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Stability and posture of the upper back

It is important to have a good stability and posture of the upper back. No matter if you are a runner, swimmer, cyclist or use the gym it is key to incorporate these exercises into your daily routine. If you have a weakness in your upper body, you will learn to compensate through unwanted stress of the lower back, shoulders, hips and knees.

These easy exercises will enhance:

  • Shoulder stability
  • Rotator cuff strength
  • Increase scapular (upper back strength)

back-postureThe scapular area consists of:

Shoulder blades, rhomboids, rotator cuff, middle trapezius, posterior deltoid and subscapularis, These are all stabilizing muscles of the upper back.

Lacking strength in these stabilizing muscles will cause our posture to suffer and will result in stress and pain in other areas.

 

Exercises:

Prone Y over stability ball
Keep thumbs pointed upward and gently bring arms to parallel to the floor. Slowly and controlled.

Prone T over stability ball
Focus on initiating the movement with the muscles between the shoulder blades versus the shoulder being driven forward.

Prone W over stability ball
Squeeze shoulder blades as close together and downwards as you can. Hold this position for 5-10 seconds and then relax.

kerry-gym-managerLook after those backs buddies!
Kerry
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Blog Post by Kerry
Group Gym Manager & Personal Trainer
Emma James Physio

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The importance of rest and recovery when training

This should be the easy part of our training but it tends to be the most neglected part. Rest is just as important as the actual training itself.

In order to see an improvement in performance, our body needs to be exposed to stresses, the body then needs time to adapt to the stresses and this is the period of recovery. Rest and recovery are vital in the prevention of injuries.

7 Important guidelines to consider after training which will improve recovery:

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1. Cool Down and Stretch
After exercise it is important to cool down to bring your body temperature back down and also to stretch the muscles that you have worked.

2. Replace fluids
It is important to replace your fluids after training as you lose a lot of salts whist training.

3. Nutrition
It is important to make sure you eat properly after training because this will boost your recovery.

4. Rest
It is essential to put your feet up and rest!!

5. Massage or self-massage
I would recommend a regular massage when you are in training however another option is to use a foam roller or tiger tail and do it yourself.

6. Sleep
Sleep is essential for recovery. When we are sleeping our bodies produce a growth hormone which plays an important part in our tissue growth and muscle repair.

7. Listen to your body
Most importantly!!! If you are tired your body is telling you to rest, so do it.

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Happy Training & Resting Buddies!
Kerry
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Blog Post by Kerry
Group Gym Manager & Personal Trainer

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

Don’t be scared to weight train, Ladies!!!

Happy new year to you dear readers,

Working in a gym environment I get a lot of comments from the lady gym members about not wanting to do weights because they don’t want to bulk up. I do chuckle to myself whenever I here this comment, as it’s such a pre-conceived misconception that simply isn’t true! As a personal trainer, I believe it is important for people to understand the importance of weight training, so I am going to explain the benefits of including weights into your fitness programme.

If you include 2-3 weight sessions a week it will help with your weight loss because weight training will increase your metabolism and therefore burn more calories throughout the day. When we are pounding the streets doing our running or cardio in the gym, we are working hard and burning calories, but when we stop, the calorie burning slows down.

Weights are important because while we are doing weights, we are burning calories and will continue to burn calories throughout the day even after the exercises have stopped. The reason for this is that weights build muscle and the more muscle we have, the more fat we burn.

So in conclusion, someone who doesn’t do weights will not burn as many calories throughout the day compared to someone who adds weights to their workout.

On top of this, muscle is much denser and more compact and takes up less space than fat, whereas fat is soft and squishy, so therefore takes up more space within the body.

The more muscle content you have, the better your body shape will be compared to someone who has no muscle content.

Adding Weights to your programme

When adding weights to your workout ladies, please do not take it to mean that you only do light weights with high repetitions. This type of weight training uses your slow twitch fibres, the same as you use for your cardio. I suggest you use heavy weights with low repetitions to change your programme around. I promise you, you will not bulk up, you will tone up!

To add, one of the reasons behind this is that we do not have enough of the male hormone testosterone to get big and bulky. Your diet would have to be very different to a normal healthy balanced eating plan if you wanted to bulk up.

So, in a nutshell, there is no way you will bulk up, so don’t be scared of lifting weights.

Tracking your progress

When tracking your progress, I say ditch the scales and use a tape measure instead, or try a pair of jeans or a jacket that are tight on you and then, hopefully, after following a weight training programme accompanied with healthy eating and cardio, you will notice a difference and your clothes will start to feel looser on you.

To summarise: along with a healthy balanced diet you can combine lifting weights and cardio and you will see the pounds falling off and see an improvement in your body shape and muscle tone.

Remember: The more muscles we have, the more calories we will burn – even when resting.

kerry-gym-managerMore info on my personal training can be found on our website

Kerry
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Personal Trainer & Gym Manager at Emma James Physio 

Weight loss Tips

Hiya everyone,

Well.. we can all admit to eating too many mince pies or roast potatoes so heres my top weight loss tips after the festive season!

  • Don’t skip breakfast – Skipping breakfast won’t help you lose weight
  • Eat regular meals. Eating at regular times during the day helps burn calories at a faster rate
  • Eat plenty of fruit and veg
  • Be more active
  • Drink plenty of water
  • Eat high-fibre foods
  • Read food labels
  • Use a smaller plate
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Happy New Year to you all!

Kerry
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Personal Trainer & Gym Manager at Emma James Physio

Tips to stay motivated to run in the winter

Hiya,

Here’s my top tips on staying motivated to keep that run going, even in the cold winter months!

Set yourself goals – write down your goals as well as tell people what your goals are so it will make you achieve them and keep you motivated

Enter a winter race – This is another way to keep you focused and motivated to train

Hire a personal trainer or find a running buddy – book a session or meet a buddy for a run. You are more likely to turn up because you will have to pay your trainer even if you do not turn up or you will be letting your buddy down.

Train in the morning – Get your session done first thing and then you do not have all day to talk yourself out of going for a run

Add variety to your run training:

  • Strength exercises
  • Treadmill running
  • X-trainer
  • Swimming
  • Exercise classes
  • Circuit training
  • Spinning

Ensure you dress for winter – Buying new clothes can also help motivate you. Remember to dress down 10% to what the actual weather is outside because you will warm up as you get going on your run.

kerry-gym-managerMore info on my personal training can be found on our website
Keep running!

Kerry
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Personal Trainer & Gym Manager at Emma James Physio 

Mum & Daughter training sessions

Hiya,

I just had to share one of my lovely patients stories with you, enjoy!

“My Mother has always been my best friend, and since going to University I’ve really missed our quality time together.

We both really enjoy working out, especially together, and we love to go to fitness classes together; but, surrounded by other people, it’s hard for us to call this quality time spent with one another.

In an attempt to remedy this, my mother booked us in for a joint personal training session at Emma James Physiotherapy and it completely revolutionised how we work out together.

We get to bond, whilst also partaking in little challenges against each other, set by the trainer (which I hate to admit but I, more often than not, lose to my mother in…).
We get to spend that really valuable time together, whilst also working out; this is especially great for my mother, who works a lot and often struggles to find time to work out.

The exercises set by the trainer found a happy medium between both of our strengths in different areas, allowing us both a solid workout, whilst also pushing us to be better in the areas which we were less used to working.

Joint training sessions at Emma James Physiotherapy are an occasion that I also look forward to, not only as it allows me to spend time with my best friend, but the session also pushes me in a tailored, fun workout”.

If you would like to find out more about our personal training sessions please visit www.ejphysio.co.uk

All the best,
Emma
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Blog Post by Emma
MD, owner & senior clinical director

My top workout, meal & exercise of the month

Hiya buddies,

Just wanted to share with you my top Abs workout, favourite meal and lunge exercise for November!
Follow our blog for more top tips each month.

Ab Workout for November

  • Level 1 20 reps X 2
  • Level 2 20 reps x 3
  • Level 3 20 reps x 4
  • Rest between sets up to 1 minute


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Here’s my chicken, sweet potato, goats cheese and avocado
Simple and easy to make and delicious 🙂

 

 

 

 



evoke2November exercise of the month – Lunge

Objective:
Improve leg strength, dynamic balance and control. Shapely legs and bum

Target muscles:
Glute and thigh muscles

 

Technique tips:

  • Keep shoulders over hips so that you do not lean excessively forward or back
  • Ensure both knees are bent at about 90 degrees
  • Make sure your front knee is directly above your ankle, not pushed out to far
  • Ensure the other knee doesn’t touch the floor
  • Keep weight in your heels as you push back up to the starting position

Keep up the good work everyone!

All the best
Kerry
Personal Trainer & Gym Manager at Emma James Physio

Getting back to an exercise routine

Hi Everyone,

Here’s our Evoke and Emma James Physio Tips on getting back to an exercise routine

  1. Don’t overdo it straight away
  2. Set achievable goals
  3. Enter an event
  4. Start with what works for you
  5. Make sure you take those rest days
  6. Start your workout with a good warm up and finish with a cool down
  7. Take it steady and focus on your form
  8. Listen to your body
  9. Remember how good it makes you feel. Get those endorphins going!!
  10. Schedule your workout in your diary
  11. Do it for you, no one else
  12. Prepare your gym bag
  13. Make sure you get enough sleep
  14. Find a buddy who keeps you motivated or get a personal trainer

If you are keen to get back into an exercise routine and would like more information, please visit our personal training section: www.ejphysio.co.uk

All the best!

Kerry
Personal Trainer & Gym Manager at Emma James Physio

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