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Iced Water to Run Faster


Iced Water

Simply holding a bottle of water when you go for a run can help you make the exercise easier. But you need to make sure there’s some ice in the water, because room-temperature water will not work.

A new study at Stanford University in the US made the astonishing discovery by examining overweight women who had problems overheating during exercise. Researchers discovered that holding a bottle of cold water helped them to maintain a low core temperature, increasing their endurance. Eventually, this meant that they ran faster – and burned more fat – than subjects who didn’t get the cold bottles to hold. As high core temperature is a important factor for reducing endurance in all athletes, there is no reason why you can’t use this easy trick to counteract it. Its effects will be particularly obvious on hot summer days.
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Train Your Lungs


Running. When you're out on the cardio trail, 80% of the work is done by your diaphragm. Several reasearches demonstrated that strengthening your diaphragm improves your breathing and your endurance. To exercise your diaphragm, it is advisable to practice coordinated breathing. Start by breathing in for two steps and breathe out for the next two. Advance to three-three, then finally four-four.

Lungs Training

Swimming. Breathing in less water is a good place to start and fewer breaths will get you from end to end quicker. Studies at the A study found that swimmers who decrease the frequency of their breaths improve the delivery of oxygen to their muscles. Build up your lung power by increasing the number of strokes per breath, until you can finally manage eight strokes.

Lungs Training

Cycling. Many professional cyclers have a lung capacity of eight litres, which is two litres above average. Although this in part depends on genetics, you can train yourself to be more efficient. Use a weightlifting technique of long, slow exhalation when doing endurance work. Because cycling is basically one long push, inhaling fast and deep prior to slowly breathing out when lifting copies the demands on your muscles and lungs when cycling.

Lungs Training

Soccer. It is important how fast your lungs swap carbon dioxide for oxygen and how fast blood delivers that oxygen to your muscles. The upper level at which training can be sustained for prolonged periods is known as the anaerobic threshold and in Premiership footballers this has been measured at a massive 77%. Improve your breathing Performing soccer activities, but warm-up thoroughly first.

Lungs Training
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Weight Training Increases Arterial Stiffness

Weight Training

Lifting weights can eventually damage cardiovascular health by hardening blood vessel walls and decreasing their aptitude to stretch and contract as the heart pumps blood through them. Even a single weight workout increases blood vessel stiffness. Weight-trained bodybuilders have stiffer arteries than people who don’t lift weights. This can boost the load on the heart when it tries to pump blood. Heart experts are concerned that years of building extreme muscles could have long-lasting effects on the blood vessels and heart. High blood pressure from weight training might also obstruct blood vessel metabolism and increase the threat of deadly blood vessel wall tears called aneurisms.

Japanese researchers found that upper-body weight training exercises increased arterial stiffness, while lower-body exercises didn’t. But it is just one study. In essence it is a known fact that stronger people live longer than weaker people. Also, a thorough review specialized sources failed to render even a solitary case study of a middle-aged or older adult athlete who died from an aneurism while weight training.
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