Weight training can help us maintain muscle mass and strength, better mobility and metabolic and cardiovascular health. It may help ease or prevent depression and anxiety and promote mental sharpness. Photograph: iStock
The yin and yang of weightlifting

One of my favourite movements at the gym is called a farmer’s carry. You hold a heavy weight – for me, around 95lb (43kg) – in each hand and attempt t(...)

Juliane Mitchell with an Irish dancing trophy in a dress embroidered by her mother. Her medals are displayed behind her in a display made in Long Kesh by her father, a leading loyalist paramilitary who became a cross-comunity activist

“When you come to see me during the Easter break, I trust you will bring your medal with you and tell me all about the festival.” These words were wr(...)