I started and stopped a couple of times last year in trying to add running into my own exercise program as it was just too uncomfortable. Now I’m not against exercise being uncomfortable but there’s a big difference between the discomfort of hard work and feeling like I’m actually damaging my body and it was the latter that I was feeling. I’d heard Chris McDougall on the radio talking about his book “Born to Run” and had a few conversations with a couple of friends regarding barefoot running and running shoes etc and decided to ditch my nice new trainers. It was the middle winter and I wasn’t all that interested in running barefoot so I stuck a very old pair of Addidas Sambas on instead and went for a run. Continue reading “Getting more fun out of going for a run”
When I get a new client one of the more common problem areas they come to me with will be their lower back. There’s also a pretty good chance that they spend most of the day sitting down so the source of the problem can, in some respects, be easy to identify. Aside from poor posture and its associated problems one of the biggest contributory factors are the gluteals and gluteus medius in particular. Continue reading “It might not be your back”
Today the link is to a series of posts on running technique and barefoot running vs shod running in particular.
Sport scientists running technique
All to often we find ourselves stuck working at a desk and the development of poor posture. The result of this can be limited mobility in our thoracic spine and ribcage so here are a couple of simple exercises to help combat this.
Using a high density foam roll is becoming quite popular to enable you to do a bit of “home work” I have one myself and use it between hands on sessions. This a pretty reasonable video of how to get the best out of one.
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This is the first in a great series of exercises to help deal with shoulder problems. I’ll put the other links up later but if you can’t wait thery’re on the side menu and you want to do them as the name suggest in YTWL order.