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How to prevent and treat chafing

By Blane Bachelor on in Health
Tackle one of running’s most common war wounds.

Ever experience thigh rubbing so painful your legs feel like they’ve brushed against a cheese grater? Or cross a finish line, realising that the spectacle of your blood-streaked shirt is eliciting horror from spectators? Chafing, a runner’s rite of passage, is the result of friction that occurs when skin rubs ... 

4 tips for staying fit in the heat

By A.C. Shilton on in Health
Shine bright all summer with the right seasonal goal.

Summer can be a tricky time for runners. Sure, you’ve got long days, but that occasional sunshine can be sweltering. Holidays, BBQs and other seasonal fun can tempt you to skip workouts, especially if you aren’t actively training for something. “There are a lot of distractions for athletes during the warm-weather ... 

Smart guide to carbs, dietary fat and protein for fat loss

By Jennifer Van Allen and Pamela Nisevich Bede on in Health
Losing fat is not as simple as eating less and running more. Here’s a practical guide to dropping those stubborn pounds – and keeping them off.

It’s often said that fat loss is a simple matter of eating less and running more. But anyone who has tried that knows it’s hard to balance fuelling for a run with trying to burn off calories you’ve already consumed. That’s why runners from all parts of the pack struggle ... 

5 new findings on oxidative stress in runners

By Alex Hutchinson on in Health
If you want to optimise your body’s antioxidant defences, it’s all about balance.

One of the themes that cropped up repeatedly at the American College of Sports Medicine annual meeting earlier this month in Boston was the delicate balance between oxidative stress and antioxidant defences. While it might seem a simple contrast between bad (oxidative stress) and good (antioxidants), the picture is quite a ... 

Essential guide to hypermobility for runners

By Georgia Scarr on in Health
Flexibility isn’t the anatomical holy grail you may think it is and too much can increase your risk of injury and hamper your performance. Here’s how to spot the warning signs and take action to keep running strong.

One of the first things you learn as a new runner is that flexibility is crucial. We are constantly being told of the need to stretch regularly and avoid becoming too tight, but just because some flexibility is good for runners, does it follow that more is better? You may ... 

Runners have much healthier knees than scientists thought

By Amby Burfoot on in Health
A new study looked in-depth into whether more miles equals bad news for your knees.

It’s easy to understand why so many people believe that running is bad news for the knees over time. Yes, your knees face substantial impact with each stride. Sure, runners are occasionally sidelined by knee injuries. And everyone knows someone who quit running because of knee pain. But most medical research ... 

6 berries to boost your running body

By on in Health
Berries are packed with health-boosting nutrients. Kirsten Hartvig, runner and author of Healing Berries, picks six of the best.

1/ Strawberries Research has shown that strawberries can strengthen the body’s inherent self-healing capacity, neutralising the actions of free radicals and counteracting the effects of low-density lipoproteins in the blood, thus limiting plaque build-up in the arteries. They also contain chemicals that protect against sun exposure. Want to get your strawberry fix ... 

Are sports supplements “gateway” drugs to doping?

By Alex Hutchinson on in Health
If a pill’s benefits are in your head, will you be more or less likely to use it?

In 2013, Susan Backhouse of Leeds Metropolitan University in Britain published an interesting anonymised study looking into attitudes toward doping among university and international athletes, and how they related to the use of legal sports supplements. The key finding was that the athletes who reported using nutritional supplements were also more than three-and-a-half times ...  Continue reading ... 

Should you worry if your knees crack?

By Editors of Men's Health on in Health
A little popping is harmless in most cases, but not always.

In most cases, if your knees crack but don’t hurt when you do cross-training squats or burpees, then the noise is just crepitus - gas bubbles bursting, says Tony Gentilcore, Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist and co-founder of Cressey Sports Performance in Hudson, Massachusetts.  Sure, crepitus sounds scary, but those gases - oxygen, nitrogen, and carbon dioxide - are ...  ... 

A cure for muscle cramps?

By Alex Hutchinson on in Health
Flex Pharma unveils its new anti-cramp product at a sports medicine conference.

For well over a year now, there have been rumours of a forthcoming new cure for muscle cramps. Whenever people contacted me to ask what I thought about it, my answer was, “I don’t know, I’d need to see their research and understand more about exactly what they claim.” Earlier this ... 

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