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The power of taking risks and dreaming big

The power of taking risks and dreaming big

During my recent trip to Cali, I became borderline obsessed with @sunlifeorganics açai bowls and shakes (swipe across to see the bowl of my dreams). Curious about the history of the brand, I picked up ‘Don’t Forget to Die’, a memoir written by founder @khalilrafati.This gripping read documents Khalil’s life, from working for rockstars in Hollywood to hitting rock bottom and becoming a drug addict on Skid Row, then turning his life around aged 33 to create a wildly successful juice bar in Malibu. He’s an advocate for healing and fuelling the body through exercise and eating whole foods, which strongly aligns with...

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The must-have hiking app

The must-have hiking app

On a recent trip to LA, I got talking to a lovely man that owned a stall at Melrose flea market (all because he couldn’t figure out where my Welsh accent was from). I mentioned that I was looking forward to some Cali hikes and was he very kindly suggested a few of his favourites.He asked if I had used the All Trails app before and recommended that I check it out for more routes. What can I say? GAME CHANGER! Not only does this free app provide a map, distance and difficulty rating for each trail, it also provides the elevation...

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VALA READS: Shoe Dog

VALA READS: Shoe Dog

I was recommended Shoe Dog by my boyfriend, as he kept telling me how much he was enjoying it. Once I picked it up, I expected it to be just another memoir but was quickly hooked by Phil Knight's remarkable journey of building Nike from a fledgling start-up to a global empire.With a dream of improving the running world with his trainers and an unshakeable determination to make it a reality, Shoe Dog chronicles Knight overcoming countless setbacks throughout the process of realising his vision. He imparts decades of wisdom throughout the book, which is punctuated with glimmers of victory...

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One step closer to getting VALA in your hands!

One step closer to getting VALA in your hands!

Next week marks the beginning of production for VALA and I can't decide if I'm terrified, excited or relieved! What I DO know is that I can't wait to get our gels out there and in the hands of athletes very soon. It’s been a long standing vision of mine to create an alternative energy gel made from natural ingredients and we’ve finally achieved it. Given the response from our testers and new followers, it turns out that a lot of you have also been waiting this type of gel to become readily available in the U.K.⁣⁣It's taken nearly three...

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Why you should try nature bathing

Why you should try nature bathing

Getting outside in the fresh air can do wonders for our mental health as well as our physical health. Time spent in nature is said to reduce blood pressure, improve concentration and benefit our immune system.Rest days are an ideal opportunity to try Shinrin-yoku aka ‘Forest bathing’, which was developed in Japan during the 1980s. The aim of this practice is to leave technology behind and be present in the moment. Take in the sights, sounds and smells of the forest and let your body mindfully guide you whilst wandering. Pause for a moment to look around at the sights...

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The benefits of exercising with a partner

The benefits of exercising with a partner

If you're spending your time at home with family members or your partner, why not set up a home exercise area to keep up the momentum? Pencil in a time each day to workout with your accountability buddy and you'll soon see the benefits. Exercising with a partner has countless advantages and can really help you to stay focused, as well as adding a bit of fun to your training. We’ve added a few of our other favourite benefits below.LEARN NEW EXERCISESYou might feel inclined to stick to your usual routine and stay within your comfort zone when training alone,...

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