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Topic: TrainingThe new items published under this topic are as follows.
Posted by: pshields on Saturday, December 03, 2005 - 04:01 AM 1545 Reads
Environment as Important as Activity
By Ben Wyld
November 17, 2005
Your environment, just as much as physical activity, could be important in determining your overall health.
Dr Nancy Humpel, research fellow with the Centre for Health Behaviour and Communication Research at the University of Wollongong, has been examining how to promote physical activity in the community, and how exercise can help cancer patients cope with the disease and its treatments.
Environments that include footpaths, green spaces and active commuting options are more likely to encourage people to exercise. "Results from my studies have found that people who have access to nearby exercise facilities, who feel they live in an aesthetically pleasing area, and who live in a neighbourhood with fewer cul-de-sacs and more connected streets, are more likely to be regularly active by way of walking, jogging [and] cycling," she says.
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Posted by: pshields on Friday, December 02, 2005 - 06:06 AM 1505 Reads
Best foot forward
By Steve Meacham
October 13, 2005
Motion analysis is helping everyday runners stay one step ahead of injury, writes Steve Meacham.
It's 10am on a beautiful Sydney day, but I'm feeling like some kind of freak exhibitionist. Why? I'm wearing nothing but a flimsy pair of skin-tight lycra shorts and two dozen little white patches or "anatomical markers".
And I am jogging self-consciously along the lines of a netball court while a state-of-the -art digital camera records my every movement.
I'm undergoing my first ever "biomechanical assessment". Sitting behind the video camera, tapping away at his laptop computer, is Jason McLaren, an exercise and sports scientist who claims to offer Sydney's most comprehensive motion analysis service aimed at the person in the street rather than the elite athlete.
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Posted by: pshields on Thursday, December 01, 2005 - 08:52 AM 1461 Reads
Total Recall Nutrition
By Kim Mueller, MS, RD, Sports Nutritionist
The holiday season is a time to reflect on all that has happened 'both good and bad' over the past 12 months as well as to set goals for the forthcoming year.
I commend all of you who have recorded personal bests or obtained personal victories in 2005 and wish you the best as you continue to climb towards the peak in 2006. It is my hope that this year's series of 'total' nutrition articles has provided you with some tips to help take your training and fitness performance to the next level. In 'total' nutritional style, I will review some of the main messages presented in 2005.
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Posted by: pshields on Wednesday, November 30, 2005 - 07:49 AM 2097 Reads
Sports Ask Kim and Kent: On plantar fasciitis, benching and foot pain
KIM LAZARUS, DC. and KENT PEGG
Wednesday, November 30, 2005
Question: Can you recommend a treatment or some exercises that would help me overcome plantar fasciitis?
Answer: First, let me explain what the condition is. Plantar fasciitis is a common foot condition, which often presents as an acute plantar heel pain at the medial calcaneal tubercle. The pain can refer to the arch of the foot and forefoot. This condition is common in athletes, especially runners. Anyone that is involved with repetitive push-off motions, like tennis, basketball, soccer and gymnastics, are prone to this condition.
Posted by: pshields on Tuesday, November 29, 2005 - 12:52 PM 2291 Reads
Last-minute race tips from some experts
by Jennifer Duffy
For thousands of Tucsonans, Sunday is the big day.
About 1,500 men and women will line up to cruise 26.2 miles, almost all downhill, in the Holualoa Tucson Marathon. Another 2,500 runners and walkers will lace up for the 13.1-mile Bobbi Olson Half-Marathon.
You've trained for months. You've tapered for at least a week. All that's left is to show up at the starting line and keep track of a few minor details.
Here are some last-minute race-day tips from seasoned runners. Good luck.
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Posted by: pshields on Monday, November 28, 2005 - 03:25 AM 1359 Reads
Posted by: pshields on Saturday, November 26, 2005 - 04:06 AM 1624 Reads
Posted by: pshields on Friday, November 25, 2005 - 10:29 AM 8710 Reads
Critical Velocity - A Pace Between
By: Chris Puppione
November 9, 2005
With the rise of the Internet Age has come a rise in the number of readily accessible 'oracles' of distance training knowledge. Many of these online personalities pass themselves off as pillars of wisdom in the running community on the message boards of such popular websites as Letsrun.com and Run-Insight.com. With all of their grandstanding and carelessly constructed late-night revelations, however, these false prophets mingle with some very well-educated, and sometimes, famous individuals (the likes of Dr. Jack Daniels, Renato Canova, and Brad Hudson) discussing everything from nutrition to mileage to interval training and threshold training. And thankfully, some of these interludes diverge from the juvenile jabs and blind-leading-the-blind blather, and turn the heads of even the most knowledgeable runners, coaches, and exercise scientists.
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Posted by: pshields on Friday, November 25, 2005 - 03:27 AM 1534 Reads
Do I Look Fat?
Nov. 21, 2005
Shift into reverse to maximize your workout benefits, Women's Health suggests this month.
South African researchers investigated the effect of a backward training program on the physical condition and fitness of 26 healthy women ages 18 to 23; the findings suggest that backward walk/run training significantly improves cardio fitness and body composition in young women.
Begin by going backward on a treadmill for 10 percent of your workout, then gradually increase by 10 percent every two weeks until you're giving equal time to both directions, researchers suggest.
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