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TOP FIVE TIPS: Everest Base Camp with Elly Stanton

TOP FIVE TIPS: Everest Base Camp with Elly Stanton

Friend of VALA @ellygrams completed the epic challenge of hiking to Everest Base Camp in 2017 and since then I have been obsessed with finding out more about her trip. She has very kindly written us a guest post to share any tips and useful insights for anyone else that has their sights set on reaching EBC in the future. Peep Elly’s advice below, which is continued in the comments - because there was far too much goodness to edit out.REPETITIVE MEALSTea Houses are the bread and butter of the EBC trek and unless you decide to camp, they’ll be where you...

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Why we need rest days

Why we need rest days

Although it can be tempting to spend everyday going hard on the exercise during lockdown, it's important to remember the benefits of taking regular rest days. Although I exercised several times per week pre-isolation, it's since become an everyday activity that on reflection has become a coping mechanism for feeling a sense of productivity with my day. I’m a total fidget, love being busy and enjoy the feeling of accomplishment after finishing a tough session. Several weeks into my home workouts, the body aches started to creep it and I realised it was time for the dreaded REST DAY.⁣⁣Rest days are essential...

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Reasons to never quit

Reasons to never quit

These five short words have the ability to completely alter our mindset. I remember hearing (borderline superhuman) @charlie 🚀mention this little nugget during an interview with @edmylett and it has stuck with me ever since.⠀⠀Sometimes it’s easy to get overwhelmed before a long training session, when we’re feeling tired and looking for any excuse to flake out. Some days are harder than others - we‘re all human and have off days, after all - but it only takes a few seconds to check in and remind yourself “Hey, this session today is going to be easy and you’ll thank yourself later”.⠀⠀As much as I...

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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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