What we can learn when we step off the roads laid out for us

I used to walk because I had somewhere to be. Backwards and forwards, I trudged the same path from the car park to the office. I dashed into supermarkets, following arrows to milk aisles. I jogged to the yoga class I was always late to, because the motorway was jammed with commuters, all making the same journey home. There was always a job to be done, a place to be ticked off — a path laid out for me. …


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I won’t go into detail of why we moved from a first floor Manchester flat to a bungalow in the Yorkshire suburbs last summer, for the simple reason that I’m bored of hearing about all of the lifestyle changes everybody made during the pandemic, and I’m sick of talking about my own. All I’ll say is that, whilst watching the world pass by from on high was often a treat — particularly late on a Friday, when you could watch drunken domestics in the comfort of your own living room — we eventually spilled out of the sides of our…


Motivation, where are you?

West Yorkshire in the Snow. Photo by Rebecca Ramshaw

Last week I went for my first run since Christmas. And it was horrific. The kind of run that hurts from the moment you set off. I couldn’t breathe, I was in agony with tendonitis pain in my ankle, and I was pretty sure I was going to throw up.

I felt like I was right back to where I started three years ago, an amateur runner with zero fitness levels.

Right up until the end of December 2020 I had been running religiously around three times a week — two shorter runs on weekdays, and a gloriously long run…


I dropped 14lbs using My Fitness Pal, but I felt terrible…

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The 1200 calorie diet is one of the most simple — and probably most successful — diet plans out there. Aimed at women, this diet is based on the assumption that the ‘average’ female needs to consume at least 1200 calories a day to just exist. This is meant to cover the basics — that’s the cost of breathing, sleeping, digesting food and minimum movement. So, it’s no wonder that, despite dropping weight, I ended up feeling miserable, unwell and unfit on this diet plan.

My Fitness Pal’s 1200 Calorie Diet

Like most women, I discovered the 1200 calorie diet via the My Fitness Pal app…


How you can enjoy the great outdoors whilst protecting it for the future

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When I first got into running and hiking, I developed a bit of a shopping addiction. I was enthusiastic about my new hobby and excited to try new clothing and equipment, so I found myself shopping often and buying cheap. I didn’t want to buy something and find out that it didn’t feel comfy, or that I wasn’t going to stick to it — and I didn’t want to waste my money.

What I found out is that I ended up wasting my money anyway.

Buying cheap not only meant that I had a wardrobe full of clothes that needed…


And how to not let all those extra safety precautions ruin your run.

Female running alone in a park
Female running alone in a park
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When I first started running regularly, a fellow female runner told me I should ‘dress like a man’ in order to stay safe. It shocked me. This was a woman who had bright pink and blue hair, facial piercings and tattoos, and a very fierce belief that people should dress in a way that they wanted to, regardless of gender. But here she was, telling me to wear a hat that covered up my hair, baggy pants and layers that would hide my butt, and a sports bra that flattened my boobs.

All this, just to stop men from giving…


My Garmin knew I was sick, but how accurate was it?

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I might never know if I had Coronavirus earlier this year, but I do know that my Garmin knew that there was something wrong with me.

And after doing a little digging, I discovered that I wasn’t alone.

Not only are people reporting that their fitness watches are recording erratic data when they experience symptoms, but there’s even evidence to suggest that this wearable tech could predict whether someone is coming down with COVID-19. …


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Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD) affects thousands of people every year. Some might only experience it once or twice in a lifetime, but for others, the low mood, lack of energy and change of appetite comes and goes like clockwork, arriving every autumn when the nights get darker, and lifting in the spring when the mornings get lighter.

For many people in 2020, SAD will hit during one of the world’s biggest mental health crises to date. Some of us have been locked away for months, isolated from friends and family, missing colleagues and our old routines. Others may be facing…


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Here in the UK and likely across the world too, it’s been great to see that so many people have started up a new running routine whilst they’ve been locked down. However, it’s probably not surprising that not only are people finding it hard to keep up their new healthy habit, but are getting bored of running the same old route over and over again.

When it comes to keeping your passion for running alight, there’s one trick that’s guaranteed to keep you going back for more, and it’s a simple one— get back to nature.

Exercising in the great…


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If the latest COVID guidelines have ruined your wedding guest list, chances are you’re now looking at either downsizing your big day or completely postponing it — but all doesn’t have to be lost. My husband and I eloped last year, just before the pandemic hit (phew!), and we did exactly what we wanted to do without the pressure of planning a huge wedding. It was low-key and easy on the wallet, but to us, it was the all-singing, all-dancing wedding that we wanted, and we’ve never looked back.

So, before you cancel your big day or start hastily striking…

Rebecca Ramshaw

I’m a trail runner and hiker living in West Yorkshire, UK. I love to write about running, health and life post-30.

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