Lisa Buckingham

Health & Fitness Journalist

About Me

I'm a health and fitness journalist with 16 years' experience. Until I went freelance, I was Health Editor on Best magazine and Contributing Editor on Zest. After doing a Masters in journalism, I started out as a sub-editor – a great grounding for making me obsessive about checking facts and never, ever misquoting experts. Health and fitness has always been my passion and it's what I've written about since I became a journalist. I've also co-written a book on triathlon for beginners (Triathlon Made Easy).

I've written for...

Newspapers: The Guardian, The Observer, Daily Mail, Daily Express, The Independent

Magazines: Woman, Woman's Own, Good Housekeeping, Weight Watchers, Runner's World, Gurgle, Prima Baby, Women's Running, Top Santé, Triathlete's World, Best, Zest, AXA's Good Health, Lloyds Pharmacy, BUPA's Health News.


My Services




I provide well-researched, engaging features and news pages for national newspapers, magazines and websites. I also produce sponsored content for corporate clients, such as Shredded Wheat and Sony, and content for websites.

As a runner, triathlete, snowboarder and climber, I practise what I preach and regularly review events and kit. I'm not a fan of marketing claims that don't deliver, so I never write about anything that's a waste of money or copy from press releases.

My bulging contacts book is full of experts from oncologists and dietitians to exercise physiologists and sports coaches, ensuring that my copy is always backed up with the latest and safest expertise.

I also cover travel, having been on press trips all over the world, from paragliding and snowmobiling in the French Alps to scuba diving in the Philippines.

What my editors say...

I have really enjoyed working with Lisa over the past nine years – she wrote a regular monthly column for The Guardian's Do Something magazine about different ways to exercise and a regular slot in Weekend magazine. She is reliable and enthusiastic, and, most importantly, prepared to go the extra mile in terms of coming along to shoots and working with designers. She's also full of ideas and writes engagingly on all aspects of fitness and exercise.

Emma Cook, commissioning editor, Guardian G2

I commissioned Lisa over a number of years when I was editing AXA's Better Health. She was one of my regulars, writing at least a feature per issue, often two. I kept re-commissioning her because absolutely everything she did was well researched and always factually checked and correct, which is hugely important when writing about health – and not as common as you’d like to think. Added to that, Lisa was a joy to deal with, her copy arrived ahead of deadline and it was always a pleasure to read. If you want a job done well, Lisa is the go-to person!

Michele Simmons, chair of the Guild of Health Writers

Lisa is one of those journalists that is reliable, adheres to deadlines, always goes the extra mile to get a really good story and files accurate and interesting copy.

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