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How to Stay Safe in the Outdoors

How to Stay Safe in the Outdoors

Getting outdoors is an essential part of staying fit and healthy and introducing much needed balance into our hectic lives. To make sure you remember your hill days for all the right reasons, looking after yourself has to be your number one priority. So remember these top tips for staying safe in the hills: 1. Tell somebody your plans Let someone know your expected route, when you plan to be back and what to do if you don’t return on…

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Screen Time

Screen Time

On a recent trip to London, I noticed something peculiar on a short ride on the Tube. Looking around the carriage on that short journey, I realised I was the only person not glued to the screen of my smart phone. What were they all doing, I thought. Sending a text message? Catching up on the latest headlines? Reading this blog? Whatever it was, I found it quite surreal to see scores of people engrossed in a 5 inch screen….

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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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Take Time to Play

Take Time to Play

How many of you live for the weekend? It’s a common feeling for professionals whose main goal is simply to get through the week. At 5pm every Friday, you’ll see the predictable exodus from the office. You can even sense the relief in the train stations, the supermarkets and the pubs that the weekend is here having survived another week. It’s not just this weekly cycle that drives us. From around early September, professionals have been counting down to the…

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Swans and Essential Kit

Swans and Essential Kit

Having the right kit in your rucksack will not only make your walk more enjoyable but also keep you safe. I spent years trying to find the perfect kit list before realising there’s no such thing. Every walk is different and you should tailor what you carry accordingly – you don’t need to carry suncream on a rainy day in November, for instance. There are, however, some things I’d never be without and I make sure I have them all…

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Commuting

Commuting

For many people, commuting is the worst part of their day. Unreliable trains, heavy traffic, the British weather – all these can increase stress levels and put us in the worst of moods before the working day has even begun. There is, however, a secret movement out there. A group of people who arrive at work with a smile on their faces. For this group, the commute is an adventure – something to look forward to and, even better, something you get to…

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Early Bird Catches the Worm

Early Bird Catches the Worm

I watched a programme recently about the difference between larks and owls. Not the winged-variety but the human equivalents. You’ll probably know which camp you fall into depending on whether you jump out of bed first thing in the morning, ready to greet the day or tend to grunt, throw the alarm clock across the room and hide under the pillow. I am definitely a lark. I love getting up early but am massively grumpy past about 9pm. I get why some people don’t…

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