Including Christmas sales, estimates suggest that around 53 million fitness trackers will have been sold in 2016. It's a staggering amount and a figure which, as the CEO of a sport and leisure trust and a former athlete, should fill me with joy. After all, how amazing is it that all these people are taking such a proactive approach to their health and fitness?
New Year, New You? Have you started the year focused on changing how you look this year? What if the diet you've started is actually going to make you...
I've tried various ways to cajole and bully my way into better shape and health over the years, and - though I used to cringe whenever my mother used the word - balance is key. Variety is the spice of life. Everything in moderation. You get the gist.
Move(mber) over Stoptober, there's a new gimmicky month in town - all hail the month of Veganuary... yep, that's right, this month is apparently the time to put down the carving knife, kick all thoughts of eggs to kerb, and get down and dirty with some root vegetables.
We're petitioning the government to cut VAT to the reduced rate of 5% on all lower sugar food and drink. This will bring hundreds of lower sugar products into price parity with their ordinary counterparts and crucially, will scrap the price barrier which so many of us face.
As a culture we have this obsession with being thin and having the perfect body. When I first started my fitness journey I had this idea that only if I had abs would I be considered "fit". Ask everyone in the gym and 90% of women will tell you they work out to be lean and have abs...
We are often told that super-foods have a powerful effect on our health, but this word is often thrown around a little freely sometimes. So we've rounded up the best, most trending super-foods from 2016 that you should definitely take into 2017 for a healthy diet.
So what is the problem? The problem is the recategorisation of what essentially is how, as humans, we were born to fuel ourselves and the off-putting nature and limitations that calling it 'clean eating' brings up.
A few years ago I started running to deliver the newspaper to an old man called Terry. It got me into running - now, there are thousands of us who are running to help out in cities across the UK. We run in groups to do physical tasks for community organisations and separately to help isolated older people.
Given that January has a whopping four more weekends to survive, booze free, however, it's not always as easy as it sounds. Here's some tips to help you get through - they might seem obvious, but when all of your friends are hammered, having the best time *ever*, you'll take what you can get to shake off your FOMO and succeed.
A lot of people might be against them for this reason, but not me. I think New Year's resolutions are great; it's a fresh start straight after the holidays and a chance for you to build momentum. Over the years I've managed to stay on top of my fitness goals, here are five tips that I've used myself for fitness resolutions.
A month-long 'diet' I tried in November has been slated as 'the worst fad diet' and 'one to avoid'. As a lifestyle editor who is supposed to report responsibly about food and diets, as well as champion body positivity and self-love, to be tarred with the 'fad diet' brush is far from ideal.
So for those of us who may have indulged in a selection box too many over the festive season, in the hope it won't have had a detrimental effect on our health (or waistlines), there are several very good reasons why health experts and the medical profession have discounted this review.
Less than an hour later I was back in bed, wishing I'd never left it. My workout had been lethargic, personal bests were untroubled, and last sets and then whole exercises fell under the wheels of this slow-motion car crash.
If you're looking at getting fitter, healthier and happier in 2017 why not go out more with friends and family or explore and discover in the hidden gems in your community - you may find being active is easier than you think!
The problem with dry January, for me anyway, is that there is no give. I know plenty of people who have done it, and who have loved it, and haven't given booze a second thought. It's helped kickstart healthier habits around drinking and given a much-needed break from alcohol.