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Workplace Wellness: Adding Daily Burn to the Daily Grind

We don’t need to tell you that work can be rough, but what you might not know is that your job can have a huge impact on your health -- good or bad. We’ve written about how sitting can make a mess of your posture, and with obesity affecting almost one quarter of the working population, it’s easy to say that too much time on the job is bad news. But with a little effort and know-how, a workplace wellness…

Stay Safe During National Running Safety Month

November is National Running Safety Month, and it also happens to be the first of many challenging, wintry months for runners. Now more than ever, it’s important to stay safe on the roads and trails. Take a look at some the best running safety tips for a worry-free November! Get The Right Gear The dwindling sunlight in late fall means that it’s getting colder and darker outside each week. Before winter hits, take the time to pick up a weatherproof…

Save Your Shins: Avoiding Shin Splints

If you hang around the finish line after your community 5K long enough, you’re bound to hear someone complaining about an achy, consistent pain around the edge of their shins. In fact, medial tibial stress syndrome, or MTSS, is the most common musculoskeletal injury in runners, and it affects everyone from weekend warriors to seasoned pros. You probably know them by another name: shin splints. Most athletes know how much this injury can slow them down, so take some time…

Straighten Out Your Spinal Health

Between the Halloween candy and pumpkin-spiced-everything, October can be a tough month to stay fit. But not everything this month has to be out to spoil your healthy fall -- in fact, October is National Spinal Health Month! So put down your latte and caramel apple, and check out some of our favorite spinal health tips. Maintain a Healthy Bodyweight It’s no secret that your weight has health implications, but did you know that shedding a few pounds could help…

Timing (Your Meals) Is Everything

Image Courtesy of Flickr Carbohydrates, proteins, and fats are the building blocks of any diet. What you eat, and how much, has a massive impact on your energy levels and body composition. But have you considered the impact of when you eat? Metabolism is extremely complicated. It is constantly changing due to the time of day and the body’s level of activity. Health-minded people like yourself probably already know the basics of dieting, but read on to learn about meal…

5 Pittsburgh 5ks You Need to Run This Fall

You’ve braved the heat all summer, sweating buckets to log your weekly mileage. You bought new shoes for the new season, and now you’re dying to see all the hard work pay off. Luckily for you, fall in Pittsburgh is not only beautiful, but it is also a great time to challenge yourself with countless local races! As the leaves are falling, cut serious time off of your personal best by running some of these great Pittsburgh 5ks. Richard S.…

Under the Microscope: Plantar Fasciitis

They’ve been walked on, beaten down, and generally ignored. But when it comes to keeping you healthy, they are truly the unsung heroes of your body. Of course, I’m talking about your feet! They support your entire body weight for hours each day and have a quarter of all the bones in your body, so don’t they deserve a little more attention? Pain in the feet is a definite buzzkill for a runner and has the potential to derail months…

Maintaining Proper Posture As You Age

It is safe to say that good posture can keep you looking youthful as the years go by, but the benefits of maintaining your bone health are much more than skin deep. As we’ve discussed in the past, proper posture can do wonderful things for your body. When you maintain correct posture, your bones, joints, and muscles are at their most efficient. It can boost your confidence, mood and appearance, all of which are closely linked with good mental and…

The Dos and Don’ts of Trail Running

Summer is coming to an end, and it’s time to break away from air conditioned gyms and treadmills and step back into the great outdoors. What better way to make nature your newest workout partner than by taking a shot at trail running? Getting off the treadmill can put a spring in your step; studies have demonstrated improvements in mood and motivation during outdoor workouts compared to being indoors. Off-road running can be enjoyed by athletes of all experience levels,…

Avoid Crash Diets on the Road to Health

It’s hard to peel your eyes away from ‘miraculous’ celebrity weight loss stories, but whether they attempt to sate cravings, skip meals, or omit solid food entirely, all of these plans share one characteristic: they aren’t sustainable. Luckily for them, celebrities have entire teams willing to help them lose weight quickly and safely. You and I, on the other hand, could be taking serious health risks by resorting to crash diets. With some diets stripping out vital nutrients and others…

High Intensity, High Reward: Getting Started with HIIT

The 1970s are long gone, so why are you still running for hours and hours every day? Though many endurance athletes rely on high-volume training for their sports, they are mentally taxing and can cause prolonged stress on bones and joints. In contrast, the popularity of shorter, more intense workouts has increased dramatically with the rise of training programs like Crossfit and P90X. What sets these training methodologies apart is their focus on fast and fierce bouts of effort with…