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6 Ways To Work Out At Home

Feel more like hibernating than going to a spinning class? These home workouts make it much easier to squeeze in the exercise. It’s the beginning of the year – the prime time to turn over a new leaf and kick-start a new exercise regime. But it’s also cold and dark outside, making staying at home…
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Which Smart Watch Is Right For Me?

When it comes to fitness trackers, the choice of wearables has never been better. But, with so many to choose from, how do you know which one is right for you? We put Dean Evans, technology journalist, through his paces to find out… With the latest smartwatches giving you the ability to track heart rate,…
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Power Napping: Is It Worth It?

It’s natural to feel a bit tired in the afternoon, but can a power nap really help restore your energy levels? Health journalist Rosalind Ryan investigates. If you’re fighting off the 3pm energy slump today, you’re not alone. But there’s one solution hailed as the best way to restore your energy – taking a power…
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How To Set Healthy New Year Intentions

It’s that time of year when we all look to get fitter, healthier and happier – again. But with 80% of New Year resolutions failing by February, it’s time to find a new way to make and achieve healthy goals. “The whole idea of making a resolution is because we feel it’s time for change…
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9 Ways To Get Your Protein Fix From Plant-Based Foods

Opting for a plant-based or vegan diet? Nutritionist Sarah O’Neill gives the lowdown on getting your recommended protein minus the animal products Millions of us are trying out Meat Free Monday and nutritional scientists are proving that eating a more plant-based diet can transform our health – from lowered cholesterol and blood pressure to reducing our risk…
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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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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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6 Smart Money Resolutions You Need To Make This Year

Ready to make some money resolutions this year? Financial journalist and author Laura Whateley shares her advice for making this year your most financially savvy yet. January might feel like the worst month for your finances – with the hangover of Christmas frivolities and spending. On top of that, some of us are struggling to…
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How to Create the Ultimate Healthy Sharing Board

Want to transform your Christmas leftovers or continue the celebration by serving up some delicious sharing dishes? Get prepped with these beautifully-presented board – however many guests turn up! Spending time to eat delicious food with the people you love Is practically law during the Christmas period. But with hectic schedules and last-minute guests, the…
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7 Easy Ways To Make A Difference This Christmas

It’s the season of giving – and not just presents. Health journalist Carole Beck finds out how you can volunteer your time and skills and make a difference over the festive period. Looking to make your Christmas break even more special? Giving up your time to help others could be the answer. Volunteering and giving…
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7 Scenic Winter Trails To Help You Stay Active

From Instagram-worthy Edinburgh to Jane Austen’s stomping ground, here are seven brilliant wintry UK walks chosen by lifestyle journalist Carole Beck Research has shown that exercise in winter can make you feel more energetic, strengthen the immune system and boost the body’s store of vitamin D (which tends to decrease during winter months). Here are…
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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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Christmas Calm: 10 Easy Ways To Keep Your Cool

33% of us experience anxiety at Christmas time – we ask our expert contributors for their best stress-less advice during the festive rush. According to David Lloyd’s latest health survey, over half of us feel that we have no time for ourselves during December. Between present shopping, social events and food prepping, the Christmas season…
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7 Ways To Support Someone Who’s Grieving

Nearly everyone has lost someone they love, so how can you help a friend or loved one who is grieving? When you lose someone you love, the grief can be overwhelming. During the festive season, things can be particularly difficult. Health journalist Rosalind Ryan asks the experts for their advice on how to support someone…
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3 Vegan Recipes For The Festive Season

Delicious, easy vegan recipes to see you through the festive season… The festive period is a fun, party-filled time of year which is typically associated with excess, whether it’s alcohol consumption or food. As many of us will be entertaining during December, we asked Katy Beskow to create three fabulous vegan Christmas recipes. With 22…
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Improve Your Relationship With Food This Festive Season

Psychotherapist Jennifer Cawley discovers how to strike a healthy balance and take pleasure in festive feasting, minus the guilt. How many times have you felt stressed or anxious about navigating the buffet at a Christmas party? Or felt guilty after tucking into a four-course Christmas dinner? While it’s not healthy to eat lots of the…
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5 Easy Festive Season Workout Ideas

Running and cycling blogger Lorna North shares her clever tips for staying active during the mince pie madness. Between meeting final deadlines at work, squeezing in present shopping and all those social commitments, it’s no surprise that our fitness regime gets neglected over Christmas. As a result we put on an average of ½kg in…
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Building Your Pension Nest Egg

It can be tough thinking about funding your retirement when you’re still paying off a mortgage or saving for your children’s education. But, as our experts explain, it’s never too early to start planning for your pension. Do your eyes glaze over when someone says ‘pension’ You’re not alone. One in three 35-to 44-year-olds hasn’t…
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5 Daily Ways To Beat The Winter Blues

Feeling the seasonal gloom? Health writer and psychotherapist Jennifer Cawley shares five science-backed ways you can give yourself an instant mood lift.        During the winter months, many of us may feel a dip in our mood – with one in three of us affected by seasonal affective disorder (SAD). However, there are a few surprisingly…
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Cheap Meals: 3 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 (304,000 Instagram followers and…
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Busted: The Top 6 Exercise Excuses

Too tired to run? Too busy to hit the gym? We look at the top 6 exercise excuses everyone uses to avoid a workout and the expert tips on how to beat them When it’s cold and dark outside, it’s all too easy to convince ourselves that exercise is a bad idea. From a lack of…
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How To Spot The Signs Of Bowel Cancer

What are the key bowel cancer symptoms and does a screening test hurt? Find out what you need to know about one of the most common cancers in the UK. To mark the launch of Vitality’s bowel cancer home screening test (coming soon), health journalist Carole Beck asked Dr Dawn Richards, Medical Affairs Director at…
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5 Of The Best Meditation Ideas For Kids

Want to help your children feel calmer, less stressed and more in touch with their emotions? Health writer and psychotherapist Jennifer Cawley asks the mindfulness experts how you can practice meditation at home. Meditation isn’t just for grown-ups, it can help children, too. In fact, there are at least 4,000 teachers trained to teach mindfulness meditation…
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These Foods Are Guaranteed To Help You Sleep Better

Struggling to sleep? Authors of Eat To Sleep, Heather Thomas and Alina Tierney share the foods you need for a better quality slumber. If you’re always trying to catch up on sleep, you’re not alone. 38% of us never achieve the recommended eight hours of sleep, with technology, lack of exercise and eating late the…
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Five Festive Breaks With A Healthy Twist

Travel writer Emily Payne shares some healthy getaways to help you survive and thrive over the holiday season and beyond… It may be the ‘most wonderful time of the year’, but thanks to an excess of present buying, social events, food, drink and family get-togethers, the festive season can feel stressful, tiring and unhealthy. To…
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Need To Know: What Is Mindful Drinking?

Looking to cut down on alcohol and to reap the benefits of drinking less? Here are the benefits of mindful drinking. Whether it’s to save money or to avoid hangovers, the past decade has seen more people than ever in the UK cut back on alcohol. One in five people in the UK are already…
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The Importance Of Self-Care

Health journalist Helen Foster busts the self-care myths you might have fallen for – and explains how to build it into your life the easy way. Self-care is one of the biggest buzzwords of the year, but it’s also one of the most misunderstood. Self Care Week is run by the NHS and focuses on…
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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 treats, 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…
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7 Ways For Couples To Save Smart

We explore the ways that you can save as a couple, whatever stage your relationship is at. Research by leading relationships charity, Relate, has shown that money worries are top of the list of relationship strains experienced by couples in the UK today, with over a quarter of UK adults (26%) blaming financial pressures for…
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What Are The Symptoms Of Prostate Cancer?

We chat to Doctor Ali Hasan about the prostate cancer symptoms to be aware of and the steps you should take if you want to find out more… According to Cancer Research UK, prostate cancer is the most common cancer for males in the UK, accounting for one in four new cancer cases in men…
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What Is A Health Screening And Why Is It Important?

The NHS offer a health check to people aged 40-74 every five years, so are private health screenings worth it? For anyone outside that age bracket, or for those who want to monitor their health on a more regular basis, could a private health screening be a viable option? We find out. Health screenings could…
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10 ways to keep your skin happy this winter

Very dry skin? Chapped lips? Health writer Helen Foster asks the experts for the latest skin advice for men and women this winter. Cosy nights in and crisp, cold days – there’s a lot to love about winter. But your skin isn’t always as happy with the change in season. “One of the biggest challenges…
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How Do I Know If I’m 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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4 Delicious Ways To Use Your Halloween Pumpkin

Decorating a pumpkin for Halloween but unsure what to do with your leftovers? Or just fancy trying out some new recipes? Food blogger Safrina Nishad has four quick and easy ideas. When pumpkin carving or decorating, avoid food waste by using every part from the pulp to the seeds – it’s packed with fibre and…
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Want To Go Alcohol-Free? Here’s How

Ready to change your drinking habits or just want to give yourself the freedom to say ‘no’? Club Soda co-founder and leading voice in the Mindful Drinking Movement, Laura Willoughby is here to inspire you. As a nation we’re drinking much less compared to ten years ago, and by 2030 it’s predicted that more than…
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3 Easy Mocktail Recipes To Try At Home

Whether you’re a teetotaller or simply trying to cut back on your alcohol intake this party season, Cocktail Kate’s shaken up three delicious mocktails that are perfect for any festive season occasion… The festive season is just around the corner and with that comes an influx of parties, socialising and generous amounts of drinking… But…
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5 ways you can age-proof your brain

Our lifestyle choices could have a huge effect on our brain’s abilities and sharpness. Here’s how to keep yours younger for longer. Did you know that your brain shrinks as you age? It does so at the rate of roughly 5% per decade after the age of 40. But while this is a perfectly natural part…
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Why you need to start taking care of your bones now

Whether you’re 25 or 75, it’s important to think about your bone health to reduce your risk of osteoporosis, as health writer Helen Foster discovers Three million people in the UK have osteoporosis and the condition is on the rise. But, taking care of your joints and bones now will hugely reduce your risk and…
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What Is Menopause And What Does It Do To Your Body?

We find out why it’s essential to be more open about menopause and get answers to our biggest menopause questions from Vitality’s Medical Affairs Director and former GP, Dr Dawn Richards… The menopause is a natural part of the female life cycle. However, it’s only in very recent years that women have started discussing the…
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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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5 Best Bodyweight Exercises From Jessica Ennis-Hill

When you’re short on time but want to make your exercise session count, bodyweight exercises are brilliant. But, which exercises get the biggest results? Olympic gold medallist, Jessica Ennis-Hill, reveals all… Strength training isn’t going anywhere, but the big difference is that we’re ditching the weights and getting fit and strong by using our own…
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9 Surprising Ways To Look After Your Heart

From flossing your teeth to throwing shapes on the dance floor, health journalist Madeleine Bailey discovers how you can keep your heart healthy in ways you’ve probably never thought of. We all know exercise and a healthy diet can help keep your heart healthy, while being overweight, smoking and consuming too much alcohol, sugar or…
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7 Of The Most Exciting Places To Visit In Autumn

From swimming in New Zealand’s hot springs to dancing at Mexico’s favourite cultural festival ­– travel writer Amy Bonifas has discovered the best locations and experiences to add to your autumn 2019 holiday bucket list. For many travellers, summer marks the end of the holiday season. But if you can buck the trend, autumn is…
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