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The Haywire Heart- how too much exercise can kill you

This article is an excerpt from The Haywire Heart, the first book to explore heart conditions in athletes. Based on the studies of Dr John Mandrola, it targets athletes who compete in endurance sports like cycling, triathlon, running races of all distances, and cross-country skiing and highlights the dangers of overtraining.

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Is Your Exercise An Unhealthy Addiction?

South Africa is a country that seems to thrive on sporting extremes. Think of the Cape Epic, Two Oceans, Comrades, Dusi Canoe Marathon, Midmar Mile, Puffer, joBerg2c, Skyrun, Totalsports Challenge and many more. When I moved to this wonderful country from the UK five years ago, I was totally amazed at how fixated people were with exercise volume. I met people who were spending three hours in the gym daily, runners who did 30-40km pack […]

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Train Less, Improve Faster

Coming from the sporting field, I have always been thoroughly aware of the term overtraining. It’s something I thought might be a problem for elite athletes who were routinely training 2-3 times a day and not resting enough; whereas mere mortals like myself, who were only training 1-2 times per day, were pretty much exempt. When I moved to London in 2001 and my boss, also an exercise physiologist, told me I was overtraining, I […]

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