Cold Water Swimmer
When his local pool was closed, a friend suggested to Dr. Mark Harper that he try swimming in the chilly sea off Brighton (UK). 13 years on, and Harper dives in, year round, even on Christmas Day (without a wetsuit!). His pioneering research suggests ‘cold water adaptation’ helps you stay healthy and happy. Incredibly, a regular dip could help fight conditions like common colds, diabetes, chronic stress, and even depression.
Team GB Olympic Athlete When 20-year old Jack Green stumbled over a hurdle during the 2012 London Olympics, his dream and his mind exploded. ‘I couldn’t do one run without feeling awful.’ Green descended into depression, contemplating suicide. During an 18-month break he learned to control his self-destructive perfectionism. ‘I never fell out of love […]
Badminton champion Gail Emms was at the top of her game when she started hating it. But she saw talking about that ‘as a weakness’. Coming from a sporty family, Emms had started playing badminton aged four. When the former badminton World Champion and Olympic silver medallist eventually retired in 2008, she spiralled into bouts […]