31 to 40 of 227 blog posts

Fix your feet for summer

By Rachael Woolston on in Health
Unleash your runner's feet with pride this summer, thanks to these fixes for common foot afflictions.

Problem: Hard skin The cause: Many runners have unsightly areas of hardened skin on their heels, and on the balls and outside of their feet. ‘Hard skin is caused by friction and is usually the result of a biomechanical issue,’ explains consultant podiatric surgeon Mike O’Neill. ‘Overpronation or landing heavily causes ... 

Pharmaceutical drugs and heart health for runners

By Amby Burfoot on in Health
Updated guidance on over-the-counter anti-inflammatories and aspirin.

Two new reports offer heart health advice of potential interest and importance to runners. In the first, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has strengthened its warning that over-the-counter nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) increase the risk of heart attack and stroke. In the other, a well-known marathon-medicine expert has proposed that ... 

Why do I get hiccups after running?

By William O. Roberts, MD on in Health
Increased diaphragm contractions while running could cause hiccups.

After longer runs (10 miles or greater) I keep coming down with the hiccups. What the heck is going on? - Scott Dear Scott, Hiccups occur when the diaphragm contracts suddenly and unintentionally. The diaphragm is your main breathing muscle and separates your lung space from your abdominal space; as it contracts, the ... 

Is it the end of the ice age?

By Alex Hutchinson on in Health
Evidence mounts that post-workout ice baths may interfere with training gains.

One of the big debates in sports science over the last few years has been the question of 'too much recovery.' Is it possible that the techniques we use to recover from workouts - ice baths, antioxidant supplements, compression garments, etc - could in some cases be counterproductive? After all, ... 

Sex files: Running, sexual function and fertility

By Kerry McCarthy on in Health
Your running career may be fertile, but how about the rest of you?

First, the situation for men. Weight and, in particular, a high body mass index have been shown to have a significant effect on both sperm count and the chances of erectile dysfunction. Research shows the more fat you carry, the greater your chances of suffering from these issues. Happily, increasing ... 

Leg work: Protect your shins, calves and Achilles tendons

By on in Health
Reinforce your lower leg muscles with these strengthening exercises.

Continue reading

Think yourself strong

By Kerry McCarthy on in Health
Use the power of your mind to become a fitter, faster runner.

When people think of hypnosis, they often picture a cloaked figure swinging a watch on stage, or Derren Brown making some unsuspecting punter bark like a dog. But on a day-to-day basis it’s very different. ‘Hypnotherapy is not about losing control, it’s about giving the person more control, specifically over ... 

Why do my hands swell when running?

By William O. Roberts, MD on in Health
Get advice on this common hot weather problem.

Finger and hand swelling is relatively common during running, although sometimes it is very subtle. It probably occurs more frequently when it is hot, but it is not a sign of dehydration and would be unlikely to occur if you were truly dehydrated. Hand swelling can be found in hyponatremia, ... 

6 foods to help boost your cardio

By Matt Gilbert on in Health
Eat your way to better heart function with a hand from these cardio-friendly foods.

Apples It’s crunch time. The quercetin found in an apple a day will improve lung capacity and protect against pollution, say scientists at St George’s Hospital Medical School, London. Servings per week: 5 Try baked apples with pink peppercorns or oaty apple crumble muffins. Avocado The sodium, potassium and magnesium found in the creamy ... 

Sex files: Running and libido

By Kerry McCarthy on in Health
RW investigates the intimate, intricate relationship between your running life and your sex life.

If you’re worried your training is going to leave you with no energy in the bedroom, think again: research has shown that regular exercise actually boosts your libido. This is partly down to exercise’s effectiveness in combating stress, a major cause of low sex drive. The more stressed you are, ... 

31 to 40 of 227 blog posts

RW Forum