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Two and a half decades ago, a defining study in 1997 involving 236 age-group swimmers introduced us to the concept of athlete burnout. It unveiled a mental health disorder characterized by emotional and physical exhaustion, dwindling achievements, and a fading passion for the sport. These symptoms align remarkably well with the definition of occupational burnout. These dimensions can affect athletes to varying degrees.
Trail running, a sport cherished for its simplicity and purity, beckons enthusiasts to don their shorts, lace up their shoes, hydrate, and immerse themselves in the natural world. Yet, as the outdoor lifestyle gains traction, a burgeoning market of accompanying gear threatens to overshadow this cherished simplicity. Among the array of equipment, one addition stands out as an invaluable asset for mountain runners: running-specific trekking poles.
One of the most crucial exercises for runners is the squat. The quadriceps, hamstrings, hips, and glutes, which are the most important muscles for running since they propel your stride, are the key targets of this compound, full-body, multi-joint exercise. Your chance of suffering an injury diminishes and your possibility of running quickly increases when these muscles are strong and functional.
Running into one's golden years requires dedication and intelligence, with injury prevention being the key to longevity. The increasing number of older runners who continue to enjoy competition and fitness serves as empirical evidence of what works.
As a busy person with training goals to achieve, you want to make every minute count. The key to achieving your goals lies in optimizing your training and avoiding injury and burnout. As a coach with experience training Olympians, national and world record holders, and national and NCAA champions, I can help you achieve success in your sport.
Ultrarunner Courtney Dauwalter has achieved success by adopting a simple approach to training, eschewing the use of fitness tracking devices and rigid training regimens. Dauwalter discovered her love for running at a young age, thanks to the Presidential Fitness Test in elementary school. She went on to join the cross-country team in high school, where she found that running had a social element that she loved.
Are you a runner who has experienced sore quads and difficulty activating your glutes during long, flat runs? If so, you may be a victim of quad-dominant running. While this issue is fixable with the right changes to your form, there is some confusion when it comes to the advice given for weightlifting versus running.
In a ground-breaking global study, inactive gamers who increased exercise levels sawtheir cognitive function, wellbeing and gaming performance dramatically improve.Could exercise be the key to boosting brain power?
Matt Fitzgerald is an acclaimed endurance sports coach, nutritionist, and author. His many books include On Pace, The Endurance Diet, 80/20 Running, and How Bad Do You Want It? Among the lesser-known figures in Greek mythology is Proteus, a water god whom Homer describes in The Odyssey as “the Old Man of the Sea.” His signature...
Matt Fitzgerald is an acclaimed endurance sports coach, nutritionist, and author. His many books include On Pace, The Endurance Diet, 80/20 Running, and How Bad Do You Want It? On June 6, 2021, Sifan Hassan of The Netherlands smashed the women’s 10,000-meter world record in the Dutch town of Hengelo, besting Ethiopian Almaz Ayana’s...