• Off-Season Training for Marathon Runners
    Off-Season Training for Marathon Runners

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    Competitive runners are by nature mentally and physically tough. In other words, external conditions, distractions, internal emotions, and weather conditions rarely inhibit their performance. The traits that make runners more apt to be mighty individuals, include:

    • Focus - which enables them to tune in to the job at hand. 
    • Preparation - which gives them the strength and knowledge to stay mentally ready.
    • Flexibility - is the state of bouncing back in spite of poor performance, pain, or adversity.
    • Teachability - means the athlete listens to all possibilities, takes feedback, and learn
  • All You Need to Know About Foot Pain
    All You Need to Know About Foot Pain

    They say you don't know how valuable something is to you until you lose it or it does not function properly anymore. If you are living with foot pain, then you know how true that saying is. It's difficult accomplishing the basic necessities of life when dealing with foot pain. We put all of our weight on our feet when we get out of bed in the morning and move from one room to the next. So, when foot pain strikes it can cause quite a disruption to our day. Actually, it can seem like our whole life is put on hold when one or both of our feet are experiencing pain. What can be done to resolve this problem quickly? Why does foot pain even occur? Is foot pain all caused by the same condition? Let's take a look at these and other questions you likely have on your mind.

  • What to do During and After Shin Splint Injuries
    What to do During and After Shin Splint Injuries

    If you participate in sports or regular exercise, then you know the advantages feeling healthy and fit. You have more energy to live life to the fullest, you feel great about your exercise accomplishments, as well you should, and you probably are in fantastic shape. Exercise is a invigorating experience that refreshes the body, mind, and spirit. And, of course, doctors everywhere are encouraging people to participate in more exercise. However, whenever you get involved with sports or exercising, you are bound to have a setback or two along the way. You may trip and fall, overwork your muscles, strain a muscle, or even endure a sprain. Whatever the case may be, it doesn't have to be the end of exercising or even a completely "down" time for you. With the proper support, you can be up and running again. That doesn't mean you won't feel some pain and be discouraged, but you can heal faster. By educating yourself about your condition and taking proactive steps to care for your injury, you can alleviate pain more quickly.

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  • Five Common Basketball Injuries
    Five Common Basketball Injuries

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    The Origins Of Basketball: Two Peach Baskets

    The game of basketball was invented in 1891 by Dr. James Naismith, a YMCA teacher who was asked to create an indoor activity for the cold months of the year. His first version of the game used two wooden peach baskets and a soccer ball. Scoring was fairly rare, but when it did happen the players had to climb a ladder or use a long pole to get the ball out of the basket -- so that play could continue.

    It's from this simple beginning -- a make-shift game for kids to play when it was raining or snowing outside -- that today's high-scoring, hi

  • Plantar Fasciitis: How to Deal With the Constant Foot Pain
    Plantar Fasciitis: How to Deal With the Constant Foot Pain

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    If you've found this article, you or someone you care about is probably dealing with daily foot pain. While there is the normal variety of reasons why a foot might heart, in the online world, you will find that the terms "foot pain" and "plantar fasciitis" are treated as direct synonyms. Articles about foot pain almost always include this condition and those who suffer from it find themselves doing a lot of internet searching. The reason for this is because plantar fasciitis is the

  • 11 Yoga Poses For Runners
    11 Yoga Poses For Runners

    It's likely that you've heard about yoga, and perhaps also know about some of its benefits. But if you're a runner, you may have wondered if it's really the best thing for you. Is a yoga practice likely to improve my running performance? Does a yoga practice help prevent running injuries? 

    As it turns out, there are good reasons (lots of them!) for runners to include yoga as a cross-training activity. We'll outline these reasons below, and provide you with a sequence of yoga poses especially beneficial for runners. But first, let's have a look at some of the overall benefits of yoga. 


    Physical, Mental & Emotional Benefits Of Yoga 

    Whether you're a runner, a cyclist, a swimmer, a climber, a gymnast, a basketball player--or simply someone trying to take good care of your body--an intelligent yoga practice is almost guaranteed to help. As you'll discover (if you haven't already), there are many different styles of yoga. What they

  • What is Pickleball and Why is it so Popular?
    What is Pickleball and Why is it so Popular?

    It's a sweet game with a funny name — Pickleball is definitely on the rise in popularity across the United States. And it's not just for a specific demographic. It's a game loved by people of all ages, stages in life, and physical abilities. You may even find people playing this game in jail, according to USA Today! Pickleball is easy to learn with not too many rules and it's simple to play, not requiring too much exertion. This may be why people even in their 80's are finding this a favorite pastime sport.

    Tom Everitt of the Sarasota Pickleball Club, says that people

    "come out, they play, improve their game and they get addicted to it."

    So, just what is pickleball all about and why is it so popular? Let's take a closer look at this favorite game.

  • Why is Strengthening Your Core Muscles Important?
    Why is Strengthening Your Core Muscles Important?

    No matter what type of exercise you prefer to do on a regular basis, you need your core muscles to help support you. Unfortunately, all too many people fall into the trap of letting their core muscles slide. They're content with their daily workout plan: running, lifting a few weights here and there, or perhaps participating competitively in a sport. If you're thinking about improving your overall fitness, however, it's important to increase strength throughout your core muscles, too. 

  • 10 Kinesiology Taping Techniques You Can Do Yourself
    10 Kinesiology Taping Techniques You Can Do Yourself

    Kinesiology tape is popular with athletes at every level, in nearly every sport. Top athletes are looking to get the most out of their bodies — every little bit helps. And Kinesiology tape is one fast and easy way to get an edge on the competition.

    While kinesiology tape might seem like glorified athletic tape, the two tapes are very different.  Athletic tape is used for support and to limit motion. Kinesiology tape facilitates motion, moves when you, and helps improve circulation.

    Mueller® Kinesiology Tape helps reduce pain while supporting your muscles, tendons, and ligaments. That means whether you’re training for a half-marathon, playing sports, or working hard, you’ll feel comfortable wearing Mueller® Kinesiology Tape.


    10 Kinesiology Taping Techniques You Can Do Yourself

  • Tips for helping with back pain
    Tips for helping with back pain

    It may strike suddenly or creep up slowly, but when it arrives it will threaten your mobility, your active lifestyle, your enjoyment of simple exercises, and even your time at work. No, it probably won't kill you. Although, some people may feel like they're close to dying. It is the misery of back pain. However, with the right guidance, education, and proper back support, you need not wither away in agony. You can reclaim your life and heal faster. It just takes understanding what's going on with your back, why it's happening, how you can best support it during this time, and hope that "this too shall pass." But first a few facts about this troublesome problem.

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