Mammals with bigger brains are better “athletes”

How do you measure a non-human animal’s VO2 max? Put it on a treadmill, just like you would with a human. What do you do with that information? If you’re David Raichlen and Adam Gordon, you use it to figure out if there’s any relationship between an animal’s ability as an “endurance athlete” and its […]

What’s the minimum (and maximum) exercise to improve health?

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services currently recommends that adults engage in exercise at least 150 minutes per week. They also say that more exercise is even better, but that also suggests that doing somewhat less than 150 minutes per week might be better than nothing. If you’re an active runner, you might […]

Welcome to Science-Based Running

A little over a year ago, I weighed 40 pounds more than I do today. A good run for me was three or four miles, at a pace of about nine minutes a mile. Now I can run that same distance at faster than a seven-minute-mile pace. A year ago, the farthest I’d ever run […]