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Stay hydrated and reduce plastic waste with this great initiative!

Posted on 6th August 2018 by

The topic of reducing plastic use has gained huge momentum recently. A million plastic bottles are bought around the world every minute and it’s predicted that Refillfigure will rise by another 20% by 2021. However global efforts to collect and recycle the bottles to keep them from polluting the oceans, are just not keeping up.

Here in the UK, the average household uses 480 plastic bottles a year, but only recycles 270 of them – meaning nearly half (44%) are NOT put in the recycling. This means that nationally, of the over 35 million plastic bottles being used every day in the UK, nearly 16 million plastic bottles aren’t being put out for recycling.

If just one in ten Brits refilled once a week, we’d have 340 million less plastic bottles a year in circulation!

Refill

Water consumption and plastic use was something that was highlighted by Southern Water recently at the Eastleigh Business Conference. They introduced a fantastic scheme that has been initiated, called ‘Refiill’. 

Refill is a national, practical water campaign that aims to make refilling your own bottle as easy, convenient and cheap as possible by introducing refill stations on every street!

The concept is easy:

  1. Download the Refil App
  2. Take a reusable drink bottle with you wherever you go 
  3. Drink plenty of water 
  4. When you run out of water and need a refill, visit the app and see where your nearest Refill station is.
  5. Go to your nearest Refill station and fill up! 

We all know that drinking plenty of water is crucial to our health. Not only is good hydration fundamental to general health, but Is a key element to post exercise recovery.

It’s win win, saves you spending money on buying water, makes use of your refillable drinking bottle, saving on plastic! 

It’s a small step, but a great one to take! 

goPhysio in Chandlers Ford are delighted to be part of this scheme. If you’re passing, you can pop in Refill Chandlers Ford Hampshire and fill up your water bottle with freshly filtered, chilled water! 

Download the Refill app here.

Read more about Refill here.

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Eastleigh 10k – 10 day countdown from Running Coach, Mike Chambers

Posted on 9th March 2018 by

Running With Us

We are delighted to feature a guest blog today from Mike Chambers, Running Coach (Running with Us)

As the Eastleigh 10k 2019 fast approaches and we all look nervously at the weather hoping there is no repeat of last years March snow, now is the time to get the final weeks of training right to ensure our legs feel ready to run when the gun goes!

In these last 10 days all our training gains have been achieved and banked and now is the time to protect our fitness. But tapering for a 10k can be tricky to get right. 

The Taper

The greatest fear among many new runners is getting to the start line tired from training in the last week, but in my experience, backing off too much is more likely to leave you feeling flat come the big day. Our bodies crave routine. If you have been running 3 times a week, keep to that in your final week – including the actual race in your weekly volume. Look to reduce volume of miles and training intensity but keep the overall structure to your week. 

So, no big efforts or hard track or hill sessions this week. 2-3 easy runs of 20-30 minutes, perhaps finishing with the final 5-10 minutes near your planned race pace will be plenty to keep your legs ticking over and familiar with the speed you will need on the day.  I also encourage a short run the day before the race. Just 15 minutes or so at an easy pace with 2-3 blasts of 30 seconds near race pace will clear your legs ready for Sunday. 

Fueling 

In a world of super foods and diet programmes and get fit quick solutions, I like to keep things simple when we think about our running nutrition.

As long as you are eating a sensible balanced diet, keep to it, no major changes and no major carb load! The small taper in your training in the last week will act as a carb load if you maintain your usual diet. Yes, to a carb based meal the night before but try and have this early in the evening. And this does not need to be super sized! That will just leave you feeling heavy on the start line. A better approach is to graze through Saturday with little and often approach to quality foods. 

Make sure your body is hydrated through those last few days, and don’t go chugging water Sunday morning…you will feel heavy…and be in a long queue for the toilet. Keep up some electrolyte in take through a sports drink on the day. Gels – realistically unless running over 70-80 minutes for the 10k, you won’t need fueling during the race, your body will have all the glycogen stores you need to fire you to the finish.

Race Day Preparation

Most runners I know are creatures of habit and getting the timetable right on the day is critical to avoid a full meltdown! This works best by working backwards from the race start time, breakfast around 2 hours before this and then maybe a light snack (banana) an hour before. 

Thinking through travel and parking on the day. Kit laid out day before. Race number pinned on and check and double check have everything you need…..remember the weather in March can vary significantly …this could be vest or t shirt, but equally we may be looking at a base layer in extreme circumstances. A layer to keep on to the very last minute also worth having

Race day is about trusting in your training and committing to what you set out to do, be it just get round or chasing that PB. Visualise achieving your goal, crossing the line and getting the medal and t-shirt will help you to make that your reality.

So, to all of you doing your first 10k, chasing a new PB or whatever your motivation for getting out there on race day, smile, commit to your pace and the very best of luck.

Mike Chambers

Running Coach, Running with Us

 



Active Working Tips – Drink More Water

Posted on 26th April 2017 by

In addition to being encouraged to exercise or move more, increasing our fluid intake is another  simple way we are encouraged to help improve our health and wellbeing.

I recently came across these water bottles from HydrateM8. These bottles have graduated timings printed on them which allows users to monitor their water intake on a daily basis ensuring gradual and consistent levels of hydration. Recognising that there was no way I was drinking enough throughout the day, I invested in one.

I’m a sucker for targets and goals, (I’ve worn an activity tracker for years and love being measured!), so this water bottle has been great for me! I think I’ve gone from drinking about 500ml to 2 litres + a day!

The added bonus of increasing fluid intake throughout the day, is the resultant increase in trips to the loo. Subsequently, this means I’m getting up from my desk and moving more throughout the day! Win, win!

I have no choice but to take the stairs to the ladies, but if you have a choice or stairs or lift, or could walk to a toilet a little further away from your nearest one, this is another way to increase your activity. It may sound insignificant, but you’d be amazed how these little bursts of activity can add up over time!

You can purchase HydrateM8 bottles here.

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