At 54, I run because it keeps me healthy and invigorated, both physically and mentally. Running has become my sanctuary, a way to stay active, maintain my fitness, and enjoy the beauty of the world around me. It’s a practice that reminds me that age is just a number, and the benefits it brings to my well-being are immeasurable.
Research tells us that aerobic capacity (VO2max) declines with age. So what should we do as we age to slow the decline? We need to focus on aerobic capacity workouts in our training. Also known as HIIT, the uncomfortable stuff.
The benefits reaped from high intensity workouts will allow your ageing body to become more efficient and effective. You’ll be able to deliver and use more oxygen to create energy in the working muscles and will slow down the ageing process.
Winter workouts improve fitness, mood and your immune system, particularly during the darker and colder winter months where a focus on mental wellbeing in just as important as the physical benefits.
Modern sport is plagued by suspicions that many top athletes are cheating with performance enhancing drugs (PEDs) such as anabolic steroids, human growth hormone, erythropoietin (EPO), beta blockers, stimulants and diuretics to name just a few. The risks associated vary with each drug. All dangerous (especially with overuse) and all morally wrong, not to mention the long-term health effects of doping. So what are the side effects and why are amateur athletes turning to PEDs.
Where’s your mind at when you’re exercising? Do you rely on music or tv? There’s some interesting research suggesting that distracting techniques whilst exercising can inhibit our performance and technique and can even cause injury. Mindfulness is about being present in the moment and strengthening the mind-muscle connection. So, how does it work? Read on.
80 20 polarised training enables athletes, fitness enthusiasts and weekend warriors to maximise their potential. Read on about training in different heart rate zones, recovery and how to find your maximum heart rate. Great reading for anyone interested in endurance sports.