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Myths: Eating Carbohydrates On A Diet

One of the biggest misconceptions around today is that you should limit your carbohydrate intake when trying to lose weight. Myths like these have been given credibility due to high-profile stars like Jennifer Aniston claiming that they lost an incredible amount of weight by strictly following diets like the Atkins diet. Without going into the physiology behind this, it is simple enough to say that your body needs carbs to function, particularly those with an active lifestyle or who do a considerable amount of exercise.

When a person exercises regularly, their kilojoule requirements can often double and in some cases even treble. As carbs are the principal source of energy they are essential in all diets but especially for an active person.

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Ten Training Tips To Help Prevent Injuries

(Sports Injury Bulletin: Special Report)

Following is a list of steps to follow to reduce your chance of injury:

  • 1. Don't train when stiff from previous session.
  • 2. Introduce new activities very gradually
  • 3. Have sufficient time for warm up and warm down.
  • 4. Check over course or area beforehand.
  • 5. Train on different surfaces, and use correct footwear.
  • 6. Shower and change immediately after cool down.
  • 7. Aim for maximum comfort when travelling.
  • 8. Stay away from infectious areas when training or competing. Especially at high intensity.
  • 9. Monitor hygiene and environmental conditions.
  • 10. Monitor fatigue symptoms.
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Shin Splints

There is much confusion over the difference between shin splints and stress fractures in the running community. The term shin splints is a name often given to any pain at the front of the shin; a similar pain to that of Stress fractures. However the most common cause is inflammation of the periostium of the tibia (sheath surrounding the bone) due to the forces put on it from joining muscles. Whereas stress fractures are in the bone itself from a build up of micro damage (for more on stress fractures check out the articles page).

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Are Running Shoes Doing More Harm Than Good?

As all technical areas of running are accelerating in relation to research and performance the newly adapted running shoes seem to be causing more harm than good. The running shoe market is ever growing and changing in order to supply a more natural and injury free run, as well as increasing performance'. It seems that the advanced running shoes are actually an inferior option then their previous counterparts, even as far back as 1939. Gordon Pirie makes these above statements in his book " Running fast and Injury Free". Pirie stated how many records were set and championships were won throughout history with athletes running barefoot. He believed, with sufficient evidence, that by making the running shoe more like bare foot running an athlete can increase performance and decrease the prevalence of injury substantially.

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Fat Burning Exercise: The Facts

Health magazines are always full of new ways to burn fat faster then ever before. Modest to wild claims occurs on a monthly basis as to what method is best to use. For the layperson , what is fact and what is fiction.

There are two methods to get the body to burn fat through exercises throughout the health and fitness industry for each of these methods. There are two camps of philosophy on which method is best and sometimes arguments can get very heated. You should know that simple by exercising, the body will burn more fat calories after the exercise then if you don't exercise.

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Pregnancy And Exercise

Introduction

Exercise during pregnancy has become more popular during the last 10 years than it had previously (Brown, 2002; Mudd et al, 2009). As a result, the intensity and duration of physical activity (PA) performed by women with uncomplicated pregnancies is now arguably greater. The current guidelines from the American College of Obstetricians Gynaecologists (ACOG) encourage women to exercise without restriction for 30min on all or most days of the week (as per the population general), although no specific upper limits of intensity, duration and frequency are specified. As a result, most recommendations err on the side of moderate intensity for uncomplicated pregnancies. The type of exercise able to be performed safely does not have any restriction according to ACOG (2002), although there remains ambiguity over whether or not weight bearing activity is safe, particularly amongst less informed / educated populations (Mudd et al, 2009).

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Core Stability: Is It A Myth?

Personal trainers; gym instructors, Pilates and yoga instructors; and exercise physiologists regularly talk of the importance of having a strong core, especially the deep muscle known as the transversus abdominis. The attention is based on the idea that activating these muscles will support the spine and therefore reduce the likelihood of developing back pain. (Bee, 2010).

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Tips to training in winter

Everyone has trouble staying fit and motivated during the colder months of the year. Not only is it harder to stay motivated to train in cold conditions, but the lower temperatures generally means an increased incidence of colds/flu and other similar illness's.

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What Is Missing In A Personal Trainer’s Knowledge?

The Missing Link in the Personal Trainer's Knowledge

Why is it that some trainers have long waiting lists whilst others struggle to retain the few clients they have?

Why is it that using similar programs for similar people doesn't yield similar results?

What is the REAL difference between a ‘good' personal trainer and a ‘bad' personal trainer?

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Are Working Out Your Brain?

A Look At The Importance of The Brain and Proprioception In Regards to Training Performance.

Intrinsic improvements to exercise performance involve a combination of neural, chemical and muscular alterations that occur when the body is stressed past its normal limits. In an attempt to shy away from the popular focus of strength and power gains from training, this article will discuss the effects of exercise on the brain and Central Nervous System (CNS). These effects are the means by which we as humans learn and improve movement related skills and techniques. Poor technique in any exercise situation is a precursor for injury, and any attempt to minimise this is worth investigating.

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