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  • Walk in the park

    By Di Westaway | Chief Adventure Chick and Founder of Wild Women On Top

    In Australia and all across the developed world, we've got a serious obesity crisis. We all know exercise is good for us, but many of us can't bring ourselves to do it. Well, Di Westaway thinks she's found a way to make it not only easy, but fun. 

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    By Di Westaway | CEO and Founder of Wild Women On Top

    Do you often exclaim to others (or yourself) that you're just SO busy? Do you feel like you're constantly time poor? Are you stressed, tired or wrung out often?

    That used to be me. Here's why I stopped wearing busy as a badge of honour. 

  • Beach Walk

    By Di Westaway | Chief Adventure Chick and Founder of Wild Women On Top

    From the time I quit gymnastics at 16 until my early forties, I was constantly beating myself up for not exercising regularly. I struggled to find workouts I could sustain long term. The gym was okay for a while. Then I had kids, and fitting in the gym became impossible. Just packing the nappy bag took too much time and energy. So I ditched it completely and I've never looked back... 

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    Di Westaway | Chief Adventure Chick  and Founder of Wild Women On Top

    When the alarm kills delicious dozing on a dark winter’s morning or your lover tempts you with a glass of red as you snuggle up together on the couch, it takes an iron will to honour your commitment to a walk in the cold.

    Despite knowing how exhilarated you’ll feel when you’re out there, and how satisfied you’ll feel when it’s over, getting active outdoors in winter is a tough gig. Our brain tells us to snooze that little bit longer, stay indoors after dark and slow down. But our body needs to move.

  • wild women tents

    By Di Westaway | CEO and Founder of Wild Women On Top

    My first taste of hiking came from the world of men. A world in which we raced silently through the bush; no clifftop cuppas, no plunging in mountain streams, no photo shoots, no inhaling wildflowers, no giggling, no exploring little side trails and definitely no gourmet food. 

    It almost frightened me off, until I realised hiking was not the problem, these men were.

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    By Bella Westaway

    Have you ever felt you couldn’t possibly leave your kids or partner for an adventure with friends? Felt it would be too selfish? Too indulgent? That nobody would survive without you? Or have you done it and felt guilty? From a daughter who was "left", this one's for you... 

     

  • Di Tania laughing

    By Di Westaway | Chief Adventure Chick and Founder of Wild Women On Top

    Mother’s Day was once about worshipping mothers as a community or tribe. A day for celebrating the incredible value of mothers. Now, for many families, it’s a day to give Mum flowers, presents and brunch... it's become a Hallmark holiday. So how can you make it meaningful again?

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    By Di Westaway | Chief Adventure Chick and Founder of Wild Women On Top

    Staying clean and healthy is an important issue when hiking, particularly in developing countries where you may be exposed to illnesses and diseases against which you have no natural immunity. When hiking in a group, there is a greater likelihood that bacteria will be passed around the group, so personal hygiene is critical. So, what’s the best way to stay healthy on a hike?

  • Handstandladies

    By Di Westaway | Chief Adventure Chick and Founder of Wild Women On Top

    We know the people we spend the most time with influence our behaviour, but did you know that as much as 80% of our health is determined by our environment? Yep, who you hang out with can make or break your health, and, in turn, yours can make or break theirs... 

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    By Di Westaway | Chief Adventure Chick and Founder of Wild Women On Top

    Do you think you're too old to pose in your undies in the middle of the snow? Perhaps you're too dignified? Too ladylike? Well, Di Westaway isn't, and this week she tells us why. 

  • Easter chocolate

    By the Wild Women On Top team

    Ooooh Easter. One of the only times it’s considered socially acceptable to eat chocolate for breakfast… our kind of holiday. However, like any holiday centred around eating not-so-nourishing treats, the Easter weekend can leave us feeling less than our best – lethargic and so full of buttered hot cross buns we can’t move.

    So how do we avoid feeling flat and fatigued while still enjoying the gorgeous traditions of Easter? Here are our tips…

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    By the Wild Women On Top Team

    If you haven’t yet got a fabulous adventure planned for the Easter long weekend, fret not. It might be too late to organise hiking around Auckland or surfing in Indonesia, but it’s not too late to explore the gorgeous wilderness that’s right on your doorstep.

    Here are our top picks for your long weekend adventures…

  • Coastrek blog hero

    By the Wild Women On Top Team

    In 2009, 40 Wild Women walked 126km from La Perouse to Palm Beach, in the first ever Sydney Coastrek ‘Event Day’. We raised about $200 for The Fred Hollows Foundation. 

    Today, almost 4000 Coastrekkers will walk 30km or 60km from Manly to Bondi, raising $2 million to restore sight. Here's how we got from there to here.

  • Butter chicken curry

    Recipe developed by Di Westaway and Wild Women On Top

    This is the kind of recipe you eat on day four of a hike, when refrigeration (and hence chicken) is not an option. But it doesn't taste any less delicious for it. Using fish pouches and tasty butter chicken sauce, this recipe is sure to delight - especially after a big few days on your feet! 

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    By Erika Bates

    Looking for gift ideas for adventurous friends? Need a list to send to the people who ask you what you want for your birthday? We've done the hard work for you. Here's what the Wild Women team have on their wishlist... 

  • Laughing with friends

    By Di Westaway | Chief Adventure Chick and Founder at Wild Women On Top

    Sometimes I just snap. My inner moody bitch appears without warning, dumping on those I love the most. It usually happens when I’ve been deprived of real human contact, after spending a work-from-home day in my office/bedroom, alone with only my devices for company. Often I’m so filled with remorse I fly into my bedroom riddled with guilt, further driving myself from what I need most: connection.

  • Recipe developed by Di Westaway and Wild Women On Top

    This recipe is so good you'll want to make it at home, but we promise it tastes better on day three of a hike... 

  • By Di Westaway | Chief Adventure Chick and Founder of Wild Women On Top

    Once you’ve been forced, by circumstance, to wee in front of other people, there is no turning back. In fact, weeing on the side of a trail can actually be quite liberating. 

    But public squatting isn’t the only wee-related lesson you need to learn if you want to be a hard-core Wild Woman. When you spend time in extreme weather wilderness locations, where it’s too cold, windy or dangerous to leave your tent, you must develop other essential skills to avoid both a frost-bitten arse and pee in your pants! 

  • Freycinet

    By the Wild Women On Top Team

    So often we are drawn to the mystery of mountains miles away and trails that journey through the untouched wilderness of countries we have never visited. But here in our very own Australian backyard lie natural jewels that await our exploration...

  • Choc Chip Cookies

    By Di Westaway | Chief Adventure Chick and Founder of Wild Women On Top

    These cookies are the most delicious choc chip cookies ever. They are best enjoyed with a cuppa on a clifftop after an awesome hike. 

     

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