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What Your Waist Size Says About Your Health

Your body's trying to tell you something—find out what it is.<p>You've heard for a while now that BMI has definite limitations as an indication of overall health—and a new study suggests that there may be another key number you should look at: A greater waist circumference is associated with a higher …

Do Endurance Athletes Need Meat to Perform Well?

No, but make sure you're getting vitamins, minerals, and protein from other sources.<p><i>I am a collegiate runner who is considering switching from a lacto-ovo vegetarian diet to a diet including white meats such as chicken and turkey breast. Fellow runners and trainers have told me doing so would</i> …

5 Core Workouts for Stronger Running

A strong core will help you hold proper running form longer.<p><i>Zach asks: I don't know that I'm what you'd call a beginner, but I think I am. I was just wondering if you could recommend some strength and core training for me? I've always neglected this part of fitness because I hate going to the gym,</i> …

How Can You Speed Up at The Finish Line?

Runners speed up when they're most tired, and that puzzles physiologists.<p>Here's a graph from a classic study by French researcher Michel Cabanac, published in 1986 in the <i>Journal of the Experimental Analysis of Behavior</i>:<p>Cabanac asked his subjects to sit against the wall (with no chair) for as long …

Pacing v. Racing

How do top runners distribute their effort?<p>A recent study in the <i>Journal of Sports Sciences</i>, by Brian Hanley of Leeds Metropolitan University in Britain, analyzes pacing patterns for runners at the IAAF World Cross Country Championships. He took lap times from every competitor in the senior men's …