Sunday Mail: New sea kayaks for beginners

Sea kayaking in Scotland is an attractive idea but not everyone feels confident enough to climb into a wibbly-wobbly kayak. Now a new style of kayak, a sit-on surf ski kayak is making the possibility of this coastal activity an easier option. The surf skis have lots of advantages, such as being easier to get […]

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Operation FionaOutdoors Office Move (with a bicycle theme)

This weekend was wild and windy outdoors but I hardly felt it. Instead, I spent the two days on operation FionaOutdoors HQ Office Move. The mission: To move my office to a spare bedroom upstairs and redecorate, all in 24 hours. To put you in the picture, I use around the same energy for sport, […]

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The benefits of sports massage

For years, I’ve heard people saying that massage is great for muscle repair and recovery. Of course, I’ve also experienced the benefits of massage from a variety of sports massage therapists. And since the G-Force (aka Gordon Lacey) has been doing his diplomas in Swedish massage and now sports and remedial massage, the conversations have […]

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Kit review: Karrimor running gear

I blogged recently about Karrimor walking kit. I have been impressed by the quality for the price. This is a great budget-friendly range. Here is my opinion of a couple of Karrimor running products. They appear in the Karrimor Xlite range. Karrimor Xlite 15l running rucksack Rucksacks can be pricey but this one is as […]

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Endura Women’s bib cycle shorts (with nifty zip access)

I much prefer to wear bibbed shorts while cycling than waist highs. Bibbed shorts have a higher cut around the stomach and back and straps that go over the shoulder. I find them much, much more comfortable than waist shorts while cycling. But there is a problem with bibbed shorts. While men can pull down […]

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Sunday Mail: Walking with the great artist Peter Howson

What an article to write! I had heard a radio interview with Scottish artist Peter Howson on a drive north to walk a Munro. The G-Force and I were so intrigued by Howson’s  transformation from depressed drug and drink addict to a smiling, happy, walk-across-Scotland charity fundraiser that we pulled up at a petrol station […]

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Kit review: Karrimor walking gear

Karrimor offers good quality walking kit at budget friendly prices. I was surprised to re-discover this brand. Have you got stuck in a rut of favoured brands? Do you always choose, for example, Adidas trainers, Gore cycling jerseys or Berghaus walking boots? Brand loyalty is not a bad thing, especially if you find items that […]

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Daily Record: Fit or Miss

A recent article published in the Daily Record that revealed the advantages and disadvantages of using a new style of fitness gadget, known as a “wearable”. Thanks to all my case studies for testing these gadgets for me. And to Lynsey Munro for agreeing to a short notice picture. You are a star! Click on the […]

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Sir Chris Hoy at Scottish Bike Show

The Scottish Bike Show returns to Glasgow this weekend with a visit from cycling legend Sir Chris Hoy. Scotland’s consumer cycle show takes place on Saturday and Sunday April 5 and 6 at the Emirates Arena and Sir Chris Hoy Velodrome. The event promises is a top line up of independent bike shops, distributors and big name […]

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Sunday Mail: 5X50 2014

This year’s 5X50 fitness campaign looks set to be bigger and better. Here my Sunday Mail column reveals the case studies who may well inspire you to take up the challenge. Have you started your 5X50? To read the full article see Sunday Mail It’s Great Outdoors

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