Pins-terest: a lesson in loving your legs.

Legs are, quite literally, your lynchpins yet seldom get the shout out they deserve. Here I’ve rounded up a few nifty tricks, products and techniques to help get the most from your gams. Forget trying to transform them into something unattainable (check out everyone’s favourite dermatologist, Dr Sam Bunting, for a refreshing approach to cellulite), this is all about celebrating what you’ve got. More and more brands – here’s looking at you Asos and Missguided – are embracing body positivity by scrapping digital retouching. Stretch marks, scars, freckles, moles and rolls are finally out and proud. When it comes to stepping out yourself, confidence is key, so why not do a little legwork – think strengthening, hydrating and, if the mood takes you, a little buffing.

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Pelvic flaw.

A weak pelvic floor is no fun; trampolines become a thing of the past, Tena Lady pads a shopping list staple. Sneezing, jumping, running – even coughing – all come with the threat of a wet gusset. While often sniggered at, urinary dysfunction is rarely talked about, yet one in three women are affected at some point in their lives. Chances are, you’re one of them.

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Skinside out: how to eat yourself beautiful

When it comes to your face, you really are what you eat. You can trowel on endless miracle creams, but the appearance of your skin – the body’s largest organ – is often a reflection of what’s going on internally. Nothing beats that natural glow that radiates from deep within, so start loading up on nutritious foods that help promote cell regeneration, reduce free radical damage and keep skin clear and beautiful. Here are your secret weapons:

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Go with your gut.

[As featured in Sheer Luxe]

Put down that matcha latte and quit being mindful for a minute. Getting down with your gut is the health industry’s latest hot topic with wellness insiders, nutritionists, scientists and medics all eager to expound the importance of a well functioning gastrointestinal tract. And for good reason too. Turns out the digestive system isn’t just there to break down the food you eat, it also plays a pivotal role in many of your body’s other processes – from immunity to skin health to serotonin production*.

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Urinary incontinence is no laughing matter.

[As featured in Sheer Luxe]

Heard the one about the mother getting caught short after a particularly vociferous sneeze? Course you have. We’ve all been privy to stories of women who change their knickers three times a day, who leak water when they get out the bath or who loiter around the ladies’ aisle, furtively stockpiling incontinence pads. Heck, some of us don’t even try and hide it. My mum’s all-female pub quiz team are called The Tena Ladies. Oh, how we laugh (while furiously crossing our legs of course), but since when did wetting yourself become an accepted part of life after birth?

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How to get a great night’s sleep.

[As featured in Hip and Healthy]

When was the last time you had eight hours of uninterrupted sleep? Okay, make that six? Five? A recent survey* revealed that, as a nation, over half of us suffer from insomnia. The worry is that bad sleeping habits don’t just make nights unbearable, they have a profound knock-on effect during the day. And as if not being able to concentrate and feeling narky as hell wasn’t bad enough, poor sleep can lead to much more serious issues such as diabetes, obesity and depression.

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60 seconds with Ruben Tabares.

Ruben Tabares needs little introduction. The former hurdles athlete and superstar trainer is respected the world over for his unique coaching approach. When he’s not putting the likes of Amir Khan, Tinie Tempah and P Diddy through their paces (to name just a few of his A lister fans), you’ll find him training his 10 year old’s football team and honing his knowledge of nutrition. I caught up with him in his sleek new fitness centre, nestled deep in the heart of the Mandarin Oriental Hotel, Hyde Park.

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Raising the bar: why women should lift weights.

[As featured in Hip and Healthy]

Have you checked out Millie Mackintosh’s Instagram feed lately? Well you should. She’s just one of a slew of female celebrities debunking the age old myth that weight lifting makes you bulky. She’s not the only one at it either. Thanks to the likes of Karlie Kloss and Miranda Kerr breezily deadlifting loaded barbells, there’s been a rapid increase in women turning to weights. So, what do these all these A listers know that we don’t?

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Top tips for avoiding winter weight gain.

[As featured in Resident magazine]

When the temperatures drop, it’s all too easy to let things slip, whether that means avoiding early morning workouts, overindulging at party season events or tucking into comfort food on chilly evenings in.

Piling on a few pounds can feel inevitable, but luckily there are ways you can limit the damage to your waistline this winter.

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The revolutionary 25 minute workout.

[As featured in Hip and Healthy]

Who has time for long, drawn out fitness sessions? No one who frequents Transition Zone, south-west London’s hottest boutique studio. Here the timetable is filled with uncompromisingly challenging workouts that can be done in less than half an hour. And the king of sweat results? HIT Power Plate.

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60 seconds with Steph Johnson

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