News

Anatomy of a VALA Gel

Anatomy of a VALA Gel

Since the beginning of VALA, I've been so passionate about including only natural goodness in our gels. Here's what gives VALA gels their natural plant power and great taste:⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀✅ Maple syrup⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀✅ Date paste⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀✅ Lemon juice⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀✅ Lime juice⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀✅ Matcha tea powder⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀✅ Powdered chia seeds⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀✅ Halen Mon sea salt⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀For more info on the benefits of each of our natural ingredients, check out the “INGREDIENTS” highlight on our Instagram feed or visit our Ingredients page.If you want to give our gels a try, click here to pick up a sample pack with 2x gels and a ✌🏻sticker for £5.99.For single gels, 10 packs and 20...

Read more
Sock Goals

Sock Goals

When I first moved back to Wales in 2019 to start VALA, I discovered @bravendurance socks and became immediately obsessed. The colours. The fabric. The fit. The way they wash well and don’t lose their colour or go all sad and saggy after a few months! They’re nothing short of perfection. It turns out these were the same reasons that BRAV’s founder Adam started his sock company, as he couldn’t find any socks that fit the bill during his triathlon training and racing. It’s a strangely familiar story and has lots of parallels to VALA in many ways.BRAVs quickly became my ‘go-to’...

Read more
Stay Hydrated

Stay Hydrated

Whether you’re out training or racing, it’s always important to maintain fluid levels when exercising, as this helps to prevent thirst and dehydration. When using energy gels as part of your nutrition, it’s essential to have an adequate amount of water to hand.Staying hydrated allows you to experience the full benefits of the gels and avoid any possible stomach irritation. Having a drink of water with your gel helps it to become properly absorbed by the small intestine and limiting water intake during longer sessions can put you at greater risk for dehydration.⁣⁣An early sign of dehydration is feeling thirsty, but by the time...

Read more
Well-beings

Well-beings

As VALA grows each month, the importance of wellbeing and the concept of ‘balance’ has become something that I feel more and more passionate about sharing.As athletes and sportspeople, we often love being active so much that we forget that rest and recovery is just as important as movement. It feels as though sometimes we’re so busy training our bodies that we forget to train our minds.The British government defines wellbeing as ‘A positive physical, social and mental state’ and I couldn’t agree more. I recently asked the question “What does wellbeing mean to you?” on our Instagram stories, and...

Read more
Why Rest Days Can be the Best Days

Why Rest Days Can be the Best Days

Ahhhh the often dreaded rest day! Why is it that everyone else seems to be posting about their epic runs and rides on the one day you’re NOT supposed to be out there? Rather than feeling like a spare part on your rest day, here are some tried and tested ways to make the most of your rest days:▪️ Have a relaxing walk - turn your phone on airplane mode to avoid being distracted if want to really immerse yourself in your surroundings!▪️ Read a book about an inspiring sportsperson - some of my favourites are ‘Born To Run’ (Christopher...

Read more
Why You Should Consider a Morning Workout

Why You Should Consider a Morning Workout

I recently read an article about journaling and how it’s best to write three pages as soon as you wake up. The theory behind this is that for the first 45 minutes after waking, the ego hasn’t had a chance to set in. As soon as I read this, I thought about my morning exercise routine. I love to wake up and be active within the first 15 minutes and I always joke that it’s because my brain hasn’t had a chance to realise that it’s running or lifting weights yet 😂I’d rather get my exercise done for the day...

Read more