There are a number of things that have gone through my head while at the gym. Usually these thoughts relate to my boobs making a break for it from my sports bra or whether anyone else will notice I bust my pants whilst squatting -true story. However there's a special set of thoughts reserved for fat girls, like myself, to contempla
Every day I cycle an hour to work and listen to podcasts. It's my favourite thing to do while riding and turns a commute into a productive, educational moment. Here is a list of six best podcasts you should listen to, particularly if you are interested in health, business, productivity, entrepreneurship and comedy.
With women making up 45% of all competitors and a record high of 47.5% of events open to female athletes, this year's Olympic Games in Rio is closer t...
It's about time we looked beyond our individual eating habits and considered the wider social and cultural drivers of the ways we consume, and stop placing responsibility and blame for obesity or ill health solely with the individual. Like much else, obesity is a collective issue that needs a comprehensive response...
Now it's full kit. Like, all-out activewear to decidedly non-active functions. Which - to someone comforted by random rules and boundaries - is slightly intimidating. I mean... gym kit outside the gym? Does no-one else spot the irony?
I really like Instagram. I like its simplicity and I like its reach but mostly I like to quietly judge the people that put themselves and their lives right out there in the public.
The health and fitness industry is awash with branded diets and exercise programmes, and has been for decades. And it's a lucrative industry for gurus and sponsors alike, mostly perhaps because no two people are the same. People attempting to lose weight will invariably need to try more than one way of doing so, as there's no single programme which works for all.
It's a new month already, and time again for our monthly review of the best new health and fitness studies. This month, brilliant research on obesity, preferential activating different muscles during squats and, of course, Pokemon Go all make an appearance!
Although there is lots of research implying dance is the bees knees, I don't think it has to be dance to get the happiness hit. If anything, my climbing evening is more important to me. I just think the key is to spend one night a week doing something purely for your own enjoyment, especially if you feel like you are improving at it.
I've been hoping I'll bump into one of my previous P.E teachers in a gym class or in the weights area. I'd love to see their face and prove to them that although I completely suck at rounders, netball and running, pass me a bar and a pile of iron and I'll show you my inner Super Woman!
The key to any successful fitness programme is variety. While all of the 'standard' exercises and lifts, such as the bench press and squat, are key, there are many more little-known exercises that could also help you achieve your goals.
When I woke up on Friday morning to see a plus-size model on Nike Women's Instagram, I breathed a sigh of relief. And when a second one was uploaded over the weekend, I knew I had to thank Nike publicly.
During exercise we sweat and our pores open, which is brilliant for our skin as any dirt or impurities on the surface have a chance to exit. Forgetting to treat our skin right before and after a workout however, can lead to breakouts, clogged pores or sunburn- the last thing we need when we're feeling good for choosing a workout over a few drinks in the sun!
Zátopek's commitment to self-torture encourages us to do anything but spare ourselves the ordeal of going out in the rain or wind. When you next approach a treadmill, think of Zátopek running through deep sand in heavy boots - and consider where it got him.
One can only hope that the British public won't be deterred from making a nutritious green smoothie once in a while due to bad editing and lazy research.
Sometimes the thought of trying to lead a healthier lifestyle just seems too daunting. We spend every week promising ourselves that we will start on Monday and then when we do, it just takes one little hiccup and we've 'ruined' the week and wait until the following Monday to start again...