Moving in the morning

Ryan DeBell over at The Movement Fix has started his Moving in the Morning series which will run through July providing some great ideas for starting the day. I think it is really worth checking these videos out and giving the ideas a try.

The road to Glasgow

Just a short post today with a link to an interview with local Edinburgh runner and medal prospect at the Commonwealth Games Emily Dudgeon.  Emily is one of the top 800m runners in the UK and being only 21 still has loads of potential for improving her PB of 2:02:32.

What’s so special about the human brain?

Whilst this blog is about and I am essentially someone who deals with bodies and how we can help improve our movement, reduce pain, deal with injuries etc I felt this TED talk was well worth sharing as there is no way of getting away from the role the brain has in all of this. Neuroscientist Suzana Herculano-Houzel presents some really interesting ideas about the brain.


More on sleep and recovery

A little while ago I had a post and links to a couple of articles about the negative impact of not getting enough sleep on weight gain, diabetes risk and the desire to exercise. Today’s link looks at sleep and recovery and how a lack of sleep can affect your recovery. While the post addresses exercise it applies equally well to dealing with stress in any form, good quality sleep is important and we should make the effort to ensure we get enough of it.

10 minute workouts

I often talk to clients about the need to get stronger and how this doesn’t have to involve a huge investment in time or money. My friend Chris found these on the NHS website and they are pretty good examples of what can be done in a short amount of time at home.

Mind control

Quite an interesting piece on how the your brain can play tricks on you. Whilst it is about running it applies to all training situations. It reminded me of a lecture I attended where Prof. Andy Jones, Paula Radcliffe’s exercise physiologist, talked about how they had tested Paula before all her best times. In each case the time predicted in the tests was within a few percent, less than 5%, possibly within 1-2%, if I remember correctly. I can’t help but think that being told she was capable of time X increased her confidence and belief in her training and ability to achieve the goals she had set.

Mind Control