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Top ten posts in April 2022, #icymi

Cate is still menstruating

Marjorie had advice about keeping fit while recovering from hysterectomy

Sam tells the story of her sad knee saga

Nicole writes about things she doesn’t feel when doing yoga

Catherine reblogged an older piece about HIIT

Catherine also blogged about what to wear when turning 60

David, nobody cares writes Nicole

Sam is looking forward to a summer of micro-adventures

Guest blogger Michelle talks about compression leggings as an obstacle to exercise

Christine is the model of middle aged martial artist

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Top Ten Posts in February 2022, #icymi

A white maxipad on a blue background with red beads as stylized drops of blood. Photo by Alexander Sergienko on Unsplash.

First, it’s Cate and menstruation in her 50s. Her post about it almost always makes the top 10 list. This month it’s the most read post.

Second, Sam asks if we should give up calling a certain winter sports hairstyle ‘slut strands’.

Third, Marjorie’s guest post on keeping fit while healing from hysterectomy.

Fourth, Dear Fieldpoppy answers, As a good feminist, what do I do with my body shame?

Fifth, Tracy reminds us that it’s Not too late to start Yoga with Adriene’s January MOVE practice #YWA

Abstract multicoloured swirls of red and teal. Photo from Unsplash.

Sixth, is Elan’s interview Inclusion on Bodybuilding and Gym Culture.

Seventh, Sam’s older post Crotch shots, upskirts, sports reporting, and the objectification of female athletes’ bodies.

Eighth, is Diane on children’s participation in high performance sports.

Ninth, it’s Martha’s post Recognizing diversity in body shapes and parts.

Tenth, Cate is counting.

Red heart on book page. Image by
Andrej Mitin, from Scopio.
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Top Ten Posts, September 2021, #ICYMI

The two most read posts in September are all about menopause.

Alexis’ review of the Menopause Manifesto was our most read post of the month.

And second was Cate’s chestnut about still menstruating in her 50s.

Third was Cate’s post/rant about media coverage of a doctor claiming that we all need to fit into the same jeans we wore when we were 21, or risk death by diabetes. Bah!

Fourth was another oldie, loved by search engines everywhere on crotch shots and the objectification of women athletes.

Fifth was Alexis’ review of What Fresh Hell is This?.

Sixth was Tracy’s 57th birthday post, reflections on her birthday, what it all means, especially during the pandemic.

Yellow and white floral cake. Happy Birthday! Photo by  Erin Schmerr  on  Scopio

Seventh was A Milestone & Kind Strangers (Guest Post) by Joy.

Grayscale photo of bicycle on grass field. Photo by  yagnik vasani  on  Scopio

Eighth, Catherine wrote about the 10 percent happier app a few months ago.

Ninth, this month Catherine blogged about new research on metabolism.

And our tenth post read was Cate’s story of softening her completist personality while bike riding in Bulgaria.

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Top Ten August 2021 Posts, #ICYMI

Weirdly this August almost all of the most read posts come from the past. Only two of the most read posts were actually written this month.

This list of most read posts will be familiar by now. Lol.

First, it’s Cate and menstruation in her 50s. Her post about it almost always makes the top 10 list. This month it’s the most read post.

Second, it’s Sam on crotch shots and sports reporting from years ago–Crotch shots, upskirts, sports reporting, and the objectification of female athletes’ bodies.

Our third most read post was actually written this month by Nicole, her good natured look at whether swimming, biking, or running is better for you.

Beyonce Biking GIF

Fourth, Sam’s older post about safe cycling as a disability rights issue had a moment on Twitter this month.

Fifth, Marjorie’s guest post on keeping fit while healing from hysterectomy.

The next three most read posts, sixth, seventh, and eighth, were all by Catherine–ten percent happier app, biggest loser, and yoga pose alternatives.

Ninth, was Sam’s fan post for the Whatever’s Comfortable ad. I still like that post and I’m still a fan of the ad and its body comfortable vibe.

Whatever’s Comfortable. Image is a bearded man on a beach holding a drink wearing swimming trunks and sunglasses.

Ten, guest blogger Joy Cameron is bike packing and telling her story. Her first post is here.

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Top Ten Posts in June 2021 #ICYMI

  1. Kim tells the tale of Naomi Osaka vs The Patriarchy
  2. Cate at 53 1/2 was still menstruating
  3. Why is it so hard to find athletic suits for larger swimmers? asks Diane. 
  4. Catherine asks What’s wrong with “Rearranging your Post-Pandemic ‘Friendscape’
  5. What Fresh Hell is This, a book review by Alexis Shotwell (guest)
  6. Christine interviews her fitness icon
  7. Catherine also hopes that The Biggest Loser won’t be renewed for another season.
  8. Ten Percent Happier app is free for many types of frontline workers, thanks Catherine.
  9. Catherine writes about scuba diving while fat.
  10. Nicole reflects on sneezing while middle aged.
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Top Ten Posts in May 2021, #ICYMI

The first three posts are from months and years past:

At 53 1/2 Cate was still menstruating and her post about it is always on our top ten list.

Catherine has fervent hope for 2021: that “The Biggest Loser” won’t be renewed for a 19th season.

Keeping Fit While Healing from Hysterectomy by Marjorie

From this month:

Catherine tells it like it is–Anti-fat-shaming videos: don’t do more harm than good, folks!

Cate writes The transcendence of moving your body: The Superhuman Strengths of Alison Bechdel’s new book

More from the past:

My Metabolic Age is WHAT?? asks Nicole

My 2013 post about crotch shots always makes this list. Surprise!

And again from this month:

Appreciating All the Moments (guest post) Michele A.

Diane reminds us not to aim to win Darwin awards!

Cate gets the scoop on vaccine shedding and reassures people it’s not actually a thing that can happen

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April’s most read posts, #ICYMI

April calendar, Unsplash
  1. Catherine is hoping… Fervent hope for 2021: that “The Biggest Loser” won’t be renewed for a 19th season

2. Cate (at 53) was still menstruating… I’m 53 and a half and I’m still menstruating: is this a good thing?

3. Marjorie was keeping fit… Keeping Fit While Healing from Hysterectomy (Guest Post)

4. Covid vaccines and vaginas, Cate rounds it up

5. Nicole was aghast…My Metabolic Age is WHAT??

6. Cate asked… Where does anti-vax/anti-mask rhetoric fit into the fitness community?

7. Crotch shots and sports reporting (by Sam from 2013!) was our 5th most read post.

8. Sam checked in… Sam is checking in for March (late, because sad)

9. Can evil companies change their ways? pondered Sam

10. Yoga Without Yoga is not Yoga, says Susan

Bonus 5! ( I couldn’t resist)

11. Catherine declared…We can workout, run for office, not be haters and wear a mask, all at the same time

12. Nat sends notes to her younger self… My high blood pressure 7 year anniversary

13. Cold water swimming? Sam is tempted

14. When being too much is just right writes Nicole

15. Catherine assesses physical activity and covid risks and declares it complicated

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Most Read Posts in 2020

Our most read posts of the year, not necessarily written in 2020. The popularity of some early blog classics lives on. Not surprisingly many of the 2020 popular posts were about covid-19.

The most popular post of the year was COVID-19 and the gym, written by guest bloggers and building engineers Cara and Sarah. (2020)

At 53.5 Cate was still menstruating and her post about that was the second most read post on the blog. (2018)

JLo and Shakira are very fit older babes. They performed at a football game, controversy ensued, and Sam blogged about it here in our third most read post. (2020)

Our fourth most read post was all about Sam watching Brittany Runs a Marathon so you didn’t have to. (2020)

Crotch shots, sports photography and the objectification of athletes bodies is an older blog post with words in the title that often get put into search engines. Sam’s seven year old post was our fifth most read post. (2013)

Our sixth most read post was also from 2013. It’s Sam on sexual depravity, bike seats and speed. (2013)

Catherine had things to say about the NYT six minutes workout. That was the seventh most read post of the year. (2020)

The eighth most read post was Tracy doesn’t want to be a Precision Nutrition VIP membe. (2018)

Tracy also blogged about the “covid 19” and how she thinks it’s fat phobic. That was the ninth most read blog post of the year. (2020)

Finally, the tenth most read post was another old one by Sam about CrossFit and women’s bodies. (2014)

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2020’s Top Posts

These are most read posts in 2020 that were also written in 2020. Tomorrow I’ll share a list of most read posts in 2020, regardless of when they were written.

1. COVID-19 and the gym, guest bloggers and building engineers Cara and Sarah weigh in.

2. JLo and Shakira are very fit older babes. They performed at a football game, controversy ensued, and Sam blogged about it here.

3. Sam watched Brittany Runs a Marathon so you didn’t have to.

4. Catherine had things to say about the NYT six minutes workout.

Ernie and Bert and the number 6

5. Tracy blogged about the covid 19 and how she thinks it’s fat phobic.

6. Catherine on yoga posts she cant do and what she does instead.

Cat yoga

7. What is really okay for exercising outside, in Covid times, by Cate.

8. Catherine writes that women with jobs occasionally also wear bathing suits.

9. Burpees are bad for you? Sam is surprised

Dog and owner do burpees

10. Here’s a great thing about zoom yoga, by Catherine.

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Top ten posts in April, #ICYMI

Okay, it’s no shock, but almost all of the top posts for April 2020 are pandemic related. If you’re wanting to escape covid-19 related material, look away.

Look away gif

I like it when Tracy comes back to the blog. We miss her voice around here. Her post, The “covid 19” isn’t funny, it’s fat shaming and fat phobic, was the most read post by a long shot. More than 1200 people read her post.

One exception to the “all Covid-19 all the time” theme in our top ten list is of course Cate’s post on still menstruating at 53 and 1/2. That was the second most read post of the month!

Martha’s post on mental health and self care was our third most read post of the month.

Our fourth most read post was Marjorie Rose asking if Covid-19 could be the end of Keto and diet extremism.

Bread! Photo by Andrew Wong on Unsplash

We’re full of questions around here and sometimes there just aren’t clear answers. Catherine’s post asking if Covid-19 cared what you weigh was our fifth most read post.

The sixth most read blog post was by Nicole who blogged about her experiences with running in these strange times and feeling like a devious runner.

A woman running, with blurry orange shoes. Photo by Filip Mroz on Unsplash.

Catherine’s older post on the 6 minute workout was number 7. Home workouts are popular right now!

We’re all indoor cats now, says Cate. Her part 1 of that post was number 8.

A cat looking at a dripping tap. Photo by Kazuky Akayashi on Unsplash

We’re also all (fake) epidemiologists now too, says Cate. That post was number 9.

I love it when guest posts get a lot of reads. Thanks Mary for sharing your story What does retirement, Covid19, an orange cast and a cancelled race, have in common?  with our readers. That post was the 10th most read post of April 2020.