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COACH WITH LOVE

I was sad to hear of the passing of GAA coach John Morrison last week. I knew the great work he has done with counties over many years, but the tributes which came pouring in were all about how brilliant he was as a coach and more so as a people person. An “inspiration”, “visionary” and “legend of the sport” were phrases repeatedly used to describe him. But it was more the small things, such as his acts of love and kindness which really got me thinking. In one interview I heard how John gave all the Mayo players a Valentine’s...

To cool down or not to cool down?

It’s the end of the session and someone says the words ‘right, time for the cool down’. At this stage a lot of us switch off, myself included. It’s even worse when you are training on your own and you know that you should do a cool down, or should you? In my own sessions, I have done away with your standard cool down where you lower the heart rate with a light jog or some other form of movement followed by static stretches. Instead I have replaced these with either nothing or some breathing and mediation techniques - more on...

Don’t just be motivated – have desire.

This week I signed up for a for the Connemara Ultra- Marathon. Not something I sign up for every week especially when the furthest I have run is a 10k race! This is something I wanted to do, not just run an ultra-marathon, but to skip a half marathon and full marathon in the process. Without sounding cocky I know myself that with some training I could complete both a half or full marathon without posting any great times but I thought why not do an event that I feel will push me more both mentally and physically. It’s something that...

Conquer your own mountain

Last week during the Christmas break I decided to climb Mount Errigal. It was a solo effort as my usual companions were unable to make it. This gave me some much needed time to myself and also made me think, why do we actually climb mountains? That day the car park at the bottom of Errigal was full. There were different groups of people walking the mountain, from young couples, families, groups of friends and even some solo climbers like myself. What reason did they have for climbing that day? Was it something to pass a few hours, a way to...

Take a chance in 2019

Happy New Year everyone and I hope you all had a great Christmas. I would like to thank everyone who has supported and help run our programmes throughout 2018 and look forward to 2019. Over the past seven years, I’ve written about how to make New Year’s resolutions and even why you shouldn’t. I think we all know the routine by now. You are going to promise yourself you will do this or that and after a few weeks or months, you are back at your old habits. So this year instead I want you to do one thing, take a...

Five ways to sustain a healthy lifestyle

In a complex world with fad diets and quick fix workouts it’s time we stripped things back and looked after the basics. If people ask me what I do, to stay fit and healthy, I would normally respond with these five points; sleep often, eat well, meditate, train smart and most importantly enjoy all of it. SLEEP For me this is one of the most important parts of leading a healthy active lifestyle and one of the hardest to follow, because we live in a fast world, we normally never consider the importance of sleep. It’s just something that we do until...

Looking after your spine

How many of us sit for long periods of time, stand slouched over or have our heads stuck in our phones most of the day. I’m pretty sure we all do at least one of these things. Have you ever thought what this does to your body especially your spine? The spine is one of the things that distinguishes us from many other animals. The spine provides structural support for our bodies, protection for our central nerves, and facilitates locomotion (aka movement). It’s kind of a big deal and we need to look after it. When we sit for long periods...

Drugs are not the solution for kids

Imagine sitting in a room for six hours being told what to do, asking permission to use the toilet and only getting a total of 45 minutes for your breaks. Then when the six hours are done and you head home you must complete at least another hour of sitting and concentrating on work handed to you. Imagine this as your normal 9-5 but you have a bundle of energy built up inside, and if you try in any way to release it you are told off, detained and even worse given a label. It may sound a little unrealistic but...

Failure cannot cope with persistence

I was reading a book the other day and this line hit me like a steam train ‘failure cannot cope with persistence’. It doesn’t matter if it’s your health and fitness or life goals, lock this saying into your memory and whenever you have a setback bring it to the front of your mind. We all fail, in fact, I believe that we have mini failures every day from forgetting to put out the bins to missing a rep in the gym. If we look at them as failures, then that’s what they are. If we look at them as an...

Crawling isn’t just for babies

If you’re a child, professional athlete or somewhere in between, I would highly advise you to add some form of crawling into your training program. Thankfully crawling has grown in popularity thanks to people advocating primal movement and starting to get back to where we were at our most mobile as babies. Have you ever met a baby with back pain? How about a toddler with tight hips? Considering these and other ailments seem to be a common side effect of ageing, do infants and toddlers hold the secrets to being forever supple? It’s important to note that many factors make infants and...