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Reverse running — have you tried the hottest new workout trend?

The fitterati’s latest trick? Running in the opposite direction. Katie Strick trials the trend (without falling over)

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Your little black book of the best personal trainers in London

They've sculpted and toned the bodies of models and moguls, now it's your turn, says Rosie Fitzmaurice

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7 DIY health test kits for winter wellbeing

From Numan’s finger-prick MOT kit to Medichecks’ fitness blood test, these are the health checks you can order to your door

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London’s best gyms, fitness classes and boutique studios for 2022

From Michelle Obama’s favourite workout to female-only weight-lifting facilities, Rosie Fitzmaurice has a definitive guide to the best spaces to workout in this year

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How hypnotherapy cured my binge drinking

As new data shows almost eight million people are drinking harmful levels at home since lockdown, Nicola Moyne shares how she harnessed the power of hypnosis to banish the booze

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Toxic positivity is the new #FirstWorldProblems

WhatsApp groups across the capital are getting a little bit too #hashtag grateful, Kerry Potter on why we don’t need to be positive all of the time

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Meet the TikTok therapists offering free mental health advice

Legions tune into their bitesized broadcasts on burnout and anxiety. Katie Strick meets the psychologists going viral

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Beat the booze: your Dry January 2022 survival guide

A record number of us are going sober this month. Here’s how to do it right, says Katie Strick  

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Why have so many people taken up smoking during lockdown?

Taking up smoking in her 30s wasn’t part of the plan, but as Alexandra Jones found, during the past year or so, she wasn’t alone

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Pulling power: Why rowing is the new spinning

Step away from the Peloton — there’s a new calorie-torching, shoulder-sculpting routine the fitterati loves, says Katie Strick

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Cody Rigsby: Meet the man who makes Rishi Sunak sweat

He’s the Peloton star who has Sunak in a spin - but what is his secret? Katie Strick gets in the saddle with the Britney-loving instructor

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Why do weight loss fixes have to be so cruel?

A new weight-loss tool uses magnets to clamp teeth shut and prevent overeating - is this a step too far for diet culture?

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6am Peloton and Britney Spears: Rishi Sunak’s morning routine revealed

The Chancellor claims his workout schedule has been “destroyed by this job’, but how does he stack up to other politicians?


Meet the man who founded Peloton - and made millions

The exercise bike inventor John Foley tells Susannah Butter about having a great pandemic, taking on London's gyms and making sure he doesn't break his son's heart


On yer bike: best cycling holidays in the UK

For real escapism, get on your bike and feel the wind in your hair. Katie Strick maps your route

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What’s SUP? A guide to paddleboarding in London

As doctors confirm the health benefits of paddleboarding, Katie Strick takes to the water

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Outdoor spinning and park bootcamp classes to book now

From park HIIT to cardio intervals, London’s green spaces are where it’s at to get fit when the sun shines

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London’s best new mega-effective exercise classes to book

Enough of the home workouts, already! Your favourite gyms have been busy conjuring up packed schedules full of exciting new exercise classes. Rosie Fitzmaurice has the lowdown on where to flex, sweat and stretch

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Anxiety tech: gadgets to help you find your zen

Tired, wired and worried about how you’ll cope with the big office return? Help is at hand — Katie Strick presents a smart toolkit to help you find your calm (at last!)

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Contrary to popular belief, ovarian cancer is not a ‘silent killer’

Having lost her mother to ovarian cancer, Mika Simmons has made it her life’s work to prevent other women from suffering in the same way. Here she explains why it’s time for women to take control of their bodies

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How to smash your post-lockdown gym sessions

You’re back in the gym, but it’s harder than you remember and you’ve forgotten how to work half the machines. Rosie Fitzmaurice has a crash course for getting back to it

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‘Lockdown has enabled eating disorders, we need absolute change now’

Trevor Phillips’ daughter Sushila and Big Brother’s Nikki Grahame have died after battles with anorexia. The pandemic has caused four times the amount of people admitted to hospital for eating disorders and specialist clinics have two-year waiting lists, so what can be done?


A Cure for Darkness by Alex Riley: How I live with mental illness

Lobotomies, electroshock therapy and crippling medication are just some of the treatments that have been used to treat depression in the past. Science writer and sufferer, Alex Riley decided to write a book about the history and treatment of depression, partly to help heal himself, he tells Katie Law

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The Gut Stuff: Why it’s time to talk about poo

London, how do you poo? Giulia Crouch meets Alana and Lisa Macfarlane, the DJs on a mission to shake up our microbiome

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Peloton for rowing: Is Hydrow’s £2300 fitness machine worth the money?

The sleek, high-tech machine offers 2,000+ live and on-demand workouts and counts actor Kevin Hart and members of the US national rowing team among its instructor squad

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Why’s everyone rollerskating all of a sudden?

While the past year has left many bereft of fun, a growing number of Londoners have been giddily getting their eight-wheeled groove on. Leonie Cooper reports on how we’ve fallen head over heels for roller skating


Could sleeping in separate bedrooms save your relationship?

More and more couples are choosing to sleep apart, Suzannah Ramsdale thinks they’re onto something

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3D yoga mats: how sensory cues can boost your practice

A high-tech assistant to take your warrior pose to the next level


‘Staying silent about endometriosis nearly cost me my life’

Actor and screenwriter Charlotte Carroll discovered she was pregnant, was diagnosed with an ectopic pregnancy and had life-threatening miscarriage all in one day. Here, she explains why she turned her pain into a film

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Weight lifting can change your life—here’s how to get started

It’s no longer the intimidating, male-dominated section of the gym to be avoided at all costs. Now, more and more women are strength training too. From a female-only weight lifting gym to expert beginner tips, Rosie Fitzmaurice has your guide to pumping iron


‘I’m worried the pandemic has ruined my chances of having a baby’

After three happy years of being single, lockdown has created anxieties about meeting the right man in time to have a family, says Hayley  Mortimer


Horatio Clare: ‘My psychosis was brought on by cannabis’

Two years ago the acclaimed travel writer suffered a catastrophic mental breakdown. He tells Katie Law about his delusional fantasies, being sectioned under the Mental Health Act and how he took the first steps to recovery


Seven And A Half Lessons About The Brain Lisa Feldman Barrett review

Your brain doesn’t ‘light up’ or store memories like computer files, personality tests don’t work and our brains are no more ‘evolved’ than any other animal. Katie Law enjoys a new book about the brain that is small in size but big on ideas

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Why is breastfeeding still so misunderstood?

A commercial shown during the Golden Globes depicting the often agonising and demoralising reality of breastfeeding has been praised. New mum Kate Wills says this needs to be just the beginning of the conversation


How to find the right running headphones for you

Along with a good pair of trainers, decent headphones are an essential part of your running kit