Lessons from 400 kilometres in 20 weeks

Runners are bloody annoying. Actually, allow me to revise that statement. People who run are bloody annoying… to us non-runners. “They” are so infuriating with their social media posts about split times, half marathon PBs, quality time spent pre-6am with their athletic kids and conversations about the latest pair of Asics Gel. Give us a…

Lessons from 10,000 push-ups

How have you decided to spend your time during the COVID crisis? Coronavirus has resulted in my gym closing its doors and all of us having more time on our hands to do stuff. I am weird, I chose push-ups. I am not a fitness kind of guy, even though pre-pandemic I successfully dabbled with…

Lessons from my first month of drinking coffee

Do you drink coffee? Do you love coffee? Do you drink too much coffee? Do you spend too much on coffee? Do you just want more coffee? Do you want to marry coffee? After happily surviving five years of university, five years of hosting overnight sports talk back radio, nine years of parenting and ten…

Lessons from a whole month without alcohol

I went dry this July for Dry July. Along with 43,017 other well-intentioned heroes. Two factors were key in deciding to go without the booze for 31 days. Firstly, I was into my second day of an epic red wine hangover. And secondly, we had a sincerely close friend battling cancer. “Sure,” I thought, “it’s…

Lessons from one month of group fitness

Decision fatigue is a real thing, as is actual fatigue. I did not even realise I was suffering two major bouts of decision fatigue until I used group fitness classes to remove both of them entirely. Heading to the gym, in fact joining a gym in the first place, is always a well-intentioned and noble…

Lessons from one month of meditation

Meditation is a lot like going to the toilet before there were mobile phones. Remember when all of your best ideas would come to you in the waste closet? In my recent, short-sample-sized, novice experience, meditation proves that when your brain cannot do multiple things at once, when it is given the space and permission…

Lessons from my wife’s nutritionist

I am not a very health-conscious kind of guy, which is another reason I am grateful for Mrs DD. She does all the food shopping, meal planning, recipe sourcing, cooking (pretty much all of it) and research when it comes to what our entire family eats. There is a lot on her plate. So it…