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Shin Splints: How To Prevent Them And How To Treat Them

posted on May 28th, 2011 ·

Mun’s Note:  This guest post is contributed by Kitty Holman


It was my freshman year in college. I was excited to be on the cross country team as a young freshman. My times were fast enough from my high school years to put me in the top five scorers of my Division III squad; however, there was a problem. I had developed shin splints in the month before our first race, probably due to the high mileage my legs had suffered that first season.


At some point or another, most runners deal with a very painful injury in their lower legs called shin splints. Shin splints is a general term that refers to any sort of pain in the front of the lower leg around the tibia. Since my freshman year has come and gone, I still remember the pain. The causes of the pain can vary from very mild to very severe injuries. (more…)

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How To Drink Less Alcohol and Lose More Weight?

posted on May 24th, 2011 ·


Unlike water, alcohol has calories.  One gram of alcohol contains 7 calories.  So, if you thought that you are safe by not drinking soda or eating burger, not really.  You will still gain weight if you drink a lot of beer, wine or hard liquor.  In fact, not only alcoholic drinks have calories, they also increase your appetite and reduce your will power.

Cutting down the intake of alcoholic drink may not be easy for everyone.  However, the result of doing so can be rewarding when you are seriously looking ways to slim down.  Here are 5 methods to help you cut down on the booze: (more…)

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How Much Weight Should You Lift To Build Muscles and Strength?

posted on May 20th, 2011 ·


When I first started lifting weight, I was not able to decide how much weight should I lift for each set. Most weights were decided with the “gut feel”. After several years, by exchanging ideas with few fitness instructors and seasoned gym goers as well as doing some research on this topic, and coupled with my own experience, I believe that I have learned some (but not all) in this area. So, here you go for what I know.

First thing first, people lift weight for two main objectives:

  1. To build muscle
  2. To build strength and power


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Gym Watch – Big Gyms by Number 7

posted on May 16th, 2011 ·


Mun’s Note: This excellent guest post is contributed by Gus Ghani who is a fitness instructor in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.

7 Characteristics of Big Gyms

It is difficult to miss any big gym at your local high street or in a shopping mall because these gyms spend a lot of time and money to market their brand. If you missed their huge advertisement billboards or doubted their credibility, you need not worry because big gyms are persistent, and they have been known to recruit well-known celebrities as their brand ambassador to grab your attention.

The 7 common characteristics of the big gyms are as follows:- (more…)

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What To Look For When You Buy A Treadmill? 12 Buying Tips To Help You.

posted on May 12th, 2011 ·


Treadmill is popular as home exercise equipment. If you plan to buy a treadmill, I have compiled a list of items to help you getting one which suits you the best. Read these buying tips to find out what exactly you need to look for when you shop for one.

1) Consider the Motor
Check the “Continuos Duty Output” of the treadmill. A good treadmill should deliver a minimum of 1.5 horsepower at all times. If you use your treadmill regularly or if you are heavier (more than 180 pounds), invest in a treadmill with at least 2 horsepower or higher. Machine with high horsepower provides seamless walking or running experience even if you are running at lower speed. Do not forget that the motor still needs to handle your weight when you are running at incline level. A shaky or jerky ride is not what you want. (more…)

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The Secret To Eat Calorie Free Food

posted on May 7th, 2011 ·


Last weekend, I was having dinner with one of my close friends.  When my dessert was served, my friend took a portion of my cake, probably as much as half of it using her fork.

I asked, “I thought you are so determined not to eat high calorie cake like this for the next 3 months?”

“No, this is your cake, not mine.  So, it is not counted as my calories.” (more…)

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