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The latest running-related research you need to know!
Does going to a yoga class full of henna-tattooed hard bodies make you feel self-conscious? Downward dog at home instead! Researchers at the University of Maryland found that yogis who practiced in the comfort of their living room were healthier than those who attended formal classes. Not sure how to move? Visit doyogawithme.com for free videos.
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Luck of the Irish
Scientists in the UK want you to go green—literally! While subjects performed moderate-intensity exercise, researchers showed footage of a race course filtered through green, red and gray lenses. When on the green course, runners reported their exercise felt easier. Paint a wall of your workout room green or sport green kicks for a little spring in your step.
Are you sure you’re wearing the perfect running shoes for your foot type? A recent study in the international journal Foot claims that runners are confused about their arch shape and whether they pronate or supinate. These two important factors in choosing the right shoes will help keep you injury-free. Visit a specialty running store to have your feet and running form analyzed. Then stride out the door with the perfect pair of kicks!
The Sound of Music
Get out your iPod! Australian researchers discovered that listening to tunes increased the length of time subjects could run before feeling exhausted. In the study, oxygen consumption and blood lactate concentrations were also lower when runners cruised to a beat.
The Archives of Clinical Neurpsychology recently featured a study that suggested running may help children with ADHD. Children who participated in 30 minutes of aerobic exercise fared better on focus-oriented tasks than those who simply watched a running- or exercise-related video.