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July 1, 2009
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No Sweat: Five Easy Ways to Stay Hydrated
For a swimmer, hydration is often at the bottom of the list of things to think about during training. But contrary to conventional wisdom, swimmers do sweat during practice, losing as much as six to eight ounces of fluid every 15 minutes. To find out how to combat the effects of dehydration, SwimNetwork checked in with Australian sports physiologist and coach Rod Cedaro and sports nutritionist Nancy Clark. They offered these reliable methods to ensure you down enough water before you hit the water. More    E-mail article

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Questionable Stroke Counting
from H2Ouston Swim Site
A common line of inquiry revolves around why we spend time doing super low stroke count swimming (which is often also super slow swimming) since absolutely none of our racing is done in the super low (or super slow) realm. More    E-mail article

How Should the Food Pyramid Be Changed When It's Updated Next Year?
from Examiner
Shouldn't an impartial, qualified third party design the Food Pyramid? The Department of Agriculture, for example, is in charge of designing and updating the Food Pyramid that appears all over the U.S.A. in most school textbooks, on signs displayed in healthcare centers, and prominent in publications on nutrition. More    E-mail article

Getting into the Swim of Things
So, you've decided to get in the water again. It's probably been a while since you last hit the pool. Maybe you swam your final conference meet or NCAAs a few months ago, or it could be a decade or three since you last attempted a swim practice. Maybe you're a triathlete or fitness swimmer attending your first organized water workout. In any event, that first practice can often be daunting. Following a few simple rules of thumb may improve your perspective, prepare you for the experience, and keep you coming back for more. More    E-mail article

Dry Land Training for Swimmers
Swimming is a rigorous exercise that incorporates complex biomechanical movements. In order to swim efficiently; one must possess technical skill, coordination, muscular balance, and athletic ability. Swimming is unlike any other exercise because you have to use all of your large muscle groups simultaneously to propel you through the water. Due to its unique movement, the fitness training for swimming differs from most conventional land based sports. More    E-mail article

Fitness: Remain Aware of Heat Threats
from The News-Press
With above normal mercury readings and the almost daily heat advisories from the National Weather Service, anyone who goes outside (meaning everyone) needs to be aware of the risks, symptoms and prevention related to heat illnesses. This is especially pertinent for athletes. More    E-mail article

Lean Mass Better for Developing Bones in Young People
from Science Daily
South Dakota State University research shows that a child with leaner body mass, or muscle, builds bigger bones than a child who weighs the same but has a greater percentage of fat. More    E-mail article

Antioxidant May Boost Exercise Endurance
from Reuters
Eating a variety of fruits and vegetables rich in the antioxidant quercetin may boost endurance, according to a small study with healthy college students. More    E-mail article

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