From suicide watch to successful runner: Steve’s true story.

  Steve had what used to be called a ‘nervous breakdown’ in his early twenties. Twice he tried to end his life by taking overdoses of sleeping tablets and needed to have his stomach pumped out. Steve then was smoking 40 odd cigarettes per day, drinking round the clock and his idea of a square… Continue reading From suicide watch to successful runner: Steve’s true story.

How much do you really know about achieving optimal health and fitness?

    After years of working in the health and fitness industry it is very clear to me that people tend to have very pre-conceived ideas of what they need to do to get fitter, slimmer, faster, stronger or whatever their goal is.    Runners and triathletes always tell me they need a ‘stronger core’… Continue reading How much do you really know about achieving optimal health and fitness?

Why are we not asking why?

      In this world of information and misinformation we are overloaded with quick fix advice. Yet for all the myriad ‘solutions’ to health and fitness issues, hardly anybody seems to be asking the question WHY? 1. You’ve got high blood pressure. WHY? 2. I feel hungry all the time and can’t lose weight.… Continue reading Why are we not asking why?

Mobility is NOT static stretching! Why not try “Elastic Walking”?

   I frequently talk to runners and triathletes especially about the benefits of greater mobility. The response is usually “yes, I know I should do more stretching”. By this, I know they mean static stretching and this is probably what the majority of the population think is the way to become more mobile or ‘flexible’.… Continue reading Mobility is NOT static stretching! Why not try “Elastic Walking”?

How to prevent colds from striking to disrupt your training plans.

      All of my life I suffered from frequent colds, especially in Winter. Any sudden drop in temperature (like right now) or any stress would be immediately followed by a heavy cold that would often drag on for weeks, sometimes months. These can ruin your training progress and indeed make your life very… Continue reading How to prevent colds from striking to disrupt your training plans.

But WHY are my calves tight? I KNOW how to stretch them!

Everybody complains of tight calves, runners and non-runners, but nobody seems to be addressing the question why! A few weeks ago I put this question into the Youtube search box. Normally you get hundreds of videos appear and indeed this time was no exception. However they were nearly all demonstrating stretches to ‘fix’ the problem,… Continue reading But WHY are my calves tight? I KNOW how to stretch them!

Knees hurting? 5 Strategies for addressing your knee pain.

    There seems to be an epidemic of knee pain, both amongst runners and the general population. Perhaps this is not surprising – the knee is an extremely vulnerable joint critically located between the ground and your hips. I guess it’s also a price we must pay for becoming bipedal. We also compound this… Continue reading Knees hurting? 5 Strategies for addressing your knee pain.