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When Enthusiasm is your enemy

Gung-ho out-of-condition gardeners can all-too-easily get their comeuppance Spring is (kind of) in the air. It won’t be long before the...

Weighing up Pedal Power

Are e-bikes saddle smart or the lazy option? In October 2015, Paul Basagoitia rode his bike off a cliff. Don’t be startled, that was his...

Let the Games Begin!

Crowds, craic and competition, with serious issues in the mix Both the Six Nations and the Winter Olympics kick off this week, and both...

You Can't Go Wrong Gettin' Strong

We’re now halfway through January and somewhere around half of all New Year’s resolutions have been broken. Fair enough, too. The notion...

My Christmas 2021 Wishlist

Dear Santa, What with all the running around and fretting about new variants and old restrictions, I didn’t get a chance to write my...

'Couch Back' is a thing, and it's a pain

We’re well and truly in the thick of it all now, aren’t we? The Toy Show is but a memory, and the days have gotten so short it seems...

Live Long and Prosper

Some form of exercise every day will contribute to a longer, healthier life MOVE OVER, WILLIAM SHATNER Julia Hawkins on November 6, on...

Weather warriors v rain retreaters

The great inside-out exercise debate The clocks have changed and so, it seems, has the weather. It may improve again, but over the last...

If at first you don’t succeed…

The last eighteen months has seen new meaning given to ordinary words all around the world. In our house, that is more to do with a...

Not all pictures tell the truth

A picture paints a thousand words, they say. And sometimes ‘they’ are right, but for those thousand words to make any sense, some context...

Overuse, micro-traumas and injuries

Is it just me and my advancing age, or are more words being overused these days? Like, literally? It’s hard for me to even see those...

Four Legged Physical and Mental Therapy

The multiple benefits of dog ownership It seems that in our house we have ticked all the pandemic cliché boxes. We have baked banana...

A short lesson on schoolbags

It’s that time of year again. The Mayo GAA rollercoaster is in full swing (what an epic win on Saturday!), and the days are getting a...

The magic of niche

Why the Olympics is still the greatest sporting spectacle on earth Sabre. Street. Skeet. Sculls. Random words that for most of our lives...

An Aussie Rules

Ashleigh Barty’s inspiring journey to the top of her game Ashleigh Barty is the second Indigenous Australian to win Wimbledon’s single’s...

Some truths are bone deep

The Silent Disease: it sounds like a good name for a movie. It would have Jeff Goldblum working in a lab desperately seeking a cure for a...

Can I still exercise if I’m unwell?

‘Oh, it’s going around...’. Yes, it’s that time of year again, when everything from a hint of a sniffle through the nastiest man-flu to...

The Picture of Health?

A picture paints a thousand words, they say. And sometimes ‘they’ are right, but for those thousand words to make any sense, some context...

Depression, mental health and activity

It was Mental Health Awareness week recently, and Mental Health Ireland in their promotional material included the ‘Five Ways to...

Bare naked truth about shoes for kids

In my work coaching runners, I spend a lot of time talking to adults about feet and shoes, and the conversation naturally drifts onto...

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