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Thursday, February 20, 2014

Quick and healthy snacks that Olympians love to eat

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Do you want to run, ski, swim or even bobsled like a professional athlete? Of course, you have to endure a lot of training first, but this is just part of an athlete’s life. The fuel they put into their bodies has a huge effect on the results they get from training. Eating the right combination of foods help them to stay healthy and competitive. Here are some nutrient-packed, on-the-go snacks that Olympians eat while training.
Kara Goucher
Portland Oregon’s marathon runner Kara Goucher has competed in the London Olympics in 2012. She’s also considered as one of the fastest women to ever debut in a world half-marathon event. Her on-the-go food is the fiber-rich, energy-giving quinoa, which is high in protein and carbs.
Dotsie Bausch
This native of Irvine, CA is a seven-time national cycling champion, who had also competed in the 2012 Olympics. Before and after work outs, Dotsie loves to drink pumped-up smoothies made of bananas, oranges, pumpkin seeds and agave nectar. This is rich in Iron and Vitamin C, which are very important components of a cyclist’s diet.
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Mariel Zagunis
Mariel is a native of Beaverton, Oregon and is a two-time Olympic gold medallist, who competed in the fencing events. Mariel’s fuel snack is the nutritiously, creamy zucchini soup rich in protein and carbs.

Wednesday, February 12, 2014

Why Is The Nordic Combined is one of the toughest games played in the Winter Olympics?

sunnysleevez.comAfter four years, the much-awaited Winter Olympics is finally back. Olympians have dedicated time and effort mastering their craft and making sure that they are 100% ready for the Games. There are a lot of events played at the Winter Olympics and one of them is the Nordic Combined.  Let us take a look at how the game is played and why is it considered as one of the toughest events in the Games.
About the Nordic Combined
This event is a combination of two distinct events, the ski jump and the 10km cross-country relay. This feat alone makes athletes of Nordic Combined one of the well-versed skiers in their category. Why? Because the event starts with athletes speeding off a large hill, where they will do the 140-meters high ski jump (imagine flying across a football field plus another 50 yards). Without proper speed, balance and gumption, as well as right take off and landing position, the ski jump will not be successful. Following the jump, the athletes will then do a 10-kilometer race to test their speed and endurance. Overall, the Nordic Combined is an event that tests the Olympians’ versatility, patience and skills.
Are you watching the Olympics? What's your favorite winter sport?
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Tuesday, February 11, 2014

WHAT YOU SHOULD KNOW WHEN YOU WORK OUT IN WINTER

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Some important notes before training or exercising in cold weather
Winter athletes use different training regimens to stay fit and competitive. Exercising in cold weather is one of the most important aspects of their training, because it helps them get used to certain body changes related to low temperature. But, it is important to understand that exercising in cold weather is very different from exercising when it’s warm.
There are many benefits to staying active when the temperature plummets not only is it important to keep your summer season fitness level up but regular exercise helps to shrug off the blues associated with long dark days spent mostly inside. Here are some things you should remember to stay fit and active during the winter season.
Dehydration still occurs
Believe it or not, dehydration can still happen even in cold temperatures. The only difference between cold and hot climate is that our thirst receptors are not very active during the cold season, but this doesn’t mean that we cannot get dehydrated. According to studies, thirst sensation decreases by 40% during cold season, but we still have to keep a well-balanced fluid level.
Running during winter makes your body temperature fall faster
When you move constantly, you generate heat and sweat faster. However, sweat dries faster during cold season, which means that you can lose more body heat when running. To avoid this, you should wear clothes in layers. Start off with an inner garment that effectively wicks sweat away from your skin, so as not to will leave you feeling chilled when you slow down. Next wear a warmer fleece or wool layer, and finally a breathable, waterproof outer layer. If the temperature’s really cold, wear a scarf or face mask, too, to help warm air before inhaling it in.
Don’t forget hands, feet and head. Again go for layers, a thin pair of gloves/socks under a heavier pair. A thermal beanie will help to prevent 50% of your body's heat escaping through the top of your head.
Remember sunscreen. You can still get sunburned in the winter, especially if you are exercising in the snow or at high altitudes.
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Friday, February 7, 2014

Keep Your Head! - Helmets are Hot in Sochi

Keep Your Head! - Helmets are Hot in Sochi