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Missy's World of Wellness

A day at The Vitality Show 2010

24
March
2010
A day at The Vitality Show 2010

The winter season is finally making way for the spring and our poor neglected bodies are screaming for some love and attention. But hurrah! The Vitality Show 2010 came to town last weekend, so Wahanda made our way down to Earls Court 2 in London to check out the many treats the exhibition had in store.

The Vitality Show is the UK's largest health, beauty, wellness and fitness event that has literally everything the modern day woman needs, from inspiring new ideas to help you look and feel great to truly indulgent pampering deals all under one roof. With over 300 companies exhibiting this year there were plenty of opportunities to shop, pamper yourself silly and pick up helpful hints and tips from the very best therapists and celeb experts in the health and beauty industry. Whether it’s...

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Low-carb meals after exercising increases health benefits

08
March
2010
Low-carb meals after exercising increases health benefits

The results of your workout could all hinge on the meal you have afterwards. According to a study by the University of Michigan, eating a big meal containing a small amount of carbohydrates after an aerobic workout greatly increases the health benefits of your session, more so than continuous hours or days of exercising or training.

The University of Michigan study found that subjects who ate low carb post-exercise meals which match normal calorie guidelines had significantly enhanced their insulin activity within their bodies, which made it easier for the body to take sugar from the blood stream and direct it to the muscles where it was stored and used as fuel rather than as fat. The study also found that increased insulin activity after one exercise session produced more long term...

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Missy's top red carpet beauty tips celebrities wished they had read.

06
March
2010
Missy's top red carpet beauty tips celebrities wished they had read.

Placenta facial treatments, fish pedicures, syrup diets, Leech Therapy...celebrities really do go to extreme lengths to keep their bodies and faces paparazzi friendly, especially during Oscar season where it is almost compulsory that celebrities strut down that red carpet looking nothing less than perfect.

But so many of them get it horribly wrong, and one mistake will plague an actress throughout her career, so it’s imperative to get it right the first time. If only the following celebs had read my top tips to getting it right on the red carpet...

Hair

At the Golden Globes 2009, Drew Barrymore graced the red carpet with her effortless beauty and grown up glamour in a blue John Galliano for Dior dress...and then we caught sight of her hair. Sporting a blonde, Marilyn Monroe inspired...

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Hup two three four your way to better health.

14
January
2010
Hup two three four your way to better health.

If you, like thousands of others, are struggling or have already abandoned the ‘get healthy for 2010’ resolution, then fear not. There are now more organisations out there that have made it their mission to get your fitness back on the straight and narrow, including the RAF whose top fitness experts have compiled a guide designed to get you ‘fit for life’ this year.

Based on training techniques used by RAF personnel, their fitness guide is not designed to be a quick fix or another diet fad, but is intended to be a long-term solution to fitness and wellness making you embrace daily exercise as an integral part of life without a gym membership.

Corporal Simon Wray, Personal Training Instructor at RAF Cranwell and former Gladiator winner explains the reasons behind the ‘Fit for Life’...

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Regular exercise could reduce “preventable” cancer risk

21
December
2009
Regular exercise could reduce “preventable” cancer risk

Are you doing enough to lower your risk from cancer? According to World Cancer Research Fund we could be doing so much more; up to 80,000 people are diagnosed with cancer every year, and in most cases could have prevented the disease from developing if they had followed a lifelong healthy diet and exercise plan.

Studies have suggested that those with higher physical activity levels are less likely to develop the disease in later life than those who give exercise the cold shoulder.

According to the WCRF, the UK has the highest levels of preventable cancers than anywhere else, and people who exercise daily could significantly reduce their risk of developing the disease in later life – which is when we are most at risk.

Recent studies by the Harvard School of Public Health have also...

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Kids go krazy for yoga

15
December
2009
Kids go krazy for yoga

A new wave of parents are now introducing today’s youngsters to the ancient act of yoga in an attempt get them into the path of a healthier lifestyle. Many parents are concerned that in the modern age of multiple TV channels, computer games and the Internet, their children spend more time in front of a screen than running around outside. With an increase in school work, social pressures and lack of physical activity, kids are exhibiting signs of tension and stress, and yoga is the perfect solution.

Parents don’t even have to step out of their home to help their children get fit. Recent cartoons such as Waybuloo – currently shown on CBeebies – have been created to introduce yoga to pre-schoolers and encourage them and their parents to copy the postures performed by the characters. The...

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