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  • Fast and filling recipes for an easier January

    No time/energy to cook (let alone make it healthy)? Don't worry, we've got you. Here are two low-effort, speedy suppers under 500 calories to feel good about.

  • Best new fitness tech for 2021

    Need something to help those workouts along? Itching for some new tech in the new year? Read on for the Muddy edit of the best flashy fitness buys of 2021.

  • Best wellbeing podcasts for 2021

    January is wellness month and while we can’t go to the gym and drink protein smoothies with our friends, we can go on long solo walks with inspirational podcasts. Here’s Muddy’s pick.

  • Alarm clock

    7 steps to better sleep during a pandemic

    You've downed a chamomile tea, ignored your phone for an hour and mentally shoved your 900th sheep over a gate - but still can't get to sleep. Sound familiar? Read on for our guide to getting some Z's during lockdown.

  • Stress

    Lockdown anxiety: 7 ways to keep it in check

    Lockdown is back and with it, hours and hours to listen to the rising panic in our heads. Don’t fancy that much? Nor us, so read on.

  • M&S hiking boot

    Walkies! Cold weather walking gear to pick up now

    Gyms are closed (as is practically everything else), so we're getting our exercise fix with some long winter walks. Here's all the gear you'll need to stretch those legs this season.

  • Working (out) from home: 5 on-demand exercise classes

    Tear your eyes away from Netflix and get moving with these streaming fitness classes. No excuses now!

  • J’adore / J’abhor – Daylight Saving Hours

    The clocks went back this week and the nights truly are closing in. Two Muddy staffers battle out the pros and the cons.

  • vegan food

    7 of the best places to eat vegan

    With World Vegan Day on the horizon, we've rounded up the best places across the counties to try plant-based eating for size.

  • Calm: 5 ways to deal with uncertainty

    We talk to life coach Jess Wall about how to deal with the anxiety and uncertainty of living with Corona Virus. You're going to want to read this one. Promise.

  • Gotta Have It

    Planning a garden Easter egg hunt? Better hide this one from the kids - it's the UK's first Cannabis Easter Egg. Ready, steady, munchy!

  • Are you sober curious?

    Whether you're doing Dry January or merely cutting down, we're all re-examining our relationship with alcohol right now after too much December carousing (and some pretty dodgy photos to be honest). Could "sober curious" be for you?

  • Yarrow+Yoga = Healthy & Happy

    Take a deep breath, slow down, treat yourself, and learn about healing herbs. Yoga Atelier's workshops are a tonic.

  • Who do you think you are?

    Do you ever get the feeling that you're going to be found out? I talk to life coach Jessica Wall about Imposter Syndrome.

  • white background crunchy batch of rectangular bars that look like flapjacks oats and fruit on baking paper and marble work surface golden colour and textured

    Deliciously Ella’s Honey & Lemon Breakfast Bars

    With a crunch and a zing, it's off to work we go. Deliciously Ella's breakfast bars are also good to munch on mid afternoon when you're having idle KitKat thoughts.

  • Your winter wellbeing, sorted

    Health and fitness slumping now it’s cold and dark outside? We asked a GP, a PT and a nutritionist how best to bounce back. Here are their expert top tips.

  • September resolutions

    Back to school, back to work. September is the perfect month for making positive plans.

  • Wouldn’t you though?

    Is it possible for skincare products to contain only six ingredients, sometimes fewer? A former BBC producer has hit on a winning and organic formula in Harpenden.

  • Mother’s Day gift ideas

    Some gift ideas for Mother's Day, with recommendations from some of the local independent businesses in the Muddy Herts Little Black Book

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