As an Athlete, Are You Making Correct Food Choices?

When it comes to food choices, do you ever think about how many you make each day? Surprisingly, the average person makes about 220 food decisions each day! That’s a lot of decisions, and these food decisions are driven both by what your body is telling you internally as well as in response to external factors in your environment. Ultimately, these choices can influence how you look, feel, and perform. Some choices are good, but others can be detrimental. Scientists who study food choice

Is Barefoot Running Safe and Effective?

Is there scientific evidence in favor of barefoot running? To answer this question, researchers assessed data from more than 500 runners and published their findings in the Journal of Sport and Health Science (1). The researchers led by Dr. Hryvniak found that barefoot running often changes a person’s biomechanics, or the way a person runs, compared to running with shoes. Dr. Hryvniak and investigators also confirmed that barefoot running could decrease running-related injuries. The majority

Runners, Make Sure Part of Your Cardio Training is High Intensity

While keeping your cardio training at a steady heart rate is key to training for events like a marathon, there are other training benefits to be gained from high intensity interval training or simply “HIIT.” Here are some reasons why you should be including it in your training regime: 1. HIIT Keeps Your Metabolism BLAZING As long as you aren’t doing excessive amounts every day, HIIT will increase metabolism and keep it elevated far more than standard cardio. In one study, metabolism

Attention, Female Runners: You Need More Iron

Running a marathon is one of the most demanding endurance events, placing so much of stress on the body that it puts athletes at risk of iron-deficiency anemia, a new scientific review warns (1). At greatest risk are female runners, nutrition scientists have found. Women athletes are also more likely to limit meat in their diets, restrict calories in order to lose weight, or otherwise don’t eat well enough to get enough iron intake (4, 5). Lacking iron, female runners could worsen their