HEALTHY LIV­ING

Here’s your pre­scrip­tion for good health: get enough sleep, eat prop­erly, ex­er­cise, don’t smoke. But some­times, it seems, the odd vice won’t kill you.

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HEAD SPACE

We loved the slideshow Huf­fPo put to­gether, in an ef­fort to ditch the stigma that of­ten shad­ows men­tal ill­ness. It fea­tures a se­ries of celebs com­ment­ing on the im­por­tance of tak­ing care of your men­tal health. Our favourites? ‘Like any­thing, un­til the minute you talk about some­thing it feels as if you are a bal­loon that’s been blown up and you have too much air in you. You just need some­body to let a lit­tle out.’ – Sarah Jes­sica Parker ‘Who­ever you’ve been and wher­ever you’ve been, it never leaves you. I al­ways pic­ture it as a car. All your selves are in it. And a new self can get in, but the old selves can’t ever get out. The im­por­tant thing is, who’s got their hands on the wheel at any given mo­ment?’ – Bruce Spring­steen

HOW MANY TIMES DID YOU HIT SNOOZE THIS MORN­ING?

Un­less you’re al­ways up with the larks, we’re guess­ing it could have been a good half hour’s worth, at least. And was it worth it? Robert S. Rosen­berg, med­i­cal di­rec­tor of the Sleep Dis­or­ders Cen­ter of Prescott Val­ley, Arizona, in the US, ex­plains why those ex­tra min­utes don’t help: that frag­mented sleep is of poor qual­ity, and you start a new sleep cy­cle that you don’t fin­ish. This slows down your abil­ity to make de­ci­sions and messes with mem­ory. Over time, sleep de­pri­va­tion in­creases your risk of heart dis­ease, high blood pres­sure, stroke and di­a­betes. Rosen­berg sug­gests go­ing to bed half an hour ear­lier than you have been, and when the alarm goes off, don’t hit snooze.

BUTT HEAD­ING SOUTH?

Ex­er­cise is the an­swer (to this and your gen­eral well­be­ing), and the mus­cles to tar­get are the glutes. Strengthen them, and the ef­fects go be­yond aes­thet­ics. When you sit all day, the glute mus­cles weaken and the hip flex­ors (the in­ner hip mus­cles) tighten, which ups your risk of in­jury. But if you strengthen your glutes you’ll sta­bilise your pelvis – and that pre­vents back and knee pain. Do the likes of squats and lunges a few times a week, and you’ll soon see the dif­fer­ence. But the one we’d rather kick off with is the bridge. Make no mis­take, though, it does b-u-r-n! Lie down on your ex­er­cise mat. Bend your knees, with feet flat, hip-dis­tance apart, and arms at your sides. Breathe in, then, as you breathe out, slowly lift your hips, squeez­ing your butt mus­cles as you go. Stop when your body forms a straight line from shoul­ders to knees. You’re in the bridge! Stay there; take a cou­ple of breaths. Breathe in again, then lower your butt s-l-o-w-l-y. Do this sev­eral times. Go on, perk up!

THE QUEEN, 91, HAS 4 DRINKS A DAY

Reports vary, but if this is true she’s over­shoot­ing the rec­om­men­da­tion of no more than two units of al­co­hol a day for women. (The tally for these is six!) PRE-LUNCH DRINK: gin and Dubon­net with ice and a slice of lemon. AT LUNCH: a glass of wine IN THE EVENING: a dry gin mar­tini. LAST THING AT NIGHT: a glass of cham­pers What can we say? Let’s try not to keep up with her. Long live the Queen!

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