Steve had what used to be called a ‘nervous breakdown’ in his early twenties. Twice he tried to end his life by taking overdoses of sleeping tablets and needed to have his stomach pumped out. Steve then was smoking 40 odd cigarettes per day, drinking round the clock and his idea of a square… Continue reading From suicide watch to successful runner: Steve’s true story.
After years of working in the health and fitness industry it is very clear to me that people tend to have very pre-conceived ideas of what they need to do to get fitter, slimmer, faster, stronger or whatever their goal is. Runners and triathletes always tell me they need a ‘stronger core’… Continue reading How much do you really know about achieving optimal health and fitness?
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”?
All of my life I suffered from frequent colds, especially in Winter. Any sudden drop in temperature (like right now) or any stress would be immediately followed by a heavy cold that would often drag on for weeks, sometimes months. These can ruin your training progress and indeed make your life very… Continue reading How to prevent colds from striking to disrupt your training plans.
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.
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.
Obviously your ability to recover from training will vary enormously from individual to individual. It will depend on many factors including how well adaptedyou are already to the training you have been doing, your age, lifestyle factors etc. Here are my top tips to speed up recovery so that you get the most… Continue reading 10 ways to recover faster.