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Author: Lisa King

Exercise as an outlet for stress / frustration

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I've been slow and steady with my reading of 'Why zebras don't get ulcers' by Robert M Sapolsky, and I am learning an awful lot in the process about the effects of chronic stress on the body. It requires much concentration to take in the physiology, but it's so interesting and I am hoping that some of it will stay embedded in my brain. One key factor in reducing the effect of a stressor is ...
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Exercise and ME / Chronic Fatigue

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I was very interested and moved reading Lara's story in Stu's blog last week. It is inspiring to hear that she overcame this major health setback and that exercise was part of her recovery. Personally I can relate to Lara's situation having suffered with ME / chronic fatigue in 2012 for about a year. I had flu, and didn't recover. The first few months were pretty terrible, and it would have...
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Achilles fortifying part 2

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Following on from my blog about Achilles tendinitis and exercises to help, here is my second favourite, also taken from sports newsletter Peak Performance. This is to help develop flexibility and eccentric strength in the calf muscles so that the Achilles tendon can cope with the forces of running. If you've had tenderness in the Achilles, wait a week or two for it to calm down and then beg...
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Exercising in the heat – why’s it so hard?

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My client and I had a little chat about why exercising in this hot weather feels so hard. My thoughts were that blood needs to be pumped to the periphery in order to dissipate heat via the skin, much more than usual, therefore exercising muscles are receiving less of the red stuff, and therefore less oxygen. A quick read of the subject in an Idea Health & Fitness article backs this up, ...
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How to avoid / treat pesky tendinitis of the Achilles

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Achilles tendinitis is a common complaint among runners, involving pain in the Achilles on motion, tenderness, and sometimes warmth and swelling to the area. Stiffness and pain on getting up in the morning is a symptom. It is a chronic injury, i.e. an accumulation of stresses leading to the tendon being overloaded. Causes can be worn out shoes, training on road or uneven terrain, and, most lik...
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How exercise helps my friend K cope with the challenges of having a son with autism

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I know how useful exercise can be to help people manage day to day stress. I know how uplifting it can be to go for a run and think of nothing except where my next stride is landing and how beautiful my surroundings are. It certainly helps me feel calmer. As I ran recently with my friend K, whose 14 year old son has autism, I asked her if exercise was important to her in coping with the pressu...
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Dynamic stretching; the new black

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At Personal Space we've been using dynamic stretching during warm up with clients for some years, (yes, yes, we're very on-trend here) but some of you may be asking "why are you doing that instead of traditional static stretches?" The answer is because research shows it may be a more effective way of preparing the body for the more intense exercise to follow, and that force production is in th...
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‘Why zebras don’t get ulcers’ – first glimpse

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I have been lent a book called Why zebras don't get ulcers, the acclaimed guide to stress, stress-related diseases, and coping, by Robert M. Sapolsky. I am on chapter one; here are a few snippets I have learnt from it so far: "We are now living well enough and long enough to slowly fall apart" says Sapolsky. Many of todays diseases where damage accumulates slowly (cancer, cardiovascul...
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How to lower your BP without drugs

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The UK guidelines for blood pressure (BP) are as follows: Under 120 / 80 is desirable, 120 - 140 / 80 - 90 is elevated, with >140 / >90 being classed as hypertension stage 1. Recent revisions to US guidelines are slightly different, with >130/>80 now described as hypertension, in response to the increase in people with high BP. More than one in four adults in the UK have high BP. ...
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mountain biking thrills

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Rock Shox, berms, "give it some air" (I didn't), front suspension, drop-offs (not for me!), padded baggy shorts, special shoes, mud, knobbly tyres, back wheel skids (no fear!). All terms I've been introduced to on my first real mountain bike excursion in Wales, other than family trails. In glorious sunshine we climbed for forty minutes in Cwmcarn forest, South Wales - the route up was a nic...
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