We all know exercise and physical activity is good for us. You’d be hard-pressed to find someone who could tell you that activity is not a component of balanced, healthy living. (Or at least honestly, and not part of a last-ditch attempt to spend a lazy summer’s day sunk deep into the couch watching baseball and drinking beer!) Continue reading Keep Active to Fight Cancer
When it comes to muscle fiber-types, you’ve got your fast-twitch for sprinting and slow-twitch for distance running performance, right? Well, not so fast. Researchers have recently published results online in the Journal of Applied Physiology that suggest it might not be so black and white, after all. Continue reading Endurance Training Boosts Your Fast-Twitchers, Too
As if we needed another reason to be intrigued by the track and field events leading up to, and culminating at, this summer’s Beijing Olympics, we might now have one. If he can qualify for the South African team, Oscar Pistorius, a bilateral amputee and Paralympic track star, will be allowed to compete against able-bodied athletes in Beijing. Continue reading Oscar Pistorius Cleared for Competition
Last summer caffeine broke into the news as a possible weapon in the fight against the damage and cancer caused by the skin’s exposure to UV rays. Now, as we trade our running tights for shorts and strip off to our t-shirts and tanks, it looks like it’s the tomato we need for our added sun-protective boost. Continue reading You Say Tomato, I Say Tomahto
No matter what part of the running spectrum we slot into, whether we’re out for a 2-mile weekend jaunt or to haul it across Death Valley and surrounding mountain ranges, most of us want to know what we can do to run better—faster or longer, or happier and healthier with fewer aches, injuries and heaving breaths. Continue reading All In A Day’s Work
Swimmers have their ears. Tennis players have their elbows. Us runners have our knees.
When you consider the act of running and the impact our bodies absorb each time a foot hits the ground, it’s no wonder our knees are susceptible to injury. There is a variety of things that can go wrong at this joint, but one of the most common knee injuries is patellofemoral pain syndrome, or runner’s knee. Continue reading Taking a Closer Look at Runner’s Knee
All right, fellas. Moment of truth. Does the Sports Illustrated swimsuit edition ignite your muscle-building, fat-burning machine? When you flip through Maxim, are you instantly compelled Continue reading Does Imagery Influence You?
Runner’s high: the idea that endorphins released during endurance activities cause a person to feel exceptionally happy— euphoric, even. Is it fact or fiction? Continue reading Visualizing the High
In recent years, bacteria have gained popularity on the health and wellness scene. Most commonly, you hear of the wonders probiotic bacteria can work for your gastrointestinal health. But now there’s evidence to suggest they may play a beneficial role in staving off respiratory tract infections too. Continue reading Probiotics: Not Just for Your Gut Anymore