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Home Runs

Gym nuts lift flowerpots, quirky dads lie down to pedal recumbent bikes, Premier League footballers do kitchen keepy-uppies with toilet rolls. That’s exercise in lockdown. While the outdoor world is being constricted, the home has become a sweaty refuge. Platforms like Zoom, Instagram, YouTube and Facebook are offering the tortures of cardio, high-intensity interval training, […]

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Working out from home during the isolation period: best ways to keep fit

There has never been a more important time to try and stay as healthy as possible and exercise is the perfect way to boost and maintain not only your physical but mental health too. We all want to play our part in tackling the global pandemic caused by the spread of COVID-19 by following Government […]

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“I hope you’ve earned that” – the morality of food and exercise

Ooh, I hope you’ve earned that”; “How much walking will you have to do to work that off?” – most, if not all, of us know the type of comment. I know, I know – it’s throwaway, tongue-in-cheek; people just want to make conversation. But comments made without thinking are not comments made in a […]

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TedTalk: Wendy Suzuki and the brain-changing benefits of exercise

Whether you love it or loathe it, there’s no denying the health benefits of regular exercise. Be it to lose weight, lower cholesterol or simply to clear the mind, physical activity can work wonders. Indeed for neuroscientist Wendy Suzuki, exercise changed not only her life, but also her brain chemistry. In a 2019 TED talk, […]

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Lifestyle Wellbeing

The New Year Slump – don’t let it getchya

The post-Christmas/New Year lull can feel disheartening. The now wilted crown from your Christmas cracker has seen better days and no amount of cranberry sauce can recreate the taste of your Christmas dinner. It can feel deflating to think about the looming anticipation of a new wave of deadlines and 9AMs. Not to fear, there are […]

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Seasonal Affective Disorder: how to beat those winter blues

As the days get shorter and the dark nights draw in particularly early over Edinburgh, many of us eagerly look forward to the upcoming festivities that winter promises, however for 1 in 15 Britons, this is sadly not the case. Seasonal affective disorder (SAD) is a form of clinical depression that occurs in a seasonal […]

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Who needs the gym? Here are some exercises to do from the comfort of your bedroom

Staying fit and exercising doesn’t have to mean forking out tons of cash for a gym membership – there are plenty of exercises you can do at home to stay in shape. Here are a few exercises you can try, in the comfort of your own room, to give yourself a full body workout that […]

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Kickstarting your year: five gym classes to give a go

Trying out the University of Edinburgh gym is a great way to start the year. Whether you are a fresher feeling the need to burn off all those free pizzas or you just want to stay fit between your studies, the classes at the gym can be a great way to motivate yourself into exercising […]