How hard do you find it to to deal with an injury that stops you from training,running or cycling?
Should you train through illness or rest and recover?
They say age is no boundary and I understand the phase but surely its harder at 50 than 25.
Fitness, exercise, diet and lifestyle are always discussed and promoted as key factors in living a full healthy life but are there detrimental factors in training hard.
Lets look at injury first.
I have often said to myself,clients and anyone inclined to listen, that if we were not prepared to run or train through a niggle or mild injury then we would seldom run at all. What I mean is how often do you run and feel completely injury free? Certainly as age creeps up on us it gets harder and harder to recover from exertion. Of course genes play a major part, we all know a Peter Pan than never seems to age and defies every additional year. But to most of us our joints, muscles and bones bare the brunt of time.
So should we ignore these little aches and pains or should we rest and clock up the sessions on the physios table?
Key point here is. I am obviously not a doctor, neither am I a medic of any sort. I know about bones,bodies,joints,muscles etc which helps me make decisions but if your in any doubt, see a medical professional. Having said that most doctors will when pushed admit it isn't an exact science. I'm sure i have told this story before but its very true. I had the old style cartilage operation on my knee at a very early age, 14 actually, a large part of it was trimmed and 2 years later the rest was removed. Both involved cuts and stitches. This procedure makes the joint prone to early arthritis and meant 3 further, Cleaning of the joint, Arthroscopes. 10 years later,age 30, an orthopedic surgeon told me if I was 20 years older then they would do a knee replacement but I was too young. The perfect excuse not to run. Only when I needed to lose weight and get fitter did I forget that excuse and start very slow jogging.This eventually lead to more serious running ( despite my large frame ) and a few sub 140 half marathons. Point being, my knees are far more pain free as a runner than pre-running. Many old school doctors will still advise,running is bad for the knees but more and more are advocating the huge benefits.
the nation and in some cases the world gets larger, by which I mean it's
health, wealth and general condition of all of us is affected by body weight or
more accurately BODY FAT.
expectancy now is still an awful lot longer than many years ago but not due to
the way we live. Imagine how long the caveman may have lived with current
medicines available and advanced clinical technology? This on top of their more
natural diet and exercise needed to survive. Most of us now live longer despite
our life styles not because of them.
not going to harp on about the obvious cost to our health service etc, but you
only have to spend half an hour at your local hospital to view the thousands of
people seeking treatment. What percentage of these have ailments at least
influenced by lifestyle choices if not caused by them? The smokers crowded around the doors,
youngsters with sugary drinks and obese young couples in mobility scooters queuing
for their Greggs.
why, when we all clearly know the positive and negative impact of diet and
exercise, do we largely ignore them?
of listing some, take my example. Right from my early twenties I have been
prone to add or lose body fat in short periods of time. In fact, I am writing
this now to change my mindset and kick
start a good few months of positive actions, purely because of other life
episodes recently allowing my focus to drop. But when you think that my
cardiologist has told me many times that my exercise and lifestyle have kept me
alive, why would I let things slip? Even more importantly, why when I have
studied and learned all that I have on fitness, would I allow myself to add
simple answer is living. Life is always going to throw in a curve ball; stress,
work, women, men, kids, adults. Socially, these days life is so much about
drinking and eating. How many times have I written Food is for Energy not
Entertainment? Well, many of my close friends and family will seriously
disagree with that statement and I am a little inclined to agree but still we
need a balance. It mustn't just be about consuming as much as some of the
fashionable buffet style establishments are willing to allow us to. Quality
should always surpass quantity.
with all my knowledge and experience in these areas, I can allow myself to
lapse into overindulgence and under activity, then why should I deem myself fit
to judge any of those people at the hospital I talked about previously. Every minor
detail of daily life affects how our brain and body functions. Some of those
people could have recently lost someone special, have a terminally ill child or
even a less drastic, broken limb. Think
back to how a major event in your life, be it positive or negative. Has had a
massive effect on your weight. Lots of us lose or gain body fat either during
or after similar times.
to lose body fat.
I go into the details of exercise, diet and routine. I want to touch on some
points from a book I have just read. I never expected 'No Nonsense', an
Autobiography by footballer Joey Barton to have anything like as much thought
provoking material in it as it did. Before, during and after digesting this
fantastic account of a young scouse guys journey though early adult life in and
out of football. I still can't decide if I like or dislike him. But that's just
it. I can't, won't and don't need to.
Can't because I don't know him well
enough from his book, social media and general media. Won't for those same
reasons. But more importantly don't need to. One of the important points Joey
makes in his book is our need to judge others. Forget the glass houses
scenario. What I mean is why do we need to like or dislike and form opinions on
people we know so little about. This not only takes me back to the people at
the hospital whom we so often judge but more often the people a lot closer to
us. Use your wife, husband or partner now as an example. Do you love or even
like every single thing about her or him, all of the time? Of course not, you
don't even love every aspect of yourself.
What we do is love the important parts and
forgive the differences. The same needs to be applied to others. Take the
pluses from people around you and except the differences. From that life will
be so much more positive and with so many more acquaintances you will broaden
your horizons and knowledge.
will reflect on other aspects of the book soon but the relevance of the the
last paragraph to me are these 3 points.
encourage positive thoughts and actions. See my website
then. Down to the facts. How to lose BODY FAT.
is where we come back to the quote. Food is for energy, the fact is, the only
way to lose body fat is to consume less calories than you burn. It doesn't
really matter where your calories come from, as one calorie is one calorie.
Well, perhaps not as simple as that, and using the car analogy again, the
better the quality fuel you put into the
engine, the better it will run. By now we should hopefully all be aware of
previous misguided information given to us by government medical officials
concerning fats and sugars. If not then please, take time to read the article
at the end of this paragraph .Fat in foods is not so much the negative
substance we were lead to believe. The biggest cause of body fat is SUGAR. We
need good fats such as nuts, avocado and dairy product for our body to survive.
Even more scary is the fact that the body is so clever that if we deprive it of
fat then it will hang on to any stores it has, hence that muffin top over your
jeans you never seem to shift. Simple carbohydrates (sugars) found in most
pre-produced products,our body uses the energy required and then stores the
remainder as fat.
worse for me: fat or sugar?
dietitian Victoria Taylor says:
question has been a hot topic in the press, with arguments raging back and
forth, but it shouldn’t be a choice between the two.
have good evidence that there is a link between saturated fat and raised
cholesterol levels, while there is also an issue in relation to the amount of
sugar we eat and our weight. This means that, as well as cutting down on foods
high in saturated fat and replacing saturated fats like butter with unsaturated
fats like rapeseed, olive or sunflower oils, it’s important to keep an eye on
the amount of added sugar we are eating, or that is in our drinks, so that we
don’t end up consuming too many calories.
diet consists of foods from five different food groups: fruit and vegetables;
bread, rice, potatoes, pasta and other starchy carbohydrates; meat, fish, eggs,
beans and other non-dairy sources of protein; milk and dairy foods; and foods
and drinks high in fat and/or sugar, and it’s better for us to focus our
attention on the overall balance of these.
we are eating too much of one food group, then it means there is less room for
another in our diet. So rather than focus on cutting out, think about what you
could be eating more of.
your fatty and sugary snacks for fruit and vegetables and have good helpings of
these at mealtimes too. Go for low-fat milk and dairy products, ditch the white
starchy carbohydrates for wholegrain versions, and choose pulses and fish
instead of processed or fatty meat, for example. You will be well on your way
to a healthy balance that is low in saturated fat and added sugar.
Taylor is a registered dietitian with more than ten years’ experience. Her work
for the NHS focused on weight management and community programmes for the
prevention of cardiovascular disease. At the BHF she advises on diet and
back to Joeys book quickly. A friend of his, Steve Black, introduced him to
Kaizan, a Japanese concept mainly used in businesses like Toyota. I was
previously made aware of this means of continuous improvement, back in 2006. I
have dipped in and out of the concept but really wished I'd have used it more. Kaizan is is all about
continuous improvement using short incremental steps, making minor adjustments
for small improvements. Take this out of business and into everyday life, so
for example, how easy would it be to do 10 press ups a day ? Or 15 Squats. What
about cutting out one weekend night of drinking or dropping a takeaway once a
week. Small steps towards a bigger goal.
key point is planning. My clients best results come from a plan or program, in
fact so do mine. How often have you walked into the gym without a clue of what
you intend to do, these sessions become disjointed and miss directional. With a
program, its structured, pre-prepared and you are ready to go. The same goes
for food, plan and prepare your food. All these things are small incremental
steps towards a bigger goal. You probably didn't add the body fat in a few
weeks so don't expect to lose it in days.
for calorie counting, every man and his dog seems to currently use a Fitbit or similar device to count steps or
calories burned. If I had a £ for every person that says to me " I've only
burned 200 calories on that treadmill, that's not even a kitkat ," or
similar,I would be a rich man. Rubbish,
The devices are only as accurate as the information you put into them.
Even more importantly, exercise and your metabolism is well compared to an
oven. Turn up the heat by exercising and your body continues to burn more
calories after you finish and start to recover. Repairing muscle can use more
energy for hours after training. Just like the oven stays hot, your body
continues to recover. So those 200 calories burned on the exercise machine can
turn into 400 or 500.
recommend you ask a local pt or nutritionist to work out your metabolic rate
and apply a current rate of exertion. This gives you a good starting point to
your recommended daily energy intake.
Then gauge you calories consumed using my fitness pal or similar. Drop 200 or
250 off your daily intake and guess what? Over a week that's between 1400 and
1750 calories. SMALL INCREMENTAL STEPS.
One of the easy ways to lose those few calories
daily is by substituting something not so calorific for some of your high
many peoples weight and fat problems are caused by the sugars in alcoholic
drinks, empty calories with no nutritional value at all. A perfect example of
the fat/sugar argument. Beer, wine or spirits contain little or no fat but we
all know how they affect the belly area. My best time for weight and body fat
management came when I had a 3 year spell of alcohol abstinence, completely tea
why would I start drinking again? The simple answer again is life, parts of
life for me became boring. Party's or social events were not really the same
and friends said "you've changed." Originally it was a few beers,
once a month maybe but more recently and yet again due in my eyes to major life
events, Personal reasons not for this blog. But things like House
moves, holidays etc, My social activities have also increased, with which comes
alcohol as well as food. So believe me, I'm no different to anyone of us and
yet again I need to change. Not so drastic this time but small incremental
steps towards the bigger goal. This is easy done by restricting myself to small
amounts of alcoholic drinks for social nights not every weekend night or even
all think we know what exercise is and how to exercise but I disagree. Many
times I am asked, "why can't I lose weight? I walk 4 miles a day with the
dog." Or very similar questions. That is an activity our body should do
naturally. We are designed to move, not to sit or lay. Exercise is about
building up a sweat and getting the heart rate elevated. Optimum fat burning is
estimated to be at about 80% of our maximum heart rate, your rarely achieve
that walking the dog. There are basic equations to estimate maximum heart
rates. See below but again, one session with a PT doing a stress test or
similar will give you more accurate assessment.
art is to exercise smart rather than long. I am not necessarily selling my
services here but taking out an exercise plan with a good PT can be hugely
successful. Even if you think you exercise well, a professional trainer can get
you those hard to reach results. Jessica Ennis or Mo Farrah hire their trainers
not because they are better athletes than them but because they have the
knowledge and skills to improve performance and results.
smart to me, means HIIT, high intensity interval training. Don't get me wrong
slow steady state exercise has its place, especially when training for an
endurance event and I love nothing better than my Sunday run club 10km or more,
but on its own the benefits are limited. Unless you incorporate some hill
sprints or similar the heart rate will probably only be about 50 to 60 %. HIIT
allows you to get the heart rate elevated to a higher level that you couldn't
maintain for longer periods, short periods of rest then allow you to go again.
A 20 minute high interval session can have as positive an affect as an hour out
cycling or running.
next 4 weeks training plan.
AM Run club. Slow steady state
various stage of assessing life after my Heart Attacks. The major thing I now
have straight in my head is this.
We have one
life, no rehearsals, no going back and certainly no second chances. I have made
numerous mistakes in my life but I have now come to terms with putting all that
Heart Attack being the biggy, the one that scared me as I thought I was a
gonna. Changed my thought process a lot.
ifs, how would a different outcome have affected me and everyone else. I am not
going to go into the private things this has forced on me or the people
involved but what I will explain is my changes, both mentally and physically.
know me well know of my passion for fitness. Many would have described it as an
obsession. Rightly so for a long time it took over my life.
doctor, or in my case cardiologist telling you something had saved your life.
For me that was my fitness. “Wayne if it wasn’t for your high levels of fitness
you probably wouldn’t be here”. Of course it was going to remain high priority
but for me it took over my life. That and my fragile mental state after the
last episode cost me my marriage, some very close friends and very nearly an
awful lot more.
What I had
become was not really a very nice person; I was selfish and self centred. My
fitness and health came above living. No drinking, completely teatotal. No
socialising, I wouldn’t eat out as I couldn’t trust finding anything healthy.
My time was purely about me.
Trained my clients and gave them my full focus and knowledge but lots of that
was still about me. About me proving something to myself.
Simple really! I realised I was working so hard at trying to
stay alive that I wasn’t really living.
Wayne World is all about living. Living everyday to the max.
training and health is still very important to me but it doesn’t get in the way
in moderation is the key.
Have a drink but don’t have to drink
Treat yourself to a meal out or a
cheat day but not every day.
Pick an event, sport or goal to train
for, but don’t train for the sake of it. Especially not overtraining.
friends and family,
Yes put yourself first but not at the
expense of others.
If what you do has a negative impact
on someone else’s life, let them go. Let them go and do what is best for them.
One life for you ------------ LIVE IT
One life for everyone
---------------- LET THEM LIVE IT
This unique event is a must for all multi - terrain runners. Many competitors return regularly to try and better their performance or just beat that train while others have run nearly every year since the races started. Most serious runners have heard about it either from their friends, TV, or the press so if you haven’t already competed perhaps this year is the time to attempt it. These events also give you the additional challenge of not only racing your fellow competitor’s but also the Train. Having been televised world-wide on several occasions we have attracted many runners from abroad coming from as far away as New Zealand, Australia, America, Hong Kong, Africa etc.
ace the Train takes place alongside as far as practicable the route taken by the Talyllyn Railway on its journey to Abergynolwyn and back. In order to do this all courses use a mixture of public roads, lanes, un-metalled roads, tracks, agricultural land, and rough grazing pastures. The terrain varies all the time and can be very wet & muddy in places, the routes also ascend and descend quite steep terrain and runs on narrow footpaths with little chance of overtaking. Often the Train, or for many runners the track, is just over the fence and in many places if you coincide with the train your family friends, if they are on the train, will be able to shout encouragement to you. A lot of the course is across private land only open for the race so pre & post race inspection of the courses is not possible. All courses are marshalled, well signed, and provided with refreshment / water points along the way. There are members of the Red Cross, Qualified Nursing Staff, & Medical cover over the course. Raynet (Amateur Radio) co-ordinates services should any problems arise. In the afternoon for the main race we normally also have an Ambulance on standby. Remember it is your legal duty to assist any runner with serious problems. You will see that all the races are designated as having approximate distances. This is because we have to alter the course slightly almost every year often in the last few days before the race to accommodate local conditions. These variations are often only slight but invalidate any official measurements of the courses. Usually they tend to balance out and the distance remains virtually the same.
The Talyllyn Railway was the first of the small railways to be rescued by a preservation society, and is now one of the Great Trains of Wales. You can take your family on the train at any time to show them where you have run; or where you propose running. Also if you are visiting at any other time the train runs normally from Easter to late Autumn plus specials over Christmas and the New Year.
All activities are centred on the local school sports ground adjacent to Talyllyn Railway Wharf Station. On race day the route to the field is properly signed, and since we are only a small town impossible to miss. Once on the field you will find registration, changing rooms with showers etc. Other facilities include; refreshments, bar, children's amusements, and various displays by the Police, Fire Service, Coast Guards, Outward Bound, Snowdonia National Park, etc.
As usual we shall have a variety of "Race the Train " merchandise for sale including sweatshirts / T-shirts / vests / mugs etc. some exclusively designed to celebrate this year.
Spectators can enjoy watching the races by travelling on the Race trains, but the capacity is, of course, limited. For the main races we run a second train as soon as legally allowed after the race train and it may be that if you are a slower runner your family / friends would have a better chance of seeing you from this train.
I must stress that the courses are run over private land except for approximately the first and last miles, which are on public roads. Because this land is in use and we run the races with the permission and co-operation of the farmers who own it. The course must not be used at any other time. failure to comply with this request could result in cancellation of future events. It is also for this reason that we do not publish in advance a map of the course, but you will find a general one displayed in the information tent and in the programme.
Since the route is quite hilly in some places you are advised to consider bringing adequate footwear especially if weather conditions produce a wet and slippery course (fell running shoes would be considered appropriate).
Action Heart Suicide Six
The Action Heart Suicide Six is exactly as it sounds, 6 gruelling miles of Baggeridge Country Park. Taking place in November the course is guaranteed to be wet, slippy and the notorious mud road, very boggy.
Not for the faint hearted runner have to deal with a very hilly race, together with both water crossings and the appropriately named steps to Hell.
Don't be put off though, this event is a fantastic challenge and a great way of testing your mental and physical endurance.
It is also very popular with runners from all over the country so keep a look out for the entry date online.
An event you must not miss.
PT Wayne Current Rates
I have some special rates for September
15 sessions used by any family member. 1 on 1 or couples etc for £345 = £23 per session. To be taken anytime within 12 months.
10 sessions. Same deal. £240 = £24 per session again family for 12 months.
6 sessions £150 = £25 per session valid for 6 months.
3 sessions £82.50 = £27.50
1 offs for £30 per session
All for pre payed preferred bank transfer.
I would normally recommend minimum of 6 to achieve most goals.
Adherence is always the hardest aspect of reaching a physique goal. The physiology is very simple, if you eat less and move more, your body drops weight & fat, this is thermodynamics, on the flip side, if you eat more and move less you gain weight. Energy cannot be created nor destroyed, just transformed or transferred from one type to another - remember this in school?
Well it's yet to be disproved, so when you eat , that energy is stored as fat, unless we use it as fuel... This is very simple, however putting into practice is much harder, otherwise we would all have the look we want.
Adherence takes practice, everything we do takes practice. There will be lots of mistakes on the way to changing your lifestyle habits to the extent that adherence then isn't a choice but habitual behavior.
So don't be disheartened when you can't Adhere, this then doesn't mean oh well I can't do this so I may as well go back to eating crap all day. It means you just need to keep practicing, each day remind yourself of the goal and try your best to tick off that day as close to 100 percent as you can, some days will be great, some not so much, but if across a week your average more great days then not, your making progress I assure you.
Ok, so I want to start with a few facts on Running.
Point number 1,
It is a myth that running gives you bad knees. Obviously there are some injuries that can prevent people from running or just make in uncomfortable either during or after but for most people running will do you far more good than harm. I am a small living proof of this. I had my first cartilage operation at 13/14 due to a tear from early age football. In those days that meant a 4 inch cut to the inside of the knee and a long rehabilitation program. This procedure was followed up by 1 more open knee operation and 3 further keyhole procedures. A senior orthopedic surgeon told me 18 years ago (aged 33) that my knee was in such bad condition, if I had been 20 years older they would be considering a knee replacement. He followed this up with 2 important facts.
1. Our Knees carry our full body weight and as such the heavier we are the worse it is for our knees. (advice LOOSE SOME WEIGHT )
2. The stronger the stabilizing and supporting muscles are the better your knees will be.
(advice EXERCISE/ RUN )
Right so it took me a few more years to even consider this advice and even in my early fitness days. I used my dodgy knees as a reason not to run on the road.
The biggest points to all of this is are these.
Without running I wouldn't have lost the weight I did. Running is in my opinion the best weight management exercise there is. We are born and designed to run, far more than we are to sit on our bums. Yes of course your legs will hurt during or after a run, specially as we get older, but that is what exercise does. It makes our muscles hurt but they repair and get stronger. Thus the phrase NO PAIN NO GAIN.
Taking all of that on board, if you have an illness or injury and are not sure if you should be starting any sort of exercise program. You should consult your doctor. If your not sure just ask and don,t be afraid to get a second opinion. Most younger doctors see far more benefits from exercise these days than negatives.
Before I come on to the program, there are 2 things I recommend.
1, A good running pair of trainers. ( Go to a specialist running shop and get your Gait tested)
Wayne is a REPS Registered level 3 PT, Fitness Instructor and Strength & Conditioning Coach. A DNAFit accredited trainer with experience of working with professional sportsman, athletes and celebrities. Having had both weight management and fitness issues himself. Wayne has the experience to help you reach your goals.