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Digital Subscriptions > Healthy Magazine > Sept-19 > We love the church hall workout

We love the church hall workout

Another month, another new fitness trend or boutique gym claiming to offer something different. But there’s a regular of the exercise scene that’s often overlooked – and it’s one that communities need more than ever
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There is a noticeboard. Stuck with a riot of children’s drawings, overlaid with adverts for old-folks’ lunches and playgroups, party entertainers and yoga classes. Traces of glitter spot the parquet looring and, on one bare-brick wall, a plaque marks the occasion of the hall’s opening by an obscure royal. As a clock strikes seven, a group of people, young and old, large and small,file in through the studded oak doors, stopping to chat as shoes are kicked into corners and mats rolled out.

Up and down the country, every day of the week, people head to community spaces to work out, and while the locations might be low-tech and low-glam – there’s no luxury shower gel (and no showers to use it in anyway), no smoothie bar, no associated workout wear available to buy – there’s something these classes do offer that make them genuinely life-changing, in many ways.

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About Healthy Magazine

Welcome to the September issue of healthy! Our intimate health issue is here! The September edition of healthy seeks to end embarrassment around the topic of ‘down-there’ care and give the answers to the questions you won’t find anywhere else. From updates on endometriosis, to an empowering take on orgasms, we hope that this issue will help you to understand your body better. We’ve got a debate on whether or not watching porn can be healthy, advice on the best choice of contraception for you and tips on how you can balance your vaginal microbiome. Don’t worry – there’s no vaginal steaming and not a jade egg in sight! And that’s not all. In addition to our regular features and expert-led content, we’ve also investigated the health impact of microplastics, written about why we’re loving church hall fitness classes and shared some nutritious breakfast recipes for you to try. Plus, we’ve chatted to inspirational women who are paving the way for eco-friendly beauty. Find all this and more in the new issue of healthy.