Stretch before you run to improve your performance

Make time to stretch before you run


Why stretch? I always seemed to be on a tight schedule when I trained and wanted to make the most of my precious exercise time. Stretching was simply something that got in the way of my lunchtime runs. Little wonder then that every few months I would succumb to some form of niggly injury; usually nothing too serious, but annoying none-the-less.…

Poor posture at your desk and limited movement: major causes of lower back pain

Lower back pain: why you need to get active now


I had the pleasure of meeting staff from the ITV studios in London recently as part of ITV’s ‘happy back’ lunchtime pop-in session. After working in an office myself for many years, I wasn’t surprised to see young office workers with varying degrees of lower back pain queuing eagerly for a therapeutic massage from Suzanne Wylde. According to Royal London…

Make a warm up part of all your workouts and you’ll reduce your risk of injury and get more out of your sessions.

Warm up to work out


Make a warm up part of all your workouts and you’ll reduce your risk of injury and get more out of your sessions. The aim of a warm up (not surprisingly) is to raise your core body temperature. This increases the blood and oxygen flow to your muscles and tendons and reduces the risk of soft tissue injury. It also increases…