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

    Woman running along a wooded trail wearing a knee brace

    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
  • Five Common Basketball Injuries
    Five Common Basketball Injuries

    Two men playing basketball outside

    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

  • 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

  • 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.