Health and fitness

Blog posts related to family health and fitness. Find out how my family and I keep fit and stay healthy. Also, a series of articles focused on men and fathers’ mental health.

Representation of men, masculinity and fathers in the media.

Just the other day I was given the opportunity to try and answer an impossible question. The question was thus: Just how are men and masculinity represented in the media and how does this reinforce stereotypes or, indeed, reflect positively on men.

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A deaf person’s advocate, gay magazine editor, Multicultural artist, business owner, blogger and author turn up in a ballroom to discuss the representation of masculinity in the media. Read on to see what happened. Pic credit: Ifan Llewelyn.

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Marking 10 years of Movember in the UK

Over the past couple of years, I’ve developed a real soft spot for the Movember charity. It’s annual moustache growing antics have become a well-established fundraising venture, just like Children in Need or Comic Relief.

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Chris Livett taking part in one of Movember’s Distinguished Gentlemen Rides back in September. this picture was taken just three days before Chris underwent ‘massive’ surgery to remove cancerous organs and just a year after he had a breakdown.

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International Fathers’ Mental Health Day

As I get older, I’ve become much more aware of mental health issues. Part of the reason for this, I think, is that I’ve seen the impact on families when a mum or a dad develops a mental health condition.

International Fathers' Mental Health day

The aim of International Father’s Mental Health Day is to raise awareness of the issue and get men to open up about their own mental health.

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Jogging with Jo Pavey: Simplyhealth Great Newham London Family Run

I broke new ground last week. I went jogging with an Olympic athlete. Not just any Olympic athlete, but long-distance runner Jo Pavey who has competed in five Olympics.

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Helen and I running with Jo Pavey at the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park in London. The former Olympic stadium will host the Simplyhealth great Newham London Family Run on 2 July, 2017.

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The importance of friends and good social connections

I’ve been getting a little introspective recently. I’ve been looking at my life in an attempt to decide how many social connections I have and how strong they are.

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You shouldn’t have to face the world on your own. Pic credit: Averie Woodard.

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