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Healthy For Men delves into the myths of the wellness world and reveals the truth behind controversial topics through expert opinion and fascinating personal stories. Is veganism bad for you? What defines a mental health condition? Can AI improve the landscape of fitness? Every episode employs comprehensive journalism to enlighten and inspire.
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Whether social media or a changing social landscape are to blame, our belief in ourselves is suffering. HFM speak to communication expert Dominic Colenso to examine why, and what you can do about it. You’ll learn practical techniques and reassuring advice about having an impact on your environment, whether through simple social interaction or public speaking.   Dominic James Colenso is a speaker, communications expert and former professional actor. He’s the founder of In Flow Training and starred in the 2004 movie adaptation of Thunderbirds, playing Virgil Tracy.     Colenso’s book IMPACT is out now through Rethink Press.   Host Tom Rowley Audio engineered and edited by Andy Greening Video by Andy Greening Directed by Andy Greening and Tom Rowley   Special thanks to Dominic Colenso   Podcast artwork by Andy Greening   Healthy For Men theme song by Premium Beats Other music by Artlist   Healthy For Men Podumentary is by Healthy For Men magazine which is published by River Sounds which is part of River Group Content Limited 2020
We speak with Edric Kennedy Macfoy. A firefighter for London Fire Brigade for over 13 years, Edric is now a personal trainer and life coach concentrating on changing lives through physical training and plant-based nutrition.   Edric discusses his journey on becoming a vegan, his advocacy for plant-based nutrition and his transition from a whey drinking 'meathead' to yogi.   Edric also speaks about facing his morals and turning vegan overnight. Host Tom RowleyAudio engineered and edited by Andy GreeningVideo by Andy Greening Directed by Andy Greening and Tom Rowley Special thanks to Edric Kennedy Macfoy Podcast artwork by Andy Greening Healthy For Men theme song by Premium Beats Other music by Artlist Healthy For Men Podumentary is by Healthy For Men magazine which is published by River Sounds which is part of River Group Content Limited 2020
TV presenter and HFM grooming expert Stuart Miles fought the odds of aging and built muscle while burning fat at 50 years old. Stuart and personal trainer Henry Ives of H+ Performance spoke with HFM about the results and challenges of building muscle. We also discuss some common fitness myths and share invaluable advice for those wanting to meet their goals. Check out Stuart's feature about his transformation in our November/December issue of Healthy For Men on sale in any Holland & Barrett store across the UK.    Host Tom RowleyAudio engineered and edited by Andy GreeningDirected by Andy Greening and Tom RowleySpecial thanks to Stuart Miles and Henry IvesHealthy For Men theme song by Premium Beats, other music from Artlist.ioHealthy For Men Podumentary is by Healthy For Men magazine which is published by River Group Content Limited 2019
In this episode we talk to sex educator Alix Fox about male attitudes towards sex. Alix explains why men and women should learn about sex together, and she presents some exciting methods of starting the conversation with your partner about your sexual desires.       Alix Fox is multi-award winning broadcaster, sex educator, and journalist. She has worked as the news editor for Bizarre magazine, writes regularly for publications like The Guardian, Stylist, Cosmopolitan, Time Out, Fabulous and Red. She also Alix hosts the hilarious Unexpected Fluids podcast on BBC Radio 1, and she's a script advisor for the fantastic Netflix show Sex Education.       For more exciting content on sexual health, check out our interview with Love Island contestant and NHS doctor Dr Alex George.    You can also watch this interview via this Facebook link   Host Tom Rowley Audio engineered and edited by Andy Greening Directed by Andy Greening and Tom Rowley Special thanks to Alix Fox Podcast artwork by Andy Greening    Healthy For Men theme song by Premium Beats Other music by Artlist     Healthy For Men Podumentary is by Healthy For Men magazine which is published by River Group Content Limited 2019
We spoke with Love Island's Dr Alex George about how to maintain optimum sexual health and make the most of your romantic relationships. He also share his views on mental health and reality TV, explaining his role in developing counselling for participants of ITV2's hit reality TV show Love Island. Alex, 27, is an NHS doctor and resident doctor for ITV's Good Morning Britain. Alex has been an advocate for positive mental health, regularly discussing the future of reality TV and those who have been negatively affected by it. Alex faced mental health problems after leaving the house due to constant abuse from trolls online. Following this, he helped bring in after-care (counselling) for all participants in Love Island. Host Tom Rowley Audio engineered and edited by Andy Greening Directed by Andy Greening and Tom Rowley Special thanks to Dr Alex George Podcast artwork by Andy Greening    Healthy For Men theme song by Premium Beats Other music by Artlist   Healthy For Men Podumentary is by Healthy For Men magazine which is published by River Group Content Limited 2019
Toxic masculinity has been a contentious topic of recent years, so what is masculinity and can it be toxic? In this episode, we speak with a psychotherapist about how masculinity affects men's mental health, a dating expert discusses the role masculinity has within relationships, an advocate for equal parenting shares his view on men's wellbeing and raising children, a sports coach reveals his journey with toxic masculinity, and a transgender comedian highlights some issues about gender identity.   Host Tom RowleyAudio engineered and edited by Andy Greening Directed by Andy Greening and Tom Rowley Special thanks to Damien Ridge, James Stewart, Craig McGinlay, Jordan Grey, David Freed, and Lewie Lett Podcast artwork by Andy Greening    Healthy For Men theme song by Premium Beats Other music by Artlist Healthy For Men Podumentary is by Healthy For Men magazine which is published by River Group Content Limited 2019
HFM speak to Olympic triathlete Gordon Benson and learn how to fuel, train and sleep like a pro. Gordon discusses his experience as a supporting athlete for the Brownlee brothers, and training for the Rio Olympics. Benson went into the Rio 2016 Games as a Pilot athlete, supporting the Brownlee brothers in the race. Unfortunately, Benson was involved in a crash during the cycle segment in Rio and was forced to quit the race. Benson still had a major part of the team’s preparations for the Games. Host Tom RowleyAudio engineered and edited by Andy GreeningDirected by Andy Greening and Tom RowleySpecial thanks to Gordon BensonPodcast artwork by Andy GreeningHealthy For Men theme song by Premium BeatsOther music by ArtlistHealthy For Men Podumentary is by Healthy For Men magazine which is published by River Group Content Limited 2018
Actor and fitness expert Craig McGinlay from Paisley, Scotland, speaks to HFM about priming for his role as Sir Percival in Guy Ritchie’s King Arthur: Legend of the Sword alongside Jude Law, his love for rugby, and moving from a career in training athletes to Hollywood stardom. You can now watch Craig in the latest season of Outlander on STARZ and Amazon Prime. Craig was named a British GQ Rising Star in June 2017 and Breakthrough Star of the Year at the 2015 Scottish Style Awards. Special thanks to Craig McGinlayWritten and directed by Tom Rowley and Andy GreeningAudio engineered and edited by Andy GreeningArtwork photograph by Michael ShelfordPodcast artwork by Andy GreeningHealthy For Men theme song by Premium BeatsBounce music by Artlist This episode is in partnership with Bounce Foods Healthy for Men 79 November/December 2018 is available now in Holland & Barrett or order online here Healthy For Men Podumentary is by Healthy For Men magazine which is published by River Group Content Limited 2018    
Sleep and Mental Health

Sleep and Mental Health

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Why do we sleep, and what happens to our brain when we don’t? Sleep therapist Risa Gabrielle says that a good night’s sleep starts from the moment you wake up, so HFM speak with Risa about the importance of getting your 40 winks and how to master your mind for positive mental health. Special thanks to Risa GabrielleWritten and directed by Tom Rowley and Andy GreeningAudio engineered and edited by Andy GreeningPodcast artwork by Andy GreeningHealthy For Men theme song by Premium BeatsBounce music by Artlist This episode is in partnership with Bounce Foods Healthy for Men 79 November/December 2018 is available now in Holland & Barrett or order online here Healthy For Men Podumentary is by Healthy For Men magazine which is published by River Group Content Limited 2018
The ketogenic diet has increasingly become a popular choice for athletes and weight loss, Keto is a very low carbohydrate and high-fat diet which changes the metabolism in the body from burning glucose for energy to burning fat for energy. It’s currently a recognised treatment for intractable (drug-resistant) epilepsy, Glut 1 Deficiency and Pyruvate Dehydrogenase Deficiency. Increasingly the diet is being looked at in other neuro-metabolic conditions as well as Brain Cancer. We speak to Emma Williams MBE – Founder/Trustee and CEO of Matthews Friends, a charity specialising in growing the awareness and growth of a medical ketogenic diet. Emma’s son Matthew started having seizures at the age of 9 months. When Matthew was just 2 years old Emma found out about the Ketogenic Diet but when she asked Matthew’s neurologist to try the diet she was told that it didn’t work, it was disgusting and medication was the best option. Only when Matthew was 7 years old did she finally get the chance to get Matthew onto the diet thanks to the trial that Professor Helen Cross was carrying out at Great Ormond Street Hospital. Within 2 weeks of starting the diet Matthew’s seizures had reduced by 90% and within 8 months he was off all medication. Emma founded the charity Matthew’s Friends in 2004 to share her experiences with others, provide support and promote the use of the ketogenic diet for those suffering from intractable epilepsy. 2013 saw her awarded an MBE from Her Majesty the Queen for her services to Children with Epilepsy. To learn more about Matthews Friends please visit https://www.matthewsfriends.org/ Special thanks to Emma Williams MBEWritten and directed by Tom Rowley and Andy GreeningAudio engineered and edited by Andy GreeningPodcast artwork by Andy GreeningHealthy For Men theme song by Premium Beats This episode is in partnership with Bounce Foods Healthy for Men 79 November/December 2018 is available now in Holland & Barrett or order online here Healthy For Men Podumentary is by Healthy For Men magazine which is published by River Group Content Limited 2018
HFM speaks with the UK’s leading life coach, Michael Serwa, about tackling our demons, fighting for success, and the most common obstacles that get in the way of our goals.Michael was featured in our podumentary episode, What is Anxiety?, in which he discusses options for those not diagnosed with a mental health disorder. The full conversation is found in this episode.Michael Serwa is the highest-paid and considered by many the best life coach in the UK. He claims to not just improve his clients’ lives, but transform them. Special thanks to Michael SerwaWritten and directed by Tom Rowley and Andy GreeningAudio engineered and edited by Andy GreeningPodcast artwork by Andy GreeningMusic by ArtlistHealthy For Men theme song by Premium Beats This episode is in partnership with Bounce Foods Healthy for Men 78 September/October 2018 is available now in Holland & Barrett or order online here Healthy For Men Podumentary is by Healthy For Men magazine which is published by River Group Content Limited 2018
We speak to Stuart Miles about the expectations of a male in society, how skin products are not just good for our skin but can add a layer of self-care which many are missing, and ask the question how far will male grooming go? Stuart is most known for being the 21st presenter on the UK’s most iconic children’s TV show, Blue Peter. Stuart is now on a mission as the leading ageing expert to spread awareness of how to age well. Stuart is not only a regular contributor for Healthy For Men magazine, he is also notably a regular writer for Attitude magazine. Stuart is also raising awareness on his blog and podcast Miles Younger - How to Age Well. This episode is in partnership with Bounce Foods Host Tom RowleyAudio engineered and edited by Andy GreeningDirected by Andy Greening and Tom RowleySpecial thanks to Stuart MilesPodcast artwork by Andy GreeningHealthy For Men theme song by Premium BeatsOther music by Artlist Healthy For Men Podumentary is by Healthy For Men magazine which is published by River Group Content Limited 2018
In this special bonus episode, we’ve dug through our archives and recalled this chat we had with, Tim Grimwade back in March this year.  You may remember Tim back from episode one of our podumentry series What is Anxiety? If you’re a new listener and are working your way through our back catalogue... Tim is a cognitive behavioural hypnotherapist. Now, I’m sure the first thing that comes to mind when you think hypnotist is stage hypnotism and an audience member fallen to the spell of a swinging pocket watch. I can assure you, however, what Tim does in his practice is not the case. Cognitive behavioural hypnotherapy is very much as it sounds, a variation of Cognitive behavioural therapy or you may know as CBT, a technique used by counsellors and psychologists. If you’re not too sure what cognitive behavioural therapy is, it is a way of approaching a patient's way of thinking, to help lead to changes in their emotions and behaviour. It's most commonly used to treat anxiety and depression, but can be useful for other mental and physical health problems such as phobias or addiction. Which is all very similar to how Tim uses his hypnotherapy techniques. In this special episode, Tim gives us a taster of some of the common obstacles he’s had to face when treating patients who suffer from anxiety and compiled 5 simple points which everyone can use to ground themselves during anxious moments. These include: Have you been doing negative self-hypnosis for years? What are your current coping strategies and could they be better? Engage with what drives you. Find your sense of purpose. Aim to be constantly aware of your changing feelings, thoughts and physical sensations. Begin on the path to positive hypnosis.   This episode is in partnership with Bounce Foods Host Tom RowleyAudio engineered and edited by Andy GreeningDirected by Andy Greening and Tom RowleySpecial thanks to Tim GrimwadePodcast artwork by Matt Ford and Andy GreeningHealthy For Men theme song by Premium BeatsOther music by Artlist Healthy For Men Podumentary is by Healthy For Men magazine which is published by River Group Content Limited 2018  
Would you attempt the Three Peaks challenge? This August, eleven volunteers from Healthy For Men’s publishing company, The River Group, attempted climbing Ben Nevis in Scotland, Scafell Pike in England, and Mt Snowden in Wales all within 25 hours to celebrate River’s 25th anniversary.   The team raised money for the Katie Piper Foundation, Demelza Hospice, and The Dogs Trust. In this special episode, four members of the River team discuss the highs and lows of one of the UK’s most gruelling challenges. Involved are HFM editor Tom Rowley, Naomi Macphail, Kalil Irving, and Julian Sinclair. You can still donate to these three causes here This episode is in partnership with Bounce Foods Written and directed by Tom Rowley and Andy GreeningAudio engineered and edited by Andy GreeningSpecial thanks to Naomi Macphail, Kalil Irving, and Julian SinclairPodcast artwork by Matt Ford and Andy GreeningHealthy For Men theme song by Premium Beats Healthy For Men Podumentary is by Healthy For Men magazine which is published by River Group Content Limited 2018
Jason Fox, star of Channel Four’s Meet the Drug Lords: Inside the Real Narcos, talks to Holland & Barrett's Healthy For Men editor Tom Rowley about his experience meeting some of the most dangerous men on the planet. Jason shares his tips for staying SAS fit, and talks about his new book, Battle Scars: A Story of War and All that Follows, out November 1st. To read the full interview with Jason Fox, pick up your copy of Healthy For Men magazine in any Holland & Barrett store across the UK or from Holland & Barrett online. This episode is in partnership with Bounce Foods Written and directed by Tom Rowley and Andy GreeningAudio engineered and edited by Andy GreeningSpecial thanks to Jason FoxPodcast artwork by Matt Ford and Andy GreeningMusic by ArtlistHealthy For Men theme song by Premium Beats Healthy For Men Podumentary is by Healthy For Men magazine which is published by River Group Content Limited 2018
HFM speak with nutrition consultant Drew Price about supplement pitfalls, plant-based nutrition, and how to maximise the goodness in your diet. For more on this topic, pick up Healthy For Men magazine in any Holland & Barret store across the UK. This episode is in partnership with Bounce Foods Written and directed by Tom Rowley and Andy GreeningAudio engineered and edited by Andy GreeningSpecial thanks to Drew PricePodcast artwork by Matt FordMusic by ArtlistHealthy For Men theme song by Premium Beats Healthy For Men Podumentary is by Healthy For Men magazine which is published by River Group Content Limited 2018    
Bradley Simmonds is a celebrity personal trainer, fitness influencer, and ex-professional footballer. We speak to Bradley about the perfect fitness routine, and how to get your nutrition spot on.  This episode is in partnership with Bounce Foods Written and directed by Tom Rowley and Andy Greening Audio engineered and edited by Andy Greening Special thanks to Bradley Simmonds Podcast artwork by Matt Ford and Andy Greening Photography by Pares Tailor Music by Artlist Healthy For Men theme song by Premium Beats  Healthy For Men Podumentary is by Healthy For Men magazine which is published by River Group Content Limited 2018
HFM speak with strength and conditioning coach Huw Davies about his carnivorous diet, and why he gave up carbohydrates.  This episode is in partnership with Bounce Foods Written and directed by Tom Rowley and Andy GreeningAudio engineered and edited by Andy GreeningSpecial thanks to Huw DaviesPodcast artwork by Matt Ford and Andy GreeningPhotography by Pares TailorMusic by ArtlistHealthy For Men theme song by Premium Beats Healthy For Men Podumentary is by Healthy For Men magazine which is published by River Group Content Limited 2018
HFM speak with dietician Sophie Medlin about the ups and downs of plant-based nutrition.  For more on this topic, pick up Healthy For Men magazine in any Holland & Barret store across the UK. This episode is in partnership with Bounce Foods Written and directed by Tom Rowley and Andy GreeningAudio engineered and edited by Andy GreeningSpecial thanks to Camilla FayedPodcast artwork by Matt Ford and Andy GreeningPhotography by Pares TailorMusic by ArtlistHealthy For Men theme song by Premium Beats Healthy For Men Podumentary is by Healthy For Men magazine which is published by River Group Content Limited 2018
As part of our vegan month, we speak to Camilla Fayed, owner of London based vegan and vegetarian restaurant, Farmacy Kitchen. Camilla also has recently launched her book Farmacy Kitchen Cookbook: Plant-based recipes for a conscious way of life. The Farmacy ethos is about bringing attention back to nature, simplicity and balance. Farmcy follows the concept of 'simple abundance' in the food they create, using fresh, colourful and whole foods in inspired combinations for maximum taste, digestion and enjoyment. We talk about what made Camilla choose a plant-based diet, how the concept of Farmacy was created and what Camilla's family make of her vegan cuisine.  You can learn more about Camilla's restaurant Farmacy here For more on this topic, pick up Healthy For Men magazine in any Holland & Barret store across the UK. This episode is in partnership with Bounce Foods Written and directed by Tom Rowley and Andy GreeningAudio engineered and edited by Andy GreeningSpecial thanks to Camilla FayedPodcast artwork by Matt Ford and Andy GreeningMusic by ArtlistHealthy For Men theme song by Premium Beats Healthy For Men Podumentary is by Healthy For Men magazine which is published by River Group Content Limited 2018      
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