Football movements require explosive hips, cutting ability, and transitioning quickly between acceleration and deceleration. Plyometrics are designed to work all of these areas. These dynamic exercises—up and down, side to side, and twisting back and forth—link strength and speed and activate your body’s central nervous system, stimulating the fast-twitch muscle fibers so that you can generate force as quickly and efficiently as needed. Movements include jumps, hops, and bounds in various planes of movement and of various speeds and loads.
In addition to avoiding the grocery store when you're hungry, a small study found that shopping when you're tired can also impact your choices. The study, published in the journal Obesity, found that just a single night of sleep deprivation makes you more likely to buy higher-calorie food if you shop the next day.
Well at Work
A group of Iowa manufacturers recently opened their factory doors to Iowa State University researchers, with the hope of learning about the health and wellness of their employees. Based on the analysis done, investments in employee wellness programs will soon follow. Here’s why.
The majority of employees—as much as 85 percent—had significant restrictions in joint flexibility.
Answer honestly: To what extent do you think stress has impacted your health? According to a new study of over 7,000 adults published in the European Heart Journal, people who reported that their health was “a lot” or “extremely” impacted by stress had more than twice the risk of suffering or dying from a heart attack, compared with those who had not indicated any effect of stress on their health. Meaning, your perception is probably pretty accurate in predicting coronary disease.
After a tough game, your body is drained of energy and your muscles are broken down. Kickstart your post-game recovery with the tropical shake recipe below to rebuild your muscles and rehydrate your body.
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Core Performance founder Mark Verstegen joined Starwood Hotels & Resorts executives for the three-day, more than 250-mile Road to Awareness bike ride supporting UNICEF.
Well at Work
By stimulating the minds of your employees, you’ll also help protect their mental health. That’s the conclusion of a new study published in the Journal of Occupational and Environmental Medicine.
Well at Work
Got an extra six grand? That’s the additional annual cost, on average, a company has to cover in order to hire a smoker over a nonsmoker, according to a new study out of Ohio State University.
There's now even more support for eating the most important meal of the day. Not only does eating breakfast kickstart your day, lead to healthier eating, and help control weight, but a new study published in the journal Circulation found that it can also protect your heart.
Open water swimming can be intimidating for many athletes. Unlike pool swimmers, who have the benefit of clear water and black lines at the bottom of the pool for guidance, open water swimmers must brave the elements, boats, and sea critters while navigating on their own. An open water swim is the limiting factor for many would-be triathletes. Many first-timers to that sport feel as much accomplishment for making it out of the water as they do the entire swim-bike-run experience. But open water swimming need not be so intimidating, says Lynne Cox, one of the world’s most accomplished in the field.
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Train an often overlooked area with this mini-workout from Core Performance’s founder.
Simple ways to ease stress and stay focused when you're downrange.
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Here's what you need to know about using obstacle races to build teamwork at work.