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February 2019

Women over 40 getting into triathlons

Swim Bike Run, the three phases which make up a triathlon. Did you know the fastest growing segment of triathlons is people aged over 40 participating?

Why should you do one?

New challenge, keep fit, be competitive, enjoyment, get your body moving, lose weight, activate your mind, variation on workouts, learn something new!! There are so many different reasons to do a triathlon. Whatever the reason it is, it’s personal to you.
Triathlons have become a fast-growing popular sport, with more events popping up all over the country. Many of these events are held at iconic venues such as Eaton Dorney, Blenheim Palace, Woburn house, Windsor, London Excel and many more. It doesn’t matter what age you are or what ability you possess, everyone gets to compete at the same place.

As you get you older your body starts changing, bone and muscle mass starts to decrease. We store fat more easily and every woman goes through menopause eventually. These years are vital for women to change up eating habits and exercise regime in order to stay healthy, fit and strong. Regular exercise like training for a triathlon can help counterbalance these aging processes.

Aches and pains increase as you get older. This can be due to lack of flexibility and lack of motion. Doing triathlons will help massively increase flexibility and joint movement/motion. So when it comes to triathlon, the flexibility training aspect and the movement of swimming, biking, and running can significantly help reduce some of those aches and pains.

Starting off training can be daunting but there is no time like the present. You need to start from the bottom and work your way up like a pyramid. Start by going for walks, do body weight exercises, swimming gently, getting on the exercise bike. As you become fitter and stronger you can gradually increase your duration, pace and time of training. By having three phases to work at, makes training far more interesting which can help maintain a healthy mind and body.

There are lot of clubs on hand, which will accept all abilities; check out: https://www.britishtriathlon.org/

A great first-time triathlon which is just for women is the Women’s Only Shock Absorber Triathlon which is held at Eaton Dorney. There are several distances you can part take in and they are all segmented out into age category.

If you need any help putting a training programme together, tips on nutrition, a Personal Training session to help strengthen your body for the different phases or even a running, swimming or cycling buddy please call the office to get booked in!!

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Blog Post by Pippa
FCO Gym Manager & Personal Trainer
Emma James Physio

Are you getting enough exercise?

Hiya,

Are you reaching the recommended amount of exercise each week to stay healthy?

NHS guidleines recommend adults ages 19- 64 should try to be active daily and should achive the following a week to stay healthy:

  • PHOTO-2018-10-16-12-08-11At least 150 minutes of moderate aerobic activity such as cycling or brisk walking every week and
  • Strength exercises on 2 or more days a week that work all the major muscles (legs, hips, back, abdomen, chest, shoulders and arms)

    Or:

  • 75 minutes of vigorous aerobic activity such as running or a game of singles tennis every week and
  • strength exercises on 2 or more days a week that work all the major muscles (legs, hips, back, abdomen, chest, shoulders and arms)

20170525-IMG_0515At Emma James Physio we have expert personal trainers who can create tailor made exercise programmes for you incorporating strengthening and aerobic (cardio) exercise either 1:1 with the trainer or with a buddy or in a small group.

We also run spin classes and legs, bums & tums with our in-house top Personal Trainer/ spin instructor extraordinaire Kerry McCann.

More Information:

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Blog Post by Lisa
Senior Physiotherapist
Emma James Physio

Back Pain – signs, symptoms & treatments

Back pain is a very common musculoskeletal complaint affecting 80% of adults at some point in their lifetime, although the symptoms and severity will vary greatly. Many factors may contribute to your condition including injury and diseases, but for some cases there is no specific cause and clinicians refer to this type of pain as ‘non-specific’ or ‘mechanical low back pain’.

There are some signs and symptoms that must not be ignored. You should always seek urgent medical advice if you have back pain and:

  • A loss of control of your bladder or bowel
  • Numbness around your genitals, buttocks or surrounding area
  • Chest pain
  • Unexplained weight loss

How can I lower my risk of developing back pain?

  • Carrying extra weight, especially around your belly, puts added stress on the muscles in the lower back and can affect your posture and position of your pelvis; in turn leading to lower back pain

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  • Weak muscles and abdominals are unable to support your posture and trunk when you move, which can lead to overloading the small muscles in the back which are not designed to do this job and lead to injury
  • Your occupation could also affect your back. Those with manual jobs are at risk due to heavy lifting and repetitive bending, whilst those with sedentary jobs are at risk due to the amount of time they sit, particularly if they tend to slouch

 

How can I treat my back pain?

Try to keep mobile
It may be tempting to remain on bed rest until the pain subsides however evidence suggests that remaining mobile may actually help reduce the intensity and duration of your back pain as well as prevent it from returning. Start off with low impact exercise first such as walking or swimming

Take pain relief
People often worry that taking painkillers will make the symptoms worse by masking the pain, however by taking painkillers while you are in pain it will allow usually you to continue with your daily routine which in turn will often speed up your recovery

Try Physiotherapy
A physiotherapist can help identify the root cause of your back pain and use a variety of techniques including massage, acupuncture and home exercises to reduce your pain and prevent it recurring

Pilates
There is lots of evidence to support the idea that a weakened core puts pressure on the little muscles and supporting structures in the lower back. Therefore by strengthening the muscles which support our trunk and core, it will minimise your risk of developing back pain as well as help to ease the pain if you are already suffering.

Useful Info:

Dont suffer in silence, contact our friendly team to see how we can help you.
Main Clinic: 01442 870686  reception@ejphysio.co.uk

Blog Post by Jade
Emma James Physio

Ralf – My Apos Story

I have been an amateur runner throughout my life. However I hadn’t actually participated in races up to about 5 years ago. Approaching my 70th birthday also saw me running 10 km and even a semi-marathon in 2017.

In November 2017, training for my first dash of a full marathon I experienced terrible pain on my left knee. It did not come about suddenly but gradually grew over a few days. I stopped running since I was unable to make even a few hundred meters without feeling atrocious stabbings on my lower leg. Even walking became horribly difficult.
Not only my running life seems to have ended but daily chores involving my legs would preoccupy my thoughts for years to come.

The conclusion was evident: left knee arthritis. ‘’You have to alter your whole lifestyle. If you feel that this state affects only a quarter of your daily activity you are not ready for knee surgery. However a few more years of lowered energy and you definitely need one’’.

I was against surgery as I had heard of many cases of unsuccessful results. In May 2018, my sister, who is also a runner but definitely better than me, advised me to look into AposTherapy. She had witnessed the positive results in many of her friends who came back to run after years of forced inactivity.

The therapy started in May and went throughout the summer months, growing from 30 to 60 minutes a day. Some days when I did not find time to walk, I just put the computer on a high table and wrote standing.

In October my first baby runs took place: Only half kilometer or so. I was rejoiced by the fact that the pounding reduced although it came back after some distance. I continued every day with the therapy, even going out to the supermarket with my Apos shoes.
In November my weekly runs were up to 6 km although excruciatingly slow, taking me 1 hour when during that period previously I would have run a full 10 km.
My clearest objective for a nice start to the New Year was a Parkrun. These 5 km courses on Saturdays in parks all around Britain are great introductions for people of any age, who want to change their lifestyles by short runs.
I consistently delayed my first parkrun since even the slowest runner will finish in 45 minutes (9 minutes/km) and I was not sure the volunteers will wait for me, at about 50 – 55 minutes.

Therefore I was astounded when my first Parkrun was completed in 35 minutes. The 400 participants had probably created a magnetic field that just carried me to the end.
This was the most worthwhile gift for the New Year. I could run, respectfully. Of course there still was slight pain afterwards but the progress was evident.

It was nothing short of miraculous for me. I have to admit that Apos was not alone in this marvel. The open sea swims in summer and weekly strength exercises in my local gym were evidently helpful in reinforcing body and legs.

However first award goes to Apos. I am thoroughly happy and naturally reflect it on family and friends.

Blog post by Ralf
Apos Therapy customer

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