Back in Motion – an Aussie Giveaway


You know what helps after a bad race? Hitting the gym at 6am.

I’m joking.

It didn’t help.

Actually, it’s not a big deal. I loved all of your comments and advice. And I’m looking forward to my next chance to have a good go at a 10km!


Get Yourself Back in Motion



Some time ago, I received a copy of Jason Smith’s book, Get Yourself Back in Motion. I was asked to review it AND for one lucky Aussie reader, you get a copy too. (The book was given to me for free in exchange for a review).

Smith is a physio, and has his own treatment process, called Results4Life.

At the heart of the book is the premise that most of us live a life where being ‘well’ is a transitory state – something to enjoy between long stints of feeling less tan 100%. Smith argues that all of us can feel great almost all of the time – if we look after our bodies.

This is something I can get on board with.

And feeling well all the time? Who doesn’t want that? I know I’m preaching to the choir here – most of us are quite into fitness, and think we take great care of our bodies. However, what I took away from the book was that I don’t give myself enough time to recover – or have enough regard for what my body actually needs. For me, that means easy days and much, much more stretching. And, even more simply, POSTURE. There is a whole chapter on posture and core.  In this way, the book is really useful – it has some great tips and advice, and a few graphics to help you get things back on track.


But is it a good read?

Yes and No.

Originally, I have to confess I was a little confused as to who the target audience for. When I asked, the response, was

People who want to get healthy and active but may not know how.


Health-conscious and fit people who want to stay motivated and reach optimal levels of health for life.

That kind of makes sense. The book is very detailed, and quite heavy on the text. There aren’t many graphics, and it’s incredibly informative, rather than anecdotal. It’s probably a bit too intense for someone just starting out on their fitness goals, but equally, it’s not going to be enough for a seasoned trainer or someone in the industry.

In that way, the book hits its niche – someone like me, who know a bit, is interested but doesn’t have the experience or training to know this stuff back to front.


Here’s what I loved:

It’s straight-forward and practical. Simple tips like ‘practice’ and ‘be consistent’ are applied to bio-mechanics. We should be able to move more freely than we do. We shouldn’t be in pain. It seems so simple, and yet, here we are. I’m slumped over the couch typing. You’re probably in some bizarre one-shoe off position sipping a coffee and leaning down to grab something off the floor…

Smith tries to help us get back to a happy state. And he’s pragmatic about it.

Mr The Rake models poor posture for the camera

Mr The Rake models poor posture for the camera


Want one?

Are you in Australia?

Do you want a copy of Get Yourself Back in Motion?

It makes a great guide to your body (there’s even a short chapter called ‘Getting Under your Skin: medical school in 15 minutes’). As a practical guide to living comfortably and healthily, it’s the Reader’s Digest for the body.

Here’s how to win:

Comment below, and mention that you’re an Aussie. If you’re having trouble commenting, I’ll also accept comments on the Run with Kate Facebook page.


What are you waiting for?!



  1. Kloe says:

    This book looks like something I could really use! it goes right back to the basics, and strips it all down- something I could really benefit from as I’m clueless about all the good foundations of being healthy and honoring my body sometimes!

    And I have to mention that I’m a proud Aussie too ;)
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  2. *puts hand up*

    Throw my name into the hat! can I have it as an audiobook so I can listen on my long runs? time saver!

    I’m an Aussie, legit!

    I also like to run.

    I have a house made of very dark brown bricks, upon reflection its quite ugly.

    I am slouching in front of the computer.

    Lastly – I can read. My eyes work too!
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  3. Kara says:

    as someone who seems to be constantly injured, or recovering from an injury – that book sounds like somthing I could use.

    I just want to be allowed to run again!

    Also, I’m an aussie

    • Kate says:

      You sure are! Nice to hear from you. I’m sorry that you didn’t win the book. I’ll have to send down my copy for you at some point! How are you?

  4. Hahahahahahaha oh my gosh, I love you. “Is it a good read? Yes and no.” I don’t know why that got me, but hey! The author would be thrilled that now my core and posture are totally being worked because I’m laughing my ass off. :)

    And sadly, I’m in the States. Boo. :)
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  5. robyn says:

    Three hands up for being an Aussie, if only a new one:)!!! Was sitting slumped in front of the computer and just reading this post made me put my shoulders back and tunny in – lol! Now have to remember to do this ALWAYS, in fact posture was so important when I was at school, I don’t know what happened! Sounds like a great useful read and I would love a copy.
    PS – that bad run turned out well, after all, well done.

  6. Mindy Artze says:

    Great giveaway and great review! I love the pic of the rake! :)
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  7. Amy says:

    Well, I’m an Aussie – an Aussie who will be showing you around the Gold Coast later this year hopefully :)
    At work I have a sit/stand adjustable desk and I have definitely noticed a difference with my posture and back/neck/shoulder stiffness – oh and my attention span in the afternoon is much better when I am able to adjust my posture throughout the day. Of course, when I’m not at work my posture struggles….
    Maybe I need to start with some yoga or Pilates to help these runner cartilage-based joints :)
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