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Why (and When) You Need More Protein

New research reconsiders how protein is needed for muscle growth and repair.<p>Over the last few months, I've been spurred to rethink how much protein I need on daily basis, and when I need it. This isn't particularly earth-shattering, of course -- people have long known and debated the role of …

How to Stay Focused During a Workout

Use your mind to sculpt a better body<p>When boredom or fatigue strikes during a workout, you might try to distract yourself by flicking on the TV or chatting up your treadmill neighbor. But tuning in–instead of checking out–may be the smarter tactic.<p>Just ask yoga teachers. At the beginning of class, …

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6 Secrets to Getting Up for Morning Workouts

How to rise and shine…then rock that a.m. sweat session<p>We concede: throwing off your warm, cozy covers on bone-chilling winter mornings so you can hit the treadmill or sweat through Zumba class can be torturous. But it's totally worth the pain. That's because research suggests the early morning …

How Can I Overcome Knee Pain?

<i>A:</i><p>We posed your question to Joel M. Kary, a sports medicine doctor at St. Vincent Sports Performance in Indianapolis, and a consultant physician for USA Track and Field. Obviously, he recommends seeing your doctor, but here are a few things to consider:<p>Older athletes should be screened for …

Slow Going

How to survive the early pitfalls of running if you're just starting or returning after a layoff.<p>The first step out the door is often the hardest, and not just for beginners. Greg Hamilton was training for an ultramarathon when illness forced him to take a nine-month hiatus. In his first attempt to …

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The Best Protein for Runners

Runners need more protein, more often, and for more reasons than nonathletes.<p>Compared with sedentary people, runners need a lot more protein. If you run an hour most days, you need about .6 gram of protein per pound of weight (run more and your needs go up), compared with .36 gram for couch …

Build Muscle And Cardio With These 3 Stair Workouts

Photo courtesy of Shutterstock.com<p><i>*Article courtesy of ACEFitness.org</i><p>Remember those 72 stone steps that Sylvester Stallone made famous in the <i>Rocky</i> …

5 Critical Winter Running Tips | Women's Running

Photo courtesy of Shutterstock.com<p><b>Baby, it’s cold outside!</b> With records lows sweeping the country, runners everywhere are battling freezing temps for …

Top 13 Running Songs of 2013! | Women's Running

Photo courtesy of Shutterstock.com<p><i>If you’re a run girl who likes to jam out during a run, we’ve got the tunes for your playlist! Check out Women’s</i> …