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Energy gel tips and hints

Energy gel tips and hints

It's well known that gels are an efficient way to maintain your energy and performance if you're training for over an hour. They're also a convenient and fast-acting source of sugar and carbs that can be quickly gulped down and converted into energy to keep you fuelled up.⁣⁣Over the past few years, I've been fortunate enough to learn a few helpful hints and tips from some excellent coaches and sports dieticians, which you can read below. As I've mentioned before, our bodies each tolerate gels in different ways, so it might be a case of trial and error to find...

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Because bigger isn't always better!

Because bigger isn't always better!

Running a business is challenging enough at the best of times, without having to navigate your way through a global pandemic. During times like these, having the support of fellow independent businesses has made VALA feel like part of a community that has each others’ backs and has adopted an attitude of “collaboration over competition”. As an independent brand we love to support other independents and start-ups, so I thought I’d share a few of my favourites that are changing the game with their offerings.⁣🧦 @bravendurance for the best sports socks I’ve ever laid eyes on. Not only do they have the...

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Our stuff is in Stuff!

Our stuff is in Stuff!

I'm so excited to share that VALA's “frankly delicious” gels are featured in the August edition of Stuff magazine’s ‘Outdoor Fitness Pocket Fuel’ @stuffmag!It’s a real honour to be included in Stuff and a dream come true. It feels very surreal to be nestled between two brands that I’ve admired since before I started VALA. I really respect both of them for constantly pushing the boundaries of sports nutrition and advocating for a more minimal approach to sports fuel, which we couldn't agree with more! Gem.

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Stay hydrated, friends!

Stay hydrated, friends!

We’re all aware of how important it is to maintain fluid levels when exercising, as it helps to prevent thirst and dehydration. It’s also worth noting that energy gels should always be consumed with an adequate amount of water. This allows us to experience the full benefits of the gels and avoid any possible stomach irritation. Drinking water helps the gels to become properly absorbed by the small intestine and limiting water intake during longer sessions can put athletes at greater risk for dehydration.⁣⁣An early sign of dehydration is feeling thirsty, but by the time our body has sensed this, it’s already slightly dehydrated....

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VALA ambassador: Byron O'Donnell

VALA ambassador: Byron O'Donnell

This week we're chatting with VALA ambassador Byron O'Donnell. Based in the Lake District, Byron has an undeniable passion for trail/ultra running and can be found out on the trails with his partner Alex and their doggo Fig.   In this interview, Byron shares his top tips for anyone thinking of getting into trail running, why he loves being in nature and why you're still a runner, no matter what distance you run.   Hey Byron, can you tell us a bit about yourself? I'm a runner, I have a fiancée named Alex and a dog called Fig. That pretty much sums me up. I live in the Lake District,...

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No jumping HIIT workout

No jumping HIIT workout

As I'm not the best at exercising in the heat, this 'no jumping' HIIT workout has become my new favourite routine.⁣ I love to do exercises that work multiple body parts in one go as they make for a quick and effective workout.⁣I use a 40 second work : 20 second rest split (because I want to get it over and done with as quickly as possible!) but feel free to adapt the times to suit you. ⁣⁣Repeat x4 for a 24 minute workout that will get your blood pumping.⁣ You can add weights if you have them to hand or...

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