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Karen Laing

Teacher of Pilates and Fitness Entrepreneur

Essex based mum of 2 and wife to my fitness business co-conspirator Chris. I write (about fitness), I consult (on how to get people to be more active), I speak and I do. Teacher of Pilates, lover of exercise and champion of activity, I run and I consult for Active Essex.

Don't Make Your Kids Quit Dancing To Study

Quitting all fun stuff doesn't encourage discipline. If anything, I'd argue we need to show our children how their dance or exercise can help with their exam revision. It can help manage stress and re-focus their brain.
10/04/2017 14:08 BST

Five Reasons Why You Shouldn't Join A Gym In January

I've been the fitness business for over 12 years. I know the industry trends and so do newspaper editors and marketing directors. In January everyone feels guilty. We've typically over spent, over eaten and turned into TV watching or relative visiting sloths. And guilt is so easy to sell to.
16/01/2017 12:58 GMT

24 Ways To Transform Yourself From Fitnessphobe To Fitspiration

If you're fitnessphobe, you know exercise is good for you but it's hard to know where to start. Running seems scary and there are 'fit' people everywhere with toned thighs in garish leggings. As a fitness business owner, who's been dubbed 'addictively active' I'm sharing my 24 top tips to getting you from where you are now, to becoming just that little bit fitter:
24/10/2016 13:03 BST

Nine Signs You're Good At Pilates

If you're reading this, it's probably because you're a Pilates fanatic, you want to be good at Pilates or you're not sure if you are. With 12 years of experience as a Pilates instructor, here are nine signs that you are:
27/09/2016 11:15 BST

Feeling Blue? 25 Ways to Instantly Feel Better (Without Chocolate)

Is there such a thing as an instant pick me up? When you've been feeling glum for a few days, what can you do to get your mojo back? I'm usually a pretty positive person. For me the cup is always half full. But I'll be honest, of late I'm struggling a little. Politics and economics haven't helped. Some personal decisions to make have compounded it.
12/07/2016 13:06 BST

Is Office Culture Preventing You From Exercising?

It's a growing trend. Minutes in the office are carefully accounted for and it seems the risk of someone tripping over their mat and suing someone, outweighs the benefit of them staying pain free and happier because they are getting in some regular exercise.
06/05/2016 11:40 BST

10 Things Fit People do to Beat Exercise Excuses

It is so easy to make excuses. We are fallible human beings, primed for survival. We will always take the easy option. Don't believe me? How many labour saving devices do you own? You are reading this on one of them.
23/02/2016 11:57 GMT

10 Signs Your New Year Fitness Goals Are Already on Track

Newsflash: Rain, wind and cold are not unusual weather conditions for January. Yes, it's grey and soggy but you won't melt. Grab your rain jacket and get outside. If muddy puddles are good enough for Peppa Pig, they're good enough for you. Then treat yourself to an indulgent soak in the tub when you get home.
04/01/2016 09:38 GMT

What This Child's Christmas Wish for Refugees Can Teach Us All About Fear

We all have a specific take on the world based on our experiences and upbringing. We can't change that but we can change our reaction to situations or news stories. We can recognise when we're making a judgement based our opinions rather than facts. We can consider all sides of the story. If you're scared. Admit it. If you don't understand. Ask a question. Just as a child would do...
10/12/2015 17:55 GMT

Too Afraid to Exercise After Losing a Baby

For many women, sickness or shock make any form of activity in the first months of pregnancy impossible. But if you do want to keep active, guidelines state that it is safe to continue to do what you did before pregnancy.
16/10/2015 15:05 BST