Are Energy Drinks Bad for You?

Red Bull may give you wings, but at what cost? To some, energy drinks are dangerous elixirs, while others consider them magic potions of vitality? The truth about how they affect your body is not so black and white.

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I’ve never had an energy drink.  Closest thing would be a Gu gel…

The specific mention about long term ginseng use is interesting with the mention about impact to blood thinners.  Ginger is a low dose of vitamin K, ginseng is entirely different.

A Road Map for Taking Your Running to the Next Level

When you laced up your shoes for the first time, you probably had a short term goal in mind: Finish this run. Do it again soon. Maybe work up to a short race. But if you like running, you’ll need a road map that takes you farther into the future. Here’s how to figure out what that goal is—and then get there.

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Whatever you do, don’t fall into the trap of thinking you have to eventually run a marathon. I’ve been running long enough to know that I’m not really interested in the training I’d need to race a marathon.  Same goes for triathlon – I have no interest in doing a half-iron or more (3/4 iron is becoming popular).  It’s the constant question I find when people engage about my hobby/interest.  I’m happy for those who do, but I could do without the people who can’t respect my decision or feel that I should have the same goal(s) as them.

How Being Dehydrated Affects Your Mind and Body

If you’ve ever worked for awhile in the beating sun, you might know what it feels like to be dehydrated. What’s going on inside your body?

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There have been many articles debunking how much water an individual needs per day.  I chronicled my experience a while back.

8 Things That Happen When You Finally Stop Drinking Diet Soda

You’ve decided to give up diet soda—good idea! Maybe you weren’t hitting your weight-loss goals or couldn’t stomach that long list of ingredients anymore. Or perhaps you heard one too many times that it’s just not good for you.

Whatever the reason, eliminating diet soda from your diet will improve your health from head to toe. Research on diet soda is still in its infancy, but there’s enough out there to identify what you can look forward to when you put down the can and cool down with an unsweetened iced tea instead.

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Sorry, but soda/pop is one place I will not consider the diet alternative.  Simply due to taste – most just prompted me to drink water instead (for the best anyway, but not for Big Soda/Pop).

The aspect of weight loss because of coming off diet soda/pop isn’t that surprising.  It’s often suggested that we consume more because we’re under the impression the food/beverage is healthier so we can consume more. As the joke goes: I’ll have the extra large burger, extra large fries, and …a diet soft drink.

Cycling: Improve at Climbing Without Hills

If you’re preparing for a hilly ride but live in the flatlands, then follow these tips and release your inner mountain goat…

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This bears repeating: Curious to find out the grade?  GoogleMaps provides elevation information if you view a route as a cyclist, but I’m told this functionality isn’t supported everywhere …and it doesn’t tell you the grade.  MapMyRide however has provided this information for a long time, and will provide grade with an elevation histogram.  I think Garmin Connect provided similar details…

Some trainers allow you to tweak resistance – Tacx is one such brand.  So you can get more of a workout than just moving between the gears.

How to Run Hills and Boost Your Endurance

So you’d like to take up running, but you live on a mountain. Or maybe you already jog in a nice flat place, but want to tackle some trails or a hilly race. Here’s how to train your mind and your legs to power up even the steepest slopes.

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Curious to find out the grade?  GoogleMaps provides elevation information if you view a route as a cyclist, but I’m told this functionality isn’t supported everywhere …and it doesn’t tell you the grade.  MapMyRide however has provided this information for a long time, and will provide grade with an elevation histogram.  I think Garmin Connect provided similar details…

Careful with the stair training. If you are on the short or very tall end of the height spectrum (or the building is old enough to have strange stair heights) you might find that your knees start to hurt. Also, your hips won’t be thanking you if you run down too many stone or concrete steps.

For the hill-less people: Bridges might not have a path for walkers and it is not the same as a hill, but if you have one that does have a safe area for pedestrians, it can add variety to the otherwise flat running routes.  Similarly, on-ramps and parking garage ramps.  Whatever you do, be careful and courteous to traffic.

Signs You’re Not Eating Enough Fat

The whole fat-free diet craze of the 1990’s really messed up the way people think about healthy eating. But the truth is, the kind of fat you eat isn’t the same kind that makes your pants feel tight — and your body absolutely needs the delicious kind of fat to function properly.

While your activity level, age, and current health status determine exactly how much fat you should eat, the government’s  daily allowance for most women is the equivalent of five or six teaspoons of oil from food sources like avocado, peanut butter, nuts, seeds, margarine, mayo, and salad dressing.

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Some of the “signs” are worthless.  Being hungry does not indicate a need for fat in your diet.  That’s like saying craving salt means your body recognizes a deficiency – not true either.

All things in moderation…