Monthly Archives: July 2015

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Three Free Apps for Getting Fit

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Whether you’re an Olympian or an average civilian just trying to shed some pounds, chances are there’s room to make your workout a little more fun. Here are some fun apps to try integrating into your fitness routine!

Charity Miles

This application donates money to charity for each mile your run, walk, or bike–specifically, twenty five cents for each mile walked or ran, and ten cents for each mile biked. How cool is that? Users can pick from a wide range of charities, including the ASPCA, Wounded Warrior Project, Autism Speaks, and many more. For any do-gooders out there, it’s just about the most satisfying way to justify your daily workout. Bonus tip: many animal shelters need volunteers to walk dogs–if pets are your soft spot, get your miles in while giving an animal in need some fresh air!

Zombies, Run!

Inject some real urgency into your run or walk with this app. Picture it: you’re jogging (or walking) along, listening to your tunes or podcast, when suddenly you hear the moans of the undead interrupting and need to run. The app ups the narrative ante with specialized missions and more. It’s a great way to stay fit and kill time before the Walking Dead comes back on air!

FitStar

FitStar tailors workouts based on your personal fitness levels and goals. At the end of each workout, it offers a short series of questions, which it uses to craft a new workout designed to challenge your body without crushing it.

Of course, an app alone can’t do everything–you should consult your physician before starting any new fitness routine, and consider contacting a sports medicine professional for more customized information on the best training methods, nutrition, and more for your body. Want to improve your athletic abilities, or make sure you’re in top shape for a new workout endeavor? Request an appointment with our professionals today!


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Four Perks of Being a Female Athlete

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In the wake of the US Women’s dramatic World Cup win, female athletes are finally poised to get the respect–and admiration–they so very much deserve. Here are some of the advantages women have on the field:

Flexibility

Women typically have longer, more elastic muscles than men, which in turn makes them more flexible. This gives women an advantage in sports requiring flexibility, like gymnastics, diving, skiing, and more.

Fat

That’s right: fat can be an advantage. Typically, the leanest female marathoners have at least 8% body fat, whereas their male counterparts have 4%. In endurance athletes, that extra fuel helps women go the extra mile. In the pool, it provides extra buoyancy to combat water’s resistance.

Balance

Women have a lower center of gravity, which generally means better balance.

Rapid Improvement

Over the past century, as athletics have opened up to women, women’s records have been improving quickly–in some sports, much more so than the records of their male counterparts. Perhaps, in the past, physiological differences between men and women have been overemphasized, and cultural conditioning has played as large a role as biology in determining performance.


Athletic injuries, discomfort, or that nagging sense you aren’t achieving your full potential? Game on. Here at New Jersey Sports Medicine, our experts are here to heal the injured and help players at every level unlock their best selves. If you’re ready to hit a home run for your health, contact us today and request an appointment.