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How I Became A Faster Runner

As soon as I was able to run, I wanted to run faster. It’s been a journey with a lot of ups and downs, but it really is possible to start as a slow runner and, well, become a lot less slow. I’m no Olympian, but I’m fast enough to occasionally win age group medals at local races. Here’s my story.


This Video Shows You How To Properly Stretch Your Calves For Better Balance

Your calves and ankles are under-appreciated muscles that work hard to keep your body steady and balanced while you’re standing, walking or running. You might already be stretching your calves, but GMB shows you how to do them properly.


How Much Exercise Do We Really Need?

For decades, public health guidelines around the world have recommended adults get at least 30 minutes of moderate-intensity physical activity most days of the week. This is roughly equivalent to 150 minutes of moderate-intensity activity per week, or 75 minutes of vigorous-intensity activity. So it surprised, and perhaps dismayed, many to read headlines last week claiming “we need to do five times as much exercise as we’ve been told“. Is this true? We take a closer look.


Nike+ Running Becomes Nike+ Run Club, Adds Customisable Training Plans

iOS/Android: Nike’s running app has long been one of our favourites. Its latest update brings a new name and colour scheme, and ditches its training plans for a new virtual coach that lets you build a personalised plan for the running goal of your choice.


GoldenCheetah Is An Open Source, Private Dashboard For Your Fitness Data

Windows/Mac: There are plenty of excellent apps for tracking your running or cycling data, but using a service like Strava or Runkeeper means you’re giving away a lot data. If you’d prefer to track and visualise your exercise without uploading data to a service, GoldenCheetah might be just what you need.


Five Of The Most Common Mistakes People Make When Trying To Lose Weight

No matter what kind of approach you’re taking to lose weight, there are a few common mistakes that will always undo all of your hard work. Here are five frequent mistakes you need to avoid.


What To Change On Your Bike If Your Hands Or Legs Go Numb When Riding

If you spend a lot of time on a bike, you’re spending a lot of time locked into a position that better be comfortable. If it’s not, you could end up with aches and pains — or more likely, numbness.


Deadbugs Are An Underrated Core Exercise You Should Be Doing

Despite the weird name, “deadbugs” work your core unlike any other exercise. Crunches and sit-ups do very little to resist letting your back arch and “extend”, which can then contribute to posture problems and low back, knee and hip pain. This is where deadbugs come in.


Should I Do Full-Body Workouts, Or Work One Muscle Group At A Time? 

Workout programs usually aren’t labelled as “full-body” or “body part” routines, but we’ve all heard of “leg days” or “arm days” versus workouts that do it all. Every program wants you to build muscle, get strong or lose weight. Choosing between full-body or specific focus routines, however, isn’t easy.


Why You're So Hungry After Swimming

If you always feel ravenous after you get out of a pool, rest assured — it’s not just you. Exercise works up an appetite, but swimming is extra hunger-inducing because it cools down your body.


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