Time-Shifting to Mornings

“I am not a morning person.” I have said that to anyone who cared to ask for the last… ahem… several years. This was blatantly not true, or perhaps true insofar as it was convenient. I have, under the influence of peer-group pressure, risen at the unearthly hour of 5.30am two mornings a week for…

Delayed Onset Muscle Soreness

Delayed-onset muscle soreness, or DOMS, is the sensation of stiffness and soreness you get in muscle groups you’ve exercised harder or in ways they’re not used to, usually one to two days after the exercise occurred. It’s caused by microscopic damage to the muscle fibres caused by an increase in your exercise intensity, a change…

A Period of Forced Rest

I haven’t exercised very much for about 2 months. There are two main reasons for this. The first one is that my wife was pregnant and I now have a shiny, squirmy new daughter. In the last two months of pregnancy, your wife needs your support more than your body needs to be buff, so…


You’ll find the headlines all over the blogosphere. Click on one and outbrain-powered insta-clickbait appears at the bottom of all your subsequent browsing sending you back to similar articles. So it must be true:¬†Exercise makes you smarter.

Does getting up early burn more calories?

Once upon a long long time ago, I mentioned to my doctor in France that once upon a time, even longer ago, I had been quite the athlete. I pointed out that, during a particular period in my life, I’d do 2 hours of sport most mornings, usually under the supervision of a coach, either…

Yes, even on Sundays

My daughter is looking at me from her high chair, accusation radiating from her big eyes and rosy cheeks as a moment usually spent communing over her favorite activity (spreading food over large surfaces) is actually spent typing on my computer. On a normal weekday we would rush through a breakfast of eggs and avocado,…

Weigh and Measure

Every two weeks, my gym calls me in for a “weigh and measure” to track progress and maintain awareness of how my activity and diet affect my body.

NHS Stops Financing Homeopathy

One of those subjects that tends to divide audiences, and which most people (including myself) feel quite strongly about. Homeopathy has been struck from the list of treatments that can be obtained on the National Health Service and will therefore no longer be reimbursed by the government when used by patients.

HIIT’s for Wimps

That title’s perhaps more of an attention-grabber than a true statement of fact, but it remains partly true. HIIT works better for those of us who aren’t performance athletes to start with, which is good news for me, and presumably for you too.

Trends, truth and sorting through the trash

I like to think I’m less susceptible to fads and trends and psychological trickery and misdirection than most people. Ironically, most people think that. You know how 90% of us think we’re above average? Yeah. The world of diet-based literature, products and coaching is one of the most invaded territories when it comes to high-focus…