A – Activity
Sitting at your desk for eight hours each day means those calories aren’t being burned. Luckily the North East has great places to walk around during your lunch hour or after work. Take a stroll along the Quayside, walk through Preston Park or take in the Northumberland countryside — get your body moving!
B – Breakfast
Breakfast is one of the most important meals of the day; skipping it can cause your body to store excess fat. Choose healthy breakfast options, such as our raspberry and yoghurt breakfast pot recipe, or take a trip to one of the fantastic brunch spots in the North — No. 46 Café in Malton serves excellent eggs.
C – Cut Carbs
We all love carbs, but sadly our bodies don’t feel the same. Saying goodbye to carbs, especially before bed, might help regulate sleep. For a tasty, low-carb dinner, try our spicy honey garlic prawns with water chestnut recipe.
D – Diabetes
According to the Diabetes and Wellness Foundation, there are currently 3.8 million people with diabetes in the UK. Avoid pre-packaged foods, cut out or limit your sugar intake, adopt a healthy diet and increase your levels of physical activity.
E – Earthmiles
An app that rewards you for keeping active — the more active you are, the more points you earn to trade in for discount codes, which can be used on healthy products or activities in your local area.
F – Flavanols
Flavanols are a specific group of plant-derived nutrients that can be found in a variety of fruit and vegetables. Tests have shown that dark chocolate contains more flavanols than some fruits, including apples and blueberries — so don’t feel too guilty about the odd dark chocolate treat.
G – Go Green
Making sure you’re eating your greens is the best way to keep your body and skin in check. Try our Best Green Juice recipe — packed with celery to boost your vitamin B1, B2 and B6 levels, as well as cucumber, lettuce, lime and ginger to keep your immune system healthy.
H – Hotpod Yoga
Hotpod Yoga is a form of hot yoga, held in an inflatable pod that’s heated to about 37 degrees. Try it at The Northumberland Club in Jesmond to test your core strength and stretch your body.
I – InstaFit
Anyone with an Instagram account will have come across the new generation of tech-savvy coaches who post details of their workouts, sports gear and healthy recipes online to motivate others. Read our interview with Libby Hancock, a personal trainer from Ponteland, at www.livingnorth.com
J – Join The Gang
Newcastle Can is an initiative that anyone who lives or works in Tyne and Wear can join, and you can sign up through the website. Headed by chef Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall, the aim is for a collective weight loss of 100,000lbs in one year, through individuals signing up and recording their own weight loss. By joining the initiative, you’ll become part of a community of people who are supporting each other through a mixture of improved diet and exercise.
K – Kick-boxing
Northern Kings is a dedicated Muaythai, K1, boxing and fitness facility near Newcastle’s city centre, with Craig Jose as Head Coach, supporting Newcastle Can. Starting a new sport, especially martial arts, can be intimidating, however Craig’s gym offers dedicated six-week courses for beginners — so keep an eye on their website for news on future start dates.
L – Lipstick
Nude lipstick will never go out of style. The timeless colour can be worn any time of day — we recommend Charlotte Tilbury’s Kissing Lipstick in Nude Kate, £24.
M – Mobike
Newcastle became the third city in the UK to welcome Mobikes, the world’s first bikesharing scheme. Find your nearest bike using their GPS tracking technology, scan the code and off you go! Swap your car for a bicycle to squeeze in extra exercise throughout the day.
N – Natural Beauty
Worried about what’s really in the products you’re using? Opt for natural skincare — Flourish Beauty is a North East-based business stocking a variety of natural make-up and skincare brands as well as vegan products.
O – Oily Fish
Essential fatty acids, which are found in oily fish like salmon, are important for your health in general, but they also slow down the rate at which the stomach empties — making carbohydrates even more slow-releasing. This will leave you feeling fuller for longer, and stop you reaching for any sugary snacks.
P – Protect Your Skin
Keep your skin safe from the sun by using suncream that offers protection from UVA and UVB rays. Apply your suncream at least 15 minutes before lying in the sun to allow it to work and make sure you regularly reapply throughout the day.
Q – Quinoa
Quinoa is packed full of goodness, containing more vitamins and antioxidants than any other grain. It’s a great protein source and keeps blood sugar stable, making it a great substitute for rice. Try our nutritious, vegetarian Korean bibimbap quinoa recipe.
R – Retreats
North Yorkshire is a haven for rural retreats — there are plenty of spas offering a fantastic range of treatments to banish stress and leave you feeling relaxed. The treatment rooms at Middleton Lodge offer an extensive range of relaxing treatments, from facials to sports massages, but it’s their REN bespoke body massage that steals the show.
S – Summer Fitness
Summer is the best time to jilt the gym and head outdoors — mix it up with some kayaking at Cullercoats, surfing in Beadnell or rowing in Durham. Outdoor exercise improves mental health, increases vitamin D levels in your body and reduces stress.
T – Trapeze
If you’re looking to add some fun to your fitness routine, why not try trapeze? Trapeze is great for building upper body strength and working on your core, as well as improving flexibility. Head to Tempest Dance Studios in Durham to try it out.
U – Up Your Protein
Protein plays an important role in the body: from muscle growth and repair, creating hormones and enzymes that regulate the metabolism and supporting the immune system. Include eggs, yoghurt, almonds, fish, chicken, lentils and chickpeas into your everyday diet to reap all the benefits.
V – Vitamin C
Step up your skincare by adding Vitmain C into the mix — try Mad Hippie’s Vitamin C Serum, £27, to tighten and brighten your skin.
W – Wild Swimming
There are several spots around the North East that are perfect for wild swimming — head down to Broomlee Lough in Haltwhistle and jump into the open tarn. The cold water is not only good for muscles, but also soothes aches and pains.
X – X Marks The Spot
We all know that drinking plenty of water is the key to clear skin, but what else can you do to keep those spots at bay? Keep your make-up brushes clean. Regularly washing your brushes will get rid of old make-up residue and any germs hiding in the brush. Also, eating plenty of oily fish, vegetables and fruit rich in Vitamin C to keep your skin looking clear and youthful.
Y – Yoga
Yoga can be adapted to benefit different parts of the body, and also to suit someone’s abilities and strengths. The health benefits are endless: from improving flexibility to helping relax muscles and boosting self-esteem.
Z – Zzzzzz
That all-important beauty sleep. It’s vital that you get between eight and nine hours of sleep each day — experts agree that sleep is the most effective beauty treatment around. How much sleep you get can also have an impact on your weight. Our bodies burn fat while we sleep, so interrupted or lack of sleep can cause our bodies to hold on to fat reserves and deplete muscle mass instead.
Find all our healthy recipes and beauty tricks on www.livingnorth.com