Women’s health and fitness most at risk if leisure facilities stay closed

Ongoing closures of gyms, swimming pools and leisure centres are “disproportionately” affecting women, according to Sport England, which warns gender inequalities have been exacerbated by lockdown.

The Government-formed body expressed concern to MPs that the clock is being turned back after women’s sporting participation was boosted by last year’s football, netball and cricket world cups.

Activity levels were at record highs pre lockdown, but “less women than men” have been able to be active as families were placed under pressure by Covid-19.

“We’ve seen an exacerbation of inequalities that existed before lockdown,” said Alison Donnelly, executive director of communications and marketing at Sport England.

The Commons’ Digital, Culture, Media and Sport Select Committee praised Donnelly over the Sport England-backed This Girl Can campaign, which was first developed in 2015 to promote sport and activity among women, and since then has inspired four million women to act.

“In terms of

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BetterMe is the fitness app you’ll want to keep around long after gyms open

BetterMe is the fitness app you'll want to keep around long after gyms open
BetterMe is the fitness app you’ll want to keep around long after gyms open

TL;DR: Get a lifetime subscription to the BetterMe Home Workout and Diet app for $39.99, a 96% savings as of June 29.

Just starting your workout journey? There’s an app for that. Too busy to exercise? There’s an app for that, too. You miss the gym and need to work out with a personal trainer to stay motivated? More than likely, there are digital fitness experts right at your fingertips.

Regardless of where you are in your fitness journey or how much time you have to spare, we’ve found an app that can basically do it all. It’s called BetterMe and a lifetime subscription is on sale for only $40.

Whether you’re a total exercise noob or a certified pro, looking to lose weight or feel more at peace with your body, there are courses on

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This duo wants to help you find the best fitness class

With the recent boom of apps like ClassPass and workouts like those offered by Orange Theory, SoulCycle and Pure Barre, it can feel overwhelming to dive into the world of fitness classes — especially when you aren’t sure what you’re getting yourself into.

Elizabeth Endres and Dale Borchiver, the co-founders behind the popular blog and Instagram account, Sweats and the City, had no idea that reviewing their fitness classes and giving healthy lifestyle tips could become a full-time job.

But in 2016, that’s exactly what they did, and now their Instagram account has amassed more than 88,000 followers.

“Sweats and the City is an all-encompassing health and fitness lifestyle blog,” Borchiver told In The Know. “We’ve got health, we’ve got beauty — everything from facials to food. We really like to make it a go-to destination for New Yorkers and beyond.”

The idea originated with Dale and Elizabeth were

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The Best Exercises to Do at Your Desk, According to Fitness Pros

Photo credit: Westend61 - Getty Images
Photo credit: Westend61 – Getty Images

From Good Housekeeping

Let’s get real: sitting with perfect posture is tough work.

We’re talking about keeping the spine straight, the vertebrae and pelvis stacked on top of each other … keeping your abs slightly squeezed with your shoulders rolled back and down, away from your ears. It’s a lot to think about. Since holding perfect sitting posture requires quite a bit of muscle endurance and mental space, it’s challenging to maintain for 10-15 minutes let alone eight hours.

As the work day progresses, we slip into slouch-mode, over-stressing certain muscles and compromising our shoulder, hip, and back health. You might feel tight, sore, and even foggy after a long desk-bound day. In fact, some studies suggest that sitting for prolonged periods can decrease blood flow to the brain, reducing your mental productivity. What’s more, doctors have found that a sedentary lifestyle can

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