Guts for glory

How taking care of your gut microbiome can help you stay healthy and may even help you run faster...

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Is your heart a ticking time bomb?

Captain David Seath died from a suspected heart attack in this year’s London Marathon, aged just 31. In the wake of his tragic death, and headlines about the possible risks of excessive exercise, Sam Murphy investigates whether running can spell trouble for your heart.

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How to achieve your fitness goals

Sam Murphy quizzes the experts about how to achieve a new fitness high in 2016, be it through wild swimming, triathlon or obstacle racing...

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Is heel striking really the enemy of good form?

Heel striking has had a bad press, blamed by many for a tendency to cause injury. But is forefoot running always best? Sam Murphy sifts the evidence...

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I believe I can butterfly

It's fabled as the hardest stroke in the swimming repertoire, the preserve of municipal-pool bullies and Olympic hopefuls. But with guidance, could a butterfly novice learn to catch some air?

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Should adult swimmers receive more lessons?

At a gym you get a tour, an induction, a programme; at a pool you simply get told where the changing rooms are. But bad stroke technique can be counterproductive and even dangerous...

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Is barefoot best for kids?

Most parents would balk at the idea of toddlers in high heels, but what about sandals or trainers? Some experts now believe that all shoes are best avoided in childhood, says Sam Murphy

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The fine art of transition

Transition – the progression from one discipline to the next – is popularly described as triathlon’s fourth discipline. Read on for Sam Murphy’s guide to a successful transition.

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Parents, not the Olympics, will get kids moving

Forget 'inspire a generation' – Britain's child obesity statistics won't fall until adults start taking more exercise, says Sam Murphy.

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Keep on running: tips for withstanding winter

Dark mornings, icy pavements, gusting winds and sub-zero temperatures ... there are so many reasons to stop running at this time of year. Sam Murphy explains how to take the pain out of winter exercise

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