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Avoiding muscle soreness

By Alex Hutchinson on in Health
Harness the "repeated bout effect" to ward off soreness.

I ran my first marathon two springs ago, and – like many first-time marathoners – staggered through the last 10K or so. I wasn't bonking, and I didn't go out too fast. My problem, as I described in the brain training article I wrote about the experience, was muscle damage in ... 

New study shows benefits of coffee

By Alison Wade on in Health
New dietary report says three to five cups per day shouldn't harm healthy individuals.

If you’re looking for a reason to drink more coffee, look no further. A new report released last week by the 2015 Dietary Guidelines Advisory Committee (DGAC) states that there is strong evidence that drinking three to five cups of joe per day, or up to 400 mg of caffeine, is ...  ... 

When to worry if your calf muscles spasm

By William O. Roberts, MD on in Health
Whether runs are short or long, sometimes your muscles don't stop firing.

Do your muscles still spasm after a run? This is most likely muscle fasciculation, where the voluntary muscle units are randomly firing and not under the usual central nervous system neurologic controls. Voluntary muscles generally contract when you ask them to, as in running, and not at rest. This can occur ... 

Study shows marathon training is good for runners' hearts

By Amby Burfoot on in Health
To cardiologists unearthed positive results from 18 weeks of marathon training.

A new study–the first to look deeply into heart-related changes that result from typical midpack marathoner training–provides much good news for runners logging 25 to 30 miles a week. The study published in the American Heart Association journal, Circulation: Cardiovascular Imaging was conducted by cardiologist Aaron Baggish, M.D., and colleagues in Boston. Baggish, ... 

Compression socks and recovery

By Alison Wade on in Health
Study shows post-race, compression socks improved performance by 2.6 per cent.

A new study provides scientific evidence to support the idea that compression socks are not just fashionable, they’re also functional. The study, published in the February issue of the Journal of Strength and Conditioning Research, found that wearing compression socks for 48 hours after running a marathon improved performance on a treadmill test two weeks ...  ... 

How to beat the marathon bonk

By Susan Paul on in Health
If you want to avoid hitting the wall, take a look at your nutrition, training, and race plan.

"The Bonk" or "hitting the wall" as it is also called, refers to depletion of the glycogen stores of the liver and muscles. Because glycogen supplies the necessary fuel for energy production, runners experience sudden fatigue and a loss of energy. It is often accompanied by muscle cramps, GI distress, ... 

10 tips to avoid weight gain during marathon training

By Susan Paul on in Health
Running and dieting but still can't shed the pounds? Follow these top ten tips to avoid weight gain.

Many people take up running to lose weight and yet some people do gain weight with exercise even though it seems counter intuitive. You are burning calories when exercising, so it seems like the pounds should just fall off, right? Wrong! Here are some reasons why this phenomenon happens.  The most ... 

How to use running as meditation

By Annie Rice on in Health
How to apply mindfulness to your running and why it may make you a better runner.

One of my more concerning character flaws is that I am deeply impatient. If I have a free hour to do something, I will choose running over sitting 'doing nothing' and despite all I have read about the benefits of meditation, I am simply not comfortable just ‘being’ without thinking ... 

The (supposed) dangers of running too much

By Alex Hutchinson on
04 February 2015 at 11:21
in Health
What the data says, and what it doesn't.

My goodness, is it February already? It's been several months since the last round of articles warning that running too much will kill you–must be time for another one. What's that? No new data to publish? That's no problem, we'll just republish the same data. The media never bothers to ... 

Healthy change more successful with a partner

By Alison Wade on in Health
People are more likely to begin exercising, lose weight when a partner makes the change at the same time.

If you’re looking to make a positive health change, consider enlisting the help of a partner. Research published in JAMA Internal Medicine found that couples who work together to form healthy habits are more likely to be successful. People had greater success in beginning an exercise program, losing weight, and quitting smoking ...  ... 

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