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5 Consecutive Olympics - What does it take?

Chris Maddocks is a race walker from Great Britain who, in the 50km race walk at the 2000 Summer Olympics in Sydney, Australia, became the first British track athlete to compete in five Olympic games. Following his retirement Chris became a sports journalist and commentator. In this interview Chris talks about his training, balancing life as a professional athlete with his work, and he gives an interesting insight into the world of race walking. I believe you are the only athlete in the UK to have competed in 5 consecutive Olympics? That's an amazing achievement. ​I'm the only man in British athletics to have competed at 5 Olympics 1984-2000.  I qualified for 6; controversially I didn't get selected for the...

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Top 3 Reasons to Wear Insoles

Insoles have benefits. Shoe manufacture's don't pay enough attention to what is inside the shoe and put too much focus on the exterior because after all, thats what the consumer see's.  So why then should we pay more attention to what's under our feet? We've outlined three top reasons to wear insoles below:   1. To help reduce pain and injury Firstly, they provide support for the foot to ensure good alignment. If your foot is not properly supported or aligned then you will be putting extra strain on your tendons, this can affect your Achilles, knee, shin, plantar fascia and even the muscles in your lower back. A good insole will help provide this support and reduce the risk...

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Foot Health Guide – Insoles for Nurses

In the UK, nurses can spend up to 12 hours a shift on their feet. Rushing between wards and dealing with any number of emergencies, this is exhausting to say the least. Apart from draining energy, though, it can also have some serious consequences for their health. Here’s our summary of these health implications, and how you can mitigate them with the best insoles for nurses and a regular regime of stretching.  What are the effects of standing up for long periods of time?  The health risks of sitting down all day are well known, but those of being up and about aren’t as widely recognised. Standing up and walking all day, especially in a hospital environment, can cause a...

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