An Open Letter to Road Users…

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There are so many things that can affect a journey (and I mean that in the literal sense, not the “I’m, like, on this emotional journey…” sense). Especially on the daily commute – it can be buses dropping & picking up passengers, cars exiting the road and others pulling out into traffic. It can be […]

8 Ways To Beat the 3pm Slump

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If you’re of a certain vintage like me, I’m sure you remember the cuppa soup ads on telly with the tagline “Beat the 3pm slump”. We were all encouraged to drink a hot, salty beverage just before 3pm so that we could continue with our workday and avoid face-planting the keyboard due to our inability […]

Be productive.. not just busy being busy!

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We’re coming to the end of January – and you may have found that some of the New Year resolutions you vowed to keep are slipping a bit. That’s totally normal – after about 3 weeks, the novelty of something new starts to wear off and it takes dedication and commitment to see it through […]

Cocoa Breakin’ My Heart

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As much as I LOVE chocolate (and I really, really do love it), this time of year can be tough for us all, including parents. There are chocolate treats everywhere, and kids expect to get giant Easter eggs, go on chocolate egg hunts, and receive elaborate deliveries from the Easter Bunny… It seems that the […]

Advanced MyFitnessPal – how to get the most from the MFP app

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Many of us have heard of MyFitnessPal, and use it regularly, in particular to calorie-count and track food intake and activity levels. (In case you haven’t used it before, check out this short article for some basic info). It is based on the long-proven concept that tracking and monitoring progress and achieving “mini-wins” makes it […]

Wanna give yourself a massage?

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So it’s January, and if you’re like 90% of the population, you have probably decided to get off your arse and start (or increase) your exercise. And that probably also means – aches, pains, sore muscles and stiffness. Hooray! Often, one of the solutions is the dreaded Sports Massage – while very effective, it can often feel […]

The Ultimate Christmas Survival Kit

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As we all know, Rome wasn’t built in a day. But it also wasn’t knocked down in a day either. (Ok, ok – I know it’s not been knocked down. But I’m using poetic licence here and attempting to create a relatable metaphor for our health and fitness so bear with me.) It doesn’t take […]

Top 10 fitness gifts for Christmas

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  It’s getting close to that time of year again when we start to think about Christmas gifts for loved ones. We spend time selecting awesome gifts, smugly patting ourselves on the back for putting time and effort into the gift-selection process… only to then not follow through and end up panic-buying whatever is left […]

If Calsberg did Olympics…

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I recently saw a number of articles on Social Media headlined as the “top 10 sexist things that have happened in this Olympics”. Intrigued, I clicked on one or two and I have to say I was underwhelmed. It seemed that the authors were scraping the barrel and actively seeking out pithy and mildly gender-differentiating […]

An Owed to the Galway Races

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It is Galway. It is Race Week. There is sunshine. So I have channelled my inner bard and decided to pen a poem to honour this splendid festival. I must warn you in advance that this poem does not rhyme. I could compensate for this by stating that free verse is post-modern and indicative of […]