This Is What Happens to Your Body When You Stop Exercising

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There comes a point in almost every fitness lover's life when they consider throwing in the towel after a workout—both figuratively and literally. Blame it on your looming work deadlines, or the stubborn needle on the scale, or even just plain old boredom. That’s normal. But here’s why you shouldn’t follow through on the temptation

How to Make Yourself Poop Before a Run

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There’s a reason porta potty lines rope around the block at running events: Most runners want to empty out their system before going out and running miles upon miles. It’s a valid concern—not being able to go to the bathroom before a race means you may get hit with the urge mid-run, and in turn,

Lighter Running Shoes Really Can Make You Faster

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If you’re gunning for a new 5K PR, you may want to check the scale—for the weight of your shoes, that is. A new study shows that people run slower when wearing heavier sneakers, even if the difference is just a few ounces. It’s long been known that wearing heavier shoes makes runners work harder, and

Genes May Dictate Your Love—or Hate—of Exercise

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Most people receive a mental reward from working out in the form of increased levels of dopamine—a brain chemical associated with feelings of motivation, pleasure and well-being. But some people apparently don't get that benefit because of genes that interfere with the release of dopamine, said study lead researcher Rodney Dishman, a professor of kinesiology

This Video Shows What Happens to Your Body During a Marathon

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This weekend, 50,000 runners will toe the line at the New York City Marathon (the world's largest 26.2!)—and we’re guessing that, throughout their training, many of them could relate to the narrator in the quick flick below: “I’m 15 miles into this run,” he says, groaning. “I have another seven to go. I’m losing steam, my

This App Lets You Run the NYC Marathon in Virtual Reality

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If you weren't among the 50,000 people who ran the New York City Marathon last weekend, it's not too late to experience what it's like to participate in the iconic race (minus all the sweat and aching muscles). During Sunday's event, Sports Illustrated and multimedia company Cyberlink teamed up with veteran runner Alex Christison to film a 360 virtual reality video

3 Easy Ways to Stay in Shape While You Travel

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Your workouts don’t have to suffer just because you’re traveling for the holidays. These days, there are a ton of options to help you stay fit while traipsing across the globe. Whether you're spending hours on end in your airport terminal (we blame you, delayed flights), bunking up in a tiny hotel room, or soaking

These 3 Sports May Help You Live Longer, Researchers Say

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Looking for a new hobby? Try tennis, swimming, or dance, and you may just extend your lifespan, suggests research published in the British Journal of Sports Medicine. In an analysis of six sport and exercise categories, researchers found that people who pursued these activities actually lived longer than those who got their fitness on in other ways. The study surveyed