Deadlifts

Why runners (and everyone) should learn to love them. Talking through a few thoughts about the benefits of including deadlifts in your training. Plus, basics of how to do them and a couple of variations to try.

Benefits of Yoga for Runners

Benefits of yoga for runners… and everyone else! Strength: yoga strengthens legs, upper body, core, back and will help with smaller stabilising muscles that can be neglected by running alone but will help keep you moving well. Balance: single leg standing poses help to strengthen feet, ankles and hips that will keep you upright. Flexibility:…

How Relaxed Are You When You Run?

Something to think about next time your out for a run. When it starts to get harder do you tense up? That tension in the body can mean we end up using more effort than we need to. Take a moment to breathe and try relaxing muscles in the jaw, neck, shoulders, shake out the…

Sunday Breakfast

Fuel for the long run. During the week I usually prefer savoury breakfasts but on Sundays, before my longer run, I’ll have porridge instead as I’ve learned that the higher carbohydrate and lower fat ratio seems to keep me going for longer before I start to feel hungry again. When we exercise for extended periods,…

Miles for Mind 2020

In May last year I signed up to the huge challenge of running 150 Miles for Mind organised by the runr team. You can read more about that here. This year I have done the same again but the challenge is feeling much more approachable. In part because I’m in better running shape and a…

Do I Really Have To Do This?

Exercising when you don’t feel like it. Worth persevering with… probably? Definitely. Sunday morning is my long run day, usually one I look forward to as there’s less time pressure, I can sleep in a bit get up and run and don’t have to worry about being back at a certain time*. Last weekend I…

Exercise is for LIFE

Not just for January. Not just for the post-Christmas weight loss. Not just for bigger biceps. Not just for Parkrun PBs. Not just the #crushedmyworkout Insta-selfie. Although all those things are great. Exercise is about keeping your body active which can help strengthen bones, strengthen muscles, burn fat, boost mood, reduce stress, improve memory, improve…

What I Learned From Yoga Teacher Training

‘The answer may surprise you!’. It certainly did me. Yes that’s a click baity headline but is also something that’s been difficult to work out and talk about. I’d expected to learn lots about yoga but have ended up learning more about myself. I think I also expected this to transform my life somehow but…

Managing Intensity

[Repost from Instagram] Working out to increase fitness is going to have to involve some high intensity workouts that challenge aerobic capacity or strength but equally important for growth is recovery and rest in between sessions. Also important to consider is other stressors, such as work, quality of sleep, anything that could affect energy levels,…

Body Balance 86

I seem to find it takes longer to decide what to make of Body Balance releases compared to the others but overall I really like this one and I think it will be one I come back to in future. Musically this one is different as it includes two non-vocal tracks for T7 Core-Back and…