Power your Performance with Plants

I’m really excited to see that exercise nutrition is finally moving away from just talking about carbohydrates, protein and fats, and is now beginning to investigate the effect of overall eating habits on sport performance. Why does this matter? Because the daily food choices you make have a significant effect on your overall health. Being … Continue reading Power your Performance with Plants

Do these 6 exercises to strengthen your swim-bike-run core

Whether you swim, bike, run or do all three, having a strong and stable core is essential. This requires more than doing sit ups and having a six pack. When you swim your core extends from your hips to your upper back, giving you the stability and alignment for good rotation and a long powerful … Continue reading Do these 6 exercises to strengthen your swim-bike-run core

Do these 2 Poses to Boost Your Recovery

What do you do after a hard training session or race to rest your body? Lie on the couch? Sit in an icy cold bath? Pull on your compression socks and head out to the nearest café for a feed? Yoga is wonderful toolbox for an athlete because you can always find a pose that … Continue reading Do these 2 Poses to Boost Your Recovery

Eat Right for Optimal Recovery

There are two main types of recovery for athletes. Firstly, the immediate recovery between There are two main types of recovery for athletes. Firstly, the immediate recovery between training sessions; secondly, the recovery reserve that gives you resilience and allows you to build on your training week after week, month after month. Eating the right … Continue reading Eat Right for Optimal Recovery

To blend or to fork your food – what’s best for health & energy?

I’ve been asked a few times recently whether smoothies are a better way to get vital nutrients and to promote good health, compared to eating well at each meal. The current blending trend with smoothies in bowls and toppings of ‘superfoods’ makes various claims such as improved digestion, increased vitamin and mineral absorption, quicker weight … Continue reading To blend or to fork your food – what’s best for health & energy?

The Yoga Core

A key element in physical forms of yoga is mastering the flow of breath and energy around your body. This is developed with the use of internal locks (called ‘bhandas’) which are mechanisms that act like locks. The three main locks are located in the areas of the throat, diaphragm and pelvis. When the locks … Continue reading The Yoga Core

How Yoga Can Give You A Performance Edge

Why do I recommend adding yoga into your training regime? Yoga is an excellent practice for developing: overall flexibility and ease of movement,core stability,structural balance and alignment,improved blood flow and lymphatic drainage,supportive breathing patterns, andobjective self-awareness. Most people think yoga is just about being stretchy and it’s a well-known fact that static stretching improves flexibility. … Continue reading How Yoga Can Give You A Performance Edge

YOGA & EXERCISE AFTER BREAST SURGERY – 6 months and beyond

At six months there was still some residual healing to be done. The scars had faded considerably, however there was still an area of numbness directly above the scars on both sides.  At my 6 months check-up the doctor said it can take up to a year for normal sensation to return because of the … Continue reading YOGA & EXERCISE AFTER BREAST SURGERY – 6 months and beyond

YOGA & EXERCISE AFTER BREAST SURGERY – 12 Weeks Post Op

At the 3 month point I am feeling very comfortable. I still have a minor loss of sensation above the incision areas on both sides but I expect this will eventually return. I've had no discomfort in running as a result of the surgery. Yoga Practice: There are still some limitations in my yoga practice … Continue reading YOGA & EXERCISE AFTER BREAST SURGERY – 12 Weeks Post Op

YOGA & EXERCISE AFTER BREAST SURGERY – Weeks 7 & 8 Post Op

I started back running on day 43 post surgery and was surprised at how comfortable I felt. With a high impact bra I had no bounce, and my breasts didn't feel any different to running pre-surgery. By my 5th run (8 days later) I was up to 60 minutes at a relaxed pace, so it … Continue reading YOGA & EXERCISE AFTER BREAST SURGERY – Weeks 7 & 8 Post Op