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Exercise Guidelines during Pregnancy

Running during Pregnancy

Running during Pregnancy

All women must gain weight during pregnancy. Fetal growth and maternal health are reliant on this weight gain. It must be noted that weight gain is closely linked to the infant’s birth-weight and this often a strong indicator of the health and development of the child. [Read more…]

Growth of Running Apparel

State of the Sport Part I: Growth of Women’s Running

Women's Running Apparel

Women’s Running Apparel

Women’s Running Apparel and Shoes

With the surge in women’s running, both athletic shoe and large apparel manufacturing companies have shifted their marketing efforts in order to meet demand, and new companies have emerged to fulfill a growing need. These companies have found strategic ways to attract their growing target demographic: female runners. With women seeking both performance and style, manufacturers have specifically designed running apparel and gear for the woman’s body including running skirts, female-fit tanks/shirts, running bras, tights, capris and shoes all in vibrant colors.

Early in women’s running, there was no such category as women’s running apparel. In fact, it wasn’t until the late 1970s that the running bra was invented, based on the prototype of two male jockstraps being sewn together. The idea was to provide women with more support and less chafing during their runs (this product was initially called the “jockbra”, and later, earned the official name Jogbra).

Nike, a leader in product innovation, has been part of this trend. In the mid-1980s, Nike developed a women’s “last” for their women’s shoe line. Prior to this time, any female looking for a running shoe had to purchase a men’s shoe in a smaller size. But the shoe lasts used for men’s running shoes weren’t effective at addressing the biomechanical and anatomical differences for women, such as the ratio of heel-to-forefoot, arch support and the pronation pattern due to hip alignment. Most running shoe companies today offer a full line of women’s running shoes that provide cushioning and stability specifically for the needs of female runners.

According to Running USA’s 2012 Women’s National Runner Survey, 65% of the female respondents spent more than $90 on running shoes last year and 80% spent $100 or greater on running apparel in the last 12 months. In both cases, these female core runners were more apt to buy from the local running store.

this article continues on from – 2012 State of the Sport – Part I: Growth of Women’s Running and is followed by – Why She Runs

Why She Runs

2012 State of the Sport – Part I: Growth of Women’s Running

Why She Runs

Why She Runs

Why She Runs
Why are more women running: young and old, heavy or thin, former athlete or not? Women run for innately personal reasons, but there are some universal tendencies. Kristin Armstrong, contributing editor to Runner’s World and author of Mile Markers: The 26.2 Most Important Reasons Why Women Run talked about her own personal journey. “Running is connected to my family, my parenting, my spiritual life, my fitness, my friendships, my health, my sanity, my peace. I can clear my head and solve problems when I run, or make peace with not knowing. I can find beauty, or at least redemption, no matter what.” [Read more…]

The Running Shoe Generation Gap

Women Running Shoes

Women Running Shoes

Your feet take the brunt of the punishment during running, each one pounds the ground some 600 times per km. Running shoes are therefore, the most important equipment needed to absorb shock and to remain injury free.. [Read more…]

Further Female Problems on the run

Run Easy

Further Female Problems on the run follows on from the first article – Female Problems on the run

Bikini line

Here again this is a very personal issue. But, one thing is for sure, running shorts and excess hair are not very flattering. The problem is that getting rid of unwanted hair, be it with a razor, bikini wax or other, together with the combination of sweat makes the skin prone to rashes, little infections and not to mention cause itchiness. Once again the pot of Vaseline comes to the rescue, if rub a little onto the bared skin it will alleviate these problems. [Read more…]

Welcome to the Women’s Physiology section

Women Physiology

Women Physiology

Cassandra Davis - Women's section EditorWelcome to ‘Women’s Physiology section’ of Time-to-Run international. Here we hope to provide you with all the information relevant to the women runner
– Cassandra Davis Women’s Editor

This section hopes to give the women runner further understanding about their body during their running experiences [Read more…]

Are there any products which stop sweating?

Following on from the article: No Sweat .. Those Sticky Sweaty Problems and What types of clothing are best for sweating? by Cassandra Davis

Any products which stop sweating

Any products which stop sweating

 

Are there any products which stop sweating?

The best advice is to try to keep the body extremely clean using a  pH neutral soap and deodorant, and avoid tight fitting clothing that do not allow air circulate. [Read more…]

What types of clothing are best for sweating?

Following on from the article: No Sweat .. Those Sticky Sweaty Problems by Cassandra Davis

 

Types of Clothing

Types of Clothing

 

What types of clothing are best for sweating?

Lightweight clothing with vents or mesh is recommended. Microfiber polyesters, such as CoolMax and DuoFold, and cotton blends are good fabric choices.  Traditional t-shirts can become very heavy and uncomfortable if soaked with sweat.  Avoid any materials that can cause chafing when damp. [Read more…]

No Sweat .. Those Sticky Sweaty Problems

With the soaring temperatures this summer you break into a sweat even before you begin to think about going for a run.  This article tackles all those sticky sweaty problems. [Read more…]

Stress fractures in female runners

Stress fractures in female runners

Stress fractures in female runners

45% of competitive female runners develop stress fractures, small cracks on the surface of the bones in their legs and feet. The women most likely to suffer these injuries are those who restrict food and those who have irregular periods. [Read more…]