I'd always looked at people running marathons before I attempted mine and thought; "it can't be that hard can it". Although I'd done a few half marathons and thought the prospect of running it twice seemed the most ridiculous concept ever, I still didn't think it would be quite as hard mentally and physically as it was...
The gym for many, myself included, can be an intimidating, narcissistic and overtly sexual hellhole. It's not exactly the kind of environment that encourages women to want to keep fit, but another area of society where women are left feeling demoralised and in competition with one another over their looks.
Transferring just one of your weekly workouts to the outdoors can bring a new edge to your routine, introducing a sense of adventure and stimulating an adrenalin boost. It can take you back to thoughts of endless hours spent running about playing and exploring when you were young but more importantly it lets you enjoy your body again.
A drive to improve the way one looks is often the precipitating factor that causes one to begin yoga or any kind of new workout regimen. Of course, we can usually see the positive health benefits, too, but oftentimes, outer appearance is what first motivates us to change.
Do you take notice of how you talk to yourself or your thought patterns around what you are doing? This is an area that I am really working on in my own life. We are our own worst critics before our external critics weigh in with their opinions.
With your body undergoing such strenuous movements for days on end it is important that you relax and condition these muscles. Luxury ski chalets come equipped with optimal wellness facilities to ensure you and your body are well cared for, and to help you recover from a hard day on the slopes.
Women not doing sport is a serious issue. According to Sport England's Active People's Survey, nearly two million fewer women than men play sport once a week. And at the age of 18, twice as many women as men do no sport at all.
My mum's not an athlete. She's not a catwalk model, either. She's my mum, my best friend and my biggest inspiration. Exercise has added another layer to our relationship - it's provided a new, fun way to spend quality time together. She's encouraged me, and thousands of other women across the country, to believe we can.
Elle Macpherson is as honed and toned as she was 40 years ago, and feels better than ever. I spoke to her and her nutritional doctor to discover the true secrets of The Body...
We are a nation slowly becoming more interested with health, food, training, sport and anyone that goes to the effort of training each day will know the level of intensity and often pain that is required to burn those cals! However it can be often the emotional craving or draw from foods that will lead you down the wrong path of eating the wrong foods or simply too much.
I felt for the first time since I was at school (too many moons ago), playing every sport you can begin to conceive of, that I could actually enjoy a fitness activity, stick with it, get somewhere (though not literally) and start to see results.
Football socks. Tracksuit bottoms. Old t-shirt. No this isn't the attire of someone languidly sat on the sofa on a Sunday. This is the uniform I have suggested my Male Adult Beginner wears for his first ballet class with me!
You have probably heard this joke. Question: 'How do you know if someone is a vegan? Answer: They will tell you in five seconds. And it is true from my experience once you go vegan you have an energy rising up inside of you wanting to scream; "I am vegan and it's really great!".
I want them to have such a desirable goal they are compelled to achieve it. It's this kind of motivation that creates action. It's this kind of motivation that causes my clients to do the simple things necessary to achieve their weight loss goals.
Being fit and healthy looks physically different for different people. Some of us who take part in rigorous workouts on a regular basis may not have the body which we would automatically conjure up in our minds to accompany someone so active.
We often think that dieting or restricting our food intake will solve our weight and food battles, and that willpower and strict discipline are key to achieving results. When I battled with food, I defined slip-ups as failures and the 'slim' clothes in my wardrobe were a constant reminder of my shortcomings.