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Fitness Features

Read the latest fitness columns and features from our award-winning team of writers. From diaries of fitness novices to exercise plans and training advice from the experts, everything you need for a better fitness regime is here

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Kettlebells: the multi-tasking fitness kit you need on your radar

January 12th 2021 / Ayesha Muttucumaru

Sales of kettlebells are soaring right now – here's your easy to follow 'how-to' guide for fitness' latest big seller >>>

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What a diet doctor does to stay healthy over Christmas

December 11th 2020

Dr Michael Mosley explains why exercising sooner rather than later is key when it comes to Christmas and shares 4 healthy festive recipes >>>

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Ellansé: "I developed saggy 'runner's face' and this is what fixed it"

December 9th 2020 / Daisy Waugh

Giving up her daily run wasn’t an option for Daisy Waugh, but she did want to say goodbye to her 'runner's face'. So she signed up for a new collagen-boosting filler – with dramatic results >>>

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Davina McCall does these 8 things every morning

November 27th 2020 / Victoria Woodhall

How does she stay so darned fit, upbeat and motivated? It’s all in the morning routine. But what made her have a little cry in our interview? >>>

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Clever ways to make your daily walk more interesting

November 11th 2020 / Melanie Macleod

Fed up with pounding the same route every day? These 8 tricks will improve your motivation and make your 10,000 steps a breeze >>>

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Video: Jessica Ennis-Hill's 20-minute full body circuit

November 3rd 2020 / Victoria Woodhall

We're joining Jess in her garage for the ultimate Olympian workout >>>

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Why winter’s the perfect time to take up running

November 2nd 2020 / Ayesha Muttucumaru

From banishing the blues, to supporting your immune system, there couldn't be a better set of reasons to take your workout outdoors >>>

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The rise of cold water swimming - and why it's more than just exercise

October 30th 2020 / Melanie Macleod

Hundreds of people, including Fearne Cotton, are turning to wild swimming as a way to boost mood and immunity. Could cold water be our unlikely ally in the time of Covid? >>>

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Why you're getting lower back pain - and 5 exercises that can help

October 20th 2020 / Ayesha Muttucumaru

If you're struggling with lower back pain, don't be scared of movement - it's a key part of your rehab plan, says top personal trainer David Higgins. These are the exercises that he rates for getting your fitness goals back on track >>>

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Why trampolining could be the most effective at-home exercise

October 9th 2020

Tired of endless burpees, squats and planks? A rebounder could be the answer to all your home workout woes. Here's why and the online workouts to try >>>

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Joe Wicks perfectly put into words why the new wave of restrictions is hard on our mental health

September 29th 2020

Even fitness' chirpiest chap is experiencing low mood at the moment; he explains why exercise is key to optimism >>>

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Lipoedema: the 'heavy legs condition more than 10% of women have

September 23rd 2020 / Melanie Macleod

It causes thick, heavy legs, can dramatically affect your self-confidence and many of us don't know we have it. Now Love Island’s Shaughna Phillips has gone public about lipoedema, throwing the condition into the spotlight. Three women tell us what it living with it feels like >>>

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The reasons why so many women are suffering from IBS

September 14th 2020 / Anna Hunter

There's been a spike in people contacting IBS helplines since lockdown and women account for two thirds of IBS cases in the UK; leading doctor Rangan Chatterjee thinks he knows why. Here’s how to get to the root of digestive issues and ensure you’re taken seriously at the GP’s >>>

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How to do a post-summer healthy habits reset

September 1st 2020 / Susannah Taylor

Had a great summer but feeling a tad unhealthy right now? Nutritionist James Collins says the key to finding your healthy feet again is to start a ‘transition period’ (aka ‘time to reign it in’). Susannah Taylor gets on board   >>>

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No more digging straps: we've found the ultimate yoga bra

August 17th 2020 / Victoria Woodhall

Lululemon's new adjustable In Alignment bra is the most comfortable on the planet says this yoga teacher who wears it every day >>>

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5 ab exercise videos that definitely work – and the viral one that doesn't

August 5th 2020 / Melanie Macleod

The Japanese Ab Workout claims to deliver flat abs just by lying on a towel. We cut through the fake news to bring you the core blasts we know work >>>

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Shaking is the stress-busting trend that everyone can benefit from

August 4th 2020 / Victoria Woodhall

Does your body automatically clench when you're under stress and you just can't seem to let things go? Put down the Pinot and shake it off. Here are the best shaking workouts to follow >>>

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Why you need to try exercise snacking if you’ve got no time to work out

July 30th 2020 / Anna Hunter

Studies suggest that it’s as effective as long slog gym sessions and it’ll help you hit your health goals without early alarms or stressful scheduling. Here’s how fitness snacking works and why you should try it (no food involved FYI) >>>

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Louise Parker: 8 health and fitness boosts to change how you feel in one week

July 27th 2020 / Louise Parker

Hoping to look and feel a little leaner in time for that holiday or event? Author and sustainable weight loss expert Louise Parker shares her 7-day plan >>>

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Why did my workout feel rubbish today?

July 6th 2020 / Melanie Macleod

Even the biggest exercise fans have off days - here’s what could be causing your bad session and how to fix it >>>

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7 ayurvedic tips on how to keep cool in the heat

June 25th 2020 / Jillian Lavender

Struggling to keep a clear head in the heat? Ayurveda expert Jillian Lavender shares how to cool down in the summer Pitta season >>>

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Yoga teachers of colour to follow and practice with

June 10th 2020 / Victoria Woodhall

If these inspiring yoga teachers aren't already on your radar, try their classes now >>>

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The best ways to recover after intense exercise

May 27th 2020 / Hanna Ibraheem

Six nutrition and fitness experts reveal their top tips on how to recover after a gruelling workout… >>>

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The best high waisted gym leggings

May 15th 2020 / Melanie Macleod

Supportive, stretchy and super comfy, these squat-proof leggings will keep you covered no matter how big your moves >>>

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What yoga teachers know about deep cleaning your mat without ruining it

May 11th 2020 / Rosie Underwood 

With all those home workouts, when did you last sanitize your exercise mat? There's an art to it, so before you go at it with the Dettol, read this >>>

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