It's related to the release of endorphins by the brain stem - a release that is stimulated by the activity of running, according to Dr. Michael C. Geraci Jr., sports physician with Buffalo Spine and Sports Medicine in Amherst.
"Runners will tell you that when they get injured and can't run, and get on a bike, they don't get the same high," Geraci
Generally, people under age 35 with no health problems do not need a physical examination, according to Geraci
Sports drinks - packed with carbohydrates, electrolytes and nutrients - are overrated, said Geraci
, with most people able to replace what they need with water and a proper diet.
shys away from energy and protein bars, explaining that their content is basically leftover scraps.
"If you run or walk a mile, check your pulse before and after," said Dr. Geraci
."You're looking to stay within 55 to 65 percent of your maximum heart rate."
Maximum heart rate, he
explained, can be calculated by subtracting your age from 220.Then take 55 or 65 percent of that.
"You don't want to be walking after that first mile and find your heart rate is going above that maximum rate," Geraci