Health, Exercise & Fitness

Why should I start circuit training?
24th August 2017

What is circuit training? This is a type of training that involves performing a series of exercises one after the other in a circuit for a sustained period of time, before returning to the first station and repeating.  It typically involves a combination of resistance exercises (weighted or body weight) designed to improve muscular endurance, […]

1st June 2017

Metatarsalgia Metatarsalgia is the name for pain in the ball of the foot. It affects the metatarsals, the long bones in the midsection of your foot connecting to the toes. The feet can be a common source of pain because they support your weight throughout the day as you’re standing, walking and running. Metatarsalgia can have a […]

8th May 2017

Verrucaes Verrucae are plantar warts that commonly occur on the soles of the feet or around the toe area. They are caused by the Human Papilloma Virus (HPV) which is highly contagious through direct person to person contact. There are various forms of HPV which all relate to various parts of the human body. Verrucae […]

Nutrition for Acute Injury Recovery
10th April 2017

Nutrition for Acute Injury Recovery During an acute injury your body not only needs rest, ice, compression, elevation (RICE) but may also benefit from nutrients specific to tissue healing and inflammation. These can reduce the healing process that occurs following injury, also ensuring the damaged tissue repairs in the best way possible. Soft tissue injuries […]

Up and Coming Marathons
15th February 2017

Up and Coming Marathons 2017 For most people April couldn’t feel further away, but for everyone preparing and training for one of the big April Marathons, you may be frantically counting off the weeks of your training programme. Although it may feel like it is fast approaching, there’s still plenty of time to make a […]

Treating Those Sprains and Strains
10th September 2015

Treating Sprains or Strains Following on from our previous blog on the difference between sprains and strains, which can be found here, let’s take a look at what treatment you would need if you do happen to sprain or strain something. Mild sprains and strains may need rehabilitation exercises and a change or reduction in activity during […]

Did You Sprain It or Strain it?
9th September 2015

Have you ever sprained your ankle? If you have then you will know how painful it is. Did you definitely sprain your ankle? Was it actually a strain (or even, in some cases, a break)? The pain can be excruciating for any of these injuries so it may be difficult for you to tell the difference. […]

Rotator Cuff Tears – Physio Not Surgery?
7th September 2015

Can physiotherapy be an effective alternative to surgery for patients with rotator cuff tears? It is usual when a tear is found in one of the four muscles of the shoulder that make up the rotator cuff (which are subscapularis, infraspinatus, teres minor, and supraspinatus if you wish to improve your anatomical knowledge) that a surgeon […]

Lower Back Pain when Cycling?
23rd July 2015

Following on from yesterday’s post about taking part in long distance cycling, which can be read here, it is also worth considering the effects on the body from spending such a long time in the saddle, over and above the obvious pain that can be ameliorated by wearing some fetching padded shorts. Road bikes will usually have the […]

Ever Fancied a Sportive?
22nd July 2015

For the uninitiated, a sportive is not a soft top car or an old fashioned way of describing someone who is ‘playful or frolicsome’. It is a long distance cycling event that has become increasingly popular in recent years. It is the cycling equivalent of a marathon, although the distances range from a ‘beginner’ distance of […]

Kit List for Your Triathlon
15th July 2015

Lists. If you do triathlon, learn to love them. You are far less likely to forget something crucial (although most have done so at one time – there are certainly people who have left their bikes at home, despite remembering their anti-fog goggle mist) if you have a kit list. This is even more so […]

Got the Tennis Bug?
7th July 2015

With Wimbledon in full swing, you may be tempted to pick up your racquets and have a go yourselves. Tennis is great exercise and a healthy and enjoyable way to socialise, if you stay off the Pimms until afterwards. There are many tennis clubs in the North West to cater for players of all abilities, including […]

It’s Heating Up! Exercising in the Sun
30th June 2015

  It’ s hot hot hot in the North West this week! However, can you imagine the physical and mental strength needed to run the Marathon de Sables? That’s the equivalent of five and a half marathons in five or six days, a total distance of some 251 km – 156 miles in 50 degrees Celsius […]

Post-Half Marathon Tips & Advice
24th March 2014

Congratulations on completing your recent half marathon. Finishing the race and being rewarded with the finishing medal is a great achievement which you can treasure for the rest of your lives! Below are a few tips and advice protocols to help promote an efficient full recovery and enable a swift return back to running and […]

Weight Loss: Diet & Exercise
20th September 2013

Your weight is dependent on the number of calories you consume and the number of calories that you expend. Your intake of calories comes from the food and drink you eat each day. Calories are burned by your metabolism, thermogenesis and physical activity. When your energy intake is equal to your energy expenditure then you […]

Are You ‘Ski Fit’?
13th September 2013

Are you ski fit? The countdown has begun, the glaciers will soon be open, and it is less than 150 days to the start of Sochi 2014 Winter Olympics.  Now is the time to get yourself ‘ski fit’ and ready for the snow. Risk of injury whilst on the slopes is greatly reduced if you […]

Pre-Half Marathon Race Tips & Advice
13th September 2013

  As your half marathon race is approaching, it is imperative that you aim to prepare both your body and mind to the level of maximum capability to allow performance to excel on the day of the race. The correct and most effective training programme advised by a skilled personal trainer is the key to completion and […]

Metabolic Rate
29th August 2013

Your body metabolism is defined as the processes that occur when your body converts food into energy. A fast metabolic rate is one which burns calories quickly which may be ideal for those of you who are trying to lose weight. Your resting metabolic rate accounts for 60-75% of the calories that you burn each […]

BMI: Body Mass Index
28th August 2013

The ‘Body Mass Index’ (BMI) is a measure of the human body’s relation to its individual height and mass (weight). The scoring system enables a good indication of whether somebody is underweight, overweight or within normal limits for their body shape and size. Body mass is quite simple to calculate once height and weight have […]

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