“Man dies during Mud Run competition” read the headline of a news website on March 10, 2012. I was in shock when I read the news article. Obstacle mud runs have become a new genre of athletic event. These races range from 5k to 10k trails with obstacles and mud in between. Tough Mudder, Spartan Race, Warrior Dash, Rugged Maniac and Muddy Buddy are a few examples.
As a past participant in both Mud Run and Warrior Dash, I have found that people enjoy the camaraderie and adrenaline rush of these events. Some people make groups and start training six months in advance. These are the ones who take the race very seriously. Others do it just for fun, walking instead of running and completing only the obstacles that they can master. However, after knowing that a man recently died in one of these races makes you wonder about both the security of the event and overexertion injuries that can occur during competition. Read the rest of this entry
Often when we hear the word “exercise”, what comes to mind is a person working out at a gym, or practicing a competitive sport. However, many things that we do for fun are also a disguised form of exercise. Take for example horseback riding.
Recently, I went with a group of friends to Marshall Creek Ranch, near Grape Vine, TX. We went there with the idea of having some fun and recreation. I never imagined that my muscles would be so sore after an hour and a half of horseback riding. The reality is, that besides being a great way to spend a Sunday afternoon with some friends, horseback riding is a good form of exercise. Read the rest of this entry