What’s Running Through Your Head When You’re Running?

“Come on keep the stride going, bro.” “I should be freakin’ flying right now for sure.” “I’m going to throw up.” You don’t often read phrases like these—or repeated f-bombs—in academic research papers. Then again, few if any scientific protocols have tapped the thoughts of long-distance runners in action. Read the full article for Runner’s World.

How Not to Be a Head Case at Your Big-City Race

You’ve spent your training runs loping along tree-lined trails or quiet back roads with your herd. But one day, you find yourself on a city street inside an immense crowd of unfamiliar beasts. Music blares, crowds roar, and you have to fight your way through a veritable obstacle course to reach your destination. Add the pressure to perform and months (if not years) of preparation and expectation, and you have the perfect description of a big-city race—and a potential recipe for a major mental meltdown. Read the full article for Runner’s World.

6 Ways Your Health Suffers When You Stop Working Out

Just as a good training program builds you up, falling off the workout wagon can have the opposite effect—sometimes almost immediately. Experts call this phenomenon “detraining,” and its consequences can weigh even heavier than the gut you see in the mirror. Fortunately, the condition is fully reversible, as long as you get your butt back to the gym. Read the full article for Men’s Health.

3 Ways to Outsmart Father Time—Starting Now!

Old brains do learn new tricks. Trying different things, working out, and making social connections can alter neural structures even when you’re older, improving your memory and health as a result, according to research presented at the American Association for the Advancement of Science conference in Chicago this past weekend. But don’t wait until you reach your golden years. Read the full article in Men’s Health.

4 Bad Habits that Wreck Your Brain

You know that poor eating habits and lack of exercise harms your body—you see on your waistline, and you feel it when you walk up a flight of steps. What you don’t see: These same poor health habits are hurting your brain too, by harming the blood vessels that supply nutrients and oxygen to your noggin. Read the full Men’s Health blog post on Yahoo! Health.