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Running blog: The hardest part is starting.

A lot of people I speak to find it difficult to fit regular exercise into their routine and with rising costs in public and private modes of transport, active commuting is an avenue worth exploring if you’re able to. Even if it’s getting off the train a stop or two earlier and walking or running…

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Motivate your Children to get Outside and Adventure

Getting your children outside and enjoying nature is a special experience, but it can be so difficult to motivate them and yourself to get in the park or the wilds to get some fresh air. We asked Bush-craft expert, survivalist and Scout Ambassador, Megan Hine, for some advice on how to make the most of the…

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5 Secrets to Workout Success

Staying motivated can be really difficult and it’s natural that dedication to exercise plans and schedules can slip a little as time passes. Here are 5 simple ways to keep you motivated, get you out the door and keep loving the feeling of exercise.   1/. SET YOURSELF ACHIEVABLE GOALS   Who’s idea was this?…

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What Motivates Me: Marion Shoote

Ahead of her talk at FINDRA, Innerleithen on Wednesday 28th February, we asked bike-packing adventurer Marion Shoote what it is that inspires her to get outside and make the most of the day, even when she’d really rather stay inside.   When the sun’s shining it’s easy to pull on my trainers or pull out my bike…

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FINDRA’s Favourite Recipes: Banana and Oat Pancakes

Are you feeling like a bit of a change from the normal crepe style pancakes with sugar and lemon? Do you fancy something healthy and lovely that can take all the fruit toppings and maple syrup that you can throw at it? With these delicious Banana and Oat pancakes, you’ll feel like you’re getting some…

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Juicing For Energy

As we get older, our energy levels begin to diminish and we often find ourselves looking for external stimulants to give us the energy we crave.  In the short term, energy drinks, caffeine and sugar certainly give us a boost, but it’s a false economy, putting strains on the body and depleting our energy levels in…

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YOGA STRETCHES TO KEEP YOU FEELING GREAT

Exercise is important and so is stretching, it keeps us mobile and feeling energized for the next time we get out. We asked our ambassador Polly Clark of Mountain Yoga Breaks for some yoga stretching advice. Getting outdoors and having adventures, either alone or with friends and family is a great way to boost energy levels, and…

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WHY MERINO MAKES THE BEST BASELAYER

Merino wool, wool from the sheep of the specialised merino sheep, is the best fabric for a base layer hands-down. Don’t just take our word for it though, here are some excellent reasons why merino base layers are the best. MERINO WON’T ITCH Wool can be an itchy fibre, especially when it’s directly against the skin. Merino…

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“Be Good to Yourself” Resolutions

New year traditions mean that we all feel a bit of pressure to make some changes in the New Year, start the year how we mean to carry on and all that good stuff. I often think that it’s not so much about resolutions as just getting halfway through December and realising that you have…

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Give yourself a break this new year

It’s so predictable, year after year the run-up to Christmas is frantic. Most of us crash full steam into the festive period having spent the days and weeks in the build-up rushing around, decorating our homes, buying gifts and vast amounts of food and alcohol!   Generally speaking, we then spend the next week to…

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Why merino is the perfect gift this Christmas

It can be hard to find the right gift for women, and men for that matter. We don’t want to give them something that will be confined to the back of the cupboard forever, we don’t want something that will not fit with their style or add clutter to their home. We most definitely don’t…

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Top 5 tips for riding in the Winter!

Whether you’re a mountain biker, a road cyclist or a cycle path cruiser, we all find it hard to get the motivation to get out in the winter when it’s cold and wet and the days are short. We asked FINDRA ambassador and Mountain Bike guide Julia Hobson for her tips on how to keep riding all through the…

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Swap Winter Blues for Winter Muse

Dark nights are upon us, dark mornings too! It’s easy to feel the motivation slipping away. We talked to Lucy Colquhoun, one of the country’s top ultra-distance runners and women’s record holder on the 95-mile West Highland Way race. Lucy is also the founder of Gutzi foods, savoury energy snacks for athletes.     You know…

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Christmas – is it too early?

We all know that Christmas is starting earlier and earlier – who didn’t exclaim with surprise when they saw the first chocolate Santa on the shelf? Who didn’t roll their eyes when the first mince pie was spotted (and possibly photographed for Instagram) but, well, someone must be buying mince pies in Mid-October so maybe…

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How small environmental changes can make a big difference

We’re all starting to become more aware of our environmental impact, with recycling schemes promoted and constant reminders on tv (who’s seen the tear-jerking pieces at the end of David Attenborough documentaries?). We’re all responsible for what we leave our children. Marine Litter in Scotland. Surfers against Sewage campaign to clean our beaches Here are…

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5 Ways to Turn a “Failure” into an Amazing Adventure

Anna Blackwell, a lady not afraid of a challenge, faced a different kind of challenge on a recent trip to Arctic Norway. Something as mundane as luggage not appearing after a flight can throw a spanner in the works and plans need to be altered on the go. We asked Anna how she dealt with adversity and…

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Merino – Natures Wonder Fibre

Humans are the masters of invention, designing and innovating to find new solutions to old problems. But have you noticed that, in the end, we always revert back to natures solutions? No man-made foods compete with what nature can provide and more and more new drugs are being derived from nature. So, why would we…

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What’s this Empowerment all about then?

Here at FINDRA, we feel pretty empowered, but there have been lady lumps along the way. We asked our friend Heather Graham of the ‘How Dare She?‘ project what empowerment really means, and what it’s going to achieve. Are the words ‘female’ and ‘power’, contradictory?  Firstly, ‘power’ is considered by many women to be a masculine description…

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The Great Family Summer Cycling Dilemma

As the summer holidays draw to a close, our FINDRA Ambassador Kim Rand takes a moment to reflect on the last 6 weeks. When the kids are off school it makes a difference to everyone, whether it’s juggling child care, negotiating leisure time with your partner or just seeing the price of flights quadruple, we all have…

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Top 5 European Adventure Destinations: Julia Hobson

These days, Mountain Biking has become my main sport, and indeed my job, but it hasn’t always been so. I’ve been rock climbing, mountaineering, skiing, ski-touring, wild swimming and running in the mountains for as long as I have been riding. Basically, anything that allows me to have my own little adventures in beautiful mountainous places.…

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5 things that make summer awesome: Anna McGorum

Who doesn’t love the Summer Holidays? Over a month of action packed days, ‘stay up as late as you want’ evenings, shorts and t-shirt weather (if the Scottish weather is in a good mood) and, of course, no school! It’s everything anyone ever wanted, all in one holiday! But, there are some things that make…

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Long distance adventures = Life in miniature

To celebrate the start of the TransContinental Race, taking riders all the way from Belgium to Greece in a self-supported race through some of the most beautiful and challenging riding on earth, we have asked our long distance specialist friends to tell us what lessons they have learnt from racing and riding.   Long distance…

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How to plan an adventure: 7 Top Tips from Top Adventurer Jenny Tough

Adventures come in every shape and size, your adventure might be finding a new walking trail, running 10km off road or packing your bike for a weekend of wild camping. Whether it is a micro, mini or mighty adventure, you’ll be pleased you did a little planning in advance. FINDRA ambassador, world adventurer and Edinburgh resident, Jenny Tough sits…

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In the Spirit of Enjoyro: Dee Hollingsbee

I’m not good at Cycling events. I’m better on the ‘wrong’ side of registration, usually in a Tweedlove volunteers shirt and playing to my strength. Talking.   I did the Glentress 7 a couple of years ago, with 2 BFF’s, just to say we had done it. We even had a case of Prosecco to…

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Run Like Forrest Gump

Throughout my youth I spent a lot of time outdoors. As the youngest of 5 children brought up in a suburb of Glasgow, Scotland, my parents encouraged us to get outdoors and entertain ourselves. There was no lying around at home getting under their feet playing computer games or Googling ‘stuff ’ on the internet.…

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10 Ways to Get Fit Without Really Trying

We all know that we should be fitter than we are, whether it’s keeping up with the kids or just for your own health, it’s on almost everyone’s list of things to do. Modern life gets in the way though, there’s dinner to cook, work to do and having a little time left to spend…

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5 Reasons to Visit the Tweed Valley this Summer

Reason 1/. TweedLove Cycle festival – Peebles 9-11th June 2017 TweedLove has grown into a cycling spectacular for all the family. Whether you’re an avid cyclist or just like to watch people in lycra get sprayed with water pistols (isn’t that everyone?), there is something for everyone at TweedLove. The 2 week festival culminates with a cycling…

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ACROSS THE COUNTRY: JULIA HOBSON

A few weeks ago, back in March, before the clocks changed, and the weather turned more warm and spring-like, my good friend Rachael and I set out on a little adventure together. It was a ride we’d planned back in November, whilst sat in a little coffee shop somewhere in the sprawling city of Kathmandhu,…

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THE ADVENTURE SYNDICATE LAUNCH: ULTRA-DISTANCE SELF-SUPPORTED RACE TEAM

Lee Craigie, Emily Chappell, Rickie Cotter and Paula Regener are a group of incredible women who are literally taking the world by storm. Together they are The Quad, part of The Adventure Syndicate The Quad is the first ever professional cycling team to specialise entirely in self-supported ultra-distance events and will be launched at Spin CyclingFestival  this weekend. The…

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Vallelujah For the Enduro Virgin

Vallelujah for the Enduro Virgin: Louise Cumming So, I’ve been biking a couple of years now – having learnt initially with the sole purpose of being able to participate in the Durty Events 2015-16 winter Duathlon series. Since then I have managed a respectable placing at the half Selkirk mtb marathon, participated in TweedLove‘s Glentress 7 in…

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Meet the Sheep

We know the soft feel, we know the stretch and the fit, but what actually is Merino? Well, ok, it’s wool and wool comes from sheep, we’re ok up until then, but how did it become the go-to wool for high performing sportswear? The history of the Merino sheep can be traced back to Spain and…

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How Do I Smell?

WHEN SHOULD I WASH MY MERINO?   You’ve worn it once so you should wash it right? If it’s merino then the answer is no and here’s why!   In our modern super convenient world we’ve got used to a wear and wash cycle born of the use of synthetic fibers. Wear it once, chuck…

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Roots! Kim Rand

I’ve never been a massive fan of roots, but mountain biking here in Scotland they are just something you have to contend with. I like to think that I know the basics: try to hit them square on, do NOT break on them, unweight the bike slightly, do NOT break on them, consider tire pressure,…

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Winter Training Hygge Style: Lee Craigie

Winters in Scotland are hard, especially in the far north where I choose to live. There is a bitter irony to be found at this time of year when the days are at their shortest and most cold and we are required to lay down the foundations of our fitness in preparation for the coming…

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Cycle Touring in Eastern Tibet: Marion Shoote

The marvellous thing about cycle touring is that you really don’t know what’s going to happen. Each day brings new experiences and encounters which can’t be predicted from whatever map you have, and that only occur because travelling by bike allows you to immerse yourself in the landscape and culture in a unique way. When…

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The Road To Recovery Part 3: Kim Rand

Six Weeks in… Ok there are a few things I need to get off my chest: Yes, I am very probably, certifiably insane! I am seriously considering getting a T-shirt/badge/banner saying “I broke my leg mountain biking… Yes it hurts!” No, I won’t be giving up biking. My cast is off!!!! Yeee haaa I can…

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Last Days of Scottish Summer: Cat Sutherland

(*Photo Credit – Carlton Reid; @carltonreid)   As autumn creeps in, signaled by the mess of leaves falling from the trees, there’s a glowing, golden colour to the trails, which calls for one last big ride before the snow sets in. On the night the clocks would change, it was time to plan a Scottish bothy…

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The thrill of biking

I started mountain biking a few years ago with a group of friends, it was the first time in a long time that I had been on a bike! I remember feeling a mixture of fear and excitement all at the same time. But I thought nothing ventured nothing gained, so off I set to…

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