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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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How to stop the stress hormone cortisol messing up your day

August 8th 2019 / Anna Hunter

You need it to get out of bed in the morning, but when it's out of whack, cortisol can affect everything from sleep to mental health, digestion, weight, skin and even fertility. Here's how to stop this stress hormone from ruling your life >>>

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Diet, hormones and anxiety: what your sweat is telling you

July 16th 2019 / Anna Hunter

Over half of us believe we suffer from excessive sweating, with causes ranging from the obvious (heat waves) to the ironic (your deodorant). If you’re soaked through on the regular read on… >>>

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

July 12th 2019 / 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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Exclusive: Fleur East’s easy 10-minute arm-sculpting workout

June 26th 2019 / Jessica Morgan

We caught up with the singer and personal trainer and asked her to show us the best moves for killer arm definition >>>

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Elle Macpherson: How I keep my legs in great shape

June 11th 2019 / Elle Macpherson

At nearly 6ft tall Elle's nickname at school was 'Legsy 11'. How does she keep those famous pins toned and buffed? In her GTG column this month, Elle talks all things leg care – from whether to wax or shave, to keeping on top of cellulite and the best smoothing moisturiser >>>

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Is your workout routine bad for your skin?

May 22nd 2019

Here’s exactly what happens to your skin when you sweat - if you rarely wash your face pre or post workout this will make you change your ways immediately… >>>

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How ‘body neutrality’ can help if you’re not feeling great about your body

May 16th 2019 / Pandora Paloma

If you’re struggling with body image issues, the concept of body positivity can be hard to get on board with. Here’s how a new way of thinking could be the key to accepting yourself - rolls, cellulite, warts and all >>>

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I lost 7lbs on a panchakarma detox retreat - and found my sanity

May 12th 2019 / Beatrice Aidin

The upset and stress of her father's Alzheimer's was taking its toll on writer Beatrice Aidin. Could an Ayurvedic detox help her regain her emotional strength? Oil enemas, herbal eye washes and saltwater up the nose, here's how she fared >>>

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Readers’ Edit: your most-wanted summer fashion and beauty buys

May 11th 2019 / Jessica Morgan

From flattering midi-skirts to cult-favourite skincare and the genius makeup bag you never knew you needed, this is what you've been buying >>>

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The best tummy-flattering swimwear for every shape

May 8th 2019 / Judy Johnson

From sculpting fabrics to smart seams and panels, there’s plenty of choice when it comes to finding a flattering cossie. Here’s our pick of the best tummy controlling swimwear >>>

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How a muscle whisperer fixed my tight shoulders and bad back

May 5th 2019 / Alice Hart-Davis

Despite years of yoga and gym work, Alice Hart-Davis couldn’t shift her bad back or overtight shoulders. She checked in with flexibility expert Martin Jefferies and discovered the one move we all need to do every day to stay supple >>>

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Why barre workouts are the missing link in your fitness routine

April 29th 2019 / Anna Hunter

Barre workouts are all the rage in the the US and they deserve to be over here too according to expert trainers. We bust the myths about barre, explain its strengthening power and examine why it gets results so fast >>>

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How to recover from a marathon like a pro

April 28th 2019 / Jessica Morgan

So you've completed all 26.2 miles, and now what? Do you foam roll? Do you cover your body in epsom salts? Do you cry into a tub of Ben and Jerry's? Four-time marathon runner Jessica Morgan and Nike trainer Luke Worthington give their top tips on how to recover after those gruelling miles >>>

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The embarrassing reason why a third of women dread hayfever season

April 26th 2019 / Victoria Woodhall

A sneeze isn’t just a sneeze when your bladder won’t hold out. But accidental peeing is easily fixed, says this women’s physio. She explains the latest thinking on pelvic floor exercises – and why you’ve probably been doing them wrong all this time >>>

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The rise of the urban running club

April 23rd 2019 / Tor Cardona

From short 5k fun runs to half marathons that wind through the capital’s streets, Londoners are increasingly looking to tie up their laces and pound the pavement. These are the top running clubs giving wellness-loving city dwellers a space that combines sweating and socialising >>>

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"I have a stressful daily commute so I spend £360 a month on wellbeing"

April 22nd 2019

Eating a healthy and sustainable diet and indulgent skincare are at the top of Caudalie Marketing Manager Gaelle Ferrere's shopping list. This is what she spends her wellness budget on and why >>>

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This is the best belly-busting workout to do this weekend

April 19th 2019 / Jessica Morgan

After a weekend of excess, treat yourself to a 20-minute fat-burning ab workout with YouTube star and yogi Adriene Mishler >>>

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I developed saggy 'runner 's face' and this is what I did to fix it

April 17th 2019 / 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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On The Face Of It: Why I’m changing my mind on unisex changing rooms

April 11th 2019 / Madeleine Spencer

We're seeing more of them in leisure centres and shops. But, asks Madeleine Spencer, does that mean people will be seeing more of us? >>>

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5 lessons for modern life from the Chinese art of self-care, Yang Sheng

April 3rd 2019 / Katie Brindle

If you suffer from 'stress face', poor digestion and plain old overload, these simple tweaks and one-minute rituals from Yang Sheng expert Katie Brindle will not only improve your day but support your health and wellbeing long-term >>>

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9 crisp white trainers that go with absolutely everything

April 2nd 2019 / Anna Hunter

From the classic to the edgy to the purely sporty >>>

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"I'm a nutritionist and I spend £263 a month on wellbeing"

April 1st 2019 / Lily Soutter

Healthy brunches, lunches, supplements and spin classes are at the top of Lily Soutter's expenses. Here she reveals what her wellbeing budget goes on and why >>>

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What I’m teaching my daughters about periods and fertility

March 31st 2019 / Emma Cannon

Women’s health and fertility expert Emma Cannon on why periods need a rebrand and how frank conversations around fertility can make us all healthier >>>

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Helena Christensen: "Why aren't we asking men about ageing?"

March 14th 2019 / Victoria Woodhall

We sat down with the photographer and supermodel and talked pole dancing, parenting, Victoria's Secret bodies, living to a 100 and what she thinks of the anti-ageing conversation (not a lot) >>>

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The workouts and exercises that Kayla Itsines is doing in pregnancy

March 12th 2019 / Anna Hunter

She’s swapped HIIT for LISS and has some strong feelings on women working out with weights in pregnancy… >>>

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