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Best Warm-Up Routines Before Sports 1

Posted on May 22, 2017 by Scott Huntington

Most sports injuries occur when we fail to properly prepare before hitting the turf or the track. Warming up properly loosens muscles before activity and allows for better range of motion without harming joints and ligaments.

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There are many different ways to warm up before physical activity. Some routines might fit your sport better than others, but what is important is to find one that works and see it through prior to your exercise. It can make the difference between a stellar performance and sitting out hurt.

Why Warming Up Is Critical

In professional sports, it’s often the athletes who are not only talented, but stay healthy, who leave lasting legacies. A dynamic warm-up routine serves to activate all of the muscle groups you will use during your workout.

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3 Exercises To Increase Stamina – Endurance For A Fight 2

Posted on December 30, 2016 by John Torgerson

Marathon, black silhouettes of runners on the sunsetStamina and endurance are two terms widely and interchangeably used by most of the people without knowing what it actually means. According to the professionals, stamina refers to cardio functions whereas endurance to the muscular functions.

Therefore, stamina is said to be the ability of a person to work longer instead of harder. Endurance, on the other hand helps the person to exert while staying active for a long period of time, and have the ability to resist, withstand and recover at the same time. For this very reason, every sport requires sports specific stamina as well as endurance training. So, keeping that in mind, here are 3 exercises that will help you build stamina and endurance required to fight like a pro.

Jog, Run, & Repeat

Sounds simple enough, doesn’t it? Despite that, it affects the body in a wide variety of ways. Walking, for instance, is a simple, low impact exercise perfect to get more active. But, when combined with jogging or running at a slow speed can get the heart beat elevated. This can be thought as a perfect way to build stamina and endurance. However, this alone won’t do any good while preparing for a fight.

Reason being, in a fight you need to go hard at one moment, catch your breath the other and then again go back fighting hard. So, that means the heart rate won’t stay stable constantly, it will go up and down throughout the fight. Therefore, jog for a moment and then sprint as fast as possible, slow down again for 10 seconds to catch your breath and sprint again. This won’t be easy, you might as well want to give up. Instead keep pushing yourself forward. To build endurance there is no easy way, neither are there any alternatives to running only body wipes to wipe that sweat off. Read the rest of this entry →

The 10 Most Effective Fitness Trends in 2015 3

Posted on May 29, 2015 by Theresa Oesterreich

Top of the Charts

There are many different types and intensity levels of training and sports fitness.

There are many different types and intensity levels of training and sports fitness.

1. High-Intensity Interval Training (HIIT)
Shooting up to number one in this years fitness popularity chart is (HIIT). Olympian Sebastian Coe used this technique effectively during training in the 1970′s and it suits the fast running pace of life today. Got 30 to 40 seconds to spare? Have a hard sprint then slow down with 15-20 seconds of strolling.

2. Functional Training
Coming in at number two is Functional Training.
Developed from exercises used to rehabilitate patients after injury or Stroke, this method is very good at improving muscles and movement that we use in our everyday lives.

3. Older Adult Training
Climbing slowly into number three position is the Older Adult Training.
Among the ‘aging population’ there is increasing demand for low impact cardio conditioning workout. All levels of ability can enjoy safe and effective exercises to improve physique and mental well-being.

4. Personal Trainer
Working out with your own certified professional expert is very trendy. Having a bespoke fitness plan with individualized coaching is recognized as an effective way to achieve fitness training objectives.

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How to Train Like a Professional Athlete 49

Posted on December 10, 2014 by Scott Huntington

Wouldn’t it be great to get as fit as a professional athlete?

Believe it or not, it’s not impossible to build the body of your dreams. Sure, athletes get paid to stay in shape – their job is essentially to work out. You, on the other hand, might find yourself sitting on your hindquarters all day long, staring at a computer screen.

Maybe you feel as though your girth is like the universe – infinite, mesmerizing and constantly expanding.  That’s OK: We’ve all been there before.

The good news is that by doing some research and figuring out a routine that works best for you, you’re taking the right steps to begin sculpting the body of your dreams. It’s easier than you think.

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Get a Full Night’s Sleep

You might be tempted to try and burn the candle at both ends, but in the long run, this kind of behavior will certainly come back to bite you.

On days when you plan on working out, be sure to get eight to 10 hours of rest beforehand. Sleep helps you recharge your batteries and heal your muscles.

Eat Well-Balanced, Filling Meals

The food you eat gives you the fuel you need to take your exercise regimens to the next level. The best athletes in the world are very conscious of what they’re eating. Read the rest of this entry →

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