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The rearfoot: A user's guide

By Annie Rice on in Health
Don't let your run get off on the wrong foot - brush up on your rearfoot knowledge to avoid injury and improve your technique.

Made up of the calcaneus – the largest bone in the foot, which forms your heel – and the talus, which rests on top and forms the pivot of the ankle. ‘The rearfoot provides guidance and stability in front to back and side-to-side motion at heelstrike to aid a smooth ... 

Build stronger hips for better running

By on in Health
Use these videos to help strengthen your hips and the muscles that surround them

How to check your hips Hip check phase 1 Hip check phase 2 Hip check phase 3 Hip check phase 4 Continue reading

The midfoot: A user's guide

By Annie Rice on in Health
This central section of your foot can also be home to the dreaded plantar fasciitis. Find out how to keep it in good working order to boost performance and sidestep injury.

Made up of five tarsal bones – navicular, cuboid and three cuneiform – ‘the midfoot helps to absorb shock during pronation and provides rigidity for a powerful and stable toe off’, says Thatcher. Improve your run: Strengthen the midfoot Why it matters: ‘Better foot strength will boost power and reduce injury further up ... 

Exercise and the onset of Alzheimer’s

By Alison Wade on in Health
Studies show running can be an effective way to slow progression of the disease.

Every morning, Geno Meyers, 67, wakes up and asks his wife, “Do we have a race today?” Early-onset Alzheimer’s disease has rendered him unable to answer the question for himself. Diagnosed at age 62, Meyers, from Grass Valley, California, can no longer run on his own - he got lost 10 miles ... 

The forefoot: A user's guide

By Annie Rice on in Health
Your feet are key to stability and propulsion on the run.

The forefoot consists of three distinct parts: five metatarsal bones (running from the arch to the toes) which act as shock absorbers and also play a crucial role in propulsion at toe-off; the toes; and two sesamoid bones, which protect tendons, absorb pressure on landing and act as leverage for ... 

Raynaud's Syndrome in runners

By William O. Roberts, MD on in Health
How to cope if your hands and feet freeze up on chilly runs.

Emmie asks: After running in the cold, my fingers get swollen, feel numb, and turn white. It seems to take forever for them to warm up. My running partner said it sounds like Raynaud’s. What is this and what precautions should I take? This is the season for Raynaud’s Syndrome and your ... 

Rest to run at your best

By Greg McMillan on in Health
There's an art to recovering between training cycles. Elite coach Greg McMillan breaks it down.

I see a bad habit forming in many runners: the lack of a recovery cycle after their big events or racing seasons. Too many are simply finishing one race (often a marathon) and immediately starting to train for the next one. You can get away with this a few times, ... 

Running with a cold: Pros and cons

By Susan Paul on in Health
If you’re starting to come down with something, here’s advice for when to take a break.

Some health care professionals suggest using the “neck rule” when deciding whether to run or not. Symptoms involving the neck and below - sore throat, cough, chest congestion, bronchial infections, body aches, chills, vomiting, diarrhoea or swollen glands - require time off from running. Symptoms above the neck - a ... 

Why breathing cold air can hurt

By Dr William O. Roberts on in Health
Can you exercise in cold conditions without fear of damaging your lungs?

Why do my lungs seem to burn when running in cold temperatures? This is a common question, especially among new runners or runners who move to cold places. The lung is an amazing organ, evolved to warm and humidify inhaled air to body temperature and humidity without damaging tissue. Think ... 

Breathe your way to better running

By Sam Murphy on in Health
Take a deep breath and improve your performance with a handy piece of equipment...

There's one muscle group you may be neglecting in training – your inspiratory muscles, which you use to breathe in.  The primary inspiratory muscles are the diaphragm and the intercostals, which lie between the ribs. These muscles also play a role in core stability, says a new study. Runners who ... 

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