Fitness

‘Instead of the holiday buffet, it’s egg and toast at home’

My Money is a series looking at how people spend their money – and the sometimes tough decisions they have to make. Here Priya Aiyer from Canterbury in Kent takes us through a week in her life during the coronavirus pandemic.

Priya is 29 and works full-time as an architect for a global construction company. When she’s not designing buildings, her interests include drawing cartoon illustrations and enjoying a good exercise session to train towards becoming a fitness instructor. She is also active in campaigning for racial equality and diversity.

She lives with her fiancé Ben and his mother. She and Ben would have been on holiday in Madeira this week, but it was cancelled due to the pandemic.

Over to Priya…

I would have preferred to spend this week on holiday with Ben. Alas, Madeira was cancelled so have decided to have the week off anyway to refresh. We

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Candace Cameron Bure’s Trainer Will Inspire You to Move Your Body ASAP

“You get a little spoiled when you have a trainer.”

Understatement of 2020 when it comes to working out, right? That’s what Kira Stokes, the celebrity trainer who works with celebrity clients such as Candace Cameron Bure, Shay Mitchell and Ashley Graham told us when it comes to working out at home since the Coronavirus pandemic hit. 

Fortunately, many celebrity trainers have pivoted to online workouts, including Stokes, who has her own fitness app that offers a free 7-day trial. 

Stokes has been honing her unique method for decades, focusing on the mind and body connection and emphasizing transitions between movements.

“I’m very proud of being 45. It’s a testament to the method to be able to remain healthy and strong,” Stokes told E!. “I really started training clients when I was a sophomore at Boston College. Knowing at that time too that it was my calling, that

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These Body-Positive Influencers Make Us Feel So Good

In a world where Internet trolls like to spend their time tearing others down and where some of Hollywood’s top actresses and models use their fame to spread garbage advice about skinny teas and tonics, it can be a struggle to stay upbeat about our bodies. Fortunately, body-positive influencers all over the world are here to help. So much so that, if you search #bodypositive on Instagram, you’ll be met with over 13 million posts dedicated to spreading love and support for real bodies.

While finding as many body-positive influencers to follow will undoubtedly make your social media feeds a more positive place to spend your free time, actually scouring them out can be a bit of a process. To help fill your feed with relatable content creators and uplifting messages, ahead you’ll find 12 body-positive influencers to follow ASAP. And if you love what you see, be sure to

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In heated political moment, Goya latest company to get stung

SILVER SPRING, Md. (AP) — The supercharged U.S. political landscape has grown potentially more perilous for companies ahead of the 2020 presidential election as Goya, a food company with a tremendously loyal following, discovered this week.

The company that makes products used in many Hispanic cuisines, but whose following extends well outside of that range, is getting some backlash after its CEO praised President Donald Trump at a White House event.

Goya was founded in Manhattan in 1936 by Prudencio Unanue and his wife Carolina, immigrants from Spain. The company calls itself the largest Hispanic-owned food company in the United States.

Robert Unanue, a grandson and now Goya CEO, spoke at a Rose Garden event announcing a “Hispanic Prosperity Initiative” on Thursday.

“We are truly blessed, at the same time, to have a leader like President Trump who is a builder,” Unanue said standing at a podium beside Trump.

Almost

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What to do before you lose your job

Job hunters and those about to become job hunters have to worry about challenges on several fronts — they have to find a job soon, the job has to pay an acceptable amount, and they have to pay their bills and put bread on the table in the meantime.

During this time, they also have to handle the stress of not knowing whether they will lose the house, the car, the savings, the retirement account, and possibly the jewelry and the collectibles.

If you are about to lose your job, time is of the essence to take care of your finances. If you do not have another job lined up, your time out of work may be indefinite and your cash flow uncertain.

Do you have an emergency fund to tide you over for three months, six months, or more?

If you don’t, then you must spring into action in

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Yoga One closed. But the Charlotte community refused to let it end.

Breathe in. Hold at the top.

While the former teachers of Yoga One feel a loss — a loss that none of them saw coming — they hold onto that “special magic of Yoga One.”

Yet, even if they aren’t ready — they breathe out and let it all go. That’s what yogis do.

“In that letting go, there is this creation of space, space for something new,” said yoga teacher Lauren Alexander. “Space for possibility, community, connection — and so much love and magic.”

In that space of creation, the former teachers came together, and dreamed up a new structure to practice yoga.

A sudden ending for a popular Charlotte yoga studio

On the morning of June 23, Rebby Kern taught their regularly scheduled yoga class over Zoom. They promoted their upcoming classes. All seemed normal.

Because of COVID-19, Yoga One had transitioned to digital classes, temporarily closing its

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During Coronavirus, Investment Money Floods Into Wellness

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The coronavirus pandemic has put a damper on a lot of things, but wellness M&A is not one of them.

Consumer interest in being healthy has never been higher, experts agree, and during the COVID-19 pandemic that has translated into higher sales in categories like supplements, at-home fitness and self-care. Deals have followed, with Lululemon paying $500 million for Mirror, an interactive at-home fitness service, Grove Collaborative acquiring Sundaily, a gummy supplement brand centered around skin health, and Nestlé Health Science agreeing to buy a majority stake in Vital Proteins, which makes collagen supplements, beverages and food products.

“Wellness has become the number-one priority for consumers through COVID-19, and likely to remain the top priority for consumers after COVID-19,” said William S. Hood, founder and chief executive officer of William Hood & Co., an investment bank that specializes in the supplements space.

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Pandemic Changes the Face of Pop-Ups

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As retail reopens around the U.S., pop-ups are popping up more than ever.

For the past few years, these temporary retail spaces were all the rage for companies seeking a relatively inexpensive way to test the brick-and-mortar waters. The strategy was so successful with both brands and landlords that pop-ups were pervasive on seemingly every street in urban areas around the country.

Then the pandemic hit and all retail locations were forced to close, including pop-ups. Now that brick-and-mortar sites have begun reopening, the landscape is markedly different. Consumers are still wary of going back to stores as the coronavirus continues to have a profound effect on the way we live our lives. Retailers have had to institute wide-scale changes in how they operate to convince customers that it’s safe for them to return — masks, gloves, Plexiglass shields, constant disinfecting of high-touch

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Why You Should Never, Ever Stop Taking Antidepressants Cold Turkey

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Photo credit: kieferpix – Getty Images

From Prevention

For some people with depression or anxiety, treatment with antidepressants can be a literal lifesaver. But others, depending on any number of reasons—like insurance coverage, unpleasant side effects, or personal preference—may decide to stop taking the drugs.

Teri Biebel, 48, decided to stop venlafaxine (Effexor) with the help of her doctor when she felt like she didn’t need it anymore. “I had severe anxiety, trouble catching my breath, and felt really overwhelmed when I went on Effexor, and it seemed to do the trick,” she says. But 10 years later, “I didn’t feel anxious, I didn’t have depression, I didn’t feel like I needed it.”

But, she says, no one could have prepared her for what it would feel like to stop taking the meds. “It felt like the world’s worst hangover,” she says. “It was painful to lift my head. I

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How spas will look when they reopen after lockdown

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After months of lockdown spent juggling working from home with parenting, health concerns and financial woes, many of us have been left feeling anxious, fatigued and highly strung.

If there was ever a time for self-care it is now. The ultimate spa experience is something many of us are desperate to indulge in, with our sunlight-starved skin and poor posture longing to be pacified by the hands of a professional while surrounded by lavender scented spritzes and soft music.

Just like hairdressers and beauty salons, all spas have been closed since Boris Johnson imposed a nationwide lockdown on 23 March. Now, the government has announced that spas will be allowed to open as early as next week, with Culture Secretary Oliver Dowden announcing on Thursday that beauty salons can resume business as of 13 July.

The date for the grand reopening of personal care establishments was subject to

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