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Work the weights For toned muscles and easier weight control, resistance exercises (those that mildly stress the muscle and make it grow) are as important as cardio exercises like running or swimming. Lighter weights, stretchy resistance bands or simply working against the weight of your own body doing press-ups, lunges and sit-ups – 2 to 3 times a week for 20 minutes are enough to boost metabolic rate and maintain

body strength.

Take echinacea Studies have shown that taking echinacea helps reduce the chance of catching an infection. However to get the optimum benefits, make sure you take it over limited periods of time with breaks in between.

Clear out your food cupboards If you’ve resolved to eat more healthily and lose a couple of pounds, then it’s time to chuck out the calorie-crammed cupboard howlers and restock with nutritious staples.

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