Lebron James works his core

Here’s something to strive for . . .

  

Minka Kelly hits the speed bag

Minka Kelly is naturally beautiful, but she works at keeping in shape as well.

Here she shares a video on her Instagram account as she works the speed bag. Yes, she has some skills!

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Exercise while you travel

Business travelers face some real challenges when it comes to staying in shape. You’re often tired with the travel schedule, and on many occasions you’re stuck with business dinners that pack in the calories, plus access to easy breakfasts filled with pasties and bacon. If you have good workout habits at home, travel can often disrupt schedules for even the most devoted workout warriors, let alone someone just looking to stay healthy.

But you also some nice advantages on the road as well if you choose to take advantage of them. Practically every hotel these days offers a fitness center that’s open 24/7, so convenience shouldn’t be an excuse. It’s a matter of making exercise a priority as explained in the video above.

  

Tips to prepare for a marathon

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OK let’s get down to it. There are basically good and bad practices when preparing for a marathon.

To successfully run and complete a marathon, here are things to avoid. Don’t eat the wrong food before you race, like a MacDonald’s for instance. Stay clear of anything new, your stomach needs to be in good working order. Eat the wrong food and you could get “runner trots”. Try to eat a healthy pre-race meal before you set off.

One of the biggest mistakes many runners make before running a marathon, is wearing something new. This is a no-no, especially when it comes to running shoes.

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How Orthotics Can Assist With the Prevention of Sports Injuries

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Whether you’re a fitness fanatic or a sporadic sportsperson, injuries are probably the bane of your existence. Whether it’s shin splints, runner’s knee, Achilles tendonitis or something else entirely, these conditions often don’t just keep you away from the gym; they can also keep you away from enjoying life in general.

And, of course, treatment is never cheap. Between physio appointments and supportive braces or sleeves, you can find yourself shelling out a heap of dollars over a pretty short period of time.

Well, that’s the bad news. The good news? As the old saying goes, prevention is better than a cure, and there are a range of things you can do to help prevent these conditions including stretching and warming up properly and wearing quality footwear. You can also use orthotic inserts when you’re getting active – these can help you in a range of ways.

Make sure you check out a specialist provider like Footlogics when it comes to orthotics for shin splints relief or help with other sports injuries – that way you know you’re getting quality inserts that will actually do what you need them to!

So how do orthotics help? Let’s break it down!

Assist with pronation

Many big brands of footwear claim that certain models help with pronation (the way your foot rolls when it strikes the ground) but this is generally not the case. Orthotics are usually the best way to help correct any pronation issues. Pronation can be a big problem because when your foot rolls with each strike, it is often unstable or not aligned well, which then means other muscles, joints and ligaments have to step in (literally!) and compensate. This can cause pain throughout the entire body, from the foot right through to the knees, hips and back. Orthotics take care of the compensation and help correct the original problem, meaning your body can function at maximum capacity again.

Provide cushioning for biomechanical support

Orthotics developed by professionals won’t just be a cushy surface – they’ll have correct arch support, a deep heel cup and an in-built metatarsal raise, all of which provide a solid base for correct biomechanical function. This means you can expect a high level of shock absorption and correct tracking of your knees, so you can help prevent injuries like runner’s knee – winning!

Help with optimising stride

Runners in particular will know the advantages of optimising their stride. Ensuring your foot strikes at just the right angle and just the right place can help prevent a plethora of conditions. By aiding in general comfort and support, orthotics can make sure you aren’t short-striding or over-striding in an unconscious attempt to avoid pressure points or sore spots on your foot. That means you can be more biomechanically efficient, which translates to more than just injury prevention – you can literally enhance your performance.

While they certainly aren’t a magic solution to all your sports injuries, a good set of orthotics that are right for your feet can certainly have a positive impact on your body.

Are you a fan of orthotics? How have they helped you stay active?

  

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