Feel great this spring with tasty nutrition, fun fitness and handy lifestyle tips. Plus special tummy-focused tips and advice too.

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  • Fitness: Running the stairs

    This is the intermediate 'stair running' workout, but we've included the beginner's workout here as well, so that if you've…

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  • Lifestyle: Pamper yourself

    Have an evening in and pamper yourself. You can relax with just you or invite a group of friends over,…

  • Lifestyle: The wonder of walking

    It's great to get outside in the fresh air and go for a walk. Look at the trees around you…

  • Lifestyle: Brilliant baths

    A bath sounds like a simple thing, but it really is a great way to relax and unwind, and if…

  • Lifestyle: Shake your booty

    Put on some loud music and dance around to your favourite songs. You might feel self-conscious at first but try…

  • Lifestyle: Have a giggle

    Laughing is incredibly good for you, releasing stress levels and topping up happiness levels. So, to spend time laughing, go…

  • Lifestyle: Love where you live

    There are lots of ways to look for fun or interesting things to do in your local area. It could…

  • Lifestyle: Sell your handiwork

    Think of something you could make today to sell at a local market when it next happens. It could be…

  • Lifestyle: Do what you love doing

    It sounds obvious but not enough people do it often enough! So, do something everyday that you love, starting today,…

  • Lifestyle: Sing it loud

    Sing loudly to one of your favourite songs. Stress can affect you physically making all your muscles tighten up, so…

  • Lifestyle: Plan something fun

    Make plans at the beginning of your week to look forward to. This will make sure every week is exciting…

  • Nutrition: Ditch the salt pot

    Health experts recommend we all eat less salty food to stay healthy. As a guideline we should aim to have…

  • Nutrition: Get Juicy

    To fill you up with fibre and keep your tummy happy, think smoothies! They're a great way to boost your…

  • Nutrition: Breakfast everyday

    Even if you're in a mad rush in the morning, make time for breakfast. Ideally you should have something to…

  • Nutrition: Travel light

    Travelling long distances when going on holiday can be really stressful and stress is a key contributor to a bloated…

  • Lifestyle: Be creative

    Have fun exploring your creative side. Drawing and painting can be a great way of reducing stress as it provides…

  • Lifestyle: Get back to nature

    How about trying some gardening? If you don't have a garden of your own, no problem, you could grow flowers…

  • Lifestyle: Snooooozzzzzze

    It's easy to say you should sleep more, but hard to put this into practice! To make it easier to…

  • Lifestyle: Amazing meditation

    Make time in your day to meditate as this restores your body to a calm state, relaxing and clearing your…

  • Lifestyle: Take your best shot

    Photography is a great way to be creative, as you can make it as easy or as advanced as you…

  • Lifestyle: A trip down memory lane

    Spend an afternoon getting old pictures, letters, cards, etc and create a memory album or scrapbook. There might be all…

  • Lifestyle: Puzzled?

    Interacting WITH a puzzle can take your mind off being stressed AND provide you WITH a fun, calming break. You'll…

  • Lifestyle: Join the knitterati

    Knitting has become a real craze in the last few years - no longer reserved for grannies knitting baby boots,…

  • Lifestyle: The write stuff

    Now that everyone sends emails all the time, why not write a letter to a friend instead? It’ll be a…

  • Lifestyle: Creative writing

    Writing things down can help you unwind and it’s a great way to explore your creativity at the same time.…

  • Lifestyle: Keep a diary

    Keeping a diary is a great way to start writing, and writing things down has proven stress and health benefits.…

  • Lifestyle: Give someone a massage

    Massaging people and being massaged is a great way to zone out and reduce stress levels. It's a great way…

  • Lifestyle: Excellent exercise

    A QUICK burst of exercise IS great FOR reducing levels of stress, AS moving the body around reduces ANY built-up…

  • Lifestyle: Changing rooms

    It's great to move your furniture around and change pictures on the wall every so often. It changes the space…

  • Lifestyle: A big night in

    Why not have a spontaneous fun night in? It's so easy to slump down in front of the TV, but…

  • Lifestyle: Social networking

    Set up and start a new social activity group like a book club, film club, knitting or running club, and…

  • Lifestyle: Be inspired

    Read a biography, magazine or newspaper article about someone who has achieved something against all odds. This will inspire you…

  • Lifestyle: Mrs Motivator

    Give yourself a pat on the back every time you achieve something you're proud of. This will make sure you…

  • Lifestyle: What a to-do

    At the start of each and every week (maybe every Sunday night) decide what your goals and actions are and…

  • Lifestyle: Know yourself

    Be clever about when you do things. For example if you're a morning person, make sure you do your exercise…

  • Lifestyle: Put yourself first

    To give yourself more time in your week don't be scared of saying 'no' to things that aren't right for…

  • Lifestyle: A helping hand

    As a busy Mum there is nothing to be ashamed of in asking for help. Do you have a friend…

  • Lifestyle: 'You' time

    Try and make 10% of the day yours and do something that will restore your energy, like reading a book,…

  • Fitness: Dance Moves

    Watch just any of the dance shows on TV and you'll see how regular dance classes will increase your fitness…

  • Fitness: Deskercises 1

    Try to get up and move away from your desk every 30 minutes and take an active five minute break…

  • Fitness: Frisbee

    Playing Frisbee tones your arm and stomach muscles, thanks to all the running about, leaping and throwing, and burns around…

  • Fitness: Fab abs fun

    Try these essential exercises for a marvellous midsection – we've included the beginners workout here too, so that if you've…

  • Fitness: Fab abs frog crunches

    Try these essential exercises for a marvellous midsection. Your abs are one of the easiest muscle groups to train at…

  • Fitness: Platforms and pumps workout

    Lately some specialised fitness shoes have been on the billboards all around town. But while these 'super' shoes may have…

  • Fitness: Stairway to fitness

    These exercises improve muscle endurance, while strengthening hips, thighs and buttocks. And if you want to step up your calorie…

  • Fitness: Running the stairs

    This is the intermediate 'stair running' workout, but we've included the beginner's workout here as well, so that if you've…

  • Fitness: Stilettos and winter boots workout

    Lately some specialised fitness shoes have been on all the billboards all around town. But while these 'super' shoes may…

  • Fitness: Home workout 1

    Here's how to turn your housework chores into exercises to burn calories, tone up and keep fit. The key is…

  • Fitness: Home workout 2

    Here's how to turn your housework chores into exercises to burn calories, tone up and keep fit. The key is…

  • Fitness: Toned arms: chair overhead

    We've included the beginners and intermediate arms workouts here too in case you'd like to warm up and test your…

  • Fitness: Toned arms: bag bicep curl

    If you want to lose the flab on the backs and fronts of your arms then a weight workout is…

  • Fitness: Practicing Pilates

    Pilates focuses on strengthening the 'powerhouse' (the abs and buttocks). The exercises are designed to increase flexibility, strengthen muscles and…

  • Fitness: Pilates

    Pilates focuses on strengthening the 'powerhouse' (the abs and buttocks). The exercises are designed to increase flexibility, strengthen muscles and…

  • Fitness: Skipping: Jumping for gold

    Skipping is an excellent cardiovascular workout targeting the calves, thighs, bottom and shoulders, helping to keep these areas toned. It…

  • Fitness: Skipping Skills & Tricks

    This is the intermediate skipping workout, but we've included the beginner's workout here too so that if you have time…

  • Fitness: Skipping

    Skipping is an excellent cardiovascular workout targeting the calves, thighs, bottom and shoulders, helping to keep these areas toned. It's…

  • Fitness: Yoga Taster

    Practicing yoga can help you establish concentration, emotional stability and confidence as well as creating a deep calm. It's a…

  • Fitness: Yoga upside down

    Practicing yoga will help you establish concentration, emotional stability and confidence as well as creating a deep calm. It's a…

  • Nutrition: Time out to eat

    Rushing meals or eating while racing around can mean you end up swallowing extra air, which ends up in your…

  • Nutrition: Daily probiotic

    Having a probiotic every day helps to boost levels of good bacteria in the gut.

  • Nutrition: Pack a lunch with punch

    Making your own lunch, rather than buying it, won't just save you money. It also gives you far more control…

  • Nutrition: Don't drink your calories

    When it comes to controlling your weight, it's easy to forget that drinks can be a significant source of calories.…

  • Nutrition: Think more, not less

    You'll find it much easier to enjoy eating a healthy, balanced diet if you start thinking positively about it. So…

  • Nutrition: Less choice, less temptation

    Having less choice can help to stop you from over doing it. Here's how it works: imagine a buffet table…

  • Nutrition: Go herbal

    Cut down on caffeine by having less cola, coffee and tea and instead try peppermint or chamomile tea. They're known…

  • Nutrition: Which gum?

    Some sugar-free products contain a bunch of artificial sweetenersknown as polyols, which can have a laxative effect on some people.…

  • Nutrition: Grazing is good

    Did you know that digesting and absorbing food burns up around 10 per cent of the calories you eat each…

  • Nutrition: Chew it

    Believe it or not, when we chew food, it's mixed with saliva which actually begins the digestive process. So make…

  • Nutrition: Cut down the fat

    Fat slows down the speed your stomach empties, so food sits in your tummy for longer when you've eaten a…

  • Nutrition: Beat salad boredom

    Avoid salad boredom by mixing up the types of ingredients you use. Try using different leaves such as rocket, watercress,…

  • Nutrition: Know your supermarket

    Getting to know your local supermarket layout means you'll be able to do your shopping without having to go down…

  • Nutrition: Good pans, fewer calories

    Good quality non-stick pans means you can use less oil in dishes, without food sticking and burning to the pan.…

  • Nutrition: Love sweet wrappers

    Delving into a packet of biscuits or a supersized bag of crisps once you've opened it, or 'neatening the edges'…

  • Nutrition: Buy seasonal

    Buying food in season can really help to keep the cost of your weekly shop down. Plus produce that's been…

  • Nutrition: A little of what you fancy

    It's easy to over doing it when you eat out – but this can put a huge strain on your…

  • Nutrition: Get fishy

    Health experts recommend that we eat two portions of fish each week for good health. One of these should be…

  • Nutrition: Prepare your tummy

    A change of diet can quickly leave you with an upset tummy when you're away so get your digestive system…

  • Fitness: Rollerblading

    Great for toning your leg muscles and bottom, providing a cardiovascular, fat-burning, calorie-busting workout . If you don't own rollerblades…

  • Nutrition: Swap shop

    Think about how you eat your favourite high-calorie foods and then find lower-cal alternatives that you eat in the same…

  • Nutrition: Get the fruit habit

    Low in calories and full of different vitamins and minerals, fruits are also a source of fibre, which helps to…

  • Nutrition: Wonderful water

    Wherever you are, always carry a bottle of water with you as a reminder to drink. Simply fill up a…

  • Nutrition: Actively hydrated

    Exercise and physical activity that makes you sweat means your body can lose a lot of water, ultimately affecting your…

  • Nutrition: Veggie TLC

    Full of fibre, veggies are important for a healthy tummy and add variety and flavour to your diet. Plus, most…

  • Nutrition: Don't forget pulses

    Enjoying pulses in a meal really will help to keep you fuller for longer, delaying those niggling hunger pangs in…

  • Nutrition: Don't skip meals

    Skipping meals means you'll almost certainly over-compensate at your next meal by eating more food, more quickly. And eating quickly…

  • Nutrition: Veg to go

    If you don't have time to prepare and cook fresh veggies, go for frozen ones. They contain just as many…

  • Nutrition: Go with the grain

    White bread and baked produces such as French sticks, croissants and crumpets are nowhere near as nutritious as wholegrain products…

  • Nutrition: Lunch on the go

    Finding a healthy lunch when you're on the run isn't always easy. So follow a few basic rules. Start with…

  • Nutrition: Business lunches

    Eating out at lunchtime can mean you end up spending the afternoon feeling bloated, uncomfortable and sleepy so make it…

  • Nutrition: Have a healthy salad

    Don't be fooled into thinking all salads are healthy when you're ordering one in a restaurant or buying one from…

  • Nutrition: Enjoy your flight

    Drinking too much booze when you're flying will quickly leave you dehydrated, potentially leaving you with a headache and making…