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Health and Nutrition

Being sick.  We all hate it and we all want to avoid it. For athletes, illness can have a devastating effect on performance. It can affect your training and development for the upcoming season. It can cost you a medal and affect your placing at an event. It sets you back in a big way and needs to be avoided to optimize achievement.  Due to training demands, athletes walk a tightrope between extreme health and weakened immunity. Intense, strenuous exercise

"I'm in a two-day rugby tournament. I need food help!" "This weekend, I'm riding in a 100-mile bike event. What should I eat the day before?" "For a charity fundraiser, I'm participating in a 24-hour aerobathon. How can I avoid hitting the wall?" If you have looming in the near future an endurance event—century bike ride, marathon, or any other competition that will tax your endurance—you may be concerned about the best nutritional preparations. The good news is, even if your training is over,

In an ocean of bad stuff, here's some worthwhile reading. Quick reviews of three new books on diet and nutrition. Each offers something slightly different, but I think you'll detect some underlying commonalities. All are interesting and worth a look. 1. Diet Cults: The Surprising Fallacy at the Core of Nutrition Fads and a Guide to Healthy Eating for the Rest of Us, by Matt Fitzgerald Fitzgerald is a prolific nutrition and fitness writer, probably best known for his books on getting

As we get deeper into fall race season, many runners are up against the unfortunate reality of running related injury. When it happens close to a goal race, it can be hard to know when to race,  rest or seek advice.  The aim of this article is to arm you with the right questions to ask yourself if such a situation arises.    What is pain telling us?  While far from pleasant, pain is  biologically advantageous for humans. Without it, we wouldn’t know

Best nutrition practices brought to you by the pros Staying healthy is one of the biggest challenges in running, and one way to improve your odds is through good nutrition practices. Professional runners take their time with the little things, and this includes their nutrition. If you’re looking for easy ways you can improve your dietary habits, pro runners’ Instagram pages are a good place to start. Obviously, nutrition is extremely personal, but for general guidelines, here are a few rules that

According to Pamela Nisevich, RD, LSSD, and author of Sweat. Eat. Repeat: The 90-Day Playbook to Change Your Food Habits, Improve Your Energy, and Reach Your Goals, a successful diet is about way more than what you put on your plate. Generally speaking, most of us know the type of foods we should be eating. We may even have a good idea of the nutrients we need. And we might even be pretty good at avoiding mindlessly noshing. But the reality is,

A good race depends on more than just your training. To improve your speed and performance, you also need to consider what you are putting into your body. The right foods at the right time can boost your running performance tremendously. Plus, you will reduce the risk of injury and illness. The best foods every runner should include in his or her meal plan are: 1. BANANAS If you need a high-carb energy booster before your afternoon run, you can’t go wrong

Why should I bother bathing regularly? Are there benefits to my health if I bath? Can I improve my look and appearance if I dunk in a bathtub filled with bubble bath soaps? Such questions creep up the minds of many people when they think about bathing. Some even see it as a waste of time compared to a snappy shower while others feels bathing is for “gross” people. Overall, people are generally confused about the idea. Fortunately, baths are ideal for

The majority of injuries for runners are an extension of improper nutrition. Yes, you heard that right. Even when they appear to be related to a specific trauma or overuse, in a lot of instances a solid nutritional program could have provided the support necessary to minimize or even prevent them, says orthopedic physical therapist Sinead Fitzgibbon. No matter how much training you do, it’s only as good as the nutrition you have to support it. Zero in on these four power players to

Elites swear by it, but so far the data on the race fuel is still lacking Despite a distinct lack of scientific evidence to support it, Maurten continues to be surrounded with mystique as the official fuelling product of choice for top-flight marathoners like Eliud Kipchoge, Kenenisa Bekele and Geoffrey Kamworor (who will without a doubt be using it on the course at Sunday’s TCS New York City Marathon). Running a marathon in two hours and change requires an athlete like Kipchoge to take in around 100