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running

Exercise, Fitness & Muscle
June 17, 2020

Running for beginners

Running can take a toll on your body, especially when you’re just getting started. Here are a few ways to help you manage the demands of running, while minimising the chances of getting injured.
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Exercise, Fitness & Muscle
January 23, 2019

How to stop chafing

Chafing is always a risk, especially in summer. Here’s how to prevent and treat this common problem. Chafing is a type of skin irritation that can go from mild to extremely painful within minutes. It happens when skin continuously rubs against skin, clothes or other surfaces. The inner thighs, underarms, ankles and nipples are all prone to chafing, especially when you’re participating in sports activities. If you’ve ever done a long run or hike, your feet and/or ankles probably chafed at some point, leading to painful blisters. Heat, moisture, poorly fitting clothes and shoes, and excessive or unusual exercises all…
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Exercise, Fitness & Muscle
July 25, 2017

How temperature affects your running performance

'It’s too cold.' 'It’s too windy.' 'It’s too wet outside.' If you’ve used one of these excuses to skip your daily run, you may be missing out on your best body yet. Research shows that running in cool weather is good for your heart and waistline, and can improve your athletic performance. Cool Runnings When you run, your body produces heat. For your body to maintain a constant temperature, it must get rid of this excess heat. It does this by increasing the amount of blood transported to the surface of your skin (that’s what gives you those rosy cheeks)…
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Exercise, Fitness & Muscle
July 8, 2017

Why running isn’t helping you lose weight

You run every day, but it isn’t showing on the scale. What’s the deal? Unfortunately, running isn’t a magic bullet for weight loss. Sure, it burns more calories than any other form of exercise (360 to 380 calories per 30 minutes!), but it won’t automatically give you a leaner physique – especially if you push yourself too hard. The more you exercise, the more your body naturally tries to compensate by altering your metabolism through protective mechanisms designed to prevent starvation and indefinite weight loss. “The human body has a good capability for regulating its bodyweight,” explains Glenn Gaesser, professor…
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Exercise, Fitness & Muscle
October 23, 2016

This is your body after a half-marathon

You’ve just run an intense race, and you’re aching in places you’ve never felt pain before. What now? Chris Walsh, a personal trainer at 360 Specialized Training based in Cape Town, gives us insight into what happens to your body after a half marathon, and what to do to get back on track. (more…)
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Exercise, Fitness & Muscle
May 27, 2016

Running your first race? Here’s what you should know

Attention all runners: The Comrades Marathon is hot on your heels! If this is your first race, listen up. Here are a few tips to help you with your training as well as on race day. (more…)
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Exercise, Fitness & Muscle
June 12, 2014

Is it safe to exercise when you’re sick?

Earlier this week the debate about exercising (and in this case participating in an event) when you’re sick, came under the spotlight again after Louis Du Preez, a “healthy” 39 year old man collapsed in the final stage of the Comrades Marathon, and later died in hospital. It turns out that Du Preez may have had a viral infection which led to organ failure. So does that mean it’s not safe to exercise when you’re sick - our resident Doctor weighs in. (more…)
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Exercise, Fitness & Muscle
December 3, 2013

From couch potato to 5km

Some people are naturally more active than others – you know - the ‘fitness fanatics’, ‘gym bunnies’ and ‘outdoor types’. Also, they frustratingly appear to possess that mystical thing called a ‘fast metabolism’. And then you get the rest of the world - those who aren’t very active because they don’t like exercise, or they just can’t seem to find the time to establish an exercise routine. Does this sound like you? Fear not – there are a lot of people in the same boat. If you’re ready to take action, one of the best things you can do is…
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