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Monthly Archive for February, 2012

Most of you probably have some kind of sporting challenge coming up this week. Maybe it’s a 2k or 5k erg test. It could be a gruelling session on the river, or maybe you’re racing this weekend at the Women’s Head of the River (WEHORR) or (like me) Cardiff’s Head of the Taff. Whatever it […]

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Spread the love

As it’s Valentine’s Day, I’m going to be inviting you to share the love a little today. No, not a mass, online love-in. No garage-forecourt-flowers, chocolates or teddies, either. Just a heart-felt plea to be a little kinder to your fellow athletes. I can’t help noticing that there’s the rivalry that naturally exists between different […]

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How do I know if I’m fit?

“You must be as fit as a flea”, commented a friend the other day. Having spent my youth and most of my adult life claiming (with some justification) to be thoroughly and hideously unfit, my initial response was to deny it. Yet I can’t ignore the fact that over the last few years, I’ve made […]

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A month ago I told you that I was going to trial the Step Success Actiped+ pedometer. As I said then: Much more than just a pedometer, it forms part of an online fitness tracking programme. It comes with a memory stick to connect with your computer; you update your score by shaking the Actiped […]

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If you tweet about health and fitness, you can’t fail to notice that fitness tweeters fall into certain categories that crop up again and again. The question is, which one are you? 1. The Caveman This tweeter is All Man (even if she’s a woman). Tweets about heavy weights, even heavier muscles and, of course, […]

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The Girl is Back on the River

After several long and frustrating months away from rowing, I finally got back on my beloved river this weekend. During my time away I’ve learned to love running (something I never thought would happen), have gained in fitness (I’ve also learned to rest) and have admired the river from the banks. But nothing – really, […]

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So Ellen DeGeneres and Michele Obama have had a press-up competition (push-ups for my American readers). Obama vs. DeGeneres Ellen wimped out after about 20; Michele kept going for another five, but looked like she had more in her. I got into press-ups after the astonishingly buff Vikki Scovell, the Queen of Bootcamp, challenged everyone […]

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Matcha – how was it?

Just over three weeks ago I embarked on the Teapigs matcha challenge. For two weeks I was to take a daily dose (a tiny spoonful) of a vivid green powder that is ground-up green tea, to see if it could deliver health and happiness (or at least health, vitality and a svelte figure). At the […]

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