Is it really that simple?

Someone once told me, “Just go out and run.”

If your main aim is to enjoy running, that’s a perfectly sensible strategy to take. If your main aim is to stay fit for life, you may want to include some other types of training.

Stretching, strength and mobility all play a part in our overall health and, “muscle and bone strengthening and balance activities [can] delay the natural decline in muscle mass and bone density that occurs from around 50 years of age, maintaining function in later life.”

It’s not just about the physical advantages, though. Many people who participate in regular exercise find that other areas of their lives improve, too.

The wider physical wellbeing, mental wellbeing and individual development benefits of physical activity

Find out more about the long-game.

Struggling to get started?

This guidance from Public Health England was published today (23rd January 2020), but it’s nothing new.

Many people know that they should move more, but it can be hard to get started.

This magical ‘moving more doesn’t mean you have to go to Zumba three times a week or train for a marathon. Start with the simple things, if you’re able: take the stairs for the first or last part of your journey up to the office; walk to the break-out-area on the other side of your floor; leave your desk at lunchtime.

Some moving is better than no moving. If you’re really stuck, get in touch.

Physically active people have lower health risks

Take a look at yourself and make a change…

Did you make a New Year’s Resolution? How’s it going?

Changing behaviour, especially if it’s become habitual, can be hard. There’s loads of research about how people change their habits and the stages we go through to make changes.

I really like the behaviour change model which has been used here, by the Royal College of Nursing. Although they’re talking about change for health, it could be referring to anything: getting the boiler serviced, finding a new job, achieving an athletic goal.

If you’re feeling a bit stuck, especially if you’re contemplating change or are in danger of a relapse, get in touch; we can work together to unstick you!

stages of change model
From https://www.rcn.org.uk/clinical-topics/supporting-behaviour-change/understanding-behaviour-change

On the importance of rest

Resting is when your body adapts, recovers and rebuilds to make it stronger. This will only happen if you stress your body in accordance with the adaptation you want to happen (e.g. if you want to get faster, you need to practice running faster) and you let your body make those tweaks.

That’s why a long-run schedule takes backwards steps sometimes. It can be tempting to keep going up, especially after a good run, but don’t stress your body too much, or you’ll end up over-training and sick or injured. Take care!

This article from BrianMac Sports Coach explains this beautifully.

Can I compare thee…?

Running’s weird: races are all about who comes first, but so few people can realistically train for that level of success, why do the rest of us even bother?!

I don’t mean for that to sound negative, but to serve as a reminder that our reasons are different: some people want to get faster; some want to run further; others just want to get away from it all.

Whatever our reasons for running, comparing ourselves with someone who’s training for something different is going to be entirely counter-productive: start from where you are and where you want to get will hove into view!