Dr Mark Cucuzzella returns to talk Zone 2 training for health and performance

This week on the podcast Mikki speaks to returning guest Mark Cucuzella all about zone 2 training for health and performance. They talk about what zone 2 training is, why it matters from a health perspective, and how to works to increase fatty acid uptake and improve metabolic flexibility , saving someone from an energy crisis that can occur when they are unable to burn fat (and why its so important in terms of metabolic health). They also discuss the benefits from an athlete perspective and how an athlete can determine if they need more zone 2 training. They also touch on the athlete heart, and the latest updates around what is known with regards to cardiovascular disease risk.

Lt. Col. (Dr.) Mark Cucuzzella is a Professor at West Virginia University School of Medicine. As a US Air Force Reservist he designs programs to promote healthier and better running with the US Air Force Efficient Running Project.  Mark has presented running workshops on over 50 military bases. He has been a national-level Masters runner, having competed for over 35 years with more than 100 marathon and ultra-marathon finishes. Mark is a two time winner of the Air Force Marathon and has a marathon PR of 2:24. As well as being the race director of Freedom’s Run race series in West Virginia, Mark is director of the Natural Running Centre, an education portal designed to teach healthier running. He is also the owner of Two Rivers Treads – A Centre for Natural Running and Walking in his hometown of Shepherdstown, West Virginia. Mark’s innovative work and story has been featured in the New York Times, NPR, Outside Magazine, Running Times, Runners World, Air Force Times, the Washington Post, JAMA, and other medical and media outlets.

Link to previous podcast with Mark https://podcast.mikkiwilliden.com/23 

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