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Breathe your way to better running

By Sam Murphy on in Health
Take a deep breath and improve your performance with a handy piece of equipment...

There's one muscle group you may be neglecting in training – your inspiratory muscles, which you use to breathe in.  The primary inspiratory muscles are the diaphragm and the intercostals, which lie between the ribs. These muscles also play a role in core stability, says a new study. Runners who ... 

Is grazing good for runners?

By K. Aleisha Fetters on in Health
Eating throughout the day fuels your body. But if you're watching your weight, snacking late at night could have an adverse affect.

How many runners only eat just three meals a day? It’s more like breakfast, lunch, pre-workout, post-workout, and dinner - with possibly a few snacks sprinkled in between. After all, eating mini-meals throughout the day keeps you fueled for your workouts and stabilises your blood sugar levels. But, new research published in the ... 

How to prevent IT band syndrome

By Jenny Hadfield on in Health
These simple exercises will improve your hip strength and help you avoid this common running injury.

If you’re looking for specific exercises to prevent IT band syndrome, here are a couple of moves you can easily add to your routine. The first one is perfect for days when you have limited time. The second has been shown in research to be one of the most effective exercises for ...  ... 

Usain Bolt vs. chicken nuggets

By Georgia Scarr on in Health
McDonald's Japan has announced the launch of a 48-piece Chicken McNugget box. We run the numbers on sprinter and nugget fan Usain.

At the 2008 Beijing Olympics, Usain Bolt famously chowed down on around 100 Chicken McNuggets a day – roughly 1000 over his 10-day stint – simply because he didn’t like the Chinese food on offer. If he’s not big on Japanese food either, he’s in luck: McDonald’s Japan is launching ... 

What makes you sweat?

By Alex Hutchinson on in Health
New study finds the science behind sweating is not as straightforward as you'd think.

Some people sweat more than others. Go for a run with a group of people on a warm day, and the differences become obvious. But what determines these variations? Answers have traditionally focused on factors like body fat percentage (more fat insulates you and makes you overheat sooner) and aerobic ... 

DIY sports drink

By Pip Taylor on in Health
Don't waste money on expensive sports drinks - this DIY recipe from The Athlete's Fix is quick, easy and tasty.

Here’s an alternative to your regular sports drink - a little lighter and a lot more natural. The ratio of sugar and salt is based on the World Health Organisation’s recommendation for hydration solutions: 3.5 grams of carbohydrate per 100 millilitres, or a 3.5 per cent solution. The combination of ... 

How do I get rid of calf cramps?

By William O. Roberts, MD on in Health
Advice for a marathon runner who can't seem to beat this painful problem.

Kyle asks: Every time I run a marathon, I get bad calf cramps around mile 22. I carb up the week before and also eat a good amount of protein. I’m very hydrated before the race and take in fluids and gels during the race. I just don't know what ... 

Does running harden your arteries?

By Alex Hutchinson on in Health
New research adds to an ongoing debate.

An article in the Wall Street Journal reports on a recent conference presentation that found higher rates of atherosclerosis - hardening and narrowing of the arteries - in competitive masters athletes running more than 35 miles a week or cycling more than 93 miles a week compared to those running less or ...  ... 

Do sports injuries run in the family?

By Alex Hutchinson on in Health
Genes affect the structure of your tendons and ligaments.

If you give an identical training program to 10 different runners, you’ll get 10 different results - even if they all start from the same baseline and follow the training program faithfully. This idea of genetic variation in the response to training has been discussed a lot over the past ... 

Coconut, apple and cinnamon pancakes

By Pip Taylor on in Health
Indulge after a hard run with these decadent pancakes from The Athlete's Fix book.

Everyone needs a sweet treat every once in a while, particularly after a long or hard run. These pancakes are just decadent enough while still being surprisingly healthy. Serve them to your skeptical family members or friends, who will be quickly converted. Coconut, apple and cinnamon pancakes Makes 8 pancakes 1 medium apple, ... 

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