Is Fat Good? Thoughts behind low carbohydrate, high fat diets.

If you had told me 6 months ago that a low carbohydrate, high fat (LCHF) diet can hugely benefit one’s health and that it has the potential to change modern medicine as we know it, I would probably have laughed in your face. Fast forward to now, and after reading numerous books and articles on the topic, it’s safe to say my view on the topic has changed a great deal.

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Strength Training for Runners

Strength training for runners is a some-what controversial topic, especially given the large amount of variability in regards to what methods different practitioners, coaches and runners think work best. I guess there are really two questions when deciding if formulating a well-conducted strength program can help with your running. One, will the physical increase in strength increase my performance? And two, will the strength work help prevent injury and therefore allow me to train more consistently, thus indirectly increasing my running capabilities?

Both are valid points, lets have a look at both in greater detail.

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Minimalist / Barefoot Running Series

Part 1: Introduction

As a runner, you would almost have to be living as a hermit to not have heard about minimalist and/or barefoot running (however, if you were a hermit, you would probably be running barefoot, so there lies the conundrum). Initially, a lot of people viewed minimalist running simply as a trend that would eventually die out, however this has not been the case. This ‘type’ of running continues to become increasingly popular; with more and more of the major running shoe companies starting to bring out their own minimalist lines. Read more

Smart Phone Posture – Is this causing your PAIN!!!

Is this you?

Commuting to work on the train over the last few years I have noticed the progressive shift from people predominately reading books and newspapers to commuters reading from their smart phones. What I’ve also noticed is the poor posture that typically accompanies the use of smart phones. As an Osteopath, I often see clients with postural related back pain, neck pain and headaches. These conditions can be quite debilitating and often detract quite substantially from peoples work and daily life. Osteopathy typically helps these symptoms quite substantially and rapidly, but if a patient with postural related pain does not reform their bad habits, which led to their symptoms in the first place, then most likely, the pain will come back sooner rather than later. Read more