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Top 5 Cardio Burning Exercises... Is cardio the ultimate calorie burn? Some people say so while others swear by weight lifting – so what is the best burn for you? These are some of the best burners out there, ranked in order of effectiveness: Skipping burns calories fast - in fact 667-990 calories/hour (if you’re jumping at 120 skips per minute) but it’s also a great fat burner too. To work your arms and shoulders more, try a weighted rope. Kettlebell circuit training burns 554-822 calories/hour but it can keep the after-burn going for 36 hours after you leave the gym. To get the best... Read more

Can You See A Rainbow... We just love a Buddha bowl, they’re damn good for you and so easy to make. Big bowls of rainbow coloured food! Elite ambassador @jesslee3_ shows us how it’s done, but to make your own all you need is a layer of greens, a variety of veggies and beans and topped with grains, nuts and seeds. Oh, and a big bowl! So what are you waiting for... Read more

The Secret Training Method That's Shocking The Fitness World... As part of a circuit or on their own, weighted rope exercises (also known as Battle Ropes) will torch loads of calories. It offers impact-free movement while increasing your core, shoulder and grip strength. It’s a sport that has been around for a few years but is increasing in popularity and is one intense exercise that strengthens your body head to toe. You’ll usually find them anchored to a wall or sturdy beam or pole, and while they may vary in length, weight, and thickness, all battle ropes serve the same purpose – providing an incredible killer workout. The benefits... Read more

It's International Tolerance Day Today... The United Nations is committed to strengthening tolerance by encouraging mutual understanding among cultures and peoples. Tolerance is a simple act of humanity which we must nurture in our everyday lives, and a value that should bring us together.   Read more

How To Beat The Winter Blues... It’s that time of year again...it was dark when you went to bed, and it’s dark when your alarm clock goes off and it’s time to get up! It’s not easy jumping out of bed and heading to the gym or bracing the chill for your usual early morning run. Conclusion: cardio is definitely harder in the winter. According to new research published in the European Journal of Preventive Cardiology, there could be a reason why working out feels harder during the darker winter months - your body has less vitamin D. Our body's main source of vitamin D is the... Read more

Can Eating Chocolate Really Be Good For You... Eating chocolate and drinking coffee and tea may help you live longer, according to new study. However in order for you to get the full benefits, they must be consumed with zinc supplements. It has been found that together, they activate a compound that slows down ageing. Previous research conducted on the benefits of eating chocolate found it can also improve memory, reduce stress and make you happier. Well, what are you waiting for…! Read more

How Healthy Are Your Feet?... Dr Dawn Harper, an ambassador for Sole Bliss, says our feet can reveal a lot about our health, and there are some signs which should not be ignored. Around 90% of women suffer from some form of foot problem during their lives, according to a survey. One such problem is foot cramp – experienced by both sportsmen and women. Foot cramps are involuntary and painful spasms that affect either one or a group of muscles. They can last for minutes or they can continue for days at a time causing some soreness. Foot cramps most commonly occur in the arch... Read more

Happy World Vegan Day... Every year on 1st November, vegans around the world celebrate and champion for their vegan lifestyle. According to many acclaimed vegans, the lifestyle is beneficial for the health of humans, not to mention that it fosters environmental protection as well as the lives of animals. Whether for health benefits, cost or animal welfare concerns people opt for vegan food for personal reasons. Celebrating this decision offers a chance to dismiss any lingering myths around vegan food and its limitations. Instead it is a great opportunity to reach out to people across all ages and all communities and show them how... Read more

Are You Taking Part In Stoptober!!.. It's Stoptober, and people across the country are giving up smoking. The NHS initiative encourages people to stop smoking for 28 days. According to Cancer Research UK, tobacco is the leading cause of preventable death in the world, causing at least sixteen different types of cancer. There are a vast number of health benefits to quitting smoking, and research has shown that if you can stop for 28 days, you are five times more likely to be able to give up smoking for good. It's not just members of the public, celebs count too! There have been many British stars... Read more

Do The Changing Clock Times Signal A Change In Your Mood? Whilst many people have perhaps enjoyed having an extra hour sleep, it’s amazing how the small change can have such a big impact on our health.Although it’s only an hour, you’d be surprised how many people can feel disorientated the first couple of days once their body synchronises to a new sleep schedule.One in 15 people in UK suffers from seasonal affective disorder (SAD), which is a form of depression that is most apparent in the winter. Most of the symptoms often begin when the clocks go back; irritability, persistent low mood, sleeping for longer than normal, craving carbohydrates are just... Read more

MOVE in Movember Our fathers, partners, brothers and friends face a health crisis that isn’t being talked about. Men are dying too young. We can’t afford to stay silent. That’s why Movember is taking action. They’re the only charity tackling men’s health on a global scale, year round. They’re addressing some of the biggest health issues faced by men: prostate cancer, testicular cancer, and mental health and suicide prevention. Take the MOVE challenge this Movember! MOVE is a 30-day physical fitness challenge. Why not champion men’s health this Movember, starting with your own! Read more

Are Your Snack Foods Killing You... Any food that comes in a crinkly plastic wrapper, is industrially sealed, and is designed to last for months without spoiling. It may be a quick on-the-go fix for a hunger pang, but it's also most likely increasing your risk of cancer. Scientists in France recently zeroed in on a link between people who eat more processed foods and those who develop cancer. They're not sure yet whether the problem is the shelf-stabilizing ingredients, the plastic packaging, or some combination of the two. And because their study was correlative, it's possible there's some other hidden factor at work - But... Read more

Is Magnesium The Secret Key To Boosting Your Energy Levels?... Some of us are hooked on supplements and there’s so much research regarding their benefits. For many people magnesium is their supplement of choice. It has a number of health benefits including the maintenance of the body’s nervous system, muscles and bones. It is also vital for sustaining a normal heartbeat and can be used by doctors to treat irregularities in heart rhythm. In fact research shows that an estimated 80% of adults are actually deficient in this vital mineral. But not ambassador Lily Curtis, who has been taking magnesium every day and is delighted with the impact it has... Read more

Here's A Great Low Sugar Granola Alternative... Generally speaking the fat content in the granola is “good fat” and it can be a good source of fibre. However the sugar content can be high, depending on which granola you buy.There are those that consider it to be a health food, and the problem only comes when food manufacturers take the good ingredients and then add loads of sugar or other sugary ingredients like chocolate chunks and honey.Ambassador Lily Curtis has found this alternative if you don’t have time to make healthy home-made granola recipe, which includes whole-grain oats, nuts and seeds, and natural sweetness - Troo Granola Read more

Are You Cracking Up... Even if you think your diet is balanced, it’s easy to miss out on key nutrients. And sometimes those deficiencies show in your lips, says Cath Collins, dietician at St George’s Hospital in London. “If your lips suddenly become dry, or you develop painful cracks at the corners of your mouth, you could be running low on iron, zinc, vitamin B3, or vitamin B6,” Cath says. The solution may be as simple as adding a little red meat to your diet – it's a rich source of both iron and zinc. You can also find iron, zinc, and B vitamins... Read more