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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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Dear Gym, (part 2)

Dear Gym, (part 2)

The gym’s not top of my list. But it’s a place to go during this Winter pregnancy – and my heart needs it It’s me again. I know. As I promised in my letter earlier this week, I’m still thinking about you, you know. Just…

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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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Treadmill tricks: five tips for motivation and focus

Treadmill tricks: five tips for motivation and focus

Tricks to overcome the mind’s snivelling, drifting and cowardice apply to other ‘mammoth’ tasks too. Like novel-writing, for example. Or tax returns. “Ow, this is tough. Whoa, the goal is big, it’ll take hours! Stop, stop, c’mon, a break won’t hurt! That cross-trainer looks much easier!…

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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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How I started running (with a newborn)

How I started running (with a newborn)

 From powerpramming and pelvic floor in the skatepark to pounding the turf for real I’m an uncompetitive soul My friends would never credit it. Yes, me, the least sporty of us all. The one who was never picked for a team even at rounders. The…

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Physical, visceral joy (also known as ‘exercise’)

Physical, visceral joy (also known as ‘exercise’)

Welcome to a series about exercise. *Cough*. Sorry, I mean sport. Um. Isn’t there a more appealing word for something that unlocks happiness? Exercise. The thought is laden with duty. Urch. Sport. I have never identified with the word. (If you have, you’re lucky: make…

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Run!

Run!

Hello runners! A reminder of the rewards of doing up your shoelaces and getting out there To the Japanese guy with the tiny cap and shorts over trousers. To the man in the red shirt and kneehigh black socks who lapped me 3 and 1/2…

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