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 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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Photo by Mass Communication Specialist Seaman Paolo Bayas

When I was in the Navy, one of the most common questions military spouses asked me was, "How do you stay so fit working these long hours?" Well, many of them worked long hours, too. While we were out in the field, they were raising young families and managing a household, often as a full-time job.

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