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Why do I get sick after a race?

By William O. Roberts, MD on in Health
Expert insight on why you might be feeling too rough to celebrate.

Lisa asks: Why do I get sick after racing a half marathon or 10K? When I do long runs I never have a problem. I'm not sure if your symptoms strike immediately after your efforts, or if you fall ill in the days following a race. I'll cover both situations to ... 

What to do if you lose your period from running

By William O. Roberts, MD on in Health
Secondary amenorrhea in athletes can have profound health effects. Here's why it happens and what to do about it now.

I’ve been training hard for a few years for half and full marathons and have stepped it up in the last year to 60-70 miles per week. What effect will losing my cycle have on my health? I haven’t had it for over nine months now, and though I want ... 

Biggest weight loss myth revealed

By Amby Burfoot on in Health
New calculator shows that you need to burn more than 3,500 calories to lose a pound.

You’ve probably heard the number-one “rule” of weight loss: It takes a 3,500-calorie deficit between calories consumed and calories burned to produce a one-pound drop in body weight. This old chestnut is more than 50 years old. Problem is, it’s wrong. Physiologists, nutritionists and unsuccessful dieters have long regarded the 3,500-calorie-rule with ... 

Carbs still on top as fuel

By Liz Applegate, Ph.D. on in Health
Despite trending fat-based diets, study finds carbohydrates the best energy source for distance running.

The debate over how much carbs and fat runners need to enhance their performance is both enduring and trendy. Current carb-bashers claim training your body to burn more fat is a more effective way to sustain effort. But a new study published in the Journal of Applied Physiology undermines that theory.  Researchers at the ...  ... 

Not all calories are created equal

By Pamela Nisevich Bede, M.S., R.D on in Health
Some calories weigh more than others and can stall weight loss.

If you’ve been trying to lose weight, you’ve probably heard this rule: It’s just a matter of calories in, calories out. That is, simply burn more calories than you consume, and the pounds will melt off. Right? Well, not exactly. If you are trying to lose weight, then you know that ... 

4 healthy chocolate treats

By Ashley Gartland on in Health
Satisfy your craving for chocolate with a nutrient boost and no weight gain.

Chocolate-loving runners have had a lot to celebrate of late. In 2011, the University of Cambridge reported that eating dark chocolate can lower rates of stroke, high blood pressure and heart disease, thanks to antioxidants called flavonols. The same year, a study published in The Journal of Physiology found that moderate ... 

Running after foot surgery

By William O. Roberts, MD on in Health
A runner struggles to resume training after bunion surgery.

Bree asks: I had bunion surgery two years ago and my feet still hurt when I run. Is there anything I could do to help the pain go away? Bunion surgery often puts a runner out of commission for several months, and the return to running can be challenging. I would ... 

8 ways running stimulates your brain

By Joe Mackie on in Health
A complete rundown of the wonders worked on our brains by the simple act of running.

From the initial hit of the endorphin high to stimulating your creativity and concentration, all the way to warding off dementia, this is why running matters to your grey matter. 1. Smarten up Big meeting in the diary? Get your running shoes. Going for a run was found to improve reasoning ability ... 

Fruit and nut bars

By Pip Taylor on in Health
Packed with dried fruit, these bars from The Athlete's Fix are a brilliant energy booster before a run.

Change up this recipe to make these bars your own: use different varieties of dried fruit (apricots, dates or sour cherries), try hazelnut flour in place of almond flour, add some orange zest or step up the spices, or mix in pure cocoa powder for a rich, chocolate spin. Fruit and nut bars Makes 16 bars or ... 

Resuming running after an Achilles tear

By William O. Roberts, MD on in Health
How to ease back into training after an Achilles tear.

Sarah asks: Last year while training, I tore my Achilles tendon but didn't know it for months. It wasn’t until I felt a sharp, shooting pain in the back of my foot that I went to the doctor. After six weeks in a boot and months of physiotherapy, I'm ready ... 

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