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The 4 benefits of walking every day – and how to stick at it

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Did you know that dog owners walk 79% further than non-dog owners? Great news for those with a canine companion...not so great for the rest of us who don’t have a beloved pooch to pry us out of our homes when it’s cold and wet outside.
Dog or no dog, walking is a great way to get fit and lead a healthier lifestyle. Nature is free, not to mention the environmental advantages of walking instead of driving or catching the bus.
Sure, walking outside isn’t so appealing in the winter months. But spring is just around the corner and soon, those lighter, warmer evenings will be tempting you to step outside and make the most of the great outdoors.
There are lots of reasons to try and incorporate more walking into your day-to-day life. Here are four key benefits of walking every day for starters:
1.Reach your 150 minutes
Walking can count towards the NHS’ recommended 150 minutes of exercise minimum per week, for people aged 19-64. A leisurely stroll through the park won’t cut it, though. Only fa…

GP’s top tips for first-time skiers (and snowboarders!)

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Going skiing or snowboarding for the first time can conjure up a mix of emotions – excitement, but at the same time apprehension about the prospect of stepping onto the white stuff in a pair of skis/on a snowboard for the first time. That’s completely normal. The trick to getting the most out of your holiday is in the preparation.
There are some really handy videos out there to help you get an idea of what to expect, including this fab one on how to survive the chairlift – a daunting prospect for many first timers!
Team GP know first-hand what’s required to ensure your trip is everything you want it to be. We also know that forgetting to bring something can cost you dearly, having learned the hard way!
We’ve done the dry run so that you, or the newbie skier in your group, will have no problem adapting to life on the slopes...
Get your equipment in order
There are lots of websites offering skiing equipment checklists. But we wanted to bring you some really nifty tips that you won’t necess…

On a budget or blow the budget? GP’s top UK staycations

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There’s nothing like booking a weekend staycation to cure the January Blues. Whatever you’re looking for, we’ve got just the answer…from the wrap-up-warm outdoor adventurist to the massage-loving spa breakers, there’s something to suit every budget here…
Spa lovers

For many people, January is about purging the body of Christmas excesses and returning to a healthier lifestyle. A spa stay is a great way of kick-starting that process – or, if you book it for later in the year, it can act as a reward for the hard work and discipline it takes to live healthier.
On a budget:Mallory Court Country House Hotel and Spa, Leamington Spa
With prices from £79.50 per person, Mallory Court offers a luxurious experience without breaking the bank. Booking through Great Little Breaks gets you an evening meal in the two AA Rosette awarded The Brasserie restaurant, breakfast and access to the spa plus 20% off treatments.
Blow the budget: Lucknam Park, Bath
If you’ve come out the other side of Christmas with mon…

Alternative city break inspiration for 2019

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The term ‘city break’ is synonymous with classic destinations like Paris, Rome, Barcelona and Venice. And these places are popular for good reason – we’ve even written anarticle that showcases many of these fantastic cities. But perhaps you’ve explored them already or are looking for an alternative destination… then why not make 2019 the year you go off the beaten track?
You can get some real bargains in January and if you choose to travel off-peak, then the majority of destinations will be a lot quieter too. Here’s some top-drawer ideas to fire your imagination in 2019…
1. Ljubljana, Slovenia



The capital of Slovenia, Ljubljana has been transformed over the last 10-15 years into one of Europe’s greenest cities, making us like it even more! The core of the city is now almost entirely pedestrian, so you can stroll carefree through the pretty medieval streets, enjoying the wide range of culture and cuisine that Ljubljana has to offer.    
GP’s top tip: Eat like a local, with a local. Ljublja…

GP’s top tips for making this Christmas the best one ever!

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No matter how good last Christmas was, we always try everything within our power to make the next one even better. Luckily for you, Team GP is ready to share our top tips on how you can get prepared in advance and make this Christmas the best one ever!
Let’s get straight to it – after all, the best Christmas ever won’t organise itself…
Plan that Christmas movie in advance


While we’re huge fans of the great outdoors, sometimes you can’t beat a lazy day curled up on the sofa watching Christmas films. With an Amazon Fire Stick (RRP £39.99), you won’t even need to move off the sofa to change the DVD or Blu-Ray! Downloadable apps on the Fire Stick include Netflix, Prime Video, and more. As long as you have an active subscription, you’ll be spoilt for choice when it comes to Christmas films via these streaming services. And there’s no need to type the movie you want into the search bar – just ask Alexa!
Make your Christmas movie session even more special by treating everyone to a luxury hot cho…

Inspirational stocking fillers for all the family

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There are few better sights in life than a Christmas stocking full of presents, begging to be unwrapped! The gifts inside don’t have to be expensive; it’s the not knowing what’s underneath the wrapping paper that makes it so exciting.
That said, however, you still want to make sure that your stocking fillers are going to be appreciated by the recipient. If you’re struggling for ideas, fear not – Team GP is here to provide some inspirational stocking fillers for all the family!
For the…
Teenager

If there’s one thing that ties all teens together it’s the love of their phones. However you feel about their dependence on technology, it’s the times we now live in – so ensure their smartphones always have charge with a mobile charger this Christmas. The powerful GP M-Series PowerBank (RRP £29.99) is compatible with both Apple and Android devices, and teens are sure to love the range of stylish bright colours combined with their sleek appearance. Not only that, but they charge up to three devices…