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Why Water Is So Important?

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Since the body continually looses water – 2.5 to 3 litres per day – through normal body functions, this water needs to be replaced to keep the body healthy. Ironically, the sensation of thirst occurs only after the body has started to become dehydrated. For this reason it is very important to drink water often, without waiting to feel thirsty. By the time you begin to feel thirsty, the body is already dehydrated to a level of 0,8% to 2% of body weight.

Here are just a few of the many important roles water plays in the functions of the body:




Your Brain

Your brain tissue consists of 85% water. When you are not properly hydrated it may be your brain that starts to feel the effects, with headaches, poor concentration and reduced short-term memory. Even your ability to perform arithmetic and the rapidity of your psychomotor skills can be reduced. This is due to the fact that dehydration causes the level of energy production in the brain to decrease. Studies have shown that a person’s ability to concentrate progressively declines when the body is subject to a water deficiency of just 1 to 2%.


Your Heart

The heart consists of 77% water. Clinical studies have shown that adequate hydration may improve the way your heart works and reduce your risk of developing heart disease.

Your Liver

The Liver consists of 73% water. Its function is to convert the body’s fat into energy it can use. But if the liver is forced to help in the work of the kidneys due to insufficient water consumption, the body will accumulate extra fat that would have been burned if there had been adequate water intake.

Your Lungs

As counter-intuitive as it may sound, your body needs water to breath: the lungs consist of 85% water. In order to take in oxygen and eliminate carbon dioxide, our lungs must be continually moistened with water. The average person looses between half to one litre of water per day just by breathing. When the body is dehydrated it tries to prevent respiratory water loss by producing histamines which close off the capillaries in the lungs. This reduces water loss, but makes breathing more difficult.

Your Skin

The skin is the largest human organ, both by weight and by surface area, consisting of 70% water. We loose a percentage of our body’s water everyday by evaporation through the skin. The environment in which we work, with climate-controlled heating and air conditioning, low humidity, and even simple things like soap and cleaning solutions can damage the protective outer layer of the skin, reducing its ability to hold moisture. When you are not drinking enough to compensate the for the body’ water loss, you may notice your skin feeling dry; moisturizers or body lotions can treat the symptoms, however the best solution is to reach for a glass of water and moisturize from the inside.

Your Kidneys

The kidneys are made of 80% water. Their function is to remove waste products from the body, which are dissolved in water. When there is not enough water these waste products are not removed effectively which can cause damage to the kidneys. The National Kidney Research Foundation recommends that drinking two litres of water a day can reduce your risk of developing kidney stones.

Your Bones

Even your bones have a high level of water in them – approximately 22%. Water is also necessary to ensure the smooth movement of bone joints. The cartilaginous tissue at the end of the bones retains water to lubricate the movement of your joints. When well hydrated the two opposing surfaces slide smoothly; if the cartilage is dehydrated, the damage from friction increases, causing deterioration of the joints and leading to pain, such as arthritis.

A Healthy Team Is A Happy Team

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The Ultimate Employee Motivation Guide: Chapter 5

It’s no big secret that our health affects us both physically and mentally. A large amount of research has been done on health factors in the work place, including common health problems at work, the lack of exercise caused by today’s 9-5 sit-down culture and how exercise has a positive impact on our brain.


Health, Happiness and Productivity

Scientific research has proven that health and happiness are intrinsically linked. Frequent exercise has the obvious effect of improving our health through lowering blood pressure and managing weight. However, exercise also has a significant mental impact on our brains, reducing stress and stimulating the production of endorphins – known as the ‘happy’ hormone.

Depression and stress are major factors which can negatively impact productivity in the work place, and, for the most part, can be largely combated through regular exercise. So how can businesses encourage employees to take up regular exercise?

Take Action: Keep your employees running like a well-oiled machine by implementing a gym membership subsidy, encouraging employees to take up regular exercise.


Office Exercise

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Encouraging employees to adapt to a healthier lifestyle, and essentially improving employee welfare, is a fundamental approach which should be built into every businesses mission. Remember – a small investment in the wellbeing of your staff can lead to long term gains.

Featured Expert: “Even if you work long hours there’s usually a way that you can fit 20-30 minutes of exercise into your day. For many people it’s just a case of getting up a bit earlier. Some of my best ideas come to me while I’m exercising and the extra energy I get from exercising regularly definitely helps me get more work done.” - Julia Buckley - Health and fitness expert


Ward Off Sick-Day Expenses

Staff absence due to illness can amount to an enormous long term expense to businesses. According to a study by accountancy firm PwC, workers in the UK take, on average, 9 sick days a year – this amounts to a total estimated cost of £29 billion to UK businesses every year.


“At a time when companies are striving for growth, it is vital they address this cost by looking for ways to improve employees’ health, morale and motivation”
HR Consultant Jon Andrews

In order to escape the costs of high absenteeism levels, businesses should invest in their employees’ wellbeing, whether this is by providing access to private healthcare, stocking only healthy foods in the office canteen, no matter how big or small, each step taken is one in the right direction.


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Fact: The NHS recommends drinking between 8-10 glasses of water a day to maintain health, replace fluids and help our bodies eliminate toxins and waste – keeping you healthy. Encourage this by investing in an office water cooler keeping your team well hydrated throughout the day.


Keep Your Employees On Their Feet

There’s significant evidence that keeping employees active in the workplace is beneficial to their health and your business. Startling statistics from the World Health Organisation (WHO) reveal that over 3 million deaths occur each year, due to insufficient physical activity. These figures are obviously a worst case scenario, but they highlight the importance of keeping active and escaping today’s sedative lifestyle.

Featured Expert: “Every hour, get up from your desk and move. Whether it is walking to get a glass of water or just having a bit of a stretch. Also, instead of sending an email to a colleague across the room to ask them a question, get up and walk over. Sitting down all day is not good for you.” Dannii Martin – Health and fitness blogger at

Modern office environments present an unnatural and unhealthy environment in which people sit at a desk and remain inactive for the majority of the day. Although time saving technologies such as internal email or in-office Skype chats may shave minutes off employee time, the long term costs are a risk to employee health by encouraging inactivity.

Businesses are taking a leaf out of the history book when trying to keep their employees more active during the 9 to 5. Before the invention of email or phones, people had to walk across the office if they wanted to ask a question or talk about a piece of work.

Take Action: Ban all non-essential internal communications via email or phone. This will mean that staff actually have to get up and physically move to speak with colleagues. To further enhance physical activity, remove chairs from meeting rooms. ‘Stand-up’ style meetings have been proven to encourage engagement and contribution – being on your feet is just an added health bonus.

Recently, there has been a growth in the popularity of sit-stand desks, these adjustable desks provide the ideal solution to the ‘sitting epidemic’, allowing employees to raise their desk to standing height and work on their feet. This ergonomic innovation keeps employees active. Unfortunately, these desks can be considerably more expensive, costing in excess of £400 each – making them a sizeable long-term business investment.


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Software firm, VM Turbo, saw great success with the introduction of standing desks, with employees reportedly now spending 70% of their day in a physically active state. The desks have proven extremely popular with their employees, with nobody on the team wishing to revert to old style sitting desks.

These changes may seem small when examined individually, however, they can add up to a significant increase in physical activity when combined over a long period of time.


Key Points For Employers

  • By encouraging employees to adopt a healthier lifestyle, you’re saving your business significant costs in the long run.
  • Health, happiness and productivity are all closely linked – if you want to boost productivity, employee health and happiness in the workplace are key areas to examine.
  • Small changes in the office to increase everyday activity can have a significant impact.

Striking the Work Life Balance

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The Ultimate Employee Motivation Guide: Chapter 3

A poor work-life balance can lead to productivity lags, with employees under excess pressure, working from home and at weekends. Statistics from the Mental Health Foundation reveal that 40% of employees regularly neglect their home life due to pressures from work, with the number of excess hours spent at work directly correlating with unhappiness. In the long run, this can significantly impact business output if the problem is companywide, even leading to a decline in employee retention levels as workers begin to resent their jobs.


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Who’s Responsible?

Many businesses assume that responsibility for work-life balance lies with the employee – but any good manager knows that ensuring your employees lead a balanced lifestyle means they are more productive during office hours. Therefore, responsibility for managing work-life balance should lie evenly between the employer and employee.

Featured Expert: “Excessive work demand can seriously affect your health. High stress levels are damaging to your wellbeing. Being unable to secure an effective work-life balance can lead to broken relationships, both at work and at home. Make sure your work is not damaging your health and wellbeing.” Ian Draper – The UK National Work-stress Network.

Colgate-Palmolive was recently named top of the pile for employee work-life balance by job site Indeed. Mark Steinerd, director of recruitment, highlighted how their flexible approach benefits the organisation. “Colgate-Palmolive offers some great benefits, such as flexible work hours, telecommute options, and nearby back-up childcare centres, which is a nice perk for work-at-home parents. As a result, Colgate-Palmolive has a high rate of employee retention, which is a testament to their culture.”

Take Action: Ensure your management team are well versed on the damaging effects of poor work-life balance by performing an audit of all business policies to ensure these are not detrimental to employees.


Unmanageable Workloads

One of the primary causes of poor employee work-life balance is management overworking employees by setting unrealistic goals. This isn’t always the fault of management either, as employees gradually get used to larger workloads, accepting additional responsibilities as they are afraid to say “no”. Combat this by creating an open office culture, encouraging employees to speak up about workloads without fear of being penalised. Project managers should work closely with teams when supervising daily tasks, asking employees for regular updates in a friendly manner, allowing them to re-prioritise and adjust the workload.


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Featured Expert: “There is no one-size-fits-all because we are all at different stages of our lives and have different priorities and goals. Getting the balance right supports us in achieving our goals, as well as in our overall enjoyment of our day to day lives. This is not without its challenges, and effort is required to consciously determine where we wish to spend our time each day – prioritising activities and managing our time effectively helps us achieve the balance.” Nick Achilleos of the Stress Management Society.


Key Points For Employers:

  • A poor work-life balance can have serious negative consequences for both businesses’ and employees’ health
  • Employers have a responsibility to help manage their employees work-life balance
  • Work with your employees to set realistic workloads, ensuring that enough time and resources are allocated to completing projects
  • Encourage an open culture, where employees aren’t afraid to speak up if they are struggling with their workload
  • Flexible working hours, child care, increased leave and holiday allowances can all be leveraged to improve employee productivity during office hours

Staying Hydrated At Work: What Workers Say About Their Daily Drinking Habits

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It is about that time of year when the weather starts to heat up and it is important that we all stay hydrated, especially at work. Are you making sure you drink enough water throughout the day? Maybe it is time for a trip to the water cooler!



Move Desks Now or Watch Productivity Die

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Optimise Your Work Environment with Simple Layout & Design Tips

With ever growing pressure on businesses to push performance figures, organisations are now looking towards creative ways to boost productivity. Extensive research has shown that the work environment can have a serious impact on employee performance.

Big brands like Google and Innocent (Smoothies) are leading the way through innovative and unconventional office design. This is all very well on a big budget, where an entire office re-design can be implemented – but what about businesses on a budget? In this article we’ll discuss small interior tweaks that any business can employ in order to optimise their office environment.

Inject a Little Eastern Wisdom

We’ve all heard of the ancient art of Feng Shui, developed in China over 3000 years ago. The aim of Feng Shui is to balance the energy in the room. Before you dismiss it as smoke and mirrors, there is some pretty sound advice to be taken from this ancient art form. Feng Shui recognises that the ‘power position’ in the workplace is in the opposite corner to the entrance – meaning that the manager’s desk should always be in the corner furthest away from the door, providing them with a commanding view over their environment.

Feng Shui theory also applies to colour, with studies showing that visually stimulating colours can influence the mood of employees. Harsh colours can worsen the effects of stress and tension in a work environment. Feng Shui experts recommend soft, earth tone colours for a calming, positive effect.


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Invest in Some Office Plants

A study conducted by the Norwegian University of Life Sciences in 2013 has uncovered compelling evidence that a greener environment is a more productive one. The test involved subjects conducting a reading exercise which required high levels of concentration. The volunteers were asked to complete the tasks in a number of different environments, some at an empty desk and some surrounded by plants and flowers. Results showed that the greenery had a positive restorative effect – allowing employees to complete the task at hand more efficiently.

Plants are also proven to purify air, making for a healthier work environment. Plants are so effective at doing this that they’re even being researched by NASA scientists for use in space stations,in order to filter out contaminants and pollution.

Build Walls Between Your Employees

Although open plan offices are now the norm – and are generally regarded as having improved communication and team work – there’s also something to be said for privacy. Numerous studies have concluded that employees who work in open plan environments often feel they could be more productive in a quiet environment, free from distractions.

In order for an office to be both collaborative and productive, private working environments should be provided for employees to temporarily move to when they need to concentrate on specific tasks. This can take the form of bull-pen style dividers, creating a semi-open plan environment – or through the provision of private work rooms which employees can use at their leisure.

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Let There Be Light

Natural light provides the ultimate boost to productivity and, most importantly, it’s free! Scientific studies have extensively documented the negative effects of artificial lighting. Our bodies are designed to respond to sunlight – and, in fact, our whole body clock is programmed around sunrise and sunset. Our bodies respond to sunlight by producing hormones which make us feel alert, awake and happy. This is where the problem of artificial light comes into play – dimmer artificial light causes our eyes to work harder, which can, in turn, lead to eye strain and tiredness.

Dim or poor quality lighting also has the opposite effect on our bodies to bright daylight, lowering energy levels and worsening mood. Tackle this by ensuring that there’s plenty of natural light available in your office – simply positioning desks and work stations near windows can have an immediate positive effect on productivity.


One great way of boosting productivity is ensuring your team are well caffeinated and thoroughly hydrated throughout their 9 to 5. Eden Springs are the UK’s leading supplier of commercial water coolers and coffee machines. Our competitively priced services offer the ultimate office beverage solution.


Why being on your feet at work makes you better at your job

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Get Up, Stand Up: the Office Upheaval

If you work in one of those lovely jobs where you have the privilege of sitting down for the duration of your working day, you might feel like you’re living the corporate dream – and we wouldn’t blame you. Sitting is great and definitely makes the mental stresses of a 9-to-5 feel less laborious.

Indeed, office jobs which involve sitting for around 70% of your day may seem like you’re about as far away from danger as realistically possible – but there are actually many long-term effects of working in a sit-down environment which make seemingly faddy European dotcoms’ vertical practices a great deal more credible. With medical warnings continuing to appear left, right and centre, it may be hard to believe that even things as straightforward as sitting down are now considered a risky move – but we’ve got some knowledge that could change the face of office environments for good.


Sitting is the new smoking

Well, kind of – at this point, the health hazards are said to be comparable to this dirty habit. Working in a role where you’re sitting down for excessive periods of time could potentially have some pretty drastic effects further down the line. Sitting for too long can cause have a negative effect on the enzymes in our muscles and spike our blood sugar levels. According to the World Health Organisation, inactivity is, in fact, the fourth biggest killer of adults. With the average adult spending 50-70% of their day sitting down – be it in the car, at the office or in front of the TV – we look to be facing an inactivity epidemic.

With something as intrinsically a part of working life as sitting at your office desk, it seems impossible that these medical risks can be anything other than an inevitability – but they aren’t. Employers and business owners are looking to give their employees the safe and productive working environment they deserve and will be relieved to hear that an offbeat office shake-up can get your workers on their feet and your company on the rise.

Feel better, work better

A 2011 study revealed that reduced daily sitting time led to significant uplift in mood and well-being reported by the test subjects:

Significant improvements were reported for fatigue, vigor, tension, confusion, depression and overall mood

That’s a whole gamut of psychological improvements that would have understandably positive effects on worker productivity and well-being. It suggests that standing up could be one of the easiest way to improve the mood of an office or workplace.

So what’s the answer?

In light of these medical revelations, many companies are taking what is considered by many to be an outrageous move, in the form of stand-up offices. The concept is simple enough, and goes some way to offset these scary health hazards.

Besides the fact that this upright initiative serves to counteract the risks of diabetes, heart disease and even cancer, there are also some more immediate benefits to be had simply by staying on your feet. Studies show that these new steps increase employee alertness, fitness and productivity – imagine the energy and dynamism of the stock exchange trading floor, emulated in a standard office environment.

Here are a couple of tips to get your team off the ground:

  • Encourage employees to use the stairs rather than lifts whenever possible
  • Suggest that your employees stand up to take phone calls
  • Move water coolers, coffee machines and waste bins further from your employees’ work area, persuading them to travel further – these trips may be small but the benefits soon stack-up
  • Remove chairs from meeting rooms – or do away with meeting rooms altogether! Opting instead for ‘bird table’ worktops around which meetings can occur
  • Introduce ‘walking meetings’ to your office and hold these meetings outdoors to increase your employees’ activity levels

So if you’re ready to ride the corporate trend wave, stand-up desks could be the way forward for your business.

5 Fun Ways To Make Your Water More Exciting

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Stay hydrated at work with these top tips for turning your average glass of water into a revitalising treat.

5 fun ways to make your water more exciting


Add slices of cucumber – Cucumber contains B which are effective in ridding
the body of toxins from the digestive system, therefore aiding digestion.


Add a Squeeze of citrus – Oranges, lemons and limes are an excellent
source of Vitamin C and they can help to boost your immune system.


Add some crushed fresh mint leaves – Mint leaves have anti-bacterial and
anti-inflammatory properties that fight against tooth decay and bad breath.


Infuse your water with berries – Strawberries and raspberries are rich in fibre
and antioxidants helping to lower your cholesterol and prevent heart disease.


Freeze grapes and use them as ice cubes – Grapes are rich in antioxidants and
have the ability to treat constipation, indigestion, fatigue and kidney disorders.

Why working longer is ruining your effectiveness

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Hours vs Productivity: With longer working hours becoming the norm, are we getting any more work done?

Office hours have been creeping up in recent years. This is perhaps in response to the lingering effects of 2008’s economic crisis, as businesses are under ever-increasing pressure to record profits in a tough market. Many organisations have responded by increasing office working hours in order to increase the amount of work done in a week. But is more work actually being done? Extensive research indicates that longer hours may actually be having an adverse effect, causing productivity to crumble.

The working time directive states that employees in the UK should not have to work more than 48 hours a week. Working hours in the UK average around 43 hours per week – however, statistics vary from different sources and the true average could be significantly higher, with much overtime going unrecorded. It’s not uncommon in some high stress industries, such as legal services, for the working week to extend beyond as much as 60 hours!

Self-proclaimed productivity expert Chris Bailey has identified that the ideal work week is 35 hours long, achieving the optimum balance between work, rest and play. Research indicates that working more than 35 hours a week can have long-term damaging effects. Although there is initial spike in employee productivity which comes with longer working hours, data shows that, about 4 weeks after the extended hours commence, things begin to take a turn for the worse. Longer working hours are only sustainable for a short period of time before overworked employees become stressed and fatigued as workloads catch up with them.


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This creates problems in a number of areas – not only are longer hours negatively affecting the volume and quality of work that your employees are producing, but your employees’ quality of life also takes a blow. The conclusion is somewhat obvious: simply put, overworked and unhappy employees aren’t a productive workforce. Research indicates that there’s a big gap between perceived and actual productivity. Employees working longer hours feel that they can achieve more with the extra time, but the results speak for themselves – employees working shorter hours deliver the better end results.

There are a couple of factors that cause this gap. Firstly, fatigued employees who are working under pressure for long periods of time can lose perspective on their work. By never leaving their desk, an employee loses the bigger picture. Being able to step back and self-examine your work is essential to delivering quality results. Secondly, stress is proven to affect our decision-making abilities and, as such, employees in positions of responsibility will inevitably make poorer judgement calls when stressed and fatigued.

Today, some companies are taking different approaches, ditching set hours in favour of flexi-time and the ability to work from home. This follows on from the train of thought that it doesn’t matter how, when or where it’s done – as long as it’s done. Josh Patrick, founder of a finance firm, wrote an article for the New York Times with a simple quote directed to his employees, “you’re the expert at your job” – essentially acknowledging that the vast majority of employees know what they are doing and will be more productive when they aren’t micromanaged. One key aspect of this is allowing employees to work outside the remit of long, set hours.
As an employer or business manager, it’s in your best interests to have a healthy, happy and productive workforce. Eden Springs provide high quality and competitively priced water coolers and hot drinks machines – give your office a boost by keeping your employees well hydrated and caffeinated!

The Office Watering Hole: A Hub of Productivity

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Why Face-To-Face Water Cooler Moments Will Improve Your Productivity

Once considered the hiding place for employees taking an extended lunch break or catching up on personal gossip, managers are now realising that water coolers are an essential investment for any office. Besides the obvious health benefits – which aren’t to be ignored – research has indicated that the humble water cooler can act as a meeting point, forming a hub of office productivity.


Zebra Watering Hole for Water Cooler Moments

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Much like a watering hole on the plains of the Serengeti brings all kinds of animals and exotic creatures together, in an office, the water cooler acts as a hotspot for employee interaction. At the watering hole, lions and zebras meet side by side, both agreeing to mutual peace (however temporary this may be!). In an office environment, the water cooler levels the playing field, where everyone from CEOs to interns can meet to quench their thirst and discuss work. Formal meetings create an unnatural environment for human interaction, and their cold and sterile nature can negatively impact your employee’s ability to respond to questions or actively participate.

Studies have shown that water coolers act as a venue for ‘micro-meetings’, whereby employees interact and exchange information without even realising they’re doing it. In fact, the information exchanged in these informal and quick ‘chats’ is often more valuable than that exchanged in a board-room meeting. This is due to the fact that employees can become anxious in formal environments – productivity and creativity are maximised when your employees are relaxed and stress free.

To some extent, having a water cooler in the office even keeps your employees more active – it’s alarming the number of office workers who don’t leave their desk during the day. Having a water cooler gives them a chance to get away for a minute, stretch their legs and refresh their mind, boosting their productivity.


Approximately 60% of our body’s mass is made up of water, proving it’s essential that we keep well hydrated. In fact, nearly 75% of our brain is made up of water, and research has established a clear link between hydration and our ability to think clearly. If this percentage dips by even a small amount, our brains simply cannot function as efficiently. Scientific research has proven that dehydration has a serious negative affect on our ability to concentrate on tasks. Dehydration has also been proven to impact on our short-term memory, and the more dehydrated we are, the less effectively we are able to recall our thoughts. Have you ever lost your train of thought at work? Perhaps it’s time for a trip to the water cooler.

So what are you waiting for? Give your office a healthy boost of productivity with a new water cooler. Eden Springs is the leading water cooler supplier in the UK. Check out our website to view our extensive range of water coolers and coffee machines.

Running the London Marathon: Darryl’s training update

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Eden Springs’ Darryl Johnson is running the Virgin London Marathon for the Charity Children with Cancer and to highlight Eden’s free water for charity fundraisers initiative.

Running through the wall

Nobody said training for a marathon was easy – far from it. Darryl has been running hard and putting in some good miles for his training, including a particularly tough 14.5 run that took it out of him (although he doesn’t look too bad afterwards in the first picture below!).

He’s also been working on speed, taking part in timed 5k ‘Parkruns’ that are organised around the country.

If you’re pushing yourself hard for a charity cause, consider applying for a free case of bottled water from Eden to help you meet your goals! Apply for a charity water donation

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