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Fueling My First (Sprint) Triathlon

by Louise July 12th, 2012| Eating Tips
This upcoming weekend I'll be tackling my first triathlon! Okay, okay, I admit it: it's a sprint triathlon. I figured it wouldn't be entirely intelligent to go for the whole shebang for my first triathlon experience, especially since I've never actually tried swimming across a distance larger than the

How to Prevent Muscle Cramps

by Louise June 12th, 2012| Eating Tips, Nutrition
A muscle cramp is an involuntary contraction of a muscle. Cramps can last anywhere from a few seconds to a few hours. (Luckily I've never experienced the latter). Nobody likes a muscle cramp. Sometimes, my feet cramp when I'm running barefoot. I once got one high up in my leg

Hydration Belts

by Louise May 15th, 2012| Eating Tips
There was a time when I didn't speak too highly of hydration belts. I didn't like the idea of carrying extra water; I imagined it would uncomfortably slosh around during my run. The first hydration belts probably did cause some discomfort during exercise. Of course, things have changed. As

Energy Bars: Ladies’ Choice

by Louise April 17th, 2012| Eating Tips
Did you know that there several energy bars made specifically for women?

The leading name in this special sector of energy bars is the LUNA Bar. Normally, going with big "brand names" isn't the smartest way to go as far as nutrition is concerned, but the story is a bit

Carbo-Loading

by Louise March 20th, 2012| Eating Tips
"Carbo-loading" is a term typically used by endurance athletes, which most commonly refers to eating increased amounts of carbohydrates starting three days before an endurance event, specifically a competition. Most commonly, carbo-loading comes in the form of a "pasta party" the night before a big race, such as the

Healthy Sources of Fat

by Louise February 21st, 2012| Eating Tips
Various sources will recommend that runners get 20-30% of their daily caloric intake from fat, but where should that fat come from? We know that trans fat and saturated fats are bad for us, so where can we get the good fat? Here are a few ideas for healthy

Habits that Jeopardize Fitness

by Angela Yorke February 9th, 2012| Eating Tips
Working short exercise snippets into your daily routine is a good way to get fit without feeling as if you’re making a lot of effort. So is committing to fitness with better eating habits, good food choices, and exercising regularly. Yet, there are bad habits that, unwittingly adopted, can

Irisin

by Bea February 7th, 2012| Diet Plans
A team of Dana-Farber Cancer Institute researchers believe to have found a natural hormone that triggers some of the key health benefits of exercise. They think that this muscle cell hormone serves as a chemical message that could treat diabetes, obesity, and more.

Researchers have found that exercising seems to

Food and Walks

by Bea February 2nd, 2012| Nutrition, Walking
I realized that I have covered a decent amount of ground in terms of using walking as a form of exercise and the tips and tricks that are associated with the physical motions, but I have yet to write about food and how that can influence your walk. Don’t worry

A Runner’s Favorite: Oatmeal

by Louise January 24th, 2012| Eating Tips
There are four very good reasons why a runner (or anyone else for that matter) should like oatmeal: it's cheap, it's convenient, it's healthy, and it's tasty. It's tough for a particular food to meet all of these conditions, but oatmeal passes the test with flying colors.

Oatmeal is probably

Recovery Drinks

by Louise December 26th, 2011| Eating Tips
First and foremost, water is the fuel that I will always recommend after exercise. I don't see that changing in the future. For endurance exercise, athletes will need a bit of extra fuel; then, the refueling beverages of choice are water and low fat chocolate milk (which is both

Trade Chocolate in for Walks

by Bea December 13th, 2011| Eating Tips
Are you a lover of chocolate? I know that I am guilty! Then of course there is the problem that once you start, it's kind of hard to stop! Well, a recent study at the University of Exeter shows that taking a walk when you have the urge to

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