Cat Woods is the founder of Ballet Sculpt. She’s also a vinyasa yoga, barre and mat Pilates teacher in Melbourne. Cat has been blogging and writing for local and international media on health, fitness, arts and lifestyle for over 8 years. She presents on plant-based eating and fitness for community and corporate groups also. Discover her five minute routine to fire up your core muscles at the start of the day. “Whether I’m teaching a few classes, or whether I’m going to spend hours of my morning at the laptop, I always start my day the same way.
Exercise is important all year round. It helps clear the mind, balance emotions and strengthens and tones our bodies. One reason people often give up an exercise routine is because the weather changes. You get used to exercising at a certain time of day and when the temperature suddenly heats up or cools down, it can throw us off… WINTER – its harder in the winter to wake up early. It’s just so cold! Exercising after work or a busy day is less appealing when it gets dark earlier. SUMMER – excessive heat can make us less motivated to exercise. We have to be careful of sun exposure outside and also battle humidity and fatigue that sap our drive to exercise.
Lilian Dikmans is an Australian model, actress and Muay Thai fighter at a professional level. She is also the founder of popular blog ‘Real Food Healthy Body’, launched in 2013, where she shares her tips for healthy food, fitness and beauty. “Most days, I want my skin to look fresh, clear, and like I’m not wearing any makeup. Of course this starts with good skincare. But if you want to give yourself a little boost, this quick natural makeup base is my everyday solution. When I want my face to look and feel super-natural, I leave out cream-based foundations. That’s what I’ve done here. The result is so light that you could wear it while working out if you wanted to. I’m a big believer that it’s important to use cosmetics that are also good for your skin. I think it’s worth the investment as it helps to ensure that your skin remains in good condition over time. I used Ere Perez cosmetics to get this look. The products are all natural and I find …
Gemma Dawkins is a writer and Barre Body instructor who lives in Sydney. While working as a contemporary dancer and choreographer, she fell into Barre and quickly realised that it would be her next adventure. After immersing herself in the world of barre and pilates she now delivers trainings as part of the Barre Body Teacher Training team, and is Barre Body’s marketing coordinator. ‘It’s no secret that exercise is a crucial part of wellbeing – as important for your mental health as it is for your body. There’s nothing exciting or groundbreaking about that. We also know that greens are better for us than guacamole, but I’ll still take Taco Tuesday over Kale kill-me-now-day every time.
Stan Veniaminov is a personal trainer based in Bondi, Australia. Read about his tips on how to keep fit and stay healthy when on a vegan diet. ‘I think being vegan and fit can be bit tricky, but as long as you focus on eating food high in nutrition, especially essential amino acids, then you will be fine. Lets take breakfast for example. First of all when I wake up during 1st hour of being awake I drink around 1-1.5L of water to make sure body is well hydrated and energised to kickstart my daily activities. Then, after 2 hours, I make breakfast, usually smoothie or acai bowl, loaded with oats, bananas, peanut butter or walnuts, chia seeds, crunchy granola (my fav) and plant-based protein (PranaOn is my fav).
Stan is a personal trainer based in Bondi, Australia. A few years ago, he decided to go vegan. He tells us how to be fit and vegan. Tell us how and why you decide to go vegan? I’ve just started becoming more conscious, wasn’t feeling right while eating meat, kind of disgusted feeling when your plate is covered in blood. Then, friends of mine send me few videos on animal cruelty and that put final stop to consuming animal products. It’s the best decision I have ever made.
Fitness and food coach Diana of Bodybewell reminds us of the importance of stretching. Check out her tips here: How many times have you heard a trainer, fitness guru or your coach say, “You must stretch, you need to stretch, remember your stretches.” Sound familiar? Wether you are a walker, runner or a weight lifter, your muscles may be tightening due to the load placed on it during the activity you are performing. Muscle tightness can limit your range of motion and this may also cause a muscle imbalance. So think about a time you may have gone for a run and felt sore and stiff the next day. This is muscle tightness.
Have you ever stopped to think how many times during the week you wish it was Friday to get to that beloved Saturday? We haven’t even finished our Sunday before we’re sad it’s ending and that Monday is looming. This means we are missing out on enjoying our 5 days of the week, and with 52 weeks in a year, that’s a lot of time being wasted wishing away for the weekend, instead of enjoying the moment.
As we have mentioned before, there are so many ways to boost your mood and one of the best is keeping yourself active. Exercise should be a necessity in our daily routine. It helps to not only keep a balanced weight, but to improve sleep cycles and quality, combat illness and boost energy.
Marathon season is under way and you may be tempted to get the running bug. And why not? Running is one of the best ways to get fit, healthy and change shape; it gives you mental and physical strength; time out from your busy life and a chance to get out into the fresh air and run free. Running can: Help to build strong bones, as it is a weight bearing exercise Strengthen muscles Improve cardiovascular fitness Burn plenty of kilojoules Help maintain a healthy weight The great thing about running is pretty much the most natural way of getting and staying fit: You can do it anywhere, do it alone or with friends; do it on the beach, in the park, round your neighbourhood (it’s great for getting a daily slice of local life!) or if the weather’s rubbish, on a running machine, if you have access to one. All you really need to invest in is a good pair of running shoes. Running shoes are the one piece of equipment you’ll need, and …