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How to up your movement sessions to 5 times per week

How to up your movement sessions to 5 times per week

Check in. Listen to yourself. Are you pushing yourself, or does your body carry you forward with a joyful momentum? A habit you can always do is so much better than an ambition you can’t First of all, are you alright exercising 3 times a…

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How to up your movement sessions to 3-4 times per week

How to up your movement sessions to 3-4 times per week

  Can one of those exercise slots be at home? One of them be with a friend or partner? One of them involve relaxation? One of them be ‘babysitting’ (take the child in a buggy?) Is it time for a a challenge? Evaluation time: let’s…

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How to start an exercise habit, 3 times a week

How to start an exercise habit, 3 times a week

My critics might wonder, and laugh, at why I’ve been walking to the gym in my fitness outfit with my headphones on, only to turn tail at the electronic turnstile and walk straight back home. Well, guys, laugh you may, but I’m trying to entrench…

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Seven ways to make failure impossible

Seven ways to make failure impossible

We live by goals, targets, determination. But the trouble is, you either meet goals (success) or not (fail). And since failure is hefty, and willpower a limited resource, here’s another way to do life I’ve loved goals (I WILL draft a novel in 31 days,…

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How one habit begets another

How one habit begets another

 Mapping how habits hinge on each other helps me figure out what to fix first when it’s all up in the air I veer off course Imagine my good lifestyle habits, my happiness, are like slowly riding a wobbly bike. A space bike. Trying to…

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Yoga: how to be good at being bad at sports

Yoga: how to be good at being bad at sports

It’s yoga fortnight on illustratedguidetolife! With some things, like, um, well, sport in general, (and yoga in particular) I’m forced to enjoy being good enough Can you do this posture? RickAstlyassnah Never gonna wrap the back of my knee calf round behind my neck. Never gonna…

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Commit #6: Don’t (just) talk about it, do it

Commit #6: Don’t (just) talk about it, do it

Yogoing to yoga? Yep. Today. This post is my accountability. That’s all I have to say. Nearly Don’t talk about it, it’s a waste of energy There’s a fab part of a Jon Kabat-Zinn audio (Beginning Mindfulness) when he urges us not to talk about…

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How to start a virtuous circle

How to start a virtuous circle

And how to end a vicious circle! There’s one change I need to make for all the others to flow What a virtuous circle. Laura Eades 2014 Dear Laura, There’s one easy thing you can do that will have a profound effect on all your…

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How can I hold onto my lifeskills at family gatherings?

How can I hold onto my lifeskills at family gatherings?

I find when I’m around other people for sustained periods – through no fault of theirs, really –  I let my good habits slip. What’s going on under the surface?   This year, we’re going on a little winter holiday instead of a family Christmas….

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What do I need to start running?

What do I need to start running?

  What you need to start running So… I asked my friend, as we bounced our 3-month-old babies on our knees in the front window of a London pub, while sipping a glass of white wine (that was then)… “How do I start running? What…

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