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How can I run with herniated discs?

By Jenny Hadfield on in Health
Once your doctor has given you the green light, you must build strength and listen to your body.

Belinda asks: I have been a runner for the past few years. A few weeks ago, my back and hip started to give me pain, so I went to my chiropractor and got an MRI. I have two confirmed herniated discs. I took a few weeks off of running, but ... 

Shin splints after a long break

By William O. Roberts, MD on in Health
What’s behind lower leg pain and how you can overcome it.

Corey asks: After a year-long running break, I’m back at it but experiencing crippling shin splints. I’ve tried changing shoes, exercises, slowing down, wrapping my shin, but nothing helps. Recently, I found that running on my toes or forefoot helps, but it seemed to transfer the pain to my calf ...  ... 

The bright side: Lessons you learn from being injured

By Meghan Rabbitt on in Health
Injuries are a pain both literally and figuratively, but the lessons that you learn while you’re sidelined can make you a much better runner.

Being sidelined – whether it’s for days, weeks, or months – can turn any runner’s world upside down. But as hard as it is to realise when you’re relegated to the pool or bike, being down can have an upside.   1 YOU CROSS-TRAIN Most runners pour all their energy into the sport ... 

Beetroot juice and cognitive performance

By Alex Hutchinson on in Health
Drinking nitrate keeps blood flowing to your brain.

Exercise, if it's long and hard enough, makes you stupider. Or, to be more precise, "during high-intensity exercise, cognitive abilities diminish and mental fatigue develops" – an effect you can pick up by measuring reaction times. This is particularly relevant for athletes in skill sports, who have to make split-second decisions ... 

Runner's digest: 5 ways to beat GI problems

By Ruth Emmett, Liz Applegate on in Health
Changing what – and when – you eat can halt all kinds of on-the-move gut problems.

If your stomach has ever seized up mid-race, you’re not alone. According to the International Journal of Sports Medicine, 80 per cent of marathon runners will have some kind of gastrointestinal problem. Here’s how to get over your GI troubles. 1 FIBRE FIX Fibre, a vital indigestible carb, helps bulk the gut. But ... 

Men's Health Week 2015: Jack Green hurdling depression

By Rhalou Allerhand on in Health
GB 400m hurdler Jack Green speaks out about depression.

Men are usually the first to complain if they’ve been struck down with the dreaded man flu, but when it comes to more serious health problems, they're often reluctant to speak up and ask for help. Men’s Health Week, taking place from 15th-21st June, highlights the importance of looking after your ... 

Strong hips and core can help runner's knee

By Georgia Scarr on in Health
New research has found that strengthening the hip and core muscles can help stabilise lower limb movements, which can aid the healing of patellofemoral pain (runner's knee).

Runner's knee (patellofemoral pain) is up there with the most common running injuries, and we all know too well that nothing stings quite like having to cut back on running due to pain. Luckily, runner's knee pain can be reduced by boosting hip and core strength, according to a new ... 

Running can help with major clinical depression

By Georgia Scarr on in Health
Regular aerobic exercise in conjunction with antidepressants can help improve symptoms of major clinical depression, study finds.

Regular runs can boost your mental health as well as your physical fitness, according the results of a new study which found that clinically depressed patients who undertook aerobic exercise twice a week in addition to taking antidepressants showed a greater reduction in symptoms than those who solely took medication. The ... 

Can you run without relying on sugar?

By Susan Paul on in Health
How to keep training through the summer using alternative nutrition choices.

As you build mileage and run longer than 90 minutes, nutritional supplements and electrolytes become important in order to keep going. Energy for muscle contraction comes from stored carbohydrate, known as glycogen, and electrolytes are necessary to keep the body functioning normally. Sports drinks and run nutrition products assist running performance by limiting dehydration, ... 

Running may help limit asthma severity

By Georgia Scarr on in Health
Study finds twice weekly treadmill sessions help improve symptoms.

Running may help improve quality of life and limit symptoms in asthma sufferers, a new study has found. Aerobic exercise is often recommended for asthmatics, however some avoid it due to concern it will trigger an attack.  The research, carried out at the University of Sao Paulo in Brazil, saw two ... 

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