Proper recovery for runners is vital, particularly during marathon preparation and after the race itself.
In this week’s episode we interview Richard Agnew - an expert on acupuncture and qigong.
Here's an outline of the topics we discussed:
- The influence of Chinese medicine in offering a holistic package of treatments.
- What acupuncture and qigong do and why they link well together.
- The benefits offered by acupuncture in treating common running injuries such as knee pain and plantar fasciitis.
- The number of acupuncture sessions needed to make a difference.
- The multiple ways in which acupucture works to promote recovery for runners.
- The different stages of recovery addressed by acupuncture and qigong.
- The aspects of fitness and wellbeing boosted by qigong that aren't necessarily addressed by conventional athletic training.
- Why qigong can help you train more effectively as well as recover faster.
- The benefits offered by qigong as you get older.
- Opportunities for applying qigong principles into your training and recovery
- The significant benefits qigong can provide for as little as 15 minutes practice per day.
- The danger of watching 'wet noodle' demonstrations from unqualified qigong teachers!
- The simple quiz you can take to find out your strongest and weakest aspects of fitness and health.
- The importance of recovery for runners to provide balance when physical fitness aspects tend to dominate.
- The future opportunities for these practices.
As this interview runs for more than 20 minutes, here are the time stamps for each of the questions we asked:
1.26 What got you into acupuncture and qigong and what challenges were there?
3.52 What benefits do these practices provide to marathon runners?
7.48 How much time would runners need to invest in these practices?
9.44 Can qigong be mastered remotely?
11.48 If you had to give one piece of advice to runners looking for help in these area what would it be?
12.57 What are the biggest mistakes you see teachers or clients making?
16.53 What do you enjoy most about providing these services?
17.32 What about people wanting to take up something physical but not too physical when they’re in their 50s or older?
19.50 What are wet noodle exercises?
20.35 What does the future hold for these practices?