Rebecca Taylor

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Run v. Bike And Other Calorie-Burning Questions

Why your cardio machine's calorie count isn't quite right.<p>I got an e-mail from a reader recently asking about the relative calorie consumption of biking versus running. Using typical calculators like the Compendium of Physical Activities, he felt as though there was a big mismatch in effort between …

Fitness

7 Surprising Dangers of Running a Marathon

Thinking about signing up for 26.2? Before you do, consider the risks you'll be taking.<p>Marathons have never been more popular, as statistics somewhere probably show. This is very good news for people who like to watch marathons, and for businesses that sell Band-Aids and Vaseline, and for whoever …

University of Florida

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 …

Nutrition

The Curious Case of the Miscalibrated Treadmill

I knew something was wrong, but couldn't figure out what.<p>There was a massive ice storm in Toronto last week, and my wife is seven months pregnant. So, even though I like to think of myself as a running-weather tough guy, she and I have been doing some treadmill running lately. Our building has an …

Marathons

To Lose Weight, Love Exercise

The brain's reward response to exercise is lower in overweight women.<p>We often talk about exercise as a habit, or even an addiction. And for good reason: for example, if you take rats who are accustomed to vigorous exercise and give them naloxone, a drug that blocks opioid receptors, the rats show …

Fitness

Pain and Pacing

The pros (and cons) of killing pain during repeated sprints.<p>According to motivational T-shirt slogans, athletic success depends on gritting your teeth and being willing to suffer. After all, "pain is temporary, pride is forever" and so on. Of course, anyone who has actually trained and competed in …

Training Really Does Make You Tougher

Athletes handle pain better than the general population.<p>Here's a vicarious ego-stroke for all the athletes out there:<p>The graph shows pain ratings during a three-minute test during which subjects had to hold their hand in a bucket of ice-water. The control group was "normal" people; the "TEFR09" …

12 More Treadmill Myths... Busted!

As it turns out, the "1% incline rule" isn't the only one that's baloney.<p>Do you adjust your treadmill's incline to 1% or 2%, to better mimic the effects of road running? If so, stop it immediately, because that whole notion is bunk and you're only making yourself look foolish. Honestly, we're sort …

Proof That Crash Training Doesn't Work

Several hard workouts in three weeks caused runners' fitness to decline.<p>A new study backs nine-time New York City Marathon champion Grete Waitz's advice about the best way to progress as a runner: Hurry slowly.<p>In the study, when runners did 24 hard workouts over an eight-week period, their fitness …