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The Mental Game of Golf
There’s no denying that golf is a mental game. This is most especially true at the higher levels, which makes mental toughness a requisite in golfing success. While there are a lot of talented golf players, not all of them play up to their potential because they have not developed the mental ability to do so. This article by Patrick Cohn and Michael Edger explains the importance of mental training to playing golf and details how the mentally fit trump all the others in a game. Mental toughness does not only enhance confidence and keep one’s concentration and focus razor-sharp; it also allows him to have a decisive mind and spring back immediately after a bad shot.

Acupuncture and the Athlete
Acupuncture is a branch of Traditional Chinese Medicine, practiced for more than 2,000 years now. It works on the premise that the body is composed of meridians or channels that allow the flow of energy throughout the body. Acupuncturists believe that sickness is due to blocked meridians, and in order to bring wellness, these channels must be cleared by sticking needles into acupuncture points in the body. This article written by licensed acupuncturist Whitfield Reaves discusses how acupuncture works for athletes, not only for relieving pain, but also for enhancing performance and for speeding up recovery.

Staying Hydrated While Biking and More
Geared towards women, this article discusses preventing and dealing with hydration. Dehydration is probably one of the most common, and least appreciated, health problems if you're active in the outdoors. Each time you're active—biking, swimming, running and more —your body releases excess heat through sweating. Sweating is useful; in a dry climate, the sweat evaporates and helps cool you down even more. In a humid climate, of course, you just "glow". Staying hydrated will help your endurance, help prevent heat problems, assist your body in working efficiently, and help prevent injuries, as you are more prone to injury and heat stress when you're dehydrated.

MITotalHealth Offers Wealth of Chiropractor Information
Back pain sufferers looking for detailed information about chiropractors and related treatment options can find a wealth of information at MITotalHealth, a patient-resource website published by the Michigan Association of Chiropractors. The site discusses what a chiropractor does, how chiropractic works, and facts and statistics. There is also a blog, glossary, FAQs, and numberous numerous stories. There are breakout sections of information for pregnancy, pediatrics, aduilts, seniors, athletes and veterans. Also provided is a Find a Chiropractor tool.

What to Drink and When
If you're trying to improve your game, it's important to properly fuel your body. This article in Runner's World offers advice on the best sports drinks for runners. As you'd suspect, there are not definitive answers. What you should drink depends on running time and distance, your fitness, environmental conditions, and the level of intensity of the running. One simple choice is just water. Many people believe that sports drinks are better than water. This article supports that notion, saying athletes are more likely to drink sports drinks because they taste good. Sports drinks supply less than half the calories of fruit juices. They're absorbed quickly into the blood stream, so you can exercise longer and avoid post-workout fatigue. They are generally easier on your stomach than beverages with higher concentrations of carbohydrates. If you don't like the flavor of sports drinks either, try diluting your favorite fruit juice with water.

The Top 10 Sports Psychology Articles Of 2014
Mental toughness, endurance, balance, motivation, and grit: These are only some of the qualities athletes who perform all kinds of sports need to develop. The articles found on this list will surely help athletes improve their mindset and eventually drive progress in the way they train and perform. The great thing about these articles is that they are free from the self-help nonsense can be found in common motivational write-ups. Topics of these articles include the science and the psychology behind motivation, a research on the mental toughness of athletes, the tell-tale signs of exercise addiction, and training as an older athlete.

Buyer's Guide to Heart Rate Monitors
This guide can help athletes purchase a heart rate monitor. It discusses what features you need in a heart rate monitor, how your needs will grow and vary and choosing a heart rate monitor in your budget. The basic heart rate monitor is called a "continuous read" monitor, while the second class of monitors are zones monitors. The third type monitor is the most sophisticated and they are called "downloadable" monitors. This article also has information about making the commitment to wear a monitor, as well as heart rate monitor maintenance and repair, as well as choosing features and setting up a budget.

 

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