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Exercise to suit your age group   

05 Aug 2020
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Exercise to suit your age group

If you want to lose a few pounds for summer, exercise is key. Not only can it help you to fit into your perfect party dress, but it also helps us to feel our best throughout winter. It's essential to remember that as with many things, workouts aren't a one-type-fits-all kind of thing. If you want to be as strong as possible in your older years, be sure to do the right kind of exercise when you're younger and throughout your life. Here's the type of exercise you should be doing, according to your age group...

20s

Right now you're at your physical peak of strength, speed and recovery. If you want to maintain that as much as possible later in life, then you should try to lay down healthy eating and exercising patterns now. Aim for five workouts per week with a mix of moderate aerobic activity and strength training. Enjoy a variety of different workouts to endurance, strength and lean muscle, which will be easier to retain later on in life. 

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30s

As your body and lifestyle changes in your 30s, so should your workouts. It is recommended to focus on pilates or a dynamic form of yoga in this time to improve your cardiovascular system as well as your flexibility. The stress-relieving benefits of yoga also compliment the often more stressful lifestyle of those in their 30s. 

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40s-50s

In your 40s and 50s you begin to lose muscle mass and cardiovascular function begins to decline. Weightlifting and body weight exercises can be extremely beneficial to combat loss of muscle mass, whilst HIIT is the ideal option for busy ladies to burn fat and improve cardiovascular function, with highly effective workouts taking as little as 20 minutes.

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60s

At this time your thoughts may be turning to maintaining your physical functionality as you age. Increased weight training will help you to maintain muscle mass, whilst swimming will help to maintain cardiovascular functionality. Exercises such as pilates, dance and yoga can be extremely beneficial to help you retain flexibility and balance as you age.

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70s+

Regular exercise offers protection against ageing. The focus should now be on low-intensity, low impact workouts, such as tai chi to improve joint health and balance. Brisk walking and even running can also be extremely beneficial at this time in your life. 

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9 Foods that can improve your sleep   

17 Jun 2020
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9 Foods that can improve your sleep

Last week we brought you 3 top tips for better sleep, and now we're back with 9 foods that can improve your sleep. With many of us being out of our usual routines, and stressing about the state of the world, our sleep may be taking a hit. Getting a good nights sleep is essential for your overall wellbeing. Short-term effects of sleep deprivation are linked to issues with concentration, memory, and judgement. In the long-term, sleep deprivation has been linked to a plethora of illnesses, both mental and physical.

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So why does diet help?

Firstly, our bodies contain a neurotransmitter called tryptophan which modulates sleep. There are some foods that naturally contain this, and eating them about an hour before you go to bed can really help you to fall asleep, and improve sleep quality. Furthermore, one major cause of insomnia is anxiety. Including more magnesium in your diet can relax your body and mind, helping you to fall asleep and sleep better. 

So here is our list of the top 9 foods to improve your sleep.

1. Walnuts and almonds

These nuts are an excellent source of magnesium and melatonin - the sleep hormone!

2. Turkey

Turkey contains high levels of tryptophan, as well as plenty of protein which is also beneficial for falling asleep.

3. Kiwi

Kiwi contains a high level of antioxidants, so when eaten regularly it can improve both sleep quality and the amount of sleep we get. 

4. Cottage cheese

Cottage cheese is high in tryptophan, as well as having a high protein content. 

5. Dates

Dates are an excellent source of melatonin, which helps to lull your body into a sleepy state.

6. Bananas

Bananas are a great pre-bedtime snack, containing magnesium, potassium, and tryptophan.

7. Chamomile tea

Chamomile tea calms the mind and eases anxiety, eliciting drowsiness.

8. Fatty fish

Fatty fish such as salmon, mackerel, sardines, and trout are high in vitamin B6 which encourages the production of melatonin.

9. Milk

Not only is milk packed with tryptophan, it contains high levels of calcium which also helps us to drift off.

As well as including these foods in your diet for better sleep, it is also best to avoid caffeine, alcohol, sugar, and processed carbs such as white bread and pasta, particularly after 6pm. 

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3 tips to improve your overall wellness   

15 Jun 2020

3 tips to improve your overall wellness

At these strange times, it's so important that we take care of both our mental and our physical health. It can be difficult to suss out the best ways to feel better, and not everything works for everyone. Here are three of our top tips for improving your overall wellness.
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Invest in some me-time
Whether it's one day a week, half an hour a day, or just a few hours over the weekend, taking time for yourself is extremely important for you to feel your best. The key is to not do things halfheartedly. For best results, switch off your phone and focus just on yourself. Whether it's some yoga, meditation, going for a walk, or a pampering session, make time to focus on yourself. This can help you to take time away from your everyday life and feel less stressed. If you need a little inspiration, check out our easy yoga poses for beginners, or take a look at our full range of massages and book yourself in for some deep relaxation when we re-open - bliss!
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Improve your sleep
With our hectic lives and plethora of distractions from netflix to nights out, unfortunately most of us don't get enough sleep. Most adults need between 7-8 hours per night, and remember that one night of poor sleep will leave you with sleep debt - the time lost will need to be made up. Download an app or buy a fitness tracker to track your sleep, and figure out how many hours you need to feel energised. Be strict with yourself, cutting down on your evening netflix time, or time taken to get ready in the morning if necessary. 
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Give your body what it needs
From eating plenty of veggies, to cutting down on processed foods and taking supplements, fueling your body correctly will make you look and feel a million times better. Over time this will increase your confidence. However, taking time on the outside of your body in the form of a deep skin cleanse or a refreshing eye mask is sure to increase your overall wellness too. Check out our full range of facials for healthier, happier skin and a more relaxed and confident you. 
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5 Top Tips for a Healthier Spring and Summer   

13 May 2020
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5 Top Tips for a Healthier Spring and Summer

It's been a strange spring, and summer probably won't be quite the same as usual either. But that's no excuse to neglect your health. In fact with many of us having extra time on our hands, and a deadly virus on the loose, it's the perfect opportunity in to invest in health and wellbeing.
1. Spring is the perfect time to cut down on drinking.
Winter consists of drinking at partys and celebrations galore, and once summer arrives we won't be able to resist a few cheeky glasses of rose in a beer garden (if we're allowed!), so now is the perfect time to give your liver a rest by taking an extra day per week off from drinking.
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2. Go meat-free on Mondays!
Instead of your favourite meat products, fuel your body with fresh, in-season fruits, veggies, nuts, beans, seeds and legumes for just one day a week.
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3. Add more fresh herbs into your diet. It's the perfect time as lots of herbs are currently in season, and they're great for gut health and boosting energy. Add them into your cooking, smoothies, salads, and wherever else you can!
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4. Take supplements, probiotics and vitamins where needed to boost health. Vitamin C is always good. Hay fever sufferers may benefit from taking quercetin to alleviate symptoms, and fish oils to reduce inflammation. 
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5. Indulge in some tech-free time to reduce stress levels. Spend your lunch break taking a walk without your phone, or if you're at home all day then take a long stroll. Make the most of the nicer weather by spending your free time enjoying the outdoors instead of binging on netflix and buzzfeed. 
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Check our blog often for the latest spring trends in beauty, fashion, food, drinks and more!

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20 Foods to boost your immune system   

20 Apr 2020
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Foods to boost your immune system

food that boosts your immune system

With Coronavirus still casting its dark shadow over the world, we continue to try to protect ourselves by staying home where possible and social distancing. However, if you are unfortunate enough to contract the virus then you can improve your chance of a speedy recovery by keeping your immune system strong. So how do you do that? Well there are certain foods you can eat that will help to give your immune system the much-needed boost.

Here are 20 of the best foods to boost your immune system.

1. Blueberries 

2. Dark chocolate 

3. Turmeric

4. Oily fish such as salmon, tuna, or pilchards

5. Broccoli

6. Sweet potatoes

7. Spinach

8. Ginger

9. Garlic

10. Green tea

11. Sunflower seeds

12. Almonds

13. Oranges (and other citrus fruits)

14. Kiwis

15. Red bell pepper

16. Greek yoghurt

17. Papaya

18. Poultry

19. Shellfish

20. Carrots

 

In the near future we will be bringing you recipes, tips, and more to help you to stay healthy during this time. Keeping stress levels low, getting enough sleep, and regular exercise are also wonderful for a healthy immune system. Stay safe and sanitised, and keep an eye on the blog for more regular updates.

 

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3 Delicious Autumn Stir-fry Recipes   

16 Sep 2019
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3 Delicious Autumn Stir-fry Recipes

As the seasons change, often so do our menus. Whilst summer saw BBQs and salads galore as we aimed to slim and trim for the perfect beach body, in autumn we love something a little more hearty and warming. Bliss believes that this doesn't have to mean eating unhealthily. For us, autumn recipes should include plenty of in-season veggies to warm us whilst keeping our waistlines happy. With that in mind, check out our favourite autumn recipes, all of which can be adapted for vegetarians. 
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1. Beef and Ginger Noodle Stir-Fry - serves 4
Ingredients
 500g diced steak
2 tablespoons of peanut oil
400g singapore noodles
5cm piece of fresh ginger, peeled and chopped into matchsticks
2 red chillies, thinly sliced diaganolly
200g fresh shiitake mushrooms, halved
200g baby button mushrooms, halved
1 bunch of kale, leaves only, chopped
80g oyster sauce
Lime wedges to serve
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Method
Cook noddles according to packet instructions. Meanwhile, heat a wok or frying pan over a high heat and add peanut oil. Add chilli and garlic and stir fry for one minute. Add the beef and stir-fry until browned. Add the shiitake mushrooms and cook for 2 mins. Add the baby button mushrooms and kale, and stir fry until vegetables are tender. Drain noodles and add them along with the oyster sauce. Stir-fry until heated through and serve with lime wedges. 
For a vegetarian version, replace the beef with one diced red onion and one diced green pepper, to be added with the shiitake mushrooms.
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2. Pumpkin and spinach stir fry - serves 4
Ingredients
200g brown rice
2 kaffir lime leaves
2 tablespoons olive oil
1 red onion, diced
1.5 tablespoons of grated fresh ginger
1 garlic clove, crushed or finely chopped
1kg of pumpkin or butternut squash, peeled, de-seeded and chopped into 2cm pieces. 
100g baby spinach leaves
2 tablespoons of soy sauce
2 tablespoons oyster sauce
2 tablespoons honey
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Method
Add the rice and lime leaves to a pan and cook according to packet instructions. Meanwhile, add the oil to a wok or frying pan over a medium-high heat. Add the  onion, ginger and garlic and stir-fry for one minute. Add pumpkin and cook until tender (approx 7 minutes). Add the remaining ingredients and stir-fry until spinach wilts. Drain the rice and serve. 
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3. Fish & vegetable stir-fry - serves 4
Ingredients
200g brown rice
2 tablespoons of vegetable oil
350g of boneless, white fish fillets, diced
2 garlic cloves, crushed or finely chopped
1 small tin of sweetcorn
1 red bell pepper, diced
1 yellow bell pepper, diced
2 carrots, sliced
1 red onion, diced
1 tablespoon oyster sauce
1 tablespoon light soy sauce
1 teaspoon of sesame oil
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Method
Cook rice according to packet instructions. Heat the oil in a wok or frying pan on medium-high heat. Add the garlic and stir-fry for one minute. Add fish and stir-fry until half-cooked. Add vegetables and continue to stir-fry until softened. Add the remaining ingredients and stir-fry until heated. Serve with the rice. 
For a vegetarian version, fish can be easily replaced with 500g of pumpkin or butter nut squash, or baby button mushrooms, to be added with other veggies. 
Do check back regularly for more healthy yet filling autumn recipes from Bliss. 

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Bliss' Top Health & Beauty Tips for Autumn 2019   

13 Sep 2019
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Bliss' Top Health & Beauty Tips for Autumn 2019

autumn 2019 health and beauty tips

Summer may not technically be over yet, but the grey skies, shortening days, and cooler temperatures would have us believe otherwise. Whilst we can be lured into a minor depression as we mourn the end of summer, this is wasted time that could be spent on making the most of autumn. Keep your eye on the Bliss blog for the hottest autumn style updates, things to do and autumn recipes. This time of year can be ideal for changing up your health and beauty routine to make sure that you look and feel amazing as you cruise through towards party season. Here are our top health and beauty tips for autumn...
 
Stop skin from drying out
As the weather begins to turn colder, our skin can have a nasty tendency to dry out. Unfortunately we can also neglect it as the time for bare arms and legs has come to an end. Be sure to exfoliate several times per week, and invest in a high-quality moisturiser to use after showers. Hands, feet and lips can be particularly dry at this time of year so make sure to carry hand cream and lip balm at all times, and use a foot cream on a weekly basis. 
 
Eat plenty of in-season veggies
As the season changes, so must our diets. Knowing that we won't on the beach for another year can lead many of us to overeating in the cooler months, but it is possible to still be healthy. There are plenty of delicious, healthy veggies in season in autumn to provide us with an array of health benefits - load up on pumpkin, beetroot, sweet potato and apples for a healthy dose of Vitamins A and C, as well as a plethora of antioxidants and nutrients to make you look and feel 1 million percent. We'll be sharing some of our favourite autumn recipes with you over the coming weeks - watch this space!
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Hair Care
In summer, our hair takes a beating from sun, chlorine & salt water. In winter, it can be easily damaged by the weather, as well as constant styling for Christmas and New Years celebrations. Use the time in between to repair and protect, starting with a trim of these damaged ends. Invest in a deep conditioner to protect your hair from the winter damage it will soon face. 
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Boost your immune system
You probably know all too well that winter is prime time for colds, flu and other illnesses to affect us. Give your immune system an autumn boost so that it's in tip top condition to fight disease by winter. Some simple, natural ways to do this include drinking plenty of water, getting enough sleep, managing stress properly, drinking less alcohol, eating plenty of fresh fruit, veg and seeds, and particularly garlic. 
We'll be providing you with regular updates and tips to make the most of autumn over the coming weeks, so do check back regularly. 
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Easy, healthy stir fry recipe   

26 Jun 2019

Easy, healthy stir fry recipe

 

Healthy eating doesn't have to be boring with Bliss. We're here to bring you delicious, healthy, and easy healthy recipes to help you achieve your dream beach body. Not only is this one-pan wonder tasty and full of nutritional value, it's super easy to adapt it to suit your preferences, by swapping out the meat and veg for your favourites.

Easy stir-fry recipe

Ingredients - serves 4

3 Tbsp of reduced salt soy sauce

2 Tbsp of oyster sauce

1 teaspoon of honey

1 teaspoon of brown sugar

2 cloves of garlic, finely chopped

1 teaspoon of grated ginger or ginger powder

A pinch of Chinese 5 spice

Peanut oil or sesame oil to cook

2 Chicken breast fillets, chopped into strips

2 carrots, sliced

1 brown onion, chopped into strips

1 red bell pepper, chopped into strips

200g button mushrooms, chopped into slices

100g of beansprouts 

Rice or noodles to serve

Method

In a large bowl, combine soy sauce, oyster sauce, honey, brown sugar, garlic, ginger, and Chinese 5 spice. Add the chicken, cover, and leave to marinate in the fridge for at least 10 minutes.

Heat about 1 Tbsp of oil in a wok or frying pan. Use tongs to remove the chicken from the marinade and add to the pan. Do not dispose of the marinade. Cook the chicken until sealed.

Add the carrots and stir-fry for a few minutes until they begin to soften. Add the onion and continue to stir-fry for another 2 minutes. Add bell pepper and mushrooms and stir-fry for another 2 minutes. 

Add the marinade to the pan and stir through. Simmer for around five minutes, stirring constantly. Add beansprouts and stir through immediately before serving with your choice of cooked rice or noodles. 

Check out some of our other favourite healthy recipes.

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Lose Weight With Tasty, Nutritious Green Smoothies   

24 Jun 2019
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Lose Weight With Tasty, Nutritious Green Smoothies

green smoothie health benefits and recipe

We realise a green smoothie can look a little unappealing. However, with the right fruits, correct veggies, and perfect proportions, they can be delicious! Not to mention you will be full up of goodness and healthy ingredients. 

The amount of vitamins you’ll get depends on which ingredients you use, but most fruits and vegetables are high in vitamins A and C. Many people struggle to eat the recommended amount of fruit and vegetables, and green smoothies are a way of easily adding more fruit and veg into your diet. Furthermore, green smoothies will give you energy and help to keep you full without consuming too many calories. Therefore, as well as keeping you healthy, they may assist with weight loss. They are also better for you than green juices as juices lack the fibre that smoothies retain. On top of this, making your own green smoothies is cheaper and healthier than buying them at juice bars.

There are ways to make your green smoothies taste delicious, rather than just tasting of vegetables. First, ensure that you have the correct fruit: veg ratio; the usual ratio is 60:40 but you may wish to start off with a ratio of 70:30. It's best to use sweet fruits such as pineapple or strawberries, as you will then be able to enjoy the smoothie without adding any sort of sweetener. Some greens also have a stronger taste than others, for example the taste of spinach is easily masked by the fruit,r your first few smoothies, as they are likely to contain ingredien but other greens such as kale have stronger tastes. You should still include kale but in smaller quantities. Using ‘creamy’ fruits will make a big difference to the texture of your smoothie, so try to include something creamy like banana, peach, pear or avocado. 

Recipe
Fruity spinach and kale smoothie
This is a good one for newbies as it just tastes of fruit! Kale is low in both calories and fat, but high in fibre, vitamins and antioxidants, making it a really healthy food which everyone should try to include in their diets and this is the perfect way to do just that.
Ingredients for 2 servings:
1 cup of spinach
1.5 cups of kale
10 strawberries
1 chopped mango
Juice of 1 orange
1/3 of a cup of greek yoghurt
1/4 of a cup of water
Peel, wash and chop all of your fruit and vegetables. Put it all into a blender- liquids first, followed by leaves, and finally add the fruit. Blend it up and it’s ready to drink!
 
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Healthy Chow Mein Fakeaway Recipe   

19 Jun 2019

Healthy Chow Mein Fakeaway Recipe

Bliss are here to make healthy eating enjoyable for you with easy, healthy, delicious recipes. Next time you're tempted to call your favourite Chinese takeaway, make this healthier yet equally tasty fakeaway option instead. 

Ingredients - serves 4

Peanut or sesame oil

500g lean mince beef

2 carrots, sliced

1 brown onion, diced

1 red pepper, diced

2 cloves of garlic, diced

Teaspoon of grated or powdered ginger

Teaspoon of Chinese 5 spice

100g of button mushrooms, sliced

6 Tbsp of light soy sauce

4 Tbsp of oyster sauce

100g Vermicelli noodles

 

Method

Prepare noodles according to packet instructions, then set aside. 

Heat oil in a wok or frying pan. Add mince and brown.

Add carrots and stir fry for five minutes or until they begin to soften. Add onion and stir fry for two minutes. Add pepper, garlic, ginger, and five spice. Combine ingredients and stir fry for 2-3 minutes. Add mushrooms and continue to stir-fry. 

Once all veg in softened, add the soy sauce and oyster sauce, stir through, and simmer for around 5 minutes. 

Add cooked noodles and mix everything together.

Serve and enjoy!

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