Posts byVitality

How To Turn Your Unused and Unwanted Items Into Cash

Unwanted gadgets cluttering up your kitchen? Old furniture in your living room? Jewellery and clothes you never wear? Here’s how to turn unused and unwanted items around the home into a tidy sum.  Now we’re spending more time at home, many of us have realised just how much ‘stuff’ we have lying about. In fact,…
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Is It Time For A Money Audit?

Do you find it all too easy to lose track of exactly where your hard-earned salary is going? It might be time for a money audit. Laura Whateley, personal finance journalist, formerly The Times consumer champion and author of Money: A User’s Guide, spoke to experts to find out how to conduct a financial MOT…
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Try Out These Healthy Blue Zone Recipes

If you’ve been inspired to take a leaf out of the eating habits of people who live in areas of the world known as Blue Zones, then try the Blue Zone recipes below. Each one includes many of the Blue Zone ingredients known to help prevent chronic diseases such as diabetes, heart disease, cancer and…
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How To Become A Morning Person

Research shows that people who wake up early are happier, healthier and more productive than so-called night owls. But if getting up in the morning doesn’t come naturally to you, how can you train yourself to become one of life’s larks? Health writer Anna Magee investigates. Sir Richard Branson wakes at 5am to exercise and…
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How To Safely Exercise in The Heat

We’ve all experienced that pre-workout feeling, filled with enthusiasm, ready to give it a go. It might not be quite as pleasant as that, but one feeling you’ll be familiar with as soon as you begin to exercise in the heat is your muscles warming up, and a layer of dewy sweat forming on your…
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Staying Healthy, Safe and Protected on Holiday

Going abroad for the first time since the pandemic started? Sarah Maber discovers everything you need to know to keep yourself and your family safe and healthy on holiday.  Booked a holiday abroad this summer? While we’re all craving sea, sand and sundowners, Covid-19 will make our fortnight in the sun a different experience this…
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How To Swap Your Exercises When Stuck In a Workout Rut

We all know how important regular workouts are – and keeping these workouts varied not only increases fitness, it also keeps us motivated and mentally engaged. Fitness writer Lucy Fry finds out how to boost your fitness mojo, with five workout swaps to make it happen. If you find yourself going through the motions with…
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Everything You Need To Know About Lifting Weights

Learning to lift weights correctly doesn’t just build muscle – research suggests it makes you healthier, happier and better able to cope with life. Writer Lucy Fry finds out how to get it right without causing injury. The word ‘weightlifter’ used to conjure up images of dumbbell-pumping men and impossibly bulging biceps. Thankfully, in the…
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How To Build Your Resilience For Future Success

If you’re struggling to cope with challenges, you may need to grow your inner resilience and bounce back. Writer Andrea Childs investigates. Most of us face tough times at some point – a relationship break-up or the loss of a job, for instance – and how we react to those challenges is determined by our…
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Conscious Breathing: Take A Breath

Could ‘conscious breathing’ be the antidote to feelings of stress and anxiety? Sarah Maber finds out Take a deep breath. It’s something we tell ourselves when we’re stressed and trying to calm down, but that’s just one of the ways breathing techniques can help regulate emotions and improve your health. Conscious breathing – noticing and…
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Wild Swimming: The Health Benefits

Swimming outdoors can work wonders for your health and happiness. It’s time to dive in… Most of us have enjoyed the thrill of an energising dip in the sea – and in the UK, thanks to an abundance of rivers and lakes and long stretches of unspoiled coast, we don’t have to go far to…
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Should You Try Intermittent Fasting?

Want to get all the health benefits about fasting without having to go hungry? We find out how fasting could work for you and the different methods of doing so.  If you follow any wellness influencers, there’s a good chance you’ve heard of intermittent fasting. The concept is simple: during certain hours of the day,…
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Your 15-Minute Calm-down Toolkit

We all worry and get upset from time to time. It’s a normal part of life, right? But when anxiety or anger take over, being able to calm yourself is key.  Life throws challenges at us on a regular basis and once our stress levels ratchet up, we experience a deluge of negative effects. Not…
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Running For Beginners: A Guide

Running is one of the most common ways people choose to get fit. In the UK last year, an estimated 6.8 million of us laced up our trainers and got out for a run at least twice a month. But it can be quite physically demanding and injuries are common – so as a beginner,…
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Why More People Are Smoking During The Pandemic and How To Stop

If you’ve been smoking more during the pandemic, you’re not alone – in the UK, there are 7.2 million people that smoke. Research suggests that even though smoking leaves smokers more at risk of contracting coronavirus and experiencing serious complications from coronavirus, smokers have upped their smoking. Why? Boredom Stress Loneliness Home working These factors…
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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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