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An Ipswich fitness instructor has taken a break from training others to put her own ninja-like strength to the test.

Reporter Matt Stott took on the UK's fittest man aged over 60, who is Great Bealings 62-year-old Mike Watts.

My news editors have asked me to do a few unusual things for the paper over the years – dress up as a nun on a golf course, pose as an elf in the high street and get dive-bombed by an angry mob of seagulls near the office.

Angela - second from left back row - at an event with some of the women from her classes

Doctors agree that staying active benefits you and your baby.

Example of a healthy breakfast, porridge with berries

Ten years ago Mary Skelcher, who had been a top athlete since her teens, began to be plagued by injury, she told Ellen Widdup.

Gemma Mitchell tries her hand at Suffolk Roller Derby.

The last time I was on roller skates it was 1998, I was wearing dungarees paired with a Sonic the Hedgehog T-shirt and my hair was in bunches.

Fiona Mortimer-Wood

Complementary medicine may not appeal to everyone but it changed Fiona Mortimer-Wood’s life, she tells Ellen Widdup.

Steve Backshall

Fresh from the Strictly ballroom, TV naturalist, real-life action man and mums’ favourite Steve Backshall is preparing to take part in an endurance race in aid of a Suffolk-based charity. He told Sheena Grant why.

Suffolk's most active town winner - Kesgrave

Kesgrave has been crowned the ‘most active’ town in Suffolk.

The foot spa at Aqua Sana

It is on the doorstep but feels a world away from the stresses of everyday life. Lauren Everitt took time out to enjoy the ultimate luxury on a relaxing spa weekend at Center Parcs in Elveden.

Claire Magill before she lost the weight

A Suffolk woman with a passion for horses has reined in the calories and lost 7st in 16 months – all to get back in the saddle.

Blue Monday

January can be a difficult time for a lot of people. It’s cold, wet, dark and Christmas has come and gone in the blink of an eye, leaving us with less money and bigger trousers.

Veronica and Liz Fox

A mother and daughter have praised an Ipswich weight-loss class for helping them to regain their confidence and improve their lifestyles.

Nicky before her weight loss

Christmas and New Year can be an especially difficult time for those who are feeling they need to do something about their weight.

A group of Ipswich residents have lost an impressive 11 stone with the support of Live Well Suffolk (pictured with James Colchester, far left, and Chantelle Welham, far right, from Live Well Suffolk).

A group of 14 slimmers from Ipswich are celebrating after shedding a combined 11st through a free weight management course.

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