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Four weeks to go…

by Sarah, on 15 April 2014, Charity, Exercise, Health
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If you have read my previous blogs, you’ll know that in May I’m joining my sister, Rebecca, for the ‘Cardiff’ leg of her Circumnavigating round Wales walk for the charity Shelter Cymru.

On the 3rd of April, with only four weeks to my 60 mile walk, I walked a small part of the West Highland Way. This was one of my late husbands most favourite walks, so a nostalgic journey for me. I At Glasgow airport I met up with Su, my friend of 43 years, who had travelled up from Cardiff.  I don’t know why I always choose to walk with super fit people but Su is super fit – running most mornings, with a personal trainer in tow twice a week who thinks nothing of jogging up a Welsh Peak on a weekend. Continue reading >

Fight nature with nature to beat hayfever!

by Annmarie, on 9 April 2014, Hayfever
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Suffer from hayfever and find enjoying the outdoors a misery during the spring and summer months? At the beginning of the season, usually around April, hayfever sufferers can start to use natural healing methods to build their immunity and keep them sneeze-free.

Hayfever symptoms are caused by histamine levels in the body rising as they react to pollen. Although nature is the cause of most hayfever symptoms, it can also be a sufferer’s best defense to help keep the reaction under control. Here are some things that will help prepare your body by providing a natural source of antihistamine: Continue reading >

2 walks, 15 miles and 4lbs off!

by Sarah, on 9 April 2014, Charity, Exercise
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If you have read my previous blogs, you’ll know that in May I’m joining my sister, Rebecca, for the ‘Cardiff’ leg of her Circumnavigating round Wales walk for the charity Shelter Cymru.

Continuing my quest to get fit, I persuaded  an experienced  hill walker to help me. Not too many uphills, I pleaded. So on a very wet day we set off for  Knockhill in Largs. We navigated incredibly muddy paths and the gentle spiral footpath to the top. In Victorian days, horse-drawn carriages took the ‘well to do’ to the top with their picnic hampers. I managed the uphill fine as it was not too steep or too far – 4 miles in total. So, with that one under my belt, and delighted that the sun had shone the whole time, we took a ferry ride to Cumbrae (a small island just off the West coast).  Arriving in the main town (the only town), Millport,  we walked along the sea front and back before dinner. It was only two miles but it made me feel  that I had  earned my food. Remembering Earle’s advice from before that it was ok to eat chips after a walk, I reckoned it would be fine to add a bit of fish to that! I wasn’t sure if a small red wine would do any harm, but I risked it anyway. Ok… two small red wines. Continue reading >

Rock Chick to Natural Woman…

by Annmarie, on 28 March 2014, Bodycare
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Feeling fresh and girlie? We are! Girl power came to A.Vogel this month with the introduction of Crystal Spring’s NEW Rock Chick Natural Deodorant for Girls, now available to buy on our website and via our stockists. Continue reading >

Bringing Up the Rear…

by Sarah, on 27 March 2014, Charity, Exercise, Healthy Eating
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If you have read my previous blog, you’ll know that in May I’m joining my sister, Rebecca, for the ‘Cardiff’ leg of her Circumnavigating round Wales walk for the charity Shelter Cymru.

Here’s the story of the first of my walks on my ‘get fit’ mission, followed by some sound advice from training manager, Earle. Continue reading >