Articles by Lucy Marcovitch

Why you Should Join a Running Club

Why you Should Join a Running Club

“You should join a running club”. After the third person made the same suggestion I wondered if they knew something I didn’t. I’ve always run alone, happy at my own pace, competing against myself. Joining a running club had crossed my mind, but the idea of running with lots of people made me nervous – my perception was that I simply wasn’t good enough. A general impression of running clubs is that they are for ‘serious’ runners: gnarly men and whippet-like women who run marathons at weekends and compete in county leagues. Ruth thought the same: “I was always...
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Can Exercise Make You More Creative?

Can Exercise Make You More Creative?

I’m tangled in the threads of an idea for a story. Everything’s there, but I can’t bring the different aspects of the piece together in a meaningful way. I need to free up my thinking, so I go for a run. After 45 minutes I have worked out what’s missing, where I’m going wrong, and how I’m going to start.For me, running allows thoughts to bounce around my head and sort themselves out. If I don’t have a specific problem to solve, I often find ideas for stories wandering into my mind – some of the best have come while running. There is no definitive answer as to whether...
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What’s Turning Men Onto Yoga?

What’s Turning Men Onto Yoga?

In ten years of practicing yoga, I have never been alongside more than the odd man, usually glimpsed once and never seen again. Yet a quick head count at my class the other month confirmed my suspicions of a growing phenomenon: the women were outnumbered. What brings men these days to a yoga class? The newest recruits have a quick answer: Ryan Giggs. For Euan, 42, the footballer was the deciding factor. “I didn’t really know what I was getting into,” he says, having been persuaded to try yoga to relieve the aches and stiffness that often followed sports sessions....
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