With International Women’s Day and Mother’s Day just around the corner, what better time to celebrate some of the awesome women making waves in the health and wellness industry? It’s important we do, since I’ve discovered that statistically, women are less likely than men to get enough exercise – especially when it comes to muscle-building workouts. So without further ado, here are a few women I admire and want to see much, much more of.
We all have great intentions of making those weekly yoga and Pilates classes, but sometimes life gets in the way. Which is why I’m such a fan of Adriene Mishler, a yogi from Texas. With the aim of making yoga accessible for all, her Yoga With Adriene YouTube videos have landed her more than 4 million subscribers – and growing – and her soothing instructions make it easy to forget savasana is happening in your living rom, instead of an idyllic beach somewhere.
Heard of kick-ass trainer Laura ‘Biceps’ Hoggins? The PT and coach is on a one-woman mission to get more of us lifting weights. Her podcast, Biceps and Banter, sees her tackle the stigma women face when hitting the weights section, as well as her emotional journey to strength training. Keen to start lifting? Laura’s book, Lift Yourself, is full of no-nonsense, practical advice, and just enough gentle encouragement. (And don’t forget, CBD is a great tool for recovery.)
My final mention goes to Giovanna Fletcher. The Sunday Times best-selling author is the host of the Happy Mum, Happy Baby podcast, which last month featured the Duchess of Cambridge (who revealed even she gets ‘mum guilt’ too – who knew?). In her podcast, mum-of-three Giovanna talks to women about their parenting journeys and mental health – and considering the increasing pressures new mums find themselves facing, I reckon it’s about time.
As well as cheering on impressive women doing their thing, we’ve been busy finalising our new skincare range, inspired by the beauty of raw nature. Full-spectrum (using the whole Cannabis Sativa L plant) and vegan-friendly, the products have all been created using soil association certified essential oils. Our aim? To bring about that glorious feeling of being in nature – think long, foggy walks on muddy moors, and lazy afternoons stomping through meadows of wildflowers.
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A few things we like the sound of this month…
How Did We Get Here? Teaming up with clinical psychologist Professor Tanya Byron, Strictly Come Dancing presenter Claudia Winkleman hosts my new favourite podcast. Exploring everything from romantic relationships to awkward family dynamics, the pair speak to real people about issues affecting them. Like a soothing cup of tea for the soul, it’s surprisingly insightful.
Good Gym. Fancy getting fit by doing good? Good Gym is a social enterprise where runners around the UK take on tasks for elderly or vulnerable people in the community, as well as helping out local schools, hospitals and care homes. Jog to your ‘mission’, and do some good for those who need it and you’ll sleep sounder than you have done in years.
Chatty cafes. According to research, loneliness can be as bad for our health as smoking 15 cigarettes a day. One solution? Chatty Cafes. With over 900 cafes taking part across the UK, ‘Chatter and Natter’ tables create spaces for people to chat over tea – what could be nicer?