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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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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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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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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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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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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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7 exercises to boost your mental health

May 7th 2020 / Anna Hunter

With physical exercise being prescribed on the NHS as a form of therapy, we ask the experts which workouts best improve our mental wellbeing as well as our bodies >>>

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Video: Week 4 of our full body circuits with Jessica Ennis-Hill

May 2nd 2020

This week we're concentrating on working our core in this muscle isolating circuit >>>

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The best resistance band workouts on Instagram

May 1st 2020 / Melanie Macleod

Resistance bands weigh next to nothing, don't cost a lot and can target everything from bum to guns. Here’s how and why a resistance band ups the ante on your workout >>>

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Video: Week 3 of our full body circuits with Jessica Ennis-Hill

April 25th 2020

This week Jess has us doing sit-ups, planks and high-knees – and still manages to make it fun >>>

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Video: Week 2 of our full body circuits with Jessica Ennis-Hill

April 18th 2020

This 15-minute circuit even left Olympian Jess out of breath >>>

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The embarrassing reason why a third of women dread hayfever season

April 15th 2020 / 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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Lucy Wyndham-Read's brand new 7 minute ab workout - with zero planks or crunches

April 9th 2020

The PT famous for her viral belly fat-blasting workout has reinvented it for us - now it's also suitable post-pregnancy >>>

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6 belly fat-blitzing workouts from The Body Coach

April 3rd 2020 / Ayesha Muttucumaru

Fallen in love with Joe Wicks' P.E. sessions each morning? He also has a bevvy of ab blasting workouts to try >>>

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The best eco and sustainable leggings for every workout

March 30th 2020 / Melanie Macleod

From the material they're made of to how they're packaged, here's how to choose sustainable activewear that does good as well as feels good >>>

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9 ways you can tell your activewear is designed by a woman

March 10th 2020 / Melanie Macleod

Activewear brand USA Pro is lead by a team of all-female designers - and it shows in their latest collection >>>

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Why everyone in wellness is booking an infrared sauna session

February 21st 2020

They’re popping up in gyms, spas and yoga studios near you, and they’re already huge in the US. Here’s what infrared saunas can do for your skin, strength and sleep, and why it’s different from your average sweat box experience >>>

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