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How low can you go?

Fitness expert Crosby Tailor explains how low impact training is key to avoiding injuries.

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All together now

Staying motivated and sticking to an exercise regime can be difficult at times, particularly if you tend to exercise alone. If you run outdoors or work out at the gym, for example, you’re relying entirely on yourself to keep to your fitness goals.

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Gadget guru

Many of us will have resolved to get fit and embark on a new exercise regime in 2018. But, according to US News, a whopping 80 per cent of us will fail to keep our new year’s resolutions. Staying motivated can be difficult, particularly during the cold winter months, so anything that can keep us on track towards meeting our fitness goals is a big help.

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What's trending?

Last year we were all sipping on plant waters, nibbling on insect-based snacks and strapping on wearable technology. So what does 2018 have up its sleeve? We spoke to the experts behind Balance Festival to find out their predictions for this year’s hottest fitness and wellbeing trends.

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From strength to strength

Strengthen your core with these Pilates moves from Sarah Vrancken.

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Going the distance

Liz Parry tests out a running workshop at health hydro Ragdale Hall.

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The best at-home workout tips

Making time for regular exercise is essential to our overall health and wellbeing, but not everyone has the time to go to the gym or attend fitness classes.

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Maximise your workout

We spoke to some top personal trainers to find out how to get the most out of your workout and stick to your fitness goals

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Personal trainer Olivia Cooney offers some top fitness tips to keep in shape this summer

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Mindfulness, positivity and upbeat thinking

Teresa Costa, a mindfulness teacher based in Cambridge, offers a simple exercise to help you get through a busy day at work.

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The next level

If you’re looking to transform your body and your fitness routine, but don’t know where to start, a personal trainer could help to put you on the right track. Even the most seasoned gym-goer could benefit from some guidance and input from a professional.

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The queen of mindfulness

Comedienne Ruby Wax is best known for her razor sharp wit, but in recent years she has been crowned the queen of the mindfulness phenomenon in the UK. She has written two bestselling books on the subject: Sane New World and A Mindfulness Guide for the Frazzled. The latter, her newest title, offers advice for relationships, parents, children and teenagers on how to cope with the pressures of everyday life through mindfulness.

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The art of Qigong

The ancient art of Qigong is perfect for anyone looking to live healthily with a peaceful mind and spirit. Over the last 24 years, I’ve watched hundreds of my students become fitter, calmer, better balanced, and more able to cope with everyday problems, thanks to their Qigong practice.

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Katie Piper's confidence tips

TV presenter, author and charity campaigner Katie Piper is undoubtedly an inspirational figure for women everywhere. Having survived a horrific rape and acid attack in 2008 which left her burned and facially disfigured, she has gone on to form her own charity, The Katie Piper Foundation, which helps people living with burns and scars.

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Core control

Not many people realise that Pilates is more than just an exercise method – it is both mind and body training. Named after its German-born founder Joseph Pilates (1883-1967), Pilates teaches you to be more aware of your body and your movements. Every exercise is performed thoughtfully and with precision.

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New year, new trends

The world of health and fitness is ever-changing. From the newest workout trend to the latest superfood, there’s always something new to discover. We asked the experts for their health and fitness predictions for 2017.

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Be a good sport

From improving endurance to repairing muscle damage, we find out about the best supplements to take for sporting success

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And... breathe

Yogic breathing can be a very effective way to combat stress, anxiety and depression. “Breathing techniques (known in yoga as pranayama) can have an incredibly powerful effect on the nervous system,” explains Natasha Moutran, co-founder of The Retreat Collection ( “Also, they can be practised anywhere and any time, which means that they can be very useful in any situation when you feel you might need a little calm and some centering. They only take a few minutes to perform.”

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Your mind

A study by Northumbria University showed that peppermint tea was found to significantly improve long-term memory while sniffing the aroma of rosemary was found to help people to remember do things.

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Fitness trends for 2016

From Zumba to spinning and TRX to CrossFit, there has been an explosion in different fitness trends in recent years. There’s no excuse any more for those of us who find gym workouts boring, as there’s an activity to suit virtually all interests and fitness levels now.

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Celebrate organic!

As the Soil Association prepares to launch its annual Organic September campaign, we look at some of the reasons why going organic can help the planet

As increasing numbers of consumers turn more towards healthy, ethical and local food choices, the Soil Association's annual event, Organic September, is becoming bigger than ever. This year's celebration of all things organic promises to include inspiring events, handy tips, delicious recipes and much more.

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Challenge yourself

Charity challenges are a great way of raising money for a good cause, whilst getting fit at the same time. Liz Parry looks at the benefits of taking part

Is there a charity that’s close to your heart or a cause that really means something to you? Perhaps a loved one has been affected by cancer or another serious health condition. Raising money for charity through taking on a physical challenge is a great way of showing your support for a particular cause whilst also boosting your own health and fitness.

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Fitness focus

Brits want to get fitter – in the comfort of their own home

Most people would like to dedicate more time in their daily routine to exercise, according to a survey commissioned by The Children’s Society as it launches a website – Tough n Buff – aimed at helping even the most hardened couch potato get fit quickly and easily. While the YouGov survey of over 2,000 British adults shows the average amount of daily exercise for most of us is about 20 minutes per day, a majority (51 per cent) would really like to spend anything from more than half an hour to more than an hour getting fit.

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