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Walk to Work Day

Walk to Work Day

This Friday (5th April) is Walk to Work Day. What better excuse to kick start a new habit and swap trains for trainers? The health benefits (both physical and mental) of regular exercise are well documented but most of us feel we don’t have the time to make it a regular part of our lives. By using a trigger like your commute to work, it doesn’t feel like exercise – you are simply doing it to get to work. Cycling,…

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BST is here

BST is here

It’s 8pm as I sit down to write this. The house is quiet. I’ve had my tea. And I’m a little bit giddy. It’s still light outside! BST is here and I bloomin’ well love it. Although we’ve only had five months of GMT, the dark nights can take their toll. Whether you suffer from SAD (Seasonal Affective Disorder) or not, you can’t help but sense a lift in the mood of the nation when the light evenings come round….

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Bad Habits and Quick Fixes

Bad Habits and Quick Fixes

We all have weeks where we aren’t getting outside as much as we’d like. Too much on at work. A few busy weekends on the trot. Evenings taken up with housework or just some good telly. Short term, we cope with it. But we aren’t designed to live like this and it’s amazing how quickly this lack of outdoors time starts to grind you down. Your brain feels a little foggier. Thoughts are less clear. Your limbs feel sluggish. You…

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Trail Magazine: Mountains for the Mind

Trail Magazine: Mountains for the Mind

My badge has arrived! Proud to show my support for Trail Magazine’s latest campaign: Mountains for the Mind. You can read all about it on their website. Some sobering statistics on there about the realities of mental health issues in 2019. Great to see Trail championing what we’ve known all along – the outdoors is one of the best remedies out there! Make sure you sign up to pledge your support too.

The Sound of Silence

The Sound of Silence

I’ve been thinking about silence recently. It all started when I saw this article on the BBC Website: The glories of being quiet. Silence is a magical thing. I can recall a handful of times when I’ve experienced it. The most vivid memory is from a walking holiday as a teenager. A small tarn in the Lake District. No breeze. We were in a slight dip and there were no people. The absence of sound made me stop in my…

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Life is Short: Do Stuff that Matters

Life is Short: Do Stuff that Matters

I received some sad news over the weekend: a friend of mine suffered a stroke and died shortly afterwards. A successful solicitor and barrister who had just become a parent. They were in their mid-30s. It doesn’t matter what you have going for you – life is fragile and you never know when it’s going to end. Such a tragic event has reminded me of the importance of making the most of all aspects of life – at work and…

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Commuting: Better By Bike

Commuting: Better By Bike

I’ve spoken before about the merits of a folding bike to inject some adventure into your working day (Commuting). With Blue Monday just around the corner, the colder weather and the temptation to ditch the new year’s resolutions becoming greater, now’s the time to prioritise regular time outside. I love my Brompton and would recommend them to anyone but appreciate the cost can be eye-watering, particularly if you get carried away with the options list. The good people at Brompton…

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My Dirty Little Secret

My Dirty Little Secret

I’ve been talking to my professional friends about how they use the outdoors to achieve some much-needed balance in their working lives. My good friend Dave is a busy director of a successful company and has kindly shared his story. I hope it gives you some inspiration to do something similar! At the start of this New Year, can I let you into my dirty little secret? It is always invigorating… it is invariably stimulating… and quite often it involves getting…

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Urban Adventure

Urban Adventure

As a general rule, I don’t like cities. The frenetic pace of life instantly makes me anxious and the only time I relax is when I’m on the train out of there. I do occasionally need to visit London for work and it’s not something I particularly look forward to. People look stressed and unhappy, the pollution is terrible and everyone is in a rush. I have no idea what an Oyster card is and a bottle of water costs…

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Make Next Week Better

Make Next Week Better

It’s Friday afternoon and you’ve had a really busy week. But, the sun is shining and it’s nearly the weekend. Perfect time, then, to take some action. Here are five things you can do right now to start the next working week with a spring in your step and forget about the stresses of the week just gone. 1. Schedule outdoors time Put an appointment in your calendar now. Block out an hour one day next week and commit to…

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