Live Better
 
 

Who’s on your fitness team?

You don’t have to be an elite athlete to have a support team on your journey to the finish line.

Training for an endurance event requires commitment and dedication, but it also requires keeping your body free from injury and in tip-top condition to achieve your best. Let’s take a look at the different specialists and health practitioners who may play a role on your fitness team.

General practitioner

For those looking to start a training program, a great place to begin is with your general practitioner. They can give you the once-over to make sure you can start training safely and that your body will be able to cope with the demands of your proposed training. A little prevention is worth a lot of cure.

Physiotherapist

Whether you are looking to start running, trying to manage injuries or hoping to achieve your personal best, a physiotherapist can play a significant role. Physiotherapists will work with you to ensure your muscles are able to handle the training load, identify potential injuries, manage and rehabilitate injuries you may get and provide education and practical advice to enhance your running.

Dietitian

Fuelling your body in training and on race day is very important. A sports dietitian can help tailor a food and nutrition plan to ensure you’re getting all the nutrients required to train at your peak and recover quickly between sessions. Dietitians can also help with your race day nutrition and hydration plan to make sure you hit the finish line, not the wall!

Massage therapist

Throughout your training you’re most likely going to experience sore spots and overall general aching and fatigue. A massage therapist can come in very handy to soothe tired muscles and facilitate recovery. A good pair of hands will make a difference and you will appreciate the opportunity to deeply relax during your sessions in between workouts.

Podiatrist

Your feet are home to 26 bones, 33 joints and over 100 tendons, ligaments and muscles. When you run, between 3-4 times your body weight, or force, goes through your feet. With this in mind, it is a fair to say a podiatrist can play a significant role in helping to care for your precious feet. From advising on running shoe selection to managing common running injuries, a proactive plan with your podiatrist will help you to the finish line.

Running coach

Running, like many sports, is a skill… and a skill you can improve. Along with helping you build a personalised training program, a running coach can work on your running technique to ensure you’re being as efficient and powerful as you can be. Ensuring you’re getting bang for every stride – over any distance, but especially endurance distances – an effective technique can help you both prevent injury and achieve your best.

Latest Articles

Exercise

How long does it take to lose your fitness?

Find out how inactivity affects your strength and cardio.

Read more
Exercise

What’s the best time of day to exercise?

Should you work out in the morning, afternoon or night?

Read more
Exercise

Is personal training worth it?

Here are some of the benefits a PT can give you.

Read more
Exercise

Should I run heel-toe or toe-heel?

The research on whether there’s a winning way to run.

Read more
Exercise

Your exercise survival kit

Must haves to prevent wear and tear.

Read more
Exercise

Beginner morning yoga routine

Wake up and stretch out with this simple yoga sequence.

Read more
youtubeui-checkbox-tickui-checkbox-emptyui-checkbox-crosstwitterui-checkbox-tickWellbeing and mindfulness 1Physical Health 1Positive psychology 101 1Wellbeing and mindfulness 4All about gut health 1Understanding Genetics 4Planning for Pregnancy 2During Pregnancy 3The mind-gut connection 4The mind-gut connection 1New Parents 3Page 1Group 10During Pregnancy 2Page 1Physical Health 2Planning for Pregnancy 1Positive psychology 101 1Positive psychology 101 4Planning for Pregnancy 4Understanding Genetics 1Physical Health 4Planning for Pregnancy 3Nutrition 4New Parents 1New Parents 3 CopyMovement for your mind 4Wellbeing and mindfulness 2Nutrition 2sob-icon__mind-bodysob-icon__man-with-laptopAll about gut health 2Positive psychology 101 3Positive psychology 101 2Physical Health 3Wellbeing and mindfulness 3All about gut health 3genetics-changing-what-your-givenUnderstanding Genetics 2During Pregnancy 1Movement for your mind 2Movement for your mind 1Movement for your mind 3During Pregnancy 4