Balanced Athlete

Should you use a fitness app?

The other day, someone asked me what I thought about those high-tech fitness wrist bands, and the fitness apps that can be downloaded to your smart phone. Because I am a certified strength and conditioning specialist, as well as a certified personal trainer, I think you might be surprised by my response. I actually think [...]

When NOT to reach for an energy drink

For most of us, there just aren’t enough hours in the day for everything that needs to be done. When we’re tired, our first inclination may be to reach for a highly caffeinated energy drink. We might also be tempted to reach for an energy drink in hopes of improving our concentration. I hope I [...]

How to exercise and eat to boost your metabolism

It seems that everyone is trying to boost their metabolism to lose weight. To be successful, you need to understand how your body responds to diet and exercise. This understanding becomes more critical as you age. In our mid-20s, we start hitting our physiological peak. After that, our physical wellbeing truly starts to depend on [...]

The best ways relieve stress in your muscles and your mind

An essential part of becoming a balanced athlete is being aware of the mind-body connection. That is just as important after a hard workout – when our muscles and even our minds can be coping with stress – as it is before and during your physical activity. I am just coming off the heels of [...]

Avoid running injuries by focusing on technique

  One of the most pleasant parts of running is allowing your mind to wander. Many runners say that shoes-to-pavement is a great way to clear their heads. But wait. You don’t want to do that! According to the American Academy of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, approximately 70 percent of runners will get injured this [...]