Now it’s nothing new to say that sitting isn’t good for your health. Researchers back in the 50’s (Morris et al., 1953) found that people with more sedentary jobs e.g. bus drivers were at a much higher risk of cardiovascular disease than their more active peers.
Some of us may think, this doesn’t apply to me – I go to the gym 2-3 times a week or go for a run 4 times a week – I get my fix of activity, so sitting at the desk/in the car/watching tv etc. is fine for a few hours.
You and I both know that exercise and training doesn’t get any easier as we get older, but if you’re ‘feeling’ your age, have increasingly annoying niggles or contemplating packing in a sport/activity you love and enjoy then you need to read this.
Squats are, in my opinion, an awesome exercise for just about anything! However, as with all exercises this is only the case when the squat is performed correctly. With this in mind here’s my take on why most people have difficulty squatting. For common squat faults click here.
Mobility in the major joints (ankle, hip, spine and shoulders) is crucial for optimum physical performance and injury risk reduction. This article will outline 3 little known mobility exercises for the ankle, hip and spine that will immediately maximise your running performance and go a long way to reduce the risk of injury.