Health and Fitness

Are Healthy Holidays the UK's New Fitness Trend?

Hilary Wardle | Posted 30.07.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Hilary Wardle

We've all been there: you diet for months before a trip so that you don't scare any locals at the beach, then spend your longed for holiday drinking cream-based cocktails, eating kebabs and lying down.

Forget Those Marathon Try-Hards: Here's How 'Lazy Jogging' Can Give You A Healthy Heart

PA/The Huffington Post UK | Posted 29.07.2014 | UK Lifestyle

If the thought of working out next to lycra-clad gym buffs fills you with dread, then it's time to think again. New research has shown that even '...

10 Big Fat Health and Fitness Myths

Rebecca Fredericks | Posted 28.07.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Rebecca Fredericks

Fitness myths plague the industry. Lose weight quick schemes and fads just don't work, and worse, can cause long term health issues... So today I want to blast 10 of the top fitness myths that might be stopping you from getting fit and healthy and losing that extra weight.

Fat Hypnotherapists Become Outraged

Steve Miller | Posted 30.06.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Steve Miller

It was an interesting week of defensiveness from a number of fat hypnotherapists who became outraged at the thought that I would dare to assert what most clients think...

Gelatine: A Superfood

Clark Russell | Posted 30.06.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Clark Russell

Gelatine or gelatin is a translucent, colourless, brittle and flavourless solid substance, derived from collagen found in animal bones; it's just basically a processed version of a structural protein called collagen that is found in many animals, including humans...

Participate, Enjoy, Compete If You Like

Linda Plowright | Posted 24.06.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Linda Plowright

Most of us know the benefits of increased physical activity, including maintaining a healthy weight and being mentally more alert. Yet growing waistlines suggest we haven't really signed up to the idea. Successive programmes of investment in sport to encourage increased participation have failed to make an impact. Why could this be?

Speaking of Mindfulness...

Dr David Cox | Posted 08.06.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Dr David Cox

The added benefit of a quick mindful moment is that you put yourself in a frame of mind where you're open to and curious about the present moment. When you do that right before you go and do something you've never done before, you're much more likely to actually enjoy whatever it is you're about to do next. Imagine living a life where you could pretty much always enjoy new experiences!

The Two Minute 'Mind Hack' for Weight Loss Success

Julia Buckley | Posted 03.06.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Julia Buckley

This little thought technique could well be the key that unlocks fat loss for you, especially if the main reason you find healthy eating difficult is that you miss the enjoyment you get from eating fattening food.

Can We Please Stop With This Bikini Body B*llocks?

Poorna Bell | Posted 01.06.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Poorna Bell

This fairly harmless impulse to look good has been leapt upon by diet companies and magazines as some annual ritual, as if getting in shape or being healthy the rest of the year matters not. My key gripe, is that it sums up the biggest problem with exercise and diet: that it is primarily to lose weight.

These 7 Minute Exercises Will Give You A Beyoncé Booty In No Time

The Huffington Post UK | Rachel Moss | Posted 23.05.2014 | UK Lifestyle

If you're hoping for toned thighs and a pert derriere to rival Beyoncé's, this workout could be for you. In this video from Shape's fitness guru N...

Run 'YHA' Run !!

Steve Halsall | Posted 15.07.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Steve Halsall

It seems that running is on the way back. After being pushed to the background by cycling, triathlon over the last few years, running is back. I have noticed that the obsessive advocates of bare foot running are on the evangelical rise and the prices of running shoes too.

My Depression: The Best Thing

Sadie Brown | Posted 12.07.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Sadie Brown

In a matter of days I noticed the colour return to my cheeks and a sparkle to my eyes - I looked like me again! That period of my life stays with always. It makes me feel equipped to deal with anything, anything.

Why Post Baby Vaginas Deserve a Little Respect

Olivia Siegl | Posted 13.07.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Olivia Siegl

We need to instead attack the vagina rehab with the same vigour as banishing our baby lumps. Tummy crunches to beat the baby bulge currently sitting proud on our exercise priority list need to be replaced with pelvic floor routines and perineum creams.

How Much Exercise Is Too Much?

Jennifer Studholme | Posted 10.07.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Jennifer Studholme

My life seems so different now, I sit here waiting for my boyfriend to cook dinner, I have a pudding planned and celebrations over the weekend. Six years ago I would have done none of this. Six years ago my life was planned around food and exercise.

12 Ways to Stick to a Summer Fitness Plan

Susannah Taylor | Posted 12.07.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Susannah Taylor

It's five months into the new year and so that 'New Year New You' exercise plan might be starting to wane. Indeed research shows that you may have begun the year with good intentions, fallen off the wagon, and now you're now battling to stick to another regime.

Blood, Fret and Tears

Caroline Feraday | Posted 12.07.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Caroline Feraday

If I had known when I experienced my first miscarriage in the UK that it could cause any complications because of my blood type if I didn't have the Rho-gam injection then I could still be happily expecting our first child.

Why Asthma Kills

Anna Murphy | Posted 09.07.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Anna Murphy

Every year approximately 1400 people die from asthma in the UK, more than the number of deaths from asthma in Austria, Finland, Sweden, Poland and Por...

Cycling Adventures: What Next?

Vikki Stone | Posted 05.07.2014 | UK Comedy
Vikki Stone

I was surprisingly fine in the days after my 102 mile bike ride. In fact, smugly so. I was back in the gym, doing my normal cardio classes a couple of days later. My legs were fine. I even got back on the bike for a ride or two.

Is Body Shame Keeping You Out of the Gym?

Helen Osborne | Posted 05.07.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Helen Osborne

With no disrespect to Victoria Pendleton and Jessica Ennis, we need more 'normal' looking people in fitness to prove you really don't have to look like an Olympian to join the 'fit club'.

My Father Richard's Life Was Cut Short by Tobacco

Lucy Briers | Posted 30.06.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Lucy Briers

My mother told me a few months after dad's death that he had often been distraught at what he felt was a self-inflicted illness. For me this was such an awful way for my father to approach the end of his life, especially a life which had provided so much joy to so many people. It is hard for me to admit, but I have felt angry with my dad since his death, because in a way he was right; it was self-inflicted. If he hadn't started smoking, or if he had given up in his twenties, thirties or even forties, I'm certain we would still be enjoying his glorious company today and for many years to come. However, it is not as simple as that.

What I Would've Missed Out On If I'd Committed Suicide

Danny Baker | Posted 27.06.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Danny Baker

As anyone who's ever suffered from clinical depression will tell you, it's an expert at convincing you that your despair is eternal, and destined to oppress you for the rest of your days. And it was when I was in that horrifically black place, staring down the barrel of what I truly believed would only be a lifetime of wretched agony, that my thoughts turned to suicide.

Gut Flora: The Key to Health

Clark Russell | Posted 25.06.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Clark Russell

It is estimated that over 6million people in the UK and 30million people in the U.S, predominantly women, suffer from the multiple effects of an imbalance in the gastrointestinal (GI) system.

Food Is Fuel... It's Not Rocket Science!

Mark Foster | Posted 22.06.2014 | UK Sport
Mark Foster

My plea is that we develop a major intervention with the next generation of young people who are growing up on a diet of misinformation about food, exercise and looking after their health. We really cannot let this level of bad education continue otherwise we are storing up huge problems as a society and for those individual young people that we care about.

How to Overcome Depression in Four Straightforward Steps

Danny Baker | Posted 21.06.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Danny Baker

If you broke your leg and tried to repair it yourself, chances are that you'd never do it properly, and as a result, your leg would be broken forever. At the end of the day, it's the same story with depression, too - if you don't get the proper treatment, it will never go away.

Women and Their Weights

Helen Osborne | Posted 21.06.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Helen Osborne

That is the beauty of weight-training for women. It is NOT about being thin, taking up less space, making excuses for your thighs or your bottom. It is about being more, in a healthy, constructive, disciplined way.