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2010-07-12 13:21:20

In the record books, the swiftest sprinters tend to be of West African ancestry and the faster swimmers tend to be white. A study of the winning times by elite athletes over the past 100 years reveals two distinct trends: not only are these athletes getting faster over time, but there is a clear divide between racers in terms of body type and race. Last year, a Duke University engineer explained the first trend "“ athletes are getting faster because they are getting bigger. Adrian...

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2010-07-08 12:52:53

A new study suggests that wearing sneakers tailored to your foot shape might not help protect you against injuries. New Balance, which was the shoe company used in the study, helps runners choose the best shoe for them by determining their foot shape in the company's online "Find your Total Fit" feature. But "simply measuring the foot morphology with (this type of) technique is not sufficient for prescribing footwear if your objective is to prevent injuries," Dr. Bruce Jones, an...

2010-06-23 01:27:00

LONDON, June 23, 2010 /PRNewswire/ -- So, the sun is shining, the nights are lighter and there is so much more motivation now to get out there and run. It's free (well mostly) and it has so many advantages that it would be churlish not to give it a go and set yourself a target of running around the block a couple of times... realbuzz.com the healthy active living website has come up with their top 10 beginner goals for first time runners. You need to be SMART when choosing your...

2010-06-15 07:01:00

BANNOCKBURN, Ill., June 15 /PRNewswire/ -- More than 80 percent of American adults are not active, while one in four engages in little or no regular physical activity(1). With obesity and its associated health risks becoming a growing epidemic, Omron Healthcare, Inc. has announced the launch of new fitness products and an online training community to encourage increased physical activity, such as walking or running, to improve one's personal health. The Omron GOsmart community...

2010-06-06 07:25:38

A twice weekly hip strengthening regimen performed for six weeks proved surprisingly effective at reducing -- and in some cases eliminating -- knee pain referred to as patellofemoral pain (PFP) in female runners. The study by Tracy Dierks, assistant professor in the Department of Physical Therapy at Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis, was based on the theory that stronger hips would correct running form errors that contribute to PFP, even though study participants were given no...

2010-06-03 14:27:00

NEW YORK, June 3 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Weight Watchers has created the first Walk-It Day scheduled for June 6 to encourage people to get active and walk a 5K. This nationwide initiative is part of the Weight Watchers Walk-It Challenge that kicked off earlier this spring, emphasizing the importance of physical activity. Throughout the Challenge, those who have visited www.weightwatchers.com/walkit have had access to motivational tips; encouragement from fellow walkers; and tools to...

2010-06-03 14:17:23

Indiana U. research at the American College of Sports Medicine annual meeting An Indiana University study found that strengthening inspiratory muscles by performing daily breathing exercises for six weeks significantly reduced the amount of oxygen these same breathing muscles required during exercise, possibly making more oxygen available for other muscles. Louise Turner, a researcher in the Department of Kinesiology, said just the act of breathing during an endurance activity, such as...

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2010-03-03 13:32:57

An extensive research project has studied the effects of soccer on muscle strength, postural balance, bone mineral density and reflex response to a sudden push in the back among adult women and men. Five scientific articles are now being published in Scandinavian Journal of Medicine & Science in Sports showing that regular participation in soccer increases both bone mass and bone density, causes a significant improvement in standing postural balance and improves muscle strength. Together,...

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2010-02-19 14:55:00

A few minor variations in one gene may make a difference in athletic endurance, according to a new study from Physiological Genomics. The study found that elite endurance athletes were more likely to have variations of the NRF2 gene than elite sprinters. Non-elite endurance athletes were also more likely to have the genetic variations compared to sprinters, although the difference was not as pronounced. The study shows an association between the gene variation and endurance, but does not...

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2010-02-12 11:10:00

Walking heels-first is less work than walking on your toes or balls of the feet Humans, other great apes and bears are among the few animals that step first on the heel when walking, and then roll onto the ball of the foot and toes. Now, a University of Utah study shows the advantage: Compared with heel-first walking, it takes 53 percent more energy to walk on the balls of your feet, and 83 percent more energy to walk on your toes. "Our heel touches the ground at the start of each step. In...