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Walking equal to running for health gains, per latest study

April 4, 2013

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A study from the American Heart Association released in early 2013 found that walking equal to running when it comes to lowering the risk of high blood pressure, high cholesterol and diabetes. In addition, the more people walked or ran each week, the more gains they experience in health benefits. This is what the AHA said […]

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Finding relief for ITB pain requires stretching and more

July 16, 2012

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I’ve got iliotibial band syndrome and, unfortunately, ITB pain. There is way too much information out there on the web, some of it conflicting. What can I do? Are there any stretches I can do? M.G., Fort Collins, Colo. First things first, the ITB is a band that runs down the side of your leg […]

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Four Secrets for Flat Abs

July 10, 2012

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I know it’s already summer and the season for skimpier clothes, but is there a way to flatten my abs quickly? I am exercising, but I’d like to see some results in the next couple of months before I head off on vacation. T.A., Burbank, Calif. Great to hear you’re on the right exercise track. […]

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How do I get those perfect six pack abs?

May 21, 2012

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Dear HI Travel Tales Coach, I’m doing 100 sit-ups a day with 15- 20% body fat and still no six-pack. I’ve been told six-pack abs only show with a body fat level of less than 10%. I run, bike and lift weights several times a week for the last year and can’t seem to lose […]

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Stop the ‘ouch’ from chafing on long runs

May 3, 2012

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Dear Coach, I’m new to longer trail runs, and I’m having a few, um, chafing issues. What are the best shorts to run in? What else do you do to prevent chafing on long runs? N.H., Berkeley, CA Even somebody who insists they do not get chafing will most definitely get chafing at some point, […]

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Desperately seeking the perfect energy bar

April 30, 2012

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Dear Coach, I am looking for the perfect energy bar and feel absolutely overwhelmed when looking at my local supermarket energy bar section. Can you make any suggestions? S.Y., Santa Cruz, Calif Coach can understand and sympathize with your being overwhelmed! All those flavors and packages and claims… who wouldn’t be? Now the bad news: […]

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Is there some unspoken trail running etiquette?

April 10, 2012

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Dear Coach, I am new to trail races, but one thing I’ve found is how nice everybody seems to be. Since I decided to train for my first ultra run, can you tell me if there is some kind of list of rules about trail running etiquette I should know about? B.N., Visalia, Calif. Nobody […]

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What’s the best way to tape toes and feet to prevent blisters?

March 13, 2012

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Dear HI Travel Tales Coach What is the correct way to tape toes and feet to prevent blisters on hikes or runs? What is the best tape to use on feet?  Is duct tape good? A.C., Westchester, Ill. We get really personal when we start talking feet, tape and blisters. “Everybody’s feet are different, and […]

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