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Release Your Muscles for Better Results

Myofascial release is the manipulation of tissue to prevent it from over-contraction. Over-contraction can cause pain, tightness, and poor use of the muscle. There are small hook-like heads in the muscle filament that connect to each other to cause contraction. This is necessary for any kind of voluntary muscular contraction (it would not take place consciously in the heart, for …

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Sleeping Beauty Knew a Thing or Two

Sleep is a beautiful thing, but nearly 40% of Americans do not get enough sleep according to the Center for Disease Control. Lack of sleep can lead to lower levels of concentration, increase risk of car accidents and has been linked to higher incidences of heart attacks. Needless to say, sleep is crucial to staying healthy. The average adult needs …

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Resting During Resistance Training

We all know when we need rest. Maybe our eyes start closing, or our heads start dropping, but what about between weight lifting sets? How much rest is the right amount? Too much rest and it takes an eternity to finish a workout; not enough, and the lift is compromised. Short-term recovery is both necessary and important to performance. It …

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Goal Setting for Success

Ringing in the New Year inevitably leads to making resolutions that are long since forgotten by February 1st. However, making goals effectively can lead to greater success both in fitness and everyday life. Implementing effective goal setting involves setting timely, realistic goals and establishing a method of completing it. For many people, a goal will be as generalized as “I …

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Tired From Turkey?

Turkey has often been attributed to the ever-so-common Thanksgiving Day nap because of its L-Tryptophan content. Tryptophan is an essential amino acid, meaning we need to eat it because our bodies cannot produce it. It is a contributor to everything from the backbone of DNA to the production of Vitamin B3. In this case, when tryptophan aids in the body’s …

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Fueling Your Workout

Food is to the body what gas is to your car. Without fueling up either one of them, you won’t get too far. Before you hit the gym, go for a bike ride, run or swim, eat smart to energize your workout. This is where carbs – especially a mix of complex and simple ones are your friends. Simple carbs …

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Gaining Control: Portion vs. Serving

Weight loss and fitness goals are tightly tied to nutrition. What you eat is as important as how you eat it. It’s important to realize that while the words ‘portion’ and ‘serving’ are used interchangeably, they don’t mean the same thing. A portion is the amount of food you are served or choose to eat. A serving is the amount …

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