March 9 Six Minute Mile

Minute 1: Why isn’t your current workout burning fat?

Exercise for the sake of exercise is a wonderful thing. In addition to the Zen pursuit of time on the roads, trails and gym floors, many folks are also interested in dropping a few pounds in the process. You may think a little more clearly after a run, but that won’t help you fit into your jeans from college. One of the most stubborn areas to trim fat is around the waist. There is a reason people make money off those insidious clickbait ads offering one simple trick to lose 100 pounds of belly fat. Often that is the last part of the body to shed excess baggage despite improved diet and exercise.

We were intrigued by this new article from Very Well Fit titled How To Get Rid of Belly Fat. We worried that clicking on the article would launch Russian bots, but were relieved to discover some solid advice and with not a troll in sight. Strategies include increasing the length and intensity of workouts, as well as tweaking your metabolism through diet. Their emphasis on intensity matches the results of several recent studies as described in this New York Times story last week, The Best Type of Exercise to Burn Fat.

Minute 2: How breast size affects exercise

There is a direct correlation between breast size and vigorous exercise. Women with larger breasts tend to work out less than their peers, according to a new study. The results were the same regardless of body mass and age. Even with advances in jog bra design, more than 1/3 of finishers in a recent London Marathon reported breast soreness and discomfort.  The New York Times reviews the data in its story this week titled How Breast Size Affects How Women Exercise. No wonder companies like New BalanceNike and Lululemon have put much more effort into sports bra design and fashion over the past few years. Runner’s World weighs in with its list of favorite sports bras.

Minute 3: Preventing knee injuries

High tech training watches and $300 shoes can make runners feel like they are investing in their health, but they haven’t changed one truism of running: if you log enough miles, sooner or later you will almost certainly develop knee pain. According to a new study, all the advancements in sports science haven’t lowered the number of knee injuries. In this new article, Why Knee Injury Rates from Running Haven’t Budged Over the Last 40 Years, we learn what is behind this nagging or even debilitating ailment. Many of us are overlooking some basic preventative steps that can save us from ice packs and cross-training in the pool. The article lays out basic recommendations like strengthening the muscles around the knee and changing up our running surfaces. (Trails = good. Treadmills = less good.)

Minute 4: How to sleep better

Doctors, coaches, and moms have told us for years that we need a good night’s sleep. Yeah, we get it. But what if we shut down Netflix, hit the sack early and still can’t get deep into the REM zone? We found good info in this recent article: Understanding the Reasons Why You Are Not Sleeping Well and its companion piece, Simple Science-Backed Secrets of a Good Night’s Sleep. Recommendations include sleeping in cool, total black-out conditions, avoiding the use of alarm clocks and tweaking your diet to include magnesium and tryptophan.

Minute 5: Mrs. Manziel, Part II

There’s an intriguing follow-up to our story last week about Johnny Manziel’s wife, Bre Tiesi-Manziel, pulling a Rose Ruiz at the Diva’s Half Marathonrecently. The Instagram fitness model still denies cutting the course and is standing by her 4:00 minute per mile pace for the last 6 miles of the race. Now a veteran race announcer, Rudy Novotny, is offering Bre a chance to clear her name. If she can run 1 mile in less than 6 minutes, Novotny will donate $10,000 to a charity of her choice. Bre? Anyone? Bre?

Minute 6: Daily Inspiration

Morgan Stickney is our new hero. The 21-year-old from New Hampshire was ranked among the top 20 swimmers in the U.S. for her age group 6 years ago when she swamped by a tidal wave of bad breaks. A minor foot ailment led to surgeries, infections and botched corrective surgeries. After living with excruciating pain for 5 years and teetering on the edge of painkiller addiction, Morgan decided to amputate her lower leg to get out of her opiate fog and back into the pool. Only weeks after the surgery, Morgan showed so much progress in swimming that she is now a legit contender to represent the U.S. Paralympic Team in Tokyo. “For all of you that have supported me on this journey, thank you. And for all of you that told me I’d never swim again, well you were dead wrong.”

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