Our Favourite Protein Packed Vegetarian Recipes

In celebration of Vegetarian Week (16-22 May), we’re sharing our favourite protein packed vegetarian recipes from around the web. Protein is a really important component of a balanced diet, particular for busy activbods. Eating protein after a workout is crucial to help your muscle fibres repair so make sure you fuel up after you cool down for a speedy recovery. There’s a common misconception that protein is only found in meat and dairy, which means people often dismiss vegetarian food as part of post-workout nutrition but don’t be fooled! You’ll be surprised how much protein you can get from a vegetarian diet – and it’s perfectly adequate without meat as long as you know where to find it!

 

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You might be surprised to hear how many of these athletes are vegetarians...

Surely athletes need a lot of protein and live on a diet of pasta and chicken breasts? Not so! Here are ten sports people you didn’t know where vegetarian:

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Should you eat before you workout? We look at both sides of the debate

The discussion over what to eat - or even whether to eat - before a workout has been going on for years. There are people who say you should always  eat something before a workout; some say we should carefully plan food before and after a workout; some don’t eat at all, either side of their workout. But who is right? Well, to be honest it’s probably more down to personal preference than anything else. It’s something everyone who exercises regularly has their own opinion on, and there are studies to back up or refute each of the arguments.

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Tips for your First Triathlon

Watching a triathlon is so inspiring; to see people tackle swimming, riding and running can often make us think about trying it for ourselves. As triathlon season begins, many people will be taking on their own challenge having been inspired by others. But what do you need to know for your first triathlon? We’ve put together 6 top tips to help you through your first triathlon with ease:

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How to be a morning person

Are you a morning person? When asked this, most people groan and complain about how they just can’t drag themselves out of bed any earlier in the morning. It seems that a lot of us struggle to get out of bed in the morning; we get up at the absolute last minute to quickly jump into the shower and rush to work. Well, some people probably are born as “morning people” - they just find it easy to get up early, they even do it on the weekends and they never sleep in til lunch. But the majority of people who get up early have learned to do that - and you can too.

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Top 10 Runs in the UK

Running seems to be becoming more and more popular these days, and as the weather becomes warmer more and more people are out pounding the pavements. According to Sport England over two million adults participate in athletics on a weekly basis and running club membership has been steadily increasing, especially with the growth of Parkrun. But what if you don’t want to just run around your local park all the time? Running the same route over and over can be quite uninspiring and can even become boring after a while.

 With that in mind, here are our ten favourite places to run in the UK:

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Guest Blog- Sally Kettle on not taking her body for granted

It’s marathon season, and with it comes the obligation to participate, feel guilty for not participating or overcome that guilt by going to cheer on a loved one as they sweat and cringe round the 26.2mile course. Well luckily my sister and her husband decided to compete in the Paris marathon a couple of weekends ago. So off on the Eurostar we went for a couple of days avec banner and croissant!

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Best Fitness Apps for 2016

We all love apps, don’t we? Ten years ago we were excited just to be sending text messages with our mobiles, but now we use our phones for everything from taking photos to tracking our calendar to meditation. It stands to reason then, that many of us now use apps on our phones to track and monitor our fitness. Whether you’re on iOS or Android, there are thousands of apps available and many of them are fitness related. Here are our picks for the top fitness apps for 2016.

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How to Lower Your Risk of Diabetes

Today is World Health Day, the anniversary of the founding of the World Health Organisation. This year the focus is on stopping the worldwide rise of type 2 diabetes. Where type 1 diabetes is not preventable, it is estimated that up to 58% of cases of type 2 diabetes are preventable. Type 2 diabetes is caused by a combination of our genes and our lifestyle, and while we can’t change our genes we can all change our lifestyle.

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Guest Post - Kim Ingleby's Happy & Healthy Tips for World Health Day

World Health Day this year is about getting active, moving your body, eating fresh, feel good foods and reducing the risk of Diabetes. Try these simple tips to help you boost you energy, feel good and think happy: 

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Your Guide to Correct Hydration

This week (14th-20th March) is National Nutrition and Hydration week. This global movement aims to highlight, promote and celebrate improvements in the provision of nutrition and hydration locally, nationally and globally.

Hydration is a basic need for good health and it’s even more so important when you’re an activbod, working out regularly and living an active lifestyle. So we thought we would take this opportunity to have a look at hydration, dehydration and rehydration, debunk some myths and find out how much we should really be drinking…

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Activ Couple giveaway - His & Her Fitness Bundle

Working out with a partner or friend is a great way to have fun, improve your results and boost your mood (& your sex drive!)

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Let’s get physical 3! Things to do with your partner for Valentine’s Day - ACRO YOGA

We’ve been asking some friends for some ideas to help you get physical with your partner (not like that!) for Valentine’s Day.

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Let’s get physical 2! Things to with your partner for Valentine’s Day – Scuba Diving

As we know, working out increases endorphins in your body, raises your serotonin levels and makes your sex drive soar…but stress does the complete opposite!

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Let’s get physical! Things to do with your partner for Valentine’s Day – Couple’s Core Circuits

There are heaps of benefits to working out with your partner – a bit of healthy competition means you are more likely to see results...

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Which of these fitness trends will you try in 2016?

2015 saw the rise of HIIT classes and yoga workouts reaching stratospheric heights. Spin studios got made over into nightclubs and we tied ourselves to the ceiling for suspension training…

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Happy Breakfast Week! Five Minutes with Spoon Cereals and a Grand Granola Giveaway!

We know how important a good breakfast is, especially when you’re a busy activbod....

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Three Workouts Guaranteed to Boost your Mood

The third Monday in January is statistically the most depressing day of the year but we know the best remedy for the January blues is a jolly good workout!

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Win a Place on The Cancer Research UK London Winter Run

We’ve got a handful of places up for grabs on the very unique Cancer Research UK London Winter Run.

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Beat Blue Monday: Top 6 Foods and Drinks to boost the mood

Monday 18th January is reported to be the most depressing day of the year. It’s therefore highly likely you may be feeling like digging out that last box of Christmas chocolates...

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How to stay resolute through January and beyond

January is a month of change – between 40-50% of us are striving to change something (or some things!) in our lives for a better year ahead. 

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Happy Fitmas Competition!

Are you having a Happy Fitmas this year? Planning a pre-feast Christmas morning run? Walking to the pub on Boxing Day? 

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GIFT IDEAS FOR ALL TYPES OF ACTIVBODS

Whether you're shopping for The Yogi, The Skier or The Runner in your family, we've got loads of great ideas to help them have a happy, healthy Christmas and an active 2016. What's more, treat someone to a kit or gift set and pay no P&P. Order before December 18th for delivery before Christmas. 

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The Three Rs of Habit Change

With National Stress Awareness day falling this week, what a great time to get into better habits – especially regular exercise with its stress busting effects.

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Stress Busting Exercise for National Stress Awareness Day

Wednesday 4th November 2015 is National Stress Awareness Day and what better way to beat the angst than by working it out with some exercise.

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