Learn to Run Part 10: You don’t have to like your medicine….Intervals!

Learn to Run Part 10: You don’t have to like your medicine….Intervals!

Unlike strength training, I actually quite like speed interval training. I love the hours trundling away on the trails at 10-15km/h but there is something uplifting and freeing about sprinting at maximum speed- perhaps it is a throw-back to early childhood where only two speed settings existed, maximum and stopped.

I therefore don’t find any trouble dedicating myself to a couple of speed sessions per week. But I know many runners do find plenty of trouble! If that is the case it may be worth considering the following points. There is good evidence to suggest that high-intensity training (HIT) will make you a better distance runner; and that perhaps your distaste for intervals is based upon the perspective you apply to the associated feelings. I’ll get to that point later. (more…)

Redefining Weight Loss Success

Redefining Weight Loss Success

Weight loss goals are easily tracked right? Record your current weight, set your ideal (or have it kindly set for you), create a plan, set a time frame then put your plan into action. At the end of your allotted time if you have achieved your weight loss target you have succeeded. If not, that’s a fail. Simple stuff.

On average, overweight or obese individuals set a reduction target of 35% of body weight to achieve an ‘ideal’ body, 25% to reach a satisfactory level and consider a 17% reduction in body weight a failure (Murdy & Ehrman, 2009). For a 100kg person, that means a 17kg weight loss is big FAIL! Most common weight loss interventions do not result in a percentage weight loss that we can be satisfied with. So my recommendation is, don’t bother, it’s a waste of time, give up the fruitless struggle and just learn to be content being overweight. (more…)

Learn to Run Part 9: You don’t have to like your medicine….Strength Training

Learn to Run Part 9: You don’t have to like your medicine….Strength Training

I really don’t enjoy strength training. That may seem strange seeing as my office is a gym and functional strength training is my bread and butter. But still, it ain’t my cuppa tea. I’m a pretty busy person, so when I am able to devote an hour or two to physical activity, I love nothing more than hitting the trails somewhere in the Adelaide Hills. I’d do it every day if I could. But I don’t- because I do two to three strength sessions a week- training I don’t really like doing. Strange. (more…)

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