All posts tagged: Energy

How to food plan like a rock star

Before I started my health kick I used to open the fridge door at work at look at the shelves of homemade lunches with envy. There they stood, packed lovingly the night before full of healthy looking goodness. I wanted to be like those who made at work food look so easy. The owners of this food also didn’t have to spend 20 minutes of precious lunchtime hunting for something reasonably healthy to eat. And then pay $15 for the privilege of enjoying said meal. Fortunately, like all those who had come before me, after some investigation I realised that I too could do the food from home thing. All it would take is a little planning, some consideration and confidence and of course, lots of experimentation! You see, bringing healthy, delicious food from home isn’t actually that hard (I know – shock horror!) you just have to prioritise it and apply some savvy organisation tips to the process. Two years later and I’m now a food prep queen (if I don’t say so myself) …

The art of aerial yoga

It’s a no brainer that mixing up your approach to exercise is important to maintaining a strong body and healthy mind. To add a little spice to my routine, last week I joined fitness platform KFit as a local ambassador – my goal being to keep things challenging. Well,  I found the perfect starting block… on Monday I tried my first ever AntiGravity yoga class! As I walked into the beautiful studio at Beyond Fitness Australia it occurred to me that I hadn’t really considered what it would be like to do yoga upside down before committing to the class. That quickly changed as l found myself about to attempt a spider-man inversion. I was soon dangling from the ceiling contemplating what exactly I had signed up for. Aerial yoga certainly isn’t for the faint hearted, but it is something I could easily become very addicted to doing. For those not in the know, AntiGravity or aerial yoga is a combination of traditional yoga and Pilates using a silk hammock that hangs from the ceiling. …

Upping the fitness ante

Had you seen me a few months ago you would have noticed that I’d become a lazy lass.  It was cold outside so I went on an exercise hiatus. The temptation to stay in bed was just too strong. Ahh yeah, we’ve all been there… Fortunately a few weeks ago I managed to spur on my inner exercise spirit and get back into moving my body. And yes, as soon as I did there was a positive and noticeable change in both my mood and energy. It was a needed reminder that working out is not only good for the body but also good for the soul. Avid readers and Instagram followers will know that I currently do a boot camp down on Sydney’s Northern Beaches three mornings a week. When I moved to Mosman, I tried a new location but there’s just something about the beach and sun rising over the ocean that has me – it’s so blissful and calming. I find my days started with exercise and the beach are my best. …

Guest Post: The Well-Planned Wife on the ripple effect of tiredness

Do you ever feel like you’re constantly yawning and fighting off that heavy eye feeling? If you’re one for the 8am, 10am, 2pm and 3pm coffee pick-me-up, perhaps it’s time to reevaluate how you manage your energy levels.  No surprises, sleep and food intake play a big role in how active and alert we feel throughout the day. Today I’m sharing with you a guest post on the ripple effect of tiredness from my friend Mel who blogs over at The Well-Planned Wife. Mel was fortunate enough to recently attend Dr Libby’s Beautiful You Weekend in May and she’s sharing with us what she’s learnt about getting the most from everyday. Lessons from Dr Libby: the ripple effect of tiredness I thought I’d share another thing I learnt at Dr Libby‘s Beautiful You Weekend in May and it’s a topic that particularly resonates with me at the moment. So many of us feel tired regularly, and most of us just ignore it and keep on going (or reach for that chocolate at 3pm). But guess …

The relaxation response; how quietening the mind can be incredibly powerful

It’s well known that our bodies have a response that we switch on when danger is present – it’s called the fight or flight response. For those who don’t know what this is – when we’re faced with immediate danger (say a lion jumping out in front of us while on a walk) our body switches on in an unprecedented way. It prepares to either stay and fight or to get out of there as quickly as possible. What happens when this response activates? Our bodies fire up turning on a turbo charge of energy. Hormones like adrenalin and cortisol are released, our heart rate and blood pressure go up, the blood vessels to our muscles open to get extra fuel, sugars and fats pump in to the blood stream and we start to sweat to keep ourselves cool during exertion. Our bodies also pump out inflammatory chemicals to active our immune cells, our senses start to sharpen, and we begin mobilising for tissue repair, all while the attention centre in our brain is lighting …