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Top Tips for a Healthier 2016 – More Than Just Joining That Gym

You’re probably looking to turn over a new leaf - for a couple of weeks at least...

January is here. You’re probably looking to turn over a new leaf – for a couple of weeks at least – so why not try one of Emily Oldfield’s tips for giving up those old habits and getting fitter, happier and healthier…



Get yourself feeling cleansed and revitalised for the New Year! A detox is like cleaning up the clutter from Christmas. Away with turkey tummies and beer bellies and say hello to fresh food options which don’t break the bank. Showing that healthy, clean eating is set to be big in 2016 is Itsu, a Japanese eaterie set to open in Spinningfields on January 27th offering over 60 dishes which are packed with protein, low in carbs and contain some delicious detox options! Set to be popular are the detox miso soup, with its intriguing crystal noodles, and the range of sushi and salads. Also proving that healthy eating need not be boring is Thaikun, the Thai-inspired eatery serving up fresh made soups, curries and crazily creative salads including a raw papaya salad packed with protein. Intrigued yet? Finally, serving up steaming bowls of noodle soup brimming with goodness (and known to be a great hangover cure) is Pho, the Vietnamese eatery in the Corn Exchange. Pho is not only the name of the restaurant but of a Vietnamese national dish- a soup packed with fresh herbs, vegetables, slow-cooked stock and lean meat of your choice. Be sure to wash it down with one of their detox-delivering juices, all made to order – including their kale, apple, pineapple and lime blend! 

Itsu 1 Hardman Boulevard, Manchester M3 3AQ 

Thaikun, 3 Hardman St, Manchester M3 3HF 

Pho, The Corn Exchange, 37 Hanging Ditch, Manchester M4 3TR


Eat Clean

Clean eating is set to be big in 2016. No, it isn’t a case of dusting your dishes and polishing your plates.  It focuses on foods which are unprocessed, whole and healthy which fill us with energy rather than fat and sugar. This is food which gives you a real glow, tastes great and is surprisingly fuss-free – great if you want a boost when you’re on the go in the city. A smoothie is a great way to enjoy fresh fruit fast. Why not grab a superfood smoothie from Pot Kettle Black in the Barton Arcade? If you fancy a bigger bite, Earth Café on Turner Street offers a range of great value far from boring vegan food packed with flavour and prepared fresh every day. The café prides itself on using seasonal produce and there are a number of raw options including a tasty salad bar and juices. The Earth Burger proves that even fast food can be clean! If you’re looking to indulge in a guilty pleasure, Hotel Chocolat offers a paleo range – chocolate which is unprocessed, pure and packed with intense flavours (as well as nutritional benefits) including the Dark Dominican and Saint Lucia Rabot Estate varieties. 

Pot Kettle Black, Unit 14, Barton Arcade, Deansgate, Manchester M3 2BW

Earth Café, 16-20 Turner St, Manchester M4 1DZ

Hotel Chocolat, 16 Market St M1 1PT (also a branch in The Arndale Centre)


Go Flexi

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Flexitarian is set to be a buzzword in 2016 – cutting down on the amount of meat we eat and enjoying more veggie options, and there are a number of places in Manchester serving up vegetarian dishes sure to impress. Pita Pit offers awesome falafel-packed pitas as well as salads, capable of having you full for lunch at little over a fiver (and their falafel option is vegan, too). V Revolution is a growing presence in the Northern Quarter serving up vegan fast food, with plans to expand to Edge Street in 2016. With burger options including the ‘Hell-vis Presley,’ this is fast food without the grease (or the meat!) and certainly full of fun.. Eighth Day offers sustainably sourced vegetarian and vegan food and is the place where you can find those specialist items for people with intolerances or allergies. The takeaway counter does a roaring trade too, with many of the products sourced within 20km of the shop!

Pita Pit, 45 Deansgate, Manchester M3 2AY

V Revolution, 88 Oldham St, Manchester M4 1LF 

Eighth Day, 111 Oxford Rd, Manchester M1 7DU


Get fit as…

Being active can be fun and ready to welcome you is the Y Club, the city centre’s self-proclaimed ‘largest and friendliest health club.’ With a pool, gym and a number of exercise classes available, it proves that, if you live or work in town, you don’t have to go far to keep trim! The same goes for the Nuffield Fitness & Wellbeing Gym in The Printworks which has a range of fitness facilities, a pool and health experts available on site, so you can start the year with all the support you need. Join before the end of February and you get the first month free! Manchester Aquatics Centre offers a number of swim options as well as exercise groups, gym facilities and is a great place to get that new fitness regime off to a start.

The Y Club, Liverpool Rd, Manchester M3 4JR

Manchester Aquatics Centre, 2 Booth St E, Manchester M13 9SS 

Nuffield Fitness & Wellbeing Gym, 27 Withy Grove, Manchester M4 2BS


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