How much do you really know about achieving optimal health and fitness?

    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?

Why are we not asking why?

      In this world of information and misinformation we are overloaded with quick fix advice. Yet for all the myriad ‘solutions’ to health and fitness issues, hardly anybody seems to be asking the question WHY? 1. You’ve got high blood pressure. WHY? 2. I feel hungry all the time and can’t lose weight.… Continue reading Why are we not asking why?

How to prevent colds from striking to disrupt your training plans.

      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.

But WHY are my calves tight? I KNOW how to stretch them!

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!

Knees hurting? 5 Strategies for addressing your knee pain.

    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.

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.

‘Tapering’ or winding down your training before half marathon.

  With a number of runners I’ve been working with currently preparing for Autumn half marathons, especially the Oxford half in October, I thought this might be a timely post. A lot of runners, especially newer runners, have been asking me about how to taper or wind down their training before a half marathon event.… Continue reading ‘Tapering’ or winding down your training before half marathon.