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Why should I elevate my legs after running?

By William O. Roberts, MD on in Health
Elevating your lower body after a hard run can keep you from fainting.

Ed asks: I saw cross-country runners lying on the ground after a practice with their feet propped up on a tree. Is there any merit to doing this? That group of runners has learned either from their coach or from their own personal experience that the best way to prevent fainting ... 

5 quick stretches for when you're pushed for time

By Susan Paul on in Training
Don't think you have time after a run? These moves are fast, easy and get the job done.

Keith asks: My legs are so tight! I know I need to stretch more, but I run out of time after my runs. Can you suggest a few basic stretches? Maybe if I can make stretching more time efficient, I will do it.A post-run routine of stretching is ideal, but when trying to ...  ... 

3 ways running makes your lungs work better

By Kerry McCarthy on in Health
What exactly goes on inside your lungs on a run?

Chances are when you started running you found yourself out of breath, but over time it became easier to sync your breathing with your footfall. This is because your lungs learn how to deliver more oxygen to the bloodstream quicker, as well as becoming more efficient at ridding the body ... 

Make me a better runner: Pilates (Part 2)

By Georgia Scarr on in Training
We explore how Pilates can be used for prehab.

Read Part 1 here. Say ‘Pilates matwork’ to me a few weeks ago and I’d imagine a low intensity gym class that I’d chosen because I didn’t fancy dragging my weary body through something harder, half-heartedly flailing my limbs while wishing I was asleep. Instead, I would choose to dream of ... 

Is it safe to run a marathon with one kidney?

By William O. Roberts, MD on in Health
If your remaining kidney is working properly, you should be fine.

MJ asks: I had a kidney removed when I was eight weeks old. Over the past two years, I have started running and I really enjoy it. I just signed up for my first marathon, but I am I’m worried about whether this is a health risk for me. I ... 

Can I do long runs on my period?

By Jo Pavey on in Health
It's hard to know how much is too much when it's that time of the month. Jo Pavey offers her expert advice.

Should I avoid long runs or tougher workouts during menstruation? If you feel lousy during your period, be flexible with your training. You should not have to avoid long runs or tough workouts throughout, but listen to your body. If you’ve planned a long run, head out with no pressure to ... 

Losing form on long runs

By Jo Pavey on in Training
Long runs are tough physically and mentally, so it's easy for form to slip by the end. Olympian Jo Pavey offers her advice.

I’m so tired at the end of long runs that I end up shuffling. What can I do? Running shorter distances may be a good idea if you’re struggling. It’s possible you’re trying to tackle a distance that you’re not yet conditioned to deal with. Gradually build the distance back up ... 

How much exercise makes you smarter?

By Alex Hutchinson on in Health
The best predictor of cognitive gains is how much your aerobic fitness improves.

Exercise makes you smarter... but how much do you need to maximise its benefits? When it comes to physical health, the general principle according to exercise guidelines is: “Some exercise is better than none and higher doses generally convey greater benefit.” Is the same true for cognitive benefits? That’s what ... 

I can't motivate myself to run when the days get shorter

By Jo Pavey on in Training
Do the darkening days put you off running? Olympian Jo Pavey has the answers.

I seem to lose my motivation for running when the days get shorter. What can I do to combat this? - Sarah Cooke, via email It may feel tough, but keeping fit and active during the shorter days can help prevent seasonal affective disorder (SAD) and boost your self esteem. Have ... 

Running makes the body more robust

By Amby Burfoot on in Health
A new report summarises the best research on running and health with surprising results.

Running six miles per week appears to improve longevity by three to six years and reduces the risk of several chronic diseases, according to a review of research published in Mayo Clinic Proceedings. A distinguished group of US-based cardiologists, exercise physiologists and epidemiologists collaborated on the review. It contains no new material or ...  ... 

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