Living in Scotland, it is so easy to go hillwalking, with an easy hours drive from my back door. Here are some pictures of my very first hillwalk, just a few shorts weeks ago. I felt quite accomplished, as it was a steep climb very early on. My thanks to the patience of my fellow walkers, who encouraged me all the way.
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The weather is slowly becoming Springlike, the crocus’ and snowdrops are beginning to peep through the damp earth, bringing colour to what has otherwise been muddy brown walks, since I started my training for Kilimanjaro. I am happy with my progress, gradually building up the length of my tri-weekly walks, from 3 miles to 5-6 miles.
I have lived in this area of the world for just short of 11 years now, and I have not really appreciated the beauty that I have on my back doorstep. Without having to jump in a car, I can walk out of my front door and walk through a park with lots of trees, across golf courses, down the banks of rivers and along beaches, with views of the Isle of Arran, which sits just a few miles of the coast of South West Scotland. We are truly blessed in this part of the world.
Now happy as I was with my walking progress, I knew that I needed to do something about my cardio-vascualr fitness levels. I hate gyms with their treadmills, rowing machines and static bikes, and I get bored with exercise classes, so I am extremely happy to have discovered Nordic Walking. Today I went for a taster session, with a lovely lady, Karen, (who incidentally calls me a Miracle Worker, but that’s another blog) who took us through our paces, getting us to swing arms in harmony with our feet, whilst holding poles. The order is to bring your shoulders back and smile as you go, or “tits and teeth”. We were so blessed with the weather today too, which came as a surprise, as the forecast was for rain and wind! It was glorious, the sun was shining and the wind had blown off somewhere else, to blow sand in somebody else’s face. Which is just as well as sand in your teeth is never a good taste!
Judging by this photo, thank you Gail, I have a little way to go, to get my head up, shoulders back and smile. Maybe I will do a better job on Tuesday, when I am signed up to go again.
If you have been following my progress since the beginning of February, you will already have heard me talking about how I was taking collagen as part of my repair and recovery from pains that I had started to get once I started to run. Here I discuss what collagen is and which one you should be taking.
Have you thought about taking Collagen and if so, why?
It can be confusing trying to find the Collagen Capsules which will best suit your needs. Some people may not even realise there are different types of collagen! The question you should be asking yourself is “Why am I taking Collagen in the first place?”
Collagen the facts?
Collagen is the primary structural protein found in the body, making up over 25% to 35% of the whole-body protein content. It is abundant throughout the body and is found in connective tissue, bone, all organs and especially skin where it makes up to 90% of the structural protein.
Collagen is the main component of connective tissue. Collagen, in the form of elongated fibrils, is mostly found in fibrous tissues such as tendon, ligament and skin, and is also abundant in cornea, cartilage, bone, blood vessels, the gut, and intervertebral disc. It is like a superglue, holding us all together. Unfortunately we start to lose it from the age of about 25, and the results of collagen loss start visually, the changing shape of your face, loss of skin elasticity, formation of line and wrinkles, but it’s the internal issues that we really have to worry about. The loss of strength in ligaments, tendons, cartilage and of course bone, which long term could contribute to Osteoarthritis.
Let’s take a closer look at the three main types of collagen found in the human body.
Type I Collagen
Type I Collagen is the most common type of collagen found in the body. It’s found in tendons, skin, artery walls, cornea, and the organic part of bones and teeth. Type I Collagen is good for improving your skin and hair as well as being an overall balanced collagen type.
Type II Collagen
Type II Collagen is found in Hyaline Cartilage and makes up 50% of all cartilage protein. It’s also found in the Vitreous Humour of the eye. This collagen gives our body its structural strength and stability. Although very beneficial the source of type II collagen in an edible form is still restricted to fish collagen, and although available there is no scientific evidence that it can deliver the potential benefits that we require.
Type III Collagen
Type III Collagen is the collagen of granulation tissue and is produced quickly by young fibroblasts before the tougher type I collagen is synthesized. It’s also found in muscles, artery walls, skin, intestines and the uterus. This makes us strong, it is the collagen structure in the muscle that is torn during exercise and is responsible for repair of the muscle.
proto-col’s new Bioactive type I & III collagen. The Proto-col range have a variety of Collagen Capsules and tablets available.
The new bioactive collagen peptide containing type I and III collagen is a triple helix structure and combines the three most repetitious amino acids glycine, proline and hydroxyproline. Collagen type III is a form of granulation tissue, and is produced quickly once stimulated by young fibroblasts before the tougher type I collagen is synthesized. The new bioactive peptide of this sport collagen has been optimised so that it also covers all the potential benefits of type II collagen without actually being type II in a raw form.
By delivering all three required types of collagen requirements which are naturally found in our body, our “body and joint formulation” becomes a ground breaking new formulation of collagen hydrolysate that can be used both by the elite athlete and the health and well-being enthusiast.
All you need to know now is which proto-col Collagen Capsules are right for you. The following table should help assist you in your selection for the right Collagen Capsules. They can all be purchased here
|Product||Type I Collagen||Type II Collagen||Type III Collagen||Hyaluronic Acid, Vitamin A,C,E and Zinc||CollagenDosage perserving (mg)|
|Proto-col collagen capsules Skin Care Range||Yes||No||yes||No||1200|
|Proto-col collagen Body and Joint Capsules Sports range||yes||Yes||Yes||No||1200|
|*Proto-col Skin Plus Range Capsules Skin Care Range||Yes||No||yes||Yes||1065|
|Proto-col Sport’s Nutrition Collagen Tablets-Sports Nutrition Range||yes||Yes||Yes||No||5000|
|Proto-col Pro Gold Protein Chocolate or Strawberry contains BCAA’s||yes||Yes||Yes||No||5000|
A note on *proto-col skin plus
Ingredients include: Hyaluronic Acid one of the key chain molecules in the key – responsible for skin maintaining a youthful complexion.
What is special about Hyaluronic Acid?
It is the biggest among the molecules that surround skin cells and it absorbs moisture up to 6000 times its weight. Maintaining sufficient quantity of these special molecules, which decreases with age, is one of the key factors to stay young and radiant. Vitamin A, C, E and Zinc which are all vitamins and minerals that are known to aid skin health.
Why choose proto-col and what makes proto-col the market leader
Proto-col is the only collagen brand on the market that works with CRI (The International Collagen research institute). Proto-col guarantee to use only the highest quality collagen in the world and the only material that is backed with clear and conclusive clinical research and data. proto-col’s sports collagen product is also HFL tested for elite athletes to use. Available here: http://www.ajoyofhealth.co.uk/shop.html#!/~/search/keywords=collagen&offset=0&sort=nameDesc
Things have not quite gone to plan this week. All was going well. I’d ordered a new pair of trainers so that I had a pair for the gym and a pair to run outside in, along with leggings and sports bras. My plan: once I managed 5 k on the treadmill I would go and join the rest of the Park Run community in my local park at 9.30 am on Saturday morning. I have set my goal as being in February.
Monday I did as my taining plan suggested, I did 15 gentle run, on the treadmill, bettering my times that I had done on Friday. I was well pleased with myself. Then came Wednesday!
Wednesday the training plan said 25 minutes. I have to admit, I wasn’t looking forward to it, but I set out with PBs for 1 k in my mind. But my legs told me other things. They felt heavy, like I had been on my feet all day. It reminded me of my nursing days, when the workload was so heavy, I didn’t get a chance to sit down on the entire shift. Heavy and difficulty picking the leg up to run. I ended up doing the 25 minutes but mainly at a walking pace.
The next day was a rest day. I was very aware that my legs hurt along the bones. Is it the muscle attachments growing stronger? That’s what it felt like. I had to remind myself that these bones are 56 years young, not as young as they used to be, and therefore need gradual increase in use, to allow my body to adapt slowly to the improvement that I seek. I took 5000g of collagen to help these growing attachments.
During a twitter hour, #uklatehour, I tweeted with Susan at Vie-Fit. She had some great advice, and shared her blog post on stretching with me. Check it out They felt no better, and by Friday I decided to cut out the training altogether, rather than doggedly train and risk an injury.
So the weekend I am spending re-evaluating my training plan, and deciding to repeat each week of the plan, so that I do it twice, and see how that goes, starting on Monday. For now I am concentrating on being aware of my age and capabilities.
The beginning of my second week of training for a 10 k run, from the Couch.
I have never run before, unless you count for a bus, so this is a challenge for me.
I have spent the weekend itching to get back to the gym and on the treadmill.
Why the treadmill, why not get outside and run?
Well I will when my second pair of running shoes arrives, so that I have an indoor and an outdoor pair.
Oh and I live in Scotland, so sometimes the treadmill is the better option when it’s pishing it down out there.
So the start of the week, it’s a gentle 15 minutes this morning. Off to fuel my body with breakfast now, catch you all later.