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Top 10: Fitness Goals

50 pushups or a 5-second, 40-yard dash? Why not try both?

By Shannon Clark,

In order to keep yourself motivated to stick with your active lifestyle, setting regular goals is important. By taking a look at what you’re working toward every so often, and making sure that those goals are still applicable to your current situation, you can ensure that you stay on track and get the results that you’re looking for.

If you don’t have a goal that you’re currently working towards, we have 10 ideas for you to consider.

 Run Your First Full Or Half-Marathon (more…)

Perfect Your Jump Shot

By Danny McLartyOn March 29, 2011

If you were to walk into just about any gym in America to watch kids warming up before the start of practice, do you know what you’d see? You’d see a bunch of young basketball players heaving up shots from behind the 3-point line. This is the last thing they should be doing! At such a young age, these players aren’t strong enough to shoot the ball from this distance with proper mechanics. What happens is that they develop bad habits that quite often stay with them when they reach an older age. So, if you are in 6th grade or younger, don’t worry about the 3-ball just yet (with few exceptions). Start at a close range, and follow the tips below.

The Perfect Jump Shot
Take a look at the players with the best jumpers in the world, and you’ll see a number of things they have in common with their shot. (more…)

New Steps to Help Prevent Knee Injuries in Teen Sports


A torn knee ligament is one of the most debilitating injuries that routinely hit young athletes. Now, medical researchers are deciphering why women are at much greater risk for the problem than men and how it can be prevented.

An estimated 90,000 varsity high-school and college athletes a year suffer an injury to the anterior cruciate ligament, or ACL, which connects the thigh bone to the shin bone. Women are between four and six times as likely as men who play the same sports to be injured, partly because they rely more on ligaments to compensate for less-developed muscles, researchers say. The riskiest sports for ACL tears are soccer, basketball, volleyball, football and skiing, all of which involve sudden stops, changes in direction and jumps.


Kids need to experience setbacks to mature

I see parents tie up their egos in their children.


Scripps Howard News Service

“Our children are not our masterpieces,” Wendy Mogel is fond of saying. A clinical psychologist in Los Angeles, she is the author of “The Blessings of a Skinned Knee.” And she’s the wise and oft-quoted voice in Lori Gottlieb’s provocative piece, “How to Land Your Kids in Therapy: Why the obsession with our kids’ happiness may be dooming them to unhappy adulthoods,” in Atlantic magazine’s July/August issue.

Gottlieb is a therapist and mother herself. She says that while she learned in graduate school that parents can really mess their kids up, she learned something surprising in her practice: that parents who overly focus on their children’s happiness can mess them up, too. Over and over again, she started seeing young adults in her office with idyllic childhoods and involved, attuned parents. What were they there for? Anxiety, depression and general emptiness. It seems their nearly perfect early years, in which they were unlikely to experience frustration, disappointment or certainly outright failure, had not prepared them for real life and its natural ups and downs.

As children, life was one constant “up.”

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Kids find their fit in sports, not competition

It used to be that kids accustomed to playing video games or hanging out on street corners after school had few enticements to get involved in physical activities. But that is changing around Seattle as a number of programs concentrate on sports that are more inclusive and less competitive.

AT 14 YEARS old, Nik Vasquez had never hiked up a mountain, strapped on a pair of skis or scaled a climbing wall.

He spent his afternoons bumming around with friends in his Seattle neighborhood and paid scant attention in classes at Cleveland High School. That all changed when a leader from the Seattle Parks and Recreation Department’s Outdoor Opportunities program showed up at his school. If Vasquez joined, they told him, he could learn how to snowboard, camp and explore the Northwest outdoors — all for free.

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