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Dr. Stacy Sims

Holiday Stress Cranking Up Your Anxiety? Turn Up the Intensity! anxiety intensity Nov 23, 2021

Study finds higher intensity exercise helps relieve anxiety.

I am a huge proponent of high-intensity exercise, especially short, sharp high-intensity training like sprint intervals of 30 seconds or less because it's like powerful medicine.

Sprint interval training (SIT) fires up your fast-twitch...

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Nail Your Golden Recovery Window for Optimum Health and Performance recovery Nov 12, 2021

Post-workout fueling matters even more for women than men.

Low energy availability is extremely common in women athletes. A 2019 survey of 1,000 female athletes across more than 40 sports published in the British Journal of Sports Medicine estimated the risk of low energy availability in women...

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Hydration is Power. Harness Yours hydration Oct 26, 2021

Women heat up sooner, sweat less, and have hormonal fluctuations that impact how we keep our cool when we crank up our efforts. 

I have been studying hydration my entire adult life (the basis of my PhD was sex differences in hydration in the heat!), both as an athlete myself in endurance...

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Should You Get Your Iron Checked? anemia period Oct 14, 2021

New study shows that iron deficiency and anemia take a toll on active women.

Iron is essential for energy. It helps your body deliver oxygen to your working muscles and the mineral participates in the energy making process in your mitochondria. It’s also a key player in cognitive function...

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Sports Supplements: What Works for Women supplements Sep 21, 2021

Surprise, surprise, some ergogenic aids work differently for us than they do for the guys.

Research on female college athletes shows that more than 65 percent of them use some type of supplement at least once a month. I don’t know what the percentage is among performance-minded women...

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Exercising While Pregnant Is Good For You and Your Baby, Too pregnancy Sep 09, 2021

A new study links a mom’s physical activity to her offspring’s lung function.

For years, women have contacted me, fresh off a positive pregnancy test, wondering whether they need to stop working out for fear of doing harm. In fact, the opposite is true.  

For starters, it is safe...

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Period Power anemia period Aug 26, 2021

Menstruation can be prime time for PRs. Here’s how to go with the flow (no matter how heavy your flow).

“What’s the matter, you on the rag?”

“Hey ‘ladies,’ are you going to get your heads in the game, or do you need some tampons?”

When I was coming...

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Save your Sleep sleep Aug 04, 2021

Women struggle more than men to get a good night’s rest. Let’s fix that.

Women appear to have a predisposition to struggling with insomnia. Research meta-analysis has shown it. Surveys by the National Sleep Foundation have shown it. Up to 67 percent of women reported having trouble...

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Beat the Heat heat Jul 23, 2021

Working with your physiology to keep your cool is more important than ever as temperatures reach new heights.

Though the temps are cool and cloudy here in the Southern Hemisphere where I live, active women working out in the Northern Hemisphere are facing scorching temps, with many places hitting...

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#Fitspiration can be the Opposite of Inspiration body image Jul 09, 2021

Research finds viewing #fitspiration posts can harm body image and make exercise feel harder.

As a female athlete performance physiologist, I work with women of all fitness and age levels to optimize their physiology and help them feel and perform their best. I know all too well how many barriers...

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Worried About Wetting Yourself? incontinence Jun 25, 2021

Research shows incontinence is common in active women. Don’t let stress incontinence keep you on the sidelines.

During a photo shoot for our upcoming book (out Spring 2022), my co-author Selene Yeager was surrounded by fierce, active women, who openly shared something they generally keep...

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The Contraceptive Conundrum contraception Jun 11, 2021

Is the pill blunting your training gains?

Chances are, if you’re on the pill, it’s to prevent pregnancy (or to help treat other conditions like PCOS), not to enhance your athletic performance. But I’m guessing you don’t want your contraception to be hindering your athletic...

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