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. Advertisements
Rosie Mansfield is a qualified Nutritionist based in her adopted home of Manly Beach, Sydney. Check her 5 easy ways to break an unhealthy eating pattern. “Start a food diary Pretty much the most affordable, simple and effective habit changing aid. Observe your eating (and drinking) patterns to begin the ground work to positive change. I like to do one once a month to simply stay on track. Download a free food diary here.
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).
We’re always so happy to collaborate with beautiful brands, and Edible Beauty is definitely one of them. Anna Mitsios, founder of Edible Beauty, firmly believes that we can all be beautiful by nurturing our body, mind and soul. Discover here one of her most recent bog post, where she shares how to take care of yourself and your body during pregnancy. “Whilst there is an abundance of information regarding foods to avoid during pregnancy, there lot of confusion around what women should be using on their bodies. This is equally important given we can absorb approximately 60% of what we put on our skin and given the placenta is not the barrier we once thought.
Lilian Dikmans is a blogger and model based in Melbourne, Australia. Her aim is to inspire people who are searching for practical ways to improve their health and wellbeing. Here is her vegan, gluten free and dairy free recipe of ‘mexican rainbow bowl’.
Claudia is a renowned Mexican athlete and Health Coach who, through the Private Practice of Holistic Nutrition, Physical Activity and High Performance Training and Food Psychology (One-on-One Counseling), has helped more than 1,000 people personally achieve Health goals. “We constantly fight with body inflammation because it seems to affect us everywhere. We become inflamed when we eat processed foods, when we exceed sugar, when our food is full of flour and refined oils. However, bad nutrition is not the only factor that produces inflammation; sedentary lifestyle, excessive exercise, emotional and physical stress, excessive consumption of medicines and the use of body products containing harmful ingredients are also all causes of body inflammation.
There is something of the perfectionist in all of us. We may not be aware of it, but in some aspect of our lives, careers and relationships, we want things to be perfect. While this can be a great motivating force, the desire to be perfect can also serve as a huge blockage to us taking the small steps to reach our goals – in life, healthy living and fitness. I’ve been thinking about this recently because I am currently learning to surf. I love it! Or I love parts of it. Being out in the ocean, immersing myself in natural surrounds, the thrill of jumping up on the board (or trying to!) and catching a small wave to the shore is an incredible rush. In the process of learning though, there are so many aspects of surfing that I am bad, no, terrible at. I get scared often, I’m always in the way of other surfers, I fall off a lot, sometimes I hurt myself and on the odd occasion, I don’t even want …
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.
There is nothing worse that lugging a big suitcase around on holiday. We’ve all done it – stuffed that huge black bag to bursting and regretted it. Those who travel well, travel light. They are minimalist in their approach to packing and excessive in the rewards they reap. No dragging the heavy case up flights of steps, missing the train, battling on escalators and getting in and out of cabs. Hotel on the top of a hill? Not a problem at all! Mostly, we over-pack because we’re trying to control the uncontrollable. We want to account for every eventuation. An outfit for every occasion, every season, every moment – we don’t want to be caught short or not looking our best.
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.