9 Tips for Safe Outdoor Workouts

Exercising outside can be more stimulating than being in a gym, but it does require more preparation and, in some cases, caution. Find 9 tips for moving your workout outside, including safety precautions: 1. Dress for the weather If it is hot and humid, wear lighter-colored clothes with less weight and moisture-wicking ability. This keeps you cooler. If … Read More

When and How to Start a Running Program

It’s that time of year again when people are ready to get out and start moving. As with all exercise programs, speak with your physician first to make sure you are physically capable of beginning a running program. If you have osteoarthritis, you may need to follow certain precautions and your doctor can advise you. … Read More

So You Want to Be a Runner

Contributor: Laura Goldberg, MD Running is one of the fastest growing sports in the nation with more than 40 million people taking to the open road. Unfortunately, 60 to 65 percent of runners will be injured in a given year. Risk factors for injury include fewer than three years’ experience and running more than 40 … Read More

Running a Marathon After Heart Surgery

In 2009, John Stamler was in New York, scheduled for surgery on his sinuses when a routine pre-surgery EKG showed a problem in his heart. An echocardiogram confirmed a congenital condition known as atrial septal defect (ASD), a hole between the right and left atrium. Although ASDs are present from birth, there are usually no … Read More

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Runners: Eat, Drink and Be Healthy

Whether you’re a casual runner or training to run a marathon, you need a diet that’s high in carbohydrates, moderate in protein and low in fat, says Cleveland Clinic Sports Health dietitian Kate Patton, MEd, RD, CSSD, LD. And you need to drink plenty of fluids. About 60 to 70 percent of your diet should … Read More

Marathons: Training for a Stronger Performance

Myth: Strength training increases bulk and hinders performance.Fact: Strength training helps improve your running economy, decrease your risk of injury and make your running more effective. Want to run a marathon? Include strength training in your workout plans, says Cleveland Clinic Sports Health exercise physiologist Heather Nettle, MA. Strength training helps you build muscles and … Read More

Benefits of Running Barefoot (Video)

If the Olympic games are inspiring you to get out and run a little more, you may want to leave your shoes in the closet. Barefoot running is gaining popularity because of the benefits it may provide. Susan Joy, MD, treats athletes at Cleveland Clinic Sports Health. She says by running barefoot you may be … Read More

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