Cardiovascular

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Farewell, Running

Peripheral neuropathy: An end to your running career?

You’ve run for decades, put hundreds of miles on your body. And one day, your feet hurt so bad you can’t do it any more. It may be a case of peripheral neuropathy.

A painful condition, peripheral neuropathy is caused by damage to your peripheral nervous system and can kick it at any age. Each minute of your life, your peripheral nerves are sending and receiving messages from the central nervous system (your brain and spinal cord). When these nerves are damaged, communication between your brain and the rest of your body is interrupted, causing severe pain that activities such as running may become impossible. (more…)

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How Long does it take to burn off

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The Greatist Complete Guide to Interval Training

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Clash of the Titans: Cardio Vs. Strength Training

When and how hard you should push yourself on both of these vital aspects for your overall good health.

More than likely, you know people who are nuts about cardiovascular exercise. They love running on the treadmill and riding the stationary bikes. Lifting weight? No thanks. And if you know many people, you likely know a few weight lifting folks who would rather be stranded on a desert island than have to spend time doing cardio.

But not you. You’re wise to the ways of overall good health. You know the benefits that are offered through a well-rounded exercise routine that incorporates cardiovascular exercise as well as strength training. You’re just unsure how much to get of each and when each is appropriate.
That’s about to change. (more…)

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The Runner’s Diet

What foods every runner should include in his or her diet for optimal performance.

Every bite of food you take increases the amount of calories you have at your disposal. While it’s important for everyone to have the appropriate amount of calories on hand to get through the day, runners have a particular need for the right kind of calories. Because while you can get away with eating most anything if you’re working a desk job, running 30 miles at a time puts certain demands on your body that food can help you meet.
What should you eat if you’re an avid runner? Start out with these foods.

“Jogging is very beneficial. It’s good for your legs and your feet. It’s also very good for the ground. It makes it feel needed .”Charles Schulz

Almonds

They’re small, they taste great, and they do a runner’s body good. If you plan on doing some serious running, be sure to pack plenty of these nuts, and you’ll avoid feeling hungry during your run and reduce your muscle aches afterward. (more…)

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Running Right

Run faster, better, longer, safer.

Running is one of the easiest ways to get in your daily 30 minutes of exercise. It requires no special equipment, and you can do it anywhere you find yourself. However, to get the best workout, you’ve got to do it right. Grab your running shoes, your favorite shorts, and have a seat. It’s time for a brief refresher in running that’ll have you running faster, better, longer, and safer than ever before. (more…)

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Finding Cardio Effectiveness

BodyWe all love our cardio, right? Hang on… what was that? Did I happen to hear a collective sigh? Yes, cardio is usually the most hated portion of a work out. Especially if you haven’t yet found your cardio niche. Or, perhaps you have found your cardio niche… but now you’ve reached a plateau and don’t seem to be breaking through to the next level of fitness that you’re striving for. Don’t despair. There are many ways to break through those barriers, both born of boredom or lack of challenge, in order to maximize your cardio time. (more…)

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5 Ways to Improve Your Cardio

Switching Things Up

Our bodies have memories, they remember the stress you put on them, when you train them. Eventually they get use to it, they get comfortable, this is when the exercise ceases to be effective, and it is time to make new memories. Change from the bike to the elliptical, or go from a treadmill to running outside. Do not get stuck in the same routine, doing the same things over and over again, it is not helping you reach your goal! (more…)

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Walking Away the Weight

Having to take a step forward and following it up with another step forward does not seem like a lot. However trying doing that 10,000 times in a day and you may end up  looking at walking a little differently. That is the recommended amount of steps that you should be taking in a day. The average person walks around 5000-7000 steps in a day. This is a generalization as there are many factors that affect how many steps you make in a day. The type of job you have, the time of day, the weather, and your current fitness level.

Walking can be fun turn it into a game, set a high score and try and break it the next day. Reward yourself and keep playing. By going to a run, or even a sustained walk for 60 minutes is enough to reach the 10,000 mark. Coincidentally the Canadian physical activity guide recommend 1 hour of moderate activity a day, walking counts and it can make the difference. (more…)

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The Rake your New Best Friend

The Rake Workout

The month of October is a very critical month. It will foreshadow your activity during the next 6 months. By being active in October you are more likely to be active later on. October is such a colourful month, reds, yellows, and oranges. As leafs fall and pile up you have to rake them up. Rather than getting someone else to do it you should do it. (more…)

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15 Benifits of Cardiovascular Training

1.Increased maximal cardiac output and delivery of oxygen and nutrients.

2. Increased blood delivery.

3. Increase stroke volume.

4. Greater amount of blood volume pumped per beat.

5. Increased in red blood cells.   (more…)

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Are You Working Out Correctly?

Every Successful workout requires 4 things, being safe, being effective, being efficient and having it all be enjoyable.