The theory behind managing a personal exercise program

personal exercise program theoryPeople like to be given simple prescriptions. When it comes to exercising, most of us want to be told we can do X exercise at Y weight, Z times a week, and stick to ticking off these numbers for results. This is a bad way to think when it comes to improving your body, and for resolving issues like knee pain – and an education in the way you develop your exercises over time is easily as important as understanding how to perform the exercises themselves.

Your body is a constantly changing thing that requires dedicated attention and flexible management. It’s important to understand how the body will develop, and what you need to do to keep progressing – and relying on a personal trainer to give you lists of numbers to tick will not, on its own, achieve the results you need. Continue reading

Choosing the best foam roller for you

best foam rollerFoam rollers are essential. Everyone should have one, or at least have regular access to one, whatever your walk of life. Why? Because foam rollers are such inexpensive tools with massively useful application. If you’re new to foam rolling, you might not know which roller to choose, though. They come in many different materials and sizes, and it’s important to know what you’re getting yourself into.

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Progressing with sissy squats: a training regime example

training regimeThough every person’s training is unique, and a good instructor would adapt your regime to your personal needs, you always need a structured plan to monitor and encourage progression. To give you an idea of how you should take sissy squats from basic curiosity to perfect mastery, here’s an example plan of action that you could stick to. Please note this plan is for demonstrative purposes, and your personal training timeline should be adapted to your personal abilities and ambitions. Continue reading

Managing inflammation when rehabilitating your knees

 

inflamed kneeWhen you’re not used to exercising certain parts of the body, you may find they become inflamed or swell when you put pressure on them. There are degrees of inflammation ranging from heavy swelling with constant pain down to a mild swelling and tenderness that dissipates after a few warm ups, but, whatever the degree, you are likely to experience at least some swelling in the course of rehabilitation. Try to manage the extent and volume of the work you do to ensure the swelling never becomes too severe.

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One essential principle to improve your knees whilst sitting

sitting correctly for knee problemsIn the modern world, with the ability to achieve so much via a computer without ever moving from your desk, your posture whilst sitting is more important than ever. You might perform all the movements of your everyday life perfectly, with correct form and ample exercise, but if half your day is spent sat in an incorrect position, your knees will suffer (amongst other areas of the body). Maintaining this single principle whilst sitting is an essential point in preventing knee pain: Continue reading