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GET STARTED CALISTHENICS

Go back to basics by using your body weight as resistance – no gym required

It may sound fancy, but calisthenics is actually simply body weight training. Originating in ancient Greece, its name comes from kálos, meaning beauty, and thénos, meaning strength. At the basic end of the spectrum are moves like press-ups; at the more extreme is the gravity-defying human flag (Google it). ‘I sometimes call it poor man’s gymnastics, due to the principles of beautiful strength and controlled movements – but without the spandex!’ says David Jackson, cofounder of Nottingham’s School of Calisthenics.

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Discover a #BodyofKnowledge in the October/November edition of healthy magazine, in which we reveal the results of our Body MOT reader survey. In light of Breast Cancer Awareness month this October, we also talk to three women about their very different experiences of the disease. Plus, we explore the world's best natural beauty secrets from Australia to South Korea, and take a fresh look at the 'F' word (fat, that is!). As the seasons change, keep your health and happiness on track with the new digital issue of healthy.