By our late 40s we begin to lose an estimated 1% of our muscle mass each year so some weight training is crucial. Resistance training at least twice a week will help to strengthen both muscles and bones. Use hand weights, I bought my hand weights after fracturing my wrist; or use food tins or 500ml bottles of water.




A shrill alarm in the morning means that your body wakes startled and tense. The ‘fight or flight’ response is triggered. Not a good way to start your day. Try setting your alarm to some soothing music, or try a dawn-simulator alarm.

Beauty-food Advent calendar – Door number 19

What’s behind door number 19?

An avocado.

Avocados are high in healthy fats, omega-3, -6, and -9; and skin nurturing vitamins. They also contain lutein, a carotenoid, which hydrates and boosts elasticity.

How will you eat your avocado today? You could eat it as a snack, or use it to make guacamole.

Top tip: The nutrients are near the skin, so peel an avocado like a banana to retain the top layer of flesh.

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