• Introducing the WhatsApp workout that delivers bespoke routines to your phone
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    Evening Standard

    Introducing the WhatsApp workout that delivers bespoke routines to your phone

    The gym floor is a safari — and to an interloper, it feels duly perilous. Hulking Mr and Mrs Muscles pumping iron, their grunts reverberating around the chamber; lean runners going for a sub-two-hour marathon on a corner treadmill, their legs moving at cartoonish velocity. You start to sidle towards a kettlebell — but it is plucked from the rack by a nimble athlete who heads for a floor mat, virtually swinging it around their little finger. Gymtimidated, you sit on a stationary bike and text for seven minutes, then leave, cancelling your membership on the way out.Don’t go: all you need is a guardian angel — in other words, a personal trainer. Someone to help you seize kettlebells with assertion and drop into a squat like a pro. Moreover, this someone will ensure your reps really count: that you neither do too few, nor too many, and that each one is safely executed (ie no risk to the knees, spine or dignity).

  • National Fitness Day: Best home workout equipment under £20
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    Jessica Morgan

    National Fitness Day: Best home workout equipment under £20

    Don't let your fitness regime suffer this winter.

  • Death of the diet tea: Instagram announces new policies to remove ‘miraculous’ diet product posts
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    Evening Standard

    Death of the diet tea: Instagram announces new policies to remove ‘miraculous’ diet product posts

    Instagram has taken a stand against diet tea culture promoted by influencers, including the Kardashians, by announcing new policies that will remove and restrict these kind of promotional weight loss posts.The new policies implemented by the one billion user-strong platform have been put in place in a bid to continue to help ease the pressure young people feel by scrolling through Instagram, to look and live a certain way.

  • Victoria Beckham wears some seriously stylish gym gear - from her VB x Reebok collection
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    Jessica Morgan

    Victoria Beckham wears some seriously stylish gym gear - from her VB x Reebok collection

    The fashion designer showed off her flexibility and her enviable abs

  • Bride's amazing makeover after losing 60kg before her big day
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    Holly Hales

    Bride's amazing makeover after losing 60kg before her big day

    She shifted the weight in less than a year.

  • Air pollution could be affecting mental health, says new study
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    Evening Standard

    Air pollution could be affecting mental health, says new study

    Air pollution could be causing mental health issues later in life, a new study has found.Research from the University of Chicago analysed health data from 152 million people in the US and Denmark over 11 years and found a ‘significant link’ between mental health disorders and exposure to air pollution.

  • 12 of the best running trainers for men and women
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    Jessica Morgan

    12 of the best running trainers for men and women

    Pound the pavement in the most comfortable and wearable shoes available now.

  • This 71-Year-Old Grandmother Just Smashed a Half-Marathon World Record
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    Men's Health UK

    This 71-Year-Old Grandmother Just Smashed a Half-Marathon World Record

    Now she's hoping to set another record in the Berlin Marathon later this year.

  • The two rules you should follow for working out on an empty stomach
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    Cosmo

    The two rules you should follow for working out on an empty stomach

    It can be a good idea to exercise after fasting, but only if you follow this dietitian's advice.

  • 7 best cycling bags for commuting to work
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    Jessica Morgan

    7 best cycling bags for commuting to work

    Keep your valuables tucked away safely in these commute-friendly cycling bags

  • Hot weather fitness mistakes we're all making
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    Marie Claire Dorking

    Hot weather fitness mistakes we're all making

    For a start you're not drinking nearly enough water

  • How to tell the difference between period pain and endometriosis, according to a doctor
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    Evening Standard

    How to tell the difference between period pain and endometriosis, according to a doctor

    It’s the silent condition that 10 per cent of women in the UK are suffering from, but most of them don’t even realise they have it.Endometriosis is a condition that’s had a spotlight shone on it in recent years thanks to Girl’s creator Lena Dunham’s very public battle with it, and Alexa Chung revealing she has the condition in a viral Instagram post.It affects one in 10 women in the UK and can cause 30 to 50 per cent of sufferers to be infertile. So what is endometriosis?Dr Haider Jan, Consultant Gynaecologist and Obstetrician at The Lister Hospital, part of HCA Healthcare UK told the Standard: “Endometriosis is a condition where cells similar to those that line the womb - grow and embed outside of the womb causing pain, inflammation and also in some cases a difficulty in falling pregnant.“It is estimated that up to 10 per cent of women in the UK suffer with endometriosis, many of which are undiagnosed. This approximates to almost 1.5 million women in the UK, almost as many as those who suffer with diabetes.” What are the signs of endometriosis and how is it diagnosed?Endometriosis is notoriously difficult to diagnose as the symptoms can feel like severe period pain.Dr Jan said: “It is very difficult to diagnose endometriosis based on symptoms alone although there are many particular signs one should look out for. Painful periods, pain leading up to a period, pain during deep intercourse, pain after sex, mid menstrual cycle pain, and pain whilst opening the bowels are key symptoms which would concern me as a consultant.“If a symptom arises around the menstrual cycle it is likely to be hormonally related and so points to endometriosis or Adenomyosis.”If you think you have any of these symptoms, it’s best to see your GP who can point you in the right direction. According to Endometriosis UK, “the only definitive way to diagnose endometriosis is by a laparoscopy - an operation in which a camera (a laparoscope) is inserted into the pelvis via a small cut near the navel”. How can you tell the difference between endometriosis and severe period pain?Period pain is a symptom of endometriosis so it can be easy to dismiss endometriosis as bad cramps.Dr Jan explained: “Period pain can have many causes - only one of which being endometriosis. We do know however, that severe period pain in adolescence may be a significant pointer towards endometriosis, and so should be investigated further.”If you experienced severe period pain through adolescence, coupled with the symptoms listed above, make an appointment with your GP. How is endometriosis treated?Unfortunately, if you are diagnosed with endometriosis there is no cure, but there are a number of treatments available to help relieve the pain – this should be decided between you and your healthcare professional.

  • Gym advertisement faces backlash online for its 'creepy and disappointing' message
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    Danielle Fowler

    Gym advertisement faces backlash online for its 'creepy and disappointing' message

    Gymbox's latest campaign asks members to 'get hot and sweaty with a teacher'.

  • Almost half of women aren't reaching daily exercise recommendation and periods could be to blame
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    Caroline Allen

    Almost half of women aren't reaching daily exercise recommendation and periods could be to blame

    Aside from the pain, periods can cause mood swings, a sluggish feeling and lowered motivation.

  • Gym causes outrage by asking women 'can you pinch your fat?'
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    Caroline Allen

    Gym causes outrage by asking women 'can you pinch your fat?'

    It urges its members to “call it what it is... FAT”.

  • I'm Running 100 Marathons Barefoot Across Britain And This Is What My Feet Look Like
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    HuffPost UK

    I'm Running 100 Marathons Barefoot Across Britain And This Is What My Feet Look Like

    Anna McNuff is tough - and so are her feet

  • 150-calorie snacks to keep you going until dinner
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    Francesca Specter

    150-calorie snacks to keep you going until dinner

    Sweet, savoury, protein-packed or full of vitamins – we've got you covered with healthy snacks that won't ruin your diet.

  • Fast walkers could live up to 15 years longer than people who dawdle, study finds
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    Danielle Fowler

    Fast walkers could live up to 15 years longer than people who dawdle, study finds

    It might be time to put down your phone and pick up the pace.

  • 13 Of The Best Pay-As-You-Go Gyms, Perfect For Exercise Commitment-Phobes
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    Elle

    13 Of The Best Pay-As-You-Go Gyms, Perfect For Exercise Commitment-Phobes

    Welcome to 'polygyming': the practice of working out at multiple fitness studios

  • Mom shares her struggle to drop 156 lbs
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    Simone Olivero

    Mom shares her struggle to drop 156 lbs

    Over the last few years, Casey Gemmel had been focusing her time and effort on raising her three kids. So much so that she didn’t even realize that she had been gaining weight.