Stuck in a rut – the power of questions

Up until quite recently I was convinced I simply just couldn’t lose weight. I tried and it worked for a little while then nothing. Counting calories was a pain so I tried other ways but the same results each time.

Couldn’t be bothered was more the reason than it not working for me. I couldn’t find the motivation until I asked the right questions of myself.

Questions are incredibly powerful when we get them correct. Continue reading “Stuck in a rut – the power of questions”

Know when to hold them, know when to fold them…

Training Lessons From Kenny Rodgers

I have to say I have a bit of a soft spot for Kenny Rodgers “The Gambler” it’s a bit corny but reminds me of hearing it on the radio growing up.

Twice this last week in my training, I have had to fold them, both occasions on a run. One I wasn’t too bothered about the other was a little disconcerting.

Last Friday I was doing my second run of the week which includes two blocks at 10k tempo pace. This week the goal was 2 blocks of 10 minutes. All was going well until minute 9 of the second block when I could feel my form significantly deteriorate so I stopped. Continue reading “Know when to hold them, know when to fold them…”

A total pain in the…

Pain is a strange beast

Pain is a strange beast with so many different things affecting how you perceive it. It is, therefore, no surprise that most do not realise that it is primarily simply a warning that something might have happened.

Yes, pain doesn’t tell you that you have injured your self only that you might have!

How can this be I hear you ask?

Like many things, it’s all about context. There are conversations I have with friends that would be entirely inappropriate to have with others. This is because the shared, 40+ years in some cases, history isn’t there. They know I’m joking etc when it at first glance doesn’t sound like I am etc.

Pain is very like this. How you perceive it is based a lot on your own individual history. All your experiences, both in relation to painful events, both emotional and physical, illness and general social support, what you do for a living and more go into how you perceive pain. Continue reading “A total pain in the…”

The best cardio workouts for over 40’s

What are the best cardio workouts for the over 40’s?

A better question would be…what is the best way to structure a conditioning program for the over 40’s?

Which would then prompt the reply, what are your goals?

Your goals ultimately determine what your conditioning program needs to look like. If you play 5-a-side football regularly then your program will look different to someone who wants to run 5k fast. They, in turn, will look different to someone who takes part in BJJ.

What they all have in common is that they are based on a strong aerobic base and less volume than you did in your 20’s.

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How to beat DOMS

DOMS – what is it?

DOMS or delayed onset muscle soreness is something that everyone has experienced regardless of training history. You don’t even have to have trained to experience it. You have just decorated the bedroom and you have sore shoulders, that soreness is DOMS. Often thought of as a sign of a good training session, nothing could be further from the truth.

In tech speak the pain is caused by an increase in the acute loading that is sufficiently above your chronic loading level that you aren’t ready for. You react to this in an adverse manner that is painful.  The unwanted pain of DOMS is a secondary reason why you should build up the volume and intensity over a period of weeks. The primary reason for the gradual build-up is to reduce the risk of injury. DOMS is painful but it isn’t an injury. A good rule of thumb is to use increases of no greater than 10% per week. Continue reading “How to beat DOMS”

Is Sports Massage for me?

Sports Massages here at PST focus on relieving tension, aches, pain, and stiffness. We allow you to move easily, free from restrictions and not have to worry about your upcoming plans for the days ahead. Having provided Sports Massage for the people of Edinburgh for over 14 years we still hear people ringing up asking whether they would benefit from a sports massage.

Our clients who are involved in sport find it to be a great recovery tool but the truth is, our Sports massage is for absolutely ANYONE!

 

Why do I say it is for anyone?

Stress and tension and the need to relax and recover aren’t the exclusive domain of sports people. We all need a little TLC from time to time and regular sports massage is a great way to help with this. It has the added benefit of meaning that any potential problems will get picked up before they become an issue!

 

 

Actually, did I say that only 50% of our clients who come in for massage participate in the sport! The other 50% of our clients range from office workers (or anyone else who gets aches and tension at work), those who enjoy light movement, going for walks or even gardening.

 

For the majority of people simple tasks such as picking up your child/ grandchild, bending over to pick something off the floor, sat at a computer all day or even walking the dog are difficult due to aches, pains, tension, and stiffness.

 

Book your Sports Massage today by calling 0131 226 5696

Or if you have any questions at all do not hesitate to contact us, we will be more than happy to help. You can also book a call and we’ll call you at a time that is convenient to answer any questions you may have.

 

 

 

 

 

Practising what you preach – graded exposure and progressive overload in rehab

I injured myself in mid November last year. Nothing serious just a mild grade 1 tear in vastus lateralis, one of your quads, when doing some heavy squats. I took it easy for a couple of weeks and gradually worked back into things. I then tore it again in the first week in January! To say I was not happy would be an understatement.

 

man squatting

What went wrong?

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