The fitness and fat loss industry is famous for trends. From the cabbage soup diet to electric ab belts, a few people have made a lot of money off our desire to be thinner. Fortunately, few of these fads stick around. We realise their claims are bogus, people stop paying for them, and everyone moves … More What’s Wrong With Wellness?
Since BBC3 moved online a few months ago, it has put out some excellent documentaries. But last week’s ‘Obesity: The Post-Mortem’ proved that gratuitous fat shaming continues after death. In the UK, we are bombarded by reminders of an ‘obesity epidemic’. With predictions that 75% of the population will be overweight by 2035, fat people are marginalised and stereotyped as lazy and stupid. … More BBC3, wtf? Dissecting ‘The Post-Mortem’
Last weekend, we moved to a new flat. Anybody who’s moved will know that spending the whole day carrying belongings is exhausting. I was too tired to go to the gym, so technically I didn’t ‘work out’ that day. And yet, in one day I did 16,500 steps and also used my arm muscles a lot more than … More What is ‘Exercise’ Anyway?
The machines look like torture machines. But my first ever reformer pilates class at Pilates HQ in London, was anything but tortuous. In fact, I really enjoyed it! In reformer pilates, the sliding carriage, cables, ropes, and pulleys, are used to modify exercises. This makes them them easier or harder as needed. It also adds another dimension to pilates, allowing you to … More A Unique Way to Stretch and Strengthen – Reformer Pilates Review
A few days ago I found myself reading this post on one of my favourite blogs, ‘Fit is a Feminist Issue’. In it, the author talks about her relationship with her body, and the lies we’re told by the fat loss industry. (Do read the whole post, it’s enlightening and brilliant.) The section that stuck … More My Injuries and Me
You might have seen the ads for the Skyfit app on social media. I know I’ve been seeing them for weeks now. And they intrigued me. I love the sound of an app with a stock of ready made workout, which I can use at any time to add variety to my exercise routine. So, did Skyfit live … More Mix Up Your Routine With Skyfit App – Review
If you’ve been on the internet recently, you won’t have missed the (unsurprising) news that sexism has been rife at the Rio Olympics. From the language used to describe women athletes, to debates about their clothes, the media has been a big culprit of sexist coverage. The Games themselves also deserve an honourable mention. Exclusion of trans athletes … More Sexism at the Olympics: A History
At first glance, it seems that fitness and feminism could not possibly be related. We all know that we should exercise and be a healthy weight – this is based on science, right? And science is not political, so fitness can’t be political. … More Fitness – a feminist issue?