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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

Play Better

Prepare for Your Best Ski Season

Hit the slopes better prepared than ever with the training, nutrition, and recovery tips that follow. By conditoning your lower body specifically for the mountain and learning to navigate ski lodge food traps, you'll ski hard all day long. And with some basic recovery strategies, you'll be able return day after day feeling strong, energized, and ready to take on the most challenging slopes.

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Tags: Outdoor Recreation, Leisure Time, Skiing, Snowboarding

The Performance Life

When You Just Don't Want to Train

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Earlier this week, I had one of those days.

Finishing up homework until the early morning hours the night before, I woke up after only about two and a half hours of sleep. My schedule didn’t cut me a break either: Classes all morning, a three-hour seminar in the afternoon, and a lecture in the evening. I’m sure you all know what kind of day it was going to be.

But on top of that, my training calendar informed me that I was supposed to run eight miles as well, the longest run so far. I was about ready to turn around and call it a day.

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Tags: Motivation, College, Running, Race

Success Stories

Squashing Fear with Sport

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At the start of this year, I set a goal of completing eight sprint-distance triathlons. The idea was to do eight races in 2008, when I would be 38 for most of the year. On October 25, I reached the milestone, finishing race No.8, the Suncoast Triathlon in St. Petersburg, Fla. Having just taken up the sport in September of 2007, not long after the publication of Core Performance Endurance, I felt a great sense of accomplishment. I couldn’t have imagined, however, the lessons I would learn along the way.

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Tags: Swimming, Success Story, Attitude, Triathlon

Play Better

Drain It From Any Range

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Some days you can’t miss. Other days, no shot can be close or easy enough. Sure-fire accuracy in hoops comes down to fundamentals and repetition. Fran Fraschilla, ESPN college basketball analyst, offers up three drills to improve your technique and regain entry into the zone.

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Tags: Basketball

Play Better

Life Lessons from the NFL

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If you fail to prepare in life, be prepared to fail. That's the takeaway from a new study published in the American Journal of Sports Medicine in which researchers analyzed injury patterns during NFL training camps from 1998 to 2007. Their final observations: the two most common types of injuries during the preseason are sprains and strains, specifically involving the knees and hamstrings.

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Tags: Football, Injury Prevention, Hamstrings, Knee

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Running Pain Prevention for the Road Warrior

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The greatest hurdle for most runners: injury. Too many runners have convinced themselves that pain must come with pounding the pavement, instead of seeing it as a warning sign. With a few simple preventative steps, you'll run faster and farther with less risk for common ailments, like shin splints and muscle cramps. Our experts have tackled your most popular pain-related questions for runners to help you stay the course without the hurt.

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Tags: Cardio, Running, Q&A, Energy System Development, Injury Prevention, Shin Pain

Movement

10 Ways to Get More Out of Training

Consider how many repetitions you typically do in a training session. If you perform a handful of exercises and a few sets of each move, you’re probably cranking out at least 200 or 300 reps. Now imagine the impact of improving the quality of each movement you make, while making every repetition more challenging.

You’ll significantly increase the demand on your muscles and your metabolism. Simply put, you’ll get more quality work done in the same time and see better results. That's why we turned to strength coaches Alwyn Cosgrove and CJ Murphy for 10 simple yet powerful training secrets. Use them to make your gym time more efficient and more effective.

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Tags: Training, Planning

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

U.S. Failing at Keeping Children Physically Active, According to National Report Card

The new U.S. Report Card on Physical Activity for Children and Youth revealed that the United States is failing at getting children active and healthy.

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.