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Improve Your Relationship With Food This Christmas

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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How Vitality Can Help You Save

Vitality Advertorial Did you know that Vitality members received an impressive £76m worth of benefits and rewards last year? (Vitality statistics, 2018.) That’s because we reward healthy behaviour – from getting your steps in and your heart rate up, to buying healthy food and meditating a few times a week. Want to know more about…
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Work Out, Together: Warm Up and Cardio

Doing a partner workout in the great outdoors with your friends, family or partner is an ideal way to boost your fitness and wellbeing together. Make it happen with our easy gamified workout, designed to increase your energy and endorphin levels. With hectic schedules and screens dominating our downtime, it’s tough to carve out quality…
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How To Reset Your Saving Habits

Struggling to save money when you know that you should? Understanding your deep-rooted money habits and taking simple steps to shift your mindset could turn you from splurger to savvy saver. Are you an emotional spender? Do you have a wardrobe full of clothes with their tags still on, a salary that seems to disappear…
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8 Quick Ways You Can Stop Over-Spending

Whether you’re an impulse buyer or have a vice that’s draining your funds, there are ways to tackle mindless spending. Personal finance expert Emma Lunn gives her advice for saving. One in three people don’t save any money at all during the course of a year, according to statistics from 2018. That means not saving…
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What You Should Know About Blood Cancer

Every 14 minutes someone in the UK is diagnosed with blood cancer yet many of us are unaware of this disease and its different varieties, its symptoms, how it’s diagnosed or if it is treatable. Here health writer Rosalind Ryan shares the facts about the disease. Most of us have heard of breast, prostrate, lung…
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Fast Fixes For Work Health Glitches

Your work environment can trigger all sorts of health problems, from backaches and itchy eyes, to headaches and heartburn. Here, our experts offer solutions to help you navigate those bothersome work health glitches. 1. Heartburn and rumbling tummy during a meeting? The Glitch Eating slumped al-desko or munching on the go, coupled with stress, can…
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How To Be More Mindful With Money

With many of us applying the art of mindfulness in various areas of our lives, here’s why we should be spending – and saving – more consciously, too… On any given day, you’re likely to be bombarded with many triggers to spend money. Whether it’s an inbox overflowing with discount codes and special offers, targeted…
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Work Out, Together: Resistance Training & Cooldown

After warming up and doing some cardio in Round 1, now it’s time for resistance training and a cool down session. The resistance round This takes a full-body approach and uses simple compound movements to get as many major muscles working as possible SQUAT TO OVERHEAD REACH 1. Start with feet shoulder-width apart. Pull your…
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Start Afresh With These 6 Small Clean-Slate Habits

Need a health reboot? According to bestselling authors and health experts, these 6 smart habits will help you feel refreshed and re-energised. These top tips will help you get big results from small changes to everyday health and lifestyle habits. Your health 1. Ruby Tandoh: Take pleasure in your food ‘Clean eating’, ‘cheat days’ and…
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7 Picturesque UK Parkruns To Try This Autumn

Whether you’ve never tried a parkrun before or you’re looking for a new route to explore, travel editor Angelica Malin chooses some of the most beautiful places to run as the season changes. With cooler temperatures and seasonal beauty, autumn is a great time to take part in parkrun – the free, 5km timed runs…
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A Beginner’s Guide To Training For A Triathlon

Sports coach to the stars Greg Whyte believes that anyone can complete a triathlon. Here, he offers his expert advice for people looking to get started with the growing sport. Triathlon is a multi-sport endurance race consisting of swimming, cycling and running. Despite its elite reputation, it has become something of a trend in recent…
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Plum Clafoutis

“If you can make a Yorkshire pud, you can make this heavenly plum pud,” says Prue Leith. “If you can get hold of damsons, so much the better, but cherries, greengages, peaches and apricots are all delicious too.” Serves: 4–6 Ingredients:  For the pudding: 1 tsp vanilla extract 150ml milk 100ml double cream 4 medium…
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How To Protect Yourself From Sun Damage

Did you know that sunburn can double your risk of malignant melanoma, the most dangerous type of skin cancer? Vitality Health GP Dr Dawn Richards explains how to protect yourself from sun damage this season… Seek shade and cover up That’s right – the recent guidelines from the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence…
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5 signs you’re not drinking enough water

One challenge during hot weather is ensuring that we drink enough fluids. Writer Rae Ritchie investigates the warning signs of dehydration – and asks the experts what we can do to prevent it. It’s not just gardens that wilt when a heatwave hits: a massive 89% of people in the UK aren’t drinking enough water…
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The Power Of Three: Your Full-Body Outdoor Workout

Trainer Emily Cole shares her ultimate full-body outdoor workout using three key pieces of kit that will transform your session. With temperatures soaring, there’s still time to head outside and exercise in the great outdoors – whether it’s your local park, common or in the garden. If you want to give your exercise session the…
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Quick And Easy Family Snacks

When hunger calls, make these vibrant Disney-inspired bites a favourite for all the family. With these easy family snacks, eating and drinking healthily has never been so much fun. Whether you’re making Maui’s delicious rainbow toasts or Mickey’s fruity fusion waters, get creative with your whole family and reap the tasty benefits. Go on –…
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5 Hacks To Protect Against Insect Bites

With temperatures rising, health writer Jennifer Cawley asks the experts for five savvy ways to protect against irritating insect bites – and what to do when you get bitten. This summer continues to be a busy one for bugs, with the NHS reporting double the usual amount of bite-related calls to its helpline. Topping the…
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The Facts About Inflammation

Chronic inflammation may increase our risk of developing conditions such as diabetes and Alzheimer’s. We ask nutritional experts to explain the science behind inflammation and whether foods can have anti-inflammatory effects. Confused about inflammation? You’re not alone. It’s worth getting clued up as researchers are beginning to find direct links between chronic inflammation and long-term…
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