We think of athletes as the healthiest people around, but unhealthy relationships with food and exercise are even more common among athletes than in the general population. Former competitive runner and Eating Disorder Dietitian Lizzie Briasco, MSc, RD, LD joins us to talk about why athletes of all ages are at risk for EDs, how to spot someone who might be suffering, and what attitude changes in athletic programs could help prevent disordered eating before it starts.
Have you ever gone for a run after a long break and felt pain in your knees after? That’s your IT band talking to you! Daphnie explains what the IT band is, why it seems to cause pain at the drop of a hat, and the cheap and easy solution to getting back on your feet in no time. Plus, we talk reality TV diets in “This is Crazy, Right?”
The more times you say it, the less it sounds like a word. Calves. Callllllvvvves. Caffs? The point is, we’re talking about the muscles of your lower leg. Daphnie explains the anatomy of the calves, why they’re important, how to strengthen them, and whether or not we can really change how they look. Plus: injury prevention tips!
Hamstrings aren’t just sitting there waiting for dads to pull them while playing touch football at Thanksgiving. They’re one of our biggest muscle groups! Learn how they work, when we use them, why we injure them so often, and what to do to prevent it. Plus, Daphnie gives us her current favorite smoothie recipe in “What Your Trainer Eats”!
Links in this episode: More about hamstrings including some good images, Our episode on headaches with Jan Mundo, Daphnie's current favorite protein/collagen powder.
Form videos: deadlifts, bridges, hamstring curl, foam rolling your hamstrings.
Knees can seem like the human body’s weak spot, but are they really? If there are activities you’re avoiding because of knee problems (or fear of future knee problems) Daphnie is here to help shift your perspective. She explains what’s behind common knee problems and what you can do to strengthen and support the largest joints in your body.
Anyone who works out knows the feeling of the dreaded plateau: you feel like you’re just going through the motions, you’re bored, and you have a sneaking suspicion that your workouts aren’t actually...doing anything. This can really get in the way of making exercise a regular part of your routine, but motivating yourself to work harder is difficult (for obvious reasons). Daphnie convinces us it’s worth it and helps us figure out how to do it safely.
This President’s Day has us thinking about the Presidential Fitness Test. Do you have terrible memories of trying to do a “flexed arm hang” in front of all of your 7th grade classmates? We do! So we’re scrapping the old test and suggesting a handful of better ways to track your fitness progress. It’s the Just One More Fitness Test! Plus, Daphnie answers a listener question about how to balance evening workouts and trying not to eat late.
A listener asks if Daphnie has tips for cardio you can do with Plantar Fasciitis, and we take a deep dive into this super common, and super debilitating, foot problem. What IS your plantar fascia anyway? Is there anyway to stop it from itis-ing? And once you’ve got it, how can you get your sweat on without hurting yourself? We’ve got answers (Daphnie always has answers.)
Links in this episode: A good Plantar Fascia image from Mayo, Video of stretches for Plantar Fasciitis from the Cleveland Clinic, Video of arch stretch, Yoga Tune Up balls, Massage therapy ball set on Amazon Prime
Triathlons are for crazy people, right? Well, kind of! In her book Women Who Tri, guest Alicia DiFabio tells the story of how the women in her small New Jersey town went “triathlon crazy” and took her along for the ride. We talk with Alicia about the birth of triathlon as a sport, why women are feeling drawn to it in huge numbers, and all the different ways to make triathlons more accessible to us “normal people”. Warning: you might get inspired!
Links in this episode: Buy Women Who Tri on Amazon, Find Women Who Tri at an indie bookstore near you, Mullica Hill Women’s Tri Club, More info on Title IX, Ironman Women For Tri program, Queen of the Hill Triathlon photos, Alicia's website, Alicia's blog Lost In Holland, Alicia on Twitter, Instagram, and Facebook
Half marathons: so hot right now! It’s not just you; more people really are running halfs these days. Think you might want to lace up your sneaks? Daphnie has trained over 1,000 people for half marathons, and in this episode she gives us an overview of her most important tips, from what to wear to how to keep yourself from getting injured. Plus, Daph answers a Listener Question about how to handle high altitudes.
Links: Find Half Marathons across the country, Three charity teams we mention (Team in Training, Team Challenge, Team Interactive), Team Challenge Head Coach Dave McGovern, Balega running socks, Feetures! running socks, Moving Comfort sports bras, Spibelt, Clip on running water bottle, Map My Run, Our injury prevention episode, Our winter workouts episode
To celebrate the New York City Marathon on Sunday Nov. 6, we’re joined by multi-marathoner Dana Krashin! Her story takes her from watching the Boston Marathon with her family every year at mile 8.4 to running her first marathon in Boston in 2013, a marathon that we know was unlike any other. Dana’s positivity and love of running will almost convince you that running 26.2 miles sounds fun! Plus, we talk about what gear has stood the test of 9 marathons in “Dana’s Gear Corner”.
Many injuries can be blamed on bad form, and most physical therapy is just practicing good form so you won’t hurt yourself again. This week, we’re saving you the time and hassle by talking about how to have good form in the first place! Daphnie offers form tips and tricks for your most common strength exercises and goes on Posture Patrol for you runners out there. Plus, we make sure to chew our food 50 times in “This Is Crazy, Right?”
Links: Terry Crews pec dance, Michael Jackson lean
Do you love the Olympics as much as Joanna and Daphnie do? Is sitting on your butt watching Michael Phelps and Simone Biles inspiring you to try a new sport or amp up your workouts? In this week’s episode, Daphnie tells us how we can use the Olympics as exercise inspiration without totally going overboard and hurting ourselves. Plus, we figure out what to order at the Cheesecake Factory in “Best Choice”.
Salt warnings are going on to menus in NYC, but what’s the big deal? Do we have to resign ourselves to a lifetime of bland scrambled eggs? Daphnie explains the difference between sodium and salt, where all that extra sodium in our diets is coming from, why that can be a bad thing, and how we can avoid it. Plus, we investigate the “21 Day Fix” in “This is Crazy, Right?”
Links in this episode: NYC's sodium warning labeling law
It’s easy to feel like fitness and nutrition are TOO EXPENSIVE! But just because you aren’t rolling in dough doesn’t mean you can’t afford to get more awesome. How can you stay physically healthy AND financially healthy? Daphnie and Joanna talk through what you don’t need to spend money on (hint: fancy athleisure wear) and ways to save on the good stuff (like produce and good running shoes). Because as Daphnie says, “There was health before Soulcycle and $11 green drinks.” Plus, we talk barefoot running in “This Is Crazy, Right?”
Interested in doing something crazy like running a 10K, half marathon, or full marathon? Daphnie is going to get us ready! She and Joanna talk about why you might want to run a longer race, why training is important (spoiler: so you don’t have a super bad time), gross things that happen to your body when you’re running for hours, injury prevention, and proper form. Plus, join our mailing list for access to Daphnie’s training plans!
Did you get inspired by the NYC Marathon this weekend? Just One More did! Joanna and Daphnie talk about how anyone (even normal people!) can start running. Important topics: why running is good for you, how to build up from walking to running, what equipment you need (and what you don't), and how to keep yourself from getting injured. Just remember: warm up, stretch, foam roll, ice.
Links from this episode: Team Challenge (Daphnie's team), JackRabbit Sports (great for getting fitted for shoes), Power Systems (for ordering a foam roller), Gothamista foam rolling video starring Daphnie!