Does the exercise matter, or the mindset?

I remember growing up and seeing all these training books about how to train like the SAS, or the Marines, or the Seals. All the fitness magazines with new ideas on how to get strong within 4 weeks… Helpfully, in the next edition, 4 weeks later, there would be another article telling you how else to train to get fit in another 4 weeks. These days we have magazines telling you the shortcuts to success, how to train like Kilian, the killer workout that will make you look like Henry Cavill or Jason Momoa, how to train harder for your … Continue reading

Into the Wild

Once upon a time, not so long ago, I was the one saying “I’d love to swim outdoors but brrrr the water must be freezing”. Well back in 2018 I decided that I was never going to give wild swimming a go without a wetsuit, so off I went and bought one. I was totally open in saying that if I really didn’t like it I would just sell the wetsuit and be absolutely content knowing I had given wild swimming a decent go. I took myself off to a well organised swim in a local reservoir – safety kayaks … Continue reading

Enfeeblement and Robotic Legs

I’ve been seeing some things being bandied around on the internet recently – robotic exoskeletons to enable you to ski for longer and springs that you put behind your knees to enable you to stand up for less effort. I got a little incensed about this, mainly because of what they have in common – a lack of strength, continued atrophy of muscles, and the potential enfeeblement of the human body. (Don’t get me wrong – exoskeletons/replacement limbs for paraplegics and amputees are a good thing – I’m railing against something else here.) It might seem like a lovely idea … Continue reading

Nuture the seed

We came across a funny thing the other day which, in hindsight, wasn’t all that funny (haha) at all. It concerns people who want to run and exercise who are really quite embarrassed about getting out and doing things. They are worried about what others might think of them, and so seek positive affirmation through running with groups. Let me first say there is nothing wrong with that – in fact, anything which enables people to get out and do things and have a more positive mindset about exercise is an excellent thing as far as I am concerned. The … Continue reading

1%

This is a blog about time and the perception of how long things take. I can bang on about this for a while, but bear with me. Let’s start by taking a physio consultation. Normally, at the end (or even part way through) we start talking about exercise prescription and what the patient needs to do in order to get better. Physios are kind of unique in that we don’t tend to have a pill to prescribe, it is normally strength work or movement, or some such thing. In comparison to exercise, pills are easy. Give someone an antibiotic, tell … Continue reading

Magic hands?

Oooh I ache. I need a massage. Yes, massage and the myth of magic hands goes a long way. Sore muscles seem to know that the touch of a skilled therapist will help wipe away the fatigue and pain of long, hard sessions of training. Maybe even to the point of healing injuries and enabling the person to make a miraculous recovery, rising Lazarus like from the depths of injury to race-winning health within an hour. This, I regret to inform you, does not happen in the real world. No matter how magic you might think a person’s hands are, … Continue reading