Posts byAmy Bonifas

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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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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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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