Recovery & Performance

Hot And Cold

Two of the most common recovery techniques seem like opposites. One involves applying heat to your aching muscles, the other involves cold. Yet these two common forms of treatment often come together. Which one is more effective depends on the type of pain. Heat therapy could more accurately be called warm therapy. High temperatures can …

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The Young And The Old

We know our bodies and health change as we grow older. Does that mean our recovery times change, too? Has anyone ever actually measured it? Does it matter if you’re well-trained or a novice? Does it apply to all types of exercise? A study was released in January 2022 looking at exactly that (https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC8822894/). Specifically, …

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A Mental Approach

Flexibility isn’t just about your physical bendiness. It can also mean flexibility of thought and your willingness to listen to new ideas and try new approaches. Rather than clinging rigidly to established techniques, try to motivate yourself to be a little more creative in your attitude toward your own health. We sometimes get bogged down …

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Hormones

Hormones can be pretty controversial things, especially when you consider that everyone has them. Our bodies wouldn’t work at all without hormones. The problem is that when they can cause such dramatic differences in performance, they also become part of ongoing debates about fairness, doping and how we make sure every athlete is playing on …

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Creatine

When it comes to the various chemicals of the human body, some are more famous than others. Creatine has been drawing more attention in recent years, especially as it becomes one of the most prominent supplements to help you boost your performance. In fact, it’s currently the most popular of the performance-enhancing substances. Creatine is …

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Aging

It’s an unfortunate truth that most health-related things become more difficult as we age. We can hold some of it off with good nutrition and exercise, but the body does become worn over the years. In addition, problems like reduced mobility or increased risk of dehydration can actually make one another worse. Let’s start with …

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Cycling

Most of the time, trying to lower your blood pressure is a good thing. High blood pressure is a risk for heart attacks and strokes, while low pressure rarely does more than making you feel lightheaded. When it comes to trying to ensure your blood pressure is low (but not too low), the starting point …

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