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How Sports Protect Girls' Self Esteem

How Sports Protect Girls' Self Esteem

From birth, a child begins to explore her body – what it can do, how it can be controlled, what gives it pain and pleasure.  Her body is not a thing but a process and tool.  But later in childhood something happens that transforms her body into an object that is constantly viewed and judged and pitted against an ideal physique.  No one who loves her wants this to happen.  Her parents tell her that she is more than her looks.  Her teachers coach her in self-acceptance.  But by the age of 10, there is a fifty-fifty chance that she will be dissatisfied with her weight, shape...
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What to do about Back Pain

What to do about Back Pain

Are you sitting comfortably? Probably not. From the age of 20 we are all slouching towards problems with  back pain, as a result of the way we sit to work, watch TV, even play computer games. In any one year around 49% of us will suffer back pain lasting for at least 24 hours. And research has shown that those who suffer from back pain are more than twice as likely to also suffer from depression. The results are not unconnected. Back pain is seriously bad news. I have some personal experience of this. When we were first developing welldoing.org it involved many, many...
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How Mid-life Changed My Relationship with Exercise

How Mid-life Changed My Relationship with Exercise

I was the classic bookish school girl who hated PE. One of my earliest memories is of watching my primary school sports day from the tiny window of the locked loo cubicle where I’d hidden myself. I loathed the cold. I was mortified by  ‘cross country’ running round the local housing estate in red knickers. I was baffled by the fact that despite my scrawny build and long legs, I couldn’t run fast. And, oh yes, that I was so uncoordinated that when it was time for the scary, sporty girls to pick teams, I was actually offered to the opposing side. In fact, those...
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Cycling Can Change Your Life

Cycling Can Change Your Life

How many times have we heard that doing exercise is good for us?  But easier said than done, right?  I currently work full time as a beauty editor and am also in my fifth year of training as a psychotherapist so it can be hard enough to factor in time to see my friends and boyfriend, let alone some me-time.  As for exercise – are you crazy? Then last November, over a glass of wine, a friend suggested this hare-brained idea of cycling the length of the country - from Lands End to John O’Groats - to raise money for a small school for underprivileged kids in Peru where I...
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What is Scaravelli Yoga?

What is Scaravelli Yoga?

Once, during a chronically busy phase of my life, I bought a self-help book called “Do Less, Achieve More”. Who could resist the promise of that title? Of course it was rubbish: a doomed attempt to fuse the principles of Taoism with those of free-market capitalism. As with any good pyramid scheme,...
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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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