Exercise on holiday : yes or no?

You have spent months at the gym, pounding the pavement and eating a diet of greens to get into holiday shape. Your holiday finally arrives; you grab a sun lounger, order a drink and all thoughts of exercise swiftly leave your mind. Sound familiar?! So the million dollar question is should we exercise on holiday? We think so. Why let …

How to start running and not get injured (well try)

Your aim this year might not be to run a marathon (never say never, but maybe not just yet) BUT it might be to start running. Running is one the easiest types of exercise to do. It’s free, it can be done anywhere (even when you are on holiday – if you are really keen) and YOU can dictate how …

Top tips for your first London (or any) marathon

It is the New Year! Time to recover from the festive season and try and stick to your resolutions. IF you last year, in a fit of excitement (or stupidness), signed up for your first ever London Marathon it also means, gulp, training has (or should of ?) started. We know – April 22nd seems a long way away, but …

A week of workouts in Dubai!

So it’s that time of year where holidays are on our minds, and while relaxing and resting is of course part of the deal, it’s also a great time to keep up with fitness and perhaps try new things. I spent a week in Dubai recently while visiting friends and took the time to join my host at some of …

More Regent’s Park Running! Plus 6 x 400m

So my previous posts have included running around Regent’s park. One thing I haven’t mentioned though is that it’s a perfect 5 km loop. Brilliant if you are training for an event, gives you a nice whole number to work with. It has to be a favourite run of mine, mainly because it’s all about health and activity in London. …

Load your tendons – they like it.

Tendons are great, they connect muscle to bone and allow us to produce unbelievable force and attenuate weights of up to 8-10 times our own body weight. It’s pretty difficult to rupture a tendon but if you step on that football pitch, squash court or pogo up and down at a One Direction gig – without any recent exposure to …

Run London – Regent’s Park Hill Sprints

Regent’s Park Hill Sprints I love this run for the view across London it provides at the top of Primrose Hill. Starting at Baker St, you run to the out circle of Regent’s park, follow this north along the outside of the park. Once you hit the chariots of fire style running track (you won’t miss it, there are always …

The Importance of Good Landing Mechanics

  Possessing good landing mechanics is important for the majority of athletes in todays world, from MMA athletes, to Basketball players. However, due to the demands of their sport, the importance of landing effectively in long distance runners is critical. Landing with bad technique can place a great deal of stress throughout the kinetic chain and can end careers prematurely if …

How to stretch your quadriceps

Mike Aunger from Technique Physiotherapy and Sports Medicine describes 3 different techniques to stretch the quadriceps musculature. These muscles when overly tight can cause knee cap and patella tendon issues. Therefore this stretch series can be part of an effective management strategy to manage knee pain related to running and cycling.

How to roll your quadriceps

Mike Aunger from Technique Physiotherapy and Sports Medicine describes how to roll your quadriceps muscles, tight quadriceps can be a factor in those who have pain in the anterior aspect of their knee related to doing activities such as running and cycling.