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Studies look to see if mouthpiece boosts athletic performance

According to researchers at The Citadel, wearing a small plastic mouthpiece during exercise could boost athletic performance.




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According to researchers at The Citadel, wearing a small plastic mouthpiece during exercise could boost athletic performance. The military college has been studying the mouthpiece's affect on different aspects of performance since 2004.

They want to know not only if it works, but how it works. In an article from The Post and Courier (Charleston, SC), one of the aspects researchers are studying is the mouthpiece's affect on levels of the hormone cortisol - which is associated with stress. Cortisol increases when people exercise.

When a person wears the mouthpiece, cortisol levels seem to drop back to a normal level more quickly. The studies currently under way are looking at how the mouthpiece affects performance, resistance-training, flexibility and pistol shooting accuracy.

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Citadel puts research where mouth is

New changes coming for Army physical fitness testing

The November 7 edition of Army Times.com is reporting that a new Army PT test is coming.

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The November 7 edition of Army Times.com is reporting that  a new Army PT test is coming. According to the article, officials are putting the final touches on a new physical fitness test that will be proposed to Army leadership at year’s end.

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A new way to measure fitness

 

 

Choose juice drinks wisely

Filed under: Nutrition, Diet

With so many fruit juices on grocery shelves, do you find yourself asking, “Which one do I choose?"


With so many fruit juices on grocery shelves, do you find yourself asking “Which one do I choose?"  Look for fruit juices that are labeled “100 percent fruit juice” and read the ingredients. Juices that contain high fructose corn syrup or other sugars are an be labeled as a fruit drink, fruit punch, or fruit cocktail. These drinks add calories and contribute to obesity. Choose 100 percent fruit juice to optimize nutrition with natural ingredients, vitamins, minerals, and no artificial flavorings or sweeteners.

No weights, no gym… No problem.


Have you ever been tempted to try the exercise equipment advertised on late-night infomercials—the products that promise to enhance various body parts or provide a great workout for a low, low price? Most of it isn’t necessary to get into the shape you want. Some of the most effective workouts can be done at home­­—with only your own body weight. It’s not that equipment is bad—correct use of weights and some machines can be very effective—but it isn’t necessary, nor is it an excuse to prevent you from getting in a good workout when equipment isn’t available.

There are some clear benefits to exercising at home without the use of equipment, including saving time and money that you would spend at a gym. Most importantly, exercising by using your body weight provides you with the ability to exercise anytime and anywhere—you aren’t restricted only to the times when you have access to the piece of equipment or device. Also, there are a variety of ways to go about a home-based program, ranging from workouts on DVD to a workout you create for yourself. Those already familiar with online workouts may know that YouTube has been afire with videos of extraordinarily fit people demonstrating their workouts done with minimal equipment in their homes, backyards, or local parks. Always proceed with caution—these videos are impressive and can be useful, but realize that they come with a risk of serious injury. Before you begin any home workout, consult your physician and/or an exercise professional to determine what is safe, and best for you.

We list some examples below of fitness moves that can be performed at home without equipment. These moves should be performed properly and at the right intensity level for them to be effective and safe. The American Council on Exercise (ACE) provides an Exercise Library that displays the proper form for many exercises.

Core

Crunches (Supine Reverse, Supine Bicycle)

Plank (Front, Side)

Glute Activation Lunges

Bridge

Vertical Toe Touches

Upper Body

Inchworms

Push Ups (Standard, Single Leg Raise)

Downward-Facing Dog

Superman

Bird-Dog

Lower-Body Strength

Lunges (Forward, Side,

Bridge (Standard, Single Leg)

Squats (Single Leg)

Wall Sits

Inverted Flyers

Full Body

Spider Walks

Sprinter Pulls

Mountain Climbers

Squat Jumps (Cycled Split)

Jump and Reach

For a complete workout, visit ACE’s At Home (Without Equipment) Workout.

Is your relationship style causing problems?

Filed under: Relationships

Research shows that particular styles of fighting often lead to divorce. If one partner withdraws, the other may perceive that as lack of interest in the relationship and the likelihood of divorce is high. In successful marriages, both partners are willing to work out problems by talking to each other. Successful couples empathize with each other and handle conflict constructively.

Communication tips for parents

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The American Psychological Association offers communication tips for parents:

  • Make yourself available to your children to talk, listen or do things together.
  • Let your children know you are listening.
  • Express your opinion in a way that your child can hear your message.
  • Remember that children often learn how to deal with emotions, solve problems, and work through stressful situations from their parents.

Airman's fitness success story

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In the Crosshairs recently featured a story of how one airman stays in shape. Here is another airman's story.

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In the Crosshairs recently featured a story of how one airman stays in shape. Here is another airman's story.

Military.com ran an article on how Air Force Staff Sgt. Michelle Rose transformed her mental and physical obstacles into a fitness success story.

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Airman Shares Fitness Success Story

The "Michelangelo phenomenon" of relationships

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Known as the Michelangelo phenomenon, partners can help sculpt each other’s best possible self and achieve goals. Through affirmation and support, couples can help each other achieve their goals. Listen to your partner and dream together while encouraging each other. Reach for the stars together!

Perfect pushups: Which service branch offers the best methods?

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Navy Times has an article that examines what the definition of a “military push-up” means to a soldier, sailor, airman and Marine.

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Navy Times has an article that examines what the definition of a “military push-up”  means to a soldier, sailor, airman and Marine.

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Performing the perfect push-up

Hottest fitness trends for 2011: Boot camp, strength training

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According to an article in the October 28, 2010 edition of USA Today, boot-camp workouts, strength training and core exercises are among next year's top 20 trends.

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According  to an article in the October 28, 2010 edition of USA Today, boot-camp workouts, strength training and core exercises are among next year's top 20 trends.

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Boot camp, strength training will top 2011 fitness trends

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