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It’s a full-body workout that builds mental and physical strength – and puts a smile on your face. Hannah Ebelthite looks at the benefits of climbing
Our intrepid reporter Hannah gets to grips with the wall

SEEN A CLIMBING WALL at your local leisure centre and thought, ‘I’d love to try it but daren’t’? Perhaps you’re a keen walker who’s always wanted to tackle something steeper but doesn’t know where to start. It may seem like an activity for super-fit adventurers, but climbing has many forms and it’s accessible to almost anyone.

‘Climbing is a very inclusive sport,’ says Rob Adie, climbing walls and competitions officer at the British Mountaineering Council (BMC). ‘It’s open to people of all shapes, sizes and fitness levels; young, old or disabled. Whatever limits you think you may have, you’ll surprise yourself at how much you can do.’

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Our experts explain how you can eat more and still lose weight, investigate the good gut diet that helps beat the bloat, and tell you how to follow a healthy vegan diet – or just steal the bits you like. Plus, our dietitian explores the benefits of protein powders, and we serve up a nutritious spread of tried, tasted and easy recipes for you to cook throughout the month. All this and more in February’s Healthy Food Guide.