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  • Treat These Athletic Injuries at Home

    Treat These Athletic Injuries at Home
    The Tour of California bike race, which has attracted a large field of world-class cyclists this year, started last weekend. In the first stage, a number of cyclists crashed just before the finish line. As one of the BMC Racing Team doctors, I was working...
  • 'Immunize' Yourself Against Exercise Discomfort

    'Immunize' Yourself Against Exercise Discomfort
    In the world of fitness, practice doesn't just make you perfect, it also makes you more comfortable. As you first dig into a new fitness regimen, as many people do this time of year, the discomfort of exercise can be, well, uncomfortable. The burning...
  • Get Set for Success

    Get Set for Success
    The Department of Health and Human Services recently issued a report recommending that adults do muscle-strengthening exercises for all major muscle groups at least twice a week. That's on top of at least 150 minutes of moderate (or 75 minutes of...
  • If You Don't Snooze, You'll Lose

    If You Don't Snooze, You'll Lose
    Longer days -- at least for me -- mean time for long evening workouts, but I need to be careful. Enthusiasm for exercise is fabulous, but athletes can sabotage their fitness goals if it causes them to hit the sack much later. While you sleep you are...
  • Determining Your VO2max

    Determining Your VO2max
    Christine Thorburg, also a physician, came to see my colleague Massimo Testa, M.D., and me after she had knee ligament reconstruction. She'd run cross-country in college and had done some recreational cycling at age 30, but that was about it. She asked us...
  • How much is fat and how much is muscle?

    How much is fat and how much is muscle?
    The vast majority of fitness-seekers, even those who are quite knowledgeable, have no idea how to properly gauge their body composition — how much of their body weight is fat and how much is muscle — which is so important to truly measuring...
  • Dealing with Muscle Soreness, Overuse

    Dealing with Muscle Soreness, Overuse
    Muscle soreness 24 to 48 hours after you exercise is a good sign. It means that you have challenged your muscles and are getting stronger. This is called delayed onset of muscle soreness (DOMS), and everyone experiences it, even elite athletes. Here's how...
  • The Right Shoe Is Good For Your Sole

    The Right Shoe Is Good For Your Sole
    During my speed skating career, my Achilles heel was my feet. I lived with blisters. Skates are extremely tight and a little fold in a sock or a bad fit could cause a blister that lasted for months. I always had to be ready with tape or moleskin...
  • Lift Weights Lose Weight

    Lift Weights Lose Weight
    When I was speed skating, we cross-trained year-round by lifting weights a couple of times a week. I found weight lifting so satisfying that even today, no matter how busy my schedule gets, not a week goes by that you won't find me out in the garage...
  • It's Hard to Resist Resistance Bands

    It's Hard to Resist Resistance Bands
    In last week's column, I talked about how much I like weight lifting, as an athlete and as a physician. The more scientists study weight-bearing activity, the more value they find in it, not only in building our bones but also in boosting our metabolism...
  • Extrinsic Rewards Provide Motivation for Exercise

    Extrinsic Rewards Provide Motivation for Exercise
    "What's the trick for sticking with an exercise program?" That's a question I often get from patients and from folks at book signings and other events. I guess people believe that since I was good at something, I must also know some secret way to make...