6 Tips for Endurance Runners: Before, During, and After Your Run

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If you’re gearing up for the Des Moines Marathon, Des Moines Half Marathon, an Ironman, triathlon, road race, or relay, consider these six tips for using nutrition and specific exercises for before, during, and after your run to help ensure your peak performance and fast recovery. 1. Focus on warm-ups over stretching. Stretching before a run was once believed to …

Perform at Your Best: Plantar Fasciitis Risks, Prevention, & Treatment

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About Plantar Fasciitis Plantar Fasciitis is a heel condition characterized by pain on the base and middle side of the heel, especially upon the first steps of the day. With stretching, the pain typically lessens. Plantar fasciitis is not genetic. Rather, it is caused by dysfunctions in the way the body moves. Specifically, a lack of ankle dorsiflexion, or a …

Posture and Back Pain: 5 Tips for Surviving Desk Culture

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If you’re like many people, you may spend hours every day sitting at a desk – or sitting in a car, or on a couch, or at a kitchen table. And as we sit – even though it looks like we’re doing very little – through our inactivity and posture, we can actually be causing ourselves harm. Consequences of sitting …