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Sally Gunnell shares: The five essential foods

A good diet is essential for your fitness plan to succeed. The food you put into your body before and after you exercise can do a lot to either help or hinder your fitness levels Every item of food you eat, and what you drink, has an impact on your mind and body – some in a positive way, others not so. And, at this time of year, when you’re busy with social engagements, it’s vital to ensure you fuel your bo ...

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Love your sporting life?

Most people leave their hobbies behind when they finish school and start working, but these five women have continued to do the sport they love and have never looked back. The footballer ‘I always play to win’Preeti Johal, 31, a human resources consultant, from Heston, London ‘I always enjoyed football and other team sports at school. And I’ve always loved watching the footie on TV, too – particularly the a ...

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Fitness tips from athletes, their coaches and celebrity trainers

Learn what keeps these healthy athletes and celebs trim and toned. What the athletes say… Usain Bolt, sprinterWhen Usain’s coach, Glen Mills, first met the 100m superstar, he wasn’t able to hold the sprint position during maximum speed running. Working on an intense programme developed his core strength. ‘You should work on your core a lot,’ says Usain. ‘It’s vitally important. Work on a few exercises when ...

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Sally Gunnell: The finish line

Our guest editor reveals her fitness and food habits and why educating your family to be healthy is vital. Friends for lifeWhen you are at the top of your athletic game, travelling away from home for most of the year must, at times, be a bit lonely. Luckily, Sally had the support of her two great friends. ‘Linford Christie (winner of the 100m at the Barcelona Olympics in 1992) and Colin Jackson (silver in t ...

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Animal magic

A furry friend can be more than just a great companion Desperate for a dog? A man’s best friend requires feeding, training, exercising, grooming and, of course, its poop scooping. But devotion is hard to beat and your dog will always love to see you. What it costs: From around £500 per year. Food: From around £1 a day for a small dog to £3 plus for large breeds. Grooming: The sky’s the limit for a cut ...

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Attack of the germs

They lurk everywhere and can cause serious illness, but simply washing your hands can stop nasty viruses spreading. The biggest health message being bandied about is that washing your hands is key to stopping the spread of viruses from the relatively benign, like the common cold, to superbugs like MRSA (methicillin-resistant staphylococcus aureus), that have been the curse of the country’s hospitals nationw ...

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Be the best you can be

There are areas of your life – career, money and relationships – that can be improved, making you feel back on track again… What makes up you? Your partner, your children or your job? The one thing many women forget about, while trying to keep on top of the daily rush that is their life, is themselves. You are the most important person in helping yourself to be who you want to be. Some easy changes to your ...

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Sally Gunnell: Be fit and fab

Eating healthily and exercising is still a way of life for the ex-athlete. The former Olympic gold medallist blew her chance to be world champion in 1991, stormed back to win Olympic gold in 1992 and defied incredible odds to become world champion in 1993, setting a new world record in the process. She contended with injuries, athletes that she saw as more naturally gifted and a relatively modest suppo ...

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Cue the barbecue: Bite-size BBQ tips

Follow our top ten ways to ensure grilling brilliance: 1. Chill outKeep all your food in the fridge until you are ready to put it on the BBQ. If food has been frozen, make sure you defrost it thoroughly, and don’t leave uncooked meat out in the sun before cooking, as this will leave it prone to salmonella and other bacteria that can make you ill. 2. Fishy businessFish and seafood are good alternatives to me ...

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Work-life balance

Seven women reveal how they try to juggle work and life commitments – with varying degrees of success ‘I am the master of multitasking’Joanne Dewberry, 31, business owner and freelance writer ‘I have three children (aged four, three, and 10 months), and run my business from home, so I tend to work from 7.30pm to 11pm and do odd bits during the day when the children are at school, nursery or asleep. ‘I used ...

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Cue the barbecue: Chicken skewers

There’s nothing quite like a British barbie (weather permitting!), so here are some tasty recipes to get your mouth watering and the BBQ juices flowing... These delicious, simple herbed chicken skewers are the perfect meal to eat fresh off the BBQ while you enjoy the warm summer sun. Serves 4 You will need:● 1 large bunch of mint● 1 large bunch of dill● 1 large bunch of oregano● 100ml Greek olive oil● Juice ...

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Do you love your job?

Who you are as a person can really affect your job satisfaction. Take our quiz and find a career that best suits your style. The chances are that when the time came to make your career choices, you were told by sage parents and teachers that if you worked hard, did the right training and developed marketable skills, you could be sure you’d be a success in life. So why is it that so many people later find th ...

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Working Mums

We look at the benefits you're entitled to and how to plan ahead when juggling your children and family life with a job. Being a working mum is one of the most difficult jobs around. It demands a tricky balance between the pressures of home life and work, which can create a struggle emotionally and financially. The Office for National Statistics says in the second quarter of 2008, a significant 68% of worki ...

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Cue the barbecue: Tasty Tabbouleh with chickpeas and spring salad

There’s nothing quite like a British barbie (weather permitting!), so here are some tasty recipes to get your mouth watering and the BBQ juices flowing... It’s fun to hand-pick salad leaves, making up your own mix. You will find big barrels or bags of lovely tender spring salad leaves at your local market. When buying leaves, keep in mind you will need about two large handfuls per person. Avoid limp-looking ...

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Against the odds

It may be a really tough job market right now, but you can always overcome obstacles Securing employment has never been easy but now, as the UK dips into yet another recession, gaining that perfect job has become even more of a distant dream. With 2.61 million people currently unemployed, redundancies an everyday occurrence, and job certainty wavering, it’s easy to get disheartened by the quest for a career ...

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The rise and rise of Sally Gunnell

Not only has Sally won an Olympic gold medal, she has also built an impressive career trajectory... Having had such a successful career in her chosen sport, it would be easy to assume that Sally’s athletics earnings supported her financially during and after her career on the track. However, unlike football, this is not one of those sports that pays enough to last a lifetime. Back in the ‘80s and ‘90s when ...

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Cue the barbecue: Mushroom burgers with caramelised garlic aïoli

There’s nothing quite like a British barbie (weather permitting!), so here are some tasty recipes to get your mouth watering and the BBQ juices flowing... With their meaty texture and earthy flavour, mushrooms provide vegetarians with a great meat-free alternative to hamburgers. You can also serve these traditionally with mustard, salad, cheese and gherkins. Serves 4 You will need:● 8 large portobello mushr ...

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Cue the barbecue: Cumin-flavoured lamb kebabs and hot houmous

There’s nothing quite like a British barbie (weather permitting!), so here are some tasty recipes to get your mouth watering and the BBQ juices flowing... These minced lamb kebabs are typical fodder at street grills or kebab houses throughout the Middle East and North Africa, where BBQ food is king. Serves 4-6 You will need:● 500g finely minced lean lamb● 1 onion, grated● 2tsp ground cumin● 1tsp ground cori ...

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Cue the barbecue: Bramley burgers with a homemade apple sauce

There’s nothing quite like a British barbie (weather permitting!), so here are some tasty recipes to get your mouth watering and the BBQ juices flowing... These delicious apple infused pork burgers are great for the BBQ in summer, or for a flavourful, comforting treat during the winter months. Serves 4 You will need:● 450g minced pork● 1 slice wholemeal bread, chopped● 1tbsp fresh sage, chopped● 1tsp dried ...

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Food of the sporting gods

Here’s a glimpse into the food diaries of some of the world’s favourite sportsmen and women. Usain Bolt, 25 The record-breaking sprinter’s win at the Beijing Olympics may be attributed to his love of chicken nuggets. Usain Bolt recalls: ‘I woke around 11am [on the day of the race] and had some nuggets. Then I slept for a couple of hours more. Then I ate some more nuggets and came to the track ready to compe ...

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