How to run your first 5k: training guidance for beginner runners. 10 key points to consider if you are building up from little or nothing to running your first 5k: 1. Don’t try to run fast before you can run steady, don’t try to run steady before you can jog and don’t try to… Continue reading Like to start running but don’t know where to start? 10 essential tips for novice runners.
The New Breed of Runner and Why Traditional Running Coaching is NOT what they need.
At Roads to Freedom we know that for the vast majority of runners winning races and becoming more competitive is not the main goal. For many, running is about stress relief, getting away from all their worldly cares – busy schedules, family duties etc. They appreciate the sense of calm and relaxation they feel as… Continue reading The New Breed of Runner and Why Traditional Running Coaching is NOT what they need.
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.
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.
How to run faster – from couch potato to podium.
Originally posted on ultrafit50plus:
Most people, once they start jogging or running, reach a point where they want to learn to run faster, especially if they are relatively young, so let me tell you my own story. In my mid twenties I was practically a vegetable. Weighing just 7 stones, I had spent the…
What price your life?
‘I can’t afford a personal trainer’. I hear this all the time. Then I look at the £800 phone, the £20,000 car, the £2000 holiday, the designer clothes etc. So what can a trainer do for you that these can’t? Well studies have shown that even an obese individual who engages in regular… Continue reading What price your life?
Freedom to change – what’s holding you back?
Freedom is one of our most treasured values and quite rightly. There are many kinds of freedom of course; political freedom, physical freedom, mental freedom, freedom of speech etc. Without freedom we are seriously diminished as human beings. Although we in the Western world are relatively free, at least in a political sense,… Continue reading Freedom to change – what’s holding you back?
18 (yes 18!) benefits of fasting.
Is skipping the odd meal bad for your health?! On the contrary; here are 18 benefits of intermittent fasting, without even trying! Improved mental clarity, memory and focus. Weight and fat loss. Lowers blood sugar levels Improves insulin sensitivity Increases energy levels Lowers blood cholesterol Possible prevention of Alzheimer’s Disease. Greater longevity. Reverses the Ageing… Continue reading 18 (yes 18!) benefits of fasting.
Slimming World: now the bad points.
Some people saw my recent blog post about Slimming World, pointing out its positive features and concluded that I must be a fan of this organisation. I suppose that in today’s world of very short attention spans and black and white instant judgement that’s not all that surprising. People don’t often read complete blog posts… Continue reading Slimming World: now the bad points.