A new client came to see me today. She wanted to lose some weight and get back to running again. Having talked about her current levels of exercise and nutrition, I discovered a very well-motivated, possibly almost driven, lady who had a good handle on the nutrition side and an intelligent understanding of what was… Continue reading Sleep for your life!
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?
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!
A cadence of around 180 steps per minute. Most recreational runners run at too low a cadence, focusing on stride length instead of a quick turnover of the feet. Get the cadence right and allow the stride length to adapt accordingly. This is more efficient. Note that this may vary a little if… Continue reading My 10 top tips for great running form.
One of the most common problems we see in running and indeed walking is the tendency to not use the arms effectively. Many people seem to just not know what to with the arms. Although the arms contribute only a small amount directly in propelling us forward, they are massively important in the rhythm of… Continue reading Is your ‘armless’ walking and running style slowing you down?
Outside the comfort zone. Whilst I am a great believer in adopting a holistic approach to getting the best out of you as a runner, this should not be confused with thinking that you don’t need to do the hard running too. On the contrary, you will need to get out of your comfort zone… Continue reading Interval training for 5k speed. You must get outside your comfort zone to get faster.
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.
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?
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.
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.