Intervals for Everyone

All healthy people can benefit from some form of interval training. They can pick up the pace for a few seconds while walking, running, cycling, swimming, skiing or skating, and then slow down when they feel the least discomfort. When they regain t ...

By Gabe Mirkin, MD | October 15th, 2017
Benefits of Combining Strength and Endurance Training

If you want to gain maximum benefit from an exercise program, you should combine endurance heart-lung training with resistance muscle strength training. The safest way to do this is to: • do your endurance training with your legs such as runn ...

By Gabe Mirkin, MD | August 6th, 2017
Principles of Training

You will not become more fit by doing the same training regimen every day. Athletes train by taking hard workouts on one day, feeling sore on the next, and not taking another hard workout until the muscles stop feeling sore. You cannot make a muscl ...

By Gabe Mirkin, MD | August 6th, 2017
NSAIDs May Block Gains in Endurance and Strength

A new study io mice showed that taking NSAIDS (Non-Steroidal Anti-Inflammatory Drugs), to reduce muscle pain before, during or after exercise, can reduce the gains in endurance from aerobic training (PNAS, June 27, 2017;114(26):6675–6684). Th ...

By Gabe Mirkin, MD | July 15th, 2017
Heat Stroke

Nobody should ever die of heat stroke, a rapid uncontrolled rise in body temperature that causes you to pass out. Your body sends you warning signals as your temperature rises. In 1965, I almost died from heat stroke in an unimportant local race ...

By Gabe Mirkin, MD | July 8th, 2017
Power Napping

Power napping for an hour can help you to learn, remember and interpret more efficiently. When I was in high school, I found that I could study best immediately after awakening from at least a 45-minute nap. Only then could I read, study and memori ...

By Gabe Mirkin, MD | July 2nd, 2017
Side Stitch: Belly Pain while Running

It took years for the medical community to learn what causes a side stitch in which a runner suddenly develops a sharp stabbing pain, usually in the right upper part of the belly just underneath the ribs. With continued running, the pain worsens, b ...

By Gabe Mirkin, MD | June 25th, 2017
What to Eat and Drink for Hot Weather Exercise

You don't need special sports drinks or power bars. Even the most elite athletes can get the nutrients they need from ordinary foods, water and salt. Healthy and fit people usually don't need to drink or eat when they exercise at a casual p ...

By Gabe Mirkin, MD | June 4th, 2017
Competitive Athletes and Doping

An important article in the May 19, 2017 New York Times discusses the latest accusations that some of America's top athletes are using supplements, both legal and illegal, in the hope that they will improve athletic performance. I will present ...

By Gabe Mirkin, MD | May 27th, 2017
Benefits of Exercise from a Pill?

Don't believe that you can gain the benefits of exercise without exercising. Many products are promoted to give people bigger muscles and make them better athletes, as well as to help them lose weight and prevent diabetes and heart attacks. The ...

By Gabe Mirkin, MD | May 20th, 2017
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