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As 2011 comes to a close, AMAA would like to wish its members, partners and other industry professionals a safe and happy holiday season. As we reflect on the past year, we would like to provide the readers of Running Med News with a look at the most accessed articles from this year. Our regular publication will resume Thursday, Jan. 5.

You're only as old as you run
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From Sept. 29, 2011: Success in running is not just a mental feat, of course, it's physical, too. And the good news is that science backs up the cliché that age doesn't matter, or at least doesn't matter that much. More

Simple jogging test may predict your risk for heart disease
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From May 26, 2011: How fast can you run a mile? For people in midlife, this simple measure of fitness may help predict their risk of heart problems as they age. In two separate studies, researchers from the University of Texas Southwestern Medical School and the Cooper Institute in Dallas analyzed fitness levels for more than 66,000 people. Overall, the research showed that a person's fitness level at midlife is a strong predictor of long-term heart health, proving just as reliable as traditional risk factors like cholesterol level or high blood pressure. More

Barefoot running: If you're thinking about shedding your shoes, read this first
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From April 7, 2011: If you’re considering the idea of shedding your running shoes, or you're considering giving minimalist footwear a try, there's a lot to weigh. Is less really better? And is less better for you? More

The 10-minute alternative to stretching
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From March 10, 2011: If your pre-workout stretching doesn't seem to be doing much for you, give this 10-minute warm-up routine a try. It will increase your heart rate, prepare your muscles for strenuous activity and wake up your nervous system so that it's ready to control your muscles properly during a vigorous workout. More

Myths about running in heat
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From July 21, 2011: After hundreds of thousands of years, you might think that we as a species would have our physiology down pat. The process of working hard, recovering and getting stronger seems almost instinctual these days, even if in many ways its application to running is somewhat recent. Yet, if science has shown us anything, it's that one minute's moment of genius insight ("Drink as many fluids as you can in a marathon") is the next moment's blunder ("Drink too much water and you could die of hyponatremia"). Science, it seems, is an evolving art. The process of heat training and acclimatization is no exception. More

Are minimalist shoes really better?
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From Oct. 6, 2011: Barefoot running may be trendy, but for scores of runners who train on urban streets or rocky trails, running without foot cover isn't an option. As a result, many runners have switched to minimalist sports shoes that add a thin layer of protection without detracting from the feeling of running barefoot. But do minimalist running shoes really reduce wear and tear on a runner's body? More

How sugar affects the body in motion
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From May 5, 2011: Sugar is getting a bad reputation. A recent cover article in The New York Times Magazine persuasively reported that our national overindulgence in fructose and other sugars is driving the epidemics of obesity, diabetes and other illnesses. But that much-discussed article focused on how sugars like fructose affect the body in general. It had little opportunity to examine the related issue of how sugar affects the body in motion. Do sweeteners like fructose — found abundantly in fruits and honey — have the same effect on active people as on the slothful? More

To stretch or not to stretch
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From June 23, 2011: Is it time, once again, to stretch? For decades, many of us stretched before a workout. But about 10 years ago, researchers began putting the practice to the test and found that when athletes did static stretches, performance often suffered. Not surprisingly, stretching fell out of favor among well-informed athletes and coaches. Now, several contrarian new reviews and studies suggest that static stretching may not be so bad after all — and may even be desirable. More

Why the fastest runners often get stiffed
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From Feb. 3, 2011: Traditionally, endurance athletes have not placed a major emphasis on explosive strength training. The rationale for this avoidance of explosive work has been that such training might carry a high risk of injury, and that high-speed, "anaerobic" movements have little relevance for the "aerobic" athlete whose success depends on steady endurance. However, scientific evidence continues to show that such thinking is wrong. More

Is running in the cold bad for your lungs? via    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
From Feb. 10, 2011: You've maybe thought it: At what temperature will the cold air damage your lungs? Research shows that runners are not in danger of freezing their lungs, even in the coldest places on earth, such as the north and south poles. More

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