The philosophy of fitness, exercise, sport and running

By Peter Mellow | Selected curated articles from my Scoop.it curation collection.

What’s the Value of Exercise? $2,500

For people still struggling to make time for exercise, a new study offers a strong incentive: You’ll save $2,500 a year.<p>The savings, a result of reduced medical costs, don’t require much effort to accrue — just 30 minutes of walking five days a week is enough.<p>The findings come from an analysis of …

Health Care

The 5 'Musts' to Sustainable Exercise: Michael Haddin at TEDxPSUAD

Tiny Stray Dog Finds Her Human When She Joins Him For 77 Miles In Race

Talk about going the distance.<p>Thanks to a successful crowd-funding campaign, Dion Leonard, an extreme marathon runner is adopting a stray pup he met …

Pool of Thought

THERE is no drug — recreational or prescription — capable of inducing the tranquil euphoria brought on by swimming. I do all my best thinking in the pool, whether I’m trying to figure out how to treat a patient’s complicated ailment or write a paper. Why that is is mysterious, but I have a …

The Brain

The man who takes Death Valley to extremes

For ultrarunner Marshall Ulrich, Death Valley National Park had been both his accomplice and adversary, the site of intense suffering and great achievement.<p>Marshall Ulrich knows the intensity of Death Valley National Park all too well – the sun leaching away his energy and the heat’s relentless …

Run Free - The True Story of Caballo Blanco

Is runner's guilt holding you back?

• Share<br>• Post on facebook wall<br>• Share on twitter<br>• Post to Linkedin<br>• Share on Google Plus<br>• Share via Email<p>I have a 23 kilometre run in less than four weeks and …

For Some, Weight Loss Means the Start of a Whole New Life

There was no reason for Jennifer Morton to move to Utah, except one: It was the place she lost 40 pounds.<p>In 2009, Ms. Morton was working 90-hour weeks as the director of learning at a large company outside Louisville, Ky. She traveled 80 percent of the time, and her weight shot up. Panicked and …

Weight Loss

Why sport needs more stories like Eddie the Eagle

Your humble correspondent hates to proselytise – no, really – but for yonks I've been on about the joys of non-fiction yarns over fiction for a very …

How your body changes your brain

We can have the sense that an experience changes us, and in his last <i>New York Times</i> best-selling book, Dr Norman Doidge explored how our experiences …

She Lost Her Leg In The Boston Bombings. Now, She's Running The Marathon.

The ground began to shake. People began to run. And a smothering, thick smoke poured over Boylston Street.<p>Thirty-two-year-old professional ballroom …

High Intensity Interval Training Highly Intensified My Marriage

Interval training is awful. It's pretty much the worst thing I've ever done. Also, I HATE IT. But I've been doing it three times a week for the past …

The Science of Why You Do Your Best Thinking While Walking

Science explains why so many of history's great thinkers have been obsessive walkers.<p>Charles Darwin, Friedrich Nietzsche, William Wordsworth, even Aristotle: The list of great minds that were also obsessive walkers is long. Why is the connection between wandering feet and a productive brain so …

Creativity

15 funniest quotes about gym life

Comedy

Eddie Izzard, marathon man: 'If I can run 26 miles every day, anyone can'

As he enters the final week of his Sport Relief project – running 27 marathons in 27 days – the comedian reveals how coming out as transgender prepared him for life’s other challenges<p>I’m counting down – that’s how I work each marathon. I’m more than halfway through my 27 marathons in 27 days …

Eddie Izzard

Does The Gym Gear Make The Gym Goer?

I've missed out on the 'gym gear and other paraphernalia' revolution -- and I'm kind of happy about it.<p>Nonetheless, I still can't help feeling like a …

Retracing Our Steps

A familiar running trail can be a time machine.<p>Ten years ago, Beth Py-Lieberman learned she had breast cancer. She was fairly certain it was going to kill her. It didn’t matter that her odds of survival were great. She’d watched her mother die from the disease several years earlier, and now the end …

Mind

GPS doodles and the art of turning exercise into an adventure

When Stephen Lund first saw his cycling movements mapped out in red on GPS tracking website Strava, he immediately recognised the service's potential …

In The Arena: Ronda Rousey And How To Embrace Loss

It was hailed as "the biggest upset" in Ultimate Fight Championship history.<p>Former women's champion Ronda Rousey was defeated by her competitor Holly …

From Georgia to Maine: What I learned on a 6-month hike along the Appalachian Trail

The sun beat down on the narrow wooden boardwalk. On either side, lush, impenetrable foliage hummed with insects and birdsong. It was sweltering — a cloying, sultry, sticky heat more appropriate for primordial jungles than for Western Massachusetts. And yet I was wearing almost every stitch of …

Adventure Travel

How I Breathe While Swimming Through Depression

Even though I may at times struggle with depression, I've decided I don't want it to define me.<p>I have been able to accomplish many great things in my …

Why stoicism is changing people's lives for better

During the 1976 Olympics, Japanese gymnast Shun Fujimoto broke his right kneecap during his floor routine.<p>Astonishingly, sickeningly, he continued to …

Athletes of influence? The role model refrain in sport

It has become a truism that professional athletes, whether they like it or not, “are” role models for others. Talented sportspeople hardly win every …