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.
But...are you ready for this, ladies? What if we could capture ourselves working at maximum output? If we could actually see the blood, sweat and tears during our workouts, would we like what we saw? Well, I was about to find out...
Britain is far from healthy. In fact, one in four Britons are classified as obese, but I think it is safe to say we are all painfully aware of the problem; a survey recently reported that women will go on twice as many diets in their lifetime than they will have lovers.
There are tons of round ups of Instagram fitness stars to follow, but depending on the publication and their reader's idea of the 'ideal body', the list is either all long and lean models or hard-core quads of steel body builders. Here are my suggestions of fitties to follow on Instagram now.
All this time only barely seeing the beauty of the world go by and getting time to take it all in. Always living by the routine that works so that when the weekend comes it can be used to party or visit the countryside although once there, it is more often than not bypassed as heading to a smaller city to have lunch and shop is more familiar.
When I first started running I used to stop and walk if I saw anyone I knew, or had to pass busy places. I would also stop and walk up hills through fear of having to stop half way anyway.
As far as some people believe, when students are not studying they are reclining back watching Netflix with a large sharing bag of crisps, which they definitely aren't sharing. You are most probably right, in some cases.