I wonder just how much pressure kids feel to conform with the body image stuff because it seems to span across all subcultures, Suddenly I'm seeing indie bands take their shirts off at gigs and be completely ripped and Goth kids moon bathing with shirts off and pecs that can dance to the Adams Family Theme.
This is probably the question I got asked the most. In this day and age everyone has a basic understanding about the importance and need to take some regular exercise. However if this involves more than walking the dog then there is stuff to know and learn IF you want to do things properly and get benefit.
I've been a gym bunny for well over a year now and I am amazed at how much my body has transformed through exercise. Along with eating healthily the majority of the time (apart from booze-fuelled holidays in Portugal and when I'm feeling sorry for myself during the time of the month), my mind and body are healthier thanks to my fun exercise regime...
I never thought I had the will power to make a change to my lifestyle and eating habits but a bad breakup and lots of heartache was my turning point. I didn't want to just lose the weight that was holding me back but I wanted to work on my self-worth and learn to love myself before meeting anyone else.
In the current obesity climate and with depressing health scares constantly making appearances in the news, the more people making an effort to get fit should be celebrated! And often than not, it will be the fit and healthy who bemoan and complain about the people clogging the NHS with their obesity-related issues.
Forget about New Year Resolutions that only last until Valentine's Day, London is currently in a fitness revolution that is everlasting. New studios, new styles and new inspirations are encouraging Londoners to ditch the sofa and choose squats instead. Here are just a few things that I love about London's love affair with fitness.
This is a common occurrence with exercise and healthy eating regimes. Particularly so in the gym, as often people join because they feel it it's the 'right thing to do', along with wishing people they haven't spoken to for ages 'happy birthday' on Facebook and agreeing to work overtime on top of an already hectic schedule.
If you want to really change and reshape your body, strength training is the way to go. By building muscle and losing fat you can build and sculpt a healthy, lean and strong body - but with so many exercises and programmes out there, it can be confusing to know what exercises will give you the most bang for your buck.
This is really about those who want to exercise and aren't confident enough to step foot in the gym or just plain don't like the large rooms packed with people heaving and sweating. This is not a problem; there are lots of workouts that you can do in the comfort of your own home, where the only heavy breathing you'll hear is your own.