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Going for a run might be just the stress-buster you need over the festive period. While all forms of exercise can improve mood and stress levels, a recent study showed that running and mountain biking in landscapes without buildings had the most positive impact on mental health. Getting outdoors regularly in winter will also help shut off your melatonin (the hormone that regulates sleep), so you’ll feel less groggy. So get your trainers (and layers) on and brave the cold – you’ll thank us later.

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Niamh Leonard-Bedwell, lifestyle writer ‘Is home-baking the ultimate act of self-care? Whether it’s down to the effects of GBBO or Christmas, I’ve rediscovered my love for spending time in the kitchen. My skills might not be up to creating a multi-layered Viennese sponge, or elaborate loaves, but a round of chocolate chip cookies or a tray of gooey brownies provide sense of achievement enough, and it’s much more satisfying tucking into homemade treats than biscuits from the packet. I just have to make sure I have guests coming, so I don’t scoff the lot – which means I also get the wellbeing benefits of socialising with people I care about. This Christmas, I’m setting my sights on building a gingerbread house.’

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Welcome to the Christmas issue of healthy! In the December/January edition, we look at how to avoid stress and stay upbeat over the festive period. Plus, we’ve got some tips on making healthier choices at the Christmas party and setting achievable goals for the year ahead. Many of us suffer with stress over Christmas, so for this issue, we wanted to think about all of the positive things that come with it, too. From our fresh-thinking article on perfecting the art of getting tipsy, to advice on how to break the Christmas weight-gain/January diet cycle, we’re approaching the colder months with a positive outlook. In the name of balance, writer Laura Potter looks at why we should practise Pilates to build strength and improve posture. We also look into the benefits of art therapy, as well as offering some crafting tips for you to try. And if you’re hosting your own festive party this year, don’t forget to flip the magazine over for festive recipe inspiration in our dedicated food section. Find all of this, plus our usual expert-led content, in the latest issue of Healthy.

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CHRISTMAS FOOD SPECIAL
While most of us love the holiday season, there’s no
HOW TO WIN AT CHRISTMAS
Make this Christmas a joyful, rejuvenating and life-affirming experience with our expert guide to spending your festive break firmly on the bright side
Government alcohol guidelines keep getting tighter, yet Brits are still the world’s biggest binge drinkers. Professor Adam Winstock thinks it’s time we recognised the pleasure of gentle intoxication, so we can learn to be tipsy, not smashed
Only 12 per cent of us actually manage to keep our resolutions – so is it worth bothering?
As we wind down and reconnect with people we haven’t seen for a while, Christmas is a rare opportunity for a personal end-of-year review – a time to reflect on what we’ve learned, and make plans for our future goals
We celebrate the grassroots campaigners who made it their missions to improve all our lives
THE CLINIC
Cliché or not, we tend to have more sex during the holiday season. But with distractions and stresses dialled up to 11, it can also feel like we’re just going through the motions. Kate Moyle explains how a new breed of mindful sex can bring back your pleasure principle
Many of us pile on the pounds over the festive season – then end up on a drastic weight-loss mission. But what if it didn’t have to be that way?
It’s thought to boost heart health, build strong bones and reduce cancer risk, too. But are we getting enough vitamin K2 in our typical western diets?
More of us are tracking our sleep with watches and apps – and it’s causing an unhealthy preoccupation with achieving the perfect night’s rest. Dr Alanna Hare explains the risks of striving for sleep utopia
The new studies and stats you need to know about
We’ve got the mindful colouring books, but could drawing or painting be as beneficial for your emotional wellbeing as talking therapy?
Geneticist, broadcaster and scientific author Professor Steve Jones says the UK’s health problems can be solved with social change
FITNESS
Is 2020 the year you’ve promised yourself a dog? Your
It’s the exercise you think you know – the one that’s a bit like yoga, without the namaste. But it’s so much more than that. Pilates is a posturecorrecting, strength-building workout that counters modern malaises, and builds an agile, injury-proof body
Christmas is full of good intentions. To make them more achievable, try these bits of fitness kit with eco credentials that will get you moving and minimize your environmental footprint in 2020
Ultra-runner Jasmin Paris won the 2019 Montane Spine Race, a 268- mile marathon along the Pennine Way. Not only did she smash the men’s and women’s record by 12 hours, she did it while expressing breast milk for her 14-month-old baby
A full-body exercise which requires no equipment, mountain climbers can boost your cardiovascular fitness, burn fat and build strength. Here’s how to do them correctly
BEAUTY
Turns out that festive pine tree can do more than brighten
If you want to get your skin party-season ready (not to mention your hair and nails), you need to put a little bit of effort into your rest days
When biting winds and central heating are doing your skin no favours, it’s time to call in the rescue balms. We quizzed aesthetics and dermatology nurse Emma Coleman on the ingredients worth looking out for in these healing heroes
We know all about good gut health, and now burgeoning science and the latest product innovations have catapulted microbes into the skincare spotlight. Here’s why bacteria is beauty’s latest buzzword
BALANCE
New research has confirmed that the physical presence
Slow down and discover the simple joy of making your own tasselled tree decorations this Christmas, says crafter Clare Youngs
With our constantly connected, fast-paced lifestyles, it’s not surprising we feel under stress to keep up. But a few simple strategies to manage your time can help you feel calmer and more in control
When a childhood fear of the dark chased her into adulthood, Sigri Sandberg set out into the polar night, where she found a valuable treasure in need of defence
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Your calendar’s booking up and 2020 is fast-approaching. But no fear – we’ve got the tasty treats, sustainable beauty fixes and health-boosting supplements to see you through the festive period
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Chocolate is undergoing a revolution, with chocolatiers sourcing ethical beans, roasting on home soil, and creating bespoke bars to suit every taste and lifestyle
Whether you’re hosting a bash or you’ve got some guests popping round unexpectedly, these quick recipes will make the occasion suitably celebratory
Not just for roasting on an open fire over Christmas, eating chestnuts could support bone health, help fight winter fatigue and do good for your heart as well
These plant-based nibbles will make all your Christmas guests feel welcome
Sweet, nutty and easy to chuck in a roasting tin, butternut squash is our health-boosting winter kitchen staple
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We’ve got your special day sorted with a Christmas dinner everyone will love, thanks to our favourite recipes from Happy Vegan Christmas and Vegan Christmas Feasts
Firm believers that healthy food should be delicious, siblings Gracie and Sophie Tyrrell launched their blog ‘Squirrel Sisters’ in 2014 as a passion project. Five years later, they have their own successful snack line