Most people think that the reason why runners are unable to finish marathons is injury. You might be surprised to know that this is not accurate because the primary cause is gastrointestinal problems. This fact underlines the importance of nutrition and good eating habits when training for a marathon. Developing stamina and strength; buying the best running shoes and gear – all these will come to naught when you go long-distance running, if you are not nutritionally prepared for it. As it is, a good diet should be part of your marathon training plan.

There are many types of nutritious food available today; but as a runner, you have to focus on those that will not only give you essential nutrients but also keep you at peak performance all the time. Basically, these are foods that provide the most vitamins and minerals for every calorie. Read More

If you have been running for quite some time and are considering of joining a marathon for the very first time, be prepared to be physically and mentally challenged. Apparently, you will start training months before the big event and you will be needing lots of discipline and commitment to pull it off. There will certainly be days when you will seriously think of giving up. On an encouraging note, remember that less than one percent of the planet’s population has completed a marathon. You are about to embark on a journey that will count you as one of the world’s running elite. Read More

Just in case you haven’t noticed yet, one of the things to which I dedicate a significant portion of my life are marathons. While the sentence “you won’t know until you try it” has almost lost its meaning, it still rings true for marathons. I often like to say that it is the most extreme sport of them all. And many may well disagree at first, and mention sports like skydiving, base jumping and all that other acrobatic stuff, which I respect, because they are truly dangerous. But, running marathons not only pushes your body to its very limit and to the verge of collapse, but also your mind and your psyche. It’s the ultimate challenge, in which your biggest rival is you.

Those 42 kilometers, however, are just the tip of the iceberg. It’s only one day of the year, or to be more exact, just a small portion of it. The rest of the year required intense preparation and lots of sacrifices – all of the hidden hard work. I have to make sure that I have proper training, nutrition, diet, the right footwear, so on and so forth. Also, I have to be careful with my choice of training destinations, because I have to train all over the world in order to achieve better results. But, sometimes, it’s not possible for me to travel somewhere else for some reason or another, or to even go outside, which puts a damper on my training process.

Training in Ireland throws up extra complications. Put simply, the weather is not always conducive to good training. We get very wet and relatively cold, long winters and this can play havoc with training schedules. So, I like many Irish athletes before me learned to embrace some indoor alternatives. Thankfully today you have a lot of alternatives from gym training to home exercise equipment and from exercise bikes and free weights to my new favorite – elliptical trainers.

Is an Elliptical the Best for Cardio?

I came across the joys of elliptical machines a few years ago now, thanks to a friend and it has been an eye opener. If you need some information you can see what they are like here – that’s a great site to give you an introduction to these trainers, it also reviews the latest machines. They have many features which make them the perfect bad weather training for marathon runners. They can provide pretty extreme cardio workouts – pushing you to your limits faster than any exercise machine I have ever tried. Top end machines use high resistance levels and automatic incline gradients to keep you pushing yourself. Another major advantage for the long distance runner is the low impact nature of the workout. We all know the stresses put on our knees and ankles from long hours pounding the roads. Ellipticals allow you to train without the same stress on your body – this also makes them ideal for recovery training.

Elliptical trainers, of course, are never going to replace your entire training process, but they should have a place in it – giving you an alternative. Not only do they give me a decent cardio workout, but they also minimize the chance of me getting injured or strained during exercising. And injuries are something that every athlete dreads, which is why I rely on an elliptical trainer to cool down my muscles after I have done my usual routine. I have also noticed that the number of those pesky, small injuries that set me back a few days, has also gone down significantly, and I attribute that to me using an elliptical trainer.

That’s one of the things you should also consider if you want to try and run marathons: an alternative in case you are not able to carry your usual plan. Of course, I’m not saying you have to get one of these, because each and every one of us has their own needs and preferences. But, I do encourage you to find something that works for you and which will help you reach your ultimate goal, or at least play a significant part in achieving it. This is one of the things I have learned along the way, and I’ll be sure to share some more, so stay tuned.

marathonFor me, marathon season is all about spring and summer. The sun is out, the weather is warm, and most people are in a great mood. Warm weather marathons are great because it’s easier to warm-up and stay loose and there’s less chance of getting injured. You also tend to get better crowds cheering you on which is a nice boost, especially during the second half of a race when it can be hard to stay motivated.

Here are my top three warm weather marathons with a short description of what makes them so special.

The Boston Marathon

The Boston Marathon is the quintessential US marathon. It’s also the world’s longest running annual marathon. Every spring thousands of participants come from all over the world to run through the streets of Boston on what is usually a bright and warm spring day. But what really makes this race special for me are the crowds. The streets are lined with what seems like hundreds of thousands of cheering fans who come from all over the US and the world. It’s unlike any other race I’ve ever been a part of.

San Diego Rock ‘n Roll Marathon

I first heard about this race 10 years ago but it took me a few years before I made the trip to southern California to participate in it. I was a little skeptical because the whole rock ‘n roll theme seemed a little gimmicky to me. Well, it is , but I love it anyways. For me, there are a few things that make it such a great race.

First off, everyone has a really good time. The music keeps things loose and you get some pretty cool crowds. People who aren’t normally interested in running come for the music and the parties. Second, San Diego is one of the most beautiful city’s in the US and I always love visiting there. I stay at my favorite San Diego luxury resort, which you should definitely check out, because it has all the facilities I need to get ready to compete and because my wife absolutely loves the place. And third, once the race is over you can hit the beach. What a great way to cool down!

Paris Marathon

The hardest part about running the Paris marathon is exercising enough self control not to load up on cheese the night beforehand. Not only do you get to run through the world’s most beautiful city but after the race you can enjoy all the rich French food you want guilt free. Not a bad deal!

So there it is, my three favorite warm weather marathons. There are a bunch of others that I enjoy as well but these are three that I make it to every year. I’d love to hear about other races I should check out. Go ahead and leave them in the comments.

Every individual has their own choice of sports and activities that will give a lot of benefits to their health. Depending on how far a person would like to go in a certain sport, there is a great deal of sacrifices and hardships that they have to undergo. I personally choose marathon over any other sports for a few personal reasons. First, because my siblings are also into running that we made it an opportunity to bond with each other. We make sure that we'll all join one event once in a while as schedules allow us to. Second, I find running very basic compared to other sports that requires too much effort and knowledge to achieve a higher level. Third, because of the benefits that my body can get through regular exercise. And lastly, because I'm not a fan of vehicles unless it is a very long trip.
Just like me, every runner has their own reasons in joining marathon competitions. Though it doesn't require extensive training, discipline and correct exercises should also be observed to prevent accidents and serious damages to happen.
Below are some tips I can share to my fellow runners on how to train and condition the body before joining any marathon event:
Ensure that your body is fit for heavy exercises like running by having yourself checked by a physician. 
Observe a healthy diet. This does not only mean eating all healthy food that you know, but also focusing on nutrients specifically needed by some body organs like the heart and lungs. Body resistance and flexibility is important too.
As much as possible, every person should be well oriented with the human anatomy. It may be complicated at first, but it will definitely give you a lot of benefits knowing how your body organs work.
Purchase sports gear only from the trusted brands. They are normally expensive because they are made up of high-quality and durable materials that are intended to last for a long time. The clothes and running shoes you wear during a marathon should also be comfortable to avoid injuries.
As a runner who willingly travels all over the globe just to join a marathon event, looking for a place to stay has always been my dilemma. A couple of years ago, I traveled from Dublin to New York to join a month-long fundraising marathon. It is a good thing that my cousin who owns an engineering firm in the city allowed me to crash at this rented NYC office space located near the event area. Though I don't have a proper place to stay for the entire duration of the event, what's important is that I have saved some money from lodging expenses.

The heat can be difficult to beat when you are running a marathon. High temperatures should not be taken lightly, as all runners know. Although the degree of tolerance may differ among individuals, heat generally affects performance during an intense activity, making the body more prone to fatigue and dehydration, hindering recovery and subjecting the body to additional stress.

When running in hot weather, the primary issue that the body has to deal with is cooling. Runners who are more used to colder weather have to acclimatize themselves in hot weather prior to a running event. This is what I did when I joined a marathon in Florida. Since my native Ireland is not a very warm place, I had to give my body time to get accustomed to the Florida heat. Hence, I started my training several weeks before the marathon.  Considering that I was already in Miami, I took the opportunity of living near the beach. Specifically, I stayed at the Sagamore Hotel. Their Miami Beach suites are among the best in the state. The superb amenities and service made it a worry-free stay, enabling me to fully concentrate on my marathon training.

Obviously, there is more to marathon preparation than just getting used to hot weather. You also have to adapt your training schedule in accordance with the weather. Like most Floridian runners, your day should start as early as four o’clock in the morning, doing a pre-sunrise run to take advantage of the coolest time of the day. Temperatures later in the day would be too warm for running. Although you can also run after sunset, the drop in temperature might not be that significant when humidity is high; hence, conditions will not be as ideal as the early morning.

Choose your clothes wisely. Opt for lightweight clothes that can dissipate heat from the body such as shirts made of micro-fiber. This type of fabric helps provide a cooling effect to the body as it allows moisture to escape. Clothing made of cotton is not recommended because it absorbs the sweat. When wet, cotton sticks to the skin and prevents the moisture from evaporating. As a result, it adds to heat buildup. You should also remember that body heat dissipates from the neck and scalp.  If you should wear a headgear, a visor would be more preferable than a hat because it does not hamper heat dissipation as much.

Nothing is as important as proper hydration while on a hot weather run. You should also make sure that you are maintaining the proper amount of electrolytes in your body. Otherwise, you will experience severe cramping. Electrolytes are the substances that help your body to function properly. Many liken them to a car’s motor oil. Although the oil is not responsible for making the engine run, it is a requirement in order for the engine to run smoothly. In the same way, your body needs electrolytes in order to function at its optimal level, which is essential when you are running in hot weather.

No matter how experienced a runner you are, certain precautions must be taken when running in hot weather. Long-distance running, on its own, demands a lot from your physical body; and running in high temperatures adds to the stress. You might like the physical challenge that this gives you; but, it is important to always remember that running safely is always the first priority.

I make running marathons a part of my life, a big part. I will travel anywhere in the world to run one and spend the rest of my spare time training for the next one.  As it is with everything, I had to start from the beginning so, to help out those of you who are thinking of running a marathon, here a few tips to help you out.

There are many reasons why people run marathons – as a way of raising money for charity, to prove that they can do it or as a way of keeping fit. Whatever the reason, it requires a certain level of fitness and health, along with enough stamina and strength to push you through the marathon. 

Step One – Visit your Doctor

Physical fitness is essential for any kind of running, not just a marathon. You must visit your doctor for a full physical checkup to ensure you are in good shape to undertake, not only the marathon run but the training that is required as well.  If you have any injuries, they could be exacerbated by physical training.

Step 2 – Learn how to stretch

Stretching is a vital part of training for several reasons. First, it helps to strengthen up your hamstrings and your back, not to mention the stomach muscles. Firm strong muscles are vital to runners. Second, stretching helps to avoid injuries. If you start to exercise before you stretch, you could end up doing yourself some serious damage and that’s before you even really start training.

Stretching and warming up is easier if you do it to music. I bought my headphones on the recommendation of helpful reviews on the best headphones under 100 dollars.

Step 3 – Draw up a schedule

Be aware that to successfully complete a marathon, you need to put in at least a year’s training.  Set markers – 3 miles, 6 miles, 10 miles and work your way up to the full marathon. Draw up a schedule for training and make sure you stick to it like it glue. Start light and work your way up to the long runs. Set yourself breaks for walking rather than running and make sure you drink sufficient fluids.

Step 4 – Diet

Proper nutrition is the most important part about running a marathon. You should be ensuing between 2-2500 calories per day and 65% of that should come from complex carbohydrates. Protein makes up another 10% and the rest from unsaturated fats.

Take multi-vitamin supplements each day to ensure your body is getting enough minerals and vitamins it needs to perform properly. Make sure you are getting enough iron and calcium as well.

Tips for Success

Start by running short races and work your way up to half marathons before you even think about running a full one. This will help you to increase your stamina and learn to run longer distances to get your body used to it. It will also help you to learn how to run in a race rather than pounding the pavement alone.

Use music to train with. It does help, particularly if you pick the right music and the right equipment. If you don’t like in-ear headphones, have a look at these reviews for the, best over the ear headphones under 100 dollars.

Runners are a dedicated lot. There are some who say that runners focus in order to run long distances. Others say that runners become focused because they run a lot. Whatever the case, the runner mentality starts to leak out in other parts of their lives. The truth is, runners are great messengers, not because they run long distances, but because running long distances change a person’s personality and psyche. Whatever message that is printed on a runner’s shirt, you can be sure that they do mean it.

Ever wonder why Nike shirts are so popular? That’s because they’re very motivating and they get the athletes into the right frame of mind. “Just Do It” became a very popular slogan for everything. After that, other sports brands started coming up with their own statement shirts. This has sparked a long line of shirts with slogans, internet memes and other kinds of custom designs.

Custom t shirts are ideal for runners especially for groups who are running marathons or fun runs together. The fabric or material must be sweat-wicking because runners sweat a lot while in action. The sweat-wicking properties will help the runners feel a bit more comfortable while trying to complete several laps or the entire stretch of the run itself. The group can easily be identified if all the members are wearing the same shirt, with the same slogan and with the names of the members at the back or at the front of the shirt near the breast area.

You can choose to have these shorts custom made for you, your family or your group of friends. You can wear this whenever you attend a fun run or any other marathon and it will be a nice thing to set you apart from the sea of runners who are also attending the event. You can choose the style and design to mirror your slogan or belief. For example, you are running to raise cash for charities, that could be the statement or slogan on your shirt.

It will also help other like-minded individuals recognize you and hopefully, be interested in becoming part of your group as well. Words have power, so choose wisely what slogan you’ll have printed on your custom shirts.

Marathon is a sport that you can compete not only inside the country, but internationally as well. Carrying your country’s name when you participate on these international competitions gives a different kind of pride and happiness. This is why you strive harder for the glory of your country. Joining competitions in various countries also let you meet different people and explore their culture. Each trip and competition is an experience that you cannot forget.

Aside from the physical preparation for the marathon game, you also need to prepare everything that you would need for your travel including your luggage, ticket and accommodation. Another important thing that you should consider is your travel insurance. Many people don’t think that this is vital but it actually is. This could give you coverage in case of accidents, hospitalization, loss, etc. while traveling abroad.

Common Travel Insurance Coverage

Travel insurance companies vary on the type of coverage they offer, as well as their terms and cost. Here are some of the most common coverage included in this type of insurance.

  • Medical Insurance – when traveling to a foreign country, you are more at risk of getting sick since you may not be used to the weather and the foods they eat. Moreover, since you are more likely to try various activities, you are also at risk of being injured. If you get sick or injured, this will cover your hospitalization and medication.
  • Trip Cancellation – this will give you coverage in case of the interruption or cancellation of flight. There are various reasons on why the flight may be delayed or cancelled, including delay in the processing of documents, bad weather and illness.
  • Emergency Medical Evacuation Insurance – this is different from the medical coverage as this would cover the expenses needed in case you need to be transferred from one place to another in order to be treated.
  • Sporting Injuries – as a marathon participant, you may need this coverage as this would cover the injuries you sustain in case of an accident during the event.

Compare quotes so you can find an insurance that gives the coverage you need at the most reasonable price. There are travel insurance companies like HBF Travel that offers discount for those who buy their insurance online, so you may want to check this out to save on your purchase.

When you are into marathon, it is suggested that you check out marathon events hosted in various places. This will help you maximize more the benefits that marathon can offer instead of just waiting for the time when a marathon event is hosted in your area. There are a lot of organizations hosting marathon events. A lot of them are for charity purposes and others are just for fun. Whatever your reason is, you will still end up as the winner considering all the health benefits that you will get. Before traveling to join the race, here are some tips that you need to consider:

• Make sure that you book your hotel in advance. If it is a big marathon event, there will be lots of people from around the world joining it. Thus, you need to book in advance so you can get a hotel which is near the location of the race. You also need a hotel that is quiet and will make you feel relaxed prior to the race. You should not be stressed out at all as this can affect your game. You also need to get lots of sleep before the competition so you will have the energy you need.

• Eat well prior to the competition. In fact, you need to store energy before you leave your home, during travel and a day before the race. You should also bring your medications with you so that you won’t have to deal with medical issues during the race. You should also bring lots of energy drink to keep you up throughout the race.

• Make sure all your travel documents are with you. You also need your marathon registration forms and tickets. You need to bring your marathon essentials such as marathon outfit, socks, shoes, sunscreen, wristwatch and anything else that you need. They must be secured in your bag. You need to have a checklist before leaving the house so that you won’t forget anything.

When you have everything ready, you will surely have a great race. If you wish to have a customized tour before and after the competition, you can check out world tours here for more details. You will definitely make the most out of this trip.

Running is undoubtedly one of the most effective ways to lose weight, but at the same time, it’s also a great hobby. You get to meet new people, travel to new places, and the runner’s high is pretty cool as well. However, between all the sweat and hard work, you’re bound to lose a lot of energy. When you do, you’ll be trapped in a lethargic mood. This is why nutrition is so important for those that like to work out or run. The only real way to counter the lethargy is to eat well and stock up on energy. Here are a couple of meals that are sure to keep you energized during each marathon.

1. Almond Protein Shake

To make this shake, you’ll need a scoop of protein powder, 1 tablespoon each of slivered almonds and low-fat Greek yoghurt, a teaspoon of sugar-free maple syrup, three drops of vanilla extract and finally, a cup of light soy milk. If you wish to make it a cool drink, try adding a few cubes of ice. The best blender for smoothies and shakes depends on the model type, but you can make do with an ordinary food processor if you don’t have anything fancy on hand. This shake is intended for gym goers who want to build bulk but don’t want to feel heavy after each drink.

2. Salted Potatoes

This recipe is very simple; you only need to slice, salt, and bake some potatoes. Ireland will probably never have a shortage of spuds and the world probably won’t either. Salted Potatoes work because they’re light, easy to make, and if each slice will have enough carbs to keep you energized if you eat on a schedule.

3. Nuts and Seeds

Pumpkin seeds and roasted almonds are great as a pre-workout snack. They’re complex carbohydrates, so they break down much more slowly. That will, in turn, keep you energized for longer, and you will need that energy if you work out for extended periods of time or enjoy distance running.

To keep a healthy lifestyle, you have to do a lot more than just run, but you’ll find that the hard work will pay off in the long run.

I’ve noticed lately that it feels increasingly hard for me to make healthy food quickly without having to spend hours on end in the kitchen. I love cooking, but it’s still really annoying at times – some days you just can’t do it, either because you really don’t have the time or because you really don’t feel like it. At the same time I hate to resort to fast food that’s just not healthy. Some chains have started introducing so called “healthy” alternatives, but I just don’t feel like I can trust them on that.

As such I’ve been exploring some new ways of breaking in some really easy to make and quick food without having to resort to fast food. Enjoy this little list of mine!

1. Juicing is the New Rage

It’s extremely easy and for that matter healthy by its own nature – you can of course also make sugary smoothies if you feel like being unhealthy for a while, but if you want the right type of nutrients without all the fats and sugars there are plenty of excellent recipes on the net – and a industrial juicer that makes 50 gallons of the stuff in an hour! Sorry, got distracted, juicing is also perfect if you want to get something to bring with you to work or to the gym.

I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again – if you’ve missed out on the whole juicing craze, you must have been living under some kind of rock. This really is the new big thing, and it looks like it’s going to stay for a long time. With a juicer (or a blender for that matter, albeit not really as good for the purpose) you simply put in vegetables or fruits, mix it up, and pour up a delicious drink.

I wouldn’t say it’s underrated seeing as juicers are the most popular lifestyle products right now. I’ve been doing a self taught course and after reading countless Omega juicer reviews I got this one and can recommend it, in case you are interested in this approach to increasing your fruit and veg intake.

2. Sandwiches Are Back, in a Healthy Way

Yes, I know – sandwiches have gotten a bad rap as of late. It’s the typical “I’m too lazy to actually eat” snack, and it’s often incredibly unhealthy, fatty, and for that matter not just very interesting. But it doesn’t have to be like that! Sandwiches can actually be both healthy and interesting if you just put your mind to it. At first it might be somewhat of a hassle, but you quickly get into it.

First off, make sure to use dark bread instead of white, and you suddenly skip on the majority of the unhealthy stuff in a normal sandwich. Second off, skip the super fat – it’s common to use too much butter or cheese, which tastes good but which is also extremely unhealthy. Consider replacing the butter with an olive paste, either homemade or store bought. The third part is generally common sense: make sure to use lots of vegetables. Anything from cucumber and sandwich salad to pepper, tomato and onion is perfect.

They’re especially perfect when you’re on the go and need something you can bring along when walking or in the car. They’re not just quick to make but also to eat, and most kids love them. Amazing, easy, and so underrated!

3. Quick Salads Without the Dressing

Salads are known for two things depending on the circle. If you’re a regular Joe, you probably think of them as tasteless, boring, annoyingly healthy alternatives to tasty burgers. If you’re a health nut, you’re probably outraged that people keep calling them healthy even though they’re actually quite unhealthy with all the fat dressing on top.

Well, there’s another way. Salads can actually be extremely tasty without the dressing, and they’re also extremely easy and quick to make. Just put salad, cucumber, and pepper in a bowl along with some nuts and seeds, and you’re golden. To spice it all up you could add raisins!

It’s simply a lie that you can’t make fast food both tasty and healthy, and these are just three examples of the dozens of meals you can make. Keep at it!

When it comes to doing marathons, you need to make sure that you are in peak physical condition. For some people, this is an easy task; for others, like me, it isn’t. In my case, I actually have asthma. Because of my condition, the smallest of things can make me too weak to do marathons. For this reason, I make it a point to address everything that could lead to me missing out on a planned marathon. Still, sometimes, there are things that you just can’t prepare for. In this post, I’m going to talk about how I almost missed out on a marathon during my stay in Toronto because of an unexpected problem: my friend’s roofing situation.

When I went to Toronto about a few months ago, I ended up staying at my friend’s place. Unfortunately, this friend of mine had minor roofing problems, and unfortunately, I was already about to catch my flight to Toronto when I found out about it. If you didn’t know, roofing problems can actually lead to asthma attacks, albeit indirectly. This is because roof problems, even the really small ones, can cause mold to grow in a home, and for people who have asthma, even a fair bit of mold can actually cause them to exhibit asthmatic reactions. These reactions can even be fatal.

I almost backed out of the race because of what I found out but thankfully, to many citizens of toronto roofer problems such as roof leaks are very easy to handle. My friend didn’t even have to call contractors from roofing companies Toronto residential property owners can hire. After finding out about my condition, my friend immediately set out to repair the leaks in his home and then removed the mold in it. Thankfully, there wasn’t that much mold in his home. If there was, then it would have taken a few days in order to fully remove it.

By the time I arrived at the Toronto airport, my friend had already cleaned his home and fixed his roofing problems. Because of this, I was able to have a stay that was very amazing. The best part was that I ended up being in peak physical health during the marathon. I ended up having a great performance (one of my best, actually) in the marathon.

My experience just goes to show that even though you have a severe health condition, this doesn’t automatically mean that you can’t participate in marathons and other strenuous sporting events. With adequate preparation, you can actually do better than people who don’t even have a severe health condition or two.

Hopefully, this post of mine inspires people to become diligent in preparing themselves for strenuous sporting events. Preparation isn’t just a matter of exercising; it’s also a matter of making sure that no external thing can cause you to become too weak to participate in the sporting event. If you have asthma like me, then make sure that the place you’re staying at does not have roofing problems. By doing this alone, you improve your chances of being able to do your best in a marathon.

The marathon is the longest road distance running competition, run over 42.195 kilometres (26 miles, 385 yards).  The race is run to commemorate the legend of a Greek messenger/soldier Pheidippides, who ran the distance from the Battle of Marathon to Athens to convey the good tidings of victory.

It is the most grueling race when run as a competition, calling for unbelievable levels of stamina and health. Most winners so far, both male and female, have been slim and short (<170 cm, 5 feet 8 inches), with nary an ounce of extra weight. They are fully shaven all over the body, except the head. Exposing a bare head to the sun for over two hours plus is extremely dangerous. The weight lost by a man removing hair is less than 30 gm (an ounce). So why do these athletes get rid of all excess hair? It is for other medical reasons, to preclude rashes, abrasions, etc., faster absorption of regularly sprinkled water for cooling and rehydrating the body and making it easier for quick recovery after the race, with a full body massage.

These athletes have many options to choose from:

  • Waxing
  • Electrolysis
  • Laser hair removal techniques

The ideal choice would be the laser hair removal technique. There are many advantages, like permanence after perhaps three to four sessions. A beauty salon would place him under a fixed therapist and charge him about $275-300 per session, i.e., $900. Added to that would be lotions and emollients, perhaps a thousand dollars all told. He/she could go in for a home laser hair removal system, a simple handheld gadget costing under $350 all told. This could be shared by two or more colleagues, though that would imply a possible change of the light emitting lamp. If you are interested in home laser hair removal, this article reviews best laser hair removal machines manufactured by companies like Tria & Silk’n.

As a matter of interest, the top ten global marathon runners and over 80 of the top 100 marathon athletes are from Africa and jet black in color. According to many analysts and statisticians on the net, “The Kalenjin tribe of Rift Valley Province in Kenya has produced a highly disproportionate share of marathon winners.” The laser is, however, not suited to blacks, for reasons of safety. Their hair and skin could burn. Blondes and redheads are also ruled out because their melanin, the substance that creates pigment, cannot withstand the highly focused and intense laser energy and will suffer skin damage.

Such athletes have to resort to epilation. Epilation is a relatively long-term answer, lasting several weeks. Epilation is done by many methods like Tweezing (hair is tweezed, or extracted with tweezers), Hot waxing (hot wax is applied on the hairy part of the body, allowed to settle and trap all hair and then taken off), Strip waxing (soft wax is spread thinly over the skin and a strip of fabric placed over the soft wax and pressed down to get the strip to adhere to the wax while the wax sticks to the skin; the strip is then ripped off), Threading (a twisted strand of thread catches and pulls out hair as it is moved across the hairy skin), Prescribed drugs and other systems. Epilation is much cheaper per sitting, but requires a session every three to four weeks or so and will cost more in the long term. These days there are inexpensive epilators that can be bought and used at home. For examples of some of the best epilators of 2014, has epilator reviews that cover brands like Braun, Emjoi & Remington. Laser hair removal costs between $1000-1200 all told and is permanent.