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7 ways to run safely this winter

By Rhalou Allerhand on in Health
How to ensure you stay safe while out running after dark.

With just a few weeks to go until Christmas, winter is officially here. Although wintertime running has its perks including sparkly lights and invigorating temperatures, with the fading light comes a new set of concerns for runners. As dusk arrives at 4pm it effectively halves our key running times, leaving ... 

How exercise affects your immune function

By Alex Hutchinson on in Health
How long, rather than how hard, may determine immune response to exercise.

Exercise helps strengthen your immune system, but too much exercise weakens it. So what determines the sweet spot? That's the question asked by a neat new study from Neil Walsh and his colleagues at Bangor University, just published inMedicine & Science in Sports & Exercise, which I explore in my Globe ...  ... 

Why running keeps your brain healthy as you age

By Alison Wade on in Health
More than 15.3 miles per week can lower risk of Alzheimer's disease mortality by 40 percent.

New research indicates that people who run more than 15.3 miles per week earlier in life have a 40 percent lower risk of Alzheimer’s disease mortality. The study, which appeared in a prepublication from the Journal of Alzheimer’s Disease, also found that eating at least three pieces of fruit per day and ... 

How does drug testing work?

By Alison Wade on in Health
What's tested, who's tested and other details on detecting doping.

With Rita Jeptoo's failed drug test in the news and other positive tests being revealed each month, we set out to answer some common questions about how drug testing the world's best runners works. What is drug testing? It is the collection and analysis of blood and urine samples for the purpose of screening ... 

Study shows running could actually protect knees against osteoarthritis

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Study finds lower incidence of arthritis in runners regardless of their age.

We all know in our hearts that it's really good for you, but runners will be pleased to hear that they can now legitimately tell naysayers to sod off when they suggest that running is bad for your knees. New research presented at the annual meeting of the American College ... 

How to fuel for multi-day races

By Susan Paul on in Health
When fueling for back-to-back events, carb intake is key.

Nutrition is an important part of our training. One of the physiological adaptations our bodies make to distance training is an increased glycogen storage capacity, allowing most runners to store between 1500 and 2000 calories of glycogen. Eating the right diet along with distance training can increase glycogen storage capacity ... 

How Much Does Practice Matter?

By Alex Hutchinson on in Health
A new analysis measures the contribution of "10,000 hours."

Is greatness born or made? That's been a simmering public debate for the last decade, thanks to books about the "10,000-hour rule" and counterpoints like David Epstein's The Sports Gene. A big new meta-analysis was published over the summer in Psychological Science, from researchers at Princeton, Michigan State, and Rice, that offers ...  ... 

To Relieve Runner's Knee, Strengthen Your Hips

By Scott Douglas on in Health
Hip exercise found to be the best way to get rid of the dreaded runner's knee.

Over the last few years, a growing amount of research has linked weak hips and runner's knee. For example, one study published last year found that women who developed runner's knee had greater hip instability in their gait. Another study published last year found that, after a hard run, people with runner's ...  Continue reading ... 

How Music and Video Can Aid Hard Treadmill Workouts

By Scott Douglas on in Health
Even at faster than tempo effort, distractions make workouts more enjoyable.

Turning some of your attention to music and video can make even the hardest treadmill workout more enjoyable, suggests research published in the Journal of Sport & Exercise Physiology. It's not news that music, video and other distractions can make stationary exercise more bearable. But most research, and most real-world anecdotal evidence, has to ...  ... 

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 ... 

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