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5 Healthy Tips That All Runners Should Know About

We have rounded up some of the latest tips and research to help you live a healthy lifestyle. Here's what you need to know.

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The latest tips and research you need to know that can help you’re running!

Gut Check

If you find yourself frantically searching for a port-o-john during every race, you might want to enlist the help of good bacteria. According to a presentation at the 2013 New York Sport Nutrition Conference, incorporating probiotics into your daily diet can reduce gastrointestinal issues during training and racing. Food sources like yogurt, miso soup and sauerkraut are most effective at delivering these gut-loving bacteria, though a daily probiotic supplement won’t hurt either.

Who’s Rad? You’re Rad!

Even when you’re dragging ass, tell yourself, “This workout feels great! I am awesome!” Researchers from the University of Kent found that athletes who engage in motivational self-talk can work out harder and longer than those who complain or berate themselves.

I Wanna Be Like Lolo!

Lolo Jones made headlines when she took her stellar speed from the hurdle lanes to the bobsled track in this year’s Winter Olympics. An article in the journal Sports Medicine suggests she’s got the right idea. Cross-training has been found to enhance the development of motor skills as well as positively affect overall fitness. Try a new sport this month—you might not get an Olympic medal, but you could start spring with a shiny new personal best!

Pause Before You Pin

Is your Pinterest account filled with tantalizing tastes? Cook with caution. In an analysis of 96 recipes from six popular food blogs, researchers from Simmons College discovered that many social-media-friendly recipes are high in saturated fat and sodium. Looking for nutritious runner fuel? We pin truly healthy dishes! Check us out at pinterest.com/womensrunning.

Stay Aware

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, cancer of the colon or rectum is the second-leading cause of cancer-related deaths in America. Each year 140,000 people are diagnosed with colorectal cancer, and more than 50,000 people die from it. Though many people would rather not discuss what’s going on “back there,” it’s important to begin regular screenings with your doctor beginning at age 50, or earlier if you have a history of related conditions, such as inflammatory bowel disease.