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Do I look like a man?

By Lauren Fleshman on in Health
Female athletes come in all shapes and sizes and our definition of femininity has to catch up.

I used to be afraid to call myself a feminist. It sounded like the kind of woman a man wouldn’t like. I used to look at runway photos in fashion magazines as a pre-pubescent teenager and pray that puberty would be good to me, giving me height with the right kind ... 

What runners think the leading causes of injury are

By Scott Douglas on in Health
The most-cited cause isn't supported by research.

"Not stretching." That's what was named as the explanation for running injuries more than any other factor innew research exploring runners' beliefs about what causes injuries. Unfortunately, that belief and the third most popular reason given for running injuries aren't necessarily supported by previous research. Ninety-five runners were surveyed for the ...  ... 

Make Me A Better Runner: Boxing (part 8)

By Kerry McCarthy, RW Commissioning Editor on in Health
In this penultimate blog Kerry recaps some of the main training tips runners can take from boxing and reveals some startling final results after his programme.

If this is the first Boxing For Runners blog you’ve clicked on and you’re wondering if the others are worth a go – or if you just want a recap on how some pugilism training could give a substantial boost to your running, here’s a refresher of the main benefits: Continue ... 

Is VO2max proportional to weight?

By Alex Hutchinson on in Health
Fat and muscle have different effects on oxygen transport.

Maximal oxygen uptake, or VO2max, tells you how fast you can deliver oxygen for use by your muscles. Its basic units are volume (i.e. liters of oxygen) per unit time (i.e. minutes). But the VO2max values we usually discuss are also scaled by bodyweight (with units of milliliters of oxygen ... 

Muscle inactivity behind the health risks of excess sitting

By Scott Douglas on in Health
Worse cholesterol values linked with greater muscle idle time, even in exercisers.

You've probably heard that excessive sitting is considered an independent risk factor for many chronic conditions, including heart disease. You've probably also heard that the link between too much sitting and worse health is true even for people who work out regularly. What you may not have heard is what exactly makes sitting ... 

Eight reasons coffee is good for runners

By on in Health
A cup of coffee jolts your mood, reduces disease risk, and adds a kick to your workout.

A morning cup of coffee is a must for many runners. It wakes you up, energises your workout, and gets your system moving, too. But there are more reasons to indulge in that second or third cup. The latest research shows that drinking coffee is a (mostly) healthy habit that ... 

People drink more alcohol on workout days

By Alison Wade on in Health
Thursday through Sunday is prime time for both activities.

People are more likely to hit the bottle on days they exercise more, typically Thursday to Sunday, according to research published in Health Psychology. “Monday through Wednesday, people batten down the hatches and they cut back on alcohol consumption. But once that ‘social weekend’ kicks off on Thursdays, physical activity increases and ...  ... 

Swimming for runners #2

By Annie Rice on in Health
Swimming lessons and those first strokes in the water.

Before taking on my first ‘swim check’ to essentially assess the damage and how much I had to learn, I spoke to Nick, Immerse founder. I asked why swimming can prove a good tool for runners. He told me: “Swimming is good for runners as it is an aerobic activity predominately ... 

How running can help stem junk food binges

By Scott Douglas on in Health
Aerobic exercise increases brain function associated with self-control.

Running and other forms of aerobic exercise could be key to having the self-control to resist junk food cravings, suggests new research published in Psychosomatic Medicine. Previous research suggests that people whose brains have strong function in the dorsolateral prefrontal cortex (DLPFC) may have greater self-control when it comes to eating behavior. ...  ... 

Exercise addiction isn't tied to weekly mileage

By Scott Douglas on in Health
In study, no link found between ultramarathoners and training volume.

In the popular view, people who run daily, and who run relatively high mileage, are far more often considered "addicted to running" than less frequent, lower-mileage runners. That view–that training volume and exercise addiction are directly related–is false, suggests research published in the Journal of Behavioral Addictions. "Exercise addiction" means one thing ...  ... 

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