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Should I run with a cold?

By William O. Roberts, MD on in Health
Know when it's safe to keep training and when to back off.

Kim asks: I'm training for my first half marathon, but I've had a sinus infection and cold for the past three weeks. How do I go about training when I'm under the weather? Training with illness always presents a runner with a difficult situation. Most of us in sports medicine use ... 

Why guys need to worry about bone health

By Liz Applegate, Ph.D. on in Health
It’s not just a women’s issue. Fortunately, new research shows the right exercises can help.

As a guy, you may not be thinking about bone health - it's usually considered a women’s issue. But estimates predict almost 2 million men in the United States have osteoporosis and 16 million more have low bone mass. Lack of the right kind of exercise and aging puts men at ... 

Should I really worry about my knees?

By Susan Paul on in Health
Answering the common question of whether runners put themselves at increased risk.

Denise asks: I began running about eight months ago and am really enjoying it. However, when I tell my friends I'm running now, the conversation immediately turns to concern for my knees. I've had several people tell me that running will ruin them. Is this true? Welcome to running and to ... 

10 herbs to help your health

By Liz Applegate, Ph.D. on in Health
More than just garnish, herbs add fresh flavour to meals and boost your intake of health-boosting nutrients.

Basil Rich in rosmarinic acid, an antioxidant that helps to prevent cell damage. Basil also contains eugenol, which can relieve conditions such as rheumatoid arthritis. Use it: Make your own pesto. Chives They supply quercetin, (good for vascular health) and are rich in compounds associated with a reduced risk of stomach cancer. Use it: Sprinkle ... 

How the iliotibial band makes us human

By Alex Hutchinson on in Health
The famously injury-prone structure may have evolved to store energy.

No one ever talks about the iliotibial band, except when it’s broken. It’s a band of fascial tissue running from the hip to the outside of the knee (fascia is a tendon-like type of connective tissue), and it’s the site of a common and famously difficult-to-shake injury that’s usually felt as ... 

9 ways running benefits your body from head to toe

By Kit Fox on in Health
Running isn't just great cardio - check out how it improves your body all round, from boosting brainpower to upping bone strength.

Cartilage growth Ignore the naysayers – running isn’t necessarily bad for your knees. Research from Australia’s Monash University suggests that the impact of running can increase cartilage production, which can safeguard your joints against arthritis. Sharper hearing Research from Bellarmine University in the US found that very fit women were six per cent ... 

Battling nausea after a big race

By William O. Roberts, MD on in Health
Determine how much water you need - and don't overdo it - to keep your tummy happy.

Brad asks: I am always nauseous after running marathons. After my last two marathons, I vomited 30 minutes after finishing. I drink water at most of the water stops and fuel along the way. What could be the cause?  I have seen runners with this problem at the finish of a ... 

7 ways to sleep better and run stronger

By Cindy Kuzma on in Health
From helping you avoid injury to keeping your hormones on form, sleeping well has a whole load of benefits for runners. Here's how to set yourself up for a solid night's sleep.

Recent research suggests that just one night of bad rest can have a negative impact on your running performance. Meanwhile, chronically denying yourself an hour of sleep each night has cumulative negative effects on your running and your health. ‘Sleep is as important as your workouts,’ says running coach Joe ... 

The best protein for runners

By Liz Applegate, Ph.D. on in Health
Runners need more protein, more often, and for more reasons than non-athletes.

Compared with sedentary people, runners need a lot more protein. If you run an hour most days, you need about .6g protein per pound of weight (run more and your needs go up), compared with 36g for couch potatoes. That means a 150-pound runner requires 90 grams a day. But don't ... 

The lowdown on fungal toenail infections

By Georgia Scarr on in Health
You’ve got a toenail that looks a bit suspect. What now? We ask Dr Pixie McKenna.

What does a fungal nail infection look like and how is it diagnosed? You’re probably familiar with the symptoms of a fungal nail infection – thickening, brittleness and discolouration of the affected nail. However, such symptoms don’t necessarily spell trouble. “If you’re a runner, you may have a very similar looking ... 

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