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Taking age into account

Posted by: pshields on Wednesday, November 23, 2005 - 12:01 PM 2398 Reads

Taking age into account

by Dr Lindsay Weight

23 November 2005

'I just can't understand why I run everything so much slower than I did twenty years ago,' she sighed at the end of a half marathon yesterday.

During the race, we had caught a forty-something fellow walking who, when chided by his mate said 'you just don't understand what it is to be old'. This said in the company of Casper Greef who at age 71 can still run 3:36 for a marathon.

So just how much can you attribute a decline in performance to age ' Or to put it more positively, what realistic goals can you set relative to your age ' What's a good marathon time for a 45year old ' How does this compare to the same time run by a 25 yr old or a 65 yr old, male or female'

Training Through the Winter

Posted by: pshields on Tuesday, November 22, 2005 - 06:23 AM 1900 Reads

Training Through the Winter

By Jeff Horowitz, Bruce Buckley and Eric Sorenson

January 2002

Nothing puts the deep freeze on an athlete?s motivation like winter. Balmy months of sun-soaked back roads and shady trails fade into memory, as icy paths, snow banks and subzero wind chills become a bitter reality.

But by being creative, you can develop a winter training program that is both fun and challenging. So before forfeiting your sweat time for sofa time, consider the possibilities. Here are some winter training tips for runners, bikers and triathletes.

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Taking time to stretch

Posted by: pshields on Monday, November 21, 2005 - 05:04 AM 2499 Reads

Your mother was right about posture

Posted by: pshields on Sunday, November 20, 2005 - 04:28 AM 1607 Reads

Your mother was right about posture

By Catherine Saint Louis

Nov. 17, 2005

When Jacqueline Thousand saw the photographs that her trainer had taken, something clicked. "I saw this little old lady slouched over, looking 70," she said. "I'm 55, a very young 55." But Thousand, a professor of education at California State University, San Marcos, said: "I had molded myself through the way I stand and move into a person who slouches."

Thousand, a runner, had gone to Function First, a private fitness studio in San Diego, not to straighten her spine but to rehabilitate a torn ligament in her left knee. Anthony B. Carey, the gym's founder, helped her see how her bum knee and her bad posture were connected. He first took the pictures, he said, to give her "a snapshot of how her whole body works." He pointed out how her pelvis hung forward and her hip joints rotated inward. Then he prescribed corrective exercises.

A new, steeper angle on treadmills

Posted by: pshields on Saturday, November 19, 2005 - 04:03 AM 1886 Reads

A new, steeper angle on treadmills

By Lisa Liddane

Oct. 29, 2005

In the past five years, there's been a trend toward more efficient workouts - exercise regimens that give you the most benefits, especially when you don't have a lot of time. Clubs, for example, have been offering 30-minute express classes - shorter, sometimes more intense versions of classic group fitness classes.

Makers of exercise equipment are trying to figure out how they can cater to this trend of shorter but tougher workouts. NordicTrack - known for its cross-country skiing machine - is among those marketing a cardio machine for such a purpose.

The company introduced this year the InclineTrainer, a home treadmill designed to go higher than where treadmills have gone before. There are two versions: One can go from flat terrain to a 30 percent incline (cost: $1,599). The other can go up to a 50 percent incline (cost: $2,299). Go to for details.

Doing the tango keeps a brain in shape

Posted by: pshields on Friday, November 18, 2005 - 04:17 AM 1787 Reads

Doing the tango keeps a brain in shape

Nov. 15, 2005

The hot moves of the Argentine Tango not only keep the aging body in shape, they also may help sharpen the aging brain, according to a study out Tuesday.

That study, presented here at the annual meeting of the Society for Neuroscience, adds to a growing body of evidence indicating that such challenging leisure activities as dancing, chess, or even gardening might offer a boost in brainpower that could offset the declines that can come with old age.

Previous studies in animals and in humans had suggested that a sweat-breaking workout might help keep brain cells in top form. But Patricia McKinley of McGill University in Montreal also knew that the activity had to be something that seniors would enjoy.

Runners Foot Tips for Prevention and Treatment

Posted by: pshields on Thursday, November 17, 2005 - 07:27 AM 1337 Reads

Runners Foot Tips for Prevention and Treatment

November 10, 2005

by Heather Weaver

National Naval Medical Center's Podiatry clinic staff is being kept on their toes this year, as they are seeing an average of more than 130 patients per week. One of the most common problems podiatry staff treats is Plantar Fasciitis, more commonly known as "runners foot."

Plantar Fasciitis is an inflammation of the long band of connective tissue running from the heel to the ball of the foot, according to the American Podiatric Medical Association.

"It's important for people to seek medical care for Plantar Fasciitis because it's a progressive condition," said LT Sonya Kurichh, Podiatry Department Head. "It starts off with pain experienced primarily in the morning. Then patients experience pain in the morning and at the end of the day. In the final stages patients experience pain throughout the entire day and begin to walk differently."

Once patients begin to walk differently they develop ankle problems, knee problems, or even shin splints if they do not seek proper care, Kurichh said.

Marathon milestones can be reached

Posted by: pshields on Monday, November 14, 2005 - 04:15 AM 1321 Reads

Marathon milestones can be reached


Nov 13, 2005

The shorter distance race season is winding down and the long distance season is starting up. Not that there will not be more 5K and 10K distances in the coming months, but more of the emphasis on the marathon and half-marathon lengths will be getting more press coverage.

Today the San Antonio Marathon is taking place and is usually considered to be the first of the more established marathons in Texas. Houston, Austin and Dallas are the other marathons that have large turnouts and ones that marathoners look toward.

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Just how fit is 'fit'?

Posted by: pshields on Sunday, November 13, 2005 - 12:44 PM 1557 Reads

Just how fit is 'fit'?

By Edi Smockum

November 12 2005

After three years of walking for at least an hour every other day and 18 months of running at least three times a week, I was more than a bit dismayed to find myself feeling unfit. It wasn't anything specific, just that I lacked the "feel-good factor" one hopes a certain level of exercise of bring. What, I wondered, do you have to do to feel fit? And where had I gone wrong?

Dr Graham Archard, vice-chair of the Royal College of General Practitioners and a GP in Dorset, assured me that I am likely to be quite fit. When he meets patients seeking help to get into better shape (GPs can write "exercise prescriptions" allowing patients to go to a local gym or fitness studio at a reduced rate) it is often because they have a serious ailment, such as diabetes or heart disease, or they have hit a milestone birthday and decide, in his words, "to get fit before they die".

Signs of poor fitness, he says, include being out of breath if you hurry up a set of stairs or if you take a long time to get back to normal breathing after you've run for the telephone or dashed to catch a bus.

Stretching an essential part of training program

Posted by: pshields on Saturday, November 12, 2005 - 04:07 AM 1123 Reads

Stretching an essential part of training program

November 8, 2005

As a whole, athletes such as runners and triathletes seem to always find or make the time to get their workouts and miles in. Sometimes we have to skip meals, sacrifice sleep, neglect the yard that needs mowing, turn off the television, etc.

However, the workout still gets done no matter what. Quickly, many hours of our time get consumed each week just putting in the miles and pounding the pavement.

As a result, sometimes one of the most important tools of injury prevention is neglected -- stretching.

It only takes a few minutes each day and the benefits might not be noticed at first, but the rewards are great if done properly.

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