Working out on work trips: Finding balance in Chicago

Last week I was in Chicago for a conference with work. Work trips such as this are so useful for building relationships with our colleagues across the pond. It's so nice to add a human element to all of those emails that shoot between us during the remainder of the year and to be able [...]

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Why it’s ok to be a tortoise 

No matter how fast you are, there will always be somebody somewhere who is faster. These were wise words from a fellow Mornington Chaser at a cross country meet last week, as we discussed the relative merits and downfalls of our respective races. I was worrying about being slower than my other teammates and these [...]

A run in the park: Learning to run cross country

This Saturday marked the first race in the cross country season. When the fixtures were initially announced R had coaxed me into signing up with the promise that it would be 'fun', when Saturday came around however, I was a little sceptical about how much fun it would actually be.

100 squats a day?! Plyometric, mindful training

With my summer holiday to Corsica drawing closer (although it feels like summer has already ended in the UK) I've been increasingly noticing all of my squidgy bits. This week, when trying on bikinis under the rather harsh lights of the store changing room, I felt less than confident about baring my all in public. In a [...]

Outside option – the benefits of the great outdoors

It was as I was sitting outside in the park on a rather chilly Wednesday lunchtime, eating a salad while wrapped up a jacket and scarf, that I was inspired to write this post. You see, I have inherited from my mum an overpowering belief that being outdoors is inherently good for you. As a child [...]

Waking up forgotten muscles

With exercise, as with all routines, it's easy to get into a rut. You find yourself going through the motions but not really pushing yourself; lacing up your trainers or rolling out your yoga mat, but not fully engaging in the activity you are doing. When this happens, it's easy to plateau, or worse, to [...]

‘Eating chocolate makes you thinner’, and other facts based on bad data

As regular readers will know, I do like a health-and-fitness-based scientific study with some good, solid statistics to cite. However, among the rigorously tested experiments, based on results collected over an extended period and conducted using a large number of subjects, there are plenty of more questionable papers floating around. The latter are frequently founded [...]