Run Diaries

I just signed up for my second half marathon of the year. Am I insane? Quite possibly. Let me talk you a little bit through my first half marathon - of this year and of my life - which I completed in the relatively decent time of 2.07.56 in February. Enjoy this journey through my thoughts and feelings as I ran (and did not stop running) for over two hours. Start Line to Mile 3 So there’s a lot of...

The Spa: Overcoming the Stigma

By Jack Peat, TLE Editor There is a stigma around men visiting spas which, in my time, I have been as much a purveyor of as a victim. In laddish circles even the use of hair conditioner can seem a bit iffy, so throw body clay and cucumbers into the mix and your man credentials become steadily eroded. But there's evidence to suggest that the use of beauty products and regimes is becoming an accepted part of 21st century manhood. Research...

European First: Baby born free from 200 Genetic Disorders

By Nathan Lee, TLE Correspondent  A British baby boy has become the first child in Europe to be born free from a list of devastating genetic disorders thanks to groundbreaking IVF treatment. Five-month-old Lucas Neagu had a high chance of inheriting a muscle weakening disease which runs in his family. But his parents underwent pioneering embryo screening treatment meaning he will never suffer from the condition and 200 other genetic disorders. Mum Carmen Neagu, 27, saw her father suffer with Charcot-Marie-Tooth(CMT) disease and was worried Lucas would inherit...

Lifestyle – Walth-OM-stow’s New Addition; East of Eden

By Esin Huseyin I was lucky enough to head to Walthamstow's latest addition, the brand spanking new yoga studios, East of Eden. It was so new in fact, I had a little trouble finding the place as there was no signage, and the interior was a little unfinished - but I love that, no distraction from the studio itself. You’ll be glad to know it’s all complete now! I threw myself a little into the deep end considering I haven’t practiced...

Legal Protection from Domestic Violence

Domestic violence will affect 25 per cent of women and 17 per cent of men in their lifetime ranging from physical abuse to sexual, emotional or financial abuse, but what legal protection do people have against it happening to them? In order to make these options clear Laker Legal has created this easy to digest guide on the topic of legal protection available for anybody experiencing domestic abuse. The infographic includes information on the scale of the problem, how to identify...

Would you want to be treated for healthcare in the UK or US?

In a study comparing the healthcare systems in 11 of the world’s wealthiest countries, the United States was found to be bottom of the bunch. The report conducted by The Commonwealth Fund found the US was not only the most expensive but also the worst in terms of efficiency, performance and quality of care. On the other hand the United Kingdom came top of the table for these same qualities while it also outperformed all countries in its management of...

How to create happy workplaces

 By Nic Marks, Founder, Happiness Works Happy work? Isn’t that an oxymoron? Work is serious and hard, while happiness is light and fun. You have to go to work, but you want to be happy. But imagine what life would be like if what you want to do and what you had to do overlapped? Unfortunately, most people don’t enjoy their work. A recent Gallup survey reports that 87% of employees are not engaged with their jobs. This is bad...

NHS postcode lottery of care for 10 million hard of hearing

By Steve Taggart Two in five NHS audiology departments (41%) are being forced to cut core services due to shrinking budgets or increased demand, affecting hundreds of thousands of people across the UK, according to a new report by charity Action on Hearing Loss launched today (26 January). Over half of over 60 year olds (55%) are already affected by some form of hearing loss and, with an ageing population, the number of people who will need help with their...

Revolutionise your workout with Speedflex

By Steve Taggart Year after year new fitness crazes emerge, each full of promise to keep you motivated and fit, but unfortunately very few ever really end up fulfilling these hopes. Whilst 2013 was dominated by dance fusion classes such as Zumba and Pure Barre, 2014 is undoubtedly the year of HIIT. HIIT training is effectively a workout that alternates between intense bursts of activity and fixed periods of less intense activity, or rest. Its popularity is derived from its...

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