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Top Five Elements Of Special Forces Training

I wanted to recommend an article I read in the December issue of Muscle & Body Magazine. They feature an inside look at what it takes to be a member of the military's elite Special Forces. My dad was a war hero in World War II, and I understand the demands and toll war places on the human body. The soldiers who make it into the Special Forces undergo a series of training that tests them physically and emotionally. After they transition from training to part of an active team, they constantly keep themselves in peak shape so they can be ready for deployment on a moment's notice.

Top Five Nutritional Sports Bars

The November issue of Muscle & Body Magazine has a really informative piece on a topic that many may find confusing – sports nutrition bars. The author is correct to point out that when sports bars first started to hit the workout world, they were pretty tasteless and sometimes hard to stomach. Lately, however, as the industry has evolved, not only do they taste great, they can pack quite a nutritional punch.

Top Five Tips For Protecting Child Athletes

Last week on my segment on WWL-TV, I discussed how the female athlete is more at risk of suffering a tear of the anterior cruciate ligament (A.C.L.) than the male athlete. I spoke about how female athletes in particular should focus on balance, core strength in the trunk and building up strength in the thigh muscles. By doing this, the athlete can be better able to handle start and stop motions as well as the lateral movements when they are cutting to run in a new direction.

Top Five Stress Relievers

I just came across an article out of Great Britain that featured a report from the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development. After studying work-related absence numbers, they report that stress is now the number one reason employees take long-term time off. Stress has overtaken cardiac problems, back pain and cancer for the top spot. The numbers are so startling they are deeming stress the "Black Death of the 21st Century."

Top Five Benefits of Meditation

I recently read an interesting article that appeared on about the positive effects of mediation, particularly in the area of pain control or suppression. The article specifically discussed a clinical study that appeared in the April 6 issue of the Journal of Neuroscience from researchers at Wake Forest University School of Medicine. In the study, a subject group was administered a slight burn before and after mediation and measured their pain sensitivity.

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Mackie Spotlight

EJGH’s very own Mackie Shilstone, Executive Director of the Fitness Principle, is in New York working with Serena Williams as she goes for another U.S. Open title. As Williams’s Fitness Coach, Mackie will be part of the team preparing her for matches throughout the tournament. To give everyone a behind-the-scenes look at how Williams prepares for every opponent, Mackie is writing a daily postcard for detailing all the day’s happenings. Check back daily for updates. 8/22/13
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