Pick up any health magazine, and you’ll likely see an article about sugar in one form or another. From glucose and evaporated cane juice to pure maple syrup and honey, good ol’ added sugar goes by lots of fancy names these days! One of the newer players in the sugar game is stevia, a zero-calorie “natural” sweetener. There’s no debating that stevia has stolen the spotlight from its artificial cousins, Splenda (sucralose) and Sweet’N Low (saccharin). It may taste like sugar, but is it more natural? Better yet, is it healthier? The answer may surprise you. What is stevia? Stevia Continue reading
The week of your next race.. the big question is always, “What should I eat on race day?” This question should not just apply on race day though. If you want to really optimize your performance a well balanced diet should be consistent throughout your training. The best thing you can do for your training (and racing) schedule is to get into a routine. Know which food and supplements your body is comfortable ingesting. We’ll save supplement talk for another time, that is a topic in itself. For now lets stick with real food. For anyone training, for any sport, Continue reading
A common misconception among runners is that you only use your legs. As a runner, you engage a variety of muscle groups including the core and upper body. Full body workouts incorporating two muscle groups saves time while building a stronger AND faster runner. Oh, and the best part: You burn more calories! Chest press with a leg drop: Lie on your back on a bench or mat, legs up, arms holding the dumbbells over your chest. Bring the arms down towards the bench or floor making 90 degree angles then press the weights back up over your chest. Once Continue reading
As distance runners, we live in a constant cycle of destruction and adaptation. Getting your recovery right is vital for staving off muscle soreness and improving your performance. I love to come up with great new ways to recover after a long run or a hard workout. Ideally you want to refuel within 30 minutes after running as your body needs essential nutrients to kick start the growth and repair process after a hard training session. Both carbohydrates and protein are critical for full recovery after training. Carbohydrates are the body’s main fuel source, and are stored as glycogen in Continue reading
Treadmills aren’t glamorous — they’re just motorized belts that get you from point A to well, point A, even though you’re doing a ton of work. An exercise physiologist, an athletic trainer, and a chiropractor confirmed that the best treadmills feel more like the road than a hamster wheel, are built for both walkers and runners, and aren’t manual. The folks over at www.reviews.com have shared with us their guide to The Best Treadmills of 2017, taking 65 contenders and narrowing it down to their top 3 picks!