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!
There seems to be an epidemic of knee pain, both amongst runners and the general population. Perhaps this is not surprising – the knee is an extremely vulnerable joint critically located between the ground and your hips. I guess it’s also a price we must pay for becoming bipedal. We also compound this… Continue reading Knees hurting? 5 Strategies for addressing your knee pain.
The more you do of a particular activity the better you will become at doing it IN THAT WAY. This is probably so that your brain can be freed up for ‘more important’ tasks. So if you only run you will become ‘fitter’ for running (but not necessarily better at it). You will be able… Continue reading Run faster more easily by first addressing balance, posture and mobility, looking at the whole body in motion.
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.
Good quality deep sleep is essential for good health and physical fitness. This should be the number one priority yet there is a massive epidemic world wide of sleep deprivation. Boasting about how little sleep you need is not clever. You are no different to everyone else and you will be suffering from it,… Continue reading 10 strategies to improve your sleep.
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!
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.