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17Dec
2019

Health Tip: Before You Run a Marathon

(HealthDay News) -- Before you accept the challenge of running a marathon, it's important to make sure you and your body are prepared, says Rush University Medical Center. The school provides eight marathon training tips for the prospective runner: Get a checkup. Ask your doctor if your heart can handle the stress of a marathon. Create a marathon training plan at least four months before the race. Pace yourself. Figure out how far and fast you should run. Find shoes that fit your feet, gait and body type. Take a break. If you're feeling achy or worn out, take the day off. Make sure you drink extra fluids throughout your training. Join a running group to stay motivated and learn practical advice. Learn how to distinguish minor strains from serious injuries.

Run Smart This Winter -- Here's How

4 December 2019
WEDNESDAY, Dec. 4, 2019 (HealthDay News) -- Cold, wet winter weather doesn't have to put the kibosh on your running. Just follow some basic advice to help you maintain your exercise program safely. Before you head outside, check the forecast for temperature, wind and moisture. This is key in planning a safe winter workout, said Julie Ruane, a nurse practitioner in the sports medicine division at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center in Boston. "Wind chill extremes can make exercising outdoors unsafe," Ruane said in a medical center news release. Here she shares some other tips for running through the winter: Do a proper muscle warmup. "When it's cold, your muscles are tighter, less flexible and at a higher risk for injury," Ruane said. Muscles lose heat and contract in cold,...

Health Tip: Five Exercise and Nutrition Myths

28 November 2019
(HealthDay News) -- Figuring out which nutrition and exercise information is trustworthy may be difficult, says the National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases. The agency debunks these common misconceptions: Bread, pasta and rice are not necessarily fattening. Try to eat whole grains to feel fuller. You do not have to avoid all fats if you're trying to lose weight. Go for foods with healthy fats, such as avocados and nuts. Dairy products may not be unhealthy. Adults should have three servings a day of low-fat dairy products. Physical activity does not have to be for long periods. You can perform short spurts of activity during the week. Lifting weights will not always make you look "too bulky." Only intense strength training will build large muscles.

Health Tip: Understanding Pre-Workout Supplements

13 November 2019
(HealthDay News) -- Pre-workout supplements are the buzz around many gyms and athletic facilities. But before you chug these products and start exercising, it's important that you know more about the supplements. Cleveland Clinic offers this advice about these products: The supplements typically come in powder or pill form. The main ingredient is usually caffeine. Most brands range from 150 milligrams (mg) to 300 mg of caffeine per dose. These products are generally safe if the maker is credible. If you're sensitive to caffeine, take these products with caution.

Exercise Tweaks to Revitalize Your Workout Regimen

11 November 2019
MONDAY, Nov. 11, 2019 (HealthDay News) -- Is your workout routine in a slump? To keep challenging your body, it's important to tweak your regimen every three months or each season. By aligning these changes to seasonal changes, you can also start the right prep for the next season's sports, such as training for skiing in the fall and hiking in the spring. To begin, grab a calendar and chart out your key dates and activities. Not all the changes to your program have to be dramatic, according to the American Council on Exercise. Challenging yourself can be as simple as changing your strength-training equipment from free weights to resistance bands or to bodyweight-only exercises like push-ups, wall sits and crunches. If you've been exercising solo, one effective change is to build in...
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