| Feb 17, 2010
The athletes in the Winter Olympics have repeatedly displayed athletic exhilaration that goes beyond winning. Folks who feel that intense love of exercise have "engaged the dopamine reward pathway," according to Michael Lardon, M.D., an award-winning...
| Feb 24, 2010
When speedskater J.R. Celski won his first Olympic medal with a bronze in the men's 1,500-meter short track at the Vancouver Olympics, I found his success remarkable. It answered important questions I had about Celski's recovery from the bad injury he had...
| Mar 3, 2010
Growing up, my parents taught us that the best activities are the ones that you can enjoy your entire life. As the senior tennis champion of Madison, Wis., my mother set a good example. According to a meta-analysis published in The British Journal of...
| Mar 24, 2010
Exercise can be uncomfortable when beginning any new type of training or when getting back in the saddle after a long break.
In last week's column I talked about the discomfort of exercise when starting out and also when competing at the elite level. It'...
| Mar 31, 2010
Folks don't know their full potential until they know their VO2max.
Exercise performance physician Massimo Testa, M.D., is one of the foremost experts on VO2max in the world. He explains that your cardiovascular fitness score tells you how efficiently...
| Apr 24, 2010
Christine Thorburg, a physician, came to see my colleague Max 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 to...