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Have a sweet tooth? Blame your genes

By Liz Applegate, Ph.D. on in Health
People who don't perceive sweetness well may end up eating more sugar.

Ever find yourself fantasising about decadent sweets on the last few miles of your run? Some of us can’t wait (me included!) to get our hands on an ice cream sundae!But some of my runner friends find their teeth aching at the mere thought of an indulgence as sweet ...  ... 

The solution to obesity

By Alex Hutchinson on in Health
It’s simple: just follow these 67 steps.

I’m kidding. I don’t have “the solution” to obesity, but I’ve been thinking recently about how we frame the debate about solutions. This was sparked in part by a New York Times article by Anahad O’Connor earlier this week about a new Coca-Cola-funded nonprofit called the Global Energy Balance Network, “which promotes the ...  ... 

The ankle: A user’s guide

By Annie Rice on in Health
Your ankle-protection plan should go beyond spotting potholes. Get clued up on how the muscles work and sidestep injuries.

HOW YOUR ANKLE WORKS ON THE RUN Your ankle both drives you forward and minimises impact forces. ‘When your foot hits the ground, the ankle’s dorsiflexion – when your toes move closer to the shin – acts as a kind of shock-deferral device,’ says physiotherapist Paul Hobrough of Physio and Therapy. ... 

How to cope with post-long run cold sores

By William O Roberts, MD on in Health
Run down? If you suffer from cold sores after your long runs you may be pushing yourself too hard.

Do you suffer from post-long run cold sores? These are caused by a herpes virus and tend to occur in about the same spot - on or near the lips - with each outbreak. The skin can break out in small blisters, which can feel tingly or painful. The blisters usually ... 

Running injuries in shoes and barefoot

By Alex Hutchinson on in Health
A prospective study searches for answers in the ongoing debate.

Judging from all the arguments about it, barefoot running seems to be (as Homer Simpson said about alcohol) the cause of, and solution to, all of life’s problems. But does going barefoot really reduce your risk of injury? The few studies that have attempted to answer this question have tended to be ... 

Is there a best way to lose weight?

By Liz Applegate, Ph.D. on in Health
Which is ideal for shedding pounds - running or lifting? A recent study may have the answer.

If the reason you exercise is to lose weight, you may have wondered which type of exercise will give you the best results: endurance training (like going for long runs) or strength training (like lifting weights).A recent study published in the Journal of Applied Physiology found that combined with a reduced ...  Continue reading ... 

The dangers of over-hydrating in the heat

By Liz Applegate, PhD on in Health
Staying hydrated is key, but overdrinking can be deadly. Here’s how to stay safe.

Drink before you feel thirsty. Aim for at least eight glasses of water daily. Sounds like good advice - and you’ve certainly heard those refrains before. But these statements fall short on the truth. Unfortunately, this advice has led to many athletes drinking too much water during exercise - a ... 

Sex files: How does sex affect your running?

By Kerry McCarthy on in Health
A little of what you fancy does you good, but does that old adage hold up when it comes to your running performance?

‘Sex makes you happy. Happy people do not run a 3:47 mile.’ So said American runner Marty Liquori many years ago. He was adding to an old debate: what impact does sex have on athletic performance? Back in 444BC Plato urged athletes to abstain before competition. But in 77AD Pliny ... 

Preventing post-run dizziness

By William O. Roberts, MD on in Health
Could eating more calories and iron-rich foods prevent a dizzy spell?

Evelyn asks: I experienced a full-blown case of "the spins" (dizziness) the evening after I ran three miles and rode my bike nine miles. At night, the room started spinning. When I woke up the next morning, the room was still spinning. Eventually, it stopped. Is this due to dehydration? ... 

Importance of morning-after carb levels

By Alex Hutchinson on in Health
After an evening workout, your muscles remain depleted the following morning.

A new study from researchers at the University of Bath, published in the journal Medicine & Science in Sports & Exercise, takes a look at one aspect of that question. They had subjects do two runs to exhaustion, four hours apart. Between the two exercise bouts, they either drank a low-carbohydrate ...  ... 

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