Saving the lost boys of lockdown

Boys have swapped the physical exertion and stress relief of team sport for months of hunching alone in their bedrooms, gaming - The Telegraph
Boys have swapped the physical exertion and stress relief of team sport for months of hunching alone in their bedrooms, gaming – The Telegraph
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The eleven-year old son of a friend is back at school. Even as a key worker, his mother felt guilty requesting him a place, as her husband is currently at home. But as lockdown went on her boy seemed increasingly “lost”. Her daughters, 13, and 15, were flourishing in lockdown – 8am runs, cycle rides, baking, relishing some respite from the social grind – but George, who loves football and cricket and chess, missed seeing his friends. He was lonely, bored, and bereft.    

With three teenage sons aged 13, 15 and 18, it’s no surprise to me that, anecdotally at least, boys have fared worse in lockdown than girls; suspicions that seem set to

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Tools to help you get those home workouts in gear

Just because you don’t have or want to share access to your usual equipment right now, doesn’t mean you have to skip your routine. It just means it’s time to consider a new one. With props like resistance bands and loops, ankle and hand weights, yoga balls, mats, sliders and more, you can create your own gym in the comfort of your own home. Check out these space-saving props and all the fitness moves you can do with them.

INDULGE Fitness Editor Ginger Harris.
INDULGE Fitness Editor Ginger Harris.

Mat About You

It’s probably the most important prop you’ll need for your home gym. The one that will happily let you walk all over it. It’s your mat. While most mats are long and thin, often you’ll find yourself spending more time on the floor than the mat, should you move in any direction that isn’t horizontal. Enter Babe + Co’s uniquely shaped mat, which

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How to watch, start time, odds, prediction

West Ham – Chelsea preview: Chelsea continues its top three push with a visit to London rivals West Ham United at the London Stadium on Wednesday (Watch live at 3:15 p.m. ET on NBCSN and online via

The hosts remain above the drop zone on goal differential alone and are in dire need of points.


Can West Ham do the double over Chelsea in a campaign where the clubs are located at opposite ends of the table?

Team news

Frank Lampard gets good news as Christian Pulisic passes a fitness test, though Andreas Christensen doesn’t make the cut.

For West Ham, Angelo Ogbonna passes his fitness test and starts next to Issa Diop. Sebastian Haller and Arthur Masuaku remain out.

What they’re saying

Lampard on his connection to West Ham, reported interest in Declan Rice: “In terms of being a special game,

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Missing dance shows? Sacramento Ballet debuts online ballet-of-the-month club

The Sacramento Ballet has created a virtual subscription to sustain the company while live performances remain forbidden due to the coronavirus. The subcription, called the Fanster Pass, is priced on a sliding scale from $10 to $75 per month and includes access to virtual performances and discounts on online dance classes.

The Sacramento Ballet temporarily shut its doors on March 14, as Northern California theaters and community groups canceled events in an effort to stop the spread of COVID-19. Although several Sacramento-area movie theaters plan to reopen in July, live theater, musical performances and dance shows must remain online-only for the time being.

“We’re trying to figure out how to serve our community in this time because we can’t do it the traditional way,” said Amy Seiwert, the Sacramento Ballet’s artistic director. “We also tried to make it accessible.”

Seiwert said she doesn’t know when live shows with an audience

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My Psoriasis Doesn’t Get in the Way of My Body Confidence

Photo credit: Hearst Owned
Photo credit: Hearst Owned

From Oprah Magazine

Photo credit: Hearst Owned
Photo credit: Hearst Owned

Millions of Americans have psoriasis, which can cause patches of red or scaly skin to appear around the body. And because these flare-ups can occur anywhere—including the hands, legs, face, and neck, all of which can be difficult to cover—shame and embarrassment have traditionally been part and parcel of having the disease. But that’s starting to change, partly thanks to efforts by women like Angelique Miles and Joni Kazantzis, who use blogs and social media platforms to advocate for psoriasis patients and work to destigmatize the condition. We recently caught up with both of them to discover how they changed their way of thinking about psoriasis and kicked self-consciousness to the curb. Their words will resonate with anyone struggling with their confidence, regardless of the skin they’re in.

Angelique Miles, 53, New York

Photo credit: Angelique Miles
Photo credit: Angelique Miles

As a

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Dirty Leeds? Fighting for the shirt is what the club is all about, says owner

Andrea Radrizzani says his club thrives off the “dirty Leeds” tag.

The Championship side are on the verge of returning to the Premier League for the first time since 2004.

The club enjoyed great success under Don Revie in the 1960s and 1970s but were criticised by some for their physical approach, with their future manager Brian Clough describing them at the time as “the dirtiest, most cynical team in the league”.

The tag has stuck, but now Italian owner Radrizzani says it is one the club tries to use in a positive way.

“For Leeds, we have a history of being ‘Dirty Leeds’ and we actually channel that,” he told FIFA’s Professional Football Journal.

“We want to play great football and we are doing that but we also need to fight every time we go onto the pitch.

“All of our boys are willing to fight for the shirt

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Why deep burn barre is the perfect accompaniment to your new-found love of running

Psycle London
Psycle London

Over the past few months we’ve taken our exercise regimes either outdoors or in-house (or in many cases both).

For me, online barre has proven my at-home workout of choice, being low-impact enough to keep the neighbours onside yet still delivering some serious results.

Using only a chair, a book and a towel for props, it is a guaranteed burner that makes my legs shake more than squatting with a barbell, while blasts of cardio give an endorphin high, and its chiselling and sculpting powers at notoriously hard-to-tone areas are quite frankly remarkable. I feel longer and more taught after every class.

Take Maria Eleftheriou’s (@maria_eleftheriou_ldn) 45-minute advanced Deep Burn Barre class on Psycle London‘s IGTV, and you’ll know what we’re on about – the class has been available for free on Instagram in lockdown while the studio remains closed.

And it turns out that

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A beginner’s guide to getting started


The continuing lockdown has put a stop to events across the UK and one of the biggest to be cancelled is the London Marathon, which has been postponed to 4 October.

The event – which would have been its 40th anniversary – was due to be held on Sunday 26 April, but now the 400,000 participants have had their training plans totally disrupted.

And instead of the enjoying watching the marathon, people were encouraged to join in on the 2.6 challenge on the same date. The idea is to complete an activity related to the number 26 (as that’s the amount of miles in a marathon), such as running 2.6 miles or planking for 2.6 minutes.

There’s also the #runforheores challenge that made its way around social media, where people run 5K, donate £5 to the NHS Charities Together and nominate five people to continue it.

The Couch to

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Sports Brands Need to Take Risks to Boost Business

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Plain vanilla is the kiss of death.

Sporting goods brands and retailers need to be willing to take some risks in their design and merchandising to lure consumers to buy.

“A plain vanilla assortment means boring and the same as last year,” said Matt Powell, vice president and senior industry analyst for NPD Group. “There’s no surer way to kill a retail business.”

So despite fears that have come to the forefront during the pandemic that are causing companies to want to play it safe, Powell said they need to “take some risk and offer a provocative and exciting assortment.”

Powell made those comments as part of a webinar titled “Monitoring the Impact of COVID-19 and the Road to Recovery” for the Sports & Fitness Industry Association Tuesday afternoon.

Over the past few months, sports apparel and footwear have performed better than many

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Kids Must Wear Masks In Playgrounds; Other Updates

HOBOKEN, NJ – After a recent period in which Hoboken had only one new coronavirus case in a week, Hoboken Mayor Ravi Bhalla said in a Tuesday night update that there had been six new cases in the previous three days. Two cases were reported Monday, two Sunday, and two Saturday.

Last week, there were 16 new cases.

The city of 53,000 people now has now had 598 people with confirmed cases and 30 deaths of residents due to the virus. The city has not had any new resident deaths from the virus since May 21.

In his update Tuesday evening, Bhalla recommended that residents spend the July 4 weekend only with household members.

(To see what’s happening for July 4 in our area, check out our guide, including an update on the Macy’s fireworks.)

“In other states, such as California, reports have indicated that gatherings during Memorial Day weekend

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