My sister, a physiotherapist, gives the low-down on what twerking actually does to your body

For someone who, up until two weeks ago, had never twerked once in her entire life, I sure am writing a lot of posts about twerking lately. If you missed my first post, in which I go on about my new daily pandemic twerk from home routine, you can find it here. Now I've got…

I’ve been teaching myself how to twerk and this is why I think everyone should give it a go

Thanks to my body's questionable choice of fat distribution, I've got an arse that's flatter than Kendal Jenner's stomach. Unlike my (very un-Kendal-like) stomach, my backside is pretty much pure muscle; hard as a rock. I wouldn't be surprised it if had its own six pack. Because of my ridiculously fat-free buttocks and my ingrained…

Here’s the trick to mastering the work from home (WFH) life

Every day I write about working from home (while working from home) for my job as content editor for a company that sells the noble dream of a workplace utopia in which every employee is super active, happy and smashing business targets like excited puppies. Business puppies. Because I write about working from home every…

Who rules your life: you or your smartwatch?

A couple of weeks ago I resurrected my FitBit Alta HR, which had for two years been consigned to a pocket of my laptop bag with a bunch of other gadgets I'd forgotten I had (iPod shuffle, anyone?). I ordered a nice black metal strap to replace the ancient sweat-eroded pink rubber one and set…

How yoga can help you have more fun in life

At the moment life feels pretty serious, what with all the fears and stresses of the worldwide pandemic, and the way the threat of illness is changing the minutiae of our lives in so many unexpected ways. COVID-19 is forcing us to realise how fragile the systems we base our lives on are, and how…

Don’t just do something, sit there: Using pandemic lock-down to make peace with doing absolutely nothing

Before I flew to Costa Rica to study yoga, before COVID-19 frightened the world into lock-down and everyone suddenly became oddly possessive of toiletries, I visited my favourite book shop (Much Ado Books in Alfriston) and collected a little selection of second-hand titles to take home in return for a donation of peanut butter and…

Coronavirus may have curtailed my Costa Rica adventure, but I know my journey is just beginning

I'm sitting in an almost empty airport in San Jose after a zippy drive up the Pacific coast through the dawn with a really friendly taxi driver who treated me to The Best of Red Hot Chili Peppers for most of the way. My lack of Spanish meant we couldn't talk much, but he smiled…

I just qualified as a yoga teacher… shame the world is ending

I'm writing this blog in a grassy clearing at the top of a jungle-covered mountain overlooking the bright blue Pacific ocean. I've just spent the last hour or so climbing some scarily steep, rubbly hills to get up here so I am disgustingly sweaty. I am also, slightly unnervingly, being circled by vultures. Still, I'm…

Isn’t yoga just a fancy nap?

Call me a massive twat, but I like hard exercise. There's something so enjoyably primal about a really difficult workout, like being in a fight. It's kind of unpleasant and it hurts, but you're being true to your inner animistic self and there's something satisfying about that. I've learnt so much about myself through running.…