Minor Variations in One Gene May Be Associated With Endurance Running

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Elite endurance athletes were more likely to have variations of the NRF2 gene than elite sprinters.

A few minor variations in one gene may make a difference in athletic endurance, according to a new study from Physiological Genomics.

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Barefoot Running: How Humans Ran Comfortably and Safely Before the Invention of Shoes

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“Running barefoot or in minimal shoes is fun but uses different muscles,” said Harvard professor Daniel Lieberman. “If you’ve been a heel-striker all your life, you have to transition slowly to build strength in your calf and foot muscles.”

New research is casting doubt on the old adage, “All you need to run is a pair of shoes.”

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Long-Term Physical Activity Has an Anti-Aging Effect at the Cellular Level

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New research shows that physical exercise by professional athletes leads to activation of the important enzyme telomerase and stabilizes the telomere

Intensive exercise prevented shortening of telomeres, a protective effect against aging of the cardiovascular system, according to research reported in Circulation: Journal of the American Heart Association.

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Too Much Physical Activity May Lead to Arthritis, Study Suggests

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Middle-aged men and women who engage in high levels of physical activity may be unknowingly causing damage to their knees and increasing their risk for osteoarthritis, according to a new study presented  at the annual meeting of the Radiological Society of North America (RSNA).

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