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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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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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Improving Coordination – A part of fitness that is overlooked

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How coordinated are you?

Improving coordination is a subject that gets less coverage in fitness circles than others.

There are acres of pages on losing weight or strength training, but coordination is less talked about.

But when you think about it, good coordination is at the heart of so much of what we do. Whether it is driving, rushing for the train, or navigating your way around a busy street.

Good coordination can enhance your ability in sport. It can help prevent all kinds of injuries and help you stay more effective as you age.

So whilst the usual metrics of cardiovascular fitness and strength and flexibility all matter, it pays to focus some attention on how you coordinate movement.

Improving coordination

Improving coordination

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Functional strength training – what do you need to know?

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What are we training for?

Functional strength training doesn’t sound too exciting. But it might just be a vital step in looking after your health over the long term.

Of course, for many people, there is an element of vanity involved in strength training.

After all, there is nothing wrong with looking trim and toned.

But there has been a growing recognition that exercise should be very specifically targetted to our actual needs. And that is where functional strength training comes in.

 

Functional strength training

Functional strength training

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Autumn training – taking a different look at how to stay healthy

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Time for a change

Autumn training very rarely hits the headlines.

In the New Year, there is a frenzied rush for new gym memberships and the latest fitness crazes.

And at the start of summer, there are endless articles on how to attain the perfect beach body.

But as the leaves start to drop at an ever-increasing rate, and the evenings and mornings become noticeably cooler; perhaps it is time for a re-think.

The way to get the most out of your fitness is to be consistent in your training over time.

Rather than partaking in an endless cycle of boom and bust fitness, it’s far more advisable to have a longer-term outlook.

So how can you make the most of your fitness in the autumn?

Autumn training

Autumn training

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Getting a flat stomach – Separating the myths from the facts

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Wouldn’t it be nice?

Getting a flat stomach is, let’s face it, a ‘nice-to-have’ goal.

We know it won’t change us at a fundamental level, but it sure might make us feel just a little bit better about ourselves.

And if ‘flat’ isn’t achievable, then flatter would sure be nice.

And whenever this niggly little idea pops back in our head, we go for what we instinctively think might work.

Jogging on the treadmill or doing endless crunches.

But sadly, this is not an effective route to our destination.

We take a look at a few simple tips that help in the pursuit of a flat stomach.

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Getting a flat stomach

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Relieving Tension Headaches – What are the causes and the cures?

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What causes tension headaches and can massage help the problem?

Finding ways of relieving tension headaches can become a real priority in your life when they become inconvenient.

Tension headaches can cause a mild and generalized pain, but they usually come without nausea and vomiting that is often associated with migraines.

They can be either episodic, occurring less than 15 days a month, or chronic (more than 15 days a month). The ache, or pain of a tension headache, is usually spread over the entire head.

Both episodic or chronic tension headaches can disrupt your life. For example, you may have to miss days at work and even when you do go in to work your function may be impaired.

Also, your time with family and friends can be badly disrupted. You may find that you are having to take medication on a repeated basis.

The actual cause of tension headaches is unknown. However, most experts believe that stress is the biggest trigger and, while not the cause, the muscles in the scalp, face, neck and shoulders are in some way involved.

 

Relieving tension headaches

Relieving tension headaches

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The benefits of yoga – more than just being flexible

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How yoga has spread

The benefits of yoga have been around for a very long time. Remarkably, yoga dates back at least 5,000 years. It has its origins in Northern India.

It passed through many different stages of development before it reached its modern format.

Introduced to the West as late as the 19th and 20th Century, it gained real prominence when a Yoga school was opened up in Hollywood in the late 1940s.

But why is it so popular today?

Benefits of Yoga

Benefits of Yoga

 

 

 

 

 

 

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