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Which matters more, muscle or fat?

By Alex Hutchinson on in Health
A new study looks beyond BMI to assess health and heart disease risk.

Researchers at UCLA recently decided to explore a stubborn riddle. Why is that some studies suggest that being a little bit heavier than “ideal” can translate into lower risk of death from heart disease and other factors, an observation often called the “obesity paradox”? Their hypothesis was that the effect may ... 

How accurate is your activity tracker's calorie count?

By Alex Hutchinson on in Health
New study compares 12 wearable devices to “gold standard” calorie measurements.

We used to wonder how accurate the calorie count on treadmills and ellipticals was. (The answer: not very.) Now we have more sophisticated devices that track our every move, but the question is still the same: how much can we trust the numbers? Researchers at Japan’s National Institute of Health and ... 

Can running help cure your hangover?

By A.C. Shilton on in Health
If you had one too many last night, think twice before tying your running shoes.

Look: it’s easy to get carried away during a night out, and sometimes group tequila shots happen at inopportune moments - like the night before an important long run. As your alarm goes off the next morning, you may think “I can do this. I bet a run might help ... 

Is the running injury epidemic overblown?

By Alex Hutchinson on in Health
Despite the apparent perils, most people who sign up for a marathon make it to the finish.

It’s a widely accepted fact that we’re in the midst of a massive running injury epidemic. Who or what is to blame for this epidemic is a matter of vigorous debate, but there’s no denying that studies of running injuries produce some alarming numbers about how many runners get hurt, ... 

What is overtraining syndrome?

By Wesley Doyle on in Health
Pushing body and mind too far isn’t just a peril for elites and ultra runners. Overtraining syndrome can hit anyone.

Whether recent converts or veterans with sacks of finisher’s medals, we expect our training miles to be rewarded with improvement in both how we run and how we feel. But what if those miles don’t deliver? Maybe lately your body has become the in vogue destination for every illness and ... 

How to recover from overtraining syndrome

By Wesley Doyle on in Health
Maximise recovery and minimise the negative impact of intense training.

1/ Have a plan ‘Periodisation is a structured plan that cycles periods of harder training, to overload the body, with periods of rest and easier sessions,’ says Tom Craggs, lead coach at Running with Us. ‘This allows the body to adapt by focusing on different types of training at different ...  Continue reading ... 

Warning signs of overtraining syndrome

By Wesley Doyle on in Health
Whether you're struggling when out running or taking the hit at home, overtraining could be to blame.

Are you pushing too hard? Tom Craggs, lead coach at Running with Us, explains the warning signs of overtraining syndrome (OTS). When running Lack of progression: Despite increasing the quality and/or quantity of your training, your progression slows or reverses. You’re working harder in sessions that previously felt easy. Injuries and niggles: Constant ... 

How well do different drinks hydrate you?

By Alex Hutchinson on in Health
A new “hydration index” tests how fast water, juice, beer, milk, coffee and other drinks pass through your system.

Not all drinks take the same amount of time to reach your bladder. This fact, a team of researchers write in a recent American Journal of Clinical Nutrition article, “is of real clinical and practical benefit in situations in which free access to fluids is limited or when frequent breaks ... 

Does “overuse” really cause injuries?

By Alex Hutchinson on in Health
Researchers suggest the real problem is “training load errors.”

As runners, we’re lucky that we don’t have to worry too much about blowing out an ACL or breaking an arm. Most of our injuries are caused by overuse: gradual breakdowns or flare-ups that result from repeating the same motion over and over again. Or are they? A letter published in the British Journal ...  ... 

7 nutritious start line snacks

By Georgia Scarr on in Health
Keep those energy levels on point with these pre-packaged nibbles.

If there's one thing that can be said for racing, it's that there can be a heck of a long wait at the start line. Fend off pre-run peckishness with one of these convenient packaged snacks, without weighing yourself down or scuppering your sugar levels. KIND Madagascan Vanilla Almond Bar With a ... 

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