Recovery Redefined: Post-Workout Nutrition

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The biggest error in the common view of nutrition is the focus on small details. This error is evidenced by questions like, “How much protein, carbs and fats should you eat?”

Food is greater than the sum of its parts. Food is meant to be enjoyed and we lose much of that enjoyment when we treat it like chemistry.

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Foods That Fight Muscle Soreness

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You’ve made a commitment to healthier living—including exercising regularly. But that post-exercise muscle soreness sometimes gets in the way of your next workout.

Sound familiar? You’re not alone.

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10 Eating Tips for a Healthier College Football Bowl Season

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Bowl season brings specific eating challenges for football fans. Tailgating is often centered on binge eating and drinking. Anxious and celebratory supporters often live for the moment and forget about the future. Emotional and social eaters beware of the desire to gather for tailgate parties where gluttonous consumption of comfort foods and alcohol are socially acceptable and considered part of the experience. Here are 10 tips for a healthier bowl season.

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Are We a Nation of Fat People?

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Taming the obesity epidemic in this country needs an all-hands-on-deck strategy so that schools provide students 60 minutes of physical activity daily, fast-food restaurants offer healthier fare for kids, and communities build recreational spaces that encourage physical activity, says a new report.

This was a conclusion drawn from presentations at a recent conference at the Center for Disease Control.  The conference was convened by the Institute of Medicine, which provides independent advice on health issues to policy makers, foundations and others.

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Academy Offers New Bachelor’s Degree in Strength and Conditioning

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The United States Sports Academy is now offering the only online bachelor’s degree in Strength and Conditioning that prepares students in all aspects of the field, as well as sports management.

Strength and conditioning job opportunities are expanding and the knowledge required for sports professionals in the field is also increasing. That’s why as part of its 40th anniversary, the Academy’s Board of Trustees Executive Committee approved the launch of the new program.

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Academy Completes Research on Top-selling Pre-workout Supplement

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Over the past several of months, the United States Sports Academy (www.ussa.edu) has been performing research on a top-rated pre-workout supplement containing creatine, beta-alanine, caffeine, and amino acids among other ingredients. (The supplement, Assault™ by MusclePharm, is the top rated and top-selling pre-workout supplement and was named the new supplement of the year in 2011 on bodybuilding.com).

Of particular importance to athletes, this supplement contains no banned substances and is tested and certified by informed-choice and the National Science Foundation (NSF). In light of recent incidents regarding the pre-workout supplement Jack3d, the product (Assault™) recently tested at the Academy could be a legal alternative for athletes looking for a pre-exercise workout booster. However, the true effects of a pre-workout supplement containing creatine, beta-alanine, caffeine, and amino acids on performance had not been evaluated before now.

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Want to Lose Weight? Eat Here

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Pop quiz: It’s Friday night and you’re trying to decide where to take the family for a healthy dinner on the town. Should you pick a) a vegetarian restaurant, b) a Japanese restaurant, or c) a farm-to-table restaurant? The answer is actually d): none of the above. For the healthiest meal, eat in.

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