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Why Do I Get Sick After Endurance Events (and How Can I Avoid It)?

Why Do I Get Sick After Endurance Events (and How Can I Avoid It)?

You're not just imagining things: Doctors often refer to the 72 hours after an intense fitness event (like a marathon, ultra, or long-distance triathlon) as the "open window" for infection, says Nate Jones, MD, sports medicine physician at Loyola University Medical Center. And yes, you're more likely to get sick during this time—especially if you don't take precautions. Here's why, and what you can do about it.

Why Should Endurance Athletes Care About Plyometrics?

Why Should Endurance Athletes Care About Plyometrics?

It's well known that plyometric exercises—fast, explosive movements that involve jumping, sprinting, and quick direction changes—can improve skills like speed, vertical jump, and muscle power. Walk into any CrossFit box or high-intensity interval fitness class and you're bound to see athletes doing “plyos.” But endurance athletes, whose efforts might be described more as a long, slow burn, will get a huge benefit from doing them, too.

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