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Endurance health and lifestyle

Infectious mononucleosis

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How to spot the warning signs of  ‘Mysterious Mono’, and what to do about it Seven out of the western world’s top 10 runners every decade will contract it. The disease will strike them when they are at the peak of fitness, and it often lingers on for months or even years, disappearing and reappearing... MORE

Bone density and muscle mass: why they matter to...

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For endurance athletes, two of the key problems associated with getting older are a gradual decline in muscle mass and a potential loss of bone density. The missing muscle makes it more difficult to run, cycle or swim powerfully, and the shrinking bones increase the likelihood of injury and osteoporosis. Of course, running and cycling... MORE

If you want to keep well as you get...

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It is depressing to think that each day we are not only getting older but also deteriorating in health and fitness. And not just individually. The nation as a whole is following the same pattern – over the past 20 years the number of people aged over 65 has more than doubled. Unless more attention... MORE

Bone building

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The basis of a healthy body is a strong skeleton. Here’s how to look after it. It may come as a surprise to non-athletes, but even the superfit may have trouble with their bones. If you’re a runner, for instance, your spine may be shrinking. Investigations recently completed at McMaster University in Hamilton, Ontario, suggest... MORE

Just how good is exercise for you?

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Damn good. In addition to improving your fitness and giving you more energy to carry out your everyday activities, regular exercise can limit your chances of suffering from a number of deadly – and not-so-deadly – diseases. Of course, the biggest health problem partially controlled by exercise is heart disease, the number- one killer in... MORE

Premenstrual problems and performance

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In 1930, Sir Adolphe Abrahams, who was considered to be an authority on sports medicine, stated: “One girl has been credited with the ability to run over the marathon course of 26 1/2 miles in 3 hrs.40 mins.5O secs., a feat which I am disposed to doubt”. This attitude prevailed for a further 40 years.... MORE

Female athletes, calcium and osteopenia

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Calcium intake in the diet cannot make up for a lack of oestrogen due to menstrual irregularities, but it can be optimised before, during or after the onset of menstrual irregularities. This should at least eliminate another potential factor which can contribute to osteopenia – lack of calcium in the diet and at best prevent... MORE

Bone mass, menstrual function and calcium

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Bone is a body tissue that undergoes continual reformation and modification. The dense outer portions of bones do so very slowly, whereas the ‘cancellous’ portions of bones (found mainly in the vertebrae, pelvis, flat bones and the ends of long bones) do so more rapidly. Calcium compounds form about 60 per cent of bone matter,... MORE

Running injury

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Pity the poor runner he’ll have arthritis when he’s older. Or will he? Is it true that running is hard on the knees, hips, and feet? Runners still hear about that supposed connection, and there seems to be a kernel of truth in the supposition. After all, running is the kind of sport which produces... MORE

Exercising when ill

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Is it sensible to exercise when you’re ill? You wake up in the morning with a bad cold, but you’ve been planning the day’s workout for a long time, and you really don’t want to miss it, or you’ve been overeating during the holidays and you really need to lose some weight. Should you go... MORE


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