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Soreness: The Good Kind or the Bad Kind?

good_pain.pngBy Jordan D. Metzl (triathlete.com)

How to tell if your post-workout soreness is the good kind or the bad kind—and how to keep it from turning wicked.

When muscle tissue is injured by exercise, the fibers tear. Ideally, in a day or two the fibers repair themselves and are stronger than before. This is the basis of building muscle, and some muscle soreness after a workout—especially during the first few weeks of intensified activity—is to be expected. It’s totally normal for your quads and glutes to ache after the first hilly run or ride of the season, for example.

But if your muscle soreness is intense and doesn’t begin until 24 to 48 hours after the muscle injury, you may have a serious condition called delayed-onset muscle soreness (DOMS). It can happen when you apply an excessive loading force to muscle cells. It’s important to distinguish the symptoms of DOMS from the everyday aches and pains that come after hard exercise. This pain can be severe....

Food That Helps You Sleep Better...

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By Pippa Taylor (triathlete.com)

 

Q: I sometimes have trouble sleeping. Are there any foods that can help or any that I should avoid?

 

A: Sleep is vital for not only athletes trying to recover from rigorous training schedules, but for everyone for overall health and optimal functioning. The complex relationship of physiological and psychological effects means it also helps prevent muscle loss and speeds weight loss, while inadequate sleep leads to worsened...

Don't Text & Train...

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By Bethany Mavis (triathlete.com)

 

Talking or texting on a cell phone while you exercise will lower your workout intensity and alter your balance. That’s the latest info from researchers at Bloomsburg University of Pennsylvania who’ve released two studies looking into the effects of texting, listening to music and talking on exercise. In their latest study, published in December, the researchers examined 45 college students’ cell phone use during postural stability...

Wishing She Was Here...

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Not long ago we posted about a couple of homegrown athletes--Chris Leiferman and Matt Hanson--who emerged as first-tier pros after they moved out-of-state. They had yet to establish themselves as elite performers before their relocation....

"He Can Have Mine."...

ChrisZPhoto1-225x300.pngED. Though most of us know this story, this post retells it in a beautiful way.

 

By Nicole Leatherman (blogs.davita.com)

From his school days to his adult years, Chris Zitur hardly ever got sick. He filled his 20s with friends, work and sports. He played kickball two days a week in the summer and hockey two days a week in the winter, and went skiing and hiking on the weekends.

But last year at age 29, the Denver resident started to feel off. He was chronically tired, his stomach was upset and he was frequently sick, so he went to the doctor. He learned through blood and urine tests that his glomerular filtration rate (GFR)—the overall index of kidney function—was high and he had protein in his urine. His kidneys were failing.

“After I was referred to kidney specialist, they suggested right away that I should get my name on the wait list for a kidney transplant,” said Chris, who works in the construction industry....

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