Where my mind goes when the temperature crests 75 degrees (photo via NatGeo Photo of the Day)
Exercise and pain perception: Sweat Science has a link to an aggregation of studies looking at how exercise affects our ability to tolerate pain with some pretty interesting findings popping out. Among them; everyone feels the same amount of pain, but exercise seems to increase our ability/tendency to ignore it. Nice piece with some good links to the actual review.
High fructose corn syrup will rot your brain too: Outside Online has a nice study review up looking at how a diet that is high in high fructose corn syrup may effect the ability of the brain to process information more efficiently. The whole review is here to check out. A good read and yet another reason to be pretty diligent about diet in the over-processed, over-sugared dietary environment in which most of America lives.
YES!: Coffee will make you live longer. My coffee intake is finally justified.
Bananas vs. Sports Drinks: Runners’ World has a piece up looking at whether obtaining calories from bananas or a sports drink is better for performance. It would appear that performance was not effected either way but because of the relative inexpensiveness of bananas to sports drinks, not to mention the “natural” factor, bananas might be the better way to go. Check it out here.
Crossfit for endurance athletes: I have to admit that I am not a huge fan of Crossfit. I simply don’t find joy in pushing so hard during workouts that vomiting becomes an actual reality. Nor do I feel the need to be able to flip a gigantic tire over as many times as I can in a minute. But that doesn’t mean that Crossfit doesn’t have certain benefits for athletes. Its focus range of motion exercises is a great centerpiece for any athlete. Outside Online has a nice breakdown of 6 “mobility” based exercises that can help improve your performance in whatever sport your participate in. And the good news is not one of those six exercises involves a seizure inspired form of pullup.