulness hoped to find out why hospital patients feel as weak as kittens after lengthy stays in bed. Speculation at the time focused on extended inactivity causing blood to pool in the limbs, producing a dizzying drop in blood pressure when you stood up. But maybe it was something more insidious, such as changes in the heart or lungs. In 1966, nobody knew.
One of the volunteers was Gregg Hill, a college student with an interest in exercise physiology. He was also a runner who could do the mile in 4 minutes 45 seconds - admittedly not Olympic standard but no slouch either.
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Posted by: pshields on Thursday, April 06, 2006 - 04:03 AM 1100 Reads
Posted by: pshields on Wednesday, April 05, 2006 - 04:05 AM 1133 Reads
Body Watch - Joint Pain and Breaking a Plateau
Q: I am 42 years old and have been suffering from severe joint aches for the last one year or so. My doctor has diagnosed it as the onset of rheumatism and has advised exercise. Please help.
Exercise reduces joint pain, swelling and stiffness. It enhances flexibility, muscular strength, endurance, cardiac fitness and stamina. It helps in weight reduction and contributes to a sense of well-being.
Exercise is part of a comprehensive arthritis treatment plan, which includes proper diet, medication, relaxation, effective use of joints, ways to conserve energy and the use of pain relief methods.
Posted by: pshields on Tuesday, April 04, 2006 - 04:09 AM 1218 Reads
Endurance running beefs up health, strengthens bodies
March 29, 2006
by BRICE CROZIER
Legend has it that Phidippides, a Grecian soldier, ran the 26 miles from Marathon to Athens to warn the city of the imminent naval attack from the invading Persians.
Phidippides, also called Phillippides, died of exhaustion when he arrived in Athens with the news.
Sound impossible? Jen Wismann doesn't think so.
She spoke Tuesday night at the Training for Endurance Sports meeting hosted by Baylor University Nutrition Education and Baylor Fitness.
Wismann is working on her doctorate degree in exercise nutrition. She is an avid long-distance runner from Fort Worth and has two marathons under her feet.
"There are times when I don't feel like a spring chicken, but the benefits are great," Wismann said.
Posted by: pshields on Monday, April 03, 2006 - 03:22 PM 13405 Reads
10K TRAINING TIPS
Mar 29, 2006
Just three more days remain till the Ukrop's Monument Avenue 10k.
If this is your first 10k walk or run, you might wonder if there is any important last-minute information you need to know.
This week's expert is Ed Carmines, now in his third term as president of the Richmond Road Runners Club. An outstanding runner for 20 years with a specialty in marathons, Carmines organizes and coaches training groups for the club and is highly regarded as a knowledgeable expert in the sport of running. Training
With the race in a few days, there is no additional training that will benefit you physically. You need to be careful on your runs and avoid the urge to go out and try to race a little.
It won't do you any good to train for 10 weeks and then waste energy before the actual race or run the risk of injury. The goal at this point is to stay limber and injury-free.
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