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Episode 029: Coping with Conferences and Other Reflections

10/12/2018
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Episode Notes I was at the RCGP Conference last week so I talk about my experience of conferences and trying to look after my health and wellbeing while I was away. I had some success and came home feeling less exhausted than I usually do. I also reflect on my own biases and on the past three episodes with André Tomlin on mental health and evidence-based medicine, Phil Cain on alcohol and its harms, and Peter Francis on running and healthy habits. Links André Tomlin, The Mental Elf:...

Duration:00:24:34

Episode 028: André Tomlin, Mental Elf, on Postnatal Depression

10/5/2018
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Episode Notes André Tomlin started the website The Mental Elf back in 2011 and he has built it into a remarkable and detailed resource with 100s of contributors and a constant stream of freely available advice on research relevant to mental health. He's also had personal experience of postnatal depression and he talks about that and the evidence on this neglected and under-researched area in men. We also discuss the important network meta-analysis recently published in the Lancet looking...

Duration:00:51:56

Episode 027: Interview with Peter Francis, Sports Scientist

9/28/2018
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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...

Duration:00:55:48

Episode 026: Talking Alcohol with Phil Cain

9/21/2018
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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...

Duration:00:49:07

Episode 025: Personal Update on Cancer and Zettelkasten

9/14/2018
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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...

Duration:00:16:05

Episode 024: Burnout and Me

9/7/2018
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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...

Duration:00:23:25

Episode 023: Regression to the Mean and Strength Training

8/31/2018
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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...

Duration:00:18:20

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

8/24/2018
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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...

Duration:00:08:41

Episode 021: [Summer Short] Why We Sleep, How Not To Die, and Mindfulness for the Frazzled

8/17/2018
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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...

Duration:00:09:35

Episode 020: [Summer Short] Deep Work, Mini Habits, And Not Giving A Flying One

8/10/2018
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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: Deep Work by Cal Newport I’ve definitely mentioned this before. This is my most recommended book in...

Duration:00:11:21

Episode 019: [Summer Short] 80/20 Running, Factfulness, and The Confidence Game

8/3/2018
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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...

Duration:00:10:13

Episode 018: Acclimatisation, Hydration, and Keeping Cool Exercising in the Heat

7/27/2018
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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...

Duration:00:25:06

Episode 017: Run Daddy Run with Keith and Gary Moseley

7/20/2018
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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...

Duration:00:31:35

Episode 016: Running and Type 1 Diabetes with Rob Brown

7/13/2018
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Episode Notes 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...

Duration:01:02:50

Episode 015: Fitness Behaviours with Bevan James Eyles

7/6/2018
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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...

Duration:00:55:01

Episode 015: Fitness Behaviours with Bevan James Eyles

7/6/2018
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Episode Notes 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...

Duration:00:55:01

Episode 014: Life Hacks for Health, Fitness and Lifestyle

6/29/2018
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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...

Duration:01:01:48

Episode 014: Life Hacks for Health, Fitness and Lifestyle

6/29/2018
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Episode Notes 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...

Duration:01:01:48

Episode 013: How Wearable Technology Could Affect Your Running

6/22/2018
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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...

Duration:00:50:08

Episode 013: How Wearable Technology Could Affect Your Running

6/22/2018
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Episode Notes 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 is it making you feel worse? In this episode, I talk to Andy Cottrell who has been doing research into wearable technology at Leeds Beckett University. We cover lots of different areas, from Stebbins' Serious Leisure Perspective and the social worlds framework. Andy also talked...

Duration:00:50:08