Weekly Burn: News You Can Use Now

The Weekly Burn

Weekly Burn: News You Can Use Now

It’s summertime, and the running’s not easy. While reports of people suffering heart attacks during marathons may have scared you in the past, it turns out it’s running in the heat that should really concern you. And yet, 14 New Yorkers have been running the same half-mile loop up to 100 times per day since June. Crazy or cool? We’ll leave that judgment to you. In the meantime, your kale habit could be at risk with a worldwide shortage. Read on to get the full scoop on these stories and others that have caught our eye this week.

Self Transcendence 3100 Mile Race

Running in Circles
How many times could you run around one city block before getting bored? (Um, once?) Since mid-June, 14 people have been doing just that in Jamaica, Queens. The Self-Transcendence 3,100 Mile Race was created by Indian spiritual leader Sri Chimnoy to challenge runners to go beyond their physical limits. The longest footrace in the world, the course is just one half-mile loop circled by runners up to 100 times per day. (City Room Blog)

Running in Heat

Photo: Pond5

Heat Kills
It’s rare for a runner to have a heart attack during a marathon, but when these tragedies happen they tend to get a lot of press. However, it’s really heatstroke that should be looked at more closely, according to new research in the Journal of the American College of Cardiology. In a six-year study of 137,580 runners, there were just two serious cardiac events but more than 20 heatstroke cases. (NPR Shots)

Watch That Tan
The U.S. Surgeon General this week issued a call to action to prevent skin cancer, addressing it as a major public health problem needing immediate action. More than five million people are treated for the disease each year, and Congress passed the Sunscreen Innovation Act on Monday to study the effectiveness of sunscreen. (CNN)

Green Juice Kale Shortage 

Endangered Kale
Stop the presses! A kale shortage is upon us, and your smoothies may never be the same. One of the world’s largest kale seed suppliers has depleted its stock, impacting producers’ abilities to grow enough of everyone’s favorite leafy green. (Modern Farmer)


Exercisers Like What They See in the Mirror
The more you work out, the more you’ll like what you see in the mirror, says a new Gallup poll. Seventy percent of respondents who exercised at least 30 minutes a day reported always feeling good about their appearance; among those who didn’t regularly hit the gym, only 49 percent were able to say they felt the same way. (Prevention)


Insulin Circadian Rhythm

Eat Carbs, Change Your Life
Who knew all you needed to do to sleep better was change your diet? If you eat food that causes high amounts of insulin to be secreted in your body, such as carb-rich meals, you can trick your internal clock into being sleepy, according to Japanese researchers. (Huffington Post)

Take Care of Your Body Motivation

Mini Motivational Strategies, Maximum Results
It’s easy to stay motivated when things are going well, but how can you stay consistently ready to take on fresh challenges — from a new workout to a killer presentation at work? This blogger developed five mini motivational strategies to keep her going. Test ‘em out and let us know if they work for you. (The Valentine RD