Posts byAmy Bonifas

Vitality’s 2019 healthy food forecast

Keen to experiment more in the kitchen? Our food forecast is filled with healthy new ingredients and recipes tipped by experts to be huge in the New Year. From unusual flavours (hemp oil, anyone?) to healthier cooking methods, there’s no shortage of weird and wonderful new healthy food trends to try in 2019. With a…
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How to look after your liver this holiday season

Feeling festive but also frazzled? We ask nutritional expert Geeta Sidhu-Robb for the best science-backed ways to recover from all those social events and boost your energy. The Christmas office parties and festivities are in full swing, but what steps can you take to look after your body? Nutritionist Geeta Sidhu-Robb shares her advice for…
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Vitality’s 2019 fitness forecast

From AI personal trainers to underwater boxing, here are the top 2019 fitness trends of the future you need to know. Looking to shake up your exercise routine in the New Year? From amazing new digital tech to the latest gym class trends, 2019 brings plenty of inspiration for sweating your way through the year……
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3 easy dishes you can cook for under £1

It’s easy to cook delicious, healthy food while keeping it budget friendly. Chef and author Miguel Barclay shares three economical meals to see you through the week. Author of three thrifty cookbooks, Miguel Barclay is championing a mini budget-cooking movement. With his genius kitchen tips and shortcuts, he’s proving to thousands (296,000 Instagram followers and…
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How to save money this festive season

Overspending during the festive season inevitably leads to financial pain in January. Financial journalist and author Laura Whateley shares how you can take control of your seasonal spending. With the amount of additional expenses we incur over the festive season – from fairy lights and food, to parties and presents – it should come as…
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Cook like Prue: 3 of her favourite healthy recipes

Love Great British Bake Off? Want to channel your inner Prue in the kitchen? The cooking legend shares her healthy tips for creating deliciously colourful dishes for lunch, dinner and dessert. “The way we eat, and what we eat, has changed hugely in my lifetime,” says Prue Leith, restauranteur and co-host of the Great British…
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A beginner’s guide to training for a triathlon

Sports coach to the stars Greg Whyte believes that anyone can complete a triathlon. Here, he offers his expert advice for people looking to get started with the growing sport. Triathlon is a multi-sport endurance race consisting of swimming, cycling and running. Despite its elite reputation, it has become something of a trend in recent…
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10 of the best: feel-good summer getaways

Ready to book the ultimate summer break? Check out these incredible, sun-drenched spots, hand-picked by our partner Mr & Mrs Smith With the summer holidays fast-approaching, it’s time to book that well-deserved break. We ask the travel experts at Mr & Mrs Smith for the best spots around the world to soak up the sun…
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What’s inside Jess Ennis-Hill’s fridge?

Find out the five key ingredients the Olympic gold medallist keeps to hand If you were to look inside your fridge right now, what would you see? Whether it’s tonight’s batch-cook dinner, a stack of kid’s lunchboxes or plenty of gourmet treats, we are what we eat (apparently), so your fridge could reflect more about…
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8 small acts of kindness we can all do

Did you know that being kind to others is proven to make you healthier? Here are eight quick and simple ways to spread the love It’s no surprise that being kind can help us feel happier, but it can also be the key to living longer. A recent BMC Public Health review found that helping…
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7 things we learnt from joining a sports team

Our #WomenInSport teammates share the amazing benefits of joining a local sports team and their tried-and-tested tips to get started Tempted to try something new but lacking in confidence or motivation? We set a group of brilliant women the challenge of trying out a new sport and joining a local team – choosing from rugby,…
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Where do I find my sports team?

Ready to try a new sport? Whether it’s football, hockey, rugby or netball, here’s how you can get started with your local team No matter your age, fitness ability or interest, there’s a sports team out there for you. Joining is easy and the benefits of being involved in a team sport are proven to…
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10 ways to banish your gym floor fears

Personal trainer Emily Cole shares 10 ways to boost your confidence and own your workout at the gym There’s no denying that the gym can be a daunting place sometimes, with 80% of us dropping out within the first eight weeks of signing up due to feeling uncomfortable or suffering from ‘gymtimidation’. Sport England’s recent…
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Why we all need to be more ‘emotionally intelligent’ at work

Want to become a stronger leader or better at handling difficult situations? Author and happiness researcher Andy Cope has the answer It turns out that ‘emotional intelligence’ is the key to better relationships and happiness. After 12 years of research into positive psychology, Andy Cope, co-author of The Little Book Of Emotional Intelligence: How To Flourish…
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5 wellness food trends debunked by the Angry Chef

Confused about fats? Worried that sugar is ‘toxic’? Have no fear – Anthony Warner (aka the Angry Chef) busts six ‘clean eating’ myths in favour of science-backed evidence Anthony Warner – The Angry Chef / Photo: Mark Rusher Chef and author Anthony Warner first started blogging when he heard a wellness blogger speak…
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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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