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Lack of sleep makes people pile on the pounds

Disrupted sleep alters metabolism and boosts body’s ability to store fat, data showsLack of sleep has long been linked to obesity, but a new study suggests late night snacking may not be the primary culprit. The latest findings provide the most compelling evidence to...

Seven ways to improve your distance running

Get the right kit, don’t push yourself too hard – and remember that your head is just as important as your legsIf you are training to run further, always obey the 10% rule. That is: never increase your weekly mileage by more than 10% and never increase your longest...

Women: beware teas with a gender agenda | Letters

Herbal drinks that claim to be specially blended for women should be treated with some scepticism, writes Dr James BrownTea is a fabulous drink. In its various guises it is the second most consumed beverage worldwide after water and contains many biologically active...

Mind power in Auschwitz – and healing decades later

Her mother’s wisdom helped Edith Eger create a happy inner life in Auschwitz – but true healing meant going back thereEdith Eger was 16 years old, crammed into a cattle truck, human cargo from Hungary headed for Auschwitz, when her mother gave her the advice that...

Drawn to success: how to bring out your inner artist

Anyone can learn to draw, and from the web-based Sketchbook Club to art-shop mini-classes and even videos from children’s illustrator Nick Sharratt, there is plenty of help to get you startedMy great-aunt was an artist, and was fond of telling us that anyone can learn...

How was your weekend running?

Track racing, snakes in the park and some news. As always, I want to hear your running stories below the lineWell I’ve had a busy old week since we last met here, running friends. First up were the mile relays last Monday evening in Battersea Park, with a couple of...

Seven ways to deal with post-traumatic stress disorder

PTSD can be caused by a range of experiences, from a car crash to rape to surviving a terrorist attack. But how do you know if you have it and what can you do?Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) is an anxiety disorder that can develop after being involved in, or...

What does running do to your brain?

Neuroscientists have studied treadmill runners, ultramarathon athletes – and a number of lab animals – to investigate the effects of running on grey matterIt may seem obvious – as you push on through a long run, veering wildly between sensations of agony and elation –...

Tim Booth: ‘I want to grow old but die suddenly’

The James singer on yoga, meditation and his ‘shadow side’I’m the Woody Allen of health and wellbeing. I’m not a hypochondriac but I did suffer a lot of illness when I was younger. A liver condition I had from the age of 10 hospitalised me when I was 21. I was...

Fit in my 40s: can a running coach make me go faster?

The personal trainer Matt Roberts is so high-end that David Cameron was a client. He’s going to assess my running styleI feel about the word “runner” the way I felt about “mother” when I’d just had a baby – that it was completely fraudulent. You can’t call yourself a...

Heart & Soul: Religion vs. spirituality

Heart & Soul: Religion vs. spirituality

Many of us in the LGBTQ community grew up being told we were going to a fiery hell. Even if you've never set foot in a church or synagogue, the old traditional belief for many people was that there was only a “straight” path to heaven — no pun intended.Related...

Ramadan: Spirituality or Shopping?

Ramadan: Spirituality or Shopping?

But as soon as the fifth or sixth day of Ramadan is passed, the interest, respect and the spirituality can appear to be fading. Most among us just start returning to the previous routine. In some Muslim households, the shadow of Ramadan is perceived ...Related...

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