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Live Better

Take Steps to Control Your Cravings

Good news for the 68 percent of men who experience frequent food cravings: A new study in the journal Appetite states that a 15-minute jaunt can successfully take your mind off of that Snickers you covet, significantly decreasing your risk of indulging.

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Tags: Stress, Walking, Weight Loss, Focus

The Performance Life

Coping With a Stress Fracture

This week, I received some bad news: I have a stress fracture in my tibia. So much for keeping up with my running plan. Also, not paying the utmost attention to Prehab, Movement Prep, and, most importantly, regeneration while adapting to long distance running has backfired big time.

I had to come up with some solutions to make the best out of this situation. While I won’t be able to run a certain mileage or do interval work or tempo runs, I can still work on my endurance in other ways. Here's how I plan to adapt my program:

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Tags: Goals, Injury, College, Elliptical, Running

Live Better

The Mini Band for Travel

Does your back bother you when you travel? Sitting for extended periods of time can wage war on your back because your lower back muscles often pick up the slack for glutes that stop working properly. But as athletic trainer Scott Kneller explains in this video, the mini band is the perfect piece of exercise equipment for long trips, since you can pack it easily and use it to train your glutes in your hotel room. This will remove stress off your back and help improve your posture.

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Tags: Travel, Mini Band

The Performance Life

Racing for Youth Sports

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The other week I had one of those awful days that turned around by simply not allowing myself to miss a run. Well, Karma is bound to come back around.

When looking at potential marathons in the spring, the Boston Marathon popped up as the only major marathon on the East Coast. Now, as some of you may know, there is a qualification requirement for this particular marathon. I was ready to give up on my dream of debuting at a big marathon until I heard from a friend that if you make a commitment to fundraise for certain organizations, they would give you a starting spot in return. I checked back on the marathon website, and she was right.

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Tags: Youth Fitness, College, Running, Race

Movement

Pull-Up Round-Up

Dave Cruz

Not only is the pull-up the granddaddy of back movements, but it's also among the best bodyweight moves. With just a pull-up bar, you can challenge your arms, back, shoulders, and torso (if you're doing it right). If you work a desk job or do a lot of bench presses, pull-ups will also help balance your strength and improve your posture. In the Q&As that follow, our resident experts explain how to properly perform a pull-up and how to bust out a bunch of them—even if you can't do a single one at the moment.

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Tags: Training, Strength, Biceps, Upper Body Pull, Q&A, Arms, Back

Play Better

10 Steps to Captain a Team to Victory

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For some reason, you accepted the team captaincy. It could be an act of selflessness or quite probably one of moronic proportions. To maintain your sanity, remember a few things: It’s a thankless job. Everyone believes that they could do it better. And at times, cleaning a beach would be easier. But it’s not impossible, and, if you follow some advice, it can be pretty successful.

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Tags: Football, Leisure Time, Tennis, Basketball

Live Better

Is Your Gym Crawling with Bugs?

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Men and women don’t stand on equal footing at the gym, but that’s not because men have a pound-for-pound strength advantage when lifting. According to a new study, it’s because the more muscular sex has fewer bacteria on their hands, meaning women are more likely to infect the gym’s equipment and locker room with MRSA and other bacteria.

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Tags: Health, Disease

Nutrition

All About Fish Oil

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The essential fatty acids found in fish have been shown to ward off heart disease, reduce inflammation, and improve your memory and brain power. They may even help you reach your fat loss goals. If you aren't getting enough of these healthy fats from your diet or through supplements, then you're missing out on big benefits. Below, our experts have answered three of the most common questions about fish oil, so you can figure out what makes it so "essential".

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Tags: Fat, Q&A, Supplements, Nutrients, Longevity, Health

Live Better

BMI: Should You Believe Your Score?

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If you train hard and play sports, body mass index (BMI) may not be the best indicator of your weight health, according to a recent report in the National Strength and Conditioning Association's Performance Training Journal.

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Tags: Longevity, Health, Disease, Weight Loss

Live Better

Heal Your Child's Health

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It’s never too early to instill healthy habits into your offspring. Unfortunately, most parents don’t receive that message. About a third of American children are overweight; one-fifth are obese.

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Tags: Disease, Food, Youth Fitness, Family, Health

Blogs

Movement

Mark Verstegen’s Hip-Strengthening Workout for Women

Train an often overlooked area with this mini-workout from Core Performance’s founder.

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

3 Steps to World Cup-Worthy Pregame Nutrition

Follow this three-step nutrition plan to improve your focus, boost energy, and power your performance

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.