I’m obsessed with fitness tracking statistics. I’ve just checked and I did 9,278,393 steps in 2017 – a ridiculous amount. So much so that this year one of my resolutions is to do a little fewer, as getting these steps has taken over my life to an extent. So I thought it worth bashing out the stats,...
I hate the idea of sounding like an advert, but wearing a fitness tracker has made a substantial change to my lifestyle. In Feb 2015 Mrs MSE gave me a Fitbit (though I’m sure the same’s true of all brands), and for someone like me, who’s a bit obsessive, it’s a very powerful motivating factor. I’m now averaging...
If I offered you £500 today or a guaranteed no-risk £1,000 in a year’s time, what would you take? Think about it for a second, as your answer shines a light on your financial psychology. I’m sorry to say this isn’t a real offer, but a simple poser I posted as a Twitter poll a little while ago...
I suspect many of you have hardly been able to sleep since I posted the MSE Christmas pub quiz questions last week. Well finally I can pop that bubble of excitement and provide you with the answers. Phew… let the good times roll. SPOILER ALERT: If this is the first you’ve heard of the quiz – follow this MSE pub...
Every year, in the run-up to Christmas, the MSE team get the enormous joy, pleasure and cultural delight (indeedy) of facing my annual pub quiz. This long and proud tradition is in its seventh year and I continue to take their groans as encouragement. Some of the rounds don’t work in print (eg, the round where I...
Last year in June, I wrote a bye bye shin splints, just run my 500th km of 2015 blog. Well, it’s not even April 2016 and I’ve already run 400km – nearly doubling my kilometres per month. Last year, that was a massive personal best – running short 6km and long 10km routes. Now my short runs are...
On 22 February 2015 Mrs MSE gave me a Fitbit Charge HR. I’d already had a Misfit for a while, but it was one you just clipped on, with no display. So I hadn’t got that into it. Now I’m a year in with the FItbit, I thought it would be useful to quickly compile my observations and stats. ...
Last week, as I was leaving Good Morning Britain at 8:15am, one of the autograph hunters outside (waiting for a band, not for me) said to me, "that’s the day’s work done already, nice life for some!". Well, I am lucky to have a nice life, but that’s far from the day’s work done. So I thought...
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26 September 2023
11 September 2023Update September 2017: It’s eight years since I first braved this subject, expecting a snowstorm of protest. Instead, year after year more join in, like Julia who recently tweeted me, “@MartinSLewis, finally took your advice and told my family I can’t afford Christmas presents. What a weight off my mind. Thank you.” One year even the Archbishop of...
4 September 2023The 2023 academic year is about to start, and it'll see the biggest shake-up to student finance in England for a decade. The changes are both subtle and massive. On the surface they look like a tweak, in practice they will increase the eventual cost of going to university by over 50% for many typical graduates.