How to prevent cycling injuries – some important reminders

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What to look out for

In order to prevent the most common cycling injuries, it helps to know what they are.

Obviously, in some instances accidents occur and injuries can be serious or sometimes fatal. However, we want to put your mind at rest. The media can portray cycling as a dangerous activity. It is, however far safer than many people think.

The vast proportion of bad accidents are caused by recklessness.  Sadly, there will always be thoughtless drivers. But good road sense, and being extra vigilant (especially at junctions) will vastly improve your chances of staying safe.

The fact is, the majority of cycling injuries are overuse injuries. The most affected areas being the knees, ankles, lower back and neck. We look at ways to guard against these more common injuries.

Prevent Cycling Injuries

Prevent Cycling Injuries

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Treating Tinnitus – How osteopathy might be of help

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What is Tinnitus?

Tinnitus is not the easiest thing to treat. This is because it’s not always easy to pinpoint the cause. Consequently, treating Tinnitus effectively has often proved elusive.

Furthermore, it manifests in different ways for different people. Many people associate it with a ringing in their ears. However, it can also sound like hissing, clicking, or even a buzzing noise.

It occurs when you perceive sound, but in reality, there is no external sound present. It is often a symptom that there is a problem with your auditory circuit.

The extent of the problem can range from mild to severe. It can affect one, or sometimes both ears. And it may be just temporary or fairly persistent.

It can have a significant impact on your quality of life. It affects how well you hear. But it can also disrupt your work life and your sleep as well.

 

Treating Tinnitus

Treating Tinnitus

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The effects of too much sugar on your health

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The problem with sugar

Too much sugar is probably a bad thing. Especially according to various advisory bodies.

For example, the Government’s Scientific Advisory Committee on Nutrition (SACN). They recommend that no more than 5% of your daily calory intake should come from ‘free sugars‘.

But is it really that bad? And how much do we consume anyway?

Let’s take a closer look.

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Too much sugar

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Lower leg injuries that affect long distance runners

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Lower Leg Injuries

The rate of injuries to the lower leg is high. The knee has the highest incidence of injury in runners. After that, the lower leg is the most vulnerable area. This is partly because of the wide variety of injuries that can occur between the ankle and the knee. We look at some of the most common including calf strain, Achilles tendonitis, and shin splints.

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Lower leg injuries

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London Marathon Training – How to prevent injuries

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The sensible approach to your London Marathon training

London Marathon Training can feel like a chore at times. And in attempt to clock up the miles, it is tempting to plough on regardless.

But injuries for runners are often a little like credit card bills for the irresponsible shopper. If you ignore the early warning signs, the long-term costs are far greater.

In the same way that a prudent investor must plan to take care of their assets, a runner must have a plan to look after their number one asset, their body.

Your training plan needs to factor in stretching, warm-ups and cooldowns, strength work and much more besides.

So, let’s take a closer look at things you can do to help prevent injuries.

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London Marathon Training

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Runner’s foot injuries – and how best to deal with them

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Out on your feet

Runner’s foot injuries are all too common. That’s because the feet are subjected to enormous cumulative forces during a run.

Take, for example, those of you that are currently training for the London Marathon. Depending on how fast you run, you will take anywhere between 1,000 and 2,300 steps per mile.  On the marathon day alone, you may take up to 60,000 steps.

You exert roughly three times your body weight with every step you take running. That can add up to hundreds or even thousands of tons of force acting on the foot.

So, first things first, if you haven’t yet invested in a high-quality pair of running shoes, it is time to do so.

But what else do you need to look out for? Let’s take a deeper look.

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New Year’s Fitness Goals – and how to stick with them

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A new year and a new you

Have you written yourself a set of fitness goals as part of your New Year’s resolutions?

If so, you might have already attended an aerobics class, signed up for a new gym membership or done your first park run.

As a rule, however, people tend to quit on these goals quicker than you might think.

According to an article in the Independent,‘quitters day’ can happen as early as the second Friday in January.

Clearly, you are not going to get the body of your dreams within a couple of weeks.

So let’s look at ways you can stick to your fitness goals this year.

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New Year’s Fitness Goals

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London Marathon Equipment – Gaining a vital edge

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Preparing for the London Marathon

Having the right equipment for the London Marathon can be a great help.

Of course, nothing can replace putting in the hard yards in training. But you need to look after your body as best you can in the weeks leading up to the run. And there are certain bits of equipment that will help with that.

In our last blog, we outlined some of the basic equipment you will need for this year’s Marathon. Specifically, we spoke of the importance of good quality footwear and the right sort of clothing.

But there are other items that might help too. We look at some equipment that might come in useful for preventing injuries.

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London Marathon Equipment

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