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Safeguard the Achilles

Achilles tendon
One of the most painful tendon injuries is Achilles. But there are also ways to avoid these injuries. Here are some of them:

  • You’ll feel a burning and piercing in the tendon above your heel and it can even make a crackling sound when you move it. Any higher up your calf and it’s more likely that you’ve strained or pulled a muscle. Rupturing your Achilles tendon is a exceptionally painful experience and you’ll know when you’ve done it.
  • Your Achilles tendon connects your calf muscles to your heel bone and is made of thousands of individual fibers of collagen. Restricted blood flow to this area slows repair and pain will worsen if you keep training.
  • Four important factors in healing the Achilles are: rest, ice, compression and elevation. If your tendon is harmed take a break from all weight bearing sport (except swimming) for at least 2 weeks. You can recover from mild injury in a couple of weeks but a severe one can take 5 months.
  • In order to prevent Achilles injury in the first place Increase your running, cycling or rowing distance by no more than 5% each week and if your feet turn inwards when you run, buy inner soles or orthotics to correct this. Also try running on grass and stretching your calves after workouts to keep them flexible, then add the strength moves to your routine.
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Boost You Bone Strength Before Workout


Studies shows that an intake of calcium before exercise provides an instant bone boosting action. Core strength is great but imagine hanging it off a rock-solid frame and you'll be even more powerful and resistant.

Here is a recommendation that will safeguard vital calcium in your bones and make them less vulnerable to fracture. Researchers found that having a drink with 1g of calcium 20 minutes before cycling, running or training reduced the amount of the mineral that are lost while exercising. They tested two groups of endurance cyclists – one took a calcium drink and the other a placebo. Tests showed reduced calcium in both groups after three 35K time trials, but the calcium drinkers lost less. The experience proved that calcium salts make up about 70% of bone and provide its strength and stiffness. If levels drop, you run the risk of fragile bones and fractures.

Calcium Intake
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Jelly Beans for Performance


The Jelly beans have the property to give you the extra juice you need to guarantee for a better body. Researchers at the UC Davis Sports Medicine Program in the US tested the effects of water, sports drinks, carbohydrate gels and jelly beans on cyclists over a distance of 10km and found that those fueled on the colorful confectionery were not only 38 seconds faster but recorded the highest overall power output. The specialists advise half a 25g packet per 20 minutes of exercise. These jelly beans are quite comfortable to consume and have a nice flavor.
Jelly Beans
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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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Beat Sleeplessness With Cycling


Copious amounts of sleep may cause lethargy, but nevertheless sleep  is still a man’s most important friend when it comes to reducing stroke and risk of heart disorders However, over 25% of population experience some sort of insomnia and all of us experience troubled nights at some point in our lives.

Out of several different activities tested in a research, cycling at 75% of your maximum heart rate, for 20 minutes, four times a week was found to be the most successful way of bringing your sleeping habits under control.

Cycling
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