AREAS OF INTEREST: MENTAL TOUGHNESS, MIND/BODY, IMAGERY, CONFIDENCE, SELF-EFFICACY. by: Tom Seabourne Ph. D Some say competition is an acceptable method for venting aggression. Others believe it exposes strengths and weaknesses in personalities. There is little doubt that the heat of battle exposes a competitor's weakest points. If an athlete's personality is … [Read more...] about MENTAL TOUGHNESS LEADS TO IMPROVED PHYSICAL PERFORMANCE.
AREAS OF INTEREST: INTERVAL TRAINING, SPEED PLAY, CROSS-TRAINING, AND BUILDING POWER. by: Tom Seabourne Ph. D It is a myth that your body burns fat only on long-slow distance training days. The more intense your training, the more calories your body burns. Run ten miles in two hours and you burn about the same number of calories running that same ten miles in one … [Read more...] about SPEEDPLAY BURNS MORE TOTAL FAT THAN LONG SLOW DISTANCE TRAINING.
AREAS OF INTEREST: MIND/BODY, MEDITATION, RELAXATION STRATEGIES, STRESS MANAGEMENT, ALTERED STATES OF CONSCIOUSNESS. by: Tom Seabourne Ph. D Most of us crave peace of mind. I experience total immersion playing catch with my six year or hitting tennis balls. But my boy rebukes me when I pretend to be his coach, and my effortless tennis strokes vanish when I'm … [Read more...] about IN THE YEAR 2023 EVERYONE WILL BE DOING MIND/BODY EXERCISE.
AREAS OF INTEREST: PAIN, DISCOMFORT, DISSOCIATION, ASSOCIATION, PAIN MANAGEMENT, BEHAVIOR MODIFICATION. by: Tom Seabourne Ph. D Take my friend Fred. He strolls in the gym, does multiple sets and repetitions, and walks every other day, but hardly breaks a sweat. He appears to be getting a workout, but months and years go by without improvement. Unlike Fred, you … [Read more...] about WITHOUT PAIN THERE IS NO ACCOMPLISHMENT OR REAL HAPPINESS.
AREAS OF INTEREST: MENTAL IMAGERY, BEHAVIOR MODIFICATION, RELAXATION TRAINING, SPORT PSYCHOLOGY. by: Tom Seabourne Ph. D You spend several hours a week physically practicing your sport, but how much time do you spend in mental practice? Ask many top athletes and they will admit performing optimally is mostly mental. Your mind programs your body for peak … [Read more...] about IMAGERY CAN AFFECT YOUR BODY AT THE CELLULAR LEVEL
AREAS OF INTEREST: IMAGERY, BEHAVIOR REHEARSAL, GOAL SETTING, MIND/BODY, STRESS MANAGEMENT. by: Tom Seabourne Ph. D Everyone experiences the doldrums. Adversity can strike hard, or it may gradually drag you down. You have a choice. You can give in to it and experience a slow decay, or you can fight back and win. Giving in requires no effort. It is easy. You simply … [Read more...] about IMAGERY HAS BEEN PROVEN TO HELP YOU ACHIEVE EXCELLENCE.
AREAS OF INTEREST: MUSIC, DISCIPLINE, MOTIVATION, HABITS, PROGRAMS, MOTIVATION, GOAL SETTING. by: Tom Seabourne Ph. D Research has demonstrated that music can affect concentration, endurance, muscle tension, blood pressure, heart rate, and breathing. Music increases positive emotions and lifts spirits by stimulating neurochemical changes associated with healing. … [Read more...] about MUSIC IMPROVES FITNESS PERFORMANCE
AREAS OF INTEREST: SUCCESS, ACHIEVEMENT, GOAL SETTING, DISCIPLINE, WORK ETHIC, MENTAL TOUGHNESS. by: Tom Seabourne Ph. D Success in our society is measured by achievement Reaching lofty goals seems easy for some; until we peer behind the scenes. Consider doctors, lawyers, and professional athletes. We sometimes forget how hard they worked in the classroom or on … [Read more...] about YOU CAN HAVE IT ALL. YOUR FIRST STEP BEGINS TODAY.
AREAS OF INTEREST: PERIODIZATION, OVERTRAINING, VARIETY, CROSS-TRAINING, REST, RECOVERY. by: Tom Seabourne Ph. D As recently as a decade ago sports relied heavily on information passed down from competitor to competitor. To lose body fat it was suggested to guzzle soft drinks. We were told, "They burn up the fat". We were advised to eat a concoction of raw egg and … [Read more...] about PERIODIZATION IS FOR EVERYONE: VARY THE INTENSITY OF YOUR WORKOUTS FOR PEAK PERFORMANCE.
AREAS OF INTEREST: BREATHING, MEDITATION, PRAYER, RELAXATION TECHNIQUES, SELF-HEALING, SPIRITUALITY. by: Tom Seabourne Ph. D Hippocrates said that a patient should be at the helm of his own healing. Herbert Benson, Harvard cardiologist went on to say, "Ideally medicine should be a three-legged stool, with the legs of surgery and pharmaceuticals balanced with … [Read more...] about MEDITATION, PRAYER, BREATHING; YOU REALLY CAN’T AFFORD NOT TO
AREAS OF INTEREST: SOLITUDE, SOLITARY TRAINING, HOME WORKOUTS, WATER WORKOUTS, STRESS MANAGEMENT. by: Tom Seabourne Ph. D Americans are physically, socially, and mentally stimulated almost all of the time. It is increasingly difficult to find time to be alone. Lunch hour has turned into catch-up. Midmorning breaks are nonexistent. Cellular phones, megachurches, … [Read more...] about AQUAJOGGER: THE PERFECT BODY/MIND TRAINING
AREAS OF INTEREST: MOTIVATION, HABIT, TRAINING, DESIRE, GOAL SETTING, GIVING UP, TRYING. by: Tom Seabourne Ph. D Sometimes there may be no goal. No competition. Nobody to impress. No motivation. Try something different. Aquajogging is an exciting new workout. Check out our Aqua jogger on this web site. Any activity is exercise. Your spouse, coach, or … [Read more...] about NOBODY CAN MOTIVATE YOU. MOTIVATION COMES FROM WITHIN.
AREAS OF INTEREST: MIND/BODY, RELAXATION, PRAYER, IMAGERY, PLACEBOS, MEDITATION, WORRY, SELF-TALK by: Tom Seabourne Ph. D Many of us visit our doctor for a pill or a shot because we believe it will cure us. And most of the time it does. Did the medicine work because our bodies needed it? Or was the medication effective because we believed in it? Maybe … [Read more...] about IF YOU THINK IT WILL WORK, IT WILL! PLACEBOS ARE A DOCTORS BEST PRESCRIPTION
The salts of alpha-ketogluterate (calcium, magnesium, and potassium) have been demonstrated to increase muscle-glutamine stores in severely catabolic hospital patients to a greater degree than leucine. Alpha-Ketogluterate is utilized in the Krebs cycle and provides the carbon skeleton for a portion of glutamine synthesis. The combination of leucine and salts of … [Read more...] about Alpha-KetoGluterate
Oh, My aching calves My calve injuries must have been God's way of showing me that somewhere along the way, I messed up. These were my most secretive feelings for many years. I shared them with no one, for no one could understand the emotional distress associated with chronic calf injuries. After 15 years as a sportsmedicine specialist in which I'd treated hundreds of … [Read more...] about aching calves
Anemia is probably one of the most over-used medical terms today. Or is it? If you are constantly feeling exhausted doctors will tell you that you might have anemia. Anemia can be a tough diagnosis though. Some people are anemic without any symptoms and others have all the symptoms without being anemic. Symptoms or not, most people with anemia tend to have simple iron … [Read more...] about Anemia
Angina refers to a condition where your heart is not getting enough oxygen to perform it's job. Angina pain may be in the chest, in your jaw, your arm or in many other spots. It can be a sharp pain or it can be a dull, pressing sensation. It may last minutes or weeks. Normally, Angina is caused by one of three things. First, it can result from a spasm in the wall of the … [Read more...] about Angina
Anaerobic endurance refers to the muscles ability to sustain intense, short duration activity such as weight lifting or sprinting. Anaerobic endurance has been proven to increase as a result of Creatine Monohydrate supplementation. During exercise, Creatine helps to make extra ATP by donating a high energy phosphate to ADP. As anaerobic endurance increases and recovery … [Read more...] about Anaerobic endurance
There is no one such thing as arthritis. Arthritis is actually over 100 different diseases. The two most common forms are osteoarthritis and rheumatoid arthritis. Osteoarthritis is best thought of as a "wear-and-tear" condition; that is a degenerative joint disease that usually affects people over the age of 45 or people who have suffered past traumatic joint … [Read more...] about Arthritis
Bad breath often is a symptom of a larger problem. Simply gargling with mouthwash or popping a mint often only masks the problem and doesn't get to the cause. The best advice is to assess what is causing your bad breath. Smoking and drinking alcohol are common obvious causes. Other causes may be gastrointestinal upset, medications, gum disease, infected or decayed teeth or a … [Read more...] about Bad Breath
How to remove the ceiling "Limitations begin in the mind. New habits pierce these barriers."-anonymous Limitations occur in many forms in the athlete-mental, nutritional, muscular, flexibility, etc. Over the years, research has continually strived to reduce the limitations, thus allowing improved performance over time. World records continue to be set verifying … [Read more...] about Barriers To Peak Performance
It is common to be stung by honeybees, hornets, wasps, yellow jackets or you can be bitten by fire ant (they belong to the same venomous class of insects). Basically, the symptoms are the same: pain, redness, swelling and itching. Bee stings hurt because the insect has injected venom into your skin. Depending on which insect stings you, your immediate response should be … [Read more...] about Bee Stings
Why would The National Cancer Institute stop the study of the antioxidant beta-carotene almost two years before the end of the scheduled experiment? The answer was revealed late January 1996; beta carotene was found to be INCREASING rather than decreasing certain types of Cancer. So sure of it's negative effects, scientists halted the study rather than to continue the risk … [Read more...] about Beta Carotene
Your appearance is highly influenced by your amount of body fat. The higher the ratio of lean tissue to fat; the more fit you will be and appear. The only accurate way to measure body fat percentage outside a well equipped sports medicine laboratory is with calipers. It may take a few practice runs, but you will quickly learn how to use the calipers. Method of Measurement - … [Read more...] about BODY FAT TESTING
Boron Protenate is a necessary ultratrace mineral to build healthy bones and cell membranes and is considered absolutely critical for normal cell function as well as certain enzyme reactions. Boron is also used to improve bone density and to increase hormone production. … [Read more...] about Boron
Binge eating refers to an uncontrollable consumption of food. Normally binge eating is driven by one of three emotions: depression, anger and anxiety. Binge eating is a psychological disorder with deep roots. As long as you are eating, you don't have to deal with feelings such as anger, anxiety or depression. It's a vicious cycle. A person feels depressed, anxious and angry, so … [Read more...] about Binge Eating
The main cause of bloating is air. More specifically, either air that is swallowed during eating or exercising, air produced by your own body in reaction to high-fiber foods or air in air containing foods such as ice cream. Many times, what people believe is fluid retention is actually bloating. The following tips may help bloating. Chew your food slowly. The more slowly you … [Read more...] about Bloating
Bronchitis is the technical name for inflamed or irritated airways. Bronchitis can last anywhere between a few days and a few weeks, normally the result of a hard-to-shake cold or flu. When bronchitis drags on for more than a few weeks or occurs once a year or more often, it's considered chronic and most likely to happen to smokers or people with other lung diseases. If you … [Read more...] about Bronchitis
Most bruises occur as a result of your coming in contact with another object or person. As a result of the initial collision, you break blood vessels, which leak blood into areas under your skin, causing swelling, discoloration and soreness. Bruises are most common in older people whose skin is thinning with aging. This is due to the fact that collagen, the connective tissue … [Read more...] about Bruises
Caffeine is a plant alkaloid that is commonly found in coffee, tea, cola and chocolate. Although caffeine seems harmless, the truth is that it can be highly addictive. And addiction is just the beginning of the problems that caffeine can cause. Research indicates that more than a few cups of caffeine-containing beverages per day can cause fertility problems, ulcers, raise blood … [Read more...] about Caffeine
Calories measure energy; both the energy the body needs and the energy in food. The following is a list of the amount of calories per gram for each of the primary sources of calories in the … [Read more...] about Calorie Information
Calories measure energy; both the energy the body needs and the energy in food. The following is a list of the amount of calories per gram for each of the primary sources of calories in the … [Read more...] about Calorie Worksheet
Carnosine is the dipeptide of histidine and alanine, and functions primarily as a buffer in muscle tissue. High carnosine levels are associated with an increase in physical performance especially anaerobic performance. Carnosine has been reported through studies, revealed that carnosine administration can, indeed, benefit the immune responsiveness Carnosine is best … [Read more...] about Carnosine
There is no one such thing as "Cancer" so general discussions are difficult. In fact there are over 100 different cancers we know about today. To start, for the purposes of this discussion, let's just consider it an abnormal growth of cells which spread uncontrollably throughout the body and damage surrounding normal cells. Cancer is a highly powerful cell ager as well. The … [Read more...] about Cancer
Cascara Sagrada, also called Sacred Bark, is an herb derived from the year old bark of Rhamnus purshiana. Native American Indians commonly used Cascara Sagrada to treat constipation and upset stomachs. Cascara Sagrada is regarded to be a safe laxative that is often employed as a remedy for mild and chronic constipation. Clinical researchers have isolated several … [Read more...] about Cascara Sagrada
Catuaba is the most famous of all Brazilian aphrodisiac plants. This valued herb from the Brazilian rainforest is praised as being an excellent nervous system fortifier and male libido enhancer. The bark of Catuaba (functions) as a stimulant of the nervous system without any ill side effects at all. It is a strong tonic and fortifier of the nervous system, capable of giving … [Read more...] about Catuaba
Cervical Dysplasia refers to abnormal cells in a woman's cervix; the opening of the uterus. It is generally symptom free and may persist or go away on its own. It may be spotted by your doctor during a routine examination or it might show up on a PAP test. If you know you are going to have a PAP test, do not douche or use vaginal creams or lubricants for at least two days … [Read more...] about Cervical Dysplasia
Worried about your children's teeth? Can a child's athletic performance be lowered by TMJ? Do mouth guards really protect a child's teeth during competition? Ask these questions or any others on February 22 or 23 when the Chicago Dental Society staff makes themselves available for free advice simply by calling 1-800-38-TOOTH. The President's Council on Physical Fitness … [Read more...] about Children’s Teeth
TOO MUCH TESTOSTERONE TO STAY BIG? Maybe, then try Chrysin. What is Chrysin? Chrysin is the chemical name for a type of isoflavone molecule that has been demonstrated to be a potent aromatazation blocker. In other words, Chrysin minimizes the conversion of testosterone to either estrogen or DHT (dihyrdotestosterone). So what. What's the big deal about … [Read more...] about Chrysin
Chondroitin Sulfates are long chains of repeating sugars. They attract fluid into the proteoglycan molecules, which acts both as a spongy shock absorber for the bones and also as a mechanism to bring body nutrients into the cartilage for nourishment and lubrication. They act like "water magnets" within joint cartilage (whereas glucosamine helps to form the proteoglycans that … [Read more...] about Chrondroitin Sulfates
Dark circles are caused by hyperpigmentation, that is, a higher-than-average amounts of melanin, the substance that gives your skin its pigment. They tend to show up in people of Mediterranean descent and can run in families. In other words, if your parents have them, chances are that you will too. Dark circles can occur due to fatigue, allergies, overexposure to the sun, … [Read more...] about Circles Under The Eyes
What is Creatine? Creatine is an energy rich metabolite that is found mainly in muscle tissue. It is responsible for supplying the muscle with energy during exercise. Will Creatine improve athletic performance? Important University and Medical Center sponsored scientific studies have very clear answers to this question. Creatine does NOT improve endurance types of … [Read more...] about Creatine
The "Retail" story of Creatine. O.K., by now, we all know that Creatine increases our anaerobic threshold. It works and most every gym athlete takes it. Enough said. Betterbodz probably sells more Creatine at retail than any other company in the world. Why? Simple.... selection and price. We sell over 125 different brands of Creatine and we have the world's best … [Read more...] about Creatine Compare
Creatine is composed of three amino acids; arginine, glycine and methionine and is technically known as methylguanido. Creatine exists naturally in many common foods including beef and fish. Also, it is made everyday by our liver, pancreas and kidneys. On average, a healthy male makes 2 grams of Creatine daily and depletes about the same amount during normal activities. For … [Read more...] about Creatine Monohydrate
We'll sell it to you. But we'll tell you the truth. You all are aware of Creatine Monohydrate. After all, there are hundreds of brands out there. Frankly, there are good brands; for example, EAS, Team XL, AST, etc. and some not so great products. Since almost all Creatine products have high, 99% plus purity ratings; what makes one brand better than another. We asked our … [Read more...] about Generic Creatine Monohydrate
What is Chromium Picolinate? Chromium is an essential mineral to health. It is found naturally in very small amounts in brewer's yeast, black pepper, liver and lobster. Chromium Picolinate is a highly bioactive form of Chromium developed and patented by the United States Department of Agriculture. Chromium Picolinate has been shown to cross biological membranes and to be … [Read more...] about Chromium Picolinate
Chromium's effect on the body's energy supply was discovered in 1853. Chromium plays an important role in the body's utilization of blood sugar, as a cofactor in the hormone insulin's regulation of sugar uptake by the cells. Research shows that chromium is as indispensable biochemical partner of insulin, the hormone responsible for the uptake, storage and use of glucose by … [Read more...] about Chromium Picolinate
A quarter century of medical research into Pyruvate has established it as unquestionably important for increasing exercise performance, muscle recovery and endurance. In fact, many scientists believe it is the most critical compound known today for improving exercise and sport performance. Certain amounts of pyruvate are made normally in the body during metabolism … [Read more...] about Calcium Pyruvate
Basically, congestion refers to a stuffy nose. It can be caused by a variety of things including a cold, allergies or pollution Congestion can be avoided, generally by keeping your immune system strong. If are suffering from congestion, there are a few helpful tips. Use a decongestant only rather than a multi-symptom product. But don't use it for more than three days, as … [Read more...] about Congestion
Ulcerative colitis and Crohn's disease are forms of inflammatory bowel disease and are characterized by inflammation and sores in the large intestine. The symptoms include diarrhea, bloody stools, cramps and abdominal pain, Although medication is the primary treatment, there are some ways that you can treat flare-ups. Ulcerative colitis or Crohn's disease attacks tend to … [Read more...] about Crohn’s Disease