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Couch to 5K: tips for new runners

Expert advice to get you started on the Couch to 5K running plan, including what to wear, warming up and nutrition. What to wear If you haven't exercised for a while, chances are you may not have any suitable clothing. Don't let this be an…

Couch to 5K: week by week

A week-by-week description of the nine-week set of Couch to 5K podcasts. Each week involves three runs. Week one For your three runs in week one, you will begin with a brisk five-minute walk, then alternate one minute of running and one-and-a-half minutes of walking, for a total of 20 minutes.…

Could I be pregnant?

If you're a girl and you have unprotected sex (without contraception) with a boy, you could get pregnant. Find out the signs of pregnancy and where to go for support. Pregnancy is a real possibility when you have sex, and there are lots of rumours about when…

Could you have asthma?

Many of the symptoms of asthma are similar to those of other conditions, so it's vital that you see your GP to get the right diagnosis. Asthma often develops in childhood, although some people get asthma for the first time as adults. Even then, there are often signs of…

Could your snoring be sleep apnoea?

Snoring can be a symptom of a disorder called sleep apnoea, which is hard to identify and has serious health risks. Sleep apnoea is very common, but less than one in four sufferers are diagnosed. Although sleep apnoea can affect men and women of all ages, it's most common…

Crowd surfing: is it safe?

Crowd surfing has become increasingly popular at music festivals, but it can cause serious injury. For some people, crowd surfing, moshing and stage diving are part of the culture of the music scene and they accept the risks. For others, it's dangerous and antisocial, and it…

Cut down on your calories

Many of us are eating too much, and not being active enough. That's why nearly two-thirds of the adult population in England is overweight or obese. Find out how much you should be eating and how to cut the calories. How much should you eat?…

Cycling for beginners

Cycling is a truly invigorating and liberating experience, enjoyed by people of all ages and from all walks of life. Whether you're cycling to work, to school, to the shops or just for fun, the humble bicycle is an easy way to get more active. This…

Dairy and alternatives in your diet

Milk and dairy products, such as cheese and yoghurt, are great sources of protein and calcium and can form part of a healthy, balanced diet. Unsweetened, calcium-fortified dairy alternatives like soya milks, soya yoghurts and soya cheeses also count as part of this food group…

Dance for fitness

From hip-hop to the foxtrot, dance fever is sweeping the nation, fuelled by popular TV shows such as Strictly Come Dancing and Britain's Got Talent. Whether you like to jump or jive, tap or tango, shake your hips or your booty, dancing is one of…
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