Just because it has been repeated a million times doesn’t make it true!

     If you had asked me about intermittent fasting about 18 months ago I would have told you it was a bad idea, especially for anyone engaged in heavy training. I advised weight management clients especially to always eat a good breakfast. Why? Because this was my deep- rooted belief – it was what… Continue reading Just because it has been repeated a million times doesn’t make it true!

“Take one dose of exercise daily and come back and see me again in fortnight’s time”

  All runners know that running is a massive stress reliever and we know that running is at least as effective at treating depression as anti-depressants, without the side effects. It may also be somewhat addictive (in a generally positive way) in that it hits the brain’s reward centre in a similar way to some… Continue reading “Take one dose of exercise daily and come back and see me again in fortnight’s time”

Exercise – the miracle ‘drug’ for depression.

  If exercise were a drug it would be hailed as a miracle pill. It has been shown to be more effective than medication for a massive range of health problems. An area where it is particularly effective Is the field of mental health. The only reason we have a brain at all is to… Continue reading Exercise – the miracle ‘drug’ for depression.

Your limits are NOT your limits – you just think they are!

If running has taught me anything over the years it is that there are NO limits except those that we put on ourselves to keep us comfortable. Indeed this is true, not only of running but of life itself. Personally I have gone from total physical wreck with no running experience to sub 16 minute… Continue reading Your limits are NOT your limits – you just think they are!

Why cutting out sugars AND fat is such a bad idea.

The population is confused! People do seem to quite readily accept that sugar and grains are not good, both for fat loss or health. However, there seem to be such deep rooted phobias about dietary fat and cholesterol too. This is not surprising since we have been indoctrinated with this idea for the last 30… Continue reading Why cutting out sugars AND fat is such a bad idea.

Why ankle mobility matters.

      Yesterday morning I had two clients in and with both I had cause to test their ankle mobility. Why? Well one was completely unable to get into a deep narrow squat with feet together, despite being able to achieve reasonable success with a standard air squat. Clearly hip mobility, although somewhat limited, wasn’t… Continue reading Why ankle mobility matters.

Ways to address so called ‘duck feet’ posture/gait.

  Feet out posture and gait or so-called ‘duck feet’ (very harsh on ducks as they walk with straight feet like practically every other animal) is a bit like driving your car with the wheels not straight. You could probably drive it for a while but you would lose performance and risk damage. Same for… Continue reading Ways to address so called ‘duck feet’ posture/gait.