Posts byAmy Bonifas

10 outdoor workouts you’ll want to try today

Take your workout into the great outdoors with these nationwide groups and events This summer is the perfect time to mix up your fitness routine and make the most of the country’s most beautiful outdoor spots. From tag rugby on the common to swim sessions at the local lido, we’ve found the best alfresco workouts…
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10 answers to your biggest mental health questions

From using anti-depressants to helping others with a mental health issue, Stephen Buckley, Head of Information at mental health charity Mind, answers your burning questions about mental health With the Heads Together campaign, which is driven by the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge and Prince Harry to end the stigma around mental health, and a…
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‘Clean sleeping’: more than just a fad?

Aidan Innes, health and wellbeing physiologist at Nuffield Health, uncovers the truth about Gwyneth Paltrow’s latest trend – clean sleeping – and whether it can improve your sleep quality for good Actress and health mogul Gwyneth Paltrow recently announced that we should place the same importance on achieving ‘clean sleeping’ as we do on ‘clean eating’.…
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8 healthy holiday hacks you need to try

All the hard work you’ve done to get ready for your summer holiday doesn’t have to be undone – we’ve asked the experts for their healthy hack ideas Wellness blogger Madeleine Shaw, celebrity personal trainer Faisal Abdalla and nutritionist Sarah O’Neill share their quick and easy healthy tips to help you get the most out of…
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7 inspiring ways to be fit and happy as a family

Fitness blogger Paul Stainthorpe, aka Father Fitness, shares his surprising ideas to help you and your family get fitter, healthier and happier this year During school holidays and long weekends, it’s difficult to juggle keeping fit with keeping the kids entertained, so why not combine the two? I transformed from an unfit guy to a super-fit…
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7 of the healthiest UK breaks to book now

From Bath Spa’s healing waters to the Hebrides’ surprisingly sunny islet, travel journalist Joanna Hunter chooses the best spots in the UK for a healthy and re-energising break 1. Best for… sporty sun-seekers Where: The Isle of Tiree, Southern Hebrides, Scotland Why: Billed as Scotland’s answer to Hawaii, Tiree is a tiny island to the…
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8 reasons gardening is the new hobby you need in your life

Whether it’s planting new flowerbeds, nurturing an allotment or simply tending to your indoor plants, gardening can have a huge impact on your physical and mental health. Here are 8 proven reasons you should get green-fingered… Scientists are finding more and more evidence for the ways in which gardening enhances our wellbeing – from increasing…
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Fad or rad? 5 new fitness classes tried and tested

From the latest supercharged cycle class to calming yoga by candlelight, health writer Amy Bonifas reviews the newest workouts to see if they’re worth booking There’s no doubt that switching up your workout routine stops you getting bored, but it’s also key if you want to keep seeing results. According to the experts at Women’s Health, we…
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12 surprisingly healthy date ideas

Fancy trying something new? Try one of these fun and healthy ideas for your next date Spending time together needn’t always mean a takeaway and a bottle of wine. According to research published in the Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, couples who try new things together have higher-quality relationships and couples who get healthy together are three times…
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How to resist the lure of sugary treats

Nutritionist Fiona Hunter gives her indispensable advice on the healthier alternatives to sugary snacks, with tips to help you beat your sweet cravings With the news full of stories covering the negative affects of sugar – from links to weight gain and heart disease to how addictive it can be – we ask nutritionist Fiona Hunter…
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Get healthy with Joe Wicks

Joe Wicks, AKA The Body Coach, is best known for his Lean In 15 HIIT training sessions and healthy meals made in 15 minutes. Here, he shares his top tips for living a healthier life What is wellness? It’s about being happy with your life. For me that means keeping active, drinking loads of water…
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11 tried and tested tricks to help you transform

If you’re looking to transform your health for 2017, who better to take inspiration from than our four amazing Vitality members who completed their 10-week transformation plan? These trusted tips will help you achieve a healthier body and mind for good We gave four Vitality members –Jamie Barnes, Sharon Salter, Samantha Bates and Kevin Molesley…
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7 ways to avoid falling off the Dry January wagon

Have you started on the Dry January challenge this month? Cara Barrett from Alcohol Concern has all the advice you need for staying on track “Dry January isn’t about never drinking again or punishing yourself,” says Alcohol Concern’s Cara Barrett. “It’s just a chance for you to reflect on your drinking patterns and to give your…
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Nadiya Hussain’s spiced biscotti

Instead of mince pies, serve up these Italian biscuits – they’re packed with nuts and dried fruit. Makes 30 Prep time: 20 minutes Cook time: 40 minutes, plus 30 minutes Ingredients: For the biscotti: 350g plain flour, plus extra for dusting 2 tsp baking powder 2 tsp mixed spice 250g golden caster sugar Zest of…
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5 healthier Christmas nibble ideas

Festive canapés and snacks needn’t be high in fat and calories. Our famous foodies share their ultimate festive bites, made with super foods and healthier ingredients. From nutritionist Amelia Freer’s salmon beetroot toasts to Great British Bake Off winner Nadiya Hussain’s spiced pistachio biscotti, these delicious Christmassy bites will help you win at entertaining. 1. The…
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9 alternative festive cities to visit this Christmas

Move over Munich: we’ve discovered the most unusual Christmas markets and festivals around the world. From Hong Kong’s decorated skyscrapers to Gothenburg’s arty pop-up markets, book now for an amazingly different Christmas break 1. Dutch Ice Sculpture Festival Where: Amsterdam, Holland Why: For a cool way to celebrate the holidays, Amsterdam’s annual ice festival is the…
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Am I drinking too much?

It’s that time of year when our diaries start to fill with Christmas parties and festive drinks. But how do you know if you’re overdoing it? We speak to Drink Aware expert, Andrew Russell, about why the festive season can mean you drink more and how to keep it in check It’s no surprise that…
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7 genius ways to beat the winter weight creep

With the cold weather and tempting comfort food, it’s no surprise we each put on an average of 4lb in October. We ask the experts for their tips on staying healthy and keeping the weight off this winter. 1. Forward plan  “Prep your meals. As the days start getting colder, we rely more and more…
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How to give up when you’re a ‘social’ smoker

Colleen Dwyer from Vitality partner Allen Carr’s Easyway reveals the truth behind social smoking and the implications of having the ‘odd’ cigarette 1.1 million people in the UK call themselves social or part-time smokers. If you fit into this category, the NHS Stoptober initiative starting 1 October could be the perfect time to give up for good. We…
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9 rules for achieving better sleep

Co-founder of The Huffington Post and author of The Sleep Revolution, Arianna Huffington gives her golden rules for a peaceful night’s sleep With almost half of us kept awake by stress and one in three people experiencing insomnia, Arianna Huffington’s book The Sleep Revolution looks at ways to tackle the current ‘sleep crisis’ through her…
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5 ways to make the final big push to realise your goals

TV presenter, author and journalist Rebecca Charlton meets the experts who will help you get over that final hurdle to achieve your #MySummerGoal Deciding to go for a new goal and step into the unknown is incredibly motivating, but what about when you’re approaching that final hurdle? By now you’ll be near to the end of completing your…
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4 surprising reasons to get running

We’ve all heard how running is great for your waistline, but there’s a wealth of research that proves it has loads of other surprising health benefits… Whether you’re already jogging around your local streets in preparation for your next running event, or you need extra inspiration to pull on those trainers, the latest research provides…
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