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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 ...  ... 

Real strength improvements from mental imagery

By Alex Hutchinson on in Health
The brain's motor cortex responds to exercise, real or imagined

We all know that strength isn't just about muscles. For example, the initial gains when you start strength training come largely from neuromuscular improvements: your nervous system gets better at transmitting the "contract" signal from your brain to your muscle fibers. But there's a third factor that has been neglected, ... 

Healthy eating throughout January

By Annie Rice on in Health
Because sometimes you need a helping hand to keep your good intentions in check.

Once the enthusiasm of the New Year wears off, January can end up being a pretty tough month. The winter is relentless, your friends don't want to go out and the post-Christmas blues can feel very real (sorry, don’t mean to rub it in!) It’s basically a hard month and ... 

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