Balanced Athlete

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 [...]

Achieve that ‘runner’s high’ by paying attention to your breathing

  Now that the weather is getting nicer, people gravitate toward more outside activities. Running remains a very popular way to enjoy the outdoors and stay in shape. If you also run to get that feel-good runner’s “high” … here’s why you should focus on your breathing technique.  We could all run well until we [...]