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Pilates for beginners: Explore the core

Pilates is an effective and fun way to build strength in your core muscles for better posture, balance and flexibility. Its named after its creator, Joseph Pilates, who developed the exercise method in the 1920s. If you're thinking of trying a Pilates class for the first time, here's what you need to know: What exactly is Pilates? Pilates...
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How to beat the winter blues

The trees are losing their leaves, it’s getting darker earlier and there’s a chill in the air. This is a sure-fire sign that winter is on its way. And for 2 million Brits, it signals the start of the winter blues, or seasonal affective disorder (SAD). The condition is thought to be related to the amount...
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How to go cold turkey on sugar

No matter how health conscious you are, you’re bound to crave sweet things from time to time. And it’s no surprise, as sugar is in so much of the food we eat. And I don’t just mean the obvious things, like cakes, chocolate and fizzy drinks. It’s in everything, from bread and yoghurt, to pasta...
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Cardio v Strength Training

I’m often asked what’s better for health and weight loss - cardio or strength training. The answer is both. Like fish and chips and Ant and Dec, cardio and strength training are a classic combination that are equally important to our all-round health. Let’s look at why. But firstly, what is cardio? Cardio, or cardiovascular exercise, is anything...
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Mat verses Reformer Pilates

Pilates is renowned for improving core strength, flexibility, balance and muscle tone. But many newcomers wonder if they should be rolling out a mat to do their Pilates, or strapping into a reformer — the equipment developed by Pilates creator Joseph Pilates. So, what’s the difference between mat and reformer and which should you choose? The fact...
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