Many many runners come to me complaining of back pain when they run. Even before I watch them run I can normally predict their running form and even what shoes they wear with some accuracy. They usually run very upright with a considerable heel strike. Many have been taught to run this way or have… Continue reading Your running posture may be contributing to your back pain.
Millions of people suffer from lower back pain and, whilst it’s true that the reasons are not always clear cut and obvious, there are a number of common characteristics that most people complaining of lower back pain share: They have weak or inactive gluteal muscles – either one side or both. These powerhouse muscles… Continue reading The real causes of most lower back pain.
Science has made massive progress over the last century. But, as we zoom in more and more on the infinite detail of the parts, we tend to forget the global, panoramic view. This is particularly so in looking at the living human being. This reductionist approach means that we don’t see the blindingly obvious… Continue reading Why a pill or a stretch or an exercise to strengthen a muscle never resolves the problem.
Do you believe it’s really hard to lose fat and feel better? Do you think it must require enormous willpower, great deprivation, gruelling training sessions etc. etc? Well I’m hearing exactly the opposite from clients. Today again I was told by a client that they thought it was going to be really difficult to… Continue reading Forget willpower, deprivation, struggle – just reset your hormones to lose the fat.
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!
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”
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.