Monthly Archives: August 2016

How To Recover From a Race


For runners who like to compete in races, a lot of attention is typically spent on training, gear and race selection, with less thought – if any – to race recovery. Every race, no matter the distance, requires adequate recovery to help minimize overtraining, injuries and burnout, as well as to keep you performing well in future competitions. As quoted in Runner’s World, Corey Hart, a physiologist and doctoral candidate at the University of Utah’s Vascular Research Lab, “What you do to recover after a race plays a big role in how you will perform at the next one.”

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Maximizing Your Potential in Masters Running



Running tends to be challenging when we are young, and it gets even harder when coping with aging muscles and bones. Certainly, there are those that seem to defy aging and continue with impressive running performance over many years, but for most people, getting older makes it much more difficult to achieve the same running results of decades earlier. » Read Full Story

LIVESTRONG at the YMCA: Fighting Cancer and Calories



For cancer survivors, fitness might be the last thing on their minds. Since February 2012, the Earlywine Park YMCA in Oklahoma City has helped more than 120 cancer survivors focus on fitness to improve their cardiovascular health, balance, flexibility, agility, self-efficacy for exercise, and most importantly their confidence and self-esteem, all through the LIVESTRONG at the YMCA program. » Read Full Story

Preventing Common Running Injuries



The high-impact nature of running can lead to common injuries such as plantar fasciitis, shin splints, iliotibial band syndrome, patellofemoral stress syndrome and piriformis syndrome. These injuries result in running with pain, running less or being sidelined altogether. Some research estimates that as many as 79% of runners will suffer a moderate to severe injury each year. » Read Full Story

Home Exercise Bike Delivers Great Workouts


Sometimes the home exercise bike can get a bum rap, with people envisioning leisurely pedaling while watching TV or flipping through a magazine. Being seated – particularly on a recumbent bike – may seem to encourage some to go easier, surf the web or read a book while riding. With today’s elliptical machines, treadmills and total-body trainers, the stationary bike appears to have taken a back seat when it comes to cardio options.


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Plantar Fasciitis Overview



Many runners have experienced plantar fasciitis, or know someone who has suffered from this common injury; there are approximately 2-3 million cases per year in the United States. The good news is that plantar fasciitis typically responds well to treatment, and runners and exercisers often can carry on with their routines.  » Read Full Story

10 Effective Beginner Exercises for Home Workouts



When you don’t have time to get to the gym, or there isn’t a gym convenient to you, home workouts help you get – and stay – in shape. The key to seeing results is to stay consistent, exercising ideally at least 3-5 times weekly for 30-60 minutes. For optimal fitness, you need to incorporate cardio, strength training and flexibility work, either all in one workout or separated among different sessions. » Read Full Story