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MORE STRENGTH TRAINING, FEWER INJURIES FOR RUNNERS?

Over the past two decades, some documentation suggests potential advantages of resistance training for both competitive and recreational runners. There are observations of enhanced muscle strength and power, increased muscle mass, and potential improvements in athletic performance among individuals who engage in resistance training regimens. Additionally, there is suggestive evidence hinting that resistance training might have a role in reducing the risk of musculoskeletal injuries, with the possibility of mitigating their severity.

However, direct studies quantifying the exact reduction in injury rates due to resistance training are relatively scarce. Nonetheless, the physiological adaptations induced by such training on bone, connective tissue, and muscle imply a potential enhancement in injury resilience for those participating in such programs.

Original article published on Outside Online.
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WHAT WOMEN CAN EXPECT FROM STRENGTH TRAINING, EXPLAINED BY SCIENCE

Female athletes are often perceived as less strong than men, with women's muscle strength typically ranging from 40 to 75% of men's, a difference that persists even when adjusting for body size. This gap is particularly notable in upper body strength but diminishes when considering muscle mass, where similarities between men and women emerge.

Despite similar muscle fiber counts, gender differences arise due to variations in muscle tissue type, body shape, and exercise routines. For instance, men may possess more fast-twitch muscle fibers suited for bursts of power. Recent studies highlight comparable leg muscle power between men and women, suggesting that strength and power are influenced not only by muscle size but also by factors such as muscle composition and neural control, encompassing aspects like muscle thickness and fibre angle.

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YOU MIGHT NEED TO LOSE A LOT LESS WEIGHT THAN YOU THINK
Diverse body types contribute to the individuality of each person, with variations such as curves, broad shoulders, or increased musculature. While body types typically become more defined after puberty, they can undergo changes due to factors like activity level, dietary habits, and significant lifestyle or hormonal shifts. Similarly, weight management presents challenges, with some individuals struggling to gain weight while others find it challenging to lose it.

In our health-focused society, a numerical approach is prevalent. Smartwatches play a role in quantifying steps, tracking daily activity, and generating fitness scores. Additionally, monitoring heart rate and sleep quality serves as metrics for assessing overall health. Medical professionals also embrace a numeric perspective, relying on measurements and equations to derive health scores, with the Body Mass Index (BMI) being a widely utilised metric. However, the BMI, a measure of the relationship between weight and height, is increasingly facing scrutiny, prompting experts to question its accuracy and the healthcare industry's reliance on it as a sole indicator of health and healthy weight.
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Should I Trust My Calorie Readings?

Incorporating exercise into the quest for a healthier lifestyle requires grasping the intricate mechanisms governing energy utilisation. Figuring out how calories burn during workouts not only provides valuable insights but also helps optimise the benefits of physical activity. However, amidst the wealth of information available, the topic often seems muddled, with various gadgets and programs presenting their unique methods, leaving many unsure about what can be deemed reliable.

Venturing deeper into the realm of energy expenditure on the bike, we explore three distinct approaches to gather information: Power, Heart Rate (HR), and raw metrics. A more in-depth exploration is essential to unravel the workings of each method, assess their accuracy, and assist individuals in selecting the most suitable approach when faced with the choice.

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MEN'S BODY IMAGE STRUGGLES ARE INCREASING – STRATEGIES FOR ENHANCED WELL-BEING

While body image concerns have typically been associated with women's health, individuals of all ages and genders may experience them. Body image refers to how you perceive, think, and feel about your body, including its size, shape, weight, or specific parts. Interestingly, your body image may not accurately reflect your actual appearance; for instance, someone might perceive their body as larger or smaller than it is. Your relationship with body image can fluctuate between positive and negative experiences, influenced by both internal and external factors in your life.

Feeling dissatisfied with your body is known as body dissatisfaction, a significant indicator of the stress you may feel about your body. Not being content with your body has been associated with the development of eating issues, affecting individuals with mental health conditions like binge eating disorder or social anxiety disorder, as well as those who are generally healthy.

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