Yoga for Complete Beginners – Yoga Class 20 Minutes

This is another incredible yoga video for if you’re a little on the stressed side. It is ridiculously easy, even for beginners, but I think the relaxation value in it is just great. It’s a lovely intro to yoga for those who have never done it at all, but I actually just loved listening to the soothing tones of this yogi’s voice. He’s just too lovely. You don’t even have to watch the video, just listen to the instruction with your eyes closed and breathe…

Yoga for Stress Relief

Guess what bunnies?! Stress is BAD. Bad bad bad bad very bad! And we collectively have it in excessive amounts at the moment, don’t we? You know how you have a picture in your head of a tall and skinny corporate woman who lives off of stress and coffee? So then you think to yourself “well, maybe all this stress will at least make me skinny”? That’s not real. That’s a picture you (and I) get from watching too much TV and reading too many books in which no one is ever regular-sized. Without going into too much detail, excessive stress causes an overproduction of a hormone called cortisol. This lovely little hormone in turn can cause a rather serious extra bit of padding around your belly. And sometimes, no matter how well you eat and how much you exercise, that excessive stress stands in the way of you reaching your weight loss goals.

So, for today, I would like you to forget about the heavy cardio workout (you can do it later if you must) and give yourself the gift of a little much needed stress relief.

This video is great. Adriene is just lovely, and delightfully quirky. Her cat/cow variation move is delicious.

Treat yourself to a nice cup of camomile tea when you’re done. Instant zen.

7 Signs of Dehydration

We all know that keeping hydrated is an essential element to maintaining a healthy lifestyle, but it is something that a lot of folks do struggle with. While the average healthy adult should be able to rely on their thirst to ensure adequate hydration, sometimes we need a little nudge in this department. I’m going to go ahead and call “being busy” one of the leading causes of mild dehydration. This is, of course, totally understandable. But, the problem is that making a habit of neglecting your hydration levels is going to make it harder for you to keep up with that busy schedule of yours. So, best make a habit of sipping on that bottle of water!

Here are some signs that your body needs a little more water: (more…)

Why should you add Herbalife shakes to your healthy lifestyle?

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  • Source of protein from dairy and soy (18 g per serving).
  • Quick to whip up, a Formula 1 Shake Mix is a convenient alternative to a high-kilojoule breakfast, lunch or dinner.
  • Soy protein: providing essential amino acids.
  • Provides essential vitamins and minerals.
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How can it help you?

When trying to lose or manage your weight, it’s important to maintain a nutritionally balanced diet. A shake like Formula 1  Shake Mix helps you to control your kilojoule intake whilst also providing essential vitamins and minerals, with carbohydrates and protein.

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Quick Tip: Always Make a Great Shake

When it comes to talking about shakes, I always make it very clear to folks that they should put a little effort into making their shakes taste good, to ensure that they continue to find their shakes enjoyable. This is incredibly important when making long-term lifestyle changes because if you aren’t enjoying your shake, it is going to be very easy to stop taking it even after you have started experiencing positive results.

I think that something psychologically positive happens when you really enjoy what you are feeding your body. I’m not talking about satisfying that crazy and unexplainable need to devour a KFC family meal all by yourself, I’m talking about that feeling you get when you fuel your body with something positive.

Have you ever eaten something healthy and sort of felt like your body might be sighing with relief? I love that feeling! That feeling motivates me. And because of this feeling, it is so important to make a bit of an effort with your shakes.

Do you have a favourite shake recipe? I’d love for you to share it!

Otherwise if you need some ideas why don’t you pop in at the Lifestyle Wellness Hub at The Crusaders in St. George’s Cricket Grounds and speak to the professionals? We’ve gotten really good at this shake lifestyle!

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3 Health Benefits of Yoga

I’m a fan of yoga. I’m no guru, of course. Or, yogi, for that matter. I’m naturally bendy so that’s a plus but I’m not particularly strong so yoga tends to beat me often. The strength will improve as I keep it up. The thing is though, if there were no benefits to yoga other than the stress relief that I get from the practice, that would be enough. There are, however, numerous benefits to maintaining a regular yoga practice. The conscientious  among us might notice even the smallest of benefits after each session. It is always good to take stock of how you are feeling before and after your practice, and keep these niggles in mind as inspiration to continue.

Here are just 3 great benefits to establishing a regular practice:

1. Improved flexibility

It takes a surprisingly short amount of time to notice a vast improvement in your flexibility once you start practicing yoga. Touching your toes may seem like an impossibility today, but that doesn’t mean it’s not an inevitability. This flexibility will in turn go a long way to alleviating pains that arise from tight joints and muscle tension.

2. Build Muscle

Yoga combines muscle building with flexibility which leads to strong, toned muscles (which look beautiful) coupled with the health benefits of having stronger muscles. such as better protection against ailments like arthritis and back pain.

3. Better Posture

There’s something commanding about a good posture, and yoga can help you get one. Aside from the aesthetics, though, an improved posture may very well lead to improved health all round. A bad posture can, for instance, cause that feeling of constant fatigue. Improving your posture can also help with muscle and joint pain.

5 Reasons That You’re Always Tired

Life in the 21st century can be pretty hectic and it’s easy to use the busyness of our lives as a reason for the fact that we are always tired. Do you ever get that? Somehow you manage a good night’s sleep but you wake up barely refreshed, so you desperately reach for that first cup of coffee? And then the first cup quickly turns into the second, the fifth, the eighth…doesn’t it?

Our lives, however, do not have to be lived through rivers of caffeine while we hold our thumbs in hope of getting through another day. Sometimes, the reasons for our relentless fatigue are quite simple, and because they stem from simple lifestyle choices, they may be remedied with equally simple changes.

Reason 1: You’re Skipping Breakfast

We’ve all been taught that breakfast is the most important meal of the day, and yet so few of us ensure that our morning meal is a good one. We make do with a cup of coffee and one the odd occasion indulge in a slice of toast with jam. It’s not enough. Your breakfast sets you up for the day and plays a big role in your energy levels. You need protein and healthy fats and fibre. It’s a fairly simple combination, but if you’re feeling weary about it, the easiest route might be to make yourself a smoothie with our Formula 1 Protein Shake. That way you can take the guess work out of preparing yourself a healthy breakfast and feel confident that you have consumed a balanced meal before starting your day.

Reason 2: You’re Not Drinking Enough Water

Even the slightest bit of dehydration can play havoc on your energy levels. Increasing your water intake could easily be all it takes to improve your day.

Reason 3: You Keep Eating Junk Food

High GI foods cause your blood sugar levels to spike and then drop. This is no way to achieve good energy levels!

Reason 4: You Skip Exercise

It may seem like skipping your workout in favour of conserving a bit of energy is a good idea, but exercise plays a huge role in increased energy levels. If a big workout is too daunting, try a brisk walk instead.

Reason 5: You’re Drinking Before Bedtime

Yes, that glass of wine makes you feel like you’ve slept a little better, but alcohol ultimately sabotages your sleep as it is digested. It is understood to be best to stop drinking alcohol for up to four hours before you go to bed.