Waiting to inhale: how to breathe during exercise

Many runners are obsessed with breathing patterns, but is there an optimum way to take in oxygen while you exercise? Sam Murphy investigates.

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On the bench: cross-training for runners

Cross-training options like swimming, cycling or walking can be a healthy alternative while niggles or injuries are healing. But how do they measure up to pounding the pavement, and which is the best for recovering runners?

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7 Ways to make your workday healthier

If you have to be a desk slave, follow these tips to help you thrive from 9 to 5...

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Will the Olympics leave a legacy of good health?

The nation has spent the past weeks glued to the sports coverage. Now the government needs to capitalise on the interest to overthrow our sedentary habits, says Sam Murphy.

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How much water should you drink during a marathon?

Calculating how much water to drink during a marathon can seem daunting, with weight, sweat rate, exercise intensity, temperature and humidity to take into account. But there is a simpler way, says Sam Murphy: drinking when you're thirsty

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How to discover your true running potential

Can race time predictor charts, online calculators and running ability tests really help to improve your performance? Sam Murphy investigates...

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Set your inner fidget free

By moving little and often – and fidgeting really does count – you can both keep the weight off and stay healthier. Sam Murphy explains why it pays never to sit still...

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'And for my next challenge...' The Swiss Alpine Marathon

I don't quite know who - or what - persuaded me that running a marathon at 2000m altitude on a course which seems to consist only of vertiginous climbs and perilous descents was a good idea. But I signed up for the 2009 Swiss Alpine Marathon in Davos, trained like crazy and gave it my best. But was it good enough? Find out here...

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How caffeine can keep you on the run

Marathon season is upon us, and first-timers and veteran runners alike will be searching for a performance edge. While the jury is still out on many alleged ergogenic aids, from chromium to creatine, there's one with an ever-increasing pile of evidence in its favour. Caffeine. Sam Murphy finds out more...

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Ten ways to train like an elite athlete

Hypoxic chambers, cryotherapy, gravity-defying treadmills ... the training methods of Olympic athletes may sound out of reach, but the rest of us can try them too, says Sam Murphy.

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