Nora Miller was an avid, lifelong runner who had completed five marathons when she strained her Achilles tendon during the summer of 2014. Rather than abandon her regimen, Miller, a 42-year-old exercise physiology researcher at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, pushed through the pain, hoping she could tough it out. But that only further inflamed the tendon, leaving her idle and frustrated with her inability to heal. "I was desperate to get back to running," Miller says. (Try these 5 strategies to boost your spirits and heal faster when you've been sidelined by a fitness injury). She mentioned her plight to Janis Eells, a colleague in UWM's College of Health Sciences. Eells, a professor of biomedical sciences, suggested that Miller try using a handheld device that would expose her tendon to red light for 90 seconds a day, 3 out of every 4 days. "I was scheduled to have a painful platelet-rich plasma injection in 12 hours, and I canceled it," she says. "The way Janis … [Read more...] about Could Light Therapy Be The Solution To Your Chronic Pain And Inflammation?
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The in-house testing lab at the Morgan Hill, California, headquarters of Specialized Bicycle Components is a gleaming example of engineering efficiency: a spacious, well-lit shop where brutish machines rip and wrench bicycle frames and parts to—and past—their limits.On this particular morning, a special frame sits on the frontal-impact rig. The Venge is an intimidating broadsword of a bike, with a menacing coat of matte-black paint bisected on the down tube by a murderous red slash. A bright white decal spells "McLaren" on the top tube, the logo of Britain’s storied supercar maker and F1 racing team, and Specialized’s longtime technology partner.The pedal-fatigue test is long and numbingly dull. Test engineers fix the fork to a rigid point on the test jig, and the rear dropouts to an extension that simulates how a frame pivots over the rear tire’s contact patch. The final piece is a dummy drivetrain—including a cassette, chain, and overbuilt … [Read more...] about To Catch a Counterfeiter: The Sketchy World of Fake Bike Gear
Melissa Stockwell lost her leg to a roadside bomb in Iraq while serving as a First Lieutenant in the US Army. Awarded a Purple Heart, she went on to become a triathlete and took home a Bronze medal at the 2016 Paralympics in Rio. (Make 2017 YOUR year by taking charge of your health and jump-starting your weight loss with the Prevention calendar and health planner!)On April 13, 2004, when I was 24, I was serving in the military over in Iraq. I was on a routine convoy through central Baghdad when my Humvee was struck by a roadside bomb. It caused the vehicle to swerve and crash into a house. When I went to get out of the car I noticed there was a whole bunch of blood and realized my left leg had been severed. A combat medic who was two vehicles back ran up, put a tourniquet on it, and saved my life.It would have been simple to feel sorry for myself, but I quickly got some perspective: I spent a year at Walter Reed Army Medical Center in Bethesda, MD—three months as an inpatient and … [Read more...] about This Is What It’s Like To Live With A Prosthetic Leg
After his third session with a "really nice" personal trainer, David Carr found himself in a hospital with one of his arms in a splint and blasted muscle proteins in his urine. "Wow!" exclaimed the doctor when he saw Carr's arms, which were swollen so badly that they could barely bend and wouldn't respond to prescription muscle relaxers. "You're a hair away from compartment syndrome, which means we'd have to open your arms and release the pressure." Carr had torn his biceps and triceps, and suffered such diffuse muscle damage that protein was flooding his kidneys. His right arm was the worst; he'd have to have it in a 90-degree splint for nearly 2 weeks. He'd also have to miss work till the swelling subsided and he was able to bend his elbows enough to steer a car. "Now, how did you do this again?" the doctor asked. Carr was embarrassed to tell him it was just from an "easy" intro workout. He couldn't help thinking he should have been tougher, or more … [Read more...] about Strength Secrets of America’s Top Trainers!
Rusty Haight revs the V-8 engine, and the rusted '94 Camaro snorts like a rogue elephant. He reaches across to the passenger seat, grabs my knee, squeezes it with a hand the size of a small dog. "No worries," he says, mirth in his voice. "I've only killed two people doing this. Three, if you count the heart attack. But that wasn't my fault." He throws it into gear as I eyeball the target vehicle, 250 yards down the asphalt track bisecting the snow-swept Canadian prairie. It's a 1992 Suzuki Sprint. Two-door. Electric blue. Weighs 1,800 pounds. Our red Camaro tips the scale at 3,823 pounds, factoring in Haight's and my weights. A simple plan: Hit it. Head-on. At between 38 and 40 mph. No braking. "Taking it slow because of you," Haight concedes. Like Haight, I am wearing soccer shin guards, football knee pads, a soft cervical collar, and a chest plate of body armor. The armor's on loan from Murray Turner of the London, Ontario, Provincial Police College, on whose grounds … [Read more...] about Meet the Human Crash-Test Dummy
Stress-busting psychedelics, weight loss shortcuts, muscle-building accelerators. Biohacking pioneer Tim Ferriss, author of the new book Tools of Titans, reveals his peak performance secrets in a wide-ranging, 45-minute conversation with Men’s Health editor in chief Matt Bean.Matt Bean: I’m at The Cannibal in New York City with bestselling author Tim Ferriss, who joins us fresh off the launch of his new book Tools of Titans, which you can check out at toolsoftitans.com.Tim, this new book is the distillation of your hugely successful podcast series, which guys definitely should check out on iTunes.Let’s just break it down: What can people expect to find in this book?Tim Ferriss: The book is first and foremost something I made for myself. After The 4-Hour Chef, I promised myself I wouldn’t write another long book.It didn’t quite work out. I set aside an entire month to go through all the transcripts—about 10,000 pages of notes from guests like the … [Read more...] about Tim Ferriss Reveals His Hacks For Staying In Shape, Fighting Stress, and Living a Happier Life
I almost turned around and walked out. It was that bad. Beige walls, ambient mood lighting, decorative bamboo shoots, and on the coffee table in front of me one of those miniature Zen rock gardens. There was also an incessant trickling. I peered into the gloom of the waiting room and saw its source: one of those plug-in waterfalls with a craggy slate cliff. There was no receptionist, so I took a seat. I picked up Mother Jones and put it down. I picked up the rock garden and started raking pebbles; then I realized what I was doing and put that down, too. What was I doing? Therapy, psychoanalysis, counseling . . . call it what you will. I'd always called it a sham, a cop-out, an excuse. Granted, I don't come from a touchy-feely family. When I was a teen, my parents divorced, my mother moved in with a woman, my father remarried a widowed socialite, and my brother and I were shipped away to school. Yet none of us even considered therapy. Imagine that happening today, in this … [Read more...] about Is it Time to Confront Your Demons?
THROUGHOUT HIS CAPTIVITY, Peter Moore vowed to himself that if the end ever came, it would come on his own terms. He wouldn't grovel or beg. He would stay calm in the face of death. He would fixate on a happy memory—of when he was a boy in England, walking the family dog. When the bullets came, he would smile and feel the playful tug of the leash.One day in the summer of 2007, somewhere in the sun-bleached warrens of the Iraqi city of Basra, the end seemed finally to have arrived. A guard blindfolded Peter, cuffed his hands behind his back, took him outside, and shoved him to the ground.He felt the cool metal of a pistol pressed to his head, heard tense conversation in Arabic. He broke out in a sweat and began to shake.As he knelt in that nameless alley, Peter was sure he was going to die. The gun barrel dug into his scalp. He heard a click, and felt a pop against his skull.So this is what it's like to be dead, he thought. It's not so bad. It doesn't hurt much. For a few moments, … [Read more...] about What Happens to a Man’s Mind after Years of Torture?
Most of our richest and fittest guys run companies with dozens, hundreds, or even thousands of employees. Many of them earn more in a week than you do in a year. And many are also busy raising families. Meanwhile, they also find time to work out for an hour—or two, or three—each day, often seven days a week. Then, on the weekends, they traipse off to compete in triathlons, ultramarathons, century rides, hockey games, rally races or even aerobatic air shows. These guys pour the same boundless energy, hyper-competitiveness and perfectionism into winning a time trial or sculpting their delts as they do into running their businesses. It's no coincidence that most of them prefer lone-wolf sports, where they can set their own schedules, push their own limits and rise or fall on their own merits. You don't reach this level of success without taking center stage. Try not to hate them too much.1. Mikhail Prokhorov (pictured above)Occupation: Russian mining mogulAge: 45Location: … [Read more...] about The World’s Richest and Fittest Guys
(NaturalNews) We are republishing two important stories here (with links to original sources) that you need to read. The first is a report from a man who survived the war in Bosnia. Although the source of this cannot be confirmed, the advice is extremely valuable regardless. The second story, appended to the bottom of this article, lists 35 excuses that will get you killed if you fail to prepare for what’s coming. This was originally published on SHTFplan.com and is sourced below. Read both of these articles if you want to live. Here’s the first: I am from Bosnia. You know, between 1992 and 1995, it was hell. For one year, I lived and survived in a city with 6,000 people without water, electricity, gasoline, medical help, civil defense, distribution service, any kind of traditional service or centralized rule. Our city was blockaded by the army; and for one year, life in the city turned into total crap. We had no army, no police. We only had armed … [Read more...] about Bosnia war survivor warns of things to come in collapse of America