Health & Fitness

MOUNTAIN BIKING IN THE FOREST OF DEAN

As soon as I mentioned that I was heading sown to the Forest of Dean for an activities weekend, two friends tweeted me to ask if I would be going mountain biking. The place is pretty famous for the sport, and boasts a number of local world champions. The fact is I didn’t know if

A WET WALK FROM EDALE TO GETOUTSIDE

As someone who does most of her walking alone, I have taken this GetOutside Champion thing as an opportunity to be a little more sociable. Having come back from the launch event feeling inspired, I put out a call to my fellow Champions that simply said: “I’m going to head out for a walk from

CYCLING MEMORIES

What sparks memories for you? For me it can be all kinds of things – smells, feelings, music, photographs. But also random emails, like when I got one of those marketing emails Halfords a few weeks back talking about iconic bikes and how they change with the times. I don’t often open those, but I

ONE HOUR OUTSIDE CHALLENGE | FEBRUARY 2017

After getting such a fantastic response to my One Hour Outside campaign back in November, and hearing from lots of people saying how much it helped them get outside more in what is normally a dark and difficult month (thanks so much for all your comments, by the way!), I am bringing it back for what I think is

SEVENTEEN LIFE CHANGING CHALLENGES FOR 2017 (PART ONE)

Do you like a challenge? Are you one to set yourself goals and challenges as the year rolls over from one to the next? Call them New Year’s Resolutions or anything else, some of us simply find setting targets and writing down our ambitions helpful. So I thought I would get you started by proposing

Review: Hi-Tec Equilibrio Bellini Low I Waterproof

Do you have a pair of “will do anything” shoes by your front door that you can slip on any day of the week and for pretty much any activity? Well that’s what these Hi-Tec Equilibrio walking shoes have become for me; that pair of shoes that acts as a “catch all” – jobs in the garden, walks on

The Benefits of Getting Outside. #OneHourOutside

The fact that a quarter of people in the UK will not walk for more than 15 minutes at a time has really shocked me (read it here). I often say I’m a couch potato, I am very good at wasting time sat on my bum watching random stuff on the telly box, but 15 minutes walking is nothing

One Hour Outside Challenge | November 2016

We all know that getting outside is good for us. There are so many reasons why we should be making an effort to spend as much time outdoors as possible – fresh air and natural light is good for our body, our mind, and possibly most importantly, our soul. But how good are we at

FUN WAYS TO KEEP FIT

Oh man has my fitness suffered in the last six months. Yes, I’ve done some hikes here and there but generally speaking I’ve either been sat on my motorbike, sat on my office chair at work, or sat on my sofa at home. An awful lot of sitting. And slouching. So it is time to

A Day Hike on Mam Tor

You all know by now that I like nothing more than being able to take a day off work and heading off into the countryside for a day hike. Having worked a number of Saturdays recently, and missing out on much needed time outdoors as a result, last week I was able to take Wednesday

Review: Aqua Sphere Siskin Swimsuit

I’m not sure that when Aqua Sphere sent me their new Siskin swim suit to try out and encourage me back into the water to they realised I would give it its first outing in a shark tank. But you know, I’m a girl with a huge bucket list and when I get invited to swim

Goals and Challenges for 2016 | My Purpose

I find January hard. It’s dark outside most of the time, generally quite cold, there is little time to get outside and enjoy the countryside, I’m tired, work is busy, and EVERYONE is talking resolutions. We are encouraged, maybe not directly but certainly by inference, to promise ourselves lots of things that will make us better people – eat more