Wednesday 1st April 2020

Tag: exercise

How to get your money back

I recently had an issue with my gym. I signed up with a special offer – giving me a free month – and it has failed to materialise. They also subsequently said they’d give me another free month – this time, because the pool was closed for a whole month – and this, too, has…


Emma Leaven and the weighty puzzle

This cartoon is part of a series of graphic strips by Steve Bee, author of the Pension Guru cartoons. Join Emma and her family as they muddle through life puzzling over any-and-all things personal finance.


Getting fit for less

We may be in the middle of summer, but that doesn’t mean you should wait until the new year to start those resolutions! Looking to get fit? Start now. In order to keep it up you need to find something you want to do – do you want to work out on your own, with…


Get fit: get paid

You know the cliché: new year, new you. Early January sees the gyms filling up, the streets full of pavement pounders, and empty fruit and veg aisles, as we look to shed some of the excesses of the holiday season. But, with nearly a third of us abandoning our New Year’s resolution by the second…

Gardening Self-sufficient

Ever thought of sharing your garden? Now renters can reap the benefits

When life’s filled with unpredictable financial instability, being as self-sufficient as possible can help. For private tenants, the possibility of moving house is always on the cards, and I know I’m not the only one sick to death of renting. How did I deal with this stressful situation? I dealt with it by gardening, and…

Running Fitness

How to get fit and save money

I never ever thought I would say this, but being fit and healthy ranks pretty high on my list of life priorities. Having spent most of my twenties drinking and eating far too much, the only exercise I ever got was chucking shapes on the dancefloor in a questionable club. While that was all excellent…


Simple ways to spend your free time

During the week, I work hard. I’ve got an office job, I have a delightful 40 min each way commute, I attend a couple of exercise classes and there’s TV that just insists upon being watched. Seven seasons of the Gilmore Girls on Netflix aren’t going to watch themselves, my friends! At the weekends though, the…


My left foot: is it all over for our would-be marathon runner?

Quick update cos we need to talk. Okay, you know that thing in my JustGiving ‘Story’? The thing where I say it’s ‘at least 50% likely’ I won’t be able to do what it is I’ve promised to do (i.e. run the Budapest Marathon)? You thought I was joking…but I wasn’t. I’m now giving myself…

Marathon Running

Five marathon training tricks for the over-40s

  I will run my first marathon this October in Budapest, rather than London, which is where I work, or Brighton, my hometown. I opted for an October race because it means you get to train when it’s relatively warm, light and sunny. Even in Britain. Those other marathons are in April, meaning you have…



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