As we get older, we tend to suffer more aches and pains and the conventional approach is to put all of this down to a ‘natural’ ageing process. Arthritic joints, knee pain, back pain, shoulder pain, neck pain, hip pain etc. We are told that it’s ‘wear and tear’ and to be expected… Continue reading Unnecessary medications, surgeries, injections for simple postural and biomechanical issues! Why not try MOVEMENT instead?
You work with many runners of all kinds (like myself) – you train them hard focusing on strong core, glutes, hip extension, interval training etc. Sometimes they get some short term benefits but are always getting injured so they go to the physio, GP etc. to ‘be fixed’. Many health and fitness professionals don’t get… Continue reading Running has little to do with strength. So why all this talk of needing ‘stronger’ core or glutes? 5 steps to fast and efficient running.
How to run your first 5k: training guidance for beginner runners. 10 key points to consider if you are building up from little or nothing to running your first 5k: 1. Don’t try to run fast before you can run steady, don’t try to run steady before you can jog and don’t try to… Continue reading Like to start running but don’t know where to start? 10 essential tips for novice runners.
“It’s so irritating! I love running, but every time I try to run my dodgy knee starts to play up again. I guess I’ll just have to accept that I’ll never run pain free again.” Tim was at his wit’s end. His long suffering wife, Jane, was also in despair.… Continue reading Kneed a different approach? Tim’s story.
At Roads to Freedom we know that for the vast majority of runners winning races and becoming more competitive is not the main goal. For many, running is about stress relief, getting away from all their worldly cares – busy schedules, family duties etc. They appreciate the sense of calm and relaxation they feel as… Continue reading The New Breed of Runner and Why Traditional Running Coaching is NOT what they need.
What do you do with your arms when you run and does it matter? After all it’s essentially a lower body activity isn’t it? Or is it? If you look at the average park run, you will see a wide range of different uses of the upper body. What you will notice, however, is… Continue reading ‘Armless’ walking and running limits performance and causes injury.
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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?
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”?
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!