Call that an obesity strategy

I thought I would wade in on what the government announced yesterday to help improve the health of the nation. First I’ll gloss over the fact that this is the “brain wave” of Johnson – the stupidest person ever to hold the office of prime minister. I’ll gloss over the fact that Johnson has consistently voted/argued  against health legislation (he even voted AGAINST a smoking ban 4 times). I’ll neatly side-step the fact that this government has no guiding principle, no desire to keep you and me healthy, this is just a populist measure because he got ill once in his astonishingly priviliged life.

I’ll just look at the legislation itself.

Point 1. Ban on TC/online adverts before 9pm. Do the sort of people who have to go to bed before 9pm have access to their own source of income and takke personal responsibility for their diet? NO! Why? Because they’re children.

Point 2. No BOGOF deals on “unhealthy foods”. Great, so now poor families are poorer.

Point 3. Calories to be displayed on menus. Perfect if you’re trying to maximise the amount of calories in versus money spent. So, again, if you’re poor you will buy the cheapest, most calorie dense food.

Point 4. A new “campaign”. FFS. There are enough already – look around you, fund what is there (CSP’s Move for Health has been around for years)

Maybe it would be more instructive to look at what’s not there:

– No taxation on sugary foods (note I haven’t put fatty foods – they’re not the enemy here)

– No subsidising healthy foods (could be paid with the taxes raised from the above – see?)

– No free or subsidised gym memberships or personal trainer costs etc

– No increase in state provided health services such as counselling, physiotherapy etc

– No offers of medical interventions such as programmes and/or surgery

– No acknowledgement that this is about poverty and/or mental health and/or opportunities

So what does this mean? Short answer – nothing. It is a toothless piece of pointlessness designed to make the general public believe that the prime minister is serious about something to try and combat the ongoing and increasing rise in health inequality. It will do nothing, NOTHING to improve the health of the nation. Not only that, last week the Tories voted to include food AND the NHS in trade deals with the USA (and anyone else) which means a lowering in food standards and therefore quality and less access to (currently non-existent) health programmes.

I’m interested in seeing what the various health bodies have to say on the matter but I am betting they don’t say much.

Watch this space. Meanwhile, here is a picture of me running with my dog – get a dog

Back on the rock – back taking bookings (from August)

I’ve been rather circumspect when it has come to engaging in my sports; not wanting to be a mobile vector of disease and also not wanting to end up in A&E after having had an accident that could have been avoided.

So, it was great yesterday to head out with good buddy Nikki and get some routes in. We avoided the heat and the risks by clipping bolts at Woodcroft Quarry. Blimey, I’m weak. Five routes at 6a and 6a+ and I was done – more training methinks.

Also it is worth pointing out that I am starting to take bookings again at the clinic. Due to increased workload elsewhere, I am only doing Friday afternoons for the moment but am still available at Bristol Chiropractic in Henleaze on Mondays and Thursdays and Willowbrook Clinic in Bradley Stoke on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Saturdays.

The more I do, the more I enjoy

I reckon 8km is my minimum. Up until that point I am maybe running too fast, everything hurts, my lungs are bursting, my heart feels overworked and I’m feeling every bump.

Then I go, ah – marvellous. The next 10km I love. I’m relaxed, the legs feel unstoppable, I’m floating over rough ground and I feel like I’m smiling.

Then, inevitably I struggle. Everything gets tight. But I can keep going. It just hurts. But I like it.

Free treatment for statue acquired injuries.

Hopefully everyone is managing to meet thier training goals despite everything that is going on in the world. The ‘telehealth’ thing has been proving popular; knees and backs respond particulalry well. This is still free for all. Get your appointment while you can.

For those who need some actual hands on (shoulder and necks are particularly needy) I have returned to treatment at The Willow Brook Clinic. They are a big clinic and have instigated all the necessary safety protocols to keep everyone safe. This means scrubs, masks, eye wear and lots of cleaning for me. Hand gel and declaration signing for you.

Click the link for more info. Get in touch with them directly to book – or ring me of course.

Available now online booking is

This should make life a bit easier. You can now book directly – just click the button on the home page or the bookings page and all the options shown you will be.

There aren’t many as I’m only taking telehealth appointments currently. But these are good, AND still FREE. So if you’re undecided about whether its for you then now is a good time to try.

Impressed you may be

Lockdown half marathon

It can seem almost impossible to stay fit at the moment. I don’t really like the term “fit” – literally it means, “suitable for a purpose”. What purpose depends on many factors. It can also be off putting – trying to meet some standard set by god knows who.

I prefer the term “robust”. Can your body cope with your life? I occasionally ask mine to run a half marathon. Not too often recently but I know I can. That feels good.

Telehealth Appointments

We have been trialling tele-health appointments for a month now via various mediums and now were super pleased to announce that we will be doing these as a standard option from now on.

We will be using the website for exercise programmes and face-to-face video calling. More information can be found here:

COVID 19 – update 3

As our policy has been aligned with schools we will be closing from tomorrow (essentially at theend of the day today).
We will be obviously dedicating lots of spare time to the FB page Injury Advice from a Physio – visit there if you have any quick questions and want some good advice and interesting opinions from the larger community.
Danny wll also be running live triage via Messenger or What’s App. Get in touch to arrange. More details here:

We hope everyone mnages to stay safe and that this crisis is soon over.

COVID-19 update 2

In response to coronavirus and to reassure all clients, old and new that help is available we are introducing a musculoskeletal triage service.
What is this?
A lot of people are avoiding going out and this is understandable but aches and pains don’t go away. Now you can contact Danny directly via our secure video portal, and speak to him directly with your problem.
Theres a few things you need to know so click the link below to find out more.
And yes, it really is free. No committment is required and no payment details will be taken.

Coronavirus update

As of today, 16th March the advice is to avoid gathering in groups and travel only for essentials and to and from work. Observe good hygiene practices and self isolate if you begin to feel unwell.
Starks have upped their cleaning regimen and I will abide by best hygiene practices. Starks full policy is below.
I will be remaining open for the moment and will amend that according to the advice coming from the government.

Take care and stay safe


Starks Fitness policy

At Starks Fitness, the health and safety of our members and our team members are our number one priority. We are very much aware of the growing concerns around Coronavirus (Covid-19) and the important role that both our teams and our members have, in keeping healthy. 

Hands: Whilst the Government has provided public information and guidelines that we are closely following, ie. reminding members that regular, thorough handwashing with soap and water throughout your visit is imperative; we wanted to let you know of the extra steps we are taking and to ask you for your help.

In areas where handwashing is not immediately available, we encourage you to use the hand sanitiser which you will find available at both Harbourside and temple quay gyms while we have stock. Please do NOT remove these to ensure it is available for other members to use. 

Equipment: We have increased availability of disinfectant cleaning products in both gyms and politely ask that you help us and your fellow members by using these products to wipe down all equipment after you have used it. 

We have asked our instructors to ensure there is enough time at the end of group exercise classes to clean down. We may have to finish classes a few minutes earlier to make sure this happens but hope that you understand the reasons why we may have to do this. 

Our cleaning teams continue to be vigilant and are focused on cleaning all items that are commonly touched, ie. doors handles, toilet flushes, card readers etc. – and we have stepped up the cleaning routine. Again we would ask for your support and co-operation for any inconvenience this may cause.
In summary, we would ask: Please do not come to the gym if you are unwell
Keep your hands clean, wash regularly and thoroughly, for at least 20 seconds with soap and water 
Always carry tissues with you and use them to catch all coughs and sneezes and then bin the tissue – then wash your hands with soap and water, or use a sanitiser 
Please use the cleaning sprays to wipe down equipment after use 

We ask anyone who is concerned that they may have encountered the virus to follow the Government advice and self-isolate in the first instance.