RUNNING LONDON TO PARIS. THE RYDER CUP RUN. DONE!

What a fantastic week!  Paul Dunstan and I took on a challenge to run over a marathon a day, and play a game of golf each day, while running London to Paris, arriving at Le National- the venue for the 2018 Ryder Cup. We accumulated 333km, and approximately 380,000 steps each, ate about 35000 calories… Continue reading RUNNING LONDON TO PARIS. THE RYDER CUP RUN. DONE!

TURNING PEOPLE INTO COUCH POTATOES IS NOT A CURE FOR SPORTS CONCUSSION

Recognising and managing concussion properly is seriously important. After all, you only get one brain.  But if we do this, it is important we continue to advise people to take part in sport and physical activity- for the massive physical and mental health benefits that are available. Here is a link below to a press… Continue reading TURNING PEOPLE INTO COUCH POTATOES IS NOT A CURE FOR SPORTS CONCUSSION

PHYSICAL ACTIVITY- LEARNING AND TEACHING MATERIALS

Every single day, I get emails asking about resources to learn about physical activity for health, or resources that could be used to teach about this.  I think it is fantastic the momentum that is building, recognising that this can help ourselves, but it is also something we can share with friends, family and patients.… Continue reading PHYSICAL ACTIVITY- LEARNING AND TEACHING MATERIALS

FANTASTIC PROGRESS ON CONCUSSION

In a real first, sports and medics in Scotland have come together to produce really clear guidelines on identifying and managing concussion. Concussion when not identified can lead to short and long term problems and can sometimes be fatal. It is a tribute to Peter Robinson, Willie Stewart and all the other organisations involved that… Continue reading FANTASTIC PROGRESS ON CONCUSSION

UK PARLIAMENT RECOGNISES MAJOR ACTION NEEDED ON PHYSICAL INACTIVITY

I remember when en route running to the Sahara desert feeling a little ashamed. I had been a doctor for about 6 years, but ironically (given that I had just a 4300km run to the Moroccan desert) had not grasped just how good exercise is for health.  I had not been communicating this to my… Continue reading UK PARLIAMENT RECOGNISES MAJOR ACTION NEEDED ON PHYSICAL INACTIVITY

INCREASING PHYSICAL ACTIVITY

We know instinctively that exercise is good for health.  Our parents and doctors have probably told us so but this week highlighted the increased evidence that increasing physical activity for ourselves, our friends and family, and for the population in general will drive a huge increase in health and happiness. Surely no bad thing.  The… Continue reading INCREASING PHYSICAL ACTIVITY

RUNNING THE 10 HIGHEST MOUNTAINS IN SCOTLAND – IN A DAY!

Donnie Campbell and myself are going to try to run the 10 highest mountains in Scotland in a day. We are doing this because we had a free Saturday and fancied a challenge, but also to raise some money and awareness for SAMH (each penny makes a huge difference) and for the Fit in 14… Continue reading RUNNING THE 10 HIGHEST MOUNTAINS IN SCOTLAND – IN A DAY!

NEW YEAR TO GET OUT AND GET ACTIVE

First of all the great news. Thanks to the huge generosity and efforts of family, friends, and companies like Footworks Edinburgh, Merrell UK, Tribesports, the Balmoral Hotel and UVU racing, and dare I say it many people reading this blog, we reached our targets from Lessons From Africa. A special thanks also to Arnaud le… Continue reading NEW YEAR TO GET OUT AND GET ACTIVE