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Topic: TrainingThe new items published under this topic are as follows.
Posted by: pshields on Saturday, April 23, 2005 - 05:40 AM 1305 Reads
Starting a Fitness Program for Life
If you are a true beginner to exercise or have not exercised in decades, starting a health and fitness program is a daunting task. During your quest for longevity, try not to change too much in your life too quickly. Many people, in their search for health make broad resolutions that require several different life style changes. Quitting smoking, starting an exercise program, and dieting all in the same week can be extremely challenging. Tackling any ONE of the above is challenging enough. If you have any of the above vices or others, you may want to try one step at a time rather than trying "cold turkey - and all at once!" Here is a plan that will get you started on the right track for the long term.
Posted by: pshields on Friday, April 22, 2005 - 09:25 AM 1328 Reads
Posted by: pshields on Wednesday, April 20, 2005 - 10:25 AM 1294 Reads
A Simple Blueprint for Effective Training
Posted: April 19, 2005
The Four Rules of Running
You've probably figured out by now that running isn't like other sports. For one thing there aren't a lot of rules to follow. There are no "out-of-bounds" or "offsides" or "celebrating too much after finishing." But since it's human nature to want at least a few rules, runners have made some up! These "Four Rules of Running" should become the foundation of your running program. They will ensure your continued enjoyment and improvement as a runner and help keep things fun and interesting as well.
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Posted by: pshields on Tuesday, April 19, 2005 - 05:10 PM 1205 Reads
Experts Say Interval Training Can Rev Up Your Workout
It won't be long before warm weather is here and you're pulling out your swimsuits. So what's the fastest way to get in shape? Some experts say it's interval training.
On a cold, dreary morning in Malcolm X park in Washington D.C., personal trainer Dan Barlow of Evolution DC drives his class through a gut busting workout.
After the shuffle drill and the straight leg run, Barlow calls for high knees. Then butt kicks. Those in his class lunge, and kick some more.
Then there's a short break.
Interval training, simply put, is revving your heart rate up, letting it drop, and revving it up again.
Posted by: pshields on Tuesday, April 19, 2005 - 01:44 PM 3200 Reads
Elderly runners prove you're never to old to get out and run
By MOE JOHNSON
Sunday, Apr 17, 2005
I received a couple of interesting pieces of news this week that warrant passing on to runners and walkers in San Marcos.
The first one relates to the column where I mentioned older runners completing long distance races.
This story was about two 70-year-old marathons runners competing in the Rotterdam Marathon in the Netherlands. What highlighted the story was that these two 70-plus runners were not only running the marathon, but, running it fast.
The winner, Ed Whitlock of Canada at age 73, became only the third over-70 runner to break the three-hour mark with a time of 2:58:40. Whitlock came in ahead of the next runner, Holland's Joop Ruter, who had a time of 3:12:22 and that was good for second place. Evidently Joop cramped up the last 7 miles and had to slow down. The two runners have agreed to compete again in November at Toronto's Waterfront Marathon. Ruter has run a best time of 3:02:49 so it should be a good race.
Posted by: pshields on Saturday, April 16, 2005 - 04:01 AM 1310 Reads
Posted by: pshields on Friday, April 15, 2005 - 04:25 AM 1256 Reads
Posted by: pshields on Thursday, April 14, 2005 - 04:07 AM 1680 Reads
Some simple ways to prevent running injuries
By: Ray Shaw
Despite the chill and recent snowfall, spring has finally sprung. This means that training for spring and summer running events is -- or should be -- in full swing. It's possible that you are finding difficulty in training due to injuries or new aches and pains, even though you've been running for months-or years. What gives? Why now?
Despite the fact that nearly half of running-related injuries are reported by new runners, that leaves a large number coming from experienced participants. These are the folks who may have changed shoes, mileage, or training schedule, and are surprised to find that things aren't as comfortable as before. The most common areas of concern are the knees (approximately 40-percent along with the lower leg/foot/ankle (around 38-percent. Secondary injuries also occur in the hip and back, often occurring after a knee or ankle problem has been ignored or inadequately addressed.
In order to treat or prevent the types of injuries described above, there are a few simple things to understand. These are rules you may have taken for granted, forgot, or worst of all didn't realize they had changed now that you are a bit older.
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Posted by: pshields on Wednesday, April 13, 2005 - 04:11 AM 1042 Reads
Not Older but faster
By Diane Cole
At 72, Ralph Swanson could barely run 100 yards without huffing and puffing. Fast-forward two years to last fall, when the 74-year-old retiree, who splits his time between Wisconsin and Texas, ran the Chicago half-marathon in two hours, 27 minutes, and 42 seconds.
Now he's training for a triathlon.
The standard wisdom is that the older you get, the slower you get. But new studies show the opposite: It's possible to get fitter, and faster, even as you age.
Swanson was among the sedentary seniors trained in a study conducted by cardiologist Benjamin Levine of the University of Texas Southwestern/Presbyterian Hospital in Dallas. Levine's conclusion: "Anybody, no matter how sedentary or debilitated, can, given the appropriate oversight and instruction, initiate, sustain, and progress in an exercise program."
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Posted by: pshields on Tuesday, April 12, 2005 - 04:06 AM 2036 Reads
Why Triathlons Can be Frightening for Beginners
Posted: April 1, 2005
By Michelle Cleere, Sports Psychology Consultant
As a triathlon coach and a sports psychology consultant having worked with numerous first time triathletes there are two main things challenges that really get in the way for participants. The swim is almost always scary for first timers because many people who decide to join the ranks of triathloning have never swum before. And the time commitment in training for three sports is generally very daunting for beginners with busy schedules.
Many triathletes start out their athletic careers as runners and decide to move into doing triathlons because they want more of a challenge. Generally the thinking is as follows: cycling is no big deal but swimming, is a big deal and although swimming might draw them into the sport because it's a challenge it's also the biggest factor in scaring people from doing triathlons. The ocean is huge, big and scary and it's seemingly more of an unknown than cycling. The time commitment is another concern for many beginning triathletes. How do I find enough time to train for three individual sports? What ends up happening for many beginners is that instead of triathlon training being a nice relief/change from what they are currently participating in it becomes overwhelming and they grow resentful of it because they've emeshed themselves into something they were unprepared for.
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