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Real strength improvements from mental imagery

By Alex Hutchinson on in Health
The brain's motor cortex responds to exercise, real or imagined

We all know that strength isn't just about muscles. For example, the initial gains when you start strength training come largely from neuromuscular improvements: your nervous system gets better at transmitting the "contract" signal from your brain to your muscle fibers. But there's a third factor that has been neglected, ... 

Healthy eating throughout January

By Annie Rice on in Health
Because sometimes you need a helping hand to keep your good intentions in check.

Once the enthusiasm of the New Year wears off, January can end up being a pretty tough month. The winter is relentless, your friends don't want to go out and the post-Christmas blues can feel very real (sorry, don’t mean to rub it in!) It’s basically a hard month and ... 

Sleep Hours and Injury Rates

By Alex Hutchinson on in Health
Can you fight off injury by spending more time in bed?

That's data from a study that monitored injury rates among 112 athletes at a junior high/high school in Los Angeles, published last year in the Journal of Pediatric Orthopaedics. The researchers surveyed the student-athletes on a bunch of behaviors – sleep hours, hours spent practicing sport within the school or with ...  ... 

Running Resolutions

By on in Health
The RW team reflect on their running highlights of this year and set resolutions for 2015.

Kerry McCarthy, Commissioning Editor Running highlight from this year: Running a 3.5 minute PB at the Royal Parks Half in October to clock 1:30. The biggest running lesson you've learnt: My body likes the gym. Doing equal parts strength work and running makes me faster and more robust. I've only been injured once for two ... 

7 ways to run safely this winter

By Rhalou Allerhand on in Health
How to ensure you stay safe while out running after dark.

With just a few weeks to go until Christmas, winter is officially here. Although wintertime running has its perks including sparkly lights and invigorating temperatures, with the fading light comes a new set of concerns for runners. As dusk arrives at 4pm it effectively halves our key running times, leaving ... 

How exercise affects your immune function

By Alex Hutchinson on in Health
How long, rather than how hard, may determine immune response to exercise.

Exercise helps strengthen your immune system, but too much exercise weakens it. So what determines the sweet spot? That's the question asked by a neat new study from Neil Walsh and his colleagues at Bangor University, just published inMedicine & Science in Sports & Exercise, which I explore in my Globe ...  ... 

Why running keeps your brain healthy as you age

By Alison Wade on in Health
More than 15.3 miles per week can lower risk of Alzheimer's disease mortality by 40 percent.

New research indicates that people who run more than 15.3 miles per week earlier in life have a 40 percent lower risk of Alzheimer’s disease mortality. The study, which appeared in a prepublication from the Journal of Alzheimer’s Disease, also found that eating at least three pieces of fruit per day and ... 

How does drug testing work?

By Alison Wade on in Health
What's tested, who's tested and other details on detecting doping.

With Rita Jeptoo's failed drug test in the news and other positive tests being revealed each month, we set out to answer some common questions about how drug testing the world's best runners works. What is drug testing? It is the collection and analysis of blood and urine samples for the purpose of screening ... 

Study shows running could actually protect knees against osteoarthritis

By on in Health
Study finds lower incidence of arthritis in runners regardless of their age.

We all know in our hearts that it's really good for you, but runners will be pleased to hear that they can now legitimately tell naysayers to sod off when they suggest that running is bad for your knees. New research presented at the annual meeting of the American College ... 

How to fuel for multi-day races

By Susan Paul on in Health
When fueling for back-to-back events, carb intake is key.

Nutrition is an important part of our training. One of the physiological adaptations our bodies make to distance training is an increased glycogen storage capacity, allowing most runners to store between 1500 and 2000 calories of glycogen. Eating the right diet along with distance training can increase glycogen storage capacity ... 

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