Earlier this week, I was planning an outdoor lake swim with a friend then a twenty mile run for marathon training. Then I ate lunch and gave fate it's moment. By 11pm, I was sobbing out loud, unable to stand straight and being driven to hospital.
The majority of shod runners land with a heel strike, and they do so because the cushioned heel allows this without pain. However, this does not eliminate the forces which are imposed on the body by heel striking, and these forces have been associated with injury.
I'm really excited this week to feature an interview I did a while back with the Heroes from The Lean Machine. We have worked together on some videos in the past which I loved doing.
Instead of falling into the same trap as everyone else, why not diversify your training and take it outdoors instead? This way, you get to enjoy the sunshine (whilst it lasts!) and get a solid workout in at the same time...
I am taking Sara Malm a fitness enthusiasts and Daily Mail Online foreign correspondent through her paces. Sara really enjoys her training and whilst she has been working out for a while, she is by no means a professional. I have tried to give her a taster of a few different exercises that will help develop her abs.
So what happens when you set goals and smash them? What is next? Whether they are personal or professional goals, we need to learn to take stock and enjoy the moment and the body we are in.
Twerking has its roots in American strip clubs and hip hop's New Orleans Bounce scene of the Nineties, which itself traces back to West Africa, most likely to the very similar Mapouka dance in the Ivory Coast.
'Point a gun in my face' or 'make me carry it above my head for hours'? Prior to Hell Week I'd probably have chosen the latter, but after 48hrs of Israeli hell I was wishing someone would put a bullet in my brain to stop the suffering.
Located in the lesser-visited waters of the Noonu atoll in the north of the Maldives, Sun Siyam Iru Fushi is one of the larger resorts in the Maldives. It's also one of the few that is actually Maldivian-owned and Maldivian-run.
Devotees swear that a ten-day stay at a Mayr clinic leaves them several kilos lighter, fresh-faced, well-rested and miraculously rid of any rashes, bodily aches or stomach rumblings, but there was a resounding complaint: the decor.
The really terrifying statistic for any professional athlete, member of the armed services, police or indeed anyone liable to be tested is that about 10% of all supplements sold on the market; the percentage is even higher in the USA, are inadvertently contaminated through poor manufacturing processes and/or materials handling and storage.
The motivation I needed was a determination to do what I could to keep my own children motivated to be fit and active and healthy and to keep myself in that way, to hopefully be there for as many of their milestones, achievements and adventures that spread ahead of them.
I've now been a runner for nine months and am training for a marathon but it wasn't until yesterday, chatting to a friend, that I realised what an unlikely journey this has been. I am now stronger, physically and mentally, than I've probably ever been.
Exercise can sharpen brainpower by stimulating the growth of new brain cells, even boosting your immune system. I know my self-esteem has risen by meeting even small exercise goals! And when I've suffered insomnia short bursts of exercise have helped regulate my sleep patterns.
It's Cycle to Work day on Thursday so we can expect thousands more people taking power to the pedal as they shake up their daily commute. If you're one of them, good on you. But so you don't feel out of place, here's a quick guide to the other cyclists you're likely to meet on the street...
I promised myself once I'd had baby number two, I'd finally sort it out... Start looking after myself better; eating well, exercising regularly, drinking less wine at breakfast... and other such ridiculousness... *laughs manically whilst knocking back a shot of gin to the face*