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Running and Carbohydrates – 4 of the Best Sources for Runners

Carbohydrates for Runners

Carbohydrate Sources for Runners When it comes to running, carbohydrates are absolutely vital in regards to ensuring we perform at our best. Runners require a great deal of carbohydrates, more than the average person because our muscles are actually fueled by them, or rather, by glycogen which is a by-product …

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The Seven Components of Fitness

The Seven Components of Fitness

It has always been believed that to have all round fitness, a person must be fit across seven components. These components are: flexibility, endurance, stamina, skill, strength, speed and power. Whilst one component may be more important or relevant to a specific sport, ignoring any of these factors and not …

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The Science Behind Your Flexibility

The Science Behind Your Flexibility

Flexibility refers to the range of movement (ROM) that is possible around a joint, or series of joints, in the body. A high degree of flexibility is an important factor in any athletes make-up, as optimum ranges of movement in the musculo-skeletal system can significantly improve performance by increasing the …

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The Fitness Benefits of Swimming as a Sport

Benefits of Swimming

The Sport of Swimming  Recently, worldwide obesity rates peaked at record breaking highs, meaning that currently there are more obese, or morbidly obese, individuals living on this planet than ever before. Life expectancies are decreasing, more and more people are suffering with weight-related health conditions, and truthfully the human race …

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Hydrate for Peak Performance

Hydrate for Peak Performance

Simply put, water is more important to humans than food. Two-thirds of our body weight is composed of it. Water is required for almost every single occurrence and reaction in the body, from circulation to respiration and even more importantly for runners it’s also necessary in the process of converting …

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How to Warm-Up and Cool-Down

Warm up and cool down

The warm-up is something we are all aware of, yet all too often conveniently forgotten about prior to training. A simple short sharp warm-up not only prepares the body and aids injury avoidance, it clears the mind also prepares it for the training to come. Skipping the warm-up and cool-down …

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Cross-Training For Runners

cross training for runners

Choosing the right form of cross-training can have an excellent effect on your running ability. This is because some people who find really pushing themselves when running a hard task, are able to boost their cardiovascular system by exercising at a much higher intensity when training for another sport. Training …

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What Are Plyometric Exercises?

What Are Plyometric Exercises

Plyometrics are specialist exercises that enable a muscle to reach its maximal strength in a short space of time. This works by stimulating the stretch reflex: stretching a muscle and then relying on its elastic properties to produce greater forces than are normally possible in the reflex contraction (as the …

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The Three Athletic Energy Systems

Foods to Boost Your Endurance

If an athlete wants to perform to the best of his or her ability then it is important to have an understanding of the sports science that will underpin their ability to strive for peak performance. If you want to improve your levels of physical conditioning you have to understand …

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