After the Easter scoff-fest, and as magazines begin to herald the latest way to get a 'Beach Ready Body' for Summer, minds may well be turning back to those abandoned gym resolutions. Here's my selection of gym bag beauty treats and all other manner of exercise carrots to help you get back on track with those fitness resolutions.
When I decided to stop eating sugar, gluten and dairy and drinking coffee, soft drinks and alcohol, I lost weight without really trying. I lost muscle tone as well because exercise wasn't really something that inspired me. In the past, I would exercise to lose weight and as I was losing weight, I didn't see the point of regular exercise.
Weight training should not be viewed with apprehension by the general public, especially women and the elderly. Instead it should be acknowledged and utilised as the exceptional tool which it is in the fight against disease.
That time of year where runners are gearing up for the marathons for fantastic causes. When people watch a marathon they tend to think 'I wish I could do that' or 'next year I will do this'. Here are 7 top tips on how to prepare for a marathon for beginners...
We're shifting our attention to how exercise in your earlier years may impact your thinking skills later in life. The evidence so far suggests that exercise may have a role to play at every stage of mental development and preservation - from young adulthood through to your elderly years.
Dogs need to exercise every day to make sure they're healthy, as well as being happy through mental stimulation. Dogs love exercise and play, and I've always felt it's a win-win situation: you both get exercise and, at the same time, build up a special bond with your dog.
All those hard months of training come down to this final week and now it's tapering time. For non runners, tapering is the reduction of exercise in the last couple of weeks before a competition or race. It's a gentle come down, so you're fully rested before the big one.
When it comes to health and fitness, personally I've always been a fan of the notion that wearing three-inch heels helps to strengthen your calf muscles, in the same way that carrying a Celine tote, filled to the brim, helps to define your biceps or Acne jeans, worn a little too tight, transform the motion of sitting down into a stomach-clenching lunge.
Is Mo Farah fitter than Usain Bolt? Is Wayne Rooney fitter than Andy Murray? In many ways there is not a correct answer. Fitness is many things to many people and depending on your likes, dislikes and goals you will have different requirements.
The company's new CEO may herald a transition that makes the founder's distasteful statements and sizing issues a bad memory. But you can bet that lululemon will become a more frequent sight at our yoga studios and gyms, just as it has in America, despite the high prices.
One thing that always impressed me about springtime in Paris is how comfortable women here seem to be with peeling off the winter layers of clothing. All of a sudden, like tulips in the Tuileries, pencil skirts, nude legs in sling-backs and sleeveless arms crop up everywhere. It's like they have nothing to hide. How liberating that sounds.
But hula-hoop fitness isn't just a novelty; I feel like I've had a serious workout. As I bend down to pick up my bag, I'm pretty sure I can feel those bruises developing.
To get the maximum benefit from all that effort, we just need to think about, and apply, the five components of mindful exercise. Try bringing your awareness to them the next time you workout, and notice the change in how you feel.
Put simply, if we don't get out there with our kids, if we don't take them to the playground, take them swimming, take them for walks - do anything active that we enjoy - they won't want to do it when they are older. If we don't make being active a way of life, they won't be active later in life.
"You've got to let your body feel WHAM!'s Rhythm", the teacher explains, "once you've mastered that - it's just about timing your pulsations". WHAM - an interesting choice of background music I thought, but the minute Diana Ross hit the speakers, I knew this was not your usual Yoga class.
A conversation needs to be had about fitness, and why it's not about that dreaded phrase 'bikini fit' or (just) about losing weight. Because if I thought fitness was just about losing weight then it just wouldn't much fun anymore, and I'd rather blame work or a hectic social life - anything to not run on a treadmill like a hamster in its wheel.