|Posted on April 13, 2016 at 12:50 AM|
IN THIS REGULR FEATURE, PERSONAL TRAINER AYLIA FOX SHOOTS FROM THE HIP ABOUT SOME ASPECT OF THE HEALTH, FITNESS OR WEIGHT LOSS INDUSTRY. SOMETIMES HER VIEWS ARE PROVOCATIVE, SOMETIMES THEY'RE JUST INFORMATIVE. EITHER WAY YOU'LL WANT TO TAKE NOTICE.
THIS WEEK'S SUBJECT: THE BLIGHT OF BLISTERS (AND HOW TO BEAT THEM) As you get older it's fairly certain that aches, pains, injuries and illness are going to dog you more as a result of regular exercise. It doesn't matter how fit you are, it doesn't matter how careful you, it's just a fact. Sad but true.
But there's an ailment that can reduce you to a sedentary wreck whatever your age. I am, of course, talking about blisters.
Those pesky pockets of fluid that form on your feet (and then burst) due to the rubbing and/or friction of footwear can bring your exercise regime to an abrupt halt that plasters, creams, speciality socks etc can neither prevent or cure. You basically just have to wait until they've healed.
As someone who has suffered from them for as long as i can remember (and who has had to get rid of several pairs of costly trainers as a result) I cannot tell you how happy I was this week to discover that scientists in the US have found a simple but 'revolutionary' way to prevent them - surgical tape.
Yes, I'm talking about the sticky tape that's used in first aid to secure bandages over wounds, you can get it from any high street chemist for less than a couple of pounds and all you have to do is wrap it round blister-prone skin before you exercise.
And you know what? it works. I've tried it. I mummified my feet in the stuff, put on my most uncomfortable shoes (without socks) and walked/jogged around for a couple of hours. I couldn't beleive it - no pain, no rubbing, no friction - NO BLISTERS.
As a personal trainer I'm constantly looking for little pearls of wisdom to pass onto my clients. This is the best one I've come across for a while. I also know people who are running in the London Marathon on April 24th and I'm going to be sharing it with them too.