Sports & Fitness

Jeff ArmstrongJeff ArmstrongAugust 21, 2017


Bio-Synergy joins the list of sponsors for the 7th annual National Reality TV Awards 2017 sponsoring the Best Reality Competition Show category.   Nominees include; Strictly Come Dancing, Britain’s Got Talent , Big Brother , Come Dine with Me, The Jump, Celebrity MasterChef, Love Island, Take Me Out, Britain’s Got Talent, Me and My Dog: The Ultimate Contest , Dance Dance Dance , Coach Trip and CelebAbility

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The award-winning range includes everything from Whey Hey® Protein and Creatine to Body Perfect Capsules and Skinny Water. Whether you’re looking to lose weight, build muscle or enhance your performance, Bio-Synergy’s constantly evolving collection delivers the perfect solution no matter what your goal.

Since its launch 20 years ago, over 4 million passionate sports and fitness enthusiasts have chosen Bio-Synergy to achieve their goals and fuel their performance. Its protein and supplements have been used by many of the world’s most respected athletes and teams, in fact, Bio-Synergy has fuelled more Gold medals, PB’s and World Cup wins than any other brand!

The 7th annual National Reality TV Awards 2017 takes place on the 18th of September in London. Winners for the Best Reality Competition Show sponsored by Bio-Synergy as voted for by the public will be announced. For more information on Bio-Synergy. Click here

Jeff ArmstrongJeff ArmstrongJune 27, 2017


Andy Murray will join the line-up for next week’s Aspall Tennis Classic held at The Hurlingham Club. The ultimate warm-up to Wimbledon, the event runs from Tuesday 27th – Friday 30th June 2017 and kicks off the British summer tennis season in true style.

The British star and three-time grand slam winner will play two singles matches across the week in his preparations for Wimbledon. Murray has achieved 45 singles career titles across his 12-year career including Wimbledon, US Open, ATP World Tour Finals, as well as back-to-back Olympic golds.

Murray played at the Aspall Tennis Classic in 2013 before going on to win his first Wimbledon title. His last appearance at The Hurlingham Club was in 2014.

Murray commented: “It is great to be back at The Hurlingham Club. It’s a great setting and an ideal opportunity to get grass court practice ahead of Wimbledon.”

Combining timeless elegance and quintessentially British traditions, the Aspall Tennis Classic is the perfect place to unwind and enjoy some of the sport’s most loved players.

Other ATP players included in the line-up are World No. 6 Milos Raonic, World No. 13 Jo-Wilfried Tsonga, World No 14 Tomas Berdych, World No. 17 Lucas Pouille and World No. 252 Tommy Haas. Joining them will be some of the sport’s favourite legends – former British No. 1 Greg Rusedski, two-time grand slam finalist Mark Philippoussis, former World No. 4 Thomas Enqvist, 1986 French Open finalist Mikael Pernfors and the ever-popular Mansour Bahrami.

Owned and managed by IMG, the Aspall Tennis Classic at Hurlingham takes place at the height of tennis season, the week prior to Wimbledon. Set in the tranquil 42-acre grounds of The Hurlingham Club, it has become one of the most intimate tennis events in the social calendar, showcasing some of the current stars of today, playing in a series of singles exhibition matches as they finalise their preparations ahead of Wimbledon, as well as several legends.
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Marilyn StamonMarilyn StamonDecember 2, 2015


Your skis have been gathering dust in the back of your closet for a couple of months now, as it has been that long since your last holiday, and you do need to get out of London every few months to survive London. After your winter holiday spending a week in a ski resort, it is now time for your spring holiday. Go away for a week, to the sunshine and open spaces. I have the best suggestion.

A Holiday at the Lisboa Golf Coast
With beautiful beaches, everything you want from fantastic food to the best wines, sunshine, miles of open spaces and breathtaking scenery, this is what you need to relax. Lisboa region is the perfect golf destination. The tranquillity and satisfaction to be found on the greens are matched only by the quality, number and diversity of Lisboa’s golf courses. Over 20 golf courses can be found along Lisbon, Cascais, Sintra, Setúbal, Palmela and Sesimbra. All courses with their own characteristics, different scenery and charm. ‘the best thing about Golf is that every golf course is different, which makes every game different. A tennis field is  the same everywhere, but no golf course is the same’  commented a keen golfer enjoying a game in  sunny Portugal.

We spend the first night in the historic hotel Pousada de Cascais which was placed in the recovery of an old Fortress built over 500 years ago. The hotel includes an indoor pool,  sauna,  fitness centre and large luxurious rooms for the most pleasant stay. The best thing is that the hotel is right in the centre of the beautiful city of Cascais. Just outside the hotel you can walk along the beach towards the centre with a view that will stay imprinted in your mind forever. The Pousada de Cascais is one of the first hotels in Europe to have an Art District. Aside from the numerous art exhibitions and demonstrations inside Pousada, the Art District features six art galleries and six open studios where the most important artists of the country are working.

As a Londoner I was blown away by The Oitavos Hotel and Golf Course. When living in a city with so much lack of space this feels like you are set free. The relatively new hotel, build in 2010, was designed to give guests an ultimate feeling of space. The only walls on the ground floor are for the toilets and the kitchen, and the kitchen’s walls are from glass where you get to witness breakfast, lunch and dinner being freshly prepared. The rooms are extremely spacious and each face the breathtaking view to the golf course and the sea. From almost every corner of the golf course you have a sea view.

Can’t Golf?

Give it a try. In every hotel and on every course. Members of staff will help you learn everything you need to know about golf and help you arrange everything you need to start your golf holiday. Consider getting a lesson at Oitavos, and before you know it, you’ll be coming back every year.

Miragem Hotel

The  Cascais Miragem Hotel  welcomes you with an eccentric fountain at the entrance and a palace-like hall. The large hotel offers a range of different rooms for your events, meetings, conferences. Also the hotel rooms come in six different characters, and a room with great scenic views which literally take your breath away is definitely recommended. When we walked into the hotel’s restaurant we were entertained by their resident  who played some lovely jazz.. We then proceeded to a private room for the evenings dinner.

Lisbon’s Sport Club

Somewhere in the woods, located in Serra da Carregueira, Belas, circa 20 kilometres from Lisbon,  where everything you see around you is greenery and golf cars, is the Lisbon’s Sport Club. Trees block the wind and give you the much need tranquil feeling.  Inaugurated in 1964, with nine holes designed by Hawtree & Sons, it was initially extended to 14 and finally to 18. The holes are characterized by an assortment of different designs, which implies a range of different and interesting game possibilities.
‘you can’t just walk in Barcelona arena and play football, or play tennis in Wimbledon, but you can play on golf courses where world famous players have played their biggest games’


A hotel and golf course with a large open space, with few trees, few hills and with many ponds for a more challenging field. The Montado Hotel & Golf Resort  was launched in May 2009 located on Portugal’s Costa Azul Algeruz (Palmela), near the Castle of Palmela, surrounded by vineyards and also  known as the famous wine region of Palmela / Setúbal (City of the wine in 2009). Wine here was developed in a harmonious whole of Cork Trees, where streams and lakes make the magical beauty of this Resort.
The Golf Course is carefully inserted in a landscape that helps to break the daily life routine, well known for its 18th hole with the green located on an island.
To extend your wine knowledge and get to know  a  little bit more about the Portuguese production, stop at Bacalhôa Wine Cellars for a wine tasting session. But don’t forget to also try the Portuguese sheep cheese, the combination is  absolutely fantastic.


We transferred to Lisbon where we stayed at the centre based Dom Pedro Palace Hotel. With 19 floors, a room on one of the top floors gives you a stunning view over the city, the Tejo River and S. Jorge Castle. Perfect for your stay in Lisbon. The hotel offers a wide range of meeting rooms, a business centre,  spa facilities, a bar and restaurant, fresh breakfast buffet and a classic design of the hotel’s interior, which does make you feel like you’re in a palace.
For our diner we went to Lisboa à Noite, a restaurant with Portuguese authentic and fine cuisine, specialised in Portuguese seafood accompanied by the finest wines.

City Golf

Near to the city centre of Lisbon is Paço do Lumair golf course, a unique 9 hole course . A great place to play a challenging round. The two floor covered Academy, has 32 bay lake range. It also has a large short game practice area, distance markings and various flags, a large bunker.


When in Lisbon, do take a day to go sightseeing. There is nothing like walking around an illuminated city like Lisbon discovering all it has to offer, from historical buildings best found in the area of Belém, to the city’s main square, to the shops in Rue Augusta. Visit Saint George’s Castle and look over the whole city being blown away by the view. After reaching the castle, on top of a hill, have a relaxing lunch at Casa do Leão restaurant. And last but not the least, you cannot leave Portugal without tasting a Pastéis de Belém. I mean it.

Our Verdict:
With a large range and variety of hotels, restaurants, golf courses, golf resorts and fantastic scenery including lovely weather, Lisboa Golf Coast is most certainly up there on our list of impressive golfing destinations guaranteed to offer you an all round experience.

For more information go to Visit Lisboa
Pousada de Cascais Cidadela Historic Hotel & Art District
Rua Jau, 54 – 1300-314
Lisboa – Portugal
Tel: +351 214814300

The Oitavos Hotel
Rua de Oitavos
Quinta da Marinha
2750-374 Cascais
Tel: +351 21 486 0020

Cascais Mirgem Hotel
Av. Marginal n.8554
2754-536 Cascais – Portugal
Tel: + 351 210 060 600

Lisbon’s Sport Club
Casal da Carregueira – Belas
2605-213 Belas
Tel: +351 21 431 00 77

Montado Hotel & Golf Resort
Urbanização do Campo de Golfe do Montado
Lote 1, Algeruz
2950-051 Palmela
Tel: +351 265 708 150

Bacalhôa Wine Cellars
Tel: +351 212 198 067

Dom Pedro Palace Hotel
Av. Eng. Duarte Pacheco, 24,
1070-109 Lisboa
Tel: +351 21 389 66 00

Paço do Lumiar
Rua Formosinho Sanchez, nº 79
Urbanização Quinta dos Alcoutins
1600-038 Lisboa – PORTUGAL
Tel: +351 217 591 719

Annie PalmerAnnie PalmerSeptember 2, 2014


Little Miracles are a beautiful blend of organic tea and super fruit juice with carefully selected panax ginseng and acai in its purest form. It is the perfect pick-me-up morning, noon and afternoon and what better place for a little miracle to happen than at annual 4th National Reality TV awards show and with over 1.3 million TV fans nominating and voting for their favourite TV shows, production companies, and more. Guests will be able to sample the juice that is destined to be the name on everyone’s lips. Little Miracles will be sponsoring the Most Inspiring TV Show 2014 and the Best Reality TV Judge category with nominees including ; Will -i-am (The Voice) (BBC1) , Bruno Tonioli (Strictly Come Dancing) (BBC1) , Kimberley Wyatt (Got To Dance) (Sky1) , Naomi Campbell (The Face) (Sky Living) , Paul Hollywood (The Great British Bake Off) (BBC2) , Karren Brady (The Apprentice) (BBC1) , Alesha Dixon (Britain’s Got Talent) (ITV1) , Len Goodman (Strictly Come Dancing) (BBC1) , Peter Jones (Dragon’s Den) (BBC2) , Kylie Minogue (The Voice) and Nigella Lawson (The Taste).

Nominees for the Most Inspiring TV Show sponsored by Little Miracles include;The Call Centre (BBC3) , Child Genius (Channel 4) , The Big Reunion (ITV2) , The Apprentice , The Island with Bear Grylls (Channel 4) , One Born Every minute (Channel 4)
Mary’s Silver Service (Channel 4) , Dragon’s Den and Educating Yorkshire.

Now available in over 20 countries, Little Miracles bottles are sold in the very best convenience stores, gas stations, gyms, cafe’s, deli’s, trains, airlines and supermarkets.
Previous NRTA winners, BBC’s The Apprentice also battle it out with Dragons Den who are both nominated for a record x5 nominations . Both shows are up for the heavily contested Best Entertainment Show, Best Business Show , Most Inspiring TV Show.
Sherrie Silver ( Sponsorship & Partnership Executive of IEG Global / NRTA )commented “Little Miracles is one of the exciting new fresh beverages to launch in the UK for sometime. The brands ethos of enthusiasm and providing a drink based on great taste, great quality, reasonable price , good design and packaging is why we are proud to introduce it to our NRTA audience and our future IEG Global events”.
This year over 1.7 million reality TV fans took to the official NRTA website to cast their submissions in 20 categories from the beginning of January. Voting officially commenced on on the 19th of August 2014 and will end on the 20th of September 2014. The winners of each category will be announced by Actress and TV Presenter, Louise Gookey at the prestigious awards ceremony taking place on the 22nd of September 2014 at the Porchester Hall in London and will be televised for broadcast on Sky 192 in October.

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Annie PalmerAnnie PalmerJuly 14, 2014


House of Fraser, Harrods, Dechavel, The Arch Hotel, Jimmy Choo, Cathay Pacific, Tiffany & Co, MAC Cosmetics, are just a few of the many luxury brands nominated by over 51,120 luxury consumers for the prestigious annual National Luxury & Lifestyle Awards 2014. The National Luxury and Lifestyle Awards are a British awards ceremony held by London’s No.1 Luxury and Lifestyle magazine, Chelsea Monthly. The award show celebrates the best luxury products, brands and services with all nominations submitted by luxury consumers and public voting online at The winners will be announced at the hotly anticipated National Luxury & Lifestyle Awards poll winners party hosted by Television Presenter, Louise Gookey and televised for the Luxury show on Sky 192.

TV Presenter & Executive Producer of the Luxury Show, Louise Gookey
TV Presenter & Executive Producer of the Luxury Show, Louise Gookey

A coveted National Luxury & Lifestyle Awards nomination is a mark of excellence and an exclusive unique selling point as an emblem of quality for all brands targeting the luxury audience.

From March, luxury consumers have submitted nominations across over 17 categories at and over 51,120 took part this year (2014) with the buying public choosing their favorite luxury products, brands and services. This week, voting starts on the 19th of July at

Lucy Coleman, Editor at Chelsea Monthly commented “The list of brands nominated this year shows that there is a consistent rise of luxury consumers. The majority of luxury consumers define luxury now by intrinsic values such as quality, exclusivity and craftsmanship, over external factors like brand visibility. Most luxury consumers are advocates for brands they like , with ninety percent speaking about brands, their key motivations being superior quality, design and customer service.”

The National Luxury & Lifestyle Awards are fast becoming the mark of distinction that celebrates brands who go that extra mile to provide a better service, and this year we have introduced the nominees’ plaque of excellence. Each nominee will receive an official NLLA 2014 plaque to commemorate their nomination.

“Exclusivity is a core attribute that a luxury brand and/or product must have for luxury consumers and some of the new brands nominated this year have flourished in this category. I am really looking forward to hosting what will be an exciting party as we announce the winners at this year’s National Luxury & Lifestyle Awards poll winners party” added Louise Gookey, TV Presenter and Executive Producer of the Luxury Show on Sky.

The winners will be announced at the prestigious poll winners party taking place at No.41, Mayfair. London W1 on the 31st of July 2014

Find the Official Nominations for the National Luxury & Lifestyle Awards 2014 :

Best Luxury Hotel
Arch Hotel, London
The Gleneagles Hotel, Scotland
Malmaison, Liverpool
Apsley House Hotel, Bath
Rosewood, London
The Kensington Hotel, London
Westbury, London
The Chester Residence, Edinburgh

Best Luxury Spa
SenSpa at Careys Manor, New Forest
The Scarlet, Cornwall
Ockenden Manor Hotel & Spa, West Sussex
Calcot Manor, Gloucestershire
Lime Wood, New Forest, Hampshire
The Lowry, Manchester
The Grove, Hertfordshire
Bovey Castle, Dartmoor
Harmony at The Haven, Dorset Spas

Best Bar

Orrery Terrace Rooftop, London
Gong at Shangri-La Hotel, The Shard
Calcutta Club, Cardiff
Cartize, Mayfair , London
Apotheca, Manchester
Oxo Tower, London
The Artesian, Langham Hotel, London
Radio Rooftop Bar – ME London Hotel


Restaurant of the Year 2014
Hutong at The Shard, London
Thai Square Restaurant, Trafalgar Square
The Ledbury, London
Dinner by Heston Blumenthal, Mandarin Oriental, London
Nipa Thai Restaurant, London
Midsummer House, Cambridge
The Fat Duck, Bray
Restaurant Sat Bains, Nottingham
Aumbry, Prestwich, Manchester
Carters, Birmingham
Aqua Eight, Ipswich
Upstairs at the Grill, Chester, Cheshire

Best Online Retailer 2014

Best Luxury High Street Retailer

House of Fraser
Tiffany & Co
Louis Vitton
Peter Jones
John Lewis
Harvey Nichols
Ozwald Boateng
Abercombie & Finch
Jo Malone

Best Fashion Brand
Jimmy Choo
Louis Vitton
Ozwald Boateng
Abercombie & Finch
Vivien Westwood

Best Cosmetics Brand 2014

MAC Cosmetics
Bare Minerals
Dr. Sebagh
Crème de la Mer
Natura Bisse
Bobbi Brown, Surf & Sand Collection
Tom Ford, Eye and Cheek Pallete

Best Health product
Andrews Original

Best Travel Destination

Tokyo, Japan
Bangkok, Thailand
Cape Town, South Africa
Prague, Czech Republic
Sydney, Australia
Istanbul, Turkey
Shanghai, China

Best Luxury Salon
Taylor Taylor London
Gary Ingham
The Luxury Gap, Surrey
The Hairven Hair Salon
Bella and Beau, Notting Hill
Charles Worthington
Martyn Maxey, Marylebone
Stuart Phillips
Andrew Barton, Covent Garden
Aveda Institute

Best Luxury VIP & Concierge brand

5 Concierge
Bon Vivant
Bijou Concierge
Sincura Concierge
Ten Lifestyle Concierge

Best Golf Brand

Wonderful World of Golf

Best Luxury Watch Brand

Jaeger- LeCoulture Master Ultra-Thin
Zuricom Watch Phone
Audemars Piguet Royal Offshore
Baume et Mercier Clifton
Panerai Radiomir 1940
Roger Dubuis Hommage
Richard Mille RM 50-01

Best Private Jet Hire company
Saxon Air
Diamond Jets
Centreline Air
Air Partner
Air Royale

Best Fragrance

Jmmy Choo EDP
Paco Rabanne 1 million
Chanel Blue
Jean Paul Gaultier (Classique)
Issey Miyake
Nina Ricci
Dolce & Gabbana (Light Blue)
Marc Jacobs (Honey)

Best Airline
Virgin Atlantic
British Airways
Air New Zealand
Singapore Airlines
Qatar Airways
Cathay Pacific

Voting goes live on the 19th of July 2014 till the 29th of July 2014 @

Annie PalmerAnnie PalmerJuly 1, 2014


One of the many wise sayings handed down to children is to ‘choose your battles’, but it turns out our brains are not designed to choose the right ones.

Professor Nick Chater reveals in The Human Zoo on Radio Four tomorrow (Tuesday) that experiments have shown that people often choose the easiest option rather than the right battle.

“The metaphor of life as a competition is familiar and powerful,” said Professor Chater, of Warwick Business School. “Yet life isn’t one competition, but many. We compete for university places, jobs, houses, life partners; and perhaps less obviously also for parental attention, friends, places on the school sports team, popularity, respect, love.

“There are so many we can’t compete in them all, so we have to choose our battles. Yet when it comes to choosing, we aren’t very good at it.

“There are a lot of experiments where people are given an easy or difficult task; typically it is general knowledge questions. When given the easy task they think they have done well, but when given the hard task they think they have done badly. But in comparison to others they might have done well. So people typically choose the easy task as the one they want to be measured on, but you don’t know how you compare to others. What you really need to do is compare yourself to other people.”

This can be studied in the lab using simple games. For example, two people are told to distribute their counters in four boxes, but one person had more counters than the other. One of the boxes is chosen (this is the ‘battle’ they actually have to fight) and whoever had the most counters in the chosen box won. The fewer counters people had initially the more likely they would put them all in one box, to make sure they won if that box was chosen—as they know they can’t compete across the board. Th. is indicates that the weaker an individual, company, or nation, the more it pays to specialise.

“We can see this played out in life,” said Professor Chater. “A younger sibling may feel it is hopeless to compete with an older sibling’s academic successes and decide to concentrate on sport or music. A danger we always face is choosing to compete on things that ‘feel’ easy, but of course many other people will fall into this trap too! So the apparently easy options (for example, becoming a successful novelist rather than a successful quantum physicist) may turn out to be the most crowded: what appears the easy route, in fact turns out to be the hard option.”

Listen to The Human Zoo on Tuesday June 24 at 3.30pm on BBC Radio Four. It is the start of a new series and will be on every Tuesday.

Jordan KensingtonJordan KensingtonApril 2, 2014


Where professional sportsmen are used to fielding criticism that they’re just one-trick ponies, every now and again someone comes along to score a beauty out of nowhere. That could be a fitting description for Chelsea and England star Frank Lampard – after all, the 35-year-old has now successfully entered a new sphere… in writing children’s stories.


In his five-book series of Frankie’s Magic Football – the third of which, Frankie  vs The Cowboy’s Crew, has just been published – readers are whisked away on adventures with the titular schoolboy hero, his friends, and pet dog Max, taking part in a real-life Fantasy Football League against the most unlikely teams from extraordinary times and places.

“I came up with the idea while reading and watching TV with the kids,” the 35-year-old smiles. “I thought there wasn’t really anything out there that was football-based, educational and fun. I was 29 or 30 then, and I had a lot going on in my football career, but as you get older you get more time and you start to think about different things. You think about life after football, so it was a great sideline for me at that point.”


And so Lampard, already a role model to millions of children worldwide, is now encouraging them to fulfil their literary, as well as sporting, ambitions too. “I wanted to make it football, but I wanted to make it educational as well so there’s a moral lesson in there for the kids, and the way they are travelling backwards and forwards there is a historical lesson in there too,” he enthuses.

“I think there is an element as a footballer where you can use a bit of your influence and use it in a positive way, and this is something I have put a lot of time into doing, and I think for the right reasons.”

Lampard, who is engaged to Christine Bleakley, has two daughters from a previous relationship. He makes a point of reading with his kids regularly. “I think I am a pretty relaxed parent, but it is one thing where I do try to get them to read, as I find it’s a great way of focusing their minds. Anyone who reads can take a lot of knowledge and satisfaction from it.”christine

Keeping them grounded is another challenge. “Yes, you live and learn as you go along when you’re a parent. I try to just keep their feet on the ground. I never spoil them, and it is very important that they learn the basics of money, of respect, of manners. I’d hate for somebody to look at them and say ‘they are spoilt little brats’. That’s my biggest nightmare!”

As a family man, Lampard is happiest when he’s surrounded by his loved ones. “When we won the Champions League in Munich, my family and Christine’s family had two days in Munich before the final. That Munich trip was the most amazing two days of my sporting life – it was really special for me. We had a big party in the hotel after the match and all my family and friends came there. We stayed up all night and when you look back, it was the complete moment. When I look back on my career, that will always be a special moment. It was incredible.”

Footballers often rely on that support around them, and Lampard is no different. “At any level in England there are pressures, and if you have a bit of a bad game, you will get criticised,” he nods. “That comes with the territory. And that is when you need to go home and have people there for you. My family and Christine have always been there for me.”

Still, with a career that’s seen more highs than lows, Lampard knows how lucky he’s been. “Looking back, I feel pretty fortunate,” he smiles. With England I had some tough times; with Chelsea it’s all been pretty good. There haven’t been too many bad times and that’s what we like to hear at Chelsea Monthly magazine. Let the good times roll. Hopefully, Lampard will get into some books for grown ups too after his finished with his JK Rowling ambition!!

Benjamin VogtBenjamin VogtFebruary 13, 2014


Sleepy Brits are suffering from ‘Repetitive Snooze Injury’, spending 173 days of their life hitting the snooze button, according to new research. The study reveals we spend 14 minutes a day snoozing which equates to one hour and 38 minutes each week, or 84 hours and 56 minute snoozing per year.

In fact one in 10 are so tired in the mornings that they snooze for 30 minutes or more each day.

Despite this, the research showed we’re a nation of ‘wannabe’ early risers with the average Brit setting their alarm for 6.58, however most can’t peel themselves out of bed until 7.12.

The study by breakfast brand FUEL YOUR 10K HOURS reveals we’re only getting an average of six hours and 36 minutes shuteye a night, much less than the recommended eight hours,

Whilst nearly a quarter of adults admit to feeling like they haven’t had enough sleep upon waking.

Despite repetitive snooze hitting, one in thirteen wish they could be more productive in the morning and a further 13% report feeling more awake if they jump straight out of bed.


Sleep Psychologist Chireal Shallow: 

“We snooze for many reasons, predominantly because we want to squeeze as much sleep out of the night as possible, and often still feel tired when we wake.

“This is especially true in the winter months as we need to wake whilst it’s still dark outside, which means our bodies do not get a chance to awake naturally with the aid of light, which helps to regulate our sleep.

“Snoozing is the way we, as humans, attempt to mitigate the lack of sleep, or how tired we feel by trying to wake up gradually and gently.”

The study found a quarter of adults like to snooze the alarm in order to spend a bit longer in bed with their partner – but snoozing junkies are turning to extreme lengths to combat their snoozing levels, with a third setting more than five alarms.

And 29% insist on putting their alarm clock at the other side of the room in an attempt to force them out of bed.

Canny Brits are also changing their alarm sound to make sure they wake up – 32% have set their ringtone to a loud piercing noise to jolt them out of bed, whilst 11% have chosen an annoying song for their alarm ring.

Snoozing can also lead to work woes, with one in eight claiming to have missed an important meeting and a further one in 10 bagging a written warning or even the sack for lateness.

Of those polled, 16% report that they regularly miss their train thanks to the snooze button, whilst one in 20 have been late for a job interview.

But a keen 16% blow off the bleary-eyed cobwebs with a morning run or cycle ride or brisk walk to work.

A dedicated one in ten of the 1000 adults polled even opt for an early morning swim to kick start their day.


Barney Mauleverer, “Co-founder of FUEL YOUR 10K HOURS”:

“Mornings can be a killer and this study demonstrates that we all like to hit the snooze button every now and then.

“Most of us are already time poor so just think what we could achieve if we didn’t snooze quite so much each morning.

“FUEL is calling on the UK’s snoozers to try, bit by bit, to hit the snooze button a little bit less each morning and use that time to achieve your goals or do something you’re passionate about.”

The poll found the biggest snoozers are in the seaside town of Brighton with inhabitants snoozing for 19 minutes a day, followed by dwellers in Scotland’s capital city, Edinburgh and Alan Partridge’s home town of Norwich, both snoozing for 18 minutes a day.

Jeff ArmstrongJeff ArmstrongJanuary 5, 2014



The typical Brit rates their fitness level at just 46%, a study has revealed. Research among 2,000 adults found most live an ‘unhealthy’ lifestyle amid a dizzy round of too much booze and endless high-fat food.

Worryingly, a large percentage went as far as to admit they found it tough to summon enough energy to complete ‘everyday tasks’.

It also emerged one in three of the population do no exercise whatsoever.

While results emphasised the lack of priority given towards personal health, the average person studied spent four times more on their car than they did on their health in 2013.

The study, commissioned by Holland and Barrett to mark the launch of their Good life MOT, found Brits spent £416 on their car in the last 12 months but just £101 on anything relating to their health.

A spokesperson for Holland and Barrett said:

”The results are surprising in how little people invest in their health.

”Low fitness levels are clearly having an impact on people’s day lives too, whether it’s their energy levels or overall body confidence.

”Making the choice to prioritise your health and exploring some of the small changes you can make day to day could have a big impact in helping people feel healthier and happier in 2014.”

More than one in four of those who took part said they had been forced to endure negative comments about their size or weight from other people.

The research also revealed how a lack of energy and a low fitness level affects our ability to get stuck into every day jobs.

Around one in two said they found this a struggle, with regular household chores bringing on fatigue that caused respondents to doubt the shape they were in.

Additionally the study found the typical adult is currently battling against two ‘injuries’ or aches and pains that hamper them in everyday life.

The results also revealed an inclination to place physical appearance higher on our list of priorities than health and fitness.

Four in ten (41%) said they classed the way they look as more important than how healthy they actually were.

And a similar number said they didn’t take their health very seriously while one in four even admitted they have gone downhill and are currently noticeably unhealthier than they were 12 months ago.

Perhaps no surprises then that 57% say their fitness level affects their confidence – but that doesn’t stop the fifth who smoke regularly despite knowing the long-term dangers, and the same number that routinely overindulge in alcohol.

One quarter of those studied described their body weight as ‘unhealthy’ but when asked about their future plans said they ‘cannot bring themselves to change it’.

The Holland and Barrett spokesman added:


It seems we are more readily prioritising material aspects or focusing more on appearance but perhaps forgetting to take care of ourselves.

”Whether it’s in neglecting our long-term health or avoiding worrying about the future or simply in not making the time to think about what more we could do to get the benefits of good health.”


1. I don’t do any actual exercise
2. Low energy levels
3. Don’t get enough fruit and vegetables
4. Don’t get enough sleep
5. Drink alcohol regularly
6. Work too much
7. Eat lots of takeaways
8. Have an injury
9. Smoke cigarettes
10. Overweight


1. Cambridge
2. Bristol
3. Portsmouth
4. London
5. Cardiff
6. Southampton
7. Wrexham
8. Glasgow
9. Leeds
10. Aberystwyth

Jeff ArmstrongJeff ArmstrongJune 22, 2012


Six out of ten Brits regularly wake up in a bad mood, it has emerged.

A study has found that typically, at least two mornings a week are blighted by black moods, which means over the course of our lifetime we wake up in a strop a staggering 6,292 times. The biggest cause for our grumpiness is a bad night’s sleep, followed by a heavy work load to face when we get to the office.

One in ten admitted they are ‘shattered’ when they wake up, while another one in ten said work issues made them stroppy in the mornings. One in four of those polled by Triton Showers said they automatically wake up in a grumpy mood, often for no reason.

Mornings can be a stressful time for most families and very few of us get away without any hiccups.
Tina Simpson, marketing director at Triton Showers

Spokeswoman Tina Simpson said: ”Waking up in a foul mood is something we can all relate to, but over 6,000 mornings of our lives ruined by a shocking mood does sound rather high.

”Many families will be able to relate to all the grumbles that are in this list such as queuing to get in the bathroom, having no milk for a hot drink and waking up to bad weather.

”However it’s interesting to see that, rather than breakfast, a refreshing shower, hot drink and spell of good weather are the top three things we need to lift our mood and sets us up for the day ahead.”

Other grumbles which are likely to worsen our mood before we leave the house are quarrelling with family members or someone taking too long in the shower. Seeing bad weather when opening the curtains, stubbing toes and having no milk for a morning cuppa are other contributory factors.

But it’s not all doom and gloom with nearly half saying their first tea or coffee of the day makes them feel automatically better. A hot shower also lifts a third of us from our dark mood, but 21 per cent say a colder, refreshing shower is more likely to do the trick.

Of those polled 44 per cent said they had a strict morning routine they stick to and if they had to forgo their morning shower or coffee 49 per cent said it would ruin their day. Other morning mishaps that are likely to put Brits in a bad mood were the car not starting and missing the bus or train.

Of the 2,000 adults polled 14 per cent said bathroom politics was a problem in their household and 16 per cent said there was always a race to the bathroom. Nearly half of those surveyed said they took their bad mood out on their partner, although one in four said their kids bore the brunt of it.

A brave one in ten said they always took out their bad mood on their boss. One in twenty said they were even rude to the train conductor if they were in a grumpy mood. However, the black mood doesn’t last long with most people saying their frostiness had thawed by 8.15am; 26 per cent of people said their mood improved once they got to work.

Three in ten also said a bright sunny morning automatically lifted their spirits.

Tina Simpson, marketing director at Triton Showers, adds: ”Mornings can be a stressful time for most families and very few of us get away without any hiccups.

”For those with added pressures of getting children washed, dressed and ready for school then it can make for stressful mornings.”

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