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Can you get too fired up for a big game?

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With the cricket World Cup moving into the knockout stages and the Black Caps performing well there has been a lot of talk in the press and by the commentators about choking. As well as choking there have been many comments about players being “pumped up” for a big game or having a look of calm focus prior to a big innings.  The big question Can you get too fired up before a big match? The answer is yes, but it also depends on the individual player. What is too fired up for one person may be just the right level of focus for another. Technically, how fired up an athlete gets is known in the sports psychology world as arousal. The optimum level of arousal has been studied fairly heavily over the years in the hopes of finding the “sweet spot” where players are in the optimal zone for high performance. In a nutshell, it has been found that the level differs for different people. This means that athletes must find where they fit on the arousal spectr…

Train for your target…

I communicate with a lot of different people over a lot of different mediums about training and exercise. One of the ways I communicate with people is through Twitter. One of the most common tweets I see on Twitter about exercise is people asking for a workout or people asking others what workout they are using to get the results they are getting. I can understand people wanting to get some information or a training routine which has helped someone else but there is one huge factor that people are forgetting. That is themselves. Everyone is different. The training plan that worked for someone else may not work for you. In fact, it may get you the reverse results you want. Let me take a step back for a minute. Set your goalsExercise is not a one size fits all kind of deal. What one person is capable of getting through in a workout may be too easy or too hard for another. The chances that it is just right for you too are fairly minimal. You may get a great workout from someone but it may…

Good employers encourage employee fitness

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Corporate fitness is nothing new. Organisations have been supporting employees in their efforts to stay healthy for years but some employers still hesitate to get behind these efforts. 
This always surprises me as the benefits seem to dramatically outweigh the setbacks. 
Here are just a few of those benefits. A healthier workforceThis one is probably the most obvious of all the benefits of supporting employees who want to get fit. Healthier staff means less sick days. Less sick days mean more productivity for the employer which is beneficial to the bottom line as well as the staff member. A healthier workforce can also mean reduced insurance premiums if this is a benefit that you as an employer provide. This again will help with the bottom line.
Encourages people to take breaksWhile this may initially seem like it is detrimental to an employer it is, in fact, the opposite. We are turning into a deskbound species. We sit for very long periods of time both at work and at home. This is cite…

Get fit in 3 minutes a day...?

I’m just going to say this straight up. When I see or hear this phrase on TV or the radio, it bugs me more than I can possibly describe. It is purely a marketing gimmick. Designed to make people feel that it is their fault if they cannot manage to get that six-pack ab look in a ridiculously short time period. Never mind that the guy who is modelling that look probably trained and dieted for months in advance to get there.
No short cutsLet’s go back a few steps and let you follow the train of thought that brought me to this rant. I get up early - well earlier than most. My first training sessions for the day start at 6.15am so in order to be there and set up in time I am up at around 5.15am. I’m not saying this for sympathy – I actually don’t mind getting up this early as I am a morning person. It just explains why I see so many infomercials – I briefly turn on the TV while I am having breakfast before rushing out the door. And invariably there is an infomercial on explaining to me how…

Simple workout tips that may make gym life easier…

Working out is a struggle for most people. And life has a great way of making things even more annoying through small hassles that hit us daily. In keeping with this thought, here are some things you can do to make your time at the gym or working out that much easier. Feed your locker key through your shoelaceMost gym users utilise the lockers at their gym at least every so often if not every workout. Unfortunately, many clothes designed for exercising in are woefully lacking in secure pockets to keep a locker key in (a major oversight if anyone in the exercise apparel business happens to read this).  As a result, often you need to find somewhere to store a single key or carry it with you all over the gym and hope you don’t lose it. One method I use to ensure I don’t lose my key is to utilise my shoelaces. Most keys have a hole in them designed for a keyring to feed through. When getting changed I take my locker key and feed a shoelace through the keyring hole and double knot the laces…