Those readers participating in Lent may be spurred on by the knowledge that there are only 30 days to go.
My neighbour is using the religious observance to shed a few pounds, but has spurned abstinence in favour of exercise.
‘Yoga, Lucinda. Yoga is the answer,’ he says.
It turns out he is not doing a class, just working his way through Geri Halliwell’s yoga manual – lingering over the photographs, I suspect.
‘Have you mastered many poses?’ I ask him.
‘One. The devil is in the detail and I have it almost perfectly. It’s called The Corpse.’
‘You lie on your back with your eyes closed.’
Now this is the kind of exercise I can sign up to.