How to keep fit all year round

Inspired by the fact that most give up on their new year’s resolutions on February, Simply Gym has created a guide to keeping to your health and fitness resolutions all year long, including some motivation tips and monthly goals to aim for.

The infographic gives you a little tip for each month of the year – combine them all to keep up your momentum and celebrate reaching your goals in December!

Darcey Bussell’s Dance Body Workout

Darcey Bussell is one of our most talented and celebrated ballet dancers. She joined the Royal Ballet as a Soloist, become First Soloist in 1989. She became Principal when she was aged just 20.

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Get lovely Darcey’s suppleness with this book

This book is illustrated with pictures of Darcey doing the exercises herself – and they are aimed at us ordinary mortals. So some of the ballet moves are done lying flat on the floor not jumping through the air. The ballet is combined with Pilates which is great for core muscle strength.

Costs £14.99 for the paperback version. Buy here Darcey Bussell’s Dance Body Workout: Tone, Sculpt, Stretch

Moderate exercise relieves arthritis symptoms


Adults with arthritis tend to be less fit than their peers, but a new study from the University of Carolina has found that moderate exercise increases fitness.

Lead researcher Leigh F. Callahan of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, N.C., said the study examined 346 patients with an average age of 70 who had self-reported arthritis.

The participants were divided into an intervention group that took part in the Arthritis Foundation Exercise Program – exercise classes at basic and advanced levels that met for one hour twice a week for eight weeks – and a control group that was offered the program after eight weeks.

The intervention group completed self-report assessments at three months and six months after completing the program.

The study, published in Arthritis Care & Research, showed that the intervention group had significant improvements in pain, fatigue and managing arthritis at eight weeks, and maintained improvements in pain and fatigue at six months.