Here are all the Blokeology podcast episodes.

 

Episode 027: Interview with runner and sports scientist Peter Francis

Episode Notes

Peter Francis PhD is a sports scientist, runner, and Musculoskeletal Science Lead at Leeds Beckett University. We talk about running, managing pain, achieving consistency, and barefoot running amongst many other things. If you’ve ever had an achilles problem then you need to listen to his advice on managing that injury. How about barefoot running for plantar fasciitis? Could be a game changer. And we were in agreement that the porridge-like lump between our ears might be the most important part of getting fitter and managing injuries.

All about consistency: from 14 mins.
Peter’s achilles treatment regime: from 21 to 30 mins.
Barefoot running and plantar fasciitis: from 35 mins.
Reduction in Plantar Heel Pain and a Return to Sport After a Barefoot Running Intervention in a Female Triathlete With Plantar Fasciitis. Human Kinetics Journal.

Peter Francis website and articles
www.peterfrancis.blog
Consistency: Why Everyone Wants It But Few Can Master It
Children Should Spend More Time Barefoot: The Conversation article
How to Recover From Runner’s Achilles Heel
This article could transform your approach to a troublesome and persistent injury.

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Episode 026: Alcohol and Phil Cain

Episode Notes

In this episode, I interview the journalist Phil Cain about alcohol. Phil is an experienced journalist with expertise in the SE region of Europe but, in recent times, has turned his hand to detailing some of the evidence around alcohol and telling its story. His book, Alcohol Companion, is fundamentally a science-based approach but Paul turns his journalistic hand to present the evidence in a compelling way. We talk about the newest evidence from the Lancet suggesting there is no safe level of alcohol, the inappropriate binary approach to alcohol harms, and how sometimes we confuse the transient euphoria of alcohol with long-term happiness.

Alcohol Companion by Phil Cain
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Phil Cain website
www.philcain.com

Lancet editorial: No level of alcohol consumption improves health

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Episode 025: Personal Update on Cancer and Zettelkasten

Episode Notes

In this episode, I have a bit of a personal update. There has been quite a lot going on for the past six months and this is the first time I’ve talked about it on the podcast. I also talk about my new discovery this week: Zettelkasten. If you’ve not heard of this and you work in academia or write non-fiction at all then you should listen in. And, I’ve a quick update on forthcoming interviews.

How to Take Smart Notes: One Simple Technique to Boost Writing, Learning and Thinking for Students, Academics, and Nonfiction Book Writers by Sönke Ahrens
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Episode 024: Burnout and Me

Episode Notes

In this episode, I talk about burnout. It’s a big problem in the medical profession but it’s not one that is exclusive to doctors. I have definitely had my own experience of burnout and it has taken a long time for me to structure my life and career to keep it at bay. I go through some of the circumstances when burnout can become a problem, the symptoms you might experience, and start to discuss how we can all build some resilience and structure our lives to minimise the problems we have.

GP Wellbeing: Combatting Burnout in General Practice edited by Adam Staten and Euan Lawson
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Episode 023: Regression to the Mean and Strength Training

Episode Notes

In this episode, I tackle regression to the mean and it’s a chance to fine tune your BS detectors and understand this common phenomenon that doesn’t get enough attention. Don’t get conned into thinking medications or other interventions are working. And perhaps you might think twice before calling for your football team’s manager to be sacked as well. I also talk about a new paper in the BJSM about strength training and the strong evidence that is emerging on its value for preventing injuries – if you are not already then strength training of some sort should be on your list of things to incorporate into any exercise programme. And, finally, I mention Robert Webb’s book that is now out in paperback and a rather cool app, Forest, that gamifies the Pomodoro method.

(Dept of Error: The research paper is from the British Journal of Sports Medicine and not the British Journal of General Practice as I say in the podcast. Sorry BJSM!)

How Not To Be A Boy by Robert Webb
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Links

BJSM: Strength training as superior, dose-dependent and safe prevention of acute and overuse sports injuries: a systematic review, qualitative analysis and meta- analysis

Soccernomics by Simon Kuper and Stefan Szymanski

Forest app: www.forestapp.cc (Apple and Android)

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Episode 022: [Summer Short] The Descent of Man, Man Up, and Everyday Sexism

Episode Notes

In this episode, we continue with the fourth instalment of Summer Shorts for the month of August. The episodes have all been around ten minutes long as it’s time to get outside, enjoy the open air, take our holidays, and most importantly, catch up on some reading. So, as before, this Summer Short will cover a couple of books that are recommended and one book that I’m going to be reading myself.

This week we take a dive into some books around masculinity.

The Descent of Man by Grayson Perry
You may have seen Perry around. Wears a dress, slightly odd bobbed hair? This is a disarmingly brilliant book about masculinity. Thoroughly engaging, he cuts through all the flannel with consummate ease.
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Man Up: Surviving Modern Masculinity by Jack Urwin
This is an easy primer on some of the toxic masculinity concerns facing men. It’s a win-win situation. Men will feel better and everyone else in the world, specifically women, won’t have such a bad time of it either. Read it.
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Everyday Sexism by Laura Bates
This is the one I will read this summer. Because how can do you do anything about misogyny as a bloke if you don’t face up to it? And I want to understand the world my daughters will live just a little better.
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Episode 021: [Summer Short] Why We Sleep, How Not To Die, and Mindfulness for the Frazzled

Episode Notes

In this episode, we continue with the Summer Shorts for the month of August. The episodes are around ten minutes long as it’s time to get outside, enjoy the open air, take our holidays, and most importantly, catch up on some reading. So, each Summer Short covers a couple of books that are recommended and one book that I’m going to be reading myself.

The books in this week’s summer short are pretty much guaranteed to get you feeling better about your life. You may end up more productive and I think you’ll end up a bit happier too.

Why We Sleep: The New Science of Sleep and Dreams by Matt Walker
To die, to sleep – to sleep; perchance to dream etc etc as said Hamlet. Walker takes all the good evidence about sleep and bundles it up in one super-readable volume. Get your sleep right and you’ll enjoy better health. It is a super-power.
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How Not To Die: Discover the foods scientifically proven to prevent and reverse disease by Dr Michael Greger
An absolutely monsterload of evidence comes freighted with this book. My paperback is 658 pages long but the book itself ends on page 455. The rest is mostly the references. I don’t always agree with the conclusions but it’s a deeply impressive tome.
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A Mindfulness Guide for the Frazzled by Ruby Wax
This is one of my must-read books of the summer. It has been out for a few years but I’m still pussyfooting around not quite getting it sorted with mindfulness. I pick up fragments here and I’m hoping this book will help get me sorted.
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Episode 020: [Summer Short] Deep Work, Mini Habits, And Not Giving A Flying One

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In this episode, we launch into the Summer Shorts for the month of August. The episodes will be around ten minutes long as it’s time to get outside, enjoy the open air, take our holidays, and most importantly, catch up on some reading. So, each Summer Short will cover a couple of books that are recommended and one book that I’m going to be reading myself.

This week we have:

Deep Work by Cal Newport
I’ve definitely mentioned this before. This is my most recommended book in the past year. It’s all about finding a way through the distractions of modern life and getting your head down to some proper meaningful work. You’ll create lots and feel good about it. Can’t recommend it highly enough.
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Mini Habits by Stephen Guise
My feeling is that developing good habits is just a damn good way to live your life. You have to work hard to groove in the good behaviours and stamp out the bad ones – Mini Habits isn’t a miracle cure but it’s a handy strategy and Guise has plenty of evidence to back up his case.
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The Subtle Art of Not Giving a F*ck: A Counterintuitive Approach to Living a Good Life by Mark Manson
A massive bestseller and this is one book that is definitely on my reading list for this summer. Prioritising the right stuff is crucial and I’m looking forward to getting into this one.
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Episode 019: [Summer Short] 80/20 Running, Factfulness, and The Confidence Game

Episode Notes

In this episode, we launch into the Summer Shorts for the month of August. The episodes will be around ten minutes long as it’s time to get outside, enjoy the open air, take our holidays, and most importantly, catch up on some reading. So, each Summer Short will cover a couple of books that are recommended and one book that I’m going to be reading myself.

This week we have:

80/20 Running: Run Stronger and Race Faster by Training Slower by Matt Fitzgerald
I’ve mentioned this before. I’m a big fan of Matt’s – his writing is lucid and revealing. It helps that he’s confirming all my pre-held convictions and biases. In short, runners run too hard and don’t rest enough but the truth is, as is normal, more complex than the simple title of the book. One of my Eight Essential Running Books for Blokes.
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Factfulness by Hans Rosling with Ola Rosling and Anna Rosling Rönnlund
The quote on the front from Bill Gates is pretty darn good. I already knew of the website gapfinder.org. There’s a test there. Take it. I got 8 out of 13 which shows I’ve still got plenty to learn. See how you get on.
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The Confidence Game by Maria Konnikova
This is all about the psychological principles that underpin con artists and how we get conned. I’m looking forward to lots of stories of imposters but I’m also hoping to get plenty of insight into the underlying psychology of the con.
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Episode 018: Acclimatisation, hydration, and keeping cool exercising in the heat

Episode Notes

In this episode, I cover some evidence around exercising and coping in the heat. Based on the 2015 consensus guidelines published in the British Journal of Sports Medicine I cover acclimatisation, dehydration, and cooling. There’s time for a brief mention around the thorny and somewhat controversial issue of exercise-associated hyponatremia as well. If you understand a bit more about hydration then you should be at low risk of problems and you can keep yourself safe when exercising in the heat.

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