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Eight reasons coffee is good for runners

By on in Health
A cup of coffee jolts your mood, reduces disease risk, and adds a kick to your workout.

A morning cup of coffee is a must for many runners. It wakes you up, energises your workout, and gets your system moving, too. But there are more reasons to indulge in that second or third cup. The latest research shows that drinking coffee is a (mostly) healthy habit that ... 

People drink more alcohol on workout days

By Alison Wade on in Health
Thursday through Sunday is prime time for both activities.

People are more likely to hit the bottle on days they exercise more, typically Thursday to Sunday, according to research published in Health Psychology. “Monday through Wednesday, people batten down the hatches and they cut back on alcohol consumption. But once that ‘social weekend’ kicks off on Thursdays, physical activity increases and ...  ... 

Swimming for runners #2

By Annie Rice on in Health
Swimming lessons and those first strokes in the water.

Before taking on my first ‘swim check’ to essentially assess the damage and how much I had to learn, I spoke to Nick, Immerse founder. I asked why swimming can prove a good tool for runners. He told me: “Swimming is good for runners as it is an aerobic activity predominately ... 

How running can help stem junk food binges

By Scott Douglas on in Health
Aerobic exercise increases brain function associated with self-control.

Running and other forms of aerobic exercise could be key to having the self-control to resist junk food cravings, suggests new research published in Psychosomatic Medicine. Previous research suggests that people whose brains have strong function in the dorsolateral prefrontal cortex (DLPFC) may have greater self-control when it comes to eating behavior. ...  ... 

Exercise addiction isn't tied to weekly mileage

By Scott Douglas on in Health
In study, no link found between ultramarathoners and training volume.

In the popular view, people who run daily, and who run relatively high mileage, are far more often considered "addicted to running" than less frequent, lower-mileage runners. That view–that training volume and exercise addiction are directly related–is false, suggests research published in the Journal of Behavioral Addictions. "Exercise addiction" means one thing ...  ... 

Combining strength and endurance training

By Alex Hutchinson on in Health
How much do they interfere with each other?

This isn't breaking news, but I think it's interesting. While looking through some presentations from last year's Pan Pacific Conference of Medicine and Science in Sport (for a story I'm working on), I stumbled across John Hawley's presentation, "Endurance and Strength Training: Are They Incompatible?" I've written about this topic ... 

What leads to stomach issue in women runners

By Scott Douglas on in Health
Study suggests you'll suffer less if you're leaner, more experienced.

Gastrointestinal problems are common among women runners, especially those who are heavier and relatively new to the sport, according to research published in The BMJ (formerly known as the British Medical Journal). Dutch researchers surveyed more than 400 women who were training for the 5K or 10K at the 2013 Marikenloop, a women-only race ...  ... 

Sex and running: take our survey

By on in Health
Take part in our sex survey.

Please take part in our Sex and Running survey. It's for an upcoming issue of RW and we'd love to hear your thoughts about all aspects of pounding…out the miles. And don't worry, it's anonymous so nobody will know if you're the fast & furious type or more of an ... 

Does stretching "loosen" muscles and tendons?

By Alex Hutchinson on in Health
Some of the key effects of stretching are in your brain.

There's plenty of debateabout whether stretching before and/or after running is useful. But we spend less time thinking about what stretching actually does – what's changing on a muscular, neuromuscular, and biomechanical level when we stretch. A recent study in the Journal of Applied Physiology, from an international team of researchers in Australia, the ...  ... 

Top tips - how to tackle tight hamstrings

By Susan Paul on in Health
Runners' hamstrings can get tight due to over-lengthening.

For runners experiencing pain due to tight hamstrings, the first instinct is often to stretch. The pain may very well be due to tight hamstrings. However, here's why your stretching is most likely NOT helping you. In most cases, runner hamstrings are tight because they are actually over-lengthened rather than tight because ... 

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