I’ve been a fan of SKINS compression gear for longer than I care to remember, mainly because thinking about it reminds me of exactly how old I am these days. Since my very first pair, I’ve loved what the brand stands for. From championing LGBTI rights in sport in Australia, to highlighting the corruption of FIFA to increasing funding for anti-doping (including education at a grassroots level), SKINS is a brand that truly lives their vision – a world in which sport inspires society.
I have tried a lot of different skincare lines in my time. And I mean a lot. I don’t know whether this makes me a bit of a skin care get-about, or fussy, or indecisive… all I know is that finding something that works for my skin has been difficult, especially now I’m in my early 30s.
Easter egg hunts. Hide and seek. Marco Polo. Boiled eggs with toast soldiers. Tutus. Mum making dinner. Trampolining.
Seriously. We can’t keep letting kids have all the fun. Recently my 8-Week Challenge girls and I decided to make a stand and take back what is rightfully ours, with a trip to Skyzone in Alexandria. You think you know trampolining? You know nothing until you’ve been to this place.
I love a new pair of shoes as much as the next girl, but I do have a few prerequisites. They’ve gotta be versatile enough to wear with different outfits for one, and a little pop of colour is always a winner. Oh and they need to be comfortable enough to get me through hours of bouncing around, obviously. Comfort is key.
OK, maybe I should be more specific: I love sneakers.
So Santa’s packed his sleigh and is gearing up to leave the North Pole while your Christmas list seems to be getting longer by the second. Luckily, the Lazy Girl Fitness 2015 Christmas Gift Guide (Under $50 edition) has you covered! Perfect for the ladies in your life that love to stay fit and healthy (and have a little fun while doing it!). Or might I suggest forwarding to your mum/sister/partner/best friend as a little hint? I won’t tell.
There’s no denying that the gym can be a daunting place. So many machines. So many people. SO MUCH TERROR. Unfortunately, when this lack of knowledge is coupled with an inability to ask for help you’ve got a recipe for disaster. A quick scan around the gym before a workout often has me cringing involuntarily – I see a lot of people doing some pretty questionable things. So this week I sat down with Fitness First’s National Personal Training Manager, Michael Cunico, to chat to him about the most common mistakes he sees around the gym. And this is what he had to say…
Relaxing is not something I do a lot of. Between two jobs, the blog, a boyfriend that kind of makes time disappear, a handsome but demanding dog and trying to have a semi-active social life, there’s not a lot of time for it. So when I was offered the chance to escape the city and head to Solar Springs Health Retreat in Bundanoon for a couple of nights, I jumped at it.
Just a couple of hours from Sydney but a whole world away in terms of pace, I was pretty excited to switch off my phone, spend a bit of time with said boyfriend and have someone else look after… well, everything else. So on a Sunday morning in August I packed every item of clothing I own into a bag (the Southern Highlands are really cold guys) and off we went, stopping in Bowral on the way for a surprise brunch at Biota Dining and a visit to the Bradman Museum (I don’t even know who I am anymore) before on to the main event.
I’ve found my headphone soulmates.
SKINS have been around for pretty much as long as I can remember. They were invented in 1996 by an Aussie skiier who wanted to live the dream (i.e work all day and party all night) and be able to wake up the next day and do it all over again. He started with the basic knowledge that improved blood circulation meant more oxygen to the muscles, ensuring they could work harder for longer and recover faster and – after consulting with NASA and a range of other experts – SKINS were born.
There’s no doubt that we are currently living through the golden age of the supplement. But with more options out there than you can poke a stick at – let alone figure out how to pronounce – how on earth are we supposed to know what’s what?