Lace up those new running shoes? A recent study says that barefoot running puts less stress on your joints.
Wish we had read this before running the Bolder Boulder on Monday. Your running shoes—probably along with your skis—just might have too many miles on them—cutting down on their performance and foot protection. Your running shoes hit the wall after about 600 miles, which for fairly active runners can be six months or so.
Yes, it’s snowing. Which is a good thing. But with winter comes the common cold that gets passed around what seems like all season. This year, fight back—and get fit in the process. According to the American College of Sports Medicine, 45 minutes of moderate-intensity exercise (such as walking) on most days of the week can decrease sick time by 25 to 50 percent.
Bump skiers, rejoice! A total knee replacement may not be your fate. More orthopedic surgeons are performing partial knee replacements, also known as unicompartmental knee arthroplasty (UKA) or "uniknee," which are less invasive. Osteoarthritis of the knees, caused by wear and tear, is incredibly common in skiers.
Clif introduces Shot Roks: malted balls that are packed with protein and electrolytes that you need to keep you going on the slopes. The Roks (peanut-butter, chocolate or chocolate-chip cookie dough) are already bite-size—no more tug-of-war with a frozen bar—which makes them infinitely more shareable on the chairlift. And, yes, they taste pretty good, too.
Next time your staff catches you reading SKI Magazine at the office, tell them you're engaging in "attention restoration therapy." According to a New York Times health blog, the keen concentration needed for complex mental tasks - like poring over spreadsheets to tease a profit out of 2009 - is known as "directed" attention. To stay sharp, your head needs downtime. One way to recharge your brain is to allow your "involuntary" attention - the kind you use when viewing beautiful natural scenes - to take over.