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How to Correctly Perform a… Press-Up

Press-ups are one of the most basic and common exercises that build upper body strength and improve core strength and stability. They feature in a wide range of workouts including strength and cardio routines, and are also really easy to incorporate into your home workout.  We asked Senior Physiotherapist, Beverley Gorbutt from Ascenti for her expert…
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Cleopatra Cauliflower Salad Recipe with Samantha Murray

Sometimes salads don’t seem exciting, but it’s all about what you add to them! We asked olympian Samantha Murray to share one of her favourite recipes with us – her Cleopatra Cauliflower Salad recipe is gluten-free, vegan and is packed with goodness and flavour, perfect for summer.  Ingredients Extra virgin olive oil Onion Medium sized…
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How To Correctly Perform a… Squat

The squat is a popular lower body strength exercise that works your glutes, quads, and hamstrings and strengthens your core. Squats are included in all types of workouts and are an easy exercise to do at home.  We asked Senior Physiotherapist, Beverley Gorbutt from Ascenti for her expert advice on how to get the technique right…
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How To Correctly Perform a… Plank

The plank is a simple, static exercise that uses bodyweight to strengthen your core. Planking is commonly practiced in yoga and pilates, but can also be included in cardio or strength workouts to help train your core. It’s also a great exercise to do at home.  We asked Senior Physiotherapist, Beverley Gorbutt from Ascenti for her…
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How To Improve Your Sleep Quality

Struggling to sleep? It’s not easy to relax at the best of times, let alone during a pandemic, but there are some techniques that can help, as we discover… Sleep is supposed to be the most natural thing in the world, but sometimes the simple act of falling asleep can feel like an impossible task.…
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How To Correctly Perform a… Lunge

Lunges are a simple, easy and effective exercise that train your leg muscles including quads, glutes, hamstrings and calves. It’s a really popular exercise and no equipment is required – all you need is a bit of space. We asked Senior Physiotherapist, Beverley Gorbutt from Ascenti for her expert advice on how to get the…
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5 Science-Backed Hacks For Relieving Anxiety

We all experience anxiety at different points in our lives and it’s a natural human instinct to experience it, but what are the best strategies for dealing with it? We turn to the science to find out… Is your brain permanently whirring? Are you constantly worrying or catastrophising? The good news is that you aren’t…
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Mindful Baking: Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Cookies

You can’t beat that incredible feeling when you share the love through homebaked cookies. Here’s how to master the art… (with no added sugar) For the last few weeks, master baker Matt Adlard has been taking us step by step through some incredible homebaked recipes that we might not otherwise attempt – and the results…
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What the heck is a HIIT workout anyway?

Published: 22 May 2020. HIIT is the fitness phenomenon that refuses to go away. But what exactly is HIIT, how does it get results, and how can you get started with your own home HIIT sessions today? We answer all your questions below… HIIT has been big for many years now with the likes of…
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Mindful Baking: Homemade Pasta three ways

Making your own homemade pasta gives maximum fulfilment and requires minimum ingredients. Here’s how to master this incredible new culinary skill with a little help from master home baker, Matt Adlard…  If you have been following along with our Matt Adlard Mindful Baking series, you will have mastered a delicious pillowy rosemary foccacia, you’ll have…
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Vitality At Home Series: Week 5 Recap

Published: 1 May 2020 We’re into week 5 of our Vitality At Home series! This week, it’s all about eating well and moving well with our Vitality Ambassadors. Day 30: Greek Salad In our ‘Eat like an Olympian’ series, we challenged Seb Coe to make a starter for you to try. Here’s his Greek Salad…
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7 Ways To Work From Home The Right Way

Published: 7 May 2020 What’s the best way to maximise productivity, look after your wellbeing and not spend all day in your pyjamas when working from home? We find out from some super-productive home-working veterans… Working from home in a pandemic is unchartered territory – and, for many of us it’s not without its challenges.…
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How Mindful Baking Can Improve Mood and Reduce Stress

Published: 7 April 2020. #quarantinebaking is the new national pastime, but it’s not just a need for sugar or time at home that’s prompted this resurgence. If you find yourself trawling through your larder for long-lost baking ingredients, pouring over cake recipes, or endlessly watching sourdough starter Instagram stories, you’re not alone. And the good news…
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Can EFT Or ‘Tapping’ Help To Manage Anxiety?

Published: 5 May 2020 Fancy trying a needle-free take on acupuncture to reduce your stress levels? Then EFT– aka pressure point tapping – could be the answer. Sarah Maber, wellness writer, taps to find out more… Emotional Freedom Techniques (EFT) is a DIY complementary therapy designed to help you reduce feelings of anxiety and stress.…
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5 Ways To Turn Your Failures Into Success

Sometimes, things just don’t go your way. But don’t let setbacks shake your self-belief; learn from them and you’ll pave the way to bigger and better things. Here’s how… From kicking off your new year resolutions and starting that gym regimen (and really doing it this time, not like last year) to vowing to go after that promotion…
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A Beginner’s Guide To Growing Veg In Pots

Published: 1 May 2020 Want to grow your own veg but short on space or new to gardening? Then pots can yield surprisingly good results with very little know-how. Here’s everything you need to know about growing veg, including five of our favourites… Gardening has never been more popular, with Google searches for ‘how to…
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Vitality At Home Series: Week 4 Recap

Published: 24 April 2020 Week 4 of our Vitality at Home series. This week, our ambassadors and champs share three tasty recipes for you to try, as well as a whole host of book, TV show, film and podcast recommendations to help you switch off and chill in the evenings. Check them out… Day 22:…
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Vitality At Home Series: Week 3 Recap

We’ve reached week 3 of the Vitality At Home series and this week, it’s all about dinner with the Vitality Roses. Check out a starter, main and dessert from three of England’s top netballers.   Day 17: Halloumi Vegetable Skewers Iona Christian kicks us off with a great halloumi-based starter, perfect for the BBQ if…
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How To Cope With Coronavirus-Triggered Anxiety

Psychotherapist Jenni Cawley shares her advice for looking after your mental health and anxiety during the Coronavirus pandemic. Published: 22 April 2020 The lockdown is having an increasingly negative effect on our mental health and the World Health Organisation has acknowledged that it’s causing our stress levels to soar. While we can’t predict what will…
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How To Explain Coronavirus To Your Children

“Keeping children calm and happy during a global pandemic is not easy,” says children’s emotional wellbeing specialist Alicia Eaton. But, there are ways that you can manage your children’s fears and questions, as we discover. Published: 22 April 2020. When it comes to talking to your children about coronavirus, it may feel difficult knowing where…
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Day 19: Natalie Haythornthwaite’s Chocolate Peanut Butter Brownies | Vitality At Home

Published on 17 April 2020 Chocolate peanut butter brownies anyone? Yes, please! Vitality Roses England captain Natalie Haythornthwaite has recreated a Joe Wickes classic for us. #StayHealthyAtHome and cosy up with these delicious, gooey delights. Prep time: 10 minutes Cook time: 12 minutes Total time: 22 minutes Makes 16 brownies Ingredients 140g dark chocolate, chopped…
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