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Hello! The latest batch of Sweat Science posts take on some deeply entrenched myths like the supposed superiority of taking 180 steps per minute while running, the “refueling window” immediately after exercise, and the idea than running damages your knees. Also, check out my New Yorker piece on the use of real-time biometric data (like heart rate, cadence, and breathing rate) during the New York Marathon, and my Globe and Mail piece on some neat research showing that exercise helps repair the myelin “insulation” that protects brain circuitry.
 
The Canine Kings of Endurance
A look at the physiology of dogs, who are some of the top long-distance athletes in the world.
 
Kenyans, Cadence, and Ground Contact Time
What biomechanical traits do the fastest runners have in common?
 
How (and How Not) to Refuel
A primer on restocking the glycogen in your muscles after a hard workout.
 
A Short, Fast Downhill Hurts As Much As a Long One
Researchers study how eccentric muscle contractions trigger lasting fatigue.
 
What Do You Get When You Cross Heat and Altitude Training?
Combining two performance-boosters may not be better than one.
 
Is Running Actually Good for Your Knees?
New study explores how exercise may fight joint inflammation.
 
The Doctor’s (and Coach’s) Role in Easing Your Pain
The placebo effect is more than a pill; it’s a performance.
 
Can Beet Juice Battle Obesity?
The endurance-boosting beverage may also promote the formation of helpful “brown fat.”
 
The Pills We Pop
New data on supplement use reveal changing habits since 1999.
 
As always, thanks for your interest!
Alex Hutchinson
@sweatscience
 
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