Category: Health & Exercise

Disclaimer: No, I’m not a stripper. At pole fitness, we don’t take any clothes off, and nobody’s paying me to do it. Sorry to disappoint.  I’ve been going to pole fitness for just over a year, and I cannot recommend it enough to people with mixed feelings about their body. Thanks to the ever-expanding world of the...

I’ll start with explaining quickly what goalball is, as I’m certain I can’t talk about disabled sports without mentioning it, and I’ll hazard a guess that most people haven’t a clue what it is. It’s a sport for visually impaired players, which differs from most Paralympic sports as it’s created purely with disabled...

It’s very easy to believe that women are “too complicated to understand” – but even despite natural variations, some general patterns of pleasure exist and need to be acknowledged. One of the first sites attempting to demystify female pleasure and get people to reap the benefits is an interesting new platform called...

I‘m Laura, and I have major depression and generalised anxiety. For the past few years, my illness has defined both myself and my educational experience, to the point of having to repeat my final year of university. Below I talk about attempting to balance my mental illness with my education, how I fought (and lost)...

I’ve had cystitis so many times that I can remember episodes like holidays. I’ll chuckle to myself as I’m walking to work, like I’m reminiscing over a nice cocktail or sandy beach… Ahh, the time I got it at my boyfriend’s sister’s wedding… that was a good one. The best by far was after a weeklong camping trip in the Scottish...

I told him. I didn’t say the word, abortion, but I told him. In that moment it felt like, by just telling him, he would understand. To me, when I hear that word, there is a myriad of locked-in memories, emotions, gut reactions, tensions in my body. My breath catches; I feel and hear my heart beating. For the first...

Dear Anxiety and Depression, As the two of you live together, I hope you don’t mind that I don’t write to you both separately. I also apologise that it’s taken me so long to reply to your messages. You get in touch so often and yet I don’t ever get the opportunity to respond. Well today that changes. We’ve had a very...

You were very big that day. Not big in any physical sense of the word but just … imposing. You were one of the first doctors that I’d ever visited in my entire life that wasn’t my GP. To this day, I remember my knees trembling a little bit, my toes wiggling in the trainers I had on, my hand sweaty in my mum’s hand...

Happy New Year, everyone! I try not to get sucked into all the hype around new year resolutions and all that crap. Really they are all designed just to make women feel guilty and overweight! Yuck. I posted a statistic on my Facebook page saying that allegedly 92% of people who set new year’s resolutions have given...

It’s no lie that this year, like every winter, the NHS is feeling the strain. Every winter we have more patients and less funding to contend with, and that is manifesting as longer A&E waiting times, but should we be worried about using the health service when we need it? The short answer is no. The big secret is to...