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Heart Healthy Habits

Valentine’s Day ~ All About Hearts
February 14th, Valentine’s Day when love and romance are in the air is symbolised globally by red hearts. Coincidentally, in 2021, Valentine’s day …
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Feb 4th: Time to Talk about Mental Health Day
It’s Thursday 4 February and designated as ‘Time to Talk Day’, a day to start conversations and get the nation talking about mental …
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Day 31: Thank you!
Just like that, it’s the final day of January! The days are getting lighter and with the first snowdrops appearing, Spring is on …
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Day 30: Cycling
We’ve talked a lot about steps and walking this month, but cycling is another great activity to build into your week. Whether its dusting …
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Day 29: Dietary Fibre
What is fibre? Fibre is that part of a plant which gives it structure. It passes through our digestive systems but cannot be …
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Day 28: Reflections
It’s in the evenings and before bed that lots of us will reflect on the day that’s been and often it’s the worries, …
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Day 27: Type 2 Diabetes
Diabetes is a metabolic condition, characterised by high levels of blood sugar. Type 2 diabetes develops when your pancreas either doesn’t make sufficient insulin …
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Day 26: Active Travel
Could you walk to the shop instead of driving? Could you cycle to work instead of driving? Could you get off the bus …
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Day 25: Chair Exercises
Chair exercises are great place to start for anyone struggling with their mobility or recovering from illness or surgery. They are also a …
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Day 24: Ups and Downs
Angela and I both live on the edge of the Lake District and spend much of our free time walking, running or cycling …
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Day 23: Sunlight
It might feel like quite a long time ago that we were soaking up the rays of sunshine over summer, but we should …
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Day 22: Understand what you’re eating
The amount of energy in food is measured in kilocalories, KCal.  The higher the number, the greater the amount of energy the foodstuff …
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Day 21: Sleep
Sleep has a big impact on many different aspects of our health, including our hearts. Getting more sleep can improve our productivity, help …
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Day 20: Fish and Chips
Fish and chips has long been a family favourite, but what you pick up from the local chippy isn’t often what your body …
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Day 19: Understanding Salt
Salt is essential for our bodies to function, however, too much of it can increase blood pressure and the risk of developing coronary …
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Day 18: Movement Monday #3
Today we are exploring the benefits of yoga! Whether you’re looking to improve your flexibility, balance, strength and coordination or simply find new …
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Day 17: Learning to dance in the rain
“Life isn’t about waiting for the storm to pass, it’s about learning to dance in the rain”. Making changes to improve your lifestyle …
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Day 16: Explore a new local trail
Whether you’re a walker, a jogger, a plodder or a runner, spending time outside in nature can benefit sleep, improve our energy levels …
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Day 15: Food as Fuel
Our body needs food as fuel in much the same way as a car engine needs fuel. Put the wrong fuel in a …
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Day 14: Unplug
It might seem a bit ironic to be posting this on social media, but it is important to have some time away from …
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Day 13: Breakfast of Champions!
Oats have long been a popular breakfast with many. Make them into porridge, use them instead of flour in pancakes or whizz them …
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Day 12: Cholesterol
What is cholesterol? Cholesterol is a fatty substance in our blood. We all need it to keep our cells healthy, but some of …
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Day 11: Movement Monday #2
Resistance training has many benefits for people of all ages and experience. It’s never too late to introduce this type of training into …
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Day 10: Teamwork
Teamwork makes the dream work! It’s often easier to stick to a plan and achieve your goals when you are accountable to someone. …
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Day 9: Walking Challenge 1 – See a sunrise or sunset!
This week’s walking challenge is to walk from home to see the sunrise or sunset. With lockdown in full swing again, getting outdoors …
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Day 8 Add Colour to your Plate
How Colourful is your diet? The colour of fruit and vegetables is in part dependent upon substances known as phytochemicals or plant chemicals …
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Day 7: Blood Pressure and Exercise
What is blood pressure? Blood pressure is a measure of the force that your heart uses to pump blood around your body. The numbers! Ideally, we …
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Day 6: Water and Hydration
Did you know that water makes up more than two thirds of our body weight? It is essential for key bodily functions, such …
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Day 5: Maintain an Active Brain
A healthy brain is as important as a healthy heart and it plays a part in all of the body’s functions.  From birth …
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Day 4: Movement Monday #1
The World Health Organisation recommends 150 minutes of moderate intensity exercise per week, but what does a ‘moderate intensity’ feel like? When exercising …
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Day 3: Alcohol – know your units!
What is a unit of alcohol? A unit is a specific amount of pure alcohol. How many units each drink contains depends upon …
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Day 2: Start tracking the number of steps you take each day!
Tracking steps is a great way of increasing your daily activity levels. It doesn’t matter whether you currently do 100, 1000 or 10,000, …
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Day 1: Goals and Expectations
Our aim is to help you adopt healthy habits that you can keep up for months and years to come. To give ourselves …
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