Health and Fitness

Health and Fitness

Gifts fit for an athlete

Black Friday has come and gone, and I have yet to purchase a single Christmas gift. This is nothing new, and I'm not panicking. Yet.

If you also have a lot of shopping to do and an athlete to buy for, you're in luck. I talked with several endurance athletes about what they hope to find under the tree and gift ideas for other athletes in their sports.

Here are their suggestions:

Taking the necessary steps

URBANA — Judy Havlicek doesn't let much slow her down. She runs 7-minute miles in marathons. But Achilles tendinitis has prevented her from running since this summer. So she walks, at a fast clip, for an hour every day.

"I try to do it every day," she says. "The weather is fine if you dress correctly."

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Looking for a way to burn off all those calories you consumed on Thanksgiving? Me too. Here are some options:

Weekend of Nov. 29-30:

Stuff ‘N Puff 5K

Sleeping tight? UI study attempts to show link between rest, obesity in kids

We are a sleep-deprived nation.

According to the federal Centers for Disease Control, nearly 30 percent of adults report sleeping less than six hours a day, rather than the seven or eight hours recommended. And just 31 percent of high school students report getting at least eight hours of sleep on an average school night.

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Here’s your list of races:

Weekend of Nov. 22-23:

Run for the Library

The Fit List

Yes, it’s cold out. Dress in layers, and keep running. Here’s your list of races:

Weekend of Nov. 15-16:
Abe’s Trail Trek

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Here’s your list of races for upcoming weekends. Happy running!

Weekend of Nov. 8-9:
CUSR Cupcake 5K

New way to ride the rails

The Kickapoo Rail Trail will be not only a place for cyclists, runners and walkers to exercise. It will also be an avenue to explore the attractions along the way — both natural and commercial.

To Your Health: Aphrodisiacs can really spice up your love life

By Leia Kedem/University of Illinois Extension

They say sex sells, and ain't that the truth? Yet so many people shy away from discussing it in public. And seeking help when there's trouble in the bedroom? Yeah, right. Like any other aspect of health, we're quick to look for cure-alls.

The Fit List

Happy Halloween! And good luck to everyone running at the Monumental Marathon in Indianapolis and the New York City Marathon this weekend. Here’s your list of races:

Weekend of Nov. 1-2:
Rattlesnake Master