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Motivation Trumps Willpower for Changing Behaviors Jul 15, 2012

How often do you tell yourself that "it was my lack of willpower that kept me from being successful at ____" (fill in the blank - eating less, exercising consistently, journaling daily, etc.).

As a coach I hear willpower blamed for many "failures." What is especially curious to me is when the...

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Three Reasons to Drink More Water anti-inflammatory diet heal yourself health inflammation weight-loss Jul 08, 2012

1. Reduce joint pain and inflammation

A joint can be defined as the meeting place of two skeletal bones. The majority of our joints are synovial joints which are surrounded by a membrane and bathed in fluid. These joints also contain shock absorbing materials to distribute impact forces such as...

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10 Secrets to Better Mountain Biking athlete exercise mountain biking mountain biking technique training Jun 28, 2012

 

1. Look where you want to go with soft eyes
The number one mistake beginner mountain bikers make is focusing on the obstacles in the trail. The path of your bike follows your eyes. If you stare intently at the rock, tree, or root odds are you will hit them. Instead, look up the trail and...

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Elevate Your Happiness by Using Your Strengths authentic happiness character strengths positive psychology seligman signature strengths the pain free athlete Jun 21, 2012

Positive Psychology research has shown that one way to increase uplifted emotions is to do what you are good at. Utilizing your character strengths especially in the service of others has been shown to produce lasting good feelings. Aside from having the "warm and fuzzies", Barbara Frederickson...

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Never Give Up on Yourself - how I became a runner running running efficiency running endurance running form running technique Jun 11, 2012
It's very easy to accept your limitations and conform to societal norms. It is much more difficult to challenge common wisdom and believe that something bigger is possible.
 
Over a decade ago I had my first knee surgery and was told my running days were over. For many years I accepted this...
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Protein and Exercise - How Much Should You Eat? athlete diet health health goals healthy Jun 06, 2012

Protein seems to be the most misunderstood of the food nutrients. And it is no wonder with the popularity of high protein diets, protein powders, bars, and so on. Since I am not a dietitian I will share some of the sound advice offered by sports nutritionist and author Nancy Clark, MS, RD...

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How and Why to Add Intervals to Your Workouts hiit interval training lactate threshold power sprints the pain free athlete vo2 max Jun 01, 2012

You've heard you should do interval training but how and more importantly why?

Intervals are an important training technique because you can push your body harder for shorter periods of time than for a long duration. Challenging your body to go beyond the usual effort is necessary for positive...

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Posture Therapy and Chiropractic are Complementary alignment posture alignment posture analysis posture fitness class posture therapy May 22, 2012

Chiropractic and Posture Therapy share the same goal, healing musculoskeletal pain through skeletal alignment. Clients often ask me if they should be seeing a chiropractor while doing posture therapy. I work closely with a chiropractor on many client cases, and we find that the collaborative...

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How to Handle the Pressures of Athletic Competition athlete competition self self-discipline training May 17, 2012

"One of the hardest things to deal with at the international level of competition is the pressure I feel just before it is time to go!" 
- Winter Olympic Gold Medalist

Olympic athletes have the ultimate pressure to perform with an entire country counting on them to excel. Watching the...

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Ten Tenets of Wellness health health goals self healing wellness wellness coaching May 09, 2012

What is wellness? Many have tried to define it and several models have been developed to explain the components. Michael Arloski, PhD, PCC, a licensed psychologist and professional certified coach created the Ten Tenets of Wellness. Not a model but foundational principles for changing lifestyle...

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Riding Solo or with the Group, 3 Questions to Consider athlete self self-compassion skill training May 03, 2012

It's Saturday morning, the group ride leaves in an hour - should you join the bunch or go it alone? Ask yourself the following three questions to make the best decision.

1. What type of workout do I want and need today?

Whenever a group of athletes come together to train it inevitably turns...

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Fueling for a Century Ride anti-inflammatory diet athlete cycling diet training Apr 11, 2012

The century ride is when you can cash in on all your bike hours in one long effort. All the training miles you've done, however, won't replace a smart eating plan for the event. A successful 100 mile ride is dependent on maintaining your energy level over the distance.

Carbohydrate - The Star...

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