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Prepare for challenges and stay motivated, focused, and in control with the tips in this blog.

Mindset

Study: Visual Illusions Improve Sports Performance

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If you’ve ever experienced the kind of day on the golf course where you feel like you’re putting into a thimble, take a moment to reverse that thinking. Your performance could be related to how you perceive the size of your target, according to new research from Purdue University’s Action-Modulated Perception Lab.

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Tags: Golf, Focus, Attitude, Sports Performance

Mindset

Oversharing Can Sabotage Your Goals

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The acknowledgment people receive after sharing their ambitions can actually sabotage their end-goals, according to new research out of the Association for Psychological Science. That conclusion—which can be applied to fitness, diet, and other targets of improvement—is based on a small group of studies that found that university students put in less effort after expressing their academic goals to acquaintances.

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Tags: Focus, Goals, Motivation, Planning

Mindset

How to Fight Fatigue During a Race

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No matter how much training and mental preparation goes into an endurance event, there usually comes a time in every race where an athlete will hit the proverbial wall. At that point, with the body and mind wanting to stop, it’s tempting to bow out of the race. An athlete almost always can discover a second wind, though getting to that point can be a challenge. Whether it’s a 5K race, marathon, triathlon, or one of the popular new obstacle races such as Tough Mudder or Spartan Race, it helps to have a strategy to cope with the wall. We recently asked a number of Ironman triathletes from the Team Timex Multisport team how they deal with that challenge.

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Tags: Race, Attitude, Triathlon, Motivation, Running

Mindset

Don’t Let a Mean Boss Make You Miserable

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It’s tough enough to succeed in business without feeling like your manager is an adversary. So when you’re exposed to an abusive boss, your career can become significantly sidetracked. To make matters worse, a new study in the journal Personnel Psychology concluded that mean managers can actually harm the marriages of their subordinates. The finding came from surveys of 280 full-time employees and their partners, which also confirmed the expected rise in personal stress and tension that can result from such a workplace scenario.

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Tags: Stress, Home, Work, Attitude

Mindset

Can You Limit Sitting and Sleeping to 23 ½ Hours a Day?

We love this question, posed in the video above by Dr. Mike Evans, an associate professor of family medicine and public health at the University of Toronto. The video’s a bit long, but educational and entertaining. Plus: whiteboard illustrations! If you’re a sucker for whiteboard illos like we are, after watching this you may be compelled to 1) walk more, and 2) start using UPS for your international shipping.

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Tags: Planning, Longevity, Health, Walking, Disease

Mindset

The Science of Pushing Your Limits

The Detroit Lions' Ndamukong Suh shows off his explosive power and sends Sports Science host John Brenkus flying. (Charles Baus/ESPN.com)

As the executive producer and host of the popular "Sport Science" segments on ESPN, John Brenkus spends a lot of time exploring the limits of human performance.

Brenkus, 40, likes to refer to himself as a “human crash-test dummy.” During the segments, he routinely gets tossed, struck, and otherwise knocked around by some of the biggest names in sports—all in the name of gleaning new insight into athletic performance.

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Tags: Focus, Goals, Training, Sports Performance, Planning

Mindset

Why Do You Race?

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Despite the lingering recession, participation in endurance sports continues to grow. In 2010, more than 507,000 athletes finished a marathon, an 8.6 percent increase over 2009, according to Running USA’s annual marathon report. Membership in USA Triathlon has grown from 85,000 at the end of 2006 to more than 140,000 today. Sports such as stand-up paddleboarding and obstacle mud runs have soared in popularity over the last two years as more athletes, especially in the 35-to-45 age category, look for new ways to test their limits.

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Tags: Cycling, Running, Swimming, Race, Goals, Success Story, Triathlon, Outdoor Recreation

Mindset

7 Secrets to Get Motivated for a Workout

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Maintaining motivation in a training program can be a challenge no matter your experience level. There will be days when you just don’t feel motivated to train and periods where it’s tempting to slack off. Here are seven secrets to get motivated to work out.

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Tags: Goals, Attitude, Training, Motivation, Planning

Mindset

Q&A: Is It Better to Skip a Workout or Tone It Down When Tired?

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Q: By the end of the day, I often feel too tired to exercise. Is it better to skip my workout or cut it short?

A: While your initial reaction to feeling rundown may be to skip your workout, don't avoid the gym. Unless you're sick or you've been overtraining, a truncated workout is better than nothing.

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Tags: Movement Preparation, Q&A, Attitude, Training, Motivation, Energy

Mindset

How to Prepare Your Mind for a Grueling Endurance Race

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During his nearly 30-year career in the U.S. Marine Corps, Paul Roarke developed plenty of core strength. But he noticed that many of his longtime colleagues struggled with maintaining the physical standards needed to perform. As a result, they were forced to retire early, depriving America of some experienced soldiers. It’s no different, Roarke says, than civilians who no longer can apply their skills because of diminished physical performance.

The chiseled 50-year-old Roarke’s fitness regimen over the years has included boxing, martial arts, power lifting, and triathlon, and in June he will compete in “The Death Race,” a grueling endurance event in Vermont so challenging that its website is YouMayDie.com. Participants literally sign their lives away, and only 10 percent of the 200 competitors finish.

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Tags: Race, Goals, Motivation, Outdoor Recreation, Planning

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.