Maybe it's the stoic Englishwoman in me that thrives on cold weather. Maybe it's the joy of being in conditions traditionally seen as unfavourable and finding beauty in them. Maybe it's the wonder of seeing the seasons change.
It's Ski Season, which for many means engaging muscles that haven't been used much throughout the year. Any good athlete knows that a strong foundation is key and as with all sports this means preparing not only physically but mentally for the task ahead.
These thoughts are purely my own, however over the past 10 years I've attended a number of different gyms for my own training, some of which were good, some were average and some I didn't even complete the 7-day free trial with!
Let's be clear. The worst thing about this time of year isn't sh*t gifts, it's not the midnight-on-New-Years texting your ex from the disabled bog you used to shag in, sobbing as Auld Lang Syne roars through two inches of wooden door you've locked to hide behind... It's the insufferable Facebook statuses that follow in the days between.
We know that New Years Resolutions don't work, research shows us that most people cave in by Valentines day, yet thousands of people still insist on making this annual commitment, if they didn't work out for you last year, why on earth would you think they would this year?
Not only does lifting with poor form dramatically increase your chances of injury, but it also stops the target muscles from working as effectively as they should be. As a result, you'll never get the muscle development you're after - no matter how heavy you lift.
Osteoarthritis is commonly called "wear and tear" of the joints and happens when the cartilage that surrounds the bone ends and normally protects the joints from impact becomes worn and thinner.
Most of us know that exercise is good for you - even those of us who choose not to worry about that too much! It's one of those fundamental facts drummed into us all from childhood, so much so that it just becomes a part of our everyday working knowledge.
Everyone may be preoccupied with Christmas shopping right now but the New Year is looming large. Which, in sartorial terms means two things: party dresses and workout gear. Get a head start on your New Year's resolutions and stick some pieces from these fashion forward fitness collections on your Christmas list, or snap some up for your favourite gym bunny.
Tai Chi can help with the symptoms of osteoarthritis - at least as much as standard physical therapy and sometimes more, healthcare professionals at the Annual American College of Rheumatology Meeting (2015) in San Francisco have heard last month.
Forecasting the next big trends in wellness travel for 2016, I'm continually on the lookout for the next big thing, from fitness DNA testing to healthy foodie holidays, here I predict the emerging health and fitness travel trends that will shape the wellness world for 2016.
Standing in front of the mirror, I contemplated now being a mother of two under two. Pretty much everything had changed: my life, my outlook, my role and my body. Not only that, I no longer knew what to wear anymore. Even that was out of my control.
As a former amateur heavyweight boxer, and a current avid gym junky, I've experienced two extremes in modern male gym culture; the 'spit and sawdust' uber-masculine bruiser and the image obsessed, chest waxed Adonis. I, like most men, hover somewhere between the two.
When cycling, your position is key. Don't hide on the inside of a bus or lorry. They won't see you. Simple. I regularly ride on the roads with my children (10 and 7) and this is the first rule I taught them.
You know how it goes... it starts with a few chips and dips at the company Christmas party and ends up with you sprawled on the sofa polishing off a box of chocolates, watching a festive film on TV.
If you are hoping for a really cool fitness gift this year, please do not rely on him figuring it out for himself. No matter how well he knows you, that's just too risky. If you are not specific about what is a good/bad buy then you too could end up with a sauna suit or some other horrific gadget that claims to turn you into a Victoria's secret model in a day.