Those women in the magazines did a job on my head — after all, I was one of them

My sordid past, as captured in Oxygen magazine, 2003–2004

TThe media has changed its tune. First they told me I had to be beautiful and fit. Now they tell me I need to build my self-confidence, regain my self-esteem, and separate my self-image from how my body looks. They insist I need to put aside my own self-loathing not…

Harness the brilliance of permission-based marketing to sell more of your books

A person sits in front of a laptop with a smartphone in their hand.
(Photo by Maxim Ilyahov on Unsplash)

How do you sell something that nobody knows about?

You can’t.

Luckily, that’s not your problem. Let’s say you’ve written a novel, and have had it professionally edited and proofread. Your words are brilliant, your cover design is just perfect. Your marketing is practically done; after all, you’ve built up…

You can still get a great workout without dumbbells

A group of women perform exercises with resistance bands in a fitness studio.
Keep that core strong! (Image credit: Geert Pieters on Unsplash)

Maybe you’re traveling. Maybe you want to work out at home. Maybe you don’t want to work out at home, but you can’t get to your gym because it’s 2020 and nothing is fair.

Also, because it’s 2020, dumbbells are sold out everywhere. The first wave of lockdowns caused a…

How to perform the full-body biceps curl for maximum effect

A muscular man in a tank top and baseball cap curls a dumbbell.
No, you’re doing it wrong. Put your back into it. (Image credit: Anastase Maragos on Unsplash)

The full-body biceps curl is a powerhouse of a move. When done properly, it’s the only exercise you need at the gym. It works every muscle in your body.*

First, choose your weights. No, not those little ones that anyone can lift. Move down the rack to the Serious Weights…

Karen Hough

Writer, editor & blogger ~ Fitness nerd with a BSc. (Hon.) Human Kinetics ~ Owner of aspirational sweatpants ~

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