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Five negative thoughts that can prolong back pain

Growing evidence suggests the way you think and feel about your back pain plays an important role in your chances of recovery. Thinking negatively about the prospects of getting better, as well as feelings of stress and anxiety, can extend the length of time you suffer…

Five tips to reduce hay fever symptoms

Your lifestyle can affect how severe your hay fever symptoms are. According to the charity Allergy UK, hay fever can adversely affect many areas of your life including your social life, your emotional wellbeing, your performance at work or school, and your self-esteem. A survey…

Five ways to stay healthy this winter

It may be cold outside, but winter needn't be the unhealthiest time of year for you and your family. Here are five ways to make sure that, even when your body is telling you to hibernate, you can keep healthy and fit, no matter what…

Five-minute wake-up workout

Start your day feeling on top of the world with this five-minute bedroom workout combining strength and flexibility exercises. This routine from physiotherapist Nick Sinfield starts with some gentle in-bed tension-releasing stretches and finishes with a series of energising power moves. Try to do this workout every morning to burn…

Flexibility exercises

These flexibility exercises can be done at home to help improve your health and mobility. Don't worry if you haven't done much for a while - the exercises are gentle and easy to follow. Wear loose, comfortable clothing and keep some water handy. Build up slowly and aim…

Flu and the flu vaccine

Flu is a highly infectious illness that spreads rapidly through the coughs and sneezes of people who are carrying the virus. If you're at risk of complications from flu, make sure you have your annual flu vaccine, available each year usually from October onwards. There are two types…

The flu jab

Flu vaccination is available every year on the NHS to help protect adults and children at risk of flu and its complications. Flu can be unpleasant, but if you are otherwise healthy it will usually clear up on its own within a week. However, flu can be more severe in certain…

Food and drinks for sport

Find out what food and drink will help you get the most out of your sport and fitness activities. You should aim to eat a healthy, balanced diet whatever your activity level, as this will provide you with all the nutrients you need. If you…

Food and water abroad

Many illnesses are contracted through contaminated food and water. Reduce your risk of diseases like travellers' diarrhoea by following these basic guidelines. Drinking water In countries with poor sanitation, don't drink tap water or use it to brush your teeth unless it has been treated. Filtered,…

Food for strong bones

A healthy balanced diet will help you build strong bones from an early age and maintain them throughout your life. You need sufficient calcium to strengthen your bones and vitamin D to help your body absorb calcium. Poor bone health can cause conditions such as…
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