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  • Heart Rate Confusion

    Heart Rate Confusion

    8th February 2018

    We look at the heart rate how to work out your training zone with fitness expert, Matt Hart… Q. Using my Garmin heart rate monitor, it has shown that I can reach a maximum HR of 193 and an average overnight HR…

  • Salty Facts: Reducing Your Salt Consumption

    Salty Facts: Reducing Your Salt Consumption

    7th February 2018

    Salt (along with sugar) has been in the news again recently not because we’ve run out of it to spread on the roads but because we are consuming too much of it

  • Lower Leg Strengthening: Musical Toes

    Lower Leg Strengthening: Musical Toes

    1st February 2018

    Target Muscle/s: Flexors and Extensors of Toes & Big Toe Sets & Reps: Varied & Fun Tempo: Practice slow, fast, to a musical beat Frequency: Twice a week strength training program (or as advised if part of rehab plan) Rationale…

  • Tips For Winter Running, Biking & Hiking

    Tips For Winter Running, Biking & Hiking

    2nd January 2018

    Q: “I’m keen to get into the outdoors over the winter and run, bike and hike. What tips have you got in terms of kit/other needs/ requirements?” Terry Jones, by email A: Admittedly UK weather in winter can be a challenge but remember there’s no…

  • Exercise Of The Month – Ankle Mobility: Knee To Wall Test

    Exercise Of The Month – Ankle Mobility: Knee To Wall Test

    27th December 2017

    Ankle Mobility: Knee-To-Wall Test Target: Ankle Dorsiflexion Goal: To investigate issues potentially caused by too little or too much range. Rationale When running, the shin & knee of the weight-bearing leg need to be able to pass over the grounded…

  • Five Tips On Staying Active During The Winter Months

    Five Tips On Staying Active During The Winter Months

    24th December 2017

    Andy Magill (Head Vitality Coach at VitalityHealth) has produced his top tips on staying active, and keeping up fitness motivation, during the winter months. Particularly with the harsher colder weather, darker nights, and other seasonal barriers. 1: Think of the…

  • Exercise Of The Month – Lower Leg Strength: Eversion & Inversion

    Exercise Of The Month – Lower Leg Strength: Eversion & Inversion

    30th November 2017

    Target Muscle/s: Peroneals, Tibialis Anterior, Tibialis Posterior. Sets & Reps: 3 x 12 repetitions (each leg) Tempo: isometric (hold for up to 30s), concentric (push down for 1s, hold for 2s, return for 3s) Frequency: Twice a week strength training…

  • What To Eat At Altitude

    What To Eat At Altitude

    28th November 2017

    We put your questions to our experts to find the answers you need. Nutritionist Rhiannon Lambert looks at what to eat at altitude…   Q: I know that altitude effects the way the body responds to exercise – do I…

  • Lower Back Ache From Cycling

    Lower Back Ache From Cycling

    28th November 2017 1 Comment

    Physiotherapist, Tobias Bremer answers reader’s questions including this one on diagnosing lower back ache among cyclists. Q. My lower back aches after cycling. Why, and what can I do about it? Paul Hyde, by email A. Obviously the first port of call…