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6 maximum heart rate training myths get busted

By A.C. Shilton on in Health
Think you know everything about max heart rate and why it’s important? Think again.

For decades, athletes have used maximum heart rate as a way to figure out which zones they should be training in. The most common wisdom was to subtract your age from 220, and - voilà! - you had your max HR, a figure representing the greatest number of beats per minute your ... 

How to return to running after a sprained ankle

By Jenny Hadfield on in Health
The key is to ease in slowly, and only after you’ve recovered strength and range of motion.

I sprained my ankle a few weeks ago. I still can’t run. I’m a bit disheartened, and I can’t seem to get motivated to go to the gym. Do you have any tips to maintain my mojo and get me back to running again? Getting hurt can be a blow to ... 

What is cupping and why are athletes into it?

By Michelle Kight on in Health
You've seen the curious purple circles on the USA's athletes, now take a look into what it's all about.

Cupping has become quite the phenomenon with athletes at Rio 2016. Gold-winning USA swimmer Michael Phelps hit the headlines last week for the strange purple circles marking his shoulders and back. Gymnast Alex Naddour has displayed the same marks on his shoulders, swimmer Nathalie Coughlin has also been seen with ... 

8 reasons for runners to drink more beer

By Caitlyn Giddings for Bicycling on in Health
Justify that post-run pint with any of these health benefits of beer.

Think of all the reasons we run for beer (and sometimes run with beer). There’s the obvious - after a hard run, it tastes like the liquid equivalent of a high-five - and the less proven - it functions as a performance enhancing drug for previously untested dance moves. But ... 

What a beer mile does to your body

By Liz Applegate, Ph.D. on in Health
Here’s what happens when you drink four beers and run four quarter-miles.

Official beer mile rules require drinking a whole can of beer, running a quarter of a mile (one lap of a standard athletics track), and repeating both three more times (penalty lap if you throw up). Obviously, this is ill-advised: consuming four alcoholic beverages in a short period of time is considered binge drinking. ... 

Prebiotics significantly reduce exercise-induced asthma symptoms

By on in Health
A British Journal of Nutrition study has reported evidence that prebiotic supplements can help reduce airway narrowing and inflammation.

We've got promising news for asthmatic runners: a study published in the British Journal of Nutrition has found that the symptoms of exercise-induced asthma can be significantly reduced by consuming more prebiotics. The study, led by sport scientists at Nottingham Trent University, saw a group of adults with exercise-induced asthma receive ... 

4 reasons to eat more mackerel

By Sam Murphy on in Health
This oily fish is not to be underestimated when it comes to health benefits.

Oily fish are nutritional superstars and if you want to buy local, you won’t do better than mackerel, which is abundant in our waters in early summer. Here’s why it’s a good catch. 1/ One 100g serving contains more than 1,000mg of omega-3 fatty acids, which reduce inflammation and lower the ... 

What's causing my arch pain?

By William O. Roberts, MD on in Health
Plantar fasciitis is a likely culprit. But before you self-treat, get a proper diagnosis.

I have arch pain after I run for 30 minutes. I have several pairs of shoes that I rotate, and I'm good about replacing them. Do you know what could be causing this? The foot is an amazing structure. It absorbs some of the shock with each foot strike with rarely ... 

Does running cadence predict injury?

By Alex Hutchinson on in Health
There are conflicting findings about whether fast-steppers stay healthier.

For several years running experts have been debating the role of cadence - the number of steps you take per minute - in your risk of running injury. A pair of presentations at last month’s American College of Sports Medicine meeting offered a look at the latest thinking on the ... 

Should I avoid the heat during summer training?

By Susan Paul on in Health
What’s better: running indoors on the treadmill or cranking out miles on the road?

I am training for my second marathon, and given the summer weather where I live, I am not able to hit the recommended training paces on most of my runs. It’s just too hot and humid. Would it be better for me to use the treadmill or continue running outdoors and not worry about ... 

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