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Reduce Joint Pain by Improving Body pH anti-inflammatory diet chronic pain freedom from pain heal heal yourself pain Aug 20, 2012

To reduce joint pain my Egoscue® therapist recommended I measure and work to improve my body pH. Defined as "potential for Hydrogen" pH represents the acid-base balance in arterial blood. The density of positively charged hydrogen ions makes a solution acidic or basic. An acid has a greater...

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Three Strategies to Settle Competition Nerves character strengths competition racing self training Aug 10, 2012

1. Embrace Your Competitor

When I read about this strategy in Running Within by Jerry Lynch and Warren Scott I was intrigued. I had always seen the other women in my races as rivals to be beaten and crushed, not embraced! Lynch and Scott describe how anger is a counterproductive emotion...

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Core Training - Are You Doing Enough? alignment core core training posture alignment strength the pain free athlete training Aug 02, 2012

In case you missed my article in the Los Alamos Daily Post it is reprinted below.

You have probably heard that having a strong core is important and will help with back pain, athletic performance, injury prevention, posture and the various activities of daily living. In your effort to...

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Reduce Lower Back Pain by Increasing Hip Mobility back ache back pain heal back pain heal yourself lower back pain posture therapy Jul 27, 2012

Many of my posture alignment clients suffer from painful lower back conditions - sciatica, bulging or herniated discs, SI joint dysfunction, stenosis, etc. Upon examination I find that their hips have restricted movement. The hips and lower back are connected though the pelvis. Your hip muscles...

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Low Tech or High Tech Training - what's right for you? exercise exercise recovery functional training interval training training Jul 20, 2012

I have always been a low tech exerciser and competitor. In my sports training I have mainly used heart rate and time as measures of my effort and intensity. There are several reasons for my choice.

First, learning new technology can be frustrating. I don't enjoy spending my energy figuring...

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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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