A generation ago, you'd be hard-pressed to find elite runners paying attention to their abs. Today, it's practically mandatory. "Our coaches drill the importance of core conditioning into our heads," says world champion hurdler Lolo Jones. "We're at it all the time." "When your core is strong, everything else will follow," says Greg McMillan, a running coach in Flagstaff, Arizona, who has worked with scores of elite and recreational runners. The key is to train your core like a specialist. All runners-from those rehabbing injuries to elites gunning for PRs-can benefit from this detailed approach. Quality core work isn't easy. Speed As you extend your stride or quicken the rate of your leg and foot turnover when you're trying to pick up your pace, the lower abs-including the transversus and rectus abdominis-and lower back are called into action. Uphills The glutes and lower abs support the pelvis, which connects to the leg muscles needed to get uphill. Downhills Endurance Lateral Movement
Excuse-proof your workoutStudies have shown that regular exercise can actually increase your energy level. We make excuses to reduce our discomfort about not doing something, expert says Getting into the exercise habit can lead to a "healthy obsession" Top excuses for not exercising include lack of time and lack of energy (Health.com) -- We all have our reasons for not working out. "We make excuses to reduce what's called cognitive dissonance," says Dan Kirschenbaum, professor of psychiatry and behavioral sciences at Northwestern University Medical School. That's not to say you're lazy; it's a normal response. Until then, here's how to overcome your top four gym deterrents (as revealed in a Health.com poll). Excuses for regular exercise She's doing what at 8 months pregnant? Michelle Obama: First lady of fitness Health.com: 30-minute workout, no gym required The excuse: I'm too pooped. The reality: It's the number-one reason you blow off workouts. Health.com: How to get more energy, from morning to night The key?
GUEST POST…….Peanut Butter Fingers!!!!!YOU GUYS ARE IN FOR A TREAT!!! We have JULIE today!! Probably the cutest little thing in the whole wide world! I have followed her blog for forever and feel like we are real life best friends, whether she wants that or not:) Sit back and enjoy an amazing post filled with our favorite things in life…..pb and working out!—————————————————————— Hey there, Hungry Runners! When Janae reached out to me about guest posting on her blog, I freaked out a little because I am an avid Hungry Runner Girl reader and love Janae’s positive outlook on life, her obsession with candy and her intense love for Billy and her family. As I started to brainstorm guest post ideas, I thought you guys might enjoy a post that featured some super-sweaty workouts. I regularly post workouts on my blog, ranging from treadmill interval workouts and strength training routines to circuit-style workouts. Awesome Circuit Workouts Here are some of my favorite circuit workouts: Question: What type of workout is your favorite?
No time? Work out like a 'corporate athlete'Seven minutes. That's the amount of time it takes to complete the high-intensity circuit training program Chris Jordan designed to help his clients lose weight and get fit. Repeat the circuit two to three times and your workout is over. You'll sweat. "(High-intensity circuit training) is growing in popularity because of its efficiency and practicality for a time-constrained society," Jordan writes in the May/June issue of the American College of Sports Medicine's Health & Fitness Journal. Jordan is the director of exercise physiology at the Human Performance Institute, where he developed the fitness programming portion of their Corporate Athlete program for business executives looking to improve their performance -- in and out of the office. A workout a day may keep cancer away The Human Performance Institute was formed more than 30 years ago by doctors Jim Loehr and Jack Groppel. "Business executives, much like athletes, have to perform under pressure. Excuse-proof your workout
25pntcx.png 800×878 pixelsHealthy Weight: Losing Weight: Improving Your Eating Habits | DNPAO | CDCSkip directly to A to Z list Skip directly to navigation Skip directly to page options Skip directly to site content Get Email Updates To receive email updates about this page, enter your email address: Our Division CDCHealthy WeightLosing Weight Improving Your Eating Habits Language: English Español (Spanish) Recommend on Facebook Tweet When it comes to eating, we have strong habits. Making sudden, radical changes to eating habits such as eating nothing but cabbage soup, can lead to short term weight loss. REFLECT on all of your specific eating habits, both bad and good; and, your common triggers for unhealthy eating. Reflect, Replace, Reinforce: A process for improving your eating habits Create a list of your eating habits. Common triggers for eating when not hungry are: Opening up the cabinet and seeing your favorite snack food. Want to learn more? Losing Weight( is healthy weight loss and why should you bother? File Formats Help: Top
Getting Fit, pursuingamazing: mysmallestdreams: omg im...Healthy Weight: Healthy Eating for a Healthy Weight: Portion Size | DNPAO | CDCSkip directly to A to Z list Skip directly to navigation Skip directly to page options Skip directly to site content Get Email Updates To receive email updates about this page, enter your email address: Our Division CDCHealthy WeightHealthy Eating for a Healthy WeightCutting Calories How to Avoid Portion Size Pitfalls to Help Manage Your Weight Language: English Español (Spanish) Recommend on Facebook Tweet When eating at many restaurants, it's hard to miss that portion sizes have gotten larger in the last few years. ( This is also available as a Print-friendly game board brochure[PDF-816KB]( Portion control when eating out. Portion control when eating in. Portion control in front of the TV. Go ahead, spoil your dinner. Be aware of large packages. Out of sight, out of mind. Replace the candy dish with a fruit bowl. Related Resources File Formats Help: Top
Three Heart-Rate Monitor Mistakes Everyone MakesAvoid these and you will be well on your way toward getting the most out of your device. A heart rate monitor can be a useful piece of training equipment. Heart rate is a reliable indicator of exercise intensity, so training with one can help you work hard enough but not too hard in each workout. But using this type of device will not automatically make your training more effective. As with any piece of equipment, there is a right way to use a heart rate monitor, and there are numerous possible mistakes you can make with it. There are three mistakes in the use of heart rate monitors that are especially common. FILED UNDER: Training TAGS: heart rate monitors / Heart Rate Training / resting heart rate / speed workouts
Get In The Zone: The Pros Of Heart-Rate Training For RunnersLearn how to utilize fat as fuel, improve efficiency and better gauge intensity by training in the right zones. When you think of an easy run, thoughts of runners cruising down the sidewalk, rocking out to the beat in their headphones at a comfortable clip probably come to mind. Unknowingly, however, most runners don’t really run all that easy on their easy runs. To help runners and other endurance athletes keep their easy runs easy and their hard workouts at the correct intensity, more and more coaches are relying on heart-rate training. RELATED: Three Heart-Rate Monitor Mistakes Everyone Makes During exercise, the body utilizes two primary sources of fuel, namely carbohydrates and fats. To determine an athlete’s metabolic efficiency and identify their target heart-rate training zones, Steinle uses treadmill and bike tests. RELATED: Using Heart Rate To Measure Overtraining FILED UNDER: Training TAGS: Heart Rate Training / interval workouts / Long Runs / Overtraining / Tempo Runs