What is tennis elbow?

It is likely that we have all heard about someone who has a condition called tennis elbow. But what is it? What causes it and how can it be treated? Read my latest Watchfit article here

Blood Doping – What is it and what does it do?

Blood doping has been all over the sporting news over the past few years, especially since Lance Armstrong’s fall from grace and the growing body of historical evidence of blood doping in elite cycling. But what is blood doping? What does it do and what are the side effects? Read part 1 and part 2…

2015 Review – and why Arnie and Mark Twain are similar…

This post is part personal reflection on my own year and part musing on the perils of New Year’s Resolutions. Thanks for being here to start 2016 with me and do let me know your thoughts. January 1st 2016, a day when half the country is hungover and the other half has already packed into gyms…

How to start exercising if you’re overweight

The New Year is coming, and with it are New Years resolutions. Many people choose to get fitter and start to exercise to lose weight, which is awesome. It means that you have consciously made the decision to make yourself healthier. But what if you have never worked out before? How do you even start? And…

What is Parasomnia?

Most of us haven’t heard of a parasomnia, even though the vast majority have had one from time to time. This article explains what parasomnias are and what you can do to help if you have them. In its broadest term, parasomnias are a type of unwanted behavioural, physiological or experiential event that happens while…

The effect of music on the brain is way more significant than you thought

It has been well-established that pre-pubescent children who have undergone musical training show a variety of skills that children without this type of training do not. One example of this is the child’s ability to learn a second language; they are more likely to find it easier learning languages than children without musical training. Read…

Why are electrolytes important? Part 2

In part one we looked at what electrolytes are and why they are so important to the body. Here in Part 2, we look at what happens to electrolytes as you exercise, why electrolytes are important and what you can do to optimise performance before, during and after a workout. The main reason why electrolytes…

Why are electrolytes important? – Part 1

It is common-place now for sporty people to talk about electrolytes, electrolyte balance and restoring lost electrolytes after exercise. But what does this mean? Why are electrolytes important? And how does it affect you? This two-part series will explain the basic background in what electrolytes are and why they are important and how to optimise electrolyte…

Ironman Training..It all starts here

Ironman training diary, July 2015   Hi there, So I decided last week that in a years’ time I will attempt my first ever full Ironman triathlon (2.4m swim, 112mile bike and 26.2mile run). Not only just an Ironman, but also the European Championships in Frankfurt, Germany (I tend to go full on when I decide…

Simple mindful exercise tips for busy bees

Mindfulness is a relatively new psychological technique; it has only been explored as a realistic psychology intervention in the west over the last decade. You might want to try this because it has been proven to decrease the impact of stress, not necessarily to reduce stress, but to leave you better prepared to respond to…