This is the first part of a new series which has been inspired by the two week road trip my Hubby and I undertook in California in September 2016. Quite unconventionally, I have decided to start this mini-series with the final two destinations of our trip, Carpinteria and Santa Barbara, purely because we both felt the end of our holiday was the most relaxing part. (‘Holidays’ in our dictionary are not synonymous with just putting our feet up and doing nothing! ) We arrived to Carpinteria and Santa Barbara at night, after a 10-hour drive in our trusty Mustang, coming from the cool…

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Over the past couple of years, the fitness world witnessed the mushrooming of numerous boutique gym studios, aimed at those people who are looking for something different to the factory-style big chains and traditional gyms. Boom Cycle, Barry’s Bootcamp, Heartcore Fitness and 1Rebel are only a few ‘rising stars’ among those in the UK whose fresh and imaginative approach, focus on personalised customer care and premium service make them formidable contenders to mammuth chains such as Virgin Active, Fitness First and David Lloyd. This suggests that people are likely to go where they feel they belong to a special ‘tribe’ and where they can enjoy a truly specialised experience. (Even…

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I was very much looking forward to doing this race to test out my new training formula: Clean eating and good hydration + reduced and carefully monitored weekly mileage + functional cross training + regular physio prehab routine (stretches and flexibility work, foamrolling, glute strengthening) + good quality recovery =  RACE READY BODY In training for this half marathon, I never went further than 16km – for fear of breaking down last minute and I also did not see the point of running the full distance in training when the last 5km in any races can be run on adrenaline and sheer gut.…

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Anita is probably my oldest friend. We used to go to primary school together and despite our lives taking very different directions since we were 13, we stayed in touch and our friendship deepened throughout the years. Anita is one of those people who when you spend time with just leaves you feeling much better about yourself, and everything in general, regardless of how long you have known her for. Her playful energy and friendly smile are infectious, and there is no doubt you are in for a generous shot of positive vibes when you talk to her. By profession, Anita is an…

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Are you looking to get ahead in your career – looking for your next job or have set your eyes on a promotion? Well, forget about turning up immaculately dressed, with your fancy designer handbag/briefcase. Instead, make sure you arrive carrying a big gym bag on your shoulders and a water bottle in your hand, preferably still wearing a glow on your cheeks from a pre-breakfast workout session. Well, apparently this is the new way to ‘dress for success’, according to a recent German study published in the Social Science Research Network, which examined the relationship between employees’ fitness and…

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