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The Meditation Hack Nobody Mentions

Meditation and mindfulness are trendy buzzwords right now, so I'm sure that most of you have at least tried to meditate once or twice. Meditating is supposed to help you feel calm, cool and collected, but if you're like most people, it's probably leaving you frazzled and frustrated. Everyone tells you that you should meditate more, but nobody tells you what to expect or how to get the most benefit from it. Meditation isn't easy. It's the kind of thing that you can spend a lifetime getting better at. The good news is that it doesn't have to be hard! I'm here to share one small secret that can help you look forward to meditation practice instead of dreading it. Ready?   The Meditation Hack Nobody Mentions My advice is simple:...

Learn Your Workout Limits and Reduce Your Chances of Getting too Sore or Tired

Whatever your style of training is, whether you go to the gym, attend classes, swim, cycle or do any other form of exercise, we all have our own limits, and these are different for everyone. If you are struggling with feeling sore and tired after your workouts, or you question if you are pushing yourself too hard, then check out these tips to help you learn how to prepare well, and understand when you are pushing yourself too hard. Firstly, it can be perfectly normal to feel tired and sore after a workout, and you won’t feel like that forever, but there are also ways of preparing for a workout so that you can reduce your chances of getting too sore or tired afterward. What to do...

Top 3 Recovery Tips Post Workout

Your muscles are sore, achey, you feel tired and exhausted… and you’re thinking… “I thought exercise and training was supposed to make me feel more energetic and less tired?”. Well, it is still true, exercising regularly does make you feel more energetic and less tired. However, there is one key element to training and exercising that is just as important as doing the exercise, and that is RECOVERY! Recovery is all about what you are doing post-workout to help you get the absolute best out of your training, and to make sure you overcome that muscle soreness and fatigue as best as possible. From my experience as a Personal Trainer, I’m going to pick the Top 3 Essentials to help you recover faster! Food and Water -...

Do You Recharge Yourself As Much As You Recharge Your Phone?

Let me guess, you charge your phone every day, at least once a day, and you always check that you have enough battery on it to make it through… I would say that we are all probably quite good at keeping on top of this. However, how often are you paying attention to your own personal battery levels? What if we thought about ourselves and our own energy levels as much as we think about our phones? Our own energy levels are so important to how we experience things, how we feel day-to-day, and how we cope with and manage our lives. I would suggest, however, that many of us are not giving ourselves the time to recharge our batteries or take stock when we are...

In An Exercise Rut? Consider These Alternatives

Ok, so as a fitness professional I see a lot of people that haven’t quite found their mojo with exercise yet. They have tried lots of different things in the past but still have not found the thing that they really get true enjoyment and satisfaction from. I recently heard from one of my clients, that his friend’s advice to him was to find the thing that he really enjoys, because if he loves it then he is way more likely to stick with it for the long haul. I agree and think that is pretty sound advice, and as someone myself who has tried lots of different sports/exercise, I can appreciate that sentiment. Some of you reading this might resonate with that, you might...

Editor Picks: Cycle Trip Essentials

Whether you’re off on a cycling adventure or thinking about adding more cycling into your routine, here are some essentials that will really make your cycling experience even better. Having spent countless hours on my bicycles, and more hours reading reviews about the best items I can buy, I can share my ideas about what is always essential to have on any bike trip. 1 - Padded Undershorts by Endura Women's Padded Boxer Shorts from Wiggle, $47.21   These padded undershorts (also known as chamois shorts) are essential for your rides. Not everyone wears padded shorts, however, speaking from my experience, even when you have cycled thousands of kilometers on the same saddle it is still worth having some extra padding in your shorts. If there’s anything I can...

Cycling Trip Tips

Anyone that knows me, knows that I love cycling!!! In all its forms, on the road, mountain biking, cycle touring, and bike packing. For me, being on my bike gives me a great sense of freedom and achievement. I am able to go wherever I want, under my own steam, with the added bonus of it being a very healthy and eco-friendly way to travel. Having just come back from a big trip cycling the length of New Zealand, completing the Tour Aotearoa, my enthusiasm has been fueled even more. What’s more amazing, and makes me very happy, is that I am getting asked by other people if I think that they could ever do anything like that too. My answer of course is YES. You...

Top Picks for at-Home Workouts

So it's a new year and normally a time when there's a lot of new year's resolutions to join the gym and sign up for classes. However, many of you are still in lockdown and sadly won't have that luxury. Instead, lots of people around the world will have to continue to make do with working out at home and making the best of whatever is available. I am a personal trainer, and since covid, I have been adapting workouts for people to do in their homes with limited or no equipment. I totally understand that it's not easy to know what products are best to get, so I have compiled a list of my 5 top picks of equipment so that you can still...

Winter Pandemic Wellbeing Tips

Winter is fast approaching and, as the year comes to a close, I think many of us will be contemplating what this winter will be like, and how we can get through it amidst the continued challenges of Covid. I do have some friends and family that love the winter season, they love to get warm and cozy by the fire, wearing nice, thick winter jumpers and even thicker socks. However, not all of us share this love of the cold season and the dark days that it brings with it, so I thought I could sprinkle a few suggestions out there to try and keep any winter blues away and to keep our wellbeing at the top of the priority list.   Create your own support...

4 Steps to Better Understand and Improve Your Own Wellness

We are heading towards the end of what has been a tough year for everyone, and one thing that this year has taught me is how important it is to keep my wellness a top priority. Understanding your own wellness and what it really means is the starting point for then learning how to improve it. So firstly, let’s define wellness;   “ the active pursuit of activities, choices and lifestyles that lead to a state of holistic health .”- The Global Wellness Institute   This means your wellness is not just about how well you feel physically or health-wise, it is a whole combination of all areas of your life. We can break this up into 8 subcategories: finance, social, intellect, emotion, occupation, environment, spirit, and physical.   Your wellness...