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Body fat and sport

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Almost everyone wants to be lean, have a 6 pack or at least some abs visible and plenty of muscle. Some athletes will religiously weigh themselves to make sure they haven’t gained or lost weight but do you know what’s going on inside? The answer, is probably NO! The scales only say so much, they can’t tell you what you body fat actually is or what your muscle mass. Body fat does affect your performance but it’s important to know what your muscle mass is too. The more muscle mass you have, the better for sport. How can you find … Continue reading

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Fasting and running

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Did you know you can run and fast? Fasting has huge benefits to health as well as being great for weight loss. Fasting has been shown to help reduce the risk of: cardiovascular disease type 2 diabetes certain cancers some digestive disorders It is still possible to fast and train though to begin with you might want to have a fasting day on a non training day. After a few weeks, you will be able to train on a fast day as your body gets used to it. What I particularly like about fasting is the thought I’m giving my … Continue reading

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Waffle Irons, a Top Coffee Stop and Waffle Trainers…

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Back in the day, just as running shoes were being developed, a man who went by the name of Bill Bowerman, used the families waffle-iron to produce an outsole for a lighter and more grippy athletic shoe. By 1974, Bowerman had produced and perfected his outsole idea and the Nike ‘Waffle Trainer’ was born. So back from the past to the present… There is a new ‘kitchen’ in the Peak that serves home made waffles. Whenever, Debs and I head out for a longer day out we usually plan a mid or post run coffee stop. The Hathersage Social club has … Continue reading

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Running and Hydration

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As the weather gets warmer, thoughts turn more to hydration and avoiding dehydration whilst out training. Most of us will try to train when it’s cooler but it isn’t always possible.For us in the UK, our bodies are not as well conditioned to the heat and it can be much more difficult. There is always the temptation to drink lots of water before you got out thinking that will help. To an extent it will but depending on how much you’re drinking, eating and sweating, you may be doing more harm than good. Here’s why… The average person needs 2 … Continue reading

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Joggers trots

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Joggers trots is a common and unfortunate problem most runners suffer with at some point in their running career. For most its a “blip” and goes as quickly as it arrives but for others, it can be a much more frequent and embarrassing problem. However, there are lots of ways it can be treated and eliminated. When you’re running, the movement reduces blood flow to your intestines as more is sent to the exercising muscles. The jostling of the intestines also causes changes in intestinal hormones which can speed up transit time and alters absorption rates. The first thing is … Continue reading

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Did you know how wonderful cinnamon is?

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Hello. I’m Hannah, Accelerate Performance Centre’s nutritionist. We were talking about cinnamon earlier with a client and the benefits its can have. It’s something you should be including regularly in your diet because of all the positive effects it can have. However, it isn’t recommended to have more than 1 teaspoon a day maximum. So why is cinnamon so wonderful? It’s high in manganese which is a trace mineral and helps the body with several vital functions including: forming strong bones and connective tissue plus it helps blood coagulate properly. Manganese also helps the body metabolise fat and carbohydrate properly … Continue reading

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Practice what you preach.

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  I’ve been a bit stupid.  I’ve been running 6 days a week and not stretching.  I tell a lot of people to stretch, even demonstrating the stretches they should be doing to protect themselves – but aside from the demonstrations I do in store, I hardly stretch at all.  Combine that with a ‘too little-too late’ hydration strategy early one morning (about 30min before setting off for hill reps) and you’ve got a recipe for a pulled calf. So guess what’s happened to my calf during my hill reps?  Well done everybody, that’s right – ouch! Having walked backwards … Continue reading

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Team you/Progress.

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  No runner exists alone, they rely on what Accelerate like to call ‘Team You‘.  The network of people who allow you to achieve the amount you currently do include: family, friends and those people down at your local running store, whoever facilitates your runs by offering equipment, advice, events, marshalls and a lift home from a hard race.  They all count toward your success.  It’s the ones at home coping without you – so you can disappear for hours on end.  As you begin to take your running more seriously (which might be anything from attempting a second lap … Continue reading

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All work and no play.

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It’s been a good while since I last went for anything other than a walk, and that was round the block with the dog, or to catch a tram.  In other words, I FEEL FAT.  I’ve been to visit my girlfriend’s family for a week, which was nice – but my running stuff stayed in my bag, opportunity missed.  The last thing I did might well have been the Head Torch Run at Traveller’s Rest, and that was like – two weeks ago. Back on it tonight as part of the latest Head Torch Run, ahead of a chance to … Continue reading

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