If you take up exercise later in life, as a treatment for joint or hip pain, you should expect a small, temporary increase in pain. But if you proceed sensibly, you will be rewarded with pain relief similar to that of a non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drug, such as ibuprofen, and twice that of a non-prescription painkiller, such as paracetamol. In fact, the pain relief from taking up exercise is large enough that many people put their knee or hip surgery on hold.
The World Athletics Championships are about to start with the flagship 10,000m event one of the forst to be decided. Most of the world’s eyes will be on the legendary Mo Farah. But an analysis published at Runner’s World privides some interesting insights into the differnce between training and racing.
For the last couple of years, I’ve been a Strava user. I’ve enjoyed the social aspects of the service, it’s been a useful tool for tracking mileage and other training metrics, and I’ve been inspired and encouraged by the activities of the Strava community. So much so that I’ve paid the money and been a Premium user.
But I’ve discovered something – and I’m not alone. Strava has an accuracy issue.
Strava has been my “go to” running and cycling app for a while now. Although I prefer to not run with my phone, Apple and Nike’s decision to not allow easy sharing from the NRC app or Apple’s own Workout app means I prefer not to use those apps.
Strava has been promising an update to their app that uses the new Apple Watch’s integrated GPS receiver. They delivered that update last week.
The study by Professor James Fries of California’s Stanford University found runners from the study (now in their 70s) found those who run consistently can expect to have less arthritis than non-runners as they age and a lower risk of osteoarthritis and hip replacements.
New Balance has jumped into the running watch business with their all new RunIQ. The Android Wear equipped watch works with iOS and Android devices to deliver realtime information on heartrate, pacing and distance. It works with Strava – you get three months of Strava Premium if you order the RunIQ before the 1st of February – and there’s also a partnership with headphone maker Jabra so you can listen to your tunes while running.
Earlier in the year, Under Armour released the first of their connected shoes as part of their Record Equipped product range . Now, we hear the company is about to launch three new shoes – the UA SpeedForm Gemini 3 RE, UA SpeedForm Europa RE and UA SpeedForm Velociti RE.
Under Armour’s approach to providing data to runners is interesting. While they have trackers available as part of their HealthBox system, connected shoes add a significant overhead and sacrifice some flexibility.
A study published in the European Journal of Applied Physiology, a group of researchers measured inflammation markers in the knee joint fluid of several healthy men and women aged 18–35, both before and after running.
They found the GM-CSF and IL-15 markers, which indicate kneee joint inflammation in synovial fluid decreased in concentration in the research subjects after 30 minutes of running.
When the same fluids were extracted before and after a non-running condition, the inflammation markers stayed at similar levels.
The study’s lead author Robert Hyldahl said “What we now know is that for young, healthy individuals, exercise creates an anti-inflammatory environment that may be beneficial in terms of long-term joint health”.
You can read an abstract and access the full article here.
The original Apple Watch felt incomplete – almost as if Apple released a product they were testing in the lab to see what the market thought. Lacking integrated GPS and waterproofing, they nonetheless tried to pitch it as an activity tracker using Christie Turlington to spruik its credibility.
But the new Apple Watch Series 2 running watchOS 3 changes that considerably. It’s now a viable, if imperfect alternative, for runners.
A few months ago Strava introduced their new Beacon feature – it allows runners to notify someone when they are out on a run. Beacon has now been integrated into Garmin’s LiveTrack so that STravis Premium members using the Edge 520, Edge 820, Edge 1000, Edge Explore 820, Forerunner 230, Forerunner 235, Forerunner 630, Forerunner 735XT, and Fenix 3 can not only let people know where they are but also the battery level in their device.