Sports Training & Nutrition Resources (04)

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Ten Strategies For Better Concentration in Golf
Bill Cole, MS, MA, is an expert on sports psychology and the founder of the William B. Cole Consultants, a firm that offers mental game coaching sessions and consultations with various individuals and sports teams. Golf is a highly mental game. A golfer might have mastered the basics of alignment, swinging and all that, but these alone do not guarantee success. In this article, Cole shares ten strategies that will help golf players concentrate better. Some of these include creating a pre-zone period, committing to the shot, downsizing your vision, and quieting the noise in your head.

Getting Too Much Vitamins and Minerals
Vitamins for athletes should be an essential part of your everyday intake, but there are certainly perils in over-indulging in such products. The article on WebMD.com points out that today, everything seems to have souped up levels of vitamins and minerals, from bottled water to orange juice. It says that your body will store essential vitamins and minerals until needed, but when it is housing excessive amounts or more than necessary, it can take on a toxic effect, and organs can be put at risk. The vitamins most dangerous to over dosing on are the fat-soluble ones, namely Vitamin-A, Vitamin-D, Vitamin-E, and Vitamin-K. But if you're taking a multiviutamin, there such a wide marging of safety that you probably don't have anything to worry about. Vitamin D, calcium and folic acid are three nutrient you may bet too much of through a combination of food and vitamin supplements.

Triathlon Training Nutrition for Bikers, Swimmers and Runners
What you eat before a triathlon has a lot to do with your performance in the running, biking and swimming arms of the race. The author of this article believes in the 70% carbohydrate, 20% protein and 10% fat philosophy. He eats breads, cereal, milk, yogurt, cheese, meat, poultry, eggs, nuts and fruit. There is also a link to see exactly how many calories one burns during triathlon training.

MuscleAndFitness.com
MuscleAndFitness.com is the official website of the Muscle & Fitness magazine, with no less than Arnold Schwarzenegger as the executive editor. The site is a great source of workout routines, diet plans and healthy recipes, fitness inspiration and motivation, nutrition tips, and expert advice on gaining strength, losing fat and building a healthy body and the physique you always dream of. Besides the tons of articles, there are also a lot of tutorial videos of physical exercises. It also features the latest news on weightlifting, MMA, and other similar sports, as well as interviews to athletes and celebrities who are engaged in physical sports. There are also features on female athletes and women who love to go to the gym.

Sports Psychology: Mind and Body
This article explains that sport psychology is an interdisciplinary science that involves not just psychology, but also biomechanics, kinesiology and physiology as well. Anyone who wishes to have a career in sport psychology would largely deal with understanding what motivations can positively impact athletic performance, or the connection between the mind and the body. The article also details the path that a person must follow before he can become a sport psychologist. First, he must have a degree in Kinesiology or Physical Education, followed by an advanced degree from either a masterís or a doctoral program in sport psychology, most preferably one that is accredited by the American Psychological Association.

OneResult.com
OneResult.com is a huge source of health information and offers nutritional supplements. The site is for everyone who wants to improve their health, including high school and college athletes, and therefore only sells NCAA-legal supplements. But more than being a simple online store, it also features workouts and physical training exercises. Most of them come with tutorial videos. One article explains some workout routines that don't require equipment such as barbells and dumbbells. In addition, you can read some nutritional tips and browse their healthy recipes and snacks. You can also join their forum and learn some advice from nutrition experts.

Electrolytes 101
This article on Active.com includes information about sports nutrition and electrolyte replacement. Water is the most abundant substance in the human body and is essential for normal physiological function, according to this article. Water loss due to sweating during exercise can result in decreased performance and other problems. Fluids should be consumed prior to, during, and after exercise, especially when extreme conditions of climate, exercise intensity, and exercise duration exist. Approximately two glasses of fluid should be consumed two hours before exercise and at regular intervals during exercise; fluid should be cool, not cold as well. Flavored sports drinks containing electrolytes are not necessary for fluid replacement during brief periods of exercise, but these electrolyte drinks may be more effective in encouraging the athlete to drink frequently and in larger amounts.

 

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