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Live Better

Q&A: Help Losing Weight

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Q: I am trying to lose weight (while increasing performance) for handball.  I weight 270 lbs., and I'm 5'9". Ideally,  I'd like to drop down to 205 lbs.

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Tags: Metabolism, Weight Loss, Q&A

Recovery

Pinched Nerve

Here is a magic formula for avoiding what most athletes call a pinched nerve: Select the right parents, don't wear out your body too early, and lead a life sheltered from turning, twisting, and lifting.

"In other words," says Angela Smith, M.D., an orthopaedic surgeon, "there is not much you can do to protect yourself from this degenerative condition. It's simply going to happen to some people."

The term "pinched nerve" is commonly used by the public, but doctors are more likely to talk about spondylosis, ankylosis and radiculitis. More important than the correct terminology is the process that causes pain to start in the neck or back and to radiate through the shoulders, arms and legs.

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Tags: Neck Pain, Health, Reduce Pain, Back Pain, Back, Neck

Movement

Q&A: Burning Lungs

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Q: I used to go out jogging with my friends, and I could go 30 minutes with no problem. But when we turn up the intensity and run instead of jog, I can only handle about 10-12 minutes before I become out of breath and a pain develops under my lung. Do you have any advice to stop this pain? — Susan, Fort Polk, LA

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Tags: Cardio, Running, Q&A, Energy System Development

Live Better

Is Travel Derailing Your Diet?

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If you frequently live out of a suitcase, you probably find yourself in an endless series of airports and hotels surrounded by poor food choices. Your time on the road may even be your greatest obstacle to proper nutrition. That's a challenge, but it doesn't have to be your excuse. 

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Tags: Eating Out, Snacks, Travel, Food

Mindset

Push Your Limits

Scott Wachter

It's amazing how much marketing affects truth in fitness. Remember when machine training was all the rage because it was thought to be safer and more effective? Problem was this was promoted by the manufacturers of machines and often backed up by industry-funded research.

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Tags: Goals, Attitude, Motivation

Movement

You Can't Run to Get Fit

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A brilliant Canadian physical therapist named Diane Lee once said that running is a poor choice of exercise for most people. Just take a look around at people running to try to get fit, and you'll soon realize why.

They're often men and women running with a visible limp. Usually they have a knee sleeve of some kind on, and when you ask them about their problem, they'll typically reply, "It loosens up after a while, and then I ice and take some Advil after." What a lousy idea.

Guess what: Good exercise should make you tired, but it should not hurt your joints. The discomfort should be limited to the muscles and should go away almost immediately after you're done.

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Tags: Cardio, Running, Conditioning, Weight Loss

Movement

There's No Such Thing as the Fat-Burning Zone

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The "fat-burning zone" is another one of those urban legends of fitness. Legend has it, a certain level of exercise results in a larger number of calories burned being derived from fat. This does not mean that stored body fat is the selective source. It only describes the relative percentage of utilization of three substrates: fat, carbohydrate and protein.

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Tags: Cardio, Conditioning, Weight Loss, Calories, Energy System Development, Training

Movement

Burn Twice as Many Calories Running

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One of the great misconceptions of exercise is that it doesn't matter if you run or walk because you burn the same 100 calories per mile.

Truth is, you do burn approximately the same number of calories if you run or walk the same distance, but the net effect is not the same. At least, not if you have a busy life with limited time to exercise.

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Tags: Outdoor Recreation, Walking, Running, Metabolism, Weight Loss, Calories

Movement

The Truth About Abs

Dave Cruz

How often do you hear someone at the gym say something like, "I need to do more abs; I want a six-pack?" If only that person knew that cutting down on six-packs of beer is a much faster way to see your abs. 

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Tags: Abs, Energy System Development, Training

Live Better

Q&A: Helping Kids Train for Sports

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Q: When should my child start formal athletic training, and what exactly should they do? – Jillian, Stowe, VT

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Tags: Q&A, Training, Sports Performance, Youth Fitness, Family

Blogs

Movement

5 Stretches to Refresh Your Warmup

Try these dynamic stretches to prepare for a better workout.

Live Better

Feeling Uninspired? Take a Walk

When you feel your creativity lacking, taking a walk can help you find inspiration, according to a small study from Stanford University researchers.

Nutrition

Q&A: Supplements for Vegetarian Bodybuilders

Three things to know if you train hard and don't eat meat.

Well at Work

Survey: American Employees Skipping Vacation Days for Work

A new survey found that only 25 percent of employees with paid time off took advantage of it in 2013.

The Performance Life

5 Tips to Build Teamwork and Fun Through Obstacle Racing

Here's what you need to know about using obstacle races to build teamwork at work.