We know that exercising outdoors during winter months can be challenging. The days are shorter. The nights are longer and even colder. And at times, the weather can be downright dreadful and seemingly unforgiving. The ice, the snow, oh no!
The world’s best athletes are descending upon Sochi, Russia for the 2014 Olympic Winter Games. Every elite athlete looks for an edge against their competitors to improve their athletic performance but what if the answer was as simple as getting more sleep?
According to Michael Howell, M.D., a sleep expert within the Department of Neurology, that’s precisely what elite athletes excel at.
“The best athletes I’ve ever met are extremely good sleepers,” said Howell. “Although you may not think your brain is doing much during sleep, your brain is putting connections together and it is amplifying circuits that are important.”
This Sunday, October 6th, marathon runners from all over the state and the world will be running in the Medtronic Twin Cities Marathon.
But with cold and wet weather in the forecast, many runners are likely wondering, “So, what should I wear?”
Running is one of the most common healthy summer activities, but sometimes mosquitoes can make a simple jog feel like a journey through a bug-infested bog.
So how can you get in some cardio without ending your workout covered head-to-toe in bug bites? To answer that question, Health Talk consulted Ingrid Polcari, M.D., from the University of Minnesota Medical School’s Department of Dermatology.
You’ve probably seen information around CrossFit, a growing workout trend, on TV or among the posts occupying space on your friends’ Facebook timelines. Over the last few years CrossFit’s popularity has grown tremendously and in response, gyms dedicated to the practice have popped up all over the country.
For those unfamiliar with CrossFit, the training program involves a series of explosive movement patterns that require both athleticism and movement IQ. This video will give you a better idea of what we’re talking about.