Fitness has always been a part of my life. It began with boxing while at school through bodybuilding and strength training as a teenager through to the present day. I have always prioritized health and wellness in order to stay competitive in everything I do because I passionately believe being healthy and physically fit has a direct correlation to happiness and success, whatever your personal idea of that may be.
Muslim marriage events are soaring in popularity due to traditional arranged marriages being in decline. When I first heard of such events, I could not fathom why one would attend such an unromantic notion and feign interest in strangers. Only now, I do.
My dad died four years ago this August. I often think of him and especially so when important dates approach. Oddly, I think of him most around Fathers Day. I say oddly because I anticipated that his birthday, or the anniversary of his death, would impact me more. It doesn't
Over the last couple of months I have been immersed in the breadth of work Barnardo's carries out to help vulnerable young people, and each conversation has brought home to me the huge difference that we as fathers can make to our children's lives.
I became a teenager. We were no longer close. I came to hate him: I wanted more from our relationship. I longed for times past, but that wasn't to be. He wanted respect; I wanted intimacy. I refused to call him Dad. I broke his heart. We fought. Then I heard that he was dying.
I asked for a trim before commencing the obligatory small talk. I had spoken to this hairdresser on many occasions. I always hoped that she would remember me so that we could have some form of ongoing discourse. Naturally, I was too unremarkable for that so on each visit we started anew.
With Father's Day just around the corner and cheesy cards flying off the shelves, many parents will be prompted to think about how much time they really spend with their children. A couple of hours each evening? A bit of quality time at the weekend?
Is it still taboo for men to show and discuss their feelings? Should they be afraid to say how they feel and do they even want to? Can '21st Century Man' actually experience the same level of emotion as women?
As women we've all experienced catcalling and street harassment. Sometimes its mild and sometimes its extremely vulgar. When its bad and I'm in a particularly bad mood I wish I could pull a sawed-off shotgun out from under my floral dress, point it at the lowlife and say, "not so pretty now am I!" but in reality I can't do this.
Is your Dad a fiend for the barbecue? It's the season for it, so why not mix up a jar of 'Dad's Special BBQ Sauce' from store cupboard ingredients and present it to him with a handy basting brush.
With fitness selfies (aka 'Healthies') becoming increasingly popular, A-List celebs including Pink, Gisele Bundchen, Jennifer Lopez and Justin Beiber are using the craze to show off their toned, muscular physiques; leaving many of us wondering 'How do they do it?' 'Can real people achieve these results too?' Well, luckily for us, the answer is YES!!
Whilst my husband will be enjoying the delights of a home made card and a jar of sweets (If he's really lucky), I did put in some extensive research for the rest of you looking for some stylish and very special gifts for the Father's in your lives! Check out my top gifts for the most 'impossible to buy for' men.
If giving presents isn't your thing, you could take your Dad out for a drink or make him dinner, spend time with him by taking him out to the cinema or round of golf - just giving up that extra bit of your time will hopefully make for some great memories for both of you.
Perhaps you have a stay-at-home Dad in your life, who looks after the childcare while you are work. These Dads might be even more challenging to get away from the DIY, the chores and the childcare. Whatever kind of father you have in your family life, you might find inspiration in these tips.
Traditionally body image hang-ups have been widely accepted as something of a 'women's problem.' However, over the past decade, there has been a growing trend of men becoming increasingly body anxious and insecure.
Toxic masculinity is real and it is killing us. It is killing women and children. It is also killing men. We need to start tackling men's rights extremists and toxic masculinity before we raise another generation of men who believe, like Andre Breivik and Rodger Elliot, they have the right to kill.