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Kudos, leaderboards, QOMs: how fitness app Strava became a religion

The long read: The Strava app offers community, training data and motivation to millions of athletes. Even runners who dislike tech cant bear to be without it On Ilkley Moor in west Yorkshire on a Tuesday evening in May, 200 people milled about in glorious sunshine, ready to run the five-mile Jack Bloor race over moors recently blackened in a fire, but still beautiful. The air was clear, the good cheer was tangible, the moor birds clucked high up on the hill that we would soon have to climb. We…

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Am I happier because I’m thinner, or thinner because I’m happier?

Looking in the mirror, I feel happy with my new body shape. But thats not what body positivity taught me to do The first time I felt body euphoria was in an Old Navy dressing room. The floor was sticky with inexplicable customer gunk, a toddler was sobbing in the next stall and I was wearing jeans five sizes smaller than usual. I gaped at my reflection in awe. Its not just that the jeans fit; I could also see my collarbones, which had been hidden under layers of fat…

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A cold-water cure? My weekend with the Ice Man

Wim Hof claims cold-water immersion can help fight modern diseases. As outdoor swimming becomes ever more popular in the UK, photojournalist Jonny Weeks joined him for a weekend to experience it firsthand Look at this beautiful tree. An oak, Quercus robur. Its yelling at us, Helloooo! says Wim Hof, the doyen of cold endurance stunts, as we head across Hampstead Heath, north London, for a swim in one of the ponds. Soon hes catapulting himself into a gaping hole in its trunk, peeping out excitedly like a child. Here I…

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One step ahead: how walking opens new horizons

Whether its to the North Pole or across LA, walking is the fastest way to make more time for life As a child growing up in 1970s Norway, with parents who didnt own a car and loved to hike, Erling Kagge believes one of his first full sentences was: How much further is it? By his late teens, though, hed begun to embrace his parents ethos. By then, for me, walking wasnt just getting from A to B, he says. It had a value in itself. So much so that…

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There is a thrill to seeing your stomach getting flatter: why I run

Since I started trudging up hills and around parks four years earlier, I have become healthier, slimmer and sunnier and sometimes I even enjoy it It is a damp, grey morning in south London and I am outdoors, still half asleep. The wind cuts like a bayonet and all I am wearing is shorts, tights and a polyester jersey. My muscles have clenched from the cold and no quantity of stretching or scratching will loosen them. But I tighten my laces and start to run. Uphill, as if things weren’t…

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