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Runners have much healthier knees than scientists thought

By Amby Burfoot on in Health
A new study looked in-depth into whether more miles equals bad news for your knees.

It’s easy to understand why so many people believe that running is bad news for the knees over time. Yes, your knees face substantial impact with each stride. Sure, runners are occasionally sidelined by knee injuries. And everyone knows someone who quit running because of knee pain. But most medical research ... 

6 berries to boost your running body

By on in Health
Berries are packed with health-boosting nutrients. Kirsten Hartvig, runner and author of Healing Berries, picks six of the best.

1/ Strawberries Research has shown that strawberries can strengthen the body’s inherent self-healing capacity, neutralising the actions of free radicals and counteracting the effects of low-density lipoproteins in the blood, thus limiting plaque build-up in the arteries. They also contain chemicals that protect against sun exposure. Want to get your strawberry fix ... 

Are sports supplements “gateway” drugs to doping?

By Alex Hutchinson on in Health
If a pill’s benefits are in your head, will you be more or less likely to use it?

In 2013, Susan Backhouse of Leeds Metropolitan University in Britain published an interesting anonymised study looking into attitudes toward doping among university and international athletes, and how they related to the use of legal sports supplements. The key finding was that the athletes who reported using nutritional supplements were also more than three-and-a-half times ...  Continue reading ... 

Should you worry if your knees crack?

By Editors of Men's Health on in Health
A little popping is harmless in most cases, but not always.

In most cases, if your knees crack but don’t hurt when you do cross-training squats or burpees, then the noise is just crepitus - gas bubbles bursting, says Tony Gentilcore, Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist and co-founder of Cressey Sports Performance in Hudson, Massachusetts.  Sure, crepitus sounds scary, but those gases - oxygen, nitrogen, and carbon dioxide - are ...  ... 

A cure for muscle cramps?

By Alex Hutchinson on in Health
Flex Pharma unveils its new anti-cramp product at a sports medicine conference.

For well over a year now, there have been rumours of a forthcoming new cure for muscle cramps. Whenever people contacted me to ask what I thought about it, my answer was, “I don’t know, I’d need to see their research and understand more about exactly what they claim.” Earlier this ... 

5 ways to stay hydrated during a long run

By Jenny Hadfield on in Health
If you’re training for a big race, try one of these products or methods.

I’m training for my first marathon this summer. What are your thoughts on the best way to carry fluid? You’re wise to plan ahead. Hydration and proper fueling are key to successful training, and finding a comfortable strategy will help you complete your long runs. These days, there are a variety ... 

How caffeine could slow you down

By Alex Hutchinson on in Health
A gene that affects how quickly you metabolise caffeine may affect whether it helps or hurts your race times.

Caffeine is the universal performance-booster: it works for all distances, all sports and all people. At least, that’s what I used to think. But a session at the American College of Sports Medicine annual meeting earlier this month offered a surprising caveat to that blanket statement. Caffeine, it appears, works for ... 

5 things sports doctors are talking about right now

By William O. Roberts, MD on in Health
Our expert gives us a rundown of highlights from the American College of Sports Medicine's annual meeting.

I have compiled some highlights from the 2016 American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM) annual meeting, which was held recently in Boston. I hope this information improves your running and your overall health. 1/ Running is still good for you - and your heart. There has been a fair amount of press ... 

Dietitians reveal the most misguided weight loss advice they’ve heard

By Caroline Praderio for Prevention on in Health
This is the stuff they wish people would stop repeating.

When it comes to bad weight loss recommendations, dietitians have heard it all from their clients. Here are the tips they wish you’d stop believing, plus some proven strategies to use instead. “Stop eating gluten.” Unless you have coeliac disease or non-coeliac gluten sensitivity, there’s no reason to eliminate gluten from your diet, and there’s no evidence that doing ... 

Should you run further or faster to boost your aerobic energy?

By Alex Hutchinson on in Health
Maximising the 'powerhouses' of your cells can boost your performance, but how should you do it?

During aerobic exercise, most of the energy your muscle cells need is supplied by the mitochondria, a cellular component often referred to as the "powerhouse" of the cell. That’s why one of the key benefits of training is that you develop more and better-functioning mitochondria to fuel your efforts. At last ... 

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