Trying to keep the animal as happy as possible. A belated attempt by Richard Holt to live a good, healthy life. He talks to people who understand these things far better than he does.
Five marathons in 50 hours to save 12-year-old Aggie
Darren Hardy served 15 years in the British Army before being discharged with PTSD. After suffering suicidal thoughts, he turned to extreme endurance challenges to keep him focused and positive. His latest mission is to run five marathons in 50 hours non-stop for a 12-year-old girl called Aggie, who has been diagnosed with H-ABC - the world’s rarest brain disease. Darren talks about meeting Aggie for the first time the day before this podcast and about how he’s getting ready for his extreme race to find a cure.
To find out more please visit justgiving.com/fundraising/darren-hardy123
Genetic testing is simple and can save lives
Clare Brenner is CEO of the genetic testing company Myogenes. Fifteen years ago, Clare lost her sister to mental illness. Her sister's life could have been saved if she had been given the right medication, and Claire says genetic testing is the answer.
For psychiatric medication, for cancer treatment, and so much more, testing can save billions of pounds and more importantly save many lives.
Myogenes provides tests that tell you what food and exercise is most suited to your genetic makeup, and also which medicines may not work for you.
Royal Marines brave 'horrendous' storms to row Atlantic for charity
You don't expect a 3,000-mile unsupported row across the Atlantic to be easy, but this trip got incredibly rough very quickly. The four Royal Marines - two serving, two veterans - were forced to rely on grit, teamwork and some improvised surgery on each other's battered bodies. The enthusiasm in telling their story is a great example of how tough experiences bring out the best in people.
The boys are well on the way to a target of raising £100k for the Royal Marines Charity. They are also supporting REORG, a charity promoting mental and physical recovery through martial arts.
To help them hit the £100k target, please go to instagram.com/rm_cockleshell_atlantic and click on the link in the bio.
Andrew Henderson: world freestyle football champion turned MMA fighter
The first person to be crowned world freestyle champion five times, Andrew Henderson started honing his incredible skills after an injury so bad he thought he may never walk again. Now Andrew has decided to instead focus his sporting obsession on the unforgiving world of mixed martial arts. With talent and dedication like his, he could well go all the way.
Dr Harry: what is the best prescription for wellbeing and longevity?
How do we combat the innate desire to do things that are bad for us? Dr Harry Weisinger is a doctor and university professor who specialises in nutrition and recovery, with a focus on little changes that can make life healthier and happier - and hopefully last longer. As well as helping a whole range of athletes (and normal humans) to perform better, Harry uses his own body as a test tube, putting himself through the mill as a competitive cyclist who shows no signs of slowing down as he prepares to sprint past his 50th birthday.
Dr Harry is medical adviser to the premium CBD company Truth Naturals.
I did a 45-minute ballet class and then went into labour - Studio K founder Sarah Kleio
Professional dancer and choreographer Sarah Kleio danced her way all around the world before starting Studio K in Richmond. They teach high-energy streetdance moves to everyone from tiny children through to people who are old enough to know better.
Sarah talks about the challenge of keeping the business going through the pandemic, having a baby in the middle of the lockdown, and how dancing is the easiest and most fun way to get yourself back in shape.