7 women on how exercise has helped them get through sickness, motherhood and ageing

Some national days feel pretty meaningless, but given the huge barriers many women face when it comes to exercise, National Fitness Day has never been more important, argues Helen Wilson-Beevers. Never has National Fitness Day been more pertinent than it is this year. We’ve had an incredible summer of sport in the UK, with the Lionesses bringing football home in […]

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The moment I realised I needed to get stronger

Comments about being weak and one taxing kayak session made writer Faima Bakar realise she needed to get stronger. This is how she’s been working towards that goal. There’s a word my mum calls me in Bengali: norom. It means ‘soft’. It’s the word you’d use to describe a cake, a pillow or skin. When she calls me that, what […]

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Why do we crave sweet foods after eating something savoury?

Craving something sweet after eating lunch or dinner isn’t uncommon. But why exactly does it happen? We asked a dietitian to explain. Do you often get to the end of the meal and, despite feeling full and satisfied, still have a craving for something sweet? Some people might say they have a ‘separate stomach’ for dessert, fitting in a brownie […]

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Struggle to stay still in savasana? These 3 tips can help

It might look like all you’re doing is having a cheeky snooze, but ‘corpse pose’ requires more focus than other parts of your yoga practice. Here’s how to get the most out of it. Savasana, or ‘corpse pose’, is the final rest at the end of every yoga session. It’s the bit we all look forward to, especially if you’ve […]

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This workout quote is going viral for ‘flipping the script’ on exercise

This trending audio clip reminds women that there are so many reasons to exercise that aren’t about what we look like. Social media isn’t the best place to find reliable health and fitness advice. In fact, many trends on Instagram or TikTok border on dangerous, both physically (like the 30-day gallon challenge) and mentally (such as the never-ending What I […]

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Stretch those inner thighs with these pilates instructor-approved moves

These stretches are pilates instructor-approved to stop a tight groin area from causing pain.  Unless you’re someone who regularly attempts to drop into box splits or is diligent about practising lateral lunges at the gym, you might not have given much thought to how tight your inner thighs are. Much like your hip abductors, the muscles around the outside of […]

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Nope, workouts can't grow or reduce certain body parts – here's why

Fitness influencers often claim that their workouts can help you grow or shrink certain parts of your body. Aside from the problematic assumption that we’d want to change, experts are now calling time on what they say is a physiological impossibility, writes Letty Cole.   Flick through YouTube, TikTok or Instagram, and you’ll come across workout videos from online fitness gurus […]

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6 psychologist-approved ways to deal with negative body image

Do you turn into your own worst enemy during times of stress? Next time you’re going down a negative body image spiral, try these six tips suggested by psychologists and body image experts.  Let’s start off on a positive note: collectively, we’ve come a long way in how we talk about bodies in general.  As a child of the 90s, […]

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Here’s why caffeine can actually make you sleepy

For many, coffee is the go-to cure for sluggishness. But what happens when caffeine has the opposite effect? My relationship with caffeine has been a bit of a rollercoaster. After years of bingeing on the stuff as a teen, I arrived at university armed with coffee granules, ready to take on my first week of lectures and freshers’ flu. Except, […]

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