Keeping people on track to stay fit and well, along with improving their running and exercising techniques, was the aim of a series of workshops held recently.
Organised by physiotherapists Arlene and David Bowmaker, the event took place at their Life Fit Wellness centre at the Business Hub in Falkirk’s Weir Street.
Although they and many of their team regularly work with some of Scotland’s top athletes, there was nothing elitist about the workshops as they were open to people of all abilities, weekend joggers to endurance runners.
David said: “People usually come to us because they have injuries, but we want to provide them with the knowledge to try to avoid that scenario and take them forward so they end up in a better position.”
One of the most popular sessions was held by running biomechanist Hugh Watson, who specialises in analysis and running programmes. He has worked alongside some the world leaders in sports biomechanics and is currently a university lecturer in sports and exercise physiology.
With the help of some willing volunteers, he was able to demonstrate how running gait and exercise techniques could be improved to avoid injury, but also to improve performance, helping people to run further and faster.
David added: “Hugh is one of the leaders in his fields in Scotland, if not the UK. It’s all about trying to prevent injury, but stil improve your running times.”
The evening also included workshops on trigger point, demonstrating how small pieces of equipment can be used to loosen muscles, and how to exercise without damaging your Achilles tendon.
A session by clinical dietitian Nikos Jakubiak highighted how the fuel you put into your body can impact on your performance, as well as how to replenish nutrients immediately after exercising.
There were also taster sessions to show how both yoga and pilates can be used as an additional exercise for runners, as well as massage therapists offering advice on both the benefits of sports and Swedish massage.
Physiotherapy treatments and injury guidance were also available from the experienced Life Fit team, along with tips on the best footwear from Run and Become staff.
David added: “We ran a similar event previously but our new premises give us much more room to invite people along. The response has been excellent and whether you are a 5k, 10k or distance runner, everyone wants their training to work for them. Hopefully, we’ve given them an idea of the broad selection of ways that we can help them.”
For more information about Life Fit Wellness visit www.lifefitwellness.co.uk or call (01324) 614044.