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Fly by July – the monthly 52in52 recap

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Contrary to what I would have thought, I’m finding that cramming your life full to the brim doesn’t mean time flies by too quickly. The last seven months have felt exactly as seven months should; lots of happy memories, achievements and learning (not always the easy way). Having said that, standalone, I don’t know where July has gone. It’s certainly been a memorable month, mostly thanks to completing my first ever triathlons. A heady mix of splashing, spinning and slogging your way over a finish line marked by a blow-up arch, triathlons are not glamourous. But they are gratifying….read more

Top cycle routes in and around London

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To help you get out on two wheels, here are my top four favourite routes in London, just outside the city and abroad. Please get in touch via @exerkyourself on Twitter/ Facebook/ Instagram with any other ideas.  London1. Regent’s Park (flat-ish, 4.6km laps) 2. Richmond Park (couple of gradual hills, 11km laps) 3. Swain’s Lane, Hampstead (short but steep hill, 9% av gradient, 14% max, NW15 1QX) 4. Victoria Park (flat, 4.3km, not ideal as sharing path with pedestrians, road to cross in the middle and pedestrians) Challenge alert! A friend suggested a…read more

Jazzy old June

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How are you all? Happy? Living life?  With a whopping 83 people joining me on the June challenges, I don’t need to tell you what a fantastic month I have had. I am bang on schedule, with 28 challenges complete as of today. Am also a bit run down so going to be chilling out (read: partying) a bit in July. June took me cycling in Mallorca, hiking Snowdon, standup paddleboarding down the Thames, swimming 7 lidos in 1 day and hitting up the Project Awesome double triple. These challenges were…read more

Don’t wait until the weekend

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Most of my challenges are geared to weekends but having had so much fun with the 7 lidos in 7 days, I’m embarking on another weekday challenge. This time, it’s lots of early mornings with Project Awesome, the fun FREE fitness community. For how you can get involved keep reading. We all work hard and have busy city lives but there is still a lot of scope for fitting active fun into our working days. You’ll have contemplated most of them in the past. Hopefully this will help you reassess, overcome obstacles…read more

Active commute logistics

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Does active commuting mean getting up earlier? Probably But with long days and nice(r) weather, it’s great to be up and outside Does active commuting mean a more pleasant morning? Definitely No grumpy too-close-for-comfort commuters Explore your neighbourhood, all the while travelling from A to B for free Control of your arrival time. Signal failures and engineering works will be a thing of the past What about all the admin involved?  Planning route: If you’re nervous, practice your cycle route on a Sunday without traffic hassles. I sometimes put google maps…read more

Merry month of May

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May every month be as spectacular as May. Please.  I went a bit (more) nuts this month. Making up for an unstructured, and as a result slow April, I have whizzed through seven challenges in the last four weeks having an incredible time.   May challenges In quick and fun succession, I spent a weekend bouldering, completed a boulder tunnel, ran Hackney Half Marathon, swam 7lidosin7days, ran the London2Cardiff 24hr relay, swam 5km in a lake, and reversed my way through a backwards sprint triathlon. Click on the links to find out what on…read more

There is such a thing as over exertion

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Friends warned me from the start of this 52 in 52 project that I must be careful. There is such a thing as over exertion. I witnessed that in its extreme yesterday and it’s pretty scary. The body is a fragile beast. Pushing yourself to make the most of life is super fun. But we all have our limits and we don’t necessarily know where they are until we’ve overshot them and it’s too late. Cue ambulance and drip (not me, but one of Team eXerK in yesterday’s Hackney Half…read more

Music – taking you to a happy place

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Bob Marley once philosophised, “One good thing about music, when it hits you, you feel no pain.” Exercising to the thoughts in your own head, or pushing yourself so hard you don’t have space for thoughts is great. Until it’s not. Sometimes all we want is a distraction to lift our spirits. Music is often that go to. With the right tunes, your energy levels and even speed can be improved. On the lookout for new music, I have consolidated playlists. Some are other people’s, others are homebrewed, all are…read more

Bouldering – the basics

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Bouldering is one of the most exciting and accessible sports in London. For anyone looking for an intense full body workout that allows you to completely clear your mind, have fun using both muscles and brain, and do a bit of chatting too, bouldering is for you. You have to be strategic, strong and sure footed but all of that can be learnt. What is bouldering? Bouldering is climbing but without ropes or harnesses For obvious reasons, you don’t go as high (1-5m) and there are crash mats below you The…read more

Tips for cycling London to Paris in 24 hours

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In March 2015, as one of my 52 challenges, two friends and I cycled from Trafalgar Square to the Eiffel Tower in just over 24 hours. It’s a great cycle – undulating, scenic and long. Map reading and ferry delays (and saddle sore) should be your only obstacles. The rest is one big fun adventure. Here’s the low down on key information. You can also do the trip in 2/3/4 days along even more scenic routes and with proper pitstops. Most of the article applies to those as well. HATCHING A PLAN:…read more

Buying a bike

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With the weather brightening up, spending time on your bike is a great way to get easy hours of fun, fitness and fresh air. If you’re in the market for a bike, here are a few pointers and the best online resources to help city cyclist with plans for two-wheeled weekend adventures choose get on the bike ladder. Be realistic about what you want your bike for. This GoSkyRide article gives the low down on bike types. Budget. Within each category, the price range will guide you as to quality of the parts, but brand…read more

Travelling with bikes from London to France

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In 2013 my brothers and I headed down to Mont Ventoux to cycle the moonscape mountain before watching the Tour de France zoom up it. Getting from London to Provence in France took me and my bike on a seven and a half hour multi-leg journey by bus, Eurostar, metro, TGV and taxi. I was a first time bike traveller and struggled to find a place with all the info on – particularly on bike bags and metro/ cycling . So here it is. First step, booking tickets To book Eurostar…read more

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Springing along – March recap

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Last month was focused on foreign fields, with four of the feats finishing in France. Fancy that. My craziest double challenge to date happened in March, pedalling 300km from London to Paris to run the Paris Half Marathon. With two friends and the Google Map lady’s voice chiming out of our pockets, we had a great ride with glorious weather and minimal logistical hassle (a few fields, a gypsy commune and passing through one particular village 3 times were as bad as it got). Upon arrival, we paced 21km around the…read more

Evening events to get your mind ticking

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Fill your evenings with inspired learning and adventure. London has a huge range of talks, shows and immersive arts we can get involved in. Here are a few of the best Organisations that host: Royal Geographical Society – world class evening talks – select list for non-members Secret Adventures – amazing ideas for weeknight exploring The Alpine Club – non-members can join – just leave £3 at the bar Explorers Connect – all about adventure and facilitating your own exploring Google Campus – free, huge range of topics The Escape School – great for getting you into gear General…read more

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February – short and sweet

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Month two and ten challenges in, am getting fitter but also starting to suffer a few pain points. I pushed myself harder this month in preparation for a pretty intense March. The progress is hugely rewarding, with my key lesson learnt being the value of stretch, strength and sleep. Before I get into the challenges, don’t forget the eXerK photo competition is in its last week. Until 9th March you can tag your commute photos with #52in52challenge to win tickets to Banff – full details here. Spread the word to your friends too! So the…read more

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Sported.org 2015 challenges

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Who we are We are the staff team of Sport for Development charity, Sported. As a charity we support over 3,000 amazing community clubs and groups that use the power of sport to transform the lives of disadvantaged young people. We are a small, but dedicated team – we have 11 staff members based in our central office in London and  15 regional staff spread across the UK. We also manage over 250 volunteers across the UK, all from professional backgrounds who provide free one-to-one business support to our members…read more

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How to get fit for free in London

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Posted 08/01/15 on About Time Magazine Keeping fit in London doesn’t have to come with a hefty price tag. Of course, the capital’s parks are the first port of call for a run around but if you’re looking for structure and prefer group activities with scheduled times, here’s the best free exercise in the city: 1. Parkrun For runners, parkrun organise 5km races every Saturday morning, generally starting at 9am. Times are recorded at all of their 44 London locations so why not get a parkrun under your belt to benchmark your base…read more

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#52in52challenge to date

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Challenge no.1: Hampstead swim Challenge no. 2: Battersea 10k Challenge no.3: Epping Forest cycle Challenge no.4: VeloPark Duathlon Challenge no.5: 100k Streatley cycle Challenge no.6: Cycle and run Challenge no. 7: Dorney Lake 15k run Challenge no.8: Bucks 100k cycle Challenge no. 9: Newquay Surf Weekend Challenge no. 10: London to Paris cycle   Challenge no.11: Paris half marathon Challenge no.12: Mogul marathon   Challenge no.13: Cross country skiing

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Four down, forty eight to go

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Posted on 31/01/15 I hope the next forty eight challenges are warmer than the first four. Probably not helped by jumping in at the deep-end with a 4°C swim on 1st January, I have spent a lot of time shivering this month. I’m on a massive high though, have met awesome people and bizarrely all this activity has given me even more energy than usual (which is a lot).  After the icy Hampstead Ponds swim, my second challenge was a frosty Battersea 10k race, the third a freezing cycle to Epping Forest and last weekend, a chilly duathlon in the Olympic Park. January…read more

Introductory offers for yoga explorers

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Posted 22/01/15 It’s hard to go wrong with yoga. Alongside sleep, it comes out top in terms of complementing other sports, and life in general. It’s a winner for convenience too, with studios and pop-up classes on pretty much every street corner. Yoga is a hugely diverse world and, with a language of its own, it can be quite daunting (particularly when you’re being out-flexed by the granny next to you). Speaking from experience though, it’s worth deciphering. There is a style to suit and benefit every person, preference and objective. Whether it’s to…read more

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