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Running, eating disorders and energy deficiency

By Georgia Scarr on in Health
When trying to be a good athlete turns into something more sinister, it's time to seek help.

With an estimated 725,000 people in the UK affected by eating disorders, it’s no surprise that amateur and competitive runners are among these. Much discussion around this subject has tended to focus on the female athlete triad - as a medical condition found in physically active girls and women, which ... 

How to cope with training exhaustion

By William O. Roberts, MD on in Health
To fight fatigue, it's critical to get enough sleep and calories to support your running.

Erin asks: I’m training for a 5K PB. I am doing a lot more speed work and quality runs than normal. I can’t get over how tired I am, especially since I am not doing long runs or high mileage. I find it hard to get through the afternoon. Any advice? Training ... 

Can I still run with piriformis pain?

By William O. Roberts, MD on in Health
Manual therapy and strengthening is the best solution to piriformis pain.

Stephanie says: Do you have any advice for training for a marathon with a problematic piriformis? I've been dealing with pain and tightness in the area ever since my last marathon in October. I did physiotherapy for two months (in April and May), which included lots of stretching, massage, weight training and little to zero ... 

Running prevents long-term cognitive decline

By Alison Wade on in Health
New research links long-term physical fitness with brain size.

Going for a run can give your brain an immediate boost, helping you feel calmer, happier and more focused. But new research shows that exercise's positive impact on the brain is long-lasting. A study published online in Neurology, the medical journal of the American Academy of Neurology, found that poor cardiovascular ...  ... 

Smaller plates may aid weight loss

By Liz Applegate, PhD on in Health
Study shows the size of your dinnerware can affect portion control.

Still early in the year, goals to eat well, exercise regularly and trim the rest of the holiday weight are fresh in people’s minds. And according to a new paper published in the Journal of the Association for Consumer Research, a trick to keeping your weight in check is in the (small) ...  ... 

How your hips could be causing injuries

By Cindy Kuzma on in Health
Achy foot? Creaky knee? Tweaked hamstring? The real culprit may be your hips...

Runners with injuries frequently come to see physiotherapist Dr Brian Noehren clutching their shoes and orthotics, and telling him about the different brands and models of shoes they’ve tried in an attempt to treat themselves. They’re not alone in suspecting their footwear. In a recent survey asking runners to name ... 

Why do I get sick after a race?

By William O. Roberts, MD on in Health
Expert insight on why you might be feeling too rough to celebrate.

Lisa asks: Why do I get sick after racing a half marathon or 10K? When I do long runs I never have a problem. I'm not sure if your symptoms strike immediately after your efforts, or if you fall ill in the days following a race. I'll cover both situations to ... 

What to do if you lose your period from running

By William O. Roberts, MD on in Health
Secondary amenorrhea in athletes can have profound health effects. Here's why it happens and what to do about it now.

I’ve been training hard for a few years for half and full marathons and have stepped it up in the last year to 60-70 miles per week. What effect will losing my cycle have on my health? I haven’t had it for over nine months now, and though I want ... 

Carbs still on top as fuel

By Liz Applegate, Ph.D. on in Health
Despite trending fat-based diets, study finds carbohydrates the best energy source for distance running.

The debate over how much carbs and fat runners need to enhance their performance is both enduring and trendy. Current carb-bashers claim training your body to burn more fat is a more effective way to sustain effort. But a new study published in the Journal of Applied Physiology undermines that theory.  Researchers at the ...  ... 

Biggest weight loss myth revealed

By Amby Burfoot on in Health
New calculator shows that you need to burn more than 3,500 calories to lose a pound.

You’ve probably heard the number-one “rule” of weight loss: It takes a 3,500-calorie deficit between calories consumed and calories burned to produce a one-pound drop in body weight. This old chestnut is more than 50 years old. Problem is, it’s wrong. Physiologists, nutritionists and unsuccessful dieters have long regarded the 3,500-calorie-rule with ... 

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