10 things exercise is good for (in addition to your health)

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As little as 30 mins cardio three to five days a week can add years to your life, says Cameron Diaz in The Body Book

#1 Getting over a break up. There’s something about getting yourself physically stronger that helps you feel emotionally and mentally stronger too. Empowered, even. The fact it leaves you looking that little bit trimmer doesn’t hurt either.  Continue reading

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10 good things about January (yes, really)

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Introducing my first ever ‘Good Things’ jar

#1 The shortest day of the year is officially behind us. From here on in, the mornings will slowly but surely get lighter and evenings longer, daffodils and tulips will bloom, gardens will spring back to life, temperatures will lift and the sun will shine. That said, see #2. Continue reading

10 things someone should invent (if they haven’t already)

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#1 An edible teabag. One that you simply dunk in boiling water and it dissolves, safe to drink. No more stirring round and round. No more squeezing. And most importantly, no more discarded teabags in the sink! Continue reading

10 thoughts from the treadmill

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#1 God this is tough today. Why so? Maybe it was all that wine at the weekend… [minutes later]… right this is ridiculous, no more wine the night before a run… [seconds later]… hmm, that’d mean a lot of nights without wine though. Continue reading

10 good reasons to join John Hartson for the BraveHart Ben Nevis Challenge, 12-14 July 2013

John Hartson with his wife and fellow BraveHart, Sarah Hartson

John Hartson with wife and fellow BraveHart, Sarah

#1 If John can climb Ben Nevis, so can you. Sure, he may be an ex-professional footballer turned Assistant Manager for the Welsh FA with fitness levels most of us can only aspire to. But when John first scaled Ben Nevis back in 2010 he had only recently completed treatment for testicular cancer; treatment so gruelling that on one occasion his heart stopped beating. Resuscitated by medical staff, John made a promise to himself that if he won his battle against the disease he would one day go on to climb Ben Nevis – a promise he made good exactly one year to the day that he had stopped breathing. Continue reading

10 thoughts from a newbie gym bunny

#1 Just like going to the beach you worry beforehand that you won’t look slim enough / curvy enough / toned enough / young enough / fit enough compared with everyone else, then you make your first visit to the gym and you’re reminded that people come in all shapes, sizes and fitness levels. Continue reading