Activity & Exercise

The Complexities of ‘Body-Positivity

How we navigate body positivity when also faced with a societal obesity epidemic

I was asked to respond to a comment on Annabel’s recent blog post regarding how we navigate body positivity when also faced with a societal obesity epidemic – where does promoting health, fit with body positivity?…

5 min

Facing Fitness Facts and Body Fat

Early musings on finding the time to finally get fit

Those of you who follow @alifelovedblog on Instagram might be aware that recently, I’ve taken up training. I shared some Instagram Stories yesterday  – fresh out of my hour-long training session, complete with zero makeup and…

10 min

Health and Fitness the Aussie Way

5 simple measures to encourage the enjoyment of living and eating healthily

I lived in Sydney, Australia for six years. During that time I learnt a thing or two about health and fitness the ‘Aussie way’. Living and eating healthily over there is truly a lifestyle – a…

3 min

Learning to Love Exercise

Exercise is a celebration of what your body can do, not a punishment for what you ate

I really love exercise. If I could, I’d spend most of my time doing some form of it and mostly outdoors in the open. I’m utterly useless at technical sports since I lack almost all hand-eye…

3 min

The Non-Runners Guide to Training for a Marathon

From zero to 26.2

Since about forever, I’ve categorised myself in the ‘non-runner’ category. Running was for other people. The ones who sprung around pavements like human gazelles. The ones who thought a running club was a nice way to…

10 min

A Little Change or Challenge

Lift your spirits with something new (grab your yoga mat)

Last week I was feeling stuck in a rut. Bored with the endless winter and bored of my daily routine. I felt a bit grey and lacking in lustre. Does this sound familiar? I asked myself,…

3 min

Finding Your State of Flow

Or, how to get your groove on with day-to-day activities so they only ever bring you pleasure and lasting satisfaction

A couple of weeks ago, I woke up on a Saturday morning to an empty calendar. The clock said 9.30 am. I began to make a mental list of to-dos, categorising my various life and work admin…

5 min

The World’s Least Likely Weightlifter

Discovering positive mental health, confidence and friendship through CrossFit

Up until the age of 27, I was the biggest PE dodger you could ever hope to meet. My tactic during school rounders games was to get as far away from the action as possible and…

8 min

Amsterfam: Ten Things The Netherlands is Doing to My Body

From London to Amsterdam with three kids

Time for a top-to-toe stock-check: here are ten ways my body has changed after half a year in The Netherlands. Hair Imagine, if you will, the love child of Brian May and Ursula the Sea Witch….

5 min

 The Therapy Of Walking

Get outside & play

My dog is a in a very happy place at the moment. As I’m writing this, she’s curled around my legs next to me on the sofa doing a rather marvellous impression of a hot water…

3 min