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Though many of us will diligently apply SPF in the summertime, most of us won’t go to the doctor for a yearly skin cancer screening. The American Cancer Society estimates that 9,480 people will die of melanoma in 2013. That’s a death every 57 minutes. Most forms of skin cancer are easily curable if caught early. Run, don’t walk, to your doctor’s office to schedule your screening today!
Does your pharmacist know about your marathon habit? Researchers from Pennsylvania State recommend runners check with a medical professional before taking any new drugs. In a recent study, some prescription and over-the-counter medications, like aspirin, were found to elevate core body temperature. This effect was amplified by exercise, increasing the chance of experiencing heat stress.
Listen Up, Tweeps!
Perhaps our Twitter addiction isn’t such a bad thing after all! Researchers in South Carolina discovered that dieters who used Twitter were more likely to shed pounds. Even if you’re not trying to lose weight, having a group support through online social networks can increase motivation and accountability. Tweet us @WomensRunning – we’d love to be part of your journey!
Pay for Play
One more reason to hit the gym: You’ll make more money at work! A study published in the Journal of Labor Research found that employees who exercise regularly earn nine percent more than their inactive coworkers.
Don’t Just Sit There!
A study from the University of Texas found that recreational runners are simultaneously very active and very sedentary – that is, when we’re not running, we’re usually sitting. Runners average between 480 and 645 minutes on their caboose per day! In addition to increasing the chance of developing heart disease and high blood pressure, sitting for prolonged periods put you at risk for running injuries. Counteract these ill effects by peppering walk breaks, stretching and other moderate activity throughout your day.