Swimming is a phenomenal way to stay fit and active. No-one should need convincing of that. But if you’re a lapsed paddler who learned to swim as a kid and are just coming back to the pool, it can also be phenomenally boring – slogging away at the same...
In all walks of life it’s hard to overcome a bad first impression. This is true of running shoes as well, despite the fact that a pair can take a while to break in and hit their stride. The New Balance Fresh Foam 1080 v8 did not make a...

Weight loss

1. Avoid sugar mixes Think ordering the protein-feast half chicken at Nando’s justifies a cheeky Coke on the side? Think again. A 2017 study published in the journal BMC Nutrition found that having a sugar-sweetened drink with a high-protein meal can decrease metabolic efficiency and prime the body to store...
Photography: Glen Burrows For a lot of athletes, hitting 40 with a quartet of Olympic gold medals – earned over two decades’ worth of dominance in their chosen sport – as well as a knighthood might be a good time to call it a day. Perhaps get a TV presenting...