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Saturday, December 20, 2014

The Calcium Connection. Part 1

Posted by William on September 19, 2012

First the good news ??¦ your body doesn’t stop growing bone tissue when you stop growing. You can continue to add to your bone mass no matter what age you are if you keep physically active and consume enough calcium to meet your daily needs. Now the not-so-good news. WAIT! There is more to read… read on »

Perceiving Your Workout Intensity, Part 2

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The tricky part of using the scale is that it asks you to subjectively rate the amount of effort you are expending by estimating how hard you are working overall. That means that you do not concentrate on how out of breath you are, how much your legs hurt, how much you are sweating or any other indicator of effort — you concentrate on all of them together. WAIT! There is more to read… read on »

Perceiving Your Workout Intensity, Part 1

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Increasing the intensity of your aerobic workout improves your body’s ability to process oxygen, gives you greater endurance, improves sports performance, makes you healthier and prolongs your life. Seems worth the effort, doesn’t it? WAIT! There is more to read… read on »

The Lighter Side of Running, Part 2

Posted by William on September 10, 2012

For those of you who have your spring break right now, you are likely wondering as I did why schools plan their “spring” breaks weeks before it is actually spring, and why one strangely finds themselves cut out of friends’ travel plans to Cancun and Cozumel when they want to take advantage of the numerous tours of Mayan ruins. WAIT! There is more to read… read on »

The Lighter Side of Running, Part 1

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The end of March is almost here, so it is safe once more to think of spring without becoming so incredibly depressed and banging one’s head into the cold, hard walls of one’s house. WAIT! There is more to read… read on »

Prescription Weight-loss Drug Use Common in Normal-Weight Adults

Posted by William on August 31, 2012

Although prescription weight-loss drugs are intended for overweight and obese adults (those with a BMI of 27 or higher), new findings show that adults without weight problems are also using weight-loss drugs. WAIT! There is more to read… read on »

Sports Participation Trends for 1999

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The Sporting Goods Manufacturers Association (SGMA) released its most recent Superstudy of Sports Participation, which was conducted by American Sports Data. Of the 30 most popular sports in the U.S., recreational swimming ranks No. 1, with 95.1 million participants, recreational walking is No. 2, with 84.1 million participants, and recreational biking comes in third, with 56.2 million participants. All of the top three had an increase in participation from 1998. WAIT! There is more to read… read on »

Total Fitness for Surfing, Part 6

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Laying supine on a bench with the pulley above and behind your head will result in the greatest degree of difficulty being experienced as the handle approaches the end of the range of motion. This is where the arms would be just before leaving the water when paddling. The resistance in this variation would begin in the position just below the mid-point between the pulley and the shoulders. You may not be able to pull the bar all the way down, unless a length of chain is attached by carabiners to the handle on one end and the cable on the other end. WAIT! There is more to read… read on »

Total Fitness for Surfing, Part 5

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One example of what not to do that is seen in gyms is people who stand up and push a barbell or dumbbells forward from the shoulders and back to the start. These people are under the mistaken impression that the Pectoralis muscles (chest) are being used while the body is standing erect, as in some sports, such as football. Unfortunately, the muscles being used are the anterior deltoids, since the direction of motion is horizontal, while direction of resistance is straight down. The Pectoral muscles are only used when bringing the upper arms closer together in front of the chest directly against resistance. In addition, some people may find this movement irritates the lateral epicondyles at the outside of the elbows. WAIT! There is more to read… read on »

Total Fitness for Surfing, Part 4

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The degree to which each training protocol is used depends on which area the surfer wishes to improve the most. The entire body is used in surfing to some extent, so use a program that develops all the major muscles of the body and their stabilizing muscles. Train both sides of a joint equally, unless there is a marked imbalance in strength or development or a postural imbalance. WAIT! There is more to read… read on »