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3 ways running boosts your brain

By Kerry McCarthy on in Health
Getting out for a run is good for your grey matter as well as your health.

It’s a common assumption that once you reach adulthood there’s nothing you can do about the number of brain cells you have, except wave them off as they die throughout your life. Until the late 1990s it was assumed that only children’s brains were capable of continued growth, but then ... 

Do athletes have higher or lower blood pressure?

By Alex Hutchinson on in Health
Training doesn't grant you immunity from hypertension.

A new review article in the British Journal of Sports Medicine, from researchers in Norway, looks at the question of blood pressure in athletes by pooling the results of 51 previous studies. It's well known that regular exercise lowers blood pressure in the general population (the figure quoted in the paper is ...  ... 

How to cope with being sidelined by injury

By Jenny Hadfield on in Health
Whether you hurt yourself running or doing something else, the same tactics can keep you sane and positive as you recover.

I was sorry to read about your recent mountain biking accident. I had a similar one myself and I’m really having trouble navigating the emotions during my recovery. Can you share tips on how to recover after a life-altering accident? — Laura Thank you for your sympathy. I broke my wrist while ... 

What's behind a runner's high?

By Georgia Scarr on in Health
A recent study at the University of Montreal suggests there's more than just endorphins to the inimitable runner's high.

Elation, clarity and freedom - it's the runner's high. Traditionally put down to the release of endorphins, a recent Canadian study published in the journal Cell Metabolism has found another additional explanation as to why running makes us feel so great: dopamine. Dopamine is a neurotransmitter with a number of ... 

Why should I elevate my legs after running?

By William O. Roberts, MD on in Health
Elevating your lower body after a hard run can keep you from fainting.

Ed asks: I saw cross-country runners lying on the ground after a practice with their feet propped up on a tree. Is there any merit to doing this? That group of runners has learned either from their coach or from their own personal experience that the best way to prevent fainting ... 

3 ways running makes your lungs work better

By Kerry McCarthy on in Health
What exactly goes on inside your lungs on a run?

Chances are when you started running you found yourself out of breath, but over time it became easier to sync your breathing with your footfall. This is because your lungs learn how to deliver more oxygen to the bloodstream quicker, as well as becoming more efficient at ridding the body ... 

Can I do long runs on my period?

By Jo Pavey on in Health
It's hard to know how much is too much when it's that time of the month. Jo Pavey offers her expert advice.

Should I avoid long runs or tougher workouts during menstruation? If you feel lousy during your period, be flexible with your training. You should not have to avoid long runs or tough workouts throughout, but listen to your body. If you’ve planned a long run, head out with no pressure to ... 

Is it safe to run a marathon with one kidney?

By William O. Roberts, MD on in Health
If your remaining kidney is working properly, you should be fine.

MJ asks: I had a kidney removed when I was eight weeks old. Over the past two years, I have started running and I really enjoy it. I just signed up for my first marathon, but I am I’m worried about whether this is a health risk for me. I ... 

How much exercise makes you smarter?

By Alex Hutchinson on in Health
The best predictor of cognitive gains is how much your aerobic fitness improves.

Exercise makes you smarter... but how much do you need to maximise its benefits? When it comes to physical health, the general principle according to exercise guidelines is: “Some exercise is better than none and higher doses generally convey greater benefit.” Is the same true for cognitive benefits? That’s what ... 

Running makes the body more robust

By Amby Burfoot on in Health
A new report summarises the best research on running and health with surprising results.

Running six miles per week appears to improve longevity by three to six years and reduces the risk of several chronic diseases, according to a review of research published in Mayo Clinic Proceedings. A distinguished group of US-based cardiologists, exercise physiologists and epidemiologists collaborated on the review. It contains no new material or ...  ... 

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