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Five Tips On Running Up Hills To many hills are the enemy, they’re a hindrance, standing in the way of fast times, a burden to be endured, a muscle-sapping, lung-bursting experience 10 Reasons To Run The Simplyhealth Great South Run Here are our 10 reasons to run the Simplyhealth Great South Run, the world's biggest and best 10 mile run. Pre-Run Stretching Sarah Harradine (thatsquatbot), personal trainer and blogger, is here to talk you through a series of stretches to help you look after your everyday health and make the most of life, in partnership with Simplyhealth Post-Run Stretching At Home Sarah Harradine (thatsquatbot), personal trainer and blogger, is here to talk you through a series of stretches to help you look after your everyday health and make the most of life, in partnership with Simplyhealth Your Simplyhealth Stretch Zone Sarah Harradine (thatsquatbot), personal trainer and blogger, is here to talk you through a series of stretches to help you look after your everyday health and make the most of life, in partnership with Simplyhealth Stretching To Reduce The Risk Of Injury Sarah Harradine (thatsquatbot), personal trainer and blogger, is here to talk you through a series of stretches to help you look after your everyday health and make the most of life, in partnership with Simplyhealth Stretches For Your Hamstrings And Calves Sarah Harradine (thatsquatbot), personal trainer and blogger, is here to talk you through a series of stretches to help you look after your everyday health and make the most of life, in partnership with Simplyhealth Stretches For Your Quads And Hip Flexors Sarah Harradine (thatsquatbot), personal trainer and blogger, is here to talk you through a series of stretches to help you look after your everyday health and make the most of life, in partnership with Simplyhealth Stretches For Your Hips And Glutes Sarah Harradine (thatsquatbot), personal trainer and blogger, is here to talk you through a series of stretches to help you look after your everyday health and make the most of life, in partnership with Simplyhealth Great North Run | On the day There will be loads to see and do before, during and after your run so here’s an idea of what to look out for. Five Top Tips From A Runner Dietitian Eating well is vital to getting the most out of yourself as a runner but nutrition can be a complex topic with many conflicting opinions. Here are five helpful tips that will help you to get the most out of your own nutrition KEEPING COOL IN FANCY DRESS Every year we see hundreds of you dressing up for your chosen charities. So whether you’re wearing an inflatable T-Rex costume or a Panda onesie, we have some tips on how to get round without having to ditch the outfit after mile 1. Why Massage Is So Good For Runners Massage isn’t just a feel-good way to indulge or pamper yourself, it is a powerful tool to help you take charge of your health and wellbeing. Chartered Physiotherapist and Director of Blizard Physiotherapy, Jenny Blizard explains why. Getting To The Point Of Acupuncture Have you ever wondered what acupuncture actually is? Our resident physio gets to the point with this quick guide Five Ways To Improve Your Running Posture Want to improve your running posture? Here is our handy guide from physiotherapist and runner Jenny Blizard Align Your Spine Ever wondered how a chiropractor can help with your everyday health? We’ve asked a practitioner for his top tips on maintaining skeletal health, to keep you in the best shape possible and get you across the finish line injury free. Five Reasons Why You Run Better Together It's time to get out there running, together. Don't Snooze? You Lose! Sleep is an often overlooked but vital component of athletics performance, as Professor John Brewer explains Try Prehab To Prevent Injuries Getting ready for your Simplyhealth Great Run requires full rehabilitation, says physiotherapist Paul Hobrough. Here's how to prepare your body properly Seven Ways To Avoid Injury Avoiding injury is one of the most important components to getting the best out of your running. Here, muscoloskeletal expert Dr Peter Francis sets out his top seven tips to avoiding time on the sidelines Ask The Doctor Who said running was glamorous? Our running GP Dr Juliet McGrattan explains how to avoid some of the activity's most common ailments Why Warming Up And Cooling Down Is Vital Warming up and cooling down are essential to ensure your body is ready to run and recovers well. Here, physiotherapist Paul Hobrough explains how it should be done correctly. Running During The Holidays The school holidays are upon us and for many parents there is suddenly a lot less free time to be utilised. Running doesn’t have to be a casualty during these six weeks – here’s our guide to keeping the balance in check until September How To Hydrate When to drink and what to drink? Don’t worry, we spell out the rules of fluid intake as determined by the leading experts On Your Barks. Get Set. Go! We know our nation loves pets and amongst the favourite are our furry four-legged running pals, dogs. Let’s take a look at how running with your canine friends can be great, and what to consider before you lace-up your trainers and grab that lead