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6 foods to help boost your cardio

By Matt Gilbert on in Health
Eat your way to better heart function with a hand from these cardio-friendly foods.

Apples It’s crunch time. The quercetin found in an apple a day will improve lung capacity and protect against pollution, say scientists at St George’s Hospital Medical School, London. Servings per week: 5 Try baked apples with pink peppercorns or oaty apple crumble muffins. Avocado The sodium, potassium and magnesium found in the creamy ... 

Sex files: Running and libido

By Kerry McCarthy on in Health
RW investigates the intimate, intricate relationship between your running life and your sex life.

If you’re worried your training is going to leave you with no energy in the bedroom, think again: research has shown that regular exercise actually boosts your libido. This is partly down to exercise’s effectiveness in combating stress, a major cause of low sex drive. The more stressed you are, ... 

Drinking between workouts

By Alex Hutchinson on in Health
As hydration guidelines evolve, your fluid intake between runs matters more.

The debate about hydration usually focuses on the question of how much you should drink during exercise. And the trend lately has been to conclude that you probably don't need as much as we used to think — in fact, simply drinking when you're thirsty may be good enough in many contexts. But a ... 

Cycling to recovery: Part 2

By on in Health
Deputy Digital Editor Georgia has turned to all things cycling to rehab the injuries that knocked her out of Virgin Money London Marathon this year. She headed to Edge Cycle for a professional guide to spinning technique.

Read Cycling to recovery: Part 1 here. Ten weeks, lots of physio exercises and a few tentative runs later, I was feeling significantly better than I had been when I first bombed out of marathon training. My dodgy tib post (the muscle which runs down the inside of the calf and ... 

5 truths about running and caffeine

By Pamela Nisevich Bede, M.S., R.D on in Health
No need for runners to cut the morning joe out of their diets.

As a registered sports dietician, I spend a lot of time advising athletes. Our introductory meetings always include a review of performance goals, current nutritional status and recent food intake. Invariably, the conversation turns into some sort of confession — but not the kind you’d expect.Rarely do athletes admit ...  ... 

Watermelon juice: the new beetroot juice?

By Alex Hutchinson on in Health
New evidence suggests that citrulline found in watermelons may boost exercise performance.

I have a high level of skepticism about performance-enhancing supplements. Given the endless succession of supplements being tested, chance dictates that there will be a stream of seemingly positive studies. Few of these studies turn out to be reliably repeatable, so I generally ignore them. That's why I was very skeptical when the first studies ... 

Ice baths and training gains

By Alex Hutchinson on in Health
Post-exercise cooling may slow down the body's repair processes.

Over the last few years, there's been lots of debate about the pros and cons of ice baths (and, more generally, of any technique that promises to speed up your post-workout recovery). The microscopic muscle damage and accompanying inflammation incurred by training, the thinking goes, is actually the stimulus that ... 

Cycling to recovery: Part 1

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Deputy Digital Editor Georgia was forced out of the Virgin Money London Marathon by injury earlier this year. Now, she’s taking up cycling, spinning and all things bike-related in a bid to get back running.

After four months of training, persistent ITB syndrome and two bouts of severe nerve pain in my feet, I was finally forced out of this year’s London Marathon with a risky ankle injury (a dysfunctional tibialis posterior muscle – yep, I’d never heard of it either). It didn’t just ...  ... 

Do you believe in compression socks?

By Alex Hutchinson on in Health
They work best if you expect them to, study finds.

It's impossible to run a double-blinded study of compression socks (and many other recovery techniques, like ice baths and massage) — you always know when you're "supposed" to benefit. One way to tease out the difference between psychological and "true" physiological gains is to ask the subjects in the study ... 

Long run fatigue

By William O. Roberts, MD on in Health
Can't stay awake after a long run? Perhaps you need to examine your sleep patterns.

Selena asks: After my long runs, I can barely stay awake. When I get home, I fall asleep for at least four hours. I am usually very sore and stiff when I do wake up, since I hadn't been moving. So my whole Saturday is ruined because all I want ... 

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