“Difficulties are just things to overcome.” ― Ernest Shackleton The Endurance sank amongst Antarctic pack ice in 1915. It forced Shackleton and 5 others to row a modified lifeboat across rough oceans in search of rescue for their remaining crew. Assisted by strong currents they rowed for 16 days covering 1300km, before arriving in South Georgia. From…

Ronnie Coleman is an 8-time Mr Olympia champion. He lifted weights six days per week, ate six meals per day, and now walks with crutches. 800 pound squats can do that. He trained for performance and the results are obvious. My journey was different. I didn’t train for performance, and as a result my peak was playing on the MCG as a scrawny 12 year old. If you…

As another year ticks by, many of us take stock of what’s gone well and what hasn’t over the last 12 months. Health and physical fitness are natural areas for reflection with wine, cheese and long spells inside out of the cold and dark fresh in the memory, and a slightly tighter belt as reminder….

2 million years ago early humans evolved skeletons that supported their bodies in an upright position, helping us to run, fight, and throw; adaptations that enabled us to cover greater distances, hunt larger animals, and free our hands to carry tools and weapons. While our postural evolution saw us become the dominant species, modern life is working…

The ball reaches the back of ruck. The scrum-half passes the ball into the centres, who carry it, taking the play wider and creating a two-on-one for the winger. A burst of speed will see a try scored. Receiving the ball, the winger accelerates, surely about to score – but pulls up! Clutching the back…

Many Achilles tendons reared their heads through our series of 2020 lockdowns and consequent daily walks or peer-pressured and boredom inspired charity runs. The most common issue is known as tendinopathy, a maladaptive response by tendons to exercise, which can be problematic in both the limitations it causes and persistence for months if action isn’t…

Otto von Bismarck introduced the world’s first aged pension program to Germany in 1889. It was available upon reaching 70, the life expectancy at the time. Thanks Otto. Today, life expectancy is higher and retirement age lower. Two changes that impact important facets of our lives: wealth and health. Those extra years of life don’t come for free. A decent retirement requires more savings,…

Sarcopenia, (Greek ‘sarx’ or flesh + ‘penia’ or poverty) is my favourite medical term after Sphenopalatine ganglioneuralgia (Ice cream headache). It refers to the age-related loss of muscle bulk and power, and is one of the most important causes of age related physical decline. Lower muscle strength and bulk correlates with shorter lifespan, longer recovery times…

There are more things, Lucilius, that frighten us than injure us, and we suffer more in imagination than in reality. – Seneca In this, nothing has changed in millennia. Fear of suffering is often worse than suffering itself, and the past six months has brought its share of it; yet we all react differently. Some are fearful…

In my work as an ergonomist, advising companies across the UK on how they can minimise back pain in the workplace, I meet some people who can’t see the point of a workstation assessment. “Why should I bother?”, they sometimes ask me. The truth is that workstation assessments are critical to your overall back health…

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