Training/Nutrition for Sports Health (02)
Martial Arts Workout Routines on Black Belt magazine
If you are into martial arts, doing a series of workout routines is very important. If you are running out of ideas, Black Belt magazine has a lot of them that you can try. This includes articles with videos of neck-strengthening exercises that can help prevent injuries, different kettlebell exercises, how to use cardio kickboxing as self-defense tactics, and many more. There are also several physical exercises for MMA training, as discussed by MMA trainer and fitness expert Kevin Kearns. In addition, you can watch some excerpts from the three volumes of the DVD Ultimate Conditioning video by international multi-sport champion and sambo coach Scott Sonnon.
Ten Healthiest Sports According to Forbes Magazine
Being engage in sports can make fit and healthy. But if you prefer simply being healthy, check this list of ten healthiest sports according to Forbes Magazine. These sports were rated after consulting with fitness experts–coaches, personal trainers, competitors and exercise physiologists. According to the magazine, the four basic physiological components of fitness are rated on 1-5 scale, with 5 being excellent, 4 being darn good, 3 being good, 2 being not bad and 1 being nothing special. On top of the list is squash, followed by rowing, rock climbing, swimming, and cross-country skiing. The remaining five are: basketball, cycling, running, modern pentathlon, and boxing.
Triathlon Race Day Nutrition
If race day is looming, read on to learn more about what to eat. The morning of the race try to consume a breakfast containing approximately 800 calories about 2 hours before the race. The meal should be primarily low glycemic index carbohydrates with some protein and fat added to prevent blood sugar fluctuations. Energy bars and powdered pre-workout drinks can be substituted for whole foods if you have a nervous stomach, which can be common. An added benefit of pre-workout and recovery drinks such as Preformance and Endurox R4 is that they contain protein, which is needed in addition to carbohydrates to help fuel your muscles during longer events such as a triathlon. Some athletes report energy problems if relying solely on carbohydrates during long races.
The Benefits of Acupuncture for Athletes
If you are an athlete, you are no stranger to the aches and injuries your lifestyle brings. Acupuncture is one of the many ways you can cope with the pains being an athlete brings. Acupuncture, which has been used for more than 2,500 years now, is starting to become more and more popular among sports organization. This article discusses what acupuncture is and explains how acupuncture works to relieve pain. It also lists the other benefits of acupuncture, such as improved blood circulation, more relaxed muscles, prevention of injury, enhancement of energy and endurance, and rapid recovery. Acupuncture has becoming increasing respected in the healthcare field, e.g., it is a major at the prestigious Bastyr University for natural health. Dr. Mac Powell is president of Bastyr University, and is also an expert in sports psychology as applied to golf.
Sports Drinks: Help, Harm, or Hype?
This article on Runner's World by Leslie Bonci discusses sports drinks. Most products marketed as energy drinks contain high concentrations of carbohydrate and some caffeine in addition to water. Some energy drinks contain herbs, amino acids, protein, and other substances, usually in such small amounts that they are unlikely to have any noticeable effect on performance. The content of some of these energy drink products may result in inefficient absorption of fluid and nutrients from the intestine, with the possibility of gastrointestinal distress and problems. Energy drinks are quite costly sometimes and, because of their composition, are not suitable for use by athletes. Athletes should be educated about these products and guided towards other foods and fluids that will not pose potential risks. Alternatively, there are effective sports drinks formulated, e.g., formulated to provided approxmiately 14 g of carbohydrate in the form of glucose, fructose or maltodextrins in every 8 oz of beverage; additionally, electrolytes heop drive the desire to drink and reduce or prevent cramping during exercise.