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Training your nervous system for a better running performance

By James Witts on in Health
A neurological master class in conditioning your nervous system for improved running performance.

Any coach or training plan will readily extol the performance-boosting benefits of improving your cardiovascular system and strengthening your musculature. But while you may already be working hard on your VO2 max and addressing your quad/hamstring imbalance, you probably haven’t given a second thought to your neurological system. Which is ... 

Is SPF 15 enough sun protection for runners?

By William O. Roberts, MD on in Health
A broad-spectrum sunscreen with a higher SPF is the best choice for preventing skin damage.

Sunscreens are very helpful for preventing sun damage and reducing the risk of skin cancers. But there are so many skin-protection products available now, it can be confusing as to what to use. First, what is SPF and what does it measure? SPF is short for “sun protection factor." It is an ... 

Running in the sun: Pros and cons

By K. Aleisha Fetters on in Health
Research reveals surprising perks of running in the sun - if you take care out there.

A runner’s relationship with the sun is complicated. You love soaking up its warmth and energy, but you hate when it leaves its mark – age spots, tan lines, painful burns – and you dread the long-term damage that may result. There are, of course, reasons to be wary, especially ... 

Which matters more, muscle or fat?

By Alex Hutchinson on in Health
A new study looks beyond BMI to assess health and heart disease risk.

Researchers at UCLA recently decided to explore a stubborn riddle. Why is that some studies suggest that being a little bit heavier than “ideal” can translate into lower risk of death from heart disease and other factors, an observation often called the “obesity paradox”? Their hypothesis was that the effect may ... 

Can running help cure your hangover?

By A.C. Shilton on in Health
If you had one too many last night, think twice before tying your running shoes.

Look: it’s easy to get carried away during a night out, and sometimes group tequila shots happen at inopportune moments - like the night before an important long run. As your alarm goes off the next morning, you may think “I can do this. I bet a run might help ... 

How accurate is your activity tracker's calorie count?

By Alex Hutchinson on in Health
New study compares 12 wearable devices to “gold standard” calorie measurements.

We used to wonder how accurate the calorie count on treadmills and ellipticals was. (The answer: not very.) Now we have more sophisticated devices that track our every move, but the question is still the same: how much can we trust the numbers? Researchers at Japan’s National Institute of Health and ... 

Is the running injury epidemic overblown?

By Alex Hutchinson on in Health
Despite the apparent perils, most people who sign up for a marathon make it to the finish.

It’s a widely accepted fact that we’re in the midst of a massive running injury epidemic. Who or what is to blame for this epidemic is a matter of vigorous debate, but there’s no denying that studies of running injuries produce some alarming numbers about how many runners get hurt, ... 

What is overtraining syndrome?

By Wesley Doyle on in Health
Pushing body and mind too far isn’t just a peril for elites and ultra runners. Overtraining syndrome can hit anyone.

Whether recent converts or veterans with sacks of finisher’s medals, we expect our training miles to be rewarded with improvement in both how we run and how we feel. But what if those miles don’t deliver? Maybe lately your body has become the in vogue destination for every illness and ... 

How to recover from overtraining syndrome

By Wesley Doyle on in Health
Maximise recovery and minimise the negative impact of intense training.

1/ Have a plan ‘Periodisation is a structured plan that cycles periods of harder training, to overload the body, with periods of rest and easier sessions,’ says Tom Craggs, lead coach at Running with Us. ‘This allows the body to adapt by focusing on different types of training at different ...  Continue reading ... 

Warning signs of overtraining syndrome

By Wesley Doyle on in Health
Whether you're struggling when out running or taking the hit at home, overtraining could be to blame.

Are you pushing too hard? Tom Craggs, lead coach at Running with Us, explains the warning signs of overtraining syndrome (OTS). When running Lack of progression: Despite increasing the quality and/or quantity of your training, your progression slows or reverses. You’re working harder in sessions that previously felt easy. Injuries and niggles: Constant ... 

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