Tag: Endurance Sports


FODMAPs, Endurance Sports, and Runner’s Diarrhea

1 August, 2016 No Comments

We’re in full jogging and marathon season. There’s therefore no better time to talk about…. Runner’s diarrhea. Not a very glamorous subject, admittedly, but did you know that between 30 to 50% of endurance athletes suffer from gastrointestinal symptoms during or just after sporting events? This percentage is even higher for those who already suffer […]

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What is carbohydrate loading and is it a good idea for me?

16 February, 2016 No Comments

QUICK ANSWER >>> The modern approach to “carbohydrate loading” can help your performance during a tournament. To carbohydrate load your muscles, you reduce practice intensity and increase carbohydrate and fluid intake for the three days before a tournament. This allows your muscles to build up their carbohydrate stores, thereby having more energy available when it […]

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BMI, a valuable tool?

According to the WHO, BMI (Body Mass Index) is a tool that evaluates the general level of obesity. Different weight categories can be associated with a risk of developing certain diseases. BMI has the advantage of being easy to use: only two pieces of information are required, namely weight and height. This tool is so […]


5 tips for staying in shape

2 September, 2014 No Comments

With all this back-to-school stress, staying in shape and healthy eating can become the least of your worries. Your routine is turning upside down and schedules are somewhat unpredictable. The following strategies will help you during this busy time of year.


How important is it to hydrate yourself ?

Hydration is a matter of utmost importance for sportsmen and is part of every sport in varying degrees, be it at the recreational or competitive level. Indeed, it is a given that no matter how competitive or not a sport may be, hydration will always play an important role in it. The fluid needs of […]


Vegetarians and athletes: Is it possible?

There are an increasing number of famous and elite athletes who perform and are vegetarians or vegan. The former include ace tennis player Martina Navratilova and Olympian Carl Lewis, but vegetarian champions are now found in all areas of sports. Among them is our very own George Laraque, former NHL player, who kindly agreed to […]


91-Year-Old Woman Breaks Marathon Record

We all need some inspiration to exercise from time to time. The news about 91-year-old Harriette Thompson hit a cord on me today. The two-time cancer survivor finished her 15th marathon on Sunday at the San Diego Rock n Roll Marathon, completing the race in 7 hours and 7 minutes — a record time for […]


Stop Comparing Yourself with Others, and Reach Your OWN Goals

21 April, 2014 No Comments

No one can dispute that we often like to make comparisons between ourselves and others. In order to save time and money, many people use pre-made programs or believe hearsay from their brother-in-law who heard about a new fad diet or training program.


4 good reasons to use interval training

8 April, 2014 No Comments

You have probably heard about it, but when it comes to cardio, it is often recommended to try interval training. Please note that this type of training can also be used by beginners. WHAT IS INTERVAL TRAINING? Interval training is made of two distinct phases: the period for intensity, and the rest period.


The final run of the oldest marathoner. Maybe.

8 February, 2013 No Comments

After saying last April’s London Marathon would be his last, Fauja Singh, aka the “Turbaned Tornado”, is taking a do-over on February 24 in Hong Kong. On raceday, Singh will be merely five weeks shy of his 102nd birthday, an incredible achievement. Though he didn’t take up running until he was 89, the Indian-born Briton […]


Get inspired by a 100-year old marathoner

18 September, 2012 1 Comment

At 101 years old, Fauja Singh is a poster boy for immovable determination. At an age most people would like to just reach, the Indian-born Briton is running marathons. In fact he didn’t run his first marathon until he was 89, and has since smashed one world age-class record after another. His marathon record, for […]


Food safety concern for Chinese athletes

27 April, 2012 No Comments

In recent years, we have grown increasingly aware of the huge safety issues affecting the food chain in China (high pesticide residue on vegetables, infected meat, counterfeit drugs, contaminated baby formula, etc). I was nevertheless flabbergasted when I saw an Italian TV report about the ultra-strict measures that Chinese sport authorities are implementing in order […]