In our previous blog we have touched on the ankle by discussing ankle mobility; it’s importance and how to improve it. In today’s blog, we are going to talk about ankle stability or instability and the effects it has on our lives. The ankles are the foundations of the body and it is them, as well as the feet, that connect us with the ground. This is why it is so important to have good and healthy ankles that are able to do what we need them to. One such thing is being able to offer support and stability with the floor.
In this series we are going to discuss the ankles and why they can have such a big impact on the rest of our body. Let’s start by discussing the topic of ankle mobility; what is ankle mobility, why it’s important to have good mobility and how we can improve our ankle mobility.
I’m sure many of us have heard the terms mobility and flexibility before but what do they both mean? Are they the same thing and what do they have an effect on? Although the two terms are sometimes used interchangeably, they are not the same thing, but one might have an effect on the other.
When it comes to health and fitness there are so many different methods and strategies that at times it is more confusing than helpful.
Getting on a plane or on a train has become so easy that most of us now go away a few times a year. We travel for better weather, to meet up with family and friends, for a weekend getaway and to explore new places and even for work and business around the world.
As of late, sugar has probably been one of the most discussed topics – the different types of sugars that exist, why some types are better than others, how much sugar should we be having in our diet and why it should be avoided and why it is thought to be so detrimental to health. Some of the reasons why sugar is considered to be bad for our health are due to the connection to diabetes, weight gain and risk of heart disease, increased risk of a fatty liver and fluctuations in energy levels.
Sleep; the time between night and day or the period after which we open our eyes and it’s a brand new day. Some people cannot get enough of it while others struggle to get a good night’s sleep. Some people are very good sleepers and others could hear a pin drop. Sleep is considered to be almost as important to health as exercising and eating but why so and what are the benefits of sleep?
Strength training, otherwise known as resistance training or weight training is when we add resistance to muscular contraction, be it concentric, eccentric or isometric. The resistance can be in many forms and ways such as free weights like barbells and dumbbells, weight machines, medicine balls, resistance bands and even one’s own body weight. Regular strength training is important not just for young people who want to look good or for those practicing a sport so they can perform better.
For most people, the London Marathon is on one of many ‘to do’ lists that we create during a life time. It is something that a lot of people aim for and consider it as a great achievement when completed – and it’s only right. Now that the ballot has been drawn and applicants know if they have been accepted or not it is time to start preparing for those 26 miles. Unfortunately, due to the race being in April all the hard training and miles need to be done in winter which is not always fun especially when it’s super chilly and/or you’re relatively new to running. Below are a few tips for your winter running.