The Fitness Gentleman

Monday, September 17, 2007
Carrabba's Summer Beach Run
I've been telling your recently of the importance of making your daily exercise fun.

All of my experience, everything I've ever seen, tells me that if you really expect to make health & fitness part of your life then it had better be fun!

I've only been here in Jacksonville Florida a few weeks but it's already become evident to me that many more people live active healthy lifestyles than I used to see in the Northeast.

One of the things they love down here is Beach Races. This past Saturday was the 43rd running of the Carrabba's Beach Race and over 2000 runners were scheduled to participate. Apparently runners came from all over the state and although I wasn't running I decided I needed to go and see what all the fuss was all about.

It was a beautiful sunny evening, a band was playing good rock, families were there with dogs and kids and I've honestly never witnessed so many people looking totally alive and excited at the prospect of a 5 mile run.

In fact, even after a few miles of running on the sand the runners were still smiling. And, how could you not - the evening sun glinted on the surf, spectators were clapping and cheering, and the runners were spurring each other on.

At the end of the race the runners were met with cold drinks and lots of celebrations.
I've got to tell you, the energy was so contagious I've already committed to running next years race.

That's how exercise should be. It should be fun and exciting. It should leave you with a smile on your face and a bounce in your step.

Why don't you commit to a local run or walk? Maybe try exercising with a friend or group?

Until next time,

Cheers, to your health

The Fitness Gentleman
Giles Wiley
posted by Giles Wiley @ 3:07 AM   0 comments
Friday, September 14, 2007
Sweet Relief for My Aching Feet
My work with clients means that I'm on my feet for many hours a day. Combine that with my bare foot martial-arts training and it means my feet can take so serious stress in a week.

Maybe it's a coincidence but not only have my own feet been aching more lately a large number of clients and friends have been complainng of the soles of their feet and their heels being painful and tender.

I'm convinced that much of this pain can be traced back to our increased wearing of flip-flops and sandals over the summer months. I've also linked the use of cardio machines such as the Precor Cross Trainer to foot pain.

Both flip-flop/sandal wearing and certain cardiovascular exercise machines such as the Cross-Trainer force you to grip with the bottom of your foot. Often unconsciously you are curling your toes under and tightening the mucles and fascia on the sole of the foot. These msucles aren't used to much activity hence we get muscle soreness and eventually inflammation of the fascia (plantar fasciatis) which can spread up into the back of the heel - the archilles region.

Rolling with the Tension Release balls is the number one best way I've found to help relieve this problem, that and cutting out the Cross Trainer and limiting sandal wearing.

You can roll the base of the foot in a number of different ways but I find the most effective for releasing the tension and being the most time efficient is rolling in a seated positon. Simply place the ball on the groundsomething I can do while I read of work on the computer

The added bonus (major bonus) of rolling the soles of the feet with the Tension Release Balls is the energy surge you'll feel. I get up pretty early some mornings (about 4.30am) and I've discovered that if I roll my feet while I eat breakfast I'm energized for hours afterwards. In Chi-Gong we'd say that you're stimulating the kidney points but it also has a lot to do with the tension release from the fascia and muscle. Holding tension drains energy big time.
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Name: Giles Wiley
Home: Atlantic Beach, Florida, United States
About Me: Giles - The Fitness Gentleman - is the author of "5-Minute Flexibility - Rapid Releases for Tight & Tired Muscles" and the publisher of the online newsletter "Optimal Health, Fitness & Weight Loss Tips". He was given the name The Fitness Gentleman by his clients and colleagues because of his refined approach to fitness and fat-loss. Giles is in demand as a speaker and coach. He spent many years travelling the world studying and training alongside the best of the best in all aspects of physical performance. He is university-trained in Exercise Physiology, Nutrition, & Physiotherapy, as well as being a highly experienced, international level Martial Artist.
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