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The Tell Tale Signs of Burnout … Do You Have Them?

Burnout is one of those road hazards in life that high-achievers really should be keeping a close eye out for, but sadly—often because of their "I can do everything" personalities—they rarely see it coming. Because high-achievers are often so passionate about what they do, they tend to ignore the fact that they're working exceptionally long hours, taking on exceedingly heavy work loads, and putting enormous pressure on themselves to excel—all of which make them ripe for burnout.

May 2, 2017

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Useful article describing the signals of chronic stress, or burnout, so that you can recognize them before it's too late.

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3 Ways Beginners Can Avoid Exercise Burnout

Just getting started with your workout program? Chances are, you’re antsy to get going. Motivation is high and you’re excited about the results that you (hopefully!) will be seeing.

But, in all this excitement, one thing that you must be very careful about is the risk of burnout. Some beginners are just a little too motivated and end up pushing themselves too far.

For many, maintaining motivation is a real challenge, but for you, it’s the opposite. How can you make sure that you don’t wind up burnt out and can sustain your workout program for the months and years ahead?
May 2, 2017

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We're all familiar with the honeymoon phase of a new workout program... but what is going to help you stay motivated to stay on track of your fitness program over several months and years. The author offers some simple tips to help novices stay on track.

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3 Practical Ways to Avoid Job Burnout

Anyone who's held the same job or position for a number of years may encounter the sinking feeling of burnout. You no longer feel the passion for the job you're in, and you crave something new and exciting.

Moving on and pursuing a new position, even a new career move, can be an option, but sometimes it's just not practical. In that case, you need to focus on how to quell the symptoms of burnout before they take you down.
May 2, 2017

Why we it:

We've all gone through times when we've felt less passionate about our day to day jobs. Of course, changing jobs may not be practical so we appreciate this author's tips on addressing those feelings within our current work environment.

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How To Prevent Burnout – 13 Signs You’re On The Edge

Burnout is defined as physical or mental collapse caused by overwork or stress. As it turns out, there are ways to identify the early warning signs of burnout. And, there are many simple practices you can put in place immediately to prevent burnout from becoming an occupational hazard.​
May 2, 2017

Why we it:

Great list of early warning signs that you may be on the edge of burnout and some practical and simple ideas for how to deal with it.

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Triathlon Equipment – Swim, Run, Cycle

Beginning your first triathlon needn’t mean equipping yourself with an array of expensive triathlon gear – the truth is you DON'T need highly specialized triathlon kit to get started, just a few basic pieces of equipment:
April 18, 2017

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Lots of people are intimidated by the "entry price" to get into a triathlon -- they think they need a brand new $5,000 bike, a fancy wetsuit, and a new pair of shoes. The truth is you don't!

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Bike Check: 4 Essential Maintenance Routines

Here are 4 essential maintenance checks you should always put into practice before a ride. As any veteran cyclist will tell you, these procedures shouldn’t take more than 10 minutes total, and you’ll be right on your way to enjoying the beautiful weather.
April 18, 2017

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Lots of people forget that their bike needs some love and end up on the side of the road hailing a cab. Don't be that person by following these tips!

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The Ultimate Beginners Guide To Triathlons

When I finally decided to do my first triathlon, I realized that not only is a triathlon not impossible. Since then, I’ve done dozens and dozens of triathlons and pushed my limits more than I thought I ever could.
April 18, 2017

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If you want to do a triathlon, but aren’t sure you can do it, rest assured – you can train for your first one in just 3 months (or less!). Check out this article to see the basic things you need to compete.

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Triathlons: How to Gear Up

So you want to try a triathlon—a sprint or mini, Olympic or international, half Ironman or even an Ironman. Good for you, and good luck!

April 18, 2017

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All triathlons consist of swimming, cycling and running. One key to a good race is to have the right gear. Here's an overview of what to consider.

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Protein And The Endurance Athlete

Protein is the only macronutrient left with generally positive associations. Fat has been considered “bad” for decades. Whose idea was it to call it fat, anyway? That’s bad marketing. The truth is, there’s nothing inherently wrong with fat. It’s just that most of eat too much of it, or too much of certain kinds of it.

Carbohydrate was generally regarded as a good nutrient until Robert Atkins came along and ruined it. The low-carb craze may be long gone, but Atkins casts a long shadow. The current popularity of the Paleo Diet among endurance athletes is very much an Atkins aftershock. The reputation of carbohydrate may never be fully rehabilitated.

This leaves protein, as I’ve suggested, as the lone unsullied macronutrient. Which is ironic, because humans require much less protein than they do carbs and fat, and protein consumption becomes “too much” at lower levels than carbohydrate and fat intake.


Read more at http://www.triathlete.com/2011/03/nutrition/protein-and-the-endurance-athlete_22681#BEGYIHuzg1om2oJW.99
April 9, 2017

Why we it:

While the article argues that you don't need all that much protein, it does point to research that increased levels of protein when undergoing heavy loads of exercise is beneficial for performance.

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The Endurance Athlete’s Guide to Protein

There’s constant discussion among scientists, athletes, and coaches about how to properly fuel for endurance activities. It’s been widely agreed upon that carbohydrates are the primary fuel that feeds athlete’s endeavors. However, one of the compounds that receives varying amounts of attention is protein. Protein has long been associated with post exercise recovery but why is it important, and is it useful during other parts of your training? Understanding what protein is, why you should consume it, and how it should fit into your overall nutrition strategy can go a long way in making sure you’re getting enough of this vital compound.
April 9, 2017

Why we it:

Highlights the importance of getting plenty of protein in the diet of endurance athletes in order to support the increased lean muscle mass and tissue repair in post-exercise recovery.

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