Blokeology

/bləʊkˈɒlədʒi/

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noun: blokeology

1. Evidence-based health, fitness and lifestyle.

Mark Cameron and Johnny Drake on Diets, Weight Loss, and Running

Mark Cameron and Johnny Drake share their experiences of food, diets, weight loss and running. One aspect that shines through from them both is how big a part running now plays in their lives. It doesn’t have to be running for you but finding some kind of movement which you are passionate about will go a very long way to improving your life.

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Blokeology Research Snippets

FODMAP and dodgy guts on ultraruns

FODMAP and dodgy guts on ultraruns

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...

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Digital rectal examination for prostate cancer screening

Digital rectal examination for prostate cancer screening

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...

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Late presenting cancer and colour vision

Late presenting cancer and colour vision

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....

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Foot pronation and injury risk

Foot pronation and injury risk

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...

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More Posts on Blokeology

What Blokeology Is. And What It Isn’t.

What Blokeology Is. And What It Isn’t.

Blokeology is my effort, in my own little corner of the internet, to live a decent, healthy life using evidence around men’s health to inform that. I’m a doctor so that involves stuff like physiology and psychology. And all the ‘ologies’ of medicine.

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The Blokeology of Colour Blind Cricketers

The Blokeology of Colour Blind Cricketers

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.

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Man Up: Surviving Modern Masculinity

Man Up: Surviving Modern Masculinity

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...

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Eight Essential Running Books for Blokes

Eight Essential Running Books for Blokes

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.

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Don’t Let The Best Case Fallacy Sabotage Healthy Behaviours

Don’t Let The Best Case Fallacy Sabotage Healthy Behaviours

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.

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Latest Podcast Episodes

Episode 017: Run Daddy Run with Keith and Gary Moseley

Episode 017: Run Daddy Run with Keith and Gary Moseley

In this episode I have an interview with Keith and Gary Moseley from Run Daddy Run. They are both relatively new to runners and we talk about they got into it. We’ve plenty of useful tips for newbies as well as more experienced runners. Keith, Gary’s father, has taken up running later in life and Gary wanted to do something to help his health and manage his weight. They went on to set up the Facebook group, Run Daddy Run, and we delve into the importance of running community and how much it means to them.

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Episode 016: Running and Type 1 Diabetes with Rob Brown

Episode 016: Running and Type 1 Diabetes with Rob Brown

In this episode I have an interview with Rob Brown from Diabetic Dad Runs. Rob is a journalist, a runner, and has been a type 1 diabetic for 27 years. Rob has been out running ultras in preparation for the Marathon des Sables in 2019. He’s raising money for T1International.

We talk about his initial diagnosis of type 1 diabetes and the complexity of managing it in general. And he tells me about how he manages his nutrition and reduces the risk of hypos while he is out for long runs. He tells us about his experience of hypos but he has careful strategies to manage his nutrition when out. Nutrition is important on any ultra but he checks his blood sugar every 30 minutes when out running – using a smartphone and a little chip embedded in his arm.

The evidence shows that type 1 diabetics who exercise regularly have better control and are less likely to get hypos. Rob offers lots of tips and advice for anyone diabetics out there who want to get more exercise and get running. And, of course, much of it applies to anyone as we all benefit from moving more! We also talk about low carb and ketogenic diets in the context of type 1 diabetes.

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Episode 015: Fitness Behaviours with Bevan James Eyles

Episode 015: Fitness Behaviours with Bevan James Eyles

In this episode I have an interview with Bevan James Eyles.

I’m a big fan of Bevan. If you looked at Bevan’s achievements over nearly two decades you might just assume he is one of those lucky blokes who were just sorted. Not the case. Listen to hear Bevan tell of where he started from. But, the first thing I do want to highlight is all his achievements. He’s been working in the fitness industry since 1999 and is a multi award winning fitness instructor. He has competed at Ironman triathlon at the highest levels, he was a pro. He’s still heavily involved in triathlon with the hugely popular podcast IM Talk. He’s written a great book The Fitness Attitude. And, more than anything, he’s a man who has a clear sense of purpose, a mission, to help people get fitter and address their fitness behaviours.

Check out his own podcast, get the book, soak up his stuff. I’ve benefited enormously from Bevan’s insights and applied them to my own life and I hope you do too.
In this episode I have an interview with Bevan James Eyles.

I’m a big fan of Bevan. If you looked at Bevan’s achievements over nearly two decades you might just assume he is one of those lucky blokes who were just sorted. Not the case. Listen to hear Bevan tell of where he started from. But, the first thing I do want to highlight is all his achievements. He’s been working in the fitness industry since 1999 and is a multi award winning fitness instructor. He has competed at Ironman triathlon at the highest levels, he was a pro. He’s still heavily involved in triathlon with the hugely popular podcast IM Talk. He’s written a great book The Fitness Attitude. And, more than anything, he’s a man who has a clear sense of purpose, a mission, to help people get fitter and address their fitness behaviours.

Check out his own podcast, get the book, soak up his stuff. I’ve benefited enormously from Bevan’s insights and applied them to my own life and I hope you do too.

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Episode 014: Life Hacks for Health, Fitness and Lifestyle

Episode 014: Life Hacks for Health, Fitness and Lifestyle

In this episode, John Richmond and I are talking about life hacks. We’ve crammed in lots of thoughts, ideas, hints, tips, and advice on how to get a little healthier, fitter, and just live a little better. Not all of them will work for you but there is sure to be something here you can take away and use.

We’ve structured the discussion around the seven steps in the Healthy Bloke Action Plan. Check out www.blokeology.io/journal if you want to get hold of that. And take a look at the list of links below to get a feel for all the areas we touch on. Whether rinsing your mouth out with sugary water, picking a new book on Amazon, or looking for the best apps to help out with life, we covered a lot of ground.

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Episode 013: How Wearable Technology Could Affect Your Running

Episode 013: How Wearable Technology Could Affect Your Running

How does using technology and Strava affect your running? Do you use it to get fitter? What impact does it have on your training or how you feel about yourself? Could you be dependent on the tech and it is making you feel worse? In this episode, I talk to Andy Cottrell who has been doing research into wearable technology.

We cover lots of different areas, from Stebbins’ Serious Leisure Perspective and the social worlds framework. Andy also talked about how people ‘specialise’ within a community and he talks about the quantified self movement.

Andy’s research offers a fascinating insight into our motivation, goal setting and other behaviours can all be influenced by technology. It’s tremendous research and he describes the five themes he pulled out of his qualitative analysis of interviews with a series of runners.

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About me

Dr Euan Lawson My name is Euan Lawson and I am a British doctor. I don't do hokum but I can offer some inspiration, some motivation, and a solid dose of evidence-based insight.
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