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If You Workout, You Need To Know About Active Recovery (And This Is How You Do IT)

The Huffington Post | Amy Packham | Posted 23.02.2017 | UK Lifestyle

Sometimes we can get so hung up on nailing our fitness goals, we don’t give our bodies enough time to recharge and recover. High intensity workouts ...

6 Of The Best Runs In London To Smash Your Fitness Goals At Lunchtime

The Huffington Post | Amy Packham | Posted 23.02.2017 | UK Lifestyle

Not everyone can drag themselves out of bed at the crack of dawn to workout and if you have plans in the evenings, your training goes on the backburne...

I Woke Up From A Coma Locked-In My Own Body

Kate Allatt | Posted 22.02.2017 | UK
Kate Allatt

life less ordinary banner I over thought 24/7, seven days per week and felt horrific anxiety and fear. Fear that my husband may be encouraged to switch off my life support machine in the early days. I also suffered severe boredom, sleeplessness - because you slept out of boredom during the day - and experienced graphic hallucinations, that no one warned me or my family about. I was scared shitless of dying, then at other times, I wished I could physically pull the plug on my own life support machine.

Popping The Volunteering Cherry

Tina Medlock | Posted 21.02.2017 | UK Lifestyle
Tina Medlock

Way back in 2013, I took part in my first run and on 21st January 2017 I completed my 85th. Those that know me will tell you that I never tire of telling anyone that will listen of what a great concept parkrun is and how I love the inclusive environment that you can take advantage of a free local 5k run.

How Learning To Love The Gym Eased My Anxiety

Katie Teehan | Posted 19.02.2017 | UK Lifestyle
Katie Teehan

'Oh god, have you been at the gym again?' I arrive to dinner with friends carrying a tell-tale sports bag, and inwardly wince at their reactions. The joking 'you're obsessed' comments, the well-meaning but misplaced concern that I'm doing too much, and even worse, the implication hanging in the air that somehow my attendance at a spinning class makes them feel bad, or a bit lazy.

Achieving Marathon Des Sables 2017 Is All In The Preparation

Andrew White | Posted 16.02.2017 | UK Lifestyle
Andrew White

I'm not sure what possessed me to enter Marathon Des Sables other than a wish to have a long term goal to build towards. An opportunity to do something that would test my mettle, mind and sportsmanship.

Olympian Greg Rutherford Reveals His Workout Schedule And Why He Went Gluten Free

The Huffington Post | Amy Packham | Posted 09.02.2017 | UK Lifestyle

As the hero who won gold at the London 2012 Olympics, you’d think Greg Rutherford’s training would mainly involve being on the track and field. B...

The Importance Of The Balance Between A Healthy Mind And A Healthy Body

Marcus Brown | Posted 09.02.2017 | UK Lifestyle
Marcus Brown

In the fitness world I believe that what we can physically see, gets more positive attention than what we cannot tangibly see occurring in the mind.

A 150mile Sahara Desert Foot Race, Singing Out Loud And A Taste For Gin Taught Me Anything Is Possible

Harjeet Johal | Posted 08.02.2017 | UK
Harjeet Johal

life less ordinary banner Nothing could have prepared me for how I felt when I first saw the empty infinity stretch out in front of me. I could hear it goading me. What right do you have to be here! It shouted. This was mankind's most deadly theatre. It had consumed armies; halted dictators and sucked the life out of the unprepared. It was going to chew me up and spit me out. It told me it would destroy me. It would spare my life but not my dignity. I nodded politely but then stared it down, hard. I had other ideas. "Let's see", I said, as I turned and walked back down the hillock of sand (I tripped a little as I got to the bottom).

7 Lessons Learned From Channel 4's 'How To Get Fit Fast'

The Huffington Post | Natasha Hinde | Posted 07.02.2017 | UK Lifestyle

We’re all officially obsessed with fitness. Gym membership is at an all-time high and social media is chock-a-block with photos of weight loss trans...

Running Keeps Me Sane

Aisling Gray | Posted 06.02.2017 | UK Parents
Aisling Gray

Post-kids, I need running in my life more than ever. My mind, overflowing with to do lists that never quite get done, would without doubt explode if I didn't have running to rely on to clear my constantly muddied head.

Running Without Fear: Breaking Down The Barriers To Participation

Laura Fountain | Posted 27.01.2017 | UK Lifestyle
Laura Fountain

Most of the time, we aren't bothered by harassment, but occasionally you'll get someone who thinks it's acceptable to make a derogatory comment or yell out something to our runners. However, there's solidarity in a group, so it's much easier to ignore any comments that might come our way.

Seven Marathons, Seven Days, Seven Continents

Georgie Acons | Posted 27.01.2017 | UK Sport
Georgie Acons

On the 23rd January myself and 32 others will be starting an attempt to run 7 marathons in 7 days on the 7 continents around the world. The challenge starts on a glacier in Antarctica and then travels through Chile, Miami, Madrid Marrakesh, Dubai before finishing in Sydney. I will have 168 hours to cover 183 miles with around 60 hours of flying thrown in for good measure.

A Marathon Runner's Guide To Middle Eastern Politics, Part One

Michael Barron | Posted 27.01.2017 | UK Politics
Michael Barron

This year marks the 20th anniversary of running my first marathon*. It was the London Marathon in April 1997. Over the same period of time, longer in fact, I have also been an observer and analyst of Middle Eastern politics. Reflecting on two obsessions that have been important in my professional and personal life, what have I learnt from marathon running that can be applied to my analysis and observation of Middle Eastern politics?

Nine Tips For Mindful Running - The Way To Go!

Alexa Frey | Posted 24.01.2017 | UK Lifestyle
Alexa Frey

Recent research has shown that combining mindfulness and running has a greater impact on depressive symptoms than either of the two activities alone. So how can we bring mindfulness and running together? Here are some ideas for runners of all levels:

In Defence Of Dry January

Alana Gray | Posted 23.01.2017 | UK Lifestyle
Alana Gray

Today, walking to the pub for a Sunday roast, one of my friends observed we were engaging in what she called 'Jan chat' i.e. the art of chatting about all things depressing (Brexit, Trump, not drinking, death etc.) during January, which I guess summed the month up for her. It seems most people find it a pretty miserable month.

The Only Way Is Up: The Benefits Of Tower-Running

Shaun Dixon | Posted 23.01.2017 | UK Lifestyle
Shaun Dixon

Tower-running does exactly what it says on the tin: racing up the stairs of daunting sky-scrapers as quickly as possible. The radical running format was first introduced to the UK by Shelter, the housing and homelessness charity, when it launched the Vertical Rush fundraising challenge back in 2009 at London's iconic Tower 42

Brain Cancer Patient Pledges To Run 7 Marathons In 7 Days To Raise Money For Research

The Huffington Post | Rachel Moss | Posted 23.01.2017 | UK Lifestyle

A brain cancer patient has pledged to run seven marathons on seven continents in seven days to raise money for charity. BethAnn Telford will be taking...

How Running Helped Me Through Treatment For Breast Cancer

Jenny Baker | Posted 17.01.2017 | UK Lifestyle
Jenny Baker

I've been a runner for many years. I've run marathons, parkruns and all distances in between. I had a year of running events planned to celebrate my 50th birthday in 2015 but that all unravelled when I found a lump in my breast, and was diagnosed with cancer.

The Uncanny Similarities Between Marathon Running And Childbirth

Aisling Gray | Posted 02.01.2017 | UK Parents
Aisling Gray

Like marathon training, though, pregnancy ultimately reaps the rewards but it can be a long slog, which often requires gritted teeth and a quiet determination to push through.

Confessions Of A Shit Runner - Women's Stuff

Tina Medlock | Posted 05.12.2016 | UK Lifestyle
Tina Medlock

We wandered up to the start line and I snaked across to the first-aid tent and whilst I knew sanitary products didn't feature in an emergency response bag, I had hoped that some kind organised female would have one in her bag. After embarrassingly relaying my story to her she kindly produced something from her bag...

Fire And Ice - An Empowered First Step Helps Rape Survivors Achieve Anything

Emily Jacob | Posted 22.11.2016 | UK
Emily Jacob

In my work to help rape survivors move beyond symptom management and lead a full and reconnected life again I am used to meeting some kick-ass, bad-as...

Five Things We Learned About Fitness In October

Chris Hall | Posted 18.11.2016 | UK Lifestyle
Chris Hall

The clocks have gone back and the evenings are darker, but the pace of fresh new research into health and fitness hasn't slowed down at all. Here are five things we learned last month that may well be useful for your own training! Especially if you suffer from DOMS or a stitch...

New To Running? Nine Reasons Why You Should Parkrun

Kim Scott | Posted 15.11.2016 | UK Lifestyle
Kim Scott

Despite the brilliant "inclusive" nature of parkruns for some, particularly those new to running it may still seem a step too far. So, by way of reassurance, here are my nine reasons why you should parkrun this weekend.

Confessions Of A Shit Runner

Tina Medlock | Posted 08.11.2016 | UK Lifestyle
Tina Medlock

I have had a love of running for as long as I can remember. I was the child who had an incredible amount of energy and wanted to race my friends all the time. The problem was, most of my friends had no care for running up and down the street and I had no care for playing with dolls.