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How running in the cold affects your immune system

By Alison Wade on in Health
Study finds that pre-exercise shivering makes a difference when it comes to immunity.

Exercising in the cold might reduce your body’s immune function, which could make you more susceptible to illness, according to research published in PLoS ONE. However, when research subjects went through a pre-exercise protocol that induced low-intensity shivering, their immune response was boosted after performing moderate intensity exercise. Researchers found that when subjects ... 

Ageing and efficiency

By Alex Hutchinson on in Health
Speed and endurance aren't the only declines to avoid.

Older athletes – runners, cyclists, triathletes, etc. – are generally slower than younger ones, even if they train the same amount. Why is this? The usual culprits are declining endurance, and declining strength/power. But there's a third factor that's often neglected: efficiency. For example, in a study I blogged about last ... 

Beating runner's stitch

By on in Health
Avoid getting this common running curse

Even the professionals suffer from the mysterious effects of the stitch. At the weekend, the winner of the women's race at the BUPA Birmingham run, Polline Wanjiku, was seen grimacing and clutching her side just kilometres from the finish line, but like most runners she suffered through it. We all know ... 

High fat diets for endurance

By Alex Hutchinson on in Health
Taking a closer look at claims that fat can make you faster.

Normally when a new article I've written hits newsstands, I'm eager to spread the news as widely as possible. But I have to admit I've been a bit nervous about my article on high-fat diets for endurance athletes, which is in the new issue of Outside. The reason: it's a very controversial ... 

Nutrition clinic: Balanced recovery

By Emma Baraclough on in Health
How to recovery post-run by the experts at SIS.

Protein is essential to building and maintaining lean muscle tissue, but after a long run it’s important to take on board much more than just protein in order to recover properly and maximise your training adaptations. For moderate to high intensity exercise, carbohydrate is the major fuel source. Your body stores ... 

Short workouts can improve work performance

By Alison Wade on in Health
Half hour session significantly boosts working memory.

If you’re thinking about skipping your next lunchtime or pre-work run because you’re too busy, new research indicates that, for certain types of tasks, taking a break and getting your workout in could improve your performance on the job immediately post-workout. Researchers found that after performing a single bout of moderate exercise, ...  ... 

The most common injuries from too-quick mileage increases

By Alison Wade on in Health
Study questions 10% rule among group of novice runners.

Many runners are familiar with the 10 percent rule of increasing mileage. It states that increasing your mileage by more than 10 percent from one week to the next will increase your chance of injury. Various scientists and coaches have disputed the rule over time. New research published in the Journal of ...  ... 

How exercise protects your brain from depression

By Alex Hutchinson on in Health
Study suggests a new protective role for fit muscles.

Researchers at Sweden's Karolinska Institute published  study in the journal Cell last week that may shed some light on how and why exercise fights depression (press release here). It's fairly complicated stuff (to me, at least), and it's a mouse study – but I think it's interesting enough to be worth ...  Continue reading ... 

Do I look like a man?

By Lauren Fleshman on in Health
Female athletes come in all shapes and sizes and our definition of femininity has to catch up.

I used to be afraid to call myself a feminist. It sounded like the kind of woman a man wouldn’t like. I used to look at runway photos in fashion magazines as a pre-pubescent teenager and pray that puberty would be good to me, giving me height with the right kind ... 

What runners think the leading causes of injury are

By Scott Douglas on in Health
The most-cited cause isn't supported by research.

"Not stretching." That's what was named as the explanation for running injuries more than any other factor innew research exploring runners' beliefs about what causes injuries. Unfortunately, that belief and the third most popular reason given for running injuries aren't necessarily supported by previous research. Ninety-five runners were surveyed for the ...  ... 

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