What you probably know about me is that I am genuinely passionate about making fitness and good health accessible to everyone, everywhere and that I truly believe in living a fit, healthy and balanced life, rather than one focused on achieving a particular type of physique. But what you probably don’t know, is why. Well today you’re getting the back story, so strap yourself in.…
Spring is not too far away (10 days – woohoo!) which means that right about now – for many people – the panic starts to set in. All of those glorious months of hibernation and borderline excessive numbers of pies suddenly seem like they weren’t such a great idea after all. The good news is that there’s no need to head for the nearest fad diet or exercise regime. Rather, as the weather warms up it’s a great time to focus on make some long-term positive changes that mean you’ll never have to feel this way again!
Check out my top six tips for spring health.
It doesn’t matter whether your goals are around fitness, weight loss or even work/life balance, writing them down and pinning them somewhere is a great way to help you stay on track. Keep them SMART – that’s Specific, Measurable, Achievable, Relevant and Time-bound.
Move every day
Put aside 30-45 minutes every single day to get moving. The details are up to you, but to give you some ideas, it could be a lunchtime walk with co-workers, dancing around like a maniac to your favourite songs in the evening, a Pilates class, or ditching the public transport in favour of a walk into the office.
Train your brain
Health isn’t just about the physical; your mental wellbeing is just as important. Make sure you take some time out for yourself each week (heck, each day if possible!) to focus on things that make you feel calm and content. Not feeling like yourself? Don’t be afraid to enlist the help of a professional if you need someone to talk to. The more we are able to talk about mental health openly, the better for everyone.
Say no to added sugar
It’s a sad fact of life that there’s sugar hidden in almost everything. You may think you’re doing ok because you don’t eat ‘junk’ food, but that coconut sugar in your ‘healthy’ dessert, fruit yoghurt you have for morning tea and nightly glass of wine contain more than you think. If you want to get healthy, you need to get serious about added sugar I’m afraid (sorry!).
Eat more greens
Green vegetables are full of iron, folate and fibre, plus a whole bunch of vitamins. Start increasing the amount and variety of greens you eat at each meal (and make sure you’re not overdoing it on the carbs, fats and proteins) and you’ll feel the difference.
Drink more water
To get healthy – and stay healthy – you want to aim to be drinking at least 2L each day (clear urine is a big win guys!). A well hydrated body tends to foster more energy, clearer skin and can even aid in weight loss.
Sometimes you don’t want to work out indoors. And you most definitely don’t want to be in a dirty old gym. So what if you could just take your workout outside, and get fit in the great outdoors? Well actually you can, providing you select the right equipment.…
Fact: staying fit (or getting fit) does not have to be expensive or complicated. I know that’s hard to believe, what with all the yoga-barre-alates classes and one-on-one personal training sessions that everyone on Instagram seems to be doing, but it’s true. Don’t get me wrong, that stuff has its place (full disclosure, I am a Pilates-addicted personal trainer) but my point is that you don’t NEED a lot of money or a complex training routine to stay fit. A few key pieces of equipment, plus your own bodyweight, is more than enough to get you on your way….
In case you’ve been living under a rock (or you know, just not on social media), UNIT NINE is an Australian brand that has been seriously shaking up the sports accessories market since their launch in December 2016. Their gear is super high quality, fun and unique, and they’re looking to inspire people to get moving and have lots of fun while doing it. I had a chat to their founder Anna Whiteside to learn more about the brand and how it came about. Oh, and I convinced her to GIVE AWAY ONE OF THEIR SIGNATURE YOGA MATS. The competition is super easy to enter, and all the details are at the end of this post.
Why did you start UNIT NINE?
There were three moments that ultimately led to it:…
Has anyone else noticed that New Balance is kicking some serious style goals recently? I started getting back into their gear – both shoes and activewear – about 18 months ago, and I actually think they might be getting better each season. In fact, my New Balance Foam Zante are by far (like, I’m talking a ratio of 20:1) the most worn shoe in my athletic shoe wardrobe… and I have a lot of shoes in that particular wardrobe….
OK, so by now you know that I’m all about making fitness more accessible, right? God I hope you do, otherwise I really need to work on my story-telling skills. Anyway. I’m a big fan of any other brand, business or human trying to do the same thing….
Incidental exercise is my favourite thing. OK… not my FAVOURITE thing, but it would probably make the top 10. I mean seriously… what’s not to love about something that helps you out by burning calories when you’re not even trying?!
Winter is mere sleeps away (which is one of many reasons I’m currently in Europe) but sadly I will soon have to return to Aussie winter. And while I will admit that winter in Sydney doesn’t really give us much to complain about, the one thing that you can count on every year is an increase in the number of colds and flus going around….
As anyone who has been following this blog for a while can attest, I go through phases of desperately trying to be a yogi. I mean, I WANT to like yoga. I understand the benefits, I know my body needs it, lots of people I know love it… but my god I find it a struggle to get through an entire class without my brain exploding….