About Us

About Mia

Mia is a new and young addition to the team, one who will energize us older members.

Being young doesn’t mean her enthusiasm for helping pursuers of midlife fitness and health perfection is less than ours.

Mia with daughter

Mia is a 25-year-old fitness enthusiast who’s on a mission to help people look and feel amazing.

She lives and breathes health and wellness, and you can often find me in the gym, trying out new recipes in the kitchen, or exploring the great outdoors with her lovely daughter.

Mia qualified as a PT in 2018 in her hometown of Sibenik in Croatia – (a beautiful place)

I love pushing myself to new limits and inspiring others to do the same.

About Penny Cooper

Qualified Level 3 Personal Trainer 2008.

Penny has been into personal fitness before anyone ever called it that and has always loved cycling, running or rambling in the great outdoors – well that was until things changed. More on that later.

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She has been an avid gym member without going as often as I should seeing as it costs a significant amount every month.

After leaving University with a literary BA, she spent a big percentage of her working life in senior retail positions and then was made redundant. She grasped the opportunity to retrain as a Personal Trainer and didn’t look back…

…that is until she found herself with an illness that affected her work and home life. Polymyalgia rheumatica is a debilitating condition and it put an end to her second career as a Personal Trainer at the Budmouth Academy gym.

She didn’t want the pain and fatigue of the illness to rule her life so gradually began a home fitness regime. Small steps, big journey.

She decided her exercise/fitness regime, like her heart, would be at home.

Unfortunately, Penny no longer takes an active role in new projects on MH but still updates the articles that she created over the years.

About Brian Sweet

Australian Institute of Personal Trainers Certificate III in Sport & Recreation 2001.

Brian has always been mad about sports. Ball sports, racket sports, in fact, anything that didn’t involve balancing on unnatural shoe designs.

A keen runner since he was persuaded by a work colleague (a sit-down-all-day-in-the-office-type-of-job) to run 12 miles after work for fun! He didn’t have any concept of what 12 miles would hurt like until hitting the 2-mile mark.

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But things got better and he managed a number of marathons in his 40s at what were reasonable times. Best 3hours 21min.

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Brian (or is it Micheal Palin) at the end of a Sydney (Australia) marathon wearing my London marathon shirt

He started going to the gym because he could hear his body telling him, he needed some strength training – he would often run 10 miles and go to the gym for an hour of weights.

He discovered cycling whilst living in Australia and it was fine weather to roam the local beauty spots or take several turns around the local park.

“On hitting your 50s you start cutting back, slowing down or giving up some of these things that have made every day better.

It means that to stay healthy and fit needs a little more guile and creativity. You can’t just go out for a 15 mile run along the coast anymore.

It’s no good to give stuff up without replacing them. I’ve seen too often friends (and parents) stop being active, stop eating well and become unwell.”

These and others were chats I had with Penny who I met an age ago at the local gym whilst she was a Personal Trainer there.

We both felt that we could help people getting on like us to remain or get healthy through fitness activities and eating properly.

Because of her sincere desire to simply help people, Penny was the ideal person to join with and promote a healthy midlife for everyone without too much discomfort.

MISSION – Our goal on this site is to provide the best information for those wishing to get healthier and fitter regardless of age, especially when starting out.

Experts – Making sure the information is correct

Jonathan Dennett BSC (Hons) MSC DC in 2000


Jonathan graduated from the Anglo-European College Chiropractic with a Masters Degree in 2000, then gained experience in various clinics and took over the Weymouth Chiropractic Clinic in 2007.

Jonathan is passionate about helping people and believes fixing their bodies is the best job to have.
He is married with 2 young girls and loves painting seascapes from a small home-built studio.

Creating The Site

I hope you find the information on this site useful. We want the content to be of the highest standard but because of the current and future volume, freelance writers versed in the topics are used.

However, all of the planning, editing and the go-ahead is done by us the chief editors so you can have faith in the ideas and recommendations put forward.

Our reviews rely on a combination of actual experience with the items but where that’s not possible, extensive research is carried out to get real customer feedback.

We spend a lot of time talking with a network of Personal Trainers and other fitness professionals getting to know the latest news and items that are gaining popularity and what may be of interest to you.

We want this site to be a place you can trust. It will never, for instance, be influenced by any particular brand.

If the following rings any bells with you then you’ll enjoy the information here

  • You know a regular exercise regime is good for you but how to keep it up
  • You want to be able to pass on good fitness and eating habits to the kids/grandkids – it’s important
  • You know that getting and keeping fit has ongoing health benefits
  • You would like honest recommendations on the right stuff to buy
  • Eating healthily is the right thing to do but it’s boring

If this sparks some interest then let’s take a look at some ideas for getting fit and healthy at home for midlifers.

4 thoughts on “About Us”

  1. Your Brooks Vs Hoka was very informative. I see you know your stuff.
    I have a question: I need a stability 10-12mm drop in a trail running shoe. I was happy to learn, through you, that Brooks makes cushioned trail running shoes. However, no stability shoe. Could you please recommend a good one with those requirements? Thank You

    • Thanks for your query and apologies for the late response Saul. I have been a fan of the Adrenaline range of Brooks shoes and they have good stability but the Transcend 7 is better for overpronators (10mm drop). As a runner I never wore specific trail running shoes – I found the right running shoe for me also okay for trail running although it’s never been extreme.
      Unfortunately, we haven’t tested trail shoes yet but it’s on the schedule. Brooks Adrenaline ASR (12mm drop) might be the answer but on checking, the range seems currently out of stock.


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