When it comes to breaking a sweat, many people focus on bigger biceps and a trim waistline, but for some, that’s not enough motivation to get moving. Indeed, the phrase ‘exercise is medicine‘ is becoming increasingly recognised as a fundamental form of treatment for various lifestyle related diseases, including depression, diabetes, heart disease, asthma, some […]

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Looking for an escape that combines your love of adventure and sampling new cultures with far-flung destinations? Then now’s the time to put your leave application in, as we take you through our top 5 adventure holidays.   1. BELIZE – DIVING With it’s famed aquamarine iris, Belize’s Blue Hole on the Lighthouse Reef is […]

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Hot chocolate, Netflix marathons, and warm duvets are just some of the finer comforts the cold weather brings. But a season linked to shorter days can influence how well you sleep. Here’s why cold weather makes it difficult to get out of bed in the mornings.   A LACK OF LIGHT Limited sunlight in winter […]

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The adage goes: those who play together stay together, and there’s no better time than Valentine’s Day to plan a healthy date. Swap chocolates and champagne for these fun (and healthy) ideas that will sweep your sweetheart off their fit feet. DINNER FOR TWO  Stereotypical Valentine’s Day presents such as chocolate, champagne, and a 5-course fancy […]

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They say it can take between 21 and 66 days to turn a new behaviour into an automatic pattern, however motivation is what gets this process started. Here are five motivation hacks to help spur on your efforts and reach your health and fitness goals. MAKE IT EASY FOR YOURSELF Making healthy habits as easy […]

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Sleep studies have long focused on sleep quantity, but it’s not just the number of hours in bed that’s important—it’s the quality of those hours that count. QUALITY VS. QUANTITY  For an ideal sleep you need to go through several stages. Two of these phases are particularly important: Slow wave sleep (aka deep sleep) is […]

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Why do some people manage to say no to that extra slice of cake, yet others can’t resist? It’s important to understand the difference between hunger and appetite to help you keep a more balanced attitude toward food and eating. NEED VERSUS DESIRE We eat for two main reasons: hunger and appetite. Yet the practical […]

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