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Running is one of the most popular forms of physical activity, and with increased participation, comes an increased incidence of injury. Men, women, and children of all ages are susceptible to these injuries which are often caused by overuse, whether it is chronic or acute. The American Academy of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation reported that about 70% of runners will become injured during their training tenure.
When seeking to initially improve one’s health and fitness, gaining the motivation to actually get up and go to the gym can be difficult; especially if the individual is self-conscious about their body. The gym can be an intimidating environment; however, if you go in with an understanding of common etiquette - you are less likely to be embarrassed by looking like a fitness gaffe.
Probiotics are live microorganisms that occur naturally in the gastro-intestinal tract and have a beneficial impact on health. They are believed to aid in the digestive process as well as improve immune system function. Additionally, having a healthy gut complete with a plethora of the almost 500 believed species of probiotics is thought to help treat Crohn’s disease and irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) amongst other ailments.
Dehydration has clear negative effects on exercise performance. During prolonged endurance training dehydration may cause just as much fatigue as fuel depletion; but the negative effects are even more pronounced in hot environments and during repeated anaerobic work (weightlifting). Exercise performance is impaired by dehydration as low as 2% of total body weight; water loss in excess of 5% has been shown to decrease the capacity for work by about 30% and greatly increase the risk for heat illnesses such as heat cramps, heat exhaustion and heat stroke.
A recent study examined the effects of very-high intensity exercise using short rest periods on a number of markers for muscle damage among highly-trained males and females. Eighteen participants (9 men and 9 women) engaged in a descending pyramid scheme starting at 10 repetitions, decreasing 1 repetition per set for the back squat, bench press, and deadlift, as fast as possible.
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A variety of recent investigations have examined the potential for using video games that require physical effort to play as seen with Nintendo Wii, Nintendo Wii U, PlayStation Move and Xbox Kinect titles. Active or interactive games have been shown to provide a number of positive outcomes when implemented a regular structured activity or simply as a supplement to a weightlifting and aerobic conditioning program.
The lat pull-down is a popular exercise which is primarily useful for improving open-chain strength in the latissimus dorsi, rhomboids and biceps. Many grips and pulling angle variations can be employed to vary the activation of upper back musculature as well as the assistive force provided by the biceps and forearms. As it relates to grip use during this lift, anecdotal reports suggest that a wider grip promotes enhanced activation of the latissimus dorsi and greater improvements in strength when compared with a narrow grip.