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Speaking for those of us in the Midwest, we're already tired of winter. Time to stock up on these winter energy boosters.

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Plyometrics is not a cure-all in athletic conditioning. It does not exist in a vacuum, nor should it be thought of as a singular form of training. Instead, plyometrics should be used by athletes who have prepared their tendons and muscles (through resistance training) for the tremendous impact forces imposed in high-intensity plyometrics. Learn why Donald Chu, author of “Plyometrics,” says it is best to combine plyometrics with other training. http://www.humankinetics.com/excerpts/excerpts/using-plyometrics-with-other-training

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Herbs are the most popular self-prescribed medication. They now come in capsules, tablets, liquids, and powders. Of the $20 billion spent on dietary supplements in the United States, more than $5 billion is spent on herbal supplements alone. Those sales figures increase by 3 to 5 percent each year. But, herbs are heavily promoted as bodybuilding supplements with little evidence that they work. According to Susan Kleiner, author of the upcoming new edition of “Power Eating,” supplements may be natural, but they aren’t always safe.

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Smartphone users just might be the new couch potatoes. Researchers studying college students found that cellphone use -- much like watching television -- may significantly decrease physical activity and fitness levels.

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Every time a cyclist trains they should have a goal for their workout. To reach that goal, they will need to be aware of how hard they’re riding. According to Shannon Sovndal, author of the newly released “Fitness Cycling,” the best way to do this is by using training zones to quantify and track intensity.

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Do you have trouble sleeping at night? Putting down your phone and living for a week with nothing but sunlight and campfires may bring your body clock in sync with nature's rhythms, a small study suggests. Researchers found that it's not just artificial light that's keeping people awake, it's also a lack of daylight.

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Recently the Boy Scouts and their leaders held their quadrennial Jamboree in the hills of southern West Virginia where they engaged in traditional Boy Scout pastimes including hiking, shooting, repelling, orienteering, skateboarding, rock climbing and more. Citing the physical demands of the event and the organization’s ideals of physical fitness, the Boy Scouts this year announced that Scouts or Scout leaders with a body mass index above 40 (the point at which one is medically labeled “severly obese”) may not attend. Those with BMI’s falling between 32 and 39.9 (labeled as obese) must have a physician’s clearance. Do you think this rule is fair or are the Boy Scouts being unreasonable?

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Audiences around the world watched as Chris Froome won last month’s Tour de France. But, what does it take to be a cyclist? John Hughes, an endurance cyclist and managing director of the UltraMarathon Cycling Association, discusses how to develop an effective training schedule in his book, “Distance Cycling.”

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Ever wonder what happens behind the scenes at Human Kinetics?

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In a world of dog obesity and cat arthritis, a group called Healthy Pets, Healthy Families is striving to keep pets—and their humans—in good shape. Los Angeles County public health officials say the idea is simple: If people won’t exercise, eat better and stop smoking for themselves, maybe they will for their pets.
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