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here are nearly 80 million baby boomers in the United States alone, and according to the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission, sports-related injuries among boomers increased by one-third in the 1990s. An estimated 1 million adults ages 35 to 54 sustained athletic injuries requiring medical attention in 1998. When you're on the injured list,...
ow do you motivate yourself to exercise when your mood is getting in the way? Kate Larsen, a certified personal and professional coach in Minneapolis, offers these ideas:
Examine Your Plateau. Ask yourself, "What needs to change for me to feel good about my exercise?" Clarify the gap between what you are experiencing and what you want to experience, then mak...
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o you exercise from time to time but find it difficult to stick with a program for very long? According to Jay Kimiecik, PhD, associate professor of exercise physiology at Miami University in Oxford, Ohio, a common reason people avoid or discontinue exercising is they succumb to "internal" barriers that consistent exercisers overcome. The inter...
Less than three decades ago, white canvas sneakers were all you needed for almost any physical activity. Today more than 300 million pairs of athletic shoes are sold each year, and the selection is so broad that choosing a suitable pair can be overwhelming.
Should You Take Creatine?
reatine continues to be one of the most popular supplements for exercise enthusiasts. How do you know whether or not it could benefit you? The first step toward making an informed choice is to find out as much as you can about a product. Research on creatine is far from complete, but scientific evidence on using it keeps growing. To gain a better perspect...
You probably know that strength training has many physical health–related benefits, including a lower risk of all causes of death, fewer heart attacks and strokes and improved body composition (Garber et al. 2011). However, did you know that it can also help with your mental health? O’Connor, Herring and Caravalho (2010) completed an extensive review of the research on this topic, admitting only studies that met certain criteria for quality research. newsletter_teaser: You probably know that strength training has many physical health–related benefits, including a lower risk of all causes of death, fewer heart attacks and strokes and improved body composition (Garber et al. 2011). However, did you know that it can also help with your mental health? O’Connor, Herring and Caravalho (2010) completed an extensive review of the research on this topic, admitting only studies that met certain criteria for quality research.
Protein is the latest item to be given the health halo effect, a phenomenon that leads people to overestimate the healthfulness of a food based on one quality. With customers convinced that protein-rich foods will help them lose weight, boost energy or bulk up (Nassauer 2013), food manufacturers have capitalized on the halo effect by creating new products to meet the demand. While protein is essential to life and good health, most Americans get plenty without adding protein-packed snacks.
￼Did you know that getting enough zzzzzzs may actually improve your exercise performance? If you regularly cut sleep short, you may want to reconsider this practice.
Why is sleep so important for exercise, and what can you do to sleep longer and more deeply? Mike Bracko, EdD, FACSM, director of Dr. Bracko’s Fitness and of the Institute for Hockey Research, examines these questions.
Why Sleep Helps