In Texas, we have to deal with the summer heat and all of the effects it has on our body. And athletes know the struggle oh so well. Running in the heat will decrease your VO2 Max (maximum oxygen uptake), lower your blood volume, dehydrate you; plus, the humidity will affect sweat evaporation. As the … Continue reading Tips on running in the heat
Just a few months ago, Wayne Aguren joked that he couldn’t run a half-marathon “if my life depended on it.” But the 74-year-old Oak Lawn resident who trains with morning jogs on the Katy Trail recently decided to “take the plunge” when he registered to run half of this Sunday’s metroPCS Dallas Marathon. He’s one of an estimated … Continue reading At 74, Dallas man gears up for half-marathon
If you’re gearing up for Sunday’s metroPCS Dallas Marathon, you’ve probably been training for months. But there are some key measures that you’ll want to take in the days and hours before the race, as well as during and after the marathon, to ensure that everything goes smoothly. Scott Quinby, MD, the medical director of … Continue reading 5 helpful tips for Sunday’s Dallas marathon runners [video]
When it comes to playing sports, your knee can take a lot of abuse. While you’re jumping, lunging and running you may be unaware of the stress you’re putting on your knees. Females and males are built differently, and women experience more knee injuries than their male counterparts. Especially for females, tearing the ACL (Anterior … Continue reading Athletes and ACL injuries — Are you at risk?
Sweat drips from your forehead as you round the track and finish your daily run. You’re feeling weak and thirsty. You walk slowly to your gym bag and grab the sports drink you’ve been waiting to consume since you started your workout. The brightly-colored fluid instantly replenishes your electrolytes and quenches your thirst. In this … Continue reading 6 things you should know about sports drinks
According to data collected in 2012 by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), roughly 66 percent of adults in Texas are overweight and almost 28 percent are obese. Rather than posting a set of total body exercises that you can do outside of the gym, I’d like to focus on the concept of … Continue reading Getting fit without a gym
Think of it. Mile after mile and month after month—now it’s almost time to run your big race. When preparing for a marathon you sacrifice a lot for the euphoric feeling as you cross the finish line. In a few days it will all be over, but after so much training, you may still wonder … Continue reading 10 things to remember before you run a marathon
Every day, people across the country take ibuprofen to help ease the aches and pains of daily life. Many athletes, typically those in long high-endurance events, take ibuprofen several times during the course of a race or long training session. But does frequent use of ibuprofen pose a health risk? Ibuprofen, most commonly known as … Continue reading Athletes and Ibuprofen
If you’ve been to a gym lately, you’ve probably seen people rolling around on the ground on top of foam cylinders, grimacing in pain. Did you wonder to yourself, “What in the world are they doing?” Foam rolling is a form of self-myofascial release. Foam rolling has been around for a while, but it is … Continue reading How a foam roller can help your flexibility
Is having six-pack abs a possibility for everyone? Well, certain people are more genetically predisposed to being able to develop a “six pack” over others. However, there certainly are environmental factors that contribute to the development and maintenance of a six pack. Proper nutrition, strengthening and aerobic exercise all contribute to a healthy body mass … Continue reading Are Six-Pack Abs a Possibility for Everyone?