Are you picking the right workout-friendly foods? Most supermarkets stock more than 30,000 items, yet every time we race up and down the aisles of the grocery store, we toss into our carts the same 10 to 15 foods. Which isn't such a bad thing, as long as you're taking home the right foods--ones that will keep you healthy and fuel your workouts. These 15 foods fit the bill-add them to your must-buy list:
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Almonds These are an excellent source of vitamin E, an antioxidant that many of us fall short on because there are so few good food sources of it. And the form of vitamin E found in the nuts, called gamma-tocopherol (a form not typically found in supplements), may also help protect against cancer.
Eggs One egg fulfills about 10 percent of your daily protein needs. Egg protein is the most complete food protein short of human breast milk, which means the protein in eggs contains all the crucial amino acids your hard-working muscles need to promote recovery.
Sweet potatoes Just a single
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Are you picking the right workout-friendly foods? Most supermarkets stock more than 30,000 items, yet every time we race up and down the aisles of the grocery store, we toss into our carts the same 10 to 15 foods. Which isn't such a bad thing, as long as you're taking home the right foods--ones that will keep you healthy and fuel your workouts. These 15 foods fit the bill-add them to your must-buy list:Read More »from 15 Foods that Boost Workout Results
Need a gift for your favorite runner? Here's the coolest gear of the year.
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- From the editors of Runner's World | Healthy Living – Mon, Nov 21, 2011 10:40 AM EST
--By Meghan G. Loftus, Associate Multimedia Editor of Runner's WorldRead More »from How I'm Choosing to Stay Active This Holiday Season
Meghan Loftus is pledging to run a mile a day until the new year!Just because I work at Runner's World doesn't mean I'm any better than anyone else at staying fit through the holiday season. In fact, I might argue that I'm worse.
Once I complete my big fall race--this year, I ended with the Philadelphia Marathon on November 20--I am free from the rigid five-days-a-week training plan I'd been following for the previous four months. Usually, I have a spring race in mind, and training for those doesn't start until January or February.
7 Minutes to a Stronger Body-No Gym Required
I always have good intentions to run (and strength-train) through this plan-free expanse of time.
But then, it's cold and snowy and dark outside. And my schedule fills up with holiday parties and travel plans. And I tell myself, "It's cool. Training for (insert spring race here) starts in just a few weeks. I might as well be lazy while I still can!"
And then, a few weeks later, I begin my spring training a
For most women, a good sports bra is as important as the right shoes. And as with shoes, no one bra is perfect for everyone. To help you figure out which bra works for you, we recruited 25 testers, who ranged in size from 32A to 38DD, to run in the latest models. These 7 are among their favorites.
Read our latest bra guides for more favorites!
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Runner's World, we asked our readers: "Why do you run?" Some of them had amazing stories, and some of those amazing stories were chosen to appear in the magazine.For the December issue of Read More »from Why Do You Run? 3 Runners Share Their Reasons
Here are a few of them. Prepare to be motivated and inspired. And then, tell us in the comments: Why do you run?
Pick a Running Goal That Works for You
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Why she runs: To cope as her son struggles with hemophilia
CHRISTINE ORR RAN CROSS-COUNTRY and track in high school and was in it to win it. As a young adult, she laced up to lose weight. But in all that time, running was always a "should," not a "want." That changed in December 2009 when her second son, John, was born with a severe form of hemophilia (a bleeding disorder) that had the family rushing to the ER frequently. It took that diagnosis to discover one of running's true powers: release.
"I started running so I could just go cry without upsetting my kids [James Jr., 5, and John, 2] and husband
Editor's note: The following story originally appeared in Runner's World magazine and on Yahoo! Shine in early 2011-- it illustrates how running (or any form of exercise) plays a role not just in our physical health, but also our emotional well-being. Since the story published, Lisa Hallett, an Afghanistan War widow, ran her first ultra on July 21 by running 26.2 miles to the San Francisco Marathon (in 4:55), and then the race (in 5:00). She ran with Wear Blue, a team that memorializes the service of the U.S. military.Read More »from Army widow runs the marathon to cope
It's her mantra: Run for John, run for me, just one more step. For Lisa Hallett, whether solo in a marathon or with her kids in their mammoth, triple-wide jogging stroller during training, running is how she deals with the pain, the loss, and the memory.
"It's really hard to do day-to-day things-taking my kids to preschool and taking care of the house," says Hallett, a 29-year-old full-time mom. "On most days, if nothing else, I can say I ran. On some days all I can do
As always, a whole bunch of celebrities signed up to run in the Big Apple on November 6. Here's a rundown of who will be joining the crowd of 45,000 that will make its way through the boroughs this Sunday.
- From the editors of Runner's World | Healthy Living – Mon, Oct 31, 2011 8:50 PM EDT
Photo by slgckgc via FlickrThis Sunday is the 42nd New York City Marathon. More than 40,000 people will run 26.2 miles in the five boroughs, making it the largest marathon in the world. The allure of such a great physical test is tempting for professional athletes, everyday runners, and celebrities alike. Heck, Drew Carey, Oprah, and Al Roker have all gone the distance.Read More »from Want to run a marathon? Here’s what it takes to finish one
Video: Preview the NYC marathon's events
You don't have to be a lifelong runner to train for a marathon. Runner's World recommends 16-week beginner training plans for people who have run for at least one year and regularly average 15 to 25 miles per week. If you watch the race and think that maybe you'd want to try a marathon, too, here's what it takes to go 26.2.
A RACE TO TARGET
Many marathons are in the spring or fall, but pick one that your local weather will allow you to train comfortably for. Although you can get in some good running on a treadmill, most marathoners say that the best preparation for an outdoor race is training outdoors as
Photo by mikebaird via FlickrYou have many reasons for losing motivation to go on a run or workout. But we can top 'em with tips, inspiring quotes, and more. Last week, we shared our first ten tips. Here are ten more motivations to run. Pick your fix. Repeat as necessary.
1. MAMA, GET A NEW PAIR OF SHOES. Two-time Olympian Shayne Culpepper puts new gear she receives as an elite athlete to good use. "It's fun to break in a new pair of shoes," she says. "Sometimes that's enough to get me excited."
2. PLAY IN THE STREET. Skip a dreaded track workout for a fartlek (Swedish for "speed play") session. After 10 minutes of easy jogging, run hard between two telephone poles, then slow down until you pass three. Then see if you can get to the traffic light before it changes, followed by a jog to the next mailbox. There are no set rules, so make it up as you go along.
3. JUST START. If the thought of running your full workout is too much to bear, just suit up to runRead More »from 10 More tips to motivate you to run
- From the editors of Runner's World | Healthy Living – Thu, Oct 27, 2011 5:04 PM EDT
You have many reasons for losing motivation to go on a run or workout. But we can top 'em with tips, inspiring quotes, and more. Pick your fix. Repeat as necessary.
1. GO EARLY. Two-time Olympian Shayne Culpepper says that rather than putting off a run, she'll head out even earlier than usual when she's not in the mood to work out. "If I have that extra cup of coffee or I wait an extra half hour, it becomes too torturous," she says.
2. RUN FOR A REASON. Do a race for charity. Helping kids with diabetes or women with breast cancer makes it much easier to get out the door.
3. RUN SOLO and away from the crowds on recovery days. The faster runners on popular routes will make you want to pick up the pace. Alone, you'll be able to listen to your body and reap the recovery you deserve.
4. PAY YOURSELF. Set a price for attaining a certain weekly mileage goal. When you hit it, pay up. Keep your mileage money in a jar, and once itRead More »from Need a kick in the butt? 10 Motivations to keep running