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How to achieve a runner's high

By K. Aleisha Fetters on in Health
Science reveals how you can produce more feel-good chemicals while running.

Sometimes we get it, sometimes we don't. But we always want it - and more of it. It's the runner's high, and when we are lucky enough to tap into it, our runs feel easy, exhilarating, even euphoric. But we aren't always that lucky, are we? Recently, researchers studied how the ... 

Fix those foot cramps

By Susan Paul on in Health
The causes are numerous, so beat the spasms before they strike.

Diane asks: I am suffering from muscle cramps in my feet after I run. Sometimes the cramps are in the arch of my foot and other times it involves my toes, too. Any suggestions on what I can do to prevent this? Historically, cramping has been thought to be because of ... 

Paleo diet principles may help runners

By Liz Applegate, Ph.D. on in Health
Recent research found that the Paleo diet isn't great for diabetes, but athletes can follow some of its guidelines for a well-rounded meal plan.

If you haven’t heard of the loved-by-some-hated-by-others Paleo diet, you’re probably living under a rock from the cavemen days. The premise of this diet is to go back to our caveman roots and eat as if we were still hunters and gatherers. This means nixing the added sugar, dairy, grains ... 

6 nutrition tips for better bone health

By Georgia Scarr on in Health
Eat your way to stronger bones.

1/ Keep up your calcium levels There’s more calcium in your body than any other mineral, and over 99% of that is found in your teeth and bones. “If we don’t get adequate calcium from our diet, our bodies will leech the calcium from our bones to achieve this,” says dietitian ... 

All you need to know about stress fractures

By Georgia Scarr on in Health
Know your enemy to avoid spending time on the sidelines.

In amongst everything from blisters and chafing to plantar fasciitis and IT band syndrome, there’s one injury that puts fear into the heart of runners: the stress fracture. A painful injury that strikes seemingly out of nowhere, a stress fracture is guaranteed to keep you away from the start line. ... 

What dehydration does to your body and how you can prevent it

By Pamela Nisevich Bede, M.S., R.D on in Health
Get the lowdown on how dehydration works so you can drink water responsibly.

Why hydration is important When your muscles work, they create heat. Sweat works to dissipate this heat, but if you’re not replacing those fluids with water and sports drinks (which have electrolytes that help balance your body’s fluids), and conditions are hot, it creates the perfect storm: your heart is forced to work harder, ... 

When do athletes get ill?

By Alex Hutchinson on in Health
Analysis of training data shows Olympic medallists spend less time fighting colds.

An important skill for athletes is staying healthy - not just avoiding injuries, but dodging the endless minor colds and infections that can interfere with training and racing. How important is it? A new analysis of training data from 37 elite Norwegian cross-country skiers over a nine-year period compared the 16 ... 

10 ways to stay on top of injury

By Richard Lovett on in Health
A complete roadmap to keep you on the road and off the physio’s table.

For runners, injury goes with the territory. Research shows that every year between a fifth and half of us get injured. The exact figure is hard to pin down because sports medicine researchers don’t quite agree on what exactly qualifies as an injury. Is it something bad enough to make ... 

Are you relying on over-the-counter painkillers to keep you running?

By AC Shilton on in Health
Popping NSAIDs like ibuprofen can ease off aches and pains, but they shouldn't be taken lightly.

You finish a hard workout, have a shower, then peer in the medicine cabinet to consider your options: Ibuprofen? Aspirin? Paracetemol? Maybe you just down two pills without a second thought. It’s hard to pinpoint what percentage of runners regularly take non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs, or NSAIDs, the technical term for many ... 

Does diet or exercise make you more hungry?

By Alex Hutchinson on in Health
The calories may be the same, but appetite cues like your sense of smell react differently.

Let’s say you spend three days burning 25 per cent more calories than you consume. You can do that by decreasing the amount of food you eat, or by increasing the amount of exercise you do. Is there any difference between the two approaches? That’s what a new study in the American Journal ...  ... 

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