U.S. Navy photo by Petty Officer 2nd Class John Philip Wagner, Jr.

A healthy diet is essential for anyone’s health, but for runners and athletes, the right diet can be the difference between peak performance and falling flat.

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Benjamin Franklin nailed it when he said, "Fatigue is the best pillow." True story, Benny. There's nothing like pushing your body so far past exhaustion that you'd willingly, even longingly, take a nap on a concrete slab.

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And no one knows that better than military service members and we have the pictures to prove it.

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Photo by Senior Airman David Carbajal

The slew of new fitness and sports-performance technology increases with each passing month. From devices to apps to treatments to clothes that read your body, I’m sifting through all the products available on the market. The following five tech innovations can get you bigger, make you faster, evaluate your hydration, and get your skin glowing on the path of least resistance.  

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Photo by Sgt. Adam Keith

CrossFit is the hottest thing since skinny jeans, and with all the hype and attention, there is bound to be some hate. But, unlike the Kardashian mania, this hate is unwarranted. Here I present some CrossFit misconceptions and share my experience as someone who has belonged to two “boxes” --- that’s lingo for a CrossFit gym. I also offer some insight from CrossFit coaches and sports medicine professionals.

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Photo by Sandra Lea Abrams

Ever caught yourself confused, frantic or short of breath because you’re running late, stuck in traffic, waiting in a hellish line, or just unable to fall asleep due to the thoughts running through your head? That feeling of unrest, accelerated heartbeat, sweats, and just wanting to scream, or choke someone is called anxiety.

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Photo by Sgt. Timothy Koster

As the mercury rises — and we are in the thick of it — it can be hard to keep hydration at an optimal level to ensure quality exercise, avoid fatigue, and prolong endurance. Soldiers, sailors, athletes, spouses and kids; no one is immune to dehydration.

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