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Obama’s Take A Bike Ride!

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When being the President does not fill up Barack’s schedule, he and his family like to go on a getaway.  On their most recent mini vacation, the family visited Martha’s Vineyard in Tisbury, Massachusetts.  Because Michelle has been motivating kid’s to workout and get some fresh air daily, it is no surprise to see the family go on a scenic bike ride.

Long story short, if the President can take time off to get some exercise, you most definitely can too!

Hit a bike trail or take a spin class to get your endorphins and blood flowing like the president and his family.

Photo Credit: Rick Friedman-Pool/Getty Images

Fitness Correspondent: Stefani Romagnoli

How Sports Drinks Can Boost Your Workout Performance

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Who would have ever thought that a sports drink can help boost performance aside from quenching your thirst?

According to a study by the University of Central Lancashire, gargling and spitting out a sports drink can give you a better workout.

The study showed that cyclists who swished with carbohydrate-rich sports drinks covered more distance and felt less tired.

Study author Lindsey Bottoms says:

“When performing high-intensity exercise lasting less than 60 minutes, using a carbohydrate rinse for 5-10 seconds can improve performance. It could potentially allow you to train harder.”

How it works: Brain scans show that specific regions light up when carbs are in your mouth. The longer you rinse, the more time the carbs have to stimulate sensors in your brain. Bottom explains that it is really a mind trick.

“The concept of mouth rinse supports the idea that the brain is very much playing a key role in fatigue,”

Swishing boost your workout performance 2% and also helps prevent indigestion which people often experience from swallowing carbohydrates during a workout. This study proves to work on short term workouts.

So the next time you get that sports drink, instead of gulping it down, try a gargle.

Fitness Correspondent: Hannah Townsley

Photo Credit: Yahoo!

Via: Yahoo! Sports

Oscar Pistorius Faces Indictment

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Update: ESPN reports on the South African sprint runner Oscar Pistorius alleged murder case.

In case you don’t know who he is, Osacr Pistorius initially got the world’s attention when he became  the first double leg amputee to participate in the Olympics, but now he is known for murdering his girlfriend.

Check out the updated details on the case below;

A South African police spokesman says Oscar Pistorius will be served with an indictment now that police have completed an investigation into the shooting death of his girlfriend.

Spokesman Lt. Gen. Solomon Makgale said Tuesday the investigation team is convinced Pistorius has a charge to answer.

Pistorius will appear in a Pretoria court Monday. Makgale said it is expected Pistorius will be served with the indictment and a trial date will be set.

Pistorius says he accidentally shot his girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp on Feb. 14. The state alleges the couple may have argued and he intentionally killed her.

The double-amputee Olympian may face a life sentence in prison, with a minimum of 25 years, if convicted of a charge of premeditated murder. He was freed on bail Feb. 22.

via ESPN

Forbes Releases List Of The Highest Paid Female Athletes

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Forbes Magazine recently released its list for the highest paid Female Athletes. Tennis player Maria Sharapova snagged the #1 spot on the list earning $29 million dollars. Coming in not far behind her was one of the William sisters, Serena Williams with $20.5 million dollars.

Check out the other female athletes that are really raking it in;

#1 Maria Sharapova (tennis) – $29 million
#2 Serena Williams (tennis) – $20.5 million
#3 Li Na (tennis) – $18.2 million
#4 Victoria Azarenka (tennis) – $15.7 million
#5 Danica Patrick (race car driver) – $15 million
#6 Kim Yuna (figure skating) – $14 million
#7 Caroline Wozniacki (tennis) – $13.6 million
#8 Agnieszka Radwanska (tennis) – $7. 4 million
#9 Ana Ivanovic (tennis) – $7 million
#10 Paula Creamer (golf) – $5.5 million

It looks like tennis players are the most lucrative of them all.

 

Kobe Bryant Shows Off Achilles Tendon Surgery Scar

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NBA Laker player Kobe Bryant seems to be in high spirits and good health after posting a pic on his Facebook page to show a pic of his surgery scar.

In April, Laker #24 underwent surgery after tearing his Achilles tendon on his left leg.

It has been three months since the surgery, but Bryant is up  and walking, and his really looking forward to returning to the court.

So far while rehabilitating, he has attended promotional trips, and even makes time for fans.

We just hope that he is taking his exercising lightly while recovering from the surgery.

Good luck Kobe, we can’t wait to see you on the courts next season!

Fitness Correspondent: Hannah Townsley

Photo Credit: Yahoo!

Boxer Miguel Cotto Switches Trainers

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Former three-division title holder Miguel Cotto has made some changes, first switching trainers and returning to the promoter that helped boost his career.

Cotto took to the Twittersphere by announcing his changes, saying:

“I will be back in the ring on Oct. 5 on HBO with Top Rank and [with trainer] Freddie Roach in my corner.”

The 32-year-old Cotto will start training with Freddie Roach at Wild Card Gym in Hollywood than his usual training spots in Puerto Rico and Florida. Cotto has also decided to part ways with his former trainer Pedro Diaz.

Cotto’s advisor Gaby Penagaricano has said that Cotto wanted to try something new since he is returning to the ring in October, and that also happened when searching for a new trainer.

He wanted to try a few well-known trainers, and wanted to start fresh, and once trying different trainers, he clicked very well with Freddie Roach.

We look forward to seeing you back in the ring in October, Cotto!

Via ESPN.com

Fitness Correspondent: Hannah Townsley

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A-Rod Will Be Reportedly Suspended From Yankees For Using Performance Enhancing Drugs

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It looks like A-Rod has been landed in some hot water. Oh, no!

The New York Yankees player has been reportedly taking prescription enhancing drugs, and the Major League Baseball said that he will be suspended on Monday for being linked to distributing them.

As far as how long the suspension will be, it is kept anonymous, but there are speculations that it will be throughout the 2014 season. A-Rod can get a shorter suspension if he chooses to file a grievance.

The negative part is that A-Rod was set to return to the game since hip and quadriceps surgery, and this report against him was leaked.

The good part is that A-Rod can play while this investigation occurs, but he did have some words about the MLB keeping him from playing, saying after Friday night’s game:

“There is more than one party that benefits from me not ever stepping back on the field. When all this stuff is going on in the background and people are finding creative ways to cancel your contract and stuff like that, I think that’s concerning for me.” Yikes!

So far there have been 43 suspensions under the major league drug agreement since 2005. (Let’s hope that A-Rod isn’t an addition!)

This is an unfortunate event for A-Rod, but we hope that however long he will be out, that he keeps pushing harder and keeping healthy to get back in the lineups!

Fitness Correspondent: Hannah Townsley

Photo Credit: Google

Via: Fox News

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