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I was born in Barcelona and have lived in the UK for many years now. I'm a writer, translator (English-Spanish and vice-versa) and I'm a medical doctor and worked in Forensic Psychiatry many years. I also have a BA and a PhD in American Literature and Film, and a Masters in Criminology. I've always loved books and apart from writing them I review them often. I write a bit of everything, check my books for more information and my about page for links. My blog is bilingual, English and Spanish.

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  1. dgkaye says:

    Now that’s a catchy title – Blogilates! 🙂

    1. Yes, Debby. And she designs her own clothes and mats. Some of the instructor are very business like, but Cassy is quite chatty, yes, like a blog. Have an awesome and fit week (ah, Anna at Pop Sugar Fitness is doing a series on exercises in the swimming pool, very apt to the season, just in case…). 🙂

      1. dgkaye says:

        Thanks for the lowdown Olga. 🙂

        1. Thanks, Debby. And let’s keep moving. I was reading your excerpt about weight in menopause. We must have been thinking about the same. 🙂

          1. dgkaye says:

            NO kidding! Writing and computers are not helpful to the old bods. 🙂

          2. Indeed! I tend to put the books on audioversion and walk along while listening… 🙂

          3. dgkaye says:


  2. Good morning, Olga….a great post because the sites you have recommended could work for so many. I believe it is imperative to do something…….because as the body ages, it screams for help:) I began a ten minute stretching workout when my daughter Christie was born 41 years ago – and yes I still do it! I believe this simple exercise routine has saved by bacon on many an occasion….I am still very flexible and, fingers, toes and everything else crossed do not suffer from chronic back or any other kind of pain – which so many seem to suffer with as they age. I also walk everywhere….stopped driving when I returned to the UK/Europe win 1993, and have never regretted it….this means that just about every day I walk somewhere. Nothing to major, but again it keeps everything oiled. When I broke a wrist climbing a mountain in Wales about 20 years ago, the doctors were amazed at the way it healed, and when I mentioned my stretching routine….said it was probably down to that.
    Anyway, thanks again…have been thinking of you and your Mother….as we experience a mini heatwave here in the UK….it’s supposed to reach 34 today! Back to normal by Thursday.

    1. Thanks, Janet. Everything OK (ticking along). If there are no news I should be back next in the UK, at least for a bit, next week, on Tuesday (not sure I’ll be able to reply to comments on the blog until late).
      You’re right about keeping active. And yes, some of the instructors have workouts even for the days when you’re not feeling too great or just recovering from something (both Adrienne and Jessica are very good at that), but most of them will tell you to adapt the exercises and the routines to what you can do and keep going and build up. I do love walking, although I must say no matter how thick the gloves in winter my hands tend to suffer if it’s very cold. I’m posting a review of book on Friday about a man who also does (I hope still today) a lot of walking (he jokes in the book that one of his students calculated that he must have walked the equivalent to a third of the way to the moon).
      I hope we might meet some time soon (I keep thinking about your painting workshops in Portugal. Let’s hope things settle…)
      Thanks and have a lovely week, Janet.

      1. I have a feeling that we will meet when the timing is right:) As for Portugal…I think you would love it….Off to do my stretching…janet:)

        1. Enjoy! And yes, I think you’re right!

  3. You’re absolutely right Olga. People don’t have to spend all that money on gyms and “classes” — unless they just want to, and I think that’s the case with many. Great tips. Have fun!

    1. Thanks, Teagan! There is a social aspect to going to the gym, that’s true and some people feel more motivated if they exercise with others, but I’ve also known people who only go there to socialize… Have a great week!

  4. Thanks for an informative and useful post, Olga. I am always telling people that they don’t need expensive gym memberships to stay fit, and these free video channels prove that. In my case, I got a dog to help me stay fit, and to make me exercise. Younger people can do the same. They can run with the dog, instead of walking!
    Best wishes, Pete.

    1. Very true, Pete! When I was pet sitting a few months back I also exercised my arms as one of the dogs loves to retrieve balls (I’m not a very good ball thrower, but I improved!)

  5. What a terrific resource, Olga. Thanks. Regular exercise is a must if there’s any hope of counteracting the negative impact of sitting for extended periods of time in front of a keyboard. And being able to do a quick 20-30 minute routine in the convenience of your own home, means it might become more routine than wishful thinking!

    1. I agree, Jo-Anne. I was pretty good about going to the gym when I was working as I’d just take my gym things and drive straight there from work, but when you’re at home a lot of the time it’s a bit different. I do try and start the day that way although sometimes that means I’m quite tired already, but it’s a good feeling to know you’ve done something positive. And there’s a lot of variety (that depending on where one lives might not be available everywhere). Take care!

  6. Thanks, Olga. These are terrific sites. I do a lot of Pilates so I will definitely be following Blogilates. I’ve bookmarked a few other sites, as well.

    1. Thanks, Michelle. Blogilates is great and she has an App too. She’s very creative. Quite a few of the other sites have some pilates workouts every so often or mix and match. Some of the ballet and barre workouts are a bit similar. Some of the exercises are not about big moves but about many repetitions. And they are killers! Enjoy!

  7. Great list of resources, Olga! Thanks! I’m bookmarking this post so I can retrieve it a check these channels out when I need a bit more than the standard walk I do 4 times a day with my dog! I like to follow people who aren’t trying to kill me, though… 😉

    1. Now, Lorna, don’t be so choosy! Yes, I must admit having a dog is great. If it wasn’t because I’m never in one place for too long I wouldn’t mind, although I do enjoy to try different things (some more than others) 🙂

      1. I used to do the kickboxing and sweat-til-you-drop workouts. Then I got old and grumpy about aching muscles. 😐

        1. I’m still hanging on for dear life but I’m grateful when they post low impact ones or ones for people with bad knees… 😉

          1. Maybe I should do an exercise video for people too pooped to pop. Oh dear, I can feel another blog post coming on… 😉

          2. It sounds like a great one. And one never knows, you might end up famous like ‘Prancercise’…

          3. Oh, I’ve seen that silly video. Too funny. And way too much display of energy and self-esteem!! I was thinking more along the lines of E’ore from Winnie the Pooh.

          4. I must confess I love it when the instructors miscalculate how much effort the workout takes and can hardly finish it. Yours sounds great. I’m sure it would have a big following. 😉

          5. Yes, everyone gets to sit and laugh. I especially like the reps where you slap your thighs while doubling over with laughter. Very good for the circulation and building abdominal strength! 😉

          6. Yes! I have been to some yoga classes that are challenging, especially when the teacher insist you’re not going to fall over (tell my body that!). 😉

          7. Been there, fell over, didn’t go back!

          8. I kept going and kept falling. Not sure it helps with flexibility but it builds the character!

          9. Oh, I didn’t know I was supposed to be working on my core character… 😉

          10. Well, core is core! 😉

  8. Thanks for recommending these sites, Olga! I think it’s a great idea, especially if you’re traveling or don’t have time to go to the gym. I’m going to Pin this post! 😉

    1. Thanks, Vashti. I must confess that they’ve become a part of my life (some friends even) 🙂

  9. Great links, Olga! Thank you for sharing!

    1. From your blog I get the feeling that you’re always on the go, but some might come handy at some point.

      1. Oh not always, Olga. Most of the time I am just sitting in front of the screen. These videos can give me some good ideas.

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