Sodium and Dehydration

Sodium and Dehydration

Screen shot 2011-07-12 at 9.10.31 PMWe are experiencing very hot humid conditions at present which makes running very difficult.  I am finding it hard to run even short distance despite the fact I am up very early as the humidity is so high it just sucks the life out of me!!   The other night my partner who is working night shift on a construction site complained he was having trouble staying awake and just felt so drained despite drinking heaps of water to keep hydrated. No it wasn’t just because he was working nights.  I suggested he try having some salt as I felt this may help!Continue reading

Running for Weight Loss

Running for Weight Loss

Running-and-Weight-LossBecause of the intense physical demands, running is proven to be an effective way to lose weight. And to some people, losing weight is their primary reason for sticking to a running program. But to effectively shed pounds, it is important to know a few facts about running for weight loss.

1. Running replaces body fats with muscle tissues. The latter, however, are denser and heavier than fats. Therefore, a few weeks into your running workout, you will discover that you don’t drop pounds, you actually gain weight. It’s okay. This only means that your running is working effectively. With continuous efforts, you will eventually lose the excess pounds.Continue reading

Nutrition:One Size Does Not Fit All!

Nutrition:One Size Does Not Fit All!

steak sandwichThere is so much out there on what you should or shouldn’t eat, how often, how much, should you take supplements, all have valid scientific evidence supporting their claims, but when it comes down to it everyone is different and what may suit one person may not suit another.
I remember many years ago when I was first dating my partner, Robert, I was his support crew on a 6 day race!   Now this was no ordinary race which went from point A to point B no! It was round and round a 400m track for 6 days!!!    4 hours one way then a bell would ring and everyone would turn and run in the other direction!   The idea was the runner who covered the most distance in the time was the winner!!!!Continue reading
Nutrition and Running

Nutrition and Running

Running is one of today’s healthiest ways to help maintain your body’s physical well-being. It is one good cardiovascular exercise that helps keep good circulation and a healthy heart.
Everybody needs proper nutrition and a healthy diet. This requirement becomes more vital for people who are into health activities like running. This is amplified further for runners who are also into competitions or have special dietary needs.Continue reading
Running and Hydration

Running and Hydration

Drinking-WaterRunning in the good old days used to be uncomplicated and simple. I remember runners going out running taking nothing with them. Either we knew where we could get a drink on our long run from a tap or drinking fountain or we just waited till we returned back to the club rooms or home.

Drinking (or hydration) was not such a big deal then. Today, runners carry water,gels and enough gadgets to monitor their exact intake during a run or a race.Continue reading

Fueling Your Runs

Fueling Your Runs

A selection of nutritious foodLike a car, a runner who wants to operate at his most optimum potential needs his particular set of fuels. He needs the right combination of carbohydrates, proteins and fats to fuel his running.
Each of these food groups has a specific function to fulfill in the body. Getting the right amount and mix of these important nutrients is the right step onwards to success in your sport.
Carbohydrates
The primary fuel for exercising muscles and for high-intensity exercises are carbohydrates. The athlete’s body needs around 50 to 65% carbohydrates in his food intake to support training.Continue reading