The Safety of Running Solo

The sport of running has become more and more popular with not just elite athletes but exercisers of all kinds.  Even people who would have never dreamed of completing a 5K to a 50K are now running.  But, unfortunately, most of us live in a world full of people who are taking unfair, cruel, and terrible advantage of this sport. Running with a group is best and provides not only safety but needed social interaction.  However, sometimes there is no choice but to run by yourself due to your schedule, need to complete necessary training, and those times when you just need a break.  Here are some tips that will help you as you safely go solo:

Headaches, Migraines, and Other Pains in the Head

Headaches are unpleasant pains in your head that can cause pressure and aching. They can range from mild to severe pain and usually occur on both sides of your head. Some specific areas where headaches can occur include the forehead, temples, and back of the neck. A headache can last anywhere from 30 minutes to a week. Tension headaches aren’t the only type of headaches that occur. Other headache types include: Cluster headaches are severely painful headaches that occur on one side of the head and come in clusters. This means you experience cycles of headache attacks, followed by headache-free periods. Often confused with migraines, sinus headaches co-occur with sinus infection symptoms such as fever, stuffy nose, cough, congestion, and facial pressure. These headaches are intense or severe and often have accompanying symptoms in addition to head pain. Symptoms associated with a migraine headache include nausea, pain behind one eye or ear, pain in the temples, seeing spots or flashing lights, sensitivity to light and/or sound, temporary vision loss, and vomiting. A migraine headache will cause intense pain that may be throbbing and will make performing daily tasks very difficult.

Over-the-Counter Pain Medications:  A Guide for the Middle-aged Athlete

As a middle-aged athlete trying to reverse the curse of overuse, injuries, and daily stresses of life and the workplace, I have encountered various bouts of lowered fitness due to pain. It is easier than not to just pop a pill and pray that it will take away the pain that you are experiencing. But not all pain medications are the same. This article will help you learn which kind and form is best. Most painkillers fall into two classes:  Acetaminophen or non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDS).

Asthma and Exercise

Over 25 million people in the United States alone suffer from asthma. The incidence of asthma in Americans has gone up 75% in the last fifteen years due to urbanization. Seventy percent of those who suffer from asthma also suffer from allergies. Asthma accounts for one-quarter of all emergency room visits in the United States each year, and the costs associated with asthma in the US add up to $18 billion annually.

Visual Sensory Difficulties

The visual sense helps us see and detect objects.  Many trainers have worked with clients who are blind. Modifications can be made to make their fitness session successful such as helping them visualize in their mind the exercise, using physical prompts to secure safety in their routines, and creating an…

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