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6 Most Common Running Errors

If you’re a runner then this is a must-read list for you. We have isolated the 6 most common running errors that can lead to injury. By correcting bad habits early on you can avoid pain and ensure a safe, efficient running style. We start our list with the easiest through to the hardest to correct: 1. Overlapping Feet When your feet cross the mid-line this increases stress from the arch to hip on all structures. Try to...

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Top 10 Immunity Boosting Foods

With the end of the year fast approaching our energy levels are often low an our list of things to get done just seems to get longer by the day. This combination usually means a drop in immunity and the onset of stubborn coughs and colds. Including some key immunity boosters in your daily diet will help to ensure you keep your immune system strong and healthy so you can keep enjoying the fun of the season. Here are our...

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For clarity and calm… just take 5

While we're not suggesting you jump onto your desk and meditate when things get stressful at work, you can however, take a few minutes to de-stress.. A few minutes of deep breathing will go a long way to calm your mind and re-energise your body. - Sit securely in your chair, feet flat to the floor, hands on thighs. Ensure you're sitting tall and not slouching. - Close your eyes, taking your attention fully to your breath. -...

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Maximise Your Hydration

We all know it’s important to drink water to stay hydrated but when are the best times to drink so we maximise the effect on our bodies and minds (and avoid late night bathroom visits!). Eight glasses per day is widely considered the optimal amount to be drinking. If the weather is particularly hot or you are taking part in more than mild exercise, then this amount should increase. When to drink? Use this as a guide: Upon...

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Skin Stress and how to beat it

When we’re stressed it seems that it all plays out on our skin, whether that’s the onset of adult acne, dark circles or increased dryness and dehydration. Here are some guidelines on how to tackle stress internally and externally. Look at your diet. If you’ve seen an increase in white foods, those with flour, yeast as well as sugar, start to cut these down. We’re naturally drawn to these foods when tired and stressed as they provide...

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Top Tips to staying active when life gets busy

The silly season is just around the corner so what better time to share our top tips to staying active when things start to get busy. 1. Anything is better than nothing. You may have planned to do that double class or go for a 10km run but that window of time just got squeezed. Don't feel guilty - take action and do something active. Even it's taking the dog for a walk or a quick set...

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Your Core

We talk alot about the Core muscles but what exactly are they? The abdominal muslces attach themselves to the pelvis, ribs and indirectly to the lumbar spine. They offer support, while the muscles of the back are layered, with each separate layer working to balance the spine. The deep abdominals, otherwise known as postural muscles, are commonly referred to as the core. Essentially, the 4 major core muscles (described below) connect your upper body to your lower body. 1.   The Transversus Abdominis...

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Power of the Pose: Crow

Why is it that many of us find arm balances so scary? The good news with this one is that you stay close to the ground and it's actually easier than it looks! Crow pose is a great way to tone and build strength through the arms, wrists, core, upper back and legs as well as opening up the groin. Regular practice will also improve balance, concentration, body awareness and control. Start in a yogic squat with your heels a few...

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8 time saving hacks for working mums

As working mothers there just never seems to be enough hours in the day to get it all done. Try out these realistic hacks to bring the balance back into your life: Prioritise your sleep. We all know that functioning on too little sleep can lead to irritability, inefficiency and ultimately, health issues. If you do nothing else, ensure you’re getting the right amount of sleep. Schedule bedtime like any other meeting (and ensure the kids...

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The Importance of Healthy Snacking

Mid-meal snacking is the most challenging part for people when it comes to making appropriate choices within their daily dietary pattern. This is where most of us tend to stray from our otherwise healthy diet and undo all our awesome work.  Saying this, snacking between meals is extremely essential: To maintain balanced blood sugar levels; To keep you satisfied for longer and manage appetite control; To maximise energy levels; To maximise concentration levels; and, When done right, maximise beneficial nutrient...

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