What’s the best kit for walking?

The great thing about walking is that it doesn’t matter what you wear – it’s what we all do every day. But if you want to get a bit more from your daily perambulations than just a lungful of oxygen or the shopping, then investing in the right walking gear can boost your performance by making you feel more comfortable ...

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Diana Henry: how to turn warming winter soups into showstoppers

  Ribollita, laksa, chowder – the soups we most love, certainly over the past 15 years – are chunky, wholesome meals in bowls. Lunch at your desk no longer has to be a sandwich – cold from the chiller-cabinet – but a take-away tub of steaming warmth; a homely comfort in the middle of the working day. These creations are true ...

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In the pursuit of a ripped six-pack and bulging biceps, more might not always mean better. In fact, working harder in the gym may set you farther back from an ideal physique. Overreaching, a state of fatigue caused from several weeks of training too hard, can result in poor recovery from workouts and a sharp decrease in hormones that help ...

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Want to lose fat faster? We have some great advice for you. Cardio is the cornerstone to any good weight-loss plan—especially high-intensity interval training (HIIT), in which you alternate periods of absolute maximum effort with brief periods of recovery. To help you make those sprints as effective as possible, we talked to Phil Campbell, an interval-training expert and author of ...

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If you’re looking for a high-caliber cardio workout to burn calories and build muscle, a great way to get it is with cross-country skiing. This season, take some time off your board or alpine skisand hit the trails Nordic style for a full-body toning workout. Even if you’re new to flat-land skiing, many ski resorts offer lessons where you can ...

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How a support team is helping me reach my health goals

Last month, you may have read a blog post from my friend Melissa, who introduced our story as two busy work-at-home-moms on our path towards fitness with the help of Advocate Condell Centre Club. Today, I’m going to share a little more about my own backstory… In 2007, I walked over 500 miles from Boston to Washington D.C. as part of ...

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How does exercise affect women’s diets?

Dieters are often concerned that working out could make them hungry, but according to a recent small study, working out is more effective at limiting calorie consumption than food restriction and actually reduces appetite in the short-term. Researchers at Loughborough University in England conducted a study of 12 fit women, analyzing the hormonal, psychological and behavioral reactions to calorie control ...

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What happens to your body when you exercise?

Starting a new exercise routine may seem overwhelming, but regular physical activity is one of the most important things you can do for your health, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). When beginning to exercise, studies show that changes can occur to the body’s heart, muscles, fat, bones and even the brain. Exercise also helps to ...

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Cheat days work for weight loss

Cheaters may never win. But they might lose weight, as long as the cheating is planned and occasional, according to a new study. Researchers examined 60 students in a simulated diet environment and 30 people dieting in real life. They found that those who planned ahead to treat themselves to guilty pleasures had more control over impulses to give in ...

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