11 Tips On Exercise For Better Health From FitOldDog


Hi folks,

With over 200 posts under my blogging belt, I thought it might be useful to my readers if I went through and pulled out pieces of key exercise advice, with links to the respective posts. Then I thought, “but I love prime numbers, remember that great book about the Reimann Hypothesis that I referred to ages ago, Prime Obsession?” So I decided to select 11 training tips, instead. Here they are:

  1. Get a running gait analysis at Run Dog.
  2. You are never too old to exercise.
  3. Have a goal for every workout.
  4. If you have a health challenge choose your training partners carefully.
  5. Whip your swim kick up as well as down, like a fish.
  6. Endurance training may be ideal for certain health challenges.
  7. Watch out for destructive guarding from old injuries.
  8. Try chia with maple syrup. Delicious and nutritious.
  9. If you have a health challenge find your community.
  10. Sneak through the water to reduce resistance and effort, or increase speed.
  11. A man (woman) has to know his (her) limitations.”

The last of these, a key aspect of body-awareness, is probably the most critical, especially if you become somewhat obsessed with training, as it is clearly addictive, especially running. Running is also the most injury-prone sport that I know, apart maybe from downhill skiing (which seriously damaged my right knee years ago).

I hope that you enjoy this random cluster of exercise advice.

-k Your Medical Mind


  1. Excellent tips and advice! Thanks for sharing.

  2. Hi ProGait,

    I checked out your site, and it looks intriguing. Pity you are so far away, or I’d come by. I started life as a swimmer and water polo player, and I never did get into running as a youngster. Martial arts got me running a bit, but triathlons really did it. Then I did myself in several times running, until I finally wised up. I wonder what your thoughts are on Chi Running, which I used successfully to make initial improvements in my run technique. I tried barefoot very carefully, but I suspect it would take me 10 years, not the 1 year that I experimented with great caution, but not enough caution.

    Do you do gait analysis remotely. I could send a video for your comments. You could even post your thoughts on my blog, as this kind of thing is so badly needed. In fact, one thing that worries me is the way kids undertake running in high schools in the USA. They just ask the kids to run. If they are fast they are congratulated. If they are in pain they drop out or are chastised into ignoring the pain (I’ve observed it directly!). One local teacher who spends a lot of time teaching the kids to run through technical exercises to reduce injury risk is disliked by the parents ‘because he doesn’t have the running all the time!’ I guess the kids complained. I see little or no sign of high school training in correct running style, which I suspect is slightly different for each of us.

    Your thoughts on all of this would be much appreciated, and thanks for the comment.

    -k @FitOldDog

    PS I really like your website http://www.progait.co.uk/. It’s alive with activity. What are your thoughts on RunDog http://goo.gl/g4kr6, which I found quite revealing.

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Disclaimer: As a veterinarian, I do not provide medical advice for human animals. If you undertake or modify an exercise program, consult your medical advisors before doing so. Undertaking activities pursued by the author does not mean that he endorses your undertaking such activities, which is clearly your decision and responsibility. Be careful and sensible, please.