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How Exercising in the Heat Affects Women on Birth Control

By Alyssa Bialowas Exercising in hot conditions is commonplace for both recreational and competitive athletes, and training can be more uncomfortable for women during various times of the month. Training in hot climates while menstruating can add pain to this uncomfortable state, and studies have looked more closely at how heat and exercise effect the

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The Truth Behind Antioxidants & Exercise Induced Muscle Damage

Alyssa Bialowas Elite athletes are prone to injury and muscle damage, especially those who compete in high contact sports such as rugby. To speed up recovery in these athletes the goal is to get them back training and on the field as quickly as possible. Previous research has looked at the effects of high antioxidant

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Reduce Cigarette Cravings with Acute Exercise

Catherine O’Brien It is no secret that smoking is a major health hazard that significantly increases risk of cancer, heart disease, stroke and other health problems. That said, 20% of adult men and 16% of adult women smoke (American Heart Association, 2015). It is possible that, the sustaining prevalence of smokers is due, not to

Effects of Outdoor Exercise

Catherine O’Brien Why Does Exercising Outdoors Feel So Much Better? I have always been a proponent of outdoor exercise, particularly running. There is something so satisfying and therapeutic about the fresh air and the sound of my feet hitting the pavement. Of course, inclement weather sometimes requires me to substitute an indoor treadmill workout for

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Exposure to Sunshine May Alter Your Metabolism

Evan Stevens When I was younger and first starting out on my nutrition journey, I was very much in favor of taking all my vitamins and minerals in pill form. It was quick, easy, and it allowed me to not worry too much about the food I was or wasn’t eating while I was away,

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The Role of Biofeedback in VO2 Max Testing

A Review by Alyssa Bialowas There are various approaches attempting to modify cardiovascular reactivity in healthy adults and athletes, such as using contingent (true) and non-contingent (false) heart rate biofeedback. In previous studies, subjects who receive instruction to compete for heart rate reduction perform differently, indicating that biofeedback is an effective method for heart rate

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Cross-Exercise: Which Training Program is Better?

A Review by Alyssa Bialowas Cross-education training is defined as a neurophysiological phenomenon where there is an increase in strength in an untrained limb following unilateral strength training in the opposite, contralateral limb. This can also be called cross-exercise, contralateral training or inter-limb transfer, however the most commonly used and the term most researched would

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The Most Effective Coping Technique for Competition Performance

A Review by Alyssa Bialowas An athletes’ ability to handle their nerves and perform under pressure leads to successful performance outcomes in competition. Athletes who exhibit vital self-regulatory processes while competing enable an athlete to regulate physiological and psychological states to help guide sport behaviors and decision-making that lead to goal achievement. Without effective coping

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Effect of Endurance Training on Lactate Threshold

A Review by Alyssa Bialowas Tools for aerobic fitness evaluation in endurance training are used in sport and clinical fields to test blood lactate levels for training and competition. Anaerobic threshold (LTAN) is defined as the point during exercise at which lactic acid starts to accumulate in the muscles, the point in intense exercise that

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Vigorous Exercise May Prevent Predisposed Diabetes

A Review by Alyssa Bialowas The kidneys are an essential organ that have many functions, such as regulate the body’s fluid levels, keep blood minerals in balance (sodium, phosphorus, potassium), release a hormone that regulates blood pressure, filters waste and toxins from the blood, play a role in blood glucose regulation, and release the hormones

The Trick Stress Plays on Your Metabolism

Gillian White – BSc, MSc., PhD Candidate A sheep in wolf’s clothing: The mean trick stress plays on your body’s metabolism. University of Toronto, Department of Exercise Sciences For most people reading this article, it’s a no-brainer to say that stress is bad. What stress is an why it’s “bad” is a little bit hazier. There

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The Elevation Training Mask – A Competitive Advantage

A Review by Alyssa Bialowas Elite and well-trained athletes search for the competitive edge in their training to optimize their competition results. Altitude training and respiratory muscle training (RMT) have been reported to improve performance in aerobic capacity in competitive distance runners. For athletes who train in environments that lack diversity of altitudes, devices such