6 signs you're addicted to running

Runners are often described as obsessive creatures; logging every mile and spending hours poring over race results. However how do you know if you’ve become a running addict? Here are 6 signs to watch out for… 1. You avidly follow other runners on any social media platform that you can. 2. You often find yourself breaking out into a spontaneous stretching routine in public - whether you’re queuing at the shop or filling up with petrol, it’s always good to stretch your hamstri

Cramps, shin splints, and chest pain: what to do when running hurts

There is actually quite a bit written about side cramps or stitches (these terms are used interchangeably). It is a cramping of the abdominal muscles – diaphragm. Most often it is on the right side but most definitely it can be on the left or both sides. You may even get a deferred pain in your shoulder due to nerve connections. First, the huge consensus is that a more novice runner or an out of shape returning runner are by far the most likely to experience a stitch. Second,

For a stress-free life, try exercise

Physical activity improves your body’s ability to use oxygen and also improves blood flow. Both of these changes have a direct effect on your brain. Exercise also increases your brain’s production of endorphins. Endorphins are the “feel-good” neurotransmitters that are responsible for the coveted “runner’s high.” This is the sense of well-being and euphoria that many people experience after exercise. Physical activity can also help take your mind off your worries. The repetit