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Health and Fitness really is simple. If you want it to be.

Being healthy & fit comes down to one thing. Being consistent.

Most fitness plans will work. If you stick with them. Most diets work. If you stick with them.

In 15 years of looking after my own health & fitness do you want to know the main problem I see a lot of people have?

Not sticking with it.

They start a new fitness routine and after three months they stop.

They start a new diet and after three months they stop.

A few months go by and they proclaim “pah that routine/plan was rubbish”.

No. That fitness routine or diet wasn’t rubbish, it was you that was rubbish for not sticking with it.

Stop thinking that years of abusing your body can be undone in a few months. It won’t be. It will take years to do it correctly.

Can you get results within a few months?


Will they stick with you for years?

Probably not.


Because you can’t undo years of abusing yourself in a few months.

You need to make slow, deep, meaningful changes over a few years. Then those changes will be ingrained and will be habits that you always turn back to when things get tough.

Long lasting success is never achieved overnight.


Our 5 favourite Health & Fitness articles of the week — 23rd Aug 2015.

Our five favourite health & fitness articles from the last week are…

10 Steps to the Perfect Hip Thrust

I’m on a semi-starvation diet, why am I so hungry?

7 Ways Strength Training Makes Your Life More Awesome

10 Steps For High Performance Hormone Optimization

“The Australian Paradox” Sugar Didn’t Make You Fat, Excess Calories did


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5 of our Favourite Health and Fitness Articles of the Week – 16th Aug

Here are our five favourite health and fitness articles from this week…

Is lifting with scoliosis safe?

Rob Macdonalds 5 favourite simple but tough workouts

One exercise that fixes 99 problems

The “but I only have 20 minutes” workout solution

Top 10 fundamental bodyweight exercises

As always feel free to share them with someone who might gain some value from them.

See you same time next week.


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5 of our Favourite Health and Fitness Articles of the Week – 9th Aug

A day late, but as they say – better late than never! Here is our weekly blog post highlighting our five favourite health and fitness articles of the week.

Lose fat by building muscle

The #1 training split for busy guys

Four little known causes for restless leg syndrome

10 crossfit and training related infographics

Paleo: The key to good health, or another fad?

We hope you get some value from one of those articles and remember even if you don’t find out anything new from them, maybe someone you know will. Share the article or this blog post with someone who you think might benefit from the knowledge shared.

Keep your eyes peeled for this weeks favourite articles post this coming Sunday.


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5 of our Favourite Health and Fitness Articles of the Week – 02-08

We’ve decided to offer a short blog post each week highlighting five of our favourite health and fitness articles we have either come across via the web or we have shared via our social media channels.

So without further ado, this weeks 5 favourite articles are:

Study suggests we’re doomed to stay fat forever. Wait. What?

Hey Vogue magazine, thanks for setting women’s fitness back a few decades!

How to Box Squat properly.

Grace Smith gave herself a year to lose 100 pounds!

How to avoid stress and resist comfort foods.

We hope you got some valuable information from one or more of those links and we’ll see you again next week for the next installment of our 5 favourite articles of the week.


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New company website, new company direction, same awesome service!

So, as anyone can see, we’ve not updated our company blog for a long, long time (7+ months).

A lot has happened at Riley & Silver since then and we’ve been very busy having a little company rejig.

On top of having a redesign, we’re now focussed solely on active and casual wear made from Bamboo and Organic/Fair Trade Cotton.

We’ve brought on board a couple of new suppliers and we’ve updated our website too.

Our old ecommerce provider didn’t allow us to have a mobile website that we were happy with, so after a lot of work we’ve now got a mobile optimised website that should look great on all platforms, desktop through to mobile.

We want bore you with the why’s, what’s or how’s, but suffice to say that this is a new and exciting direction for us and we hope you love our new design etc as much as we do.

We’re also changing the way we use our social media channels and have been busily bookmarking our most favourite sources of health & fitness related information and will now share various links and articles via the social media platforms we’re on (we have been for a little while now) in the hope of providing your our amazing customers with helpful information you can use in your own health & fitness journeys.

So there it is, we’re alive and well, we’ve had a rejig and we’re ready to kick on arse once again, who’s with us?

Head on over to if you’d like to check out our new website, as always we welcome any feedback!


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Smash Hits – British Fashion Classics

Some things just never go out of style, that classic trench, or well-tailored white shirt for example, or that stylish cashmere knit that’s served you for decades and still kept its shape.

And we Brits have something we can be proud of style speaking, as British fashion designers can definitely claim the credit for some major style sensations that have endured throughout the years. From Pringle sweaters to the Punk look, our designers have created some of the most memorable fashion classics the style world has seen.

Among the vast pantheon of style classics out there that British designers have contributed to, there are some some design ideas are so legendary they undoubtedly deserve a special mention. Let’s take a look at what these extra special style sensations have been…

Pringle Cashmere Sweater

Scotland has given birth to some pretty impressive inventions, there’s the telephone, the television, and not forgetting of course, a wee dram or four of whiskey. Fashion wise too, Scotland has always had plenty to say, with its bold tartans and clansmen’s colours, oh and of course Pringle.

Pringle’s Scottish heritage can be traced back as far as 1815 when the iconic brand was first founded, and it swiftly became one of the first ever luxury knitwear brands, with its distinctive designs being sought after by eager buyers globally.

The brand’s signature cashmere knit was first produced in the 1870’s, around the time the company created the unique “intarsia” Argyll design, with which Pringle is synonymous today around the world.

From Hollywood celebs, to pro golfers, a cashmere Pringle sweater is a hallmark of style and quiet luxury, and will go with absolutely anything, whether it’s accessorized with a pair of jodhpurs, or thrown casually around your shoulders as you waltz down the red carpet in that premiere worthy dress.

Burberry Trenchcoat

One of Britain’s oldest labels, Burberry started out by supplying soldier’s uniforms, and manufactured the ground-breaking fabric called Gabardine, a fabric so durable it was utilized in military clothing throughout the nation.

The label’s most iconic creation though, is unarguably the iconic Burberry Trench, which first debuted in the 19th century when Thomas Burberry added metal straps and rings to his officer’s trench, and an instant design classic was born.

The Burberry Trench has been acclaimed globally, and its worldwide popularity shows no signs of abating, with the classic style being sported proudly by celebs from model Cara Delevigne to HRH Kate Middleton.

Turnbull & Asser Shirt

Established in 1885 Turnbull & Asser are well known for their hallmark tailoring and attention to detail, and have dressed celebrities and royals alike, from Prince Charles to screen hero James Bond.

The flagship shop, located on London’s prestigious Jermyn Street, holds a Royal Warrant, but the company’s most celebrated design has undoubtedly been its classic tailored shirt design, which has been the preferred choice of stylish politicos and celebs who like to dress smartly for decades.

From Charlie Chaplin to artist Pablo Picasso, and more recently actress Gwyneth Paltrow, Turnbull & Asser’s iconic shirt has seemingly never been out of the style spotlight, and the label has also made its mark overseas, with its designs sold in illustrious stores such as Barneys, and the launch of the New York flagship store in 1997.

Mini Skirt

The miniskirt’s short and cheeky style literally revolutionised the fashion world when it first debuted in 1966. British designer Mary Quant began dressing her models in the thigh skimming design, which sent shockwaves throughout the fashion world and became an instant British style smash practically overnight.

The mini achieved global coverage, appearing on the front of acclaimed style mags from Vogue to Nova, and was sported by uber models Jean Shrimpton and Twiggy, becoming an essential part of their waifish, gamine look.

Today the mini skirt is a go to classic look that’s never been out of style since its introduction in the 60’s, and the short length is worn by everyone brave enough to get their pins out all over the globe, from WAGS on a night out to Hollywood actresses on the red carpet.


Punk style was made popular in Britain by Vivenne Westwood and Malcom McLaren, who opened the shop SEX, in Chelsea, selling the pair’s avant garde designs as well as vinyl showcasing bands like the Sex Pistols, which McLaren helped put together.

The clothes McLaren and Westwood sold were in direct contrast to the glossy glam rock look popular in the seventies, the new style featured slogan t-shirts designed to shock, bondage elements, such as straps and leather, tough bovver boots, tattoos, and gritty styling.

Punk soon exploded on the scene as a major trend, making a unique global phenomenon and McLaren and Westwood famous, with everyone from teacher’s daughters to rock stars soon adopting the look.

Even today, elements of the punk look are heavily borrowed by mainstream artists like Pink and Jessie J, and the style is still a major street trend, with variations of punk becoming popular every now and then, such as the heavily pierced and tattooed alt rock look, with its haphazard styling elements and colour clashes.

So do you agree with these British style sensations, maybe we’ve missed something out?

Fine and Dandy – why dressing dapper is bang on trend!

Traditional British style men’s tailoring is big fashion news right now. Across the pond, our American cousins are clamouring to look like English aristos, a side effect due in no small part to the massive popularity shows like Downtown Abbey have found with the US telly watching public.

The trend has no doubt been boosted by the recent financial problems the UK has seen, with a return to nostalgia providing people with the comfort they need during times of economic strife. But it’s not just hard times and television shows that are entirely responsible for the recent return to a more refined style, the look has been sported by many influential male celebs such as David Beckham, actors Daniel Craig and George Clooney, and male model David Gandy to name but a few.

This enthusiastic sporting of trad tailoring by celebs is what has really put dressing like a dandy so firmly back into the mainstream, replacing the jeans, Vans, and ironic slogan t-shirts that were the go to choice of fashion conscious hipster men for so many years during the 2000’s.

Trad tailors like London’s oldest shirtmaker Turnbull and Asser are reporting a dramatic rise in sales of their bespoke shirts, and credit the new found popularity of custom tailoring as being partly due to the Downtown effect.

“I believe men in general have learned to dress a little better, and well-dressed programmes like Downtown do inspire them to dress correctly,” says Turnbull’s head cutter David Gale.

But whether its British men turning back to traditional styling details, or our American cousins clamouring for a piece of our sartorial savvy, dressing dapper is big news right now and the trend looks firmly set to stay for the considerable future.

There’s another reason too, why dressing like a posh boy is firmly back on trend. Traditionally tailored clothes hark back to a more innocent time, a world of manners and etiquette , a nicer, more idealistic age that appeals to our 21st century jaded, hard bitten senses.

We all want a piece of comforting luxury now, it’s become the sartorial equivalent of a bowl of rhubarb and custard or a plate of bangers and mash, something both quintessentially British and strangely reassuring. Somehow investing in a bespoke piece seems less extravagant, perhaps even more ethical in the long run, which is something we all seem to want more and more of these days, perhaps as a counterweight to our fast paced, increasingly throwaway culture.

Whereas once a traditional shoemakers like Foster and Sons, on London’s prestigious Jermyn Street, would have typically only seen the likes of the Eton set, now as the brand’s Chairman Richard Edgecliffe-Johnson reports, more and more style conscious middle class men are flocking to get shod in the brand’s luxury leather footwear.

And while customers from across the pond may initially be drawn in to dressing like a dapper gent because of the celebrity influence, they stay hooked because of the sheer quality of British craftmanship, and the unique attention to detail and luxury that just can’t be found anywhere else in the world.

British tailoring is still seen as the benchmark of quality globally and us Brits continue to innovate and impress. The number one reason this classic look is one that men love to return to again and again is because it never dates – after all, does dressing with all the panache of 007 ever really go out of style?

I’m looking for some basic mens gym wear, can you help?

Yes we can! A simple t-shirt, a pair of shorts or sweat pants, some socks and you’re done (lets pretend you don’t need shoes right now!).

All of our gym wear is made from Bamboo, and bamboo fabric is perfect for wearing when you exercise. It is highly absorbent, pulling moisture away from your body to the surface to evaporate.

Due to the fabric’s cellulosic structure, it ensures you are kept warm in the cold by trapping warm air inside the microfibres, yet cool in the heat by allowing air to circulate between the microfibres.

Bamboo fabric is also super soft due to it’s smooth microstructure, which ensures it is incredibly soft to the touch, and therefore, very, very comfortable to wear.

Something we really love about our own bamboo t-shirts especially, is that they can have a nice snug fit. Because we all want to show off our body after working hard for it!

So come have a look at what we offer for gym/exercise wear on our website here

Are your bamboo socks suitable for my swollen ankles?

We get this question a lot…. “Are your Bamboo socks suitable for my swollen ankles?”

And our answer?



Because they don’t have tight elasticated tops that hold them up, nor are they overly tight as a whole.

Our bamboo socks have a 1cm loose rib at the top of the sock to hold them up, and also have 1-2% elastane in which helps them keep their shape without being overly tight too.

We’ve found that the large majority of our customers who have had problems with overly tight socks from other companies, have had no problem at all with our bamboo socks. In fact they often contact us to say how wonderful it is to be able to wear a pair of socks all day without the circulation being cut off to their feet!

Not to mention that bamboo is a great fabric for wicking away sweat from your skin, keeping nasty smells at bay with it’s natural antibacterial properties, as well as being able to regulate your skin temperature far better than most other fabrics too!

So if you’ve got any issues with swollen ankles, or you’ve just got overly tight socks, then try some bamboo socks, we’re sure you’ll be pleasantly surprised.

Funky Bamboo Socks