While running isn’t for everyone, it is one of the most accessible activities there is- all you need is a good pair of running shoes.
While running comes very natural to most of us, building up endurance for running takes time, patience, and persistence.
If you just take it slow and gradual, you can start calling yourself a ‘runner’ in no time.
Barefoot running – It's the exercise craze of the moment and has received its fair share of criticism and praise.
While most of us have grown up wearing running shoes to exercise, for millions of years barefoot running was the natural and often only way to run.
So does running with shoes really offer more of a health or performance advantage or is barefoot running what we've evolved to do?
Find out more on the fundamentals of barefoot running and if it's time to ditch your running shoes.
Gene testing to identify potentially successful athletes, has been an area of much interest in the sports world — and beyond — for some time now.
Olympic legend Michael Johnson has ignited debate that the reason black athletes tend to dominate certain competitions is because the descendants of slaves have a “superior athletic gene.”
Of course it takes more than genes to develop an elite athlete, but scientists are learning more just how much genes do contribute to superior athletic ability.
Running a marathon (half or full) requires the strength of body and mind.
While endurance events can have a physical toll, there is much physiological benefit to running a marathon. There are specific nutritional requirements also.
So whether you sign up for 42 or 21kms, here are some tips from Emed for an enjoyable and satisfying marathon run.
In the last week's newsletter, we have discussed the genetic advantages of East Africans, predisposing them to superior performance in sprinting. This week, we are discussing the West Africans dominance in long distance athletic events.
Domination of individual sports by countries or regions of the world is not a new phenomenon. A look at the medal podium in almost any international sporting competition reveals that some athletes and certain countries enjoy regular success in particular events.
One of the most compelling examples is that of East African runners and their domination of international distance running competition.
This phenomenon has led to the suggestion that East Africans possess some inherent genetic advantage predisposing them to superior athletic performances.
Emed explains how optimum genetics can lead to gold medals.