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Topic: TrainingThe new items published under this topic are as follows.
Posted by: pshields on Friday, March 04, 2005 - 09:06 AM 917 Reads
Out of the Running? Friends Can Help
Tuesday, March 1, 2005;
-- John Briley
My alarm blared at 7:15 a.m. last Saturday. Outside temperature: 18 degrees. My mission: Running. I could have dozed on, but I rose, applied layers of high-tech outerwear and headed out. Why? I needed column material.
When I arrived at George Washington University, where I'd promised to meet exercise physiology professor Joe Boys, I found dozens of other runners. And I'm thinking, there aren't that many fitness columns in this town, are there?
Boys leads training runs of utter novices, and Saturday's gathering was preparing for the Cherry Blossom 10-mile race this spring. The group included groggy-eyed men and women from their early twenties to mid-sixties, thin and plump, black, white and Asian.
"I could never do this on my own," said GWU senior Kate Murphy as we jogged, slowly, along Pennsylvania Avenue. "I need the group."
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Posted by: pshields on Friday, March 04, 2005 - 08:52 AM 1097 Reads
Posted by: pshields on Wednesday, March 02, 2005 - 07:52 AM 993 Reads
Posted by: pshields on Tuesday, March 01, 2005 - 04:16 AM 1405 Reads
Running start - Plan first steps to make sure fitness is fun, not work
By ROBERTA MacINNIS
Feb. 26, 2005, 7:17PM
A 12 WEEK PROGRAM, 40-MINUTE WORKOUT The runners cruising along the path that bisects the Heights Boulevard esplanade are as much a part of the neighborhood's landscape as the Victorian houses and funky little shops.
But they caught Chris Murphy's eye.
"I grew up a pretty inactive kid and have never been very fit in my entire life," Murphy says. "I had always been intrigued by the runners but never dreamed I could ever join them."
Today, though, she is one of 10.4 million Americans defined as frequent runners (more than 100 days a year) by USA Track & Field's Road Running Information Center.
How did Murphy, a 37-year-old research assistant with Baylor College of Medicine, progress from not being able to jog around her block to being one of the more than 5,700 finishers at the HP Houston Marathon last month?"It's within anyone's capability," she says.
If you want to run, barring serious medical or mobility issues, you can.
Posted by: pshields on Monday, February 28, 2005 - 04:03 AM 876 Reads
Body Fitness and Posture Control
2/23/2005 5:54:00 AM
More and more People are joining the fitness bandwagon, with the increase in awareness levels as suggested by recent research studies. One may ask for the best ideas for being fit, but the fact is that there is no short cut and to be fit you have to be regular, take good and healthy meals, avoid oily foods, and take care of your body yourself. The weight loss pills and weight loss program show fast results, but they provide temporary remedy. Anyone who has lost several pounds in weight loss program in a week or a month, will put on weight very fast unless he/ she takes precautions afterwards.
Knowledge about how to exercise, has often and for how long is gathered from the net and from ones experience but it lacks the professionalism required to make a success out of workouts. Some only concentrate on building brawn, ignoring the other aspects of a balanced workout.
Posted by: pshields on Sunday, February 27, 2005 - 04:43 AM 969 Reads
Training Transformations and Kenyan Sports Nutrition
Posted: February 19, 2005
In his fascinating novel about the nature of love, By the River Piedra I Sat Down and Wept, Paulo Coelho writes "Every day, God gives us the sun."
Clearly, Paulo has never lived in Michigan in February.
But Coelho also notes that we are given - on a daily basis - one moment in which we have the capacity to change the things that make us unhappy. Coelho contends that many of us pretend that we are unaware that such moments exist. Some of us seem to believe that we really don't have the power to transform our lives; we think that today will be like yesterday - and of course like tomorrow, too.
But as Paulo says, "...if people really pay attention to their everyday lives, they will discover that magic moment."
Since August, I have had to pay the kind of close attention Coelho is talking about. Both of my parents died within a short span of time, and as a result it became very easy to let grief become incapacitating. Over the past six months, the feeling that life contains very few of Coelho's magical moments has been relentlessly present.
Posted by: pshields on Saturday, February 26, 2005 - 04:12 AM 920 Reads
Posted by: pshields on Thursday, February 24, 2005 - 04:28 AM 1284 Reads
The core values of workouts Balancing routines help strengthen the body's trunk
On a Thursday night with spring break looming just a few weeks away, several dozen young women waited for the 7 p.m. "Abs and Buns" class at Loyola College Fitness and Athletic Center to begin.
Dressed in T-shirts and sweats, their hair pulled back into ponytails, they sat on the floor comparing notes on how many calories they ate that day, the abs, arms and legs they just worked in the busy weight room, the miles they ran to nowhere on elliptical trainers and treadmills. They wanted bikini-worthy results, and they wanted them fast.
Fitness instructor and Loyola junior Elizabeth Edelman noted the women as she readied her fitness studio for a balance training class and sighed. "It's all about calories here," she explained. "The classes that burn the most calories tend to be the most popular."
But a growing number of people at Loyola and across the country are recognizing the importance of another type of training - core training. These are workouts that strengthen muscles in the trunk of the body, such as the abdomen, chest and back. And they're focusing not just on calories burned or body parts worked, but on one of the hottest fitness trends of the year: balance.
Posted by: pshields on Wednesday, February 23, 2005 - 08:59 AM 5623 Reads
Your Recovery In 28 Days - Post-Marathon Training
By Paul Greer, MS
Posted: February 22, 2005
Most runners don't consider the toll the marathon can take on their bodies both mentally and physically. Recovery doesn't just happen; strategies for a successful recovery require careful planning, particularly if you return to quality running soon after your race.
Week 1 Is Critical
Over the years, I've developed an ideal 28-day marathon recovery plan that will get you in great shape within the month. During the first week of marathon recovery, I suggest you stop running completely, which allows your damaged muscle cells to regenerate. Researchers have shown that no running at all for the week following a marathon will improve both muscle strength and endurance. Since running a marathon depletes your body's energy stores as well as causes some muscle tissue damage, resting from training will help your body to rebuild.
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Posted by: pshields on Tuesday, February 22, 2005 - 08:02 AM 933 Reads
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