Tuesday, August 21st, 2012
If this summer of sport has taught us anything, it’s the power of activity. It has bonded us, we have marveled at the athletic prowess on display and most importantly, many have vowed to be more active. But as these final few weeks of summer draw to a close, how do we avoid this newly reinvigorated fitness buzz going the way of the New Year’s resolution?
Tuesday, May 29th, 2012
Olympics mania is well and truly upon us. Try to avoid it if you wish, but it’ll be hard what with the barrage of advertising and the stressing about whether you’ll have to barricade yourself in your house for a couple of weeks/go on holiday while its on. It’s probably no secret that as a runner, I’m very excited about it all. I can’t wait to see all these world class athletes battle it out (while trying to remain not bitter about the fact that I didn’t get tickets to anything). I’m loving all the emphasis on sport and getting active because heck, as a pretty unhealthy country, that’s what we need. So I’m all excited, then all of a sudden, some dopey UK Athletics official decides to drop a clanger last week when he declared that Jessica Ennis is fat. H’excuse me?!
Wednesday, November 2nd, 2011
Fitness is pitched to women purely as a weight loss tool. Like, that’s the only reason we should do it. Not to feel good, not to clear our minds, strengthen our bodies, or be healthy. Our end game should always be weight loss. And this, my friends, is bollocks. Naturally, I’m on a mission to change this silly notion and I invite you all to join the crusade!
Wednesday, April 6th, 2011
A couple of nights ago, I caused a bit of an uproar on Twitter (which I like to do at least once a week) when I said I find it offensive when an overweight person teaches an exercise class. Within minutes a Twit-war broke out. Many agreed with me, but then there were those who slammed me and labeled me as anti-fat. Why is it that you cannot even mention the words ‘overweight’ or ‘fat’ without people taking offense?