Posts byVitality

Is Twenty Plenty? The Trick To The 20-Minute Workout

Published: 23 November 2020. Written by: Laura Williams, fitness expert at laurawilliamsonline.co.uk Short on time and can’t really face a gruellingly long workout? We’re right there with you. All hail the 20-minute sweat sesh… Movement mojo MIA? Motivation can be an issue for even the most dedicated of gym bunnies. And with indoor training taking…
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5 common health questions asked by men

With Movember this month and International Men’s Day on 19 November, men’s health is very much in the spotlight. Vitality’s Head of Clinical Services, GP Dr Dawn Richards, answers five of men’s most-asked health questions 1. I sometimes have trouble urinating. Should I be worried? One of the most common causes of having trouble urinating…
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Why We Should All Embrace Kindness Now More Than Ever

Published: 11 November 2020. Written by: Jaime Thurston When it comes to optimising our health, kindness might not be something that automatically springs to mind – but science has shown that it should be. Helping people to understand not just how to be more kind, but also the impact kindness will have on our minds…
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Building a Resilient Mindset During Challenging Times

Published: 9 November 2020. Written by: Lizzie Simmonds In a year of unprecedented turmoil and change, it has never felt more important for individuals and organisations to be able to adopt a resilient mindset. Elite athletes are renowned for their ability to withstand setbacks; injuries, de-selections, or even postponed Olympic Games… In fact, athletes have…
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How To Beat Burn Out Before It Beats You

Published: 4 November 2020. Written by: Marina Gask. Do you feel exhausted all the time? Short-tempered and unable to cope?  Or perhaps you’re struggling to concentrate on the simplest of tasks? These could be signs of burnout. Of course we all have bad days, but if you have been feeling increasingly overwhelmed, it’s time to…
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Are Superfoods A Superhoax?

Published 29 October 2020. Written by Nicola Downs. The world is super crazy right now. No, not for those reasons but for the ever-growing list of ‘super’ foods that are claimed to be so nutrient-dense they should probably wear a cape.  The buzz is no longer just focused on avocados, blueberries and spinach, either. Hardly…
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6 Forms of Self-Care (That Aren’t Just Having a Bath)

Published 28 October 2020. Written by Geraldine Meadows. 4 November is National Stress Awareness Day, and in a year full of challenges, psychotherapist Geraldine Meadows shares six forms of self-care — from getting creative to honouring your boundaries — to give you a gentle boost. This year definitely feels like a smart time to scale…
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How To Motivate Yourself Like An Elite Athlete

Written by Lizzie Simmonds Motivation. We all need it, but some seem to have it in shedloads, whilst others are found wanting. We all know people who are consumed by that fierce passion to succeed, remaining determined as life ebbs and flows. Others end up off course, disillusioned and demotivated after only the slightest setback.…
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How To Check For Breast Cancer

Even though you might not exhibit any symptoms or changes that you feel are concerning, it’s important to regularly check your breasts to ensure they are healthy. There really is no right or wrong way to check your breasts, but there are some signs you should look out for and some helpful techniques in being…
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Why Self-Kindness Is Key To Your Mental Health

In times like these, when we’re facing constant challenges and the future looks uncertain, it’s easy to neglect our own emotional, mental and physical wellbeing. COVID-19 is impacting every aspect of our lives and we’re all experiencing the pandemic in our own individual way. That’s why treating yourself with kindness is so important, now more…
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Five Ways To Use Your Pumpkin After Halloween

With Halloween just around the corner, you’ll be seeing pumpkins left, right and centre, whether they’re in shop windows, outside houses or even used in restaurants and bars as decorations.  These versatile, orange fruits can be used in a surprising number of ways and for a huge range of different purposes. But what happens to…
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What’s The Real Age Of Your Health?

Did you know that your health age can be different to your actual age? Even though we might have an actual age, depending on how healthy we are, our health age can be entirely different. For example, you might be 30 with a health age of 27 if you’re very healthy but if your health…
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How To Notice The Signs Of Stress

If you’re going through a busy period at work, or you have something happening in your personal life, it can be easy to let serious stress sneak up on you. Dr Dawn Richards, medical affairs director at Vitality, says “Everyone uses the term “stressed” at some time when we are under pressure, indeed some stress…
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5 Halloween inspired mocktail recipes

Are you looking to get into the Halloween spirit but without the alcohol? Cutting down or cutting out alcohol, whether for health or personal reasons, doesn’t have to mean you can’t still get experimental around holidays. With the spooky season soon approaching, here are some Halloween inspired mocktail recipes that can make any evening drink…
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Do Your Teeth Need Some TLC?

With dentist appointments hard to come by since Covid, it’s more important than ever to brush up on your dental hygiene and caring for your teeth at home. Sarah Maber finds out more. When it comes to teeth, prevention is better than cure. Many of us are behind with our regular check-ups because of the…
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How To Sync Your Training To Your Monthly Cycle

Every month women are affected by their menstrual cycles, it can cause a change in emotions, be very painful and instigates lethargy. Which means trying to workout can be difficult. We look at some ways you can sync your exercise routine to your monthly cycle.  Why is it that some days exercise can seem super…
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Crowd-Free Sport: The Show Must Go On

Written by Lizzie Simmonds Your heart is pumping, the blood coursing through your veins. Tingling hands fidget nervously by your side. Fuelled by adrenaline, your feet pace. It’s impossible to be still; the anticipation is almost unbearable. Through closed doors, you hear the crowd. It starts as a low rumble of applause, but quickly builds…
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The truth about carbs

 In partnership with WW (Weight Watchers® reimagined). The keto diet has made carbs a hot topic in the weight loss world. Here’s what you need to know. First things first: carbs can be a part of healthy eating. Carbs can be confusing. Some weight loss pros swear that they make you hungrier and sabotage your weight…
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Debunking the myths around fat burning foods

       In partnership with WW (Weight Watchers® reimagined). We’ll get right to it: like all things that seem too good to be true, sadly fat burning foods are mostly the stuff of myths and legends. Most ‘fat burning’ foods and supplements on the market which claim to boost energy, curb appetite and increase metabolism…
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Vitamin D – why we need it more than ever

Vitamin D helps us feel happy, healthy – and, crucially, boosts our immunity. Sarah Maber gets the lowdown. Autumn is the time of year when we traditionally start to hibernate. Sleeveless tops and shorts are replaced by coats, tights and jumpers, and we spend less time outside as the nights draw in. And while there…
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How To Fund A Freelance Lifestyle

Considering a freelance career? Financial journalist Laura Whateley tells you what you need to know.   How and where we work has been transformed in 2020. Working from home is now the new normal and, with the end of the government’s furlough scheme in sight, many of us are facing the fact that our future as…
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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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