Cool running this winter


Christmas is a distant memory, but those extra pounds gained are very much a part of our life today (we blame Ferrero Rocher and Baileys). Lots of you will spring back into your exercise regime – while others are looking for something new and exciting to make you feel fitter for 2017. The answer could […]

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Start your 2017 health kick in style


As the festive season becomes a distant memory, the dreaded detox commences. Record numbers of gym membership sign-ups will be seen in January but will they continue into Feb? Who knows! We can’t make you exercise, but we can help you fill your gym bag with some little treats and essentials that will make you […]

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Ditch the device or embrace the equipment?


Do the latest fitness device gadgets motivate you to exercise and stay healthy, or do they add to the daily stressors that exercise aims to eradicate? Go-go gadget Garmin, Fitbit, Strava apps, Apple watch: the number of fitness gadgets available has exploded over recent years. The wearable tech market is predicted to be worth £27 […]

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Squatober: 30-Day Challenge


No Stoptober for us Janes this month, just a whole lot of beautiful bums! Summer season may be over, but that’s no excuse not to get perfectly perked! Exercise and fitness challenges have been all the rage recently for raising charity awareness. This month we’ve seen people doing 20 press-ups daily for Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder awareness. […]

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HIIS: It’s not just for Rocky


Skipping ropes were all the rage when we were at primary school. Break times were the opportunity for mass skipping challenges, seeing how many people could simultaneously jump in time to a turning rope. The cool kids could run in on an already turning rope, whilst the really cool kids could Double Dutch! The benefits […]

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Beating the Post-Holiday Blues

beating the post-holiday blues

Ugh. That first day back at your work desk – pressing the ON button, making a coffee, repeating your 1-2 sentence snap summary of your recent holiday to every colleague that asks “How was it then?” – it’s the worst. Sure, you should be grateful that you have this job as it helps you afford […]

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London 2012: legacy or lost participation?

London 2012 inspiration

London 2012: sporting legacy or lost participants from sport? Our writer Harriet takes a look into this hot sporting issue. One of the principal reasons for winning the London 2012 bid was the focus on creating a legacy after the Games; to inspire the next generation of athletes and increase mass participation in sport and […]

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Battle of the Fitness Classes: Aqua Aerobics

Aqua aerobics fitness class

Think that aqua aerobics is only for the golden oldies? Think again! Our Battle of the Fitness Classes was only meant to be a three-part series, but our writer Holly couldn’t resist another gym class. This time she’s in the water. Aqua Aerobics: not just for your Nan When I spotted Aqua Aerobics in the […]

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Zumba: battle of the fitness classes

Zumba dancing fitness class

It’s the third part of our fitness class series. Our writer Holly has been close to passing out, ached for days and drank more water than she thought possible. In this latest attempt, she takes on the calorie burning power of Zumba. Zumba I’m a bit late to the Zumba party. I had never tried it […]

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Olympics Heptathlon Battle: Jess vs. Katarina

Jessica Ennis vs Katarina Johnson-Thompson

Here at Average Janes, we love a good bake off, sing off, sew off and cook off. Before GBBO returns to our weekly television programming, there is another head-to-head contest that will hit our television screens: the Rio 2016 Olympic heptathlon battle between our Great British female athletes: Jessica Ennis-Hill vs. Katarina Johnson-Thompson. It’s an […]

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Pilates: Battle of the Fitness Classes

Pilates plank hold

It’s week two in our Battle of the Fitness Class series and our writer Holly is still going strong in her quest to find her perfect exercise class. Having already tried out Spinning, she thought she would take it down a notch with Fitness Pilates at her local gym. Pilates Now this is a very different […]

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Spinning: Battle of the Fitness Classes


Pilates, Spinning, & Zumba! What will win? Our writer Holly went along to three very different fitness classes to see if she could find her perfect exercise. This week she kicks off with a fast-paced spinning workout. I have never held a gym membership because I can’t be trusted not to go straight to the […]

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