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5 Reasons to Give an Alternative Sport a Go

Not all sports are for everyone and that’s ok.  There are so many different ways of getting active that there will most definitely be something out there for you.   Alternative sports are growing in popularity especially among women.  They usually have a fiercely loyal following and super friendly community waiting to welcome any newbies to their beloved activity.    So we caught up with roller derby team, the Tiger Bay Brawlers, to get their top 5 reasons on why you should give an alternative sport a go – at least once! 1.It could be just what you’ve been looking...

5 reasons you should take up golf

Ever thought of giving golf a try? Here’s keen pro golfers and coaches, Rachel and Georgia Lewis to help convince you … “We’ve both been playing golf since the age of 10 and are both, past and present county and Welsh International players. We have an ambition of sharing our passion for the game of golf through coaching individuals of all ages. So, you might be thinking about learning to play golf – brilliant. These are our top 5 reasons why we love golf and we hope they motivate you to try it too. You’ll wonder why you haven’t already...

5 Gym & Fitness Myths Busted

There can be so many fitness fads, body sculpting experts and well-meaning friends trying to give us advice about our fitness routines and exercise habits.  It’s often really hard to know what to take notice of and what to pass on.  So, we caught up with Bryony Gurmin, Health & Wellbeing Manager at Newport Live to bust 5 of the most common gym & fitness myths… Myth 1: You should work out every day This is one of the biggest myths we tend to see.  Exercising every day can often result in over training causing an adverse effect on your...

8 emotions you go through on race day

  Over at Our Squad HQ, we are super impressed with Amy Hubbuck’s story. She’s planning on running 100km this year … and she’s still a relatively new runner?! What better person to talk us through 8 emotions you go through on race day … Over to you Amy … “Long distance running, even running in general, is a special club that gives you the experience of a lifetime. Although everyone’s training journey is completely individual to their own race, distance and goals; we all share the rollercoaster effect of experiencing the highs and the lows. Race day itself is...

Top 5 tips for the team newbie

No one likes being the new girl on a team.  It takes a lot of courage to walk into an already established group of women (and men) and put yourself and your skills (or lack of) on the line for judgement. That’s why we caught up with Ffi Davies, long standing member of Clwb Hoci Cymric Hockey Club to find out what the team are really thinking when a newcomer rolls up. Check out her top 5 tips for starting out with a new team below. 1. Remember that you have something to offer them Whether it be your skills,...

5 Things you need to know before you start running

Hello, I’m Cat.  A long time runner, Run Leader for Social run group Run Diva Run, a Run Champion & Blogger for Run Wales, Run Wales Run Leader of the Year 2017 and an ambassador for Our Squad, so you can probably kind of guess that I like to run! If you’re reading this, then hopefully you’re thinking of taking the first steps to begin your running journey. You are not the first and certainly won’t be the last to want to learn to run.  If you’re thinking about it, then it’s time to get started! If I had a...

5 reasons why its not crazy to start an outdoor sport in the Winter

It’s cold, quite probably wet, a little grey looking – why would anybody consider trying out an outdoor sport in the winter? But many more of us than you’d think do. Breeze Cycle Coordinators Samantha Winnett and Louise Simpson love it.  Here they gave us their top five reasons for getting outdoors, facing the Welsh elements and getting yourself active in the winter. So get yourself wrapped up, embrace the perfect excuse for a bad hair day and create your very own post workout glow.  You’ll be feeling warm on the inside in no time – trust us! 😉 And...

Top 5 tips for keeping the health kick alive after January

We’re nearing the middle of February and you won’t be alone if that New Year, New You motivation you had at the beginning of the year is starting to dwindle just a little. So we’ve caught up with Our Squad Ambassador and Super Motivator, Jin Osbourne-Bowring, to get her top tips on keeping that health kick alive through February and well into the Summer. After all it would be a shame to waste all of that hard work that you’ve already put in! 1.Find a class or something you love so it doesn’t become a chore There is a sport...

#OurSquad #PepTalks

Is 2018 the year for you to get your sport on, perhaps those New Years Eve fireworks marked not only the start of a New Year, but a New You too, or maybe you just promised yourself that you would try one or two new activities? We all have the best intentions and bags of motivation at the start of a New Year, but its hard to keep up this enthusiasm and commitment when real life and the cold dark days of winter kick in. Never fear though, Our Squad is here.  And we’ve roped in the know-how and experience...