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Too much of a good thing?

If you’re reading this, the chances are you’re already pretty physically active, and you’re not down the pub most nights, nipping out for frequent fag breaks and finishing off the evening with kebab and chips, so pat yourself on the back for being ahead of the game! But while you do that, try and spare... MORE

Reset your body clock

It’s long been known that biological rhythms can affect physical performance and without doubt, the most influential rhythm of all is the ‘circadian’ rhythm. The circadian rhythm is your body’s daily wake/sleep rhythm, and is regulated by the secretion of a hormone called melatonin, which also affects body temperature, mental alertness and even reaction times.... MORE

Sh*t happens guv!

It’s strange how so many people seem to regard physical and mental functions of the human body as completely separate entities. Strange, because the brain is hardwired into every part of the body, and we have masses of evidence showing that much of what we experience and how we function physically is powerfully regulated by... MORE

Caffeine – friend, not foe

A good cyclist friend was bending my ear about how to structure his nutrition for a ‘big’ 100-mile ride next April. My advice on the importance of carbohydrate before and during the event was well received. But as soon as I mentioned the other C-word (caffeine!), a look of both panic and disapproval rapidly spread... MORE

Fantastic plastic!

The birth of the transistor in 1947 was without doubt one of the most important technological developments of the 20th Century. Without silicon transistors, the construction of small complex circuit boards and fast processors – essential components of the computer – would have been impossible. No computers, no internet, no email, no mobile phones; you... MORE

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10k training

What does science have to say about the right training programme for the 10K? The arrival of spring no doubt means you’ll be running 10k races more frequently. You’d like to do as well as possible, but trimming your 10k times requires a smart, systematic approach to training, not just a hodgepodge of interval sessions... MORE

A guide to sports drinks, health products and muscle...

How many of these fancily packaged and extravagantly advertised products actually work? In recent years, there’s been an explosion in the quantity and types of sport supplements available and the sports supplement industry is now estimated to be worth a staggering 15 billion US dollars a year. But how many of these fancily packaged and... MORE

Cross training: a triathlon training schedule

It can stop you getting injured and, who knows, might even help you to win Cross training, the use of a different method of training to your normal activity, has been around for years. For example, rowers have not only used weight training as an alternative mode of exercise to improve performances at the regatta... MORE

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