Lower back pain; only a mystery if you ignore the blindingly obvious! 6 steps to make your back better.

        So many runners and indeed people generally come to me with lower back pain. They tell me they’ve seen their GP or another health professional and they don’t know what causes it or they’ve just had it described as ‘wear and tear’ or ‘old age’. Incredibly they are prescribed powerful pain… Continue reading Lower back pain; only a mystery if you ignore the blindingly obvious! 6 steps to make your back better.

Your questions: Preparing for half marathon. Training intensities and nutrition.

What is the difference between preparing for marathon and half marathon? In reponse to questions about how to prepare for marathon – specifically how fast should the long runs be and what should I eat, my response was to learn to burn fat for fuel to avoid hittibg the wall (sugar crash) and to do… Continue reading Your questions: Preparing for half marathon. Training intensities and nutrition.

Change just one habit and watch all the other dominoes fall in turn! Sheila just couldn’t believe it could be so easy to lose weight and regain her energy!

    Sheila is a 50 year old lady who came to me 6 months ago, looking to ‘lose a bit of weight and tone up’, as she said. She had tried to lose weight and get fit before, but had not got the lasting results she desired. She had been with Slimming World and… Continue reading Change just one habit and watch all the other dominoes fall in turn! Sheila just couldn’t believe it could be so easy to lose weight and regain her energy!

Shall we go to the gym for a sit down?

We sit down for breakfast (those who eat breakfast), then sit down in our cars to drive to work. We then spend up to 8 hours or more sitting in our office, including sitting to eat lunch. Then we get in our cars to sit and drive home. So what do we do if we’re… Continue reading Shall we go to the gym for a sit down?

Are you eating a ‘balanced diet’? Millions of years of evolution and we never realised that carbohydrates were crucial to good health!

  The scenario repeats itself, without failure, two or three times every week, at least. It gets to the point where you don’t really want to have the discussion because you know it will undermine faith in everything they’ve taken for granted for decades, as regards health and fitness. Nevertheless, it has to be said,… Continue reading Are you eating a ‘balanced diet’? Millions of years of evolution and we never realised that carbohydrates were crucial to good health!

The real reason we’re all sick.

  It breaks my heart to see so many people, including my own family, suffering and dying unneccessarily from a whole host of mostly preventable disease because of the atrocious dietary advice we have all been given since the 1970’s. Heart disease, type 2 diabetes, digestive problems, cancer, Alzeimers, Parkinsons etc. Whilst genetics may make… Continue reading The real reason we’re all sick.

‘Your balance is poor, so you need to be sitting down to exercise.’ Is this right do you think?

 The World Health Organisation recently ranked sitting as the 4th biggest killer I understand.  I’m sure most people in health and fitness would agree that we need to move more and sit less for a multitude of mental and physical health benefits. Yet it seems that when it comes to the elderly or those with… Continue reading ‘Your balance is poor, so you need to be sitting down to exercise.’ Is this right do you think?

Working on the pure speed element of 5k racing.

So yesterday I was sitting down thinking about what I should focus on in my outdoor pure speed for 5k training session in the evening. There are just so many elements to being able to run faster, without even looking at the endurance aspect of something like 5k (and let’s not forget that this event… Continue reading Working on the pure speed element of 5k racing.

You are not as fragile as you think you are.

  You are not as fragile as you think you are! A very common problem I come across as a trainer is those clients who believe that their body is liable to break with anything other than the easiest, most gentle movement. This is often true of female clients who have not done much training… Continue reading You are not as fragile as you think you are.

The real causes of most lower 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.