Regular cycling can help you lose weight, reduce stress and improve your fitness.
When you’re new to exercise, it’s hard to know how much you should be doing. The key is to start low and build up gradually.
Everyone thinks that they are too busy to exercise but you really can do it - and enjoy it!! We all have busy lives so the trick to finding time is to find something you like doing!
We often tell you how easy it is to get more active by incorporating some vigorous housework into your fitness programme. Here are some more really simple and cost-effective ways to build a comprehensive exercise programme into your day.
Incorporating exercise into your daily routine is easier than you think – and you don’t even have to leave home!
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Do you want to increase your chances of living a healthier life? We are sure you do, but did you know just how much of a role regular physical activity plays in helping you to do so? We want to encourage you to think about the concept of “active living”, so here are just some of the health benefits that being more active on a daily basis can bring.
So if you have decided that you are going to hit the gym or even start a new fitness regime at home, then there are some things you need to know to get the best results from your hard work.
The Hip to waist is an additional tool to judge the potential health risk of excess body fat and is used by medical practitioners in conjunction with other measurements to identify health risk factors.
Don't waste food there is so much you can do with it at a later date, so get freezing and be creative!
Uncontrolled high blood pressure can lead to complications including Heart attack or stroke. Taking some positive steps can greatly reduce your health risk.
Everyone wants a flatter tummy. Here are 5 ways to help you achieve your perfect stomach!
Pasta is a staple go-to food that we all have in our cupboards. It provides a very cost-effective source of carbohydrates and can be combined to make unlimited combinations of quick, easy and satisfying meals.
A good night’s sleep is just as important as regular exercise and a healthy diet as it impacts on how our body and mind cope with day to day tasks.
Boosting your mood and feeling more positive is something we should all take time to do each day
Raid your store cupboard to make these quick and tasty recipes with a tin of tomatoes!
Having an immune system in tip top condition will help you to fight off those nasty infections. Here are 5 great ways to boost your immune system today!
Do you want to stop smoking but are worried you’ll put on weight? No one wants to swap one problem for another and it’s no different when it comes to your health. There’s no doubt that if you are a smoker, quitting is the single most important step you can take to better health. A person who stops smoking at age 40 can expect to live an extra nine years than if they continue to smoke.
Stir-fry's are a great way to create a super quick and very tasty meal. You can easily bulk it out with extra vegetables and experiment with different protein types to add variety to your favourites!
Exercise is an excellent way of preventing back pain and reducing any back pain you may already have. If you can it is important to keep moving and be as active as you can.
Losing weight successfully isn't just about a good diet. It’s about having a good attitude, too. Boredom with food, boredom with meals, boredom with cooking, boredom with your lifestyle – these are all very common reasons why a diet can be destroyed.
There is no magic formula or one “super food” when it comes to eating a nutritious diet. The body needs a wide variety and balance of different foods eaten over days, months and years.
Cauliflower is so versatile. You can cook it as steaks, create a version of rice or simply have it gently cooked as a side dish. In addition to that it's packed with vitamin C, vitamin K, B complex vitamins and fibre.
We all know fish is good for us, but do you know how to ensure what you are buying is fresh?
Lots of us find the weekends difficult. It can be hard to control what you eat, especially when visiting friends.
Many new mums are keen to get back into shape
Low fat diets follow the principle that if the amount of fat consumed is reduced then the body will look to its own fat stores for energy thus promoting weight loss.
What you eat and drink can have a real effect on your heart health and can also directly affect your blood pressure.
When putting together a weekly exercise plan you should start low and build up gradually.
Diabetes is a common long-term condition that is caused by too much glucose (a type of sugar) in the blood. In the UK, diabetes affects approximately 3.7 million people, and more than 7 million people are thought to be at high risk of developing type 2.
All carbs affect blood glucose levels so it’s important to know which foods contain carbohydrates. Choose the healthier foods that contain carbs and be aware of your portion sizes.
These days, the pace of life can be so frantic that it seems as though you spend most of your time playing catch up and have very little time to yourself. No wonder many of us are stressed out.
Fed up and don't know why?
Understand the balance between food groups
Understanding the useful information contained on food labels and ingredients lists is a great help when adopting a healthier lifestyle, losing weight or if you have to beware of certain foods contained within a product.
Being a vegetarian means you live on a diet of grains, pulses, nuts, seeds, vegetables and fruits with, or without, the use of dairy products and eggs. A vegetarian does not consume red meat, poultry, seafood and flesh of any other animal and this also includes omitting any animal by product such as animal fat or gelatin.
A balanced approach is where no-one food is excluded. Everything can be consumed in moderation providing it gives a balance between carbohydrates; proteins, fibre and fats which are controlled by portion sizes that are relevant to the energy levels used on a daily basis.
In simplified terms, anytime that you are not eating,you are intermittently fasting. In real life terms we do it every day when we go to sleep for 6-8 hours, we are not eating and therefore this is known as a form of intermittent fasting or every day life. However success has been brought about by refining this approach to varying degrees.
On average when following a balanced diet we consume between 250-350 grams of carbohydrates each day. If we want to reduce this and follow a lower carbohydrate diet there are various degrees of carbohydrate intake we can choose.
A healthy balanced diet should ideally include 2-3 portions of fish per week, of which one should be oily fish. One portion of oily fish is about 140g.
Of your 5 a day – 5 should be vegetables and 2 should be fruit – of all the fruits – berries are one of the best fruits to eat for weight control as they tend to be lower Gi and have less fructose (the natural sugar in them) and therefore less impact on your insulin production and fat storage.
Lactose intolerance is a common digestive problem where the body is unable to digest lactose
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People with Coeliac disease need to eat a gluten-free diet to prevent the symptoms of the disease. If you need to lose weight you require a diet that contains all the vitamins and minerals you need,and which promotes long-term sensible, healthy eating.
This is a really exciting time, with many bodily changes happening, so it’s very important that you eat a well-balanced diet and remain active throughout your pregnancy. You should always check with your GP and or Midwife before making changes to your diet and lifestyle when you are pregnant.
High cholesterol is when you have too much of a fatty substance called cholesterol in your blood. It is predominantly caused by eating fatty food, not exercising enough, being overweight, smoking and drinking alcohol.
This amazing spice is known for giving curries their bright orange/yellow colour. Still, more importantly, it has been used in Asia for thousands of years because of its healing properties and combined with warm milk it's a great way to ensure you get a good night's sleep too!
BS is a common condition that affects the digestive system.
Apple cider vinegar only contains about three calories per tablespoon, which is very low so it’s very popular as a dressing base when you are watching your waistline! Nutritionally it’s not very strong in the fact that there are not many vitamins or minerals in it, but it does contain a small amount of potassium.
Losing weight is hard, but it gets harder the closer we get to our final goal, and it's not always for the reasons we might think.
Sometimes life gets in the way, we socialise a little too much and exercise too little, and before we know it, the beer belly has appeared! All is not lost, here are five simple tips to get your midriff trim again.
If we want to lose weight or get healthier, then we need to make specific lifestyle changes. Since we have the most control over the foods stored in our home, our food shopping habits are essential to the success of our weight loss goals. Small tweaks can make a big difference in the outcome. Below are some great tips to make sure you get the most from your weekly shop!