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Some Fun Facts about Endurance Sports

Hypothermia, or too much heat loss. When you exercise in a cold environment you must consider one primary factor: how much heat will your body lose during exercise? Read about exercising in cold

When that begins to change, our muscles regulate heat by releasing sweat, which allows the body to cool itself. But when the body is sweating, it's losing fluid Learn more about exercising in the heat

You may have heard of "brown fat," a type of fat found naturally in parts of the body that, when triggered, can burn off other "white" fat. In a 2012 study, researchers found that cold weather seemed to set the brown fat into motion, and that simply being cold could cause significant calorie burn. (Exercise may have a similar effect, as demonstrated in a study from around the same time, the New York Times reported.)

Compression garments do work. Sprinters have reported 43% less soreness during a 24 hours of recovery from a sprint workout, than their counterparts who didn't wear the compression garments. Runners who wear the knee high compression socks ran 6.1% faster on a treadmill than runners wearing normal socks

People assume that, because running requires you to pound the ground with your legs, it must be damaging to your knees. But this is completely false. If you run correctly, you shouldn't be pounding the ground. The research simply doesn't support that running is bad for your knees. People who run have no greater incidence of joint problems or osteoarthritis than people who don't run. On the contrary, running can be beneficial for your joints because it strengthens the surrounding musculature and increases bone density.

Despite the common occurrence of muscle cramps, why they happen is still something of a mystery. A common misconception is that cramps are caused by dehydration or an imbalance in electrolytes. Drinking a sports drink on your long runs, although important to maintain hydration, won't prevent you from cramping. Muscle cramps are more likely caused by an increase in your running pace and premature muscle fatigue, which affects your nervous system's ability to relax a muscle after it contracts. Cramping is also associated with a family history of muscle cramps and a personal history of cramping and tendon or ligament injuries.

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Endurance Term: Bonk
In endurance sports such as cycling and running, hitting the wall or the bonk describes a condition caused by the depletion of glycogen stores in the liver and muscles, which manifests itself by sudden fatigue and loss of energy. Milder instances can be remedied by brief rest and the ingestion of food or drinks containing carbohydrates. The condition can usually be avoided by ensuring that glycogen levels are high when the exercise begins, maintaining glucose levels during exercise by eating or drinking carbohydrate-rich substances, or by reducing exercise intensity.

Running Facts you might not know

  • Over 1 billion pairs of running shoes are sold worldwide every year.
  • On average, professional runners take 185-200 steps per minute.
  • The modern 42.195 km standard distance for the marathon was set by the IAAF in May 1921 directly from the length used at the 1908 Summer Olympics in London.
  • The average exercise life of a running shoe is 400 miles.
  • The first Boston Marathon was held in 1897

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