The Urban Guide to the Countryside
Somerset Edition

Category: health & fitness

Mother’s Day in Somerset sorted!

12 Mar 2017

Everywhere gets so darn booked up for Mothering Sunday – as you’ll know, if you’ve ever spent the day before desperately trying to nab a restaurant reservation only to find it’s Burger King or bust. So in the interests of being super-organized, we’ve decided to get in there early this year with our guide to what to do with your mother – or your children – on Sunday 26 March (I can think of a few suggestions that aren’t quite in keeping with the spirit of the day, but let’s leave that there).

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Staying power: how to keep going when you want to give up …

20 Feb 2017

I asked personal trainer Zita Alves, a self-confessed former couch potato who now runs the award-winning Zest Bootcamps in Bath and 1-to-1 personal training sessions around Bath and Wells – she was Juliette Binoche’s personal trainer when she was filming Chocolat – for some advice on keeping it up (so to speak)…

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On my soapbox : healthiness shouldn’t be a status symbol

31 Jan 2017

OK, it’s time to clamber back onto my soapbox. Actually, can you just bear with me while I do three sets of tricep dips off it first? As is the drill in January, I’m using this relatively quiet time of year, undistracted by mulled wine and stilton, to ramp up my health and fitness. Eating a bit less, moving a bit more, trying to jiggle into my lycra leggings that I’m sure didn’t feel like tighter than clingfilm this time last year.

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Float your stress away

27 Jun 2016

Are you a floater? I am now! Floating in a sound-proofed, darkened tank of water relaxes the body but more importantly, it’s said to help clear and relax the mind. Don’t know about you but my mind is in urgent need of relaxation. I decided to take the long soak in a warm bath up to the next level and try out the floatation tank at the Buff Urban Day Spa in Taunton, finalist in the Best Day Spa in the Muddy Awards.

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First look: Beyonce’s promo for her new fitness line

11 Apr 2016

I once downloaded a From Coach to Potato to 5K podcast and was mortified to discover that I wasn’t even up to the couch potato level required to start the programme. I became instantly disheartened and my plan to get fit was put off to another day. But I’m always meaning to get into better shape and seeing Beyonce’s hot-of-the-press promo for her new fitness range has me feel a bit twitchy – not necessarily to sweat it out admittedly, but definitely to buy some of the clobber.

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WIN a luxury £1000 spa escape at 5* Stoke Park

17 Mar 2016

WOWZER!!!  You could win a luxury Spa Escape worth £1,000 (yep, one thousand smackeroonies) at the stunning 5 -star Stoke Park in Buckinghamshire. Feast your eyes on this place *wooosh* (that was the sound of my breath being taken away). You could be there enjoying all of this splendiferousness (is that actually a word?), so read on to find out how to enter…

In I float, a vision of loveliness, wearing my flounciest, bouffiest sparkly fairy dress, waving my magic wand – brrrrrrriiing!

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Walk the talk: Sports Relief Mile this weekend

17 Mar 2016

Fancy taking part in this year’s Sports Relief ? You don’t have to run 27 marathons in 27 days like Eddie Izzard, you can walk (in my case), jog or run a single Sports Relief Mile.  I’ve made it easy-peasy for you, here’s a list of venues around Somerset.  Just choose a place, pick a distance (1, 3 or 6 miles), check the times (the start times of runs are staggered at some venues) and enter.

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