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How Exercise Boosts The Immune System To Prevent You From Getting Sick

Part of living a healthy life means incorporating exercise daily. Great for cardiovascular as well as mental health, exercise also has a positive effect on the immune system. As a result, regular exercise helps to boost the immune system to prevent you from getting sick. With the current coronavirus crisis, people are left to sit on the couch and stay indoors. But it is recommended to get outside for some fresh air while practicing social distancing. It is also encouraged to go for a walk, run, or bike ride to continue daily exercise during this time. And despite the closure of gyms, there are plenty of fitness videos and apps that instruct workouts at home. We already know that exercise...

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How To Prevent Muscle Cramps During Exercise

There are countless stories of elite athletes having a great race than with the drop of a hat start to experience muscle cramps.  This includes Olympian Deena Kastor who suffered from a glute cramp that derailed her from the Rio Olympics in 2016, as well as Kara Goucher who DNF the 2019 Houston Marathon around the 31k mark because of leg cramps.  It’s an issue that happens to everyday endurance athletes as well. There we are miles into the long run when out of nowhere the calf spasms start. These get so bad we are left limping until we can no longer run on.   What causes muscle cramping during exercise? The jury is still out on that.  The exact...

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What To Eat The Night Before And During An Endurance Race

Running and food go hand-in-hand.  And yes, we love to eat, but we are actually talking about running nutrition.  Having a nutrition strategy down pat during runs is essential for athletes. Chances are they have already experimented with what, when, and how much to consume during events like a half or full marathon.  But what about an endurance race? The longer the mileage, the more fuel we need.  It’s also equally important to make sure we eat the right things the night before an endurance event.  We need to be fueling our bodies properly to be prepared for the intense workout ahead. We also need to avoid anything to make us bloated or give us stomach problems. So what should...

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The Importance of Sea Salt for the Endurance Athlete

When it comes to endurance training and endurance athletes, some of the most important aspects to keep in mind are hydration and electrolytes. Today, we're going to be focusing on sodium, one of several electrolytes, in the form of sea salt. You may have heard that you should be consuming less salt but salt has an established place in our diets and is especially important for the endurance runner, whether you're running in your local 10k or participating in the Boston Marathon like Micah Herndon. Salt is vital for nerve and muscle function, as well as the regulation of fluids. But why sea salt and how does sea salt help to relieve cramps? What Causes Leg Cramps? Let's start with...

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