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In a nutshell: A low FODMAP diet could help runners who get problems with severe GI symptoms during races. A case study reported on a female ultra-runner who was competing in a multi-stage ultramarathon. She suffered from irritable bowel syndrome (IBS). If you've ever...read more
In a nutshell: A finger up your bum to examine your prostate is not a great way to screen for prostate cancer. We need better screening options. It could be perceived as a barrier to prostate cancer screening. Blokes don't like the idea of digital rectal examination...read more
In a nutshell: If you are colour blind then you are more likely to present with later stage bladder cancer. I am red-green colour blind and I'm well aware of my general inability to distinguish red particularly well. In particular, I often miss subtler shades of pink....read more
In a nutshell: Novice runners who were found to be 'pronators' are not more likely to get injured. It's often believed that foot pronation is a big risk factor for injury in runners. It's a big driver for the industry to sell motion control trainers to runners. This...read more
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Ever wondered why you are rubbish at cricket? Perhaps you are are colour blind. With 8% of the male population known to be colour vision deficient in some way, seeing a red ball against a green background isn’t always easy. And there is some research to back up your claims that you need to field close when they try to send you down to cow corner.read more
Written by Jack Urwin -- In October 2015, Jack Urwin wrote an article for VICE, A Stiff Upper Lip is Killing Men. It’s still there. It went viral and this book on masculinity came off the back of that piece. The article introduced us to his relationship with his...read more
Here are my eight essential running books for blokes.
Of course, there are many more out there but this little collection will give you a start, offer you some inspiration, and give you some techniques and approaches to get you fitter as well. If you’ve not read these already then I recommend you add them to your list.read more
The best case fallacy highlights that the default human state is incurable optimism and it applies to almost human activities. Here’s the problem: You probably don’t think it applies to you. But it does and understanding it will help drive healthy behaviours. Whether it’s getting more active or reducing the risk of injury you need to tackle the best case fallacy.read more
Developing a consistent running habit isn’t going to happen if you are injured. A review of the evidence suggests the groups most likely to pick up running injuries.read more
Latest Podcast Episodes
In this episode, I’m covering seven action steps you can use to give your health, fitness and lifestyle a checkover. We can all improve in one or more of these areas. Get these right and you are going to be well on your way to improving your physical and psychological wellbeing.
As Richard Feynman said: “The first principle is you must not fool yourself..” I cover some of the questionnaires we use as doctors and that you can also use to give your health a quick check. They don’t take long but they’ll ensure you are not kidding yourself.
You can sign up and download the full Healthy Bloke Action Plan at www.blokeology.io/journalread more
In this episode, I’ve got a very brief update on the future of Blokeology. Season One is drawing to a close but the aim is to cover all sorts of topics and mix it all together. There will doubtless be plenty more on running in the future but there will also be lots on all the other health topics that impact on us. After all, life and health is just a bit of a hot mess.read more
In this episode, inspired by my holiday enjoying the Highlands and Islands of western Scotland I take a wee look at the evidence for running on sand. It’s known to be a lot harder work but will it reduce your chance of injury? I also cover some of the basics around Lyme disease and how to manage ticks.read more
In this episode, I take a deep dive into the research evidence around some running topics. That is what Blokeology is all about and it is time to get into a little more detail. I’ve picked out three research papers covering the topics of blisters, gait-retraining, and compression clothing. We sift out the facts (or as close to facts as we can get) but also take some time to think about the research and just how helpful it is.read more
Episode 008: Make Running as Fun as Possible: Interview with Isaac Williams, Editor of Men’s Running Magazine
Isaac Williams has, in his time as editor of Men’s Running magazine, run round a 400m track for 24 hours, scaled a volcano, run a 63-mile ultra marathon and interviewed the heavyweight champion of the world. It’s an impressive list of achievements for a bloke who could barely run 5K when he first joined the magazine as an intern.
It means he has a sound understanding of the challenges facing men getting into running and also those pushing on towards the longer, gnarly end of the ultra running spectrum. We talk about getting started, running technique, the ethos behind Men’s Running magazine, and his desire to “make running as fun as possible”.read more