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Top 5 health rules for 2011

This year there's a whole host of new trends...

1. Online therapy

In 2011, therapy will be available via your computer screen. While this may sound like something out of a science fiction novel, the results speak for themselves. Research conducted by the NHS found 72 per cent of patients with depression and anxiety achieved change through the Blues Begone cognitive behavioural therapy programme, (www.bluesbegone.co.uk) which trains your brain to think differently.

2. Try the Nordic diet
It's not just the Mediterranean diet (consisting of ingredients like fish, olive oil, tomatoes and peppers) that could be beneficial to health. In the Nordic country of Sweden, just 10 per cent of the population are obese, compared to 25 per cent in the UK. Their diet consists of protein dense foods like Omega 3 rich fish like trout, herring and salmon, plus lean, dense game meat such as venison and brassica vegetables such as kale, cabbage and Brussels sprouts, packed with Antioxidants.

3. Tackle the great outdoors
While snuggling up indoors may seem most appealing when the weather's poor, groups of people will be tackling group workouts in the great outdoors. This is set to become a big trend this year, as it's cheaper than the gym and eco-friendly. Keep your eyes peeled for new park-based workouts like FitParks groups, just launched in local parks around the UK. If that doesn't tickle your fancy, take a look at the Ramblers Association's themed walks for urbanites as well as country hikes in the UK (www.ramblers.org.uk).

4. There's a new super nut in town
2011 is the year of the walnut, with a recent study in the British Journal of Nutrition suggesting they could boost brain power in older adults. Walnuts contain antioxidants and essential fatty acids, which is what researchers believe make them so good.

5. The latest wonder-supplement
This year there's a new wonder-supplement on the scene: Rosehip. Known for its high levels of Vitamin C, Rosehip also contains an active compound called GOPO - a powerful alternative to painkillers. 'A Rosehip supplement containing GOPO could be an effective alternative if you want a natural remedy for symptoms,' agrees rheumatologist Dr Rod Hughes.
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