Sports Training/Nutrition (01)

The Mental Game of Golf
There’s no denying that golf is a mental game. This is most especially true at the higher levels, which makes mental toughness a requisite in golfing success. While there are a lot of talented golf players, not all of them play up to their potential because they have not developed the mental ability to do so. This article by Patrick Cohn and Michael Edger explains the importance of mental training to playing golf and details how the mentally fit trump all the others in a game. Mental toughness does not only enhance confidence and keep one’s concentration and focus razor-sharp; it also allows him to have a decisive mind and spring back immediately after a bad shot.

Healthy Dieting and Sports Nutrition
This article starts off by talking about fad diets. Carbohydrate-rich foods, high-fat foods, low protein foods, have all been targeted as culprits for the nation's high rates of obesity, cancer and cardiovascular disease. Most of these diets fail to tell you what foods should be included in your diet, and instead emphasize what to avoid. This article has some tips for healthy eating, such as eating more sources of vegetarian protein, fruits and vegetables and more unsaturated fats.

Monitoring Heart Rate Training Zones
Heart rate training zones are calculated by taking into consideration Your Maximum Heart Rate (MHR) and your Resting Heart Rate (RHR). Within each training zone subtle physiological effects take place to enhance your fitness. This website includes information about the various training zones, so you can see which one you fall into while you're training and monitor your progress. You can even calculate your heart rate and see which zone you fall into with a calculator that lets your plug your individual numbers in.

Sports Psychology Today
Sport psychology is the science behind the mental factors that affect performance in sports. Professional sport psychologists believe that athletes can reach peak performance and excellence by instilling mental toughness. Sport psychology also aims to decrease the bad psychological effects of poor athletic performance. Sports Psychology Today is an online mental training resource that provides athletes, parents and coaches an inexhaustible well of information. The website contains links to sport psychology articles and videos, a mental game assessment page, and a section dedicated to sports psychology schools and degrees. Sport psychologist and mental coaches can benefit from the free psychology report that can be downloaded from the website.

Getting Too Much Vitamins and Minerals
Vitamins for athletes should be an essential part of your everyday intake, but there are certainly perils in over-indulging in such products. The article on points out that today, everything seems to have souped up levels of vitamins and minerals, from bottled water to orange juice. It says that your body will store essential vitamins and minerals until needed, but when it is housing excessive amounts or more than necessary, it can take on a toxic effect, and organs can be put at risk. The vitamins most dangerous to over dosing on are the fat-soluble ones, namely Vitamin-A, Vitamin-D, Vitamin-E, and Vitamin-K. But if you're taking a multiviutamin, there such a wide marging of safety that you probably don't have anything to worry about. Vitamin D, calcium and folic acid are three nutrient you may bet too much of through a combination of food and vitamin supplements.


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