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

June 18th 2021 / Melanie Macleod

Hundreds of people are turning to wild swimming as a way to boost mood and clear brain fog, with Fearne Cotton saying it gives her 'clarity and pure exhilaration.' Could it be what we all need right now? >>>

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Summer legs challenge: these 6-moves will get you shorts-ready

June 12th 2021

Just 30 minutes 3 times a week will challenge your legs and butt for strength and tone. Join personal trainer Caroline's Circuits summer legs workout >>>

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4 balance challenges to help you live longer

June 5th 2021 / Melanie Macleod

How long you can balance for is an indicator of how long you'll live, says Dr Michael Mosley. We tried four challenges to improve our balance – and hopefully our lifespan! >>>

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The expert edit: the wellbeing and makeup essentials fitness trainer Krissy Cela buys on repeat

May 11th 2021

As the founder of a fitness app and a workout wear brand, Krissy Cela, 26, is the ultimate fitspo to her 2.4 million Instagram followers. Here she shares the beauty and wellness essentials that keep her on top form >>>

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Try our 25-minute glute workout for a strong, toned butt

April 19th 2021

Wake up your glutes with PT Caroline's Circuits' easy-to-follow home workout - resistance band a bonus! >>>

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Why trampolining could be the most effective at-home exercise

April 16th 2021 / Melanie Macleod

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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Do you have fitness fear?

April 9th 2021

If you're feeling anxious about returning to the gym, you're not alone. Here are 8 ways to help you overcome your workout worries >>>

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Why at-home Body Pump is the one lockdown habit I’m going to keep up

March 31st 2021 / Melanie Macleod

Gym classes don’t restart until mid-May, but we’ve found something just as good with Les Mills On Demand >>>

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The expert edit: Wellness essentials author and skincare brand founder Niomi Smart buys on repeat

March 24th 2021 / Melanie Macleod

From a chic water bottle, an ultra-light yoga mat and a high-end scent, here's what you'll find in Niomi Smart's shopping basket >>>

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6 successful women on how they cope with a bad night's sleep

March 1st 2021 / Ayesha Muttucumaru

From inspiring podcasts to supplements and reinvigorating beauty products, these trusted tips can help stop bad night’s sleep from ruining your working day >>>

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'I was furloughed from my sales job, now I skip for a living'

February 2nd 2021 / Melanie Macleod

29-year-old skipping sensation Lauren Flymen took up jump rope in lockdown and now inspires 182k Instagram followers to shape up their skipping skills >>>

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The best online spin classes to transform your living room into a cycling studio

January 27th 2021 / Melaine Macleod

For killer playlists, challenging workouts and that much-missed studio atmosphere, these are the at-home spin classes to clip in for >>>

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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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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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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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