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Journal EntryRunning 101 for kids and teens
Is your child interested in running as a sport? Check out some helpful strategies on proper running form, hydration, and other tips to ensure your child is safe and gets the most out of this healthy activity.
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Journal Entry Troff documentMinimalist running shoes: Do they really prevent injuries?
Barefoot-style running and minimalist running shoes are growing in popularity, but some new research now shows there are risks.
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Journal Entry chemical/x-hinA pain in the…shin?
Shin splits can sideline you from your regular exercise routine, but proper treatment and rest can get you back in action sooner rather than later.
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Journal EntryPounding the pavement or soft trails—which running surface is better?
Some experts think that soft-surface running is harder on the body than running on pavement.<br /><br /><br />
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Journal EntryAirman provides some tried and true workout methods
NBCwashington.com (Washington, D.C.) has an article on how one U.S. Air Force airman stays healthy and in shape for Air Force-related missions.
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Journal EntryNew York Times: Money often buys higher-quality, but not always when it comes to running shoes
Money often buys higher-quality goods, but not when it comes to running shoes, experts say.
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Journal EntryRunning a marathon can affect your heart
Businessweek.com is reporting on a new study that suggests that running a marathon can damage your heart, with more than half of the segments in the heart's main pumping chamber typically functioning a little under par during the race.
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Journal EntryRunners: Hot taper can improve endurance performance
Runnersworld.com has an article that cites a new study from the Journal of Applied Physiology which reports that 10 days of extreme heat acclimation can improve performance by six to eight percent.
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Journal EntryStudies look at the effect of running has on your knees
The October 13, 2010 Health section of the New York Times has an article discussing recent research on knees, arthritis and vigorous exercise.
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Journal EntryWho wants to wear "toe shoes"?
Vibram’s line of FiveFingers shoes, or VFFs (also known as toe shoes), has become the most controversial item in military running.
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