Friday May 24, 2013
We've all probably gotten used to seeing runners wearing colorful knee-high compression socks for quite some time, but the trend has moved along to nearly every athlete in every sport. These days, it's not uncommon to see athletes pulling on their compression socks after every event and grueling training session. The idea behind compression socks isn't new, but the application sure is. The first compression stockings were designed the help increase venous blood flow (and prevent blood clots) in bedridden patients and those with serious venous disorders, including edema, phlebitis and thrombosis. The extra compression, that is tighter near the ankle and gradually lessens near the knees, helps move the blood back toward the heart, improves circulation, and prevents swelling in the feet and ankles.
Compression Socks and Athletes
Not long ago, athletes began experimenting with the socks in the hopes of improving blood flow, which they thought could lead to improved performance and recovery. Many athletes swear by the socks, particularly when used after-exercise to improve recovery, but do they work? The research offers some interesting results that may have you taking a second look at these snug knee-highs.
Read More: Pros and Cons: Compression Socks for Sports
Monday May 20, 2013
Do you have a race or major event on your summer schedule? If you are starting your training program in hopes of being in top condition when you hit the starting line, you may want to take advantage of a few of the best training and pre-event tips that cover the whole range of race-prep.
Athletes often speak of "peaking" to describe being in the absolute best condition (physical, emotional and mental) at a specific time for an event or race. Peaking at the perfect time for competition, isn't easy to do. It requires more than just a training plan and practice. The more experience you have racing, and the more in touch you are with your body, the easier it becomes to reach your peak when you need it most. Here are some resources that will help you maximize your training now.
Tips for Getting Race-Ready the Summer:
Wednesday May 15, 2013
Do you fly through the same cardio workout routine day after day without seeing much improvement to your fitness level? Many women are surprised to learn that to really make progress in your fitness, you need to follow the same principles of conditioning as exercise routines aimed at men.
If you can get through your workout without breaking a sweat, or never work hard enough that you need to interrupt your conversation, it's unlikely you will see much change in your muscle tone, or your fitness level. The most important aspect of any exercise program that gets real results is that it consistently alternates hard work with rest.
The best exercises for women can be tailored to both beginning exercisers as well as elite athletes. If you are just getting started, it's a good idea to work with a coach or a trainer to learn how to do the exercises correctly. This program is ideal for a home workout that you can perform 3 days each week, with a one rest day between sessions. Build up your time, reps and change your body position to challenge yourself as you progress. After using this whole-body strengthener for a few weeks, you may find you are fitter, stronger and more balanced than you were when doing endless cardio sessions on the treadmill or stair climber.
Read More: Best Exercises for Women
Saturday May 11, 2013
To be a great golfer, you need to learn and practice proper technique, but some basic conditioning exercises can improve your golf game and reduce your risk of injury. These conditioning exercises focus on core strength and flexibility.
Learn How To Hit Longer, Straighter Drives
How To Prevent Golf Injuries
Common Golf Injuries
The most common golf injuries occur in the lower back, elbows, shoulders, hands and wrists and are generally defined as either cumulative (overuse) or acute (traumatic) injuries. Proper conditioning and swing mechanics can often prevent golf pain and injury
Golf.about.com offers a great "head-to-toe" and the latest equipment reviews.