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Make me a better runner: boxing (part 5)

By Kerry McCarthy, RW Commissioning Editor on in Health
The fifth blog in our new series, in which we guinea pig ourselves trying training programmes and workouts from different sports to see which ones can help your running. This week we explain why a lighter weights programme for explosive power will give you a vital change of pace on the run.

Earlier in this series we went through the importance of weight training for runners, and how adding a session or two per week will make you stronger, leaner and less injury-prone. This week’s blog is also about weight training but this time to develop explosive power, so you can add speed ... 

Can ginger help you recover from hard training?

By Scott Douglas on in Health
Study: Ginger lowers post-workout markers of inflammation.

Here are two well-established findings concerning exercise and your immune system: First, moderate exercise boosts your immune system, thereby making you less susceptible to colds and other forms of sickness. Second, hard exercise, such as an intense track session or an especially long run, temporarily compromises your immune system. That's ... 

Make me a better runner: boxing (part 4)

By Kerry McCarthy, RW Commissioning Editor on in Health
The fourth blog in our new series, in which we guinea pig ourselves trying training programmes and workouts from different sports to see which ones can help your running. This week we explain why punching bags and pads can make you run faster.

The first three blogs in this series concerned some of the supplementary aspects of boxing training: sprinting, weights and so on. We were, in effect, circling the real subject, dancing round it like Ali prancing round Foreman in Manila. But now KAPOW! We’re down to the business end: the act ... 

Study: Yoga Practice Improves Mental Capacity

By News on in Health
An eight-week yoga program boosts working memory.

Adults who did yoga three times a week for eight weeks improved their performance on tests of their brains' executive function, while adults who did a stretching and strengthening program for the same time didn't, according to research published in The Journals of Gerontology. Executive function is a term applied to a ...  ... 

Nutrition: should you be running gluten-free?

By Amby Burfoot on in Health
Gluten-free diets are popular, but few athletes on them have a medical diagnosis.

Medical surveys indicate that less than 2 percent of the US population has celiac disease or wheat allergies. These are the people who should be on gluten-free diets. Another 5 to 10 percent have a clinical gluten sensitivity, and benefit from a gluten-free diet. A UK study by NABIM (National Associations ... 

Make me a better runner: boxing (part 3)

By Kerry McCarthy, RW Commissioning Editor on in Health
The third blog in our new series, in which we guinea pig ourselves trying training programmes and workouts from different sports to see which ones can help your running. This week we explain the benefits of strength training.

‘Strength training: bleurgh.’ That’s what many runners think when advised to add this into their regime. If you wanted to throw weights around and parade around flexing your guns you’d be in front of mirror right now, wearing fingerless gloves, a back support and squeezing the steel while grunting like Paris ... 

Review: The Isokinetic Medical Group

By Annie Rice on in Health
How the Isokinetic Medical Group got me back up and running (almost)

The Isokinetic Medical Group is an internationally recognised leader in the field of sports injury treatment. They have rehabilitation facilities in six Italian cites as well as the London centre. They are also recognised as a FIFA Medical Centre of Excellence.  After a colleague heard of my injury ...  Continue reading ... 

Sprinters are born, not made

By News on in Health
A new study reports you're either born fast or you're not.

Many people who ran track in high school remember the kid who showed up at practice one day and was immediately the best sprinter on the team. A new analysis of world-class sprinters supports the belief that you're either born fast or you're not. Two professors at Grand Valley State University in ...  ... 

Make me a better runner: boxing (part 2)

By Kerry McCarthy, RW Commissioning Editor on in Health
The second blog in our new series, in which we guinea pig ourselves trying training programmes and workouts from different sports to see which ones can help your running. This week we explain the benefits of Tabata sprint training.

Tabata: a word you may have heard increasingly over the last 18-24 months in the fitness press, but what is it? It’s a specific type of high-intensity interval training that takes its name from the man who invented it, a Japanese physician and researcher called Dr Izumi Tabata. It’s very simple and ... 

Should you stretch before running?

By Alex Hutchinson on in Health
Stretching results in slower starts, greater effort.

A few weeks ago, I took the "anti" side in a lighthearted RW debate about post-run stretching. Turns out stretching is still a hot-button issue that gets people fired up! So with that in mind, here's an interesting new study from researchers in Brazil, just published in PLoS ONE, that looks at the effects ...  ... 

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