Month: October 2010

Why I love FiveFingers by Sam Lunn

Hey guys, here is my post on the wonderful and innovative Vibram FiveFingers! I am going to tell you how I got into these ‘shoes,’ and what I do in them. The first time I heard of these shoes, was by reading Born to Run by Christopher McDougall bought for me by my running physics buddies at Uni -cheers guys!!. This is a great book for anyone to read, but I won’t go into any details as this could be some more blogging material. In essence these shoes enable you to wander round our streets as though you were barefoot but without the full pain of going over glass, gravel etc. Leonardo da Vinci...

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Essentials of Stress Management: Part 1

Stress from a mental perspective is simply fear. If you think of a stressful event in your past you’ll probably be able to find the link. This perception is interpreted by the nervous and endocrine system to produce the stress response, “fight and flight”. This causes increased release of stress hormones, such as cortisol and “heightening” of the activity of the sympathetic part of the nervous system. In the short term this helps you escape lions from an evolution point of view. However it also prevents you from sleeping well, affect the testosterone production in men, causes increased fat deposition...

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New Study Suggests 8 Hours of Sleep is Essential For Fat Loss

A study was published earlier this month examining the effects of sleep on weight loss. Nedeltcheva, A.V. Imperial, J.M.  Schoeller, D.A. and Penev, P.D., (2010) Insufficient sleep undermines dietary efforts to reduce adiposity.  Ann Intern Med, 153, 435-441. The study was split in to two conditions. Both groups consumed 1450 calorie diets however one group was allowed to sleep for up to 8 and half hours whilst the other was only allowed to sleep for 5 and half hours. They found that reduced sleep reduced the amount of fat loss by 55% and increased the loss of fat-free body mass by 60%. Patients...

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Competing in FiveFingers

Good morning! I am the new VIRTUS Clinic manager, and this is my first blog. I am a keen runner and I thought I would give you guys a race overview of the one I did yesterday, the Salisbury half marathon (the first time I have done this race). This would be my first race since changing to running with a forefoot strike over the last 4 months, doing this in my Vibram FiveFingers KSO’s. If you have not heard of these shoes I seriously recommend checking them out. So, I arrived at the event, I got my timing chip, sat down and a small crowd of people gathered round me. Yes, they were looking at...

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Lessons from a blind man that used a transformational coping stratergy

Paraphrased from Flow by Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi Paolo, who is now thirty went blind six years ago. He list four positive outcomes; Although I realise and accept my limitations, I am going to keep attempting to overcome them I have decided to always try changing those situations I don’t like I am very careful not to repeat any of the mistakes I make Now I have no illusions, but I try to be tolerant of myself so I can be tolerant of others This perfectly illustrates that Paolo has chosen a transformational coping strategy as opposed to a regressive coping strategy. A regressive coping...

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