Healthy Inspirations Recipe of the Week – Chicken Florentine

September 21, 2017

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Pan-fried chicken served with garlic-flavoured spinach – it even looks healthy! Serves 4

Ingredients

¼ tsp pepper
500g chicken breasts or thighs, cut in half
1 Tbsp olive oil
500g fresh spinach, or 250g packet frozen spinach
3 Tbsp shredded basil
1 clove garlic, minced
80g grated parmesan

Method

  1. Sprinkle the pepper over each chicken piece. Place to the side.
  2. Heat a frying pan to medium and add the oil. Add chicken pieces and gently cook for 10 mins or until cooked through, turning once.
  3. Wash and drain fresh spinach, then place spinach, basil and garlic in a large saucepan with ¼ cup water and cook until spinach is wilted (approx 2 mins). Drain off excess liquid and toss with a fork.
  4. Place spinach on a serving plate and arrange chicken on top. Sprinkle with parmesan and serve immediately.
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The ABC’s of Emotions

September 17, 2017
A practical framework for becoming aware of and working with emotional intensity and transforming emotional struggle into inner wisdom.

Have you ever felt so angry that every time you think back on it you’re angry again? Or experienced fear that never really went away? Stubborn emotions can feel like rocks lodged in your gut. But no matter how heavy they feel, emotions are not fixed or permanent. Like a weather system moving across a landscape, our emotional world might be cloudy for days—it might even experience a sudden volcanic eruption—but  they inevitably transform. In this interview from 10% Happier, mindfulness teacher Oren J. Sofer explores how to harness awareness and transform emotional intensity into wisdom.

The ABCs of Emotions

“A” is for Awareness

The first step is to be aware. Ask yourself: How am I feeling right now? Simply answering this question names the experience and creates a jumping-off point for a workable relationship with the emotion. Labeling an emotional state organizes the chaos in the mind so you can begin to notice and work with it more effectively. Cultivating awareness helps form the habit of acknowledging when an emotion has taken center stage, and naming the emotion provides space to work more skillfully with its drama.

“B” is for Balance

As your awareness grows, you’ll likely notice more often how difficult it is to stay balanced in the throes of emotional intensity—this is normal.  Balance does not mean never being knocked off kilter. It means being okay with the internal rollercoaster and having a willingness to go along for the ride. Pushing away unpleasantness or desperately clawing for a better experience actually feeds the power an emotion has. Instead, try to stay with the emotion. Notice what it feels like in that moment without trying to change it. Taking this balanced stance builds confidence in your ability to remain in any experience and have the endurance to witness emotions as they ebb and flow.

Pushing away unpleasantness or desperately clawing for a better experience actually feeds the power an emotion has.

“C” is for Curiosity and Care

Next, dig deeper and investigate the emotion. Be curious how it feels in the body. Does it feel tingly? Or hot? Where is the emotion most intense? Dropping out of your stories and into your bodily sensations deprives the emotion of reinforcement from thoughts, and eventually it will lose momentum. Curiosity also can reveal when an emotion has become too intense. At this point, it is important to take care of yourself by stepping back until you feel ready to return to your practice. Knowing when you need to exercise care is an important skill when working with emotional intensity in a way that is compassionate toward yourself.

“S” is for Support

When emotions reach a certain threshold where they are too intense to work with productively, tap into your support network. Support can come from friends, family, healthy habits, or resources available to you. Support can also come from inner states of mind, like cultivating self-compassion, loving-kindness, patience, and gratitude. Utilize your external and internal support networks when emotions become too overwhelming. Feeling connected during times of emotional turbulence will help you take better care of your well being and gently work with turning intensity into wisdom.

For more from Oren J. Sofer and Dan Harris, check out some free guided meditations from 10% Happier.

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Healthy Inspirations Recipe of the Week – Creamy Mushrooms

September 14, 2017

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This could be a side dish or a topping for steak, but however you use it it’s fabulous. You could even cook some chicken into the mix to make a one-pot meal. Serves 4

Ingredients

2 Tbsp butter
2 onions, chopped
4 cloves garlic, minced
250g portobello mushrooms, chopped with tough portion of stems removed
250g button mushrooms, sliced
to taste, sea salt and freshly ground black pepper
¼ cup beef stock
½ cup coconut milk
1 Handful of fresh thyme leaves
2 spring onions, chopped

Method

  1. Heat a large skillet over a medium heat and add the butter. Stir-in the onions and garlic. Cook until they begin to brown, about 7 minutes.
  2. Add the mushrooms and season to taste with sea salt and freshly ground black pepper. Cook until moisture evaporates entirely.
  3. Add the stock as well and coconut milk and stir well to ensure that the flavours are dispersed evenly.
  4. Once the mushrooms have simmered for a few minutes, add the thyme leaves, spring onions and adjust the salt and pepper seasoning. Allow to sit on a low heat for a few more minutes so that it thickens.
  5. Serve with grilled steak and steamed veggies.

Healthy Inspirations Recipe of the Week – Low Carb Nachos

September 7, 2017

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Coffs Coast Health Club eNews – September 2017

September 3, 2017

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EXCITING NEW TIMETABLE FOR SPRING!

Spring is here – and with Spring comes our new timetable. We have a number of exciting changes for this quarter for both MOONEE and TOORMINA, all of which have been made due to the feedback and requests from our fabulous members!

TOORMINA

•    We now have BALANCE at 6.00am in the Main Studio on Wednesdays
•    METAFIT has been added as a FREE and timetabled class and will be on at 6.30pm on Tuesdays and Thursdays in the BOXING/CIRCUIT studio
•    We have all new Circuit style HIIT classes  – CC55.  CC55 is on Mondays at 6.30pm, Wednesdays at 6.30pm and Thursdays at 9.30am in the BOXING/CIRCUIT studio
•    Due to popular demand we have added Wednesday night childminding from 5.15pm – 7.45pm

MOONEE

•    We have introduced ZUMBA GOLD on 10.30am on Tuesdays.
•    METAFIT has been added as a FREE and timetabled class at 6.30pm on Tuesdays
•    The all new Circuit style HIIT class – CC55 will now be on at 6.00am on Thursdays
•    Due to popular demand we have added Monday night childminding from 5.15pm – 7.45pm
•    We will be extending Saturday morning childminding from 7.15am – 10.45am

All of these exciting new classes and changes begin from Friday the 1st of September.  We LOVE making positive changes and we hope you enjoy these awesome additions to the timetable! Pick up a copy of the new timetable from your club’s Reception today, or visit the online timetable here.

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FREE COMMUNITY OPEN WEEKS!
It’s our birthday but we are giving you the presents by opening up the clubs for a week of FREE fitness & fun! This year the Open Weeks line up perfectly with our Les Mills Launch days, which means double the celebration!

For our South side community, the Toormina Club will have an open week from the 4th until the 10th of September, culminating with our Les Mills launch on Super Saturday the 9th.

For our North side community, the Moonee Club will have an open week from the 11th until the 17th of September, kicking off on Mad Monday Launch Day!

For their respective Open Week, each club will be offering FREE ENTRY, FREE CLASSES, FREE CHILDMINDING and a very special SAVING OF OVER $200 for anyone who joins during the week. Plus, for our members, bring your friends and family in during the week and receive TWO WEEKS FREE for each person that joins because of you. We can’t wait to see you during our Community Open Weeks for 2017!

 

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LAST 2017 PERSONAL TRAINER COURSE STARTING SOON!
Live your dream in 2018! The fitness industry is booming. With an increased focus on health and fitness there is unprecedented growth and demand for high quality personal trainers and fitness professionals.

“Personal Training courses are not all created equal. I started an online one & I ended up wasting my time & money. This course run by Dan is so interactive & fun! I am gaining all of the skills & confidence I need to become a personal trainer in a real gym with motivation from real people. I see why AIPT are the leaders now, I love it!” R. Sampson

Get qualified and learn in the region’s most awarded health club, from the region’s most experienced personal trainers. Our very own Daniel Tempest is taking applications right now for the final Personal Training course this year and with ONLY a few positions left, your time is running out to turn your dream into reality.

Call the Coffs Coast Campus Manager Dan on 0432 579 221 or email him via coffscoast@aipt.com.au for further information!

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SPRING INTO FITNESS & SAVE!

Now is the time to start sculpting that summer body you’ve been dreaming of! As the weather starts to warm-up it’s easier to get your body moving and undertake regular exercise. For the month of September we are making it even easier to get started or get back into it by:

-Waiving the Joining Fee (save $149)
-Including a FREE Personal Training session
-Giving you all the benefits of our full membership with 24/7 access, access to over 65 group exercise classes per week and 2 convenient locations, just to name a few!

These inclusions will save you well over $200, putting that summer body right in your grasp! Hurry, there are only 25 of these packages available across both clubs so beat the summer rush and start your fitness journey right now! Call 1300 040 479, email lee@coffscoasthc.com.au for Moonee or tori@coffscoasthc.com.au for Toormina or pop into either club now. Alternatively, you can join online now. 
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FROM CANADA TO THE COFFS COAST – HE’S HERE TO HELP!
While moving to the opposite side of the planet is a daunting prospect for many, Mihai Mitrache did it to follow his dream.  Having grown up and studied in Canada, the opportunity to complete his Masters in Physiotherapy through the highly acclaimed course at Sydney Uni was too good to pass up. His love of the Australian lifestyle has been what brought him to the Coffs Coast in January to join the team at Mid North Coast Physio.

How can Mihai help you?

1. Injury prevention
Whether you’re playing sports or working a physical job, the best way to stop pain is to prevent it. I can run you through a functional assessment to determine if you’re at risk of injury and use those results to put together a preventative treatment plan for you.

2. Lower back pain
You don’t have to live with lower back pain, even if it’s just a niggle. Hands on physio, dry needling, and a little bit of exercise can do wonders to keep your back in great shape no matter how old you are.

3. Headaches
Many headaches actually stem from stiffness in the neck joints and a postural imbalance of the neck muscles. With a little bit of hands on work and gentle stretching, I can help you reduce the number of headaches you suffer from all while improving your posture and range of motion in your neck.

4. Post-surgical rehabilitation
Whether it’s a knee reconstruction, joint replacement, arthroscopy, or lower back surgery, I can help you re-gain your function and decrease your pain. In fact, my goal is always to get you back stronger than you were before!

5. Shoulder problems
The shoulder joint is the most flexible joint in the whole body, and it’s for that very reason that it’s the joint most often injured. I can help you restore normal function, range, strength, and reduce pain in your shoulder.

If this sounds like something you could benefit from, you can give the admin team at Mid North Coast Physio a call and request a FREE assessment with Mihai. Simply call 1300 27 37 47 to book – these appointments are limited so call now.

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BLACK and BLING – LES MILLS LAUNCHES!

We will be bringing all the latest moves and music to your favourite Les Mills classes at the beginning of September when we celebrate the fabulous new releases.  Launch classes are always lots of FUN and they will all be team taught by our enthusiastic and dedicated instructors. The theme for these launches is BLACK and BLING so get out your favourite black lycra and team it with a little bling. There will be awesome prizes for best dressed so why not go crazy with the glitter, the diamantes and the sparkles!

SUPER SATURDAY at TOORMINA – 9th of September

PUMP               7.30am
ATTACK           8.30am
CYCLE             8.30am
BALANCE        9.30am

MONDAY MADNESS at MOONEE – 11th of September

PUMP               6.00am
BALANCE        9.30am
ATTACK           5.30pm

Bring a friend for FREE to all class launches and show them why you love your LES MILLS classes so much!

 

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CYCLE NEWS!
Keep your eye on the bikes in the CYCLE studio as they undergo their annual full service, upgrade and revamp. You will notice that Bikes will disappear and then reappear all sparkly and will ride like new with thanks to Jason Liggett from SC Fabrication.

This month we farewell Amanda Bos as she hangs up her cleats after 6 years of teaching Monday morning 6am CYCLE classes with us and over 12 years of teaching. Amanda is retiring from group exercise for now while she focuses on her dental career and explores some amazing adventures around Australia.

We are very excited to announce that this month will also see the return of Sheree Pate to our team. Sheree is very keen to ride with you all again and I am sure that you will welcome her back with open arms and big smiles.

So let’s make September the month to CYCLE!

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OBLITERATE BODY FAT WITH METAFIT!

We are very excited to announce that Metafit will be added to our Group Exercise Timetable as of the 1st of September, meaning that it is now included in our membership price! Metafit is a 30-minute High Intensity Interval (HIIT) workout using bodyweight. It comprises short intervals (10-30seconds) of high intensity body weight exercises such as sprints, squat jumps and many more, coupled with intervals of complete or active rest.

Metafit is suited for everyone of all fitness levels and ages, and is great for:
–    Weight loss
–    Shedding body fat
–    Building muscle
–    Boosting your metabolism
–    Increasing fitness
–    Time poor people

Metafit classes will be on at Toormina on Tuesdays and Thursdays at 6:30pm, and at Moonee on Tuesdays at 6:30pm. Come and try a class this month!

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FITNESS PASSPORT SCAN TO WIN!
Coast Health Club and Mid North Coast Physiotherapy have teamed up to create an ultimate health package to be WON by a lucky Fitness Passport member this month! Simply scan your Fitness Passport card at either Toormina or Moonee in the month of September to go into the draw to win.

What’s included in the prize (valued at over $300):
–    1 Hour Massage
–    Foam roller
–    Tube of Fisiocrem Cream
–    CCHC Protein Shaker
–    Superfood Nano Greens
–    4 different flavours of the super yummy Blue Dinosaur Paleo Bars

All this will be going home with a lucky Fitness Passport member at the end of September, simply for visiting either club! Remember: each time you scan your card you get another entry into the draw, so the more visits, the more chances to win!

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CONGRATULATIONS TO OUR SPARTANS! 
In the first week of August, personal trainer and pump instructor Jazz O’Meagher headed over to Hawaii with our wonderful members Naomi Symonds, Mathew Stewart, Fiona Clancy, Alana Constable and fellow pump instructor Janelle, to complete the Spartan Race Trifecta. This included the Spartan Beast (21+kms and 30+ obstacles), Spartan Super (14+ kms and 25+ obstacles) and Spartan Sprint (7+ kms and 20+ obstacles).

They completed the three races to earn their Hawaiian Trifecta Medal while enjoying the high humidity, steep mountains and endless mud! The team joined around 40 other Aussies from around the country in the “Aussie Invasion” team who all completed various distances over the race weekend. Jazz, Mat and Naomi are now training for their next goal, Spartan Ultrabeast (42kms 60+ obstacles) which will be held next year.

If you have ever thought about entering a Spartan Race, or would like to know what training for one is like, give Jazz a call on 0415238461.

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doTERRA OILS INTRODUCTORY KITS ON SALE THIS MONTH! 
When you choose doTERRA, you are choosing essential oils gently and carefully distilled from plants that have been patiently harvested at the perfect moment by experienced growers from around the world for ideal extract composition and efficacy. Using essential oils is intuitively simple and highly satisfying. However, the many oils available with their numberless combinations and wellness applications can be a bit overwhelming to beginners.

As a simple first step on your journey with essential oils, we recommend a trio of lavender, lemon, and peppermint, three of our most popular oils. They will provide you and your family a compelling experience with the life-enhancing properties of therapeutic-grade essential oils.

Introductory Kit including 5mL bottles of Lavender, Lemon & Peppermint is now $35! Available through reception at both clubs, get in quick while stocks last!

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KID’S CLUB UPDATE! 

We are super excited to let you know that due to popular demand we have added extra Kid’s Club sessions at both Toormina and Moonee beginning on the 1st of September. Our wonderful team – Emma, Stewart, Paige, Jess, Cassie, Ebony, Tahlia, Lisa, Shannon, Deb, Ivana, Dana, Sarah, Maggie, Britt and Anna – will now be available to care for your kids whilst you workout more often!

Toormina will now have childminding available every Wednesday night from 5:15-7:45pm.

Moonee will now have childminding available every Monday night from 5:15-7:45pm PLUS extended hours on a Saturday morning, 7:15-10:45am.

As always, please book your sessions in advance by calling 1300 040 479 to receive a discounted rate, and so that we can ensure that we have adequate childminders available to supervise your kids. For a list of all Kid’s Club sessions, click here.

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UPCOMING EVENTS IN SEPTEMBER!

Fri 1st & Sat 2nd Gourmet on the Lawn
Sat 2nd – Coffs Classic
Sun 3rd Coffs Harbour Running Festival
Sun 3rd – Father’s Day
Mon 4th – Sun 10th – Toormina Club Community Open Week
Fri 8th – Open Air Picnic Opening
Sat 9th – Super Saturday Les Mills Launches – Toormina Club
Mon 11th – Sun 17th – Moonee Club Community Open Week
Mon 11th – Mad Monday Les Mills Launches – Moonee Club
Wed 20th – Chicks at the Flicks
Thurs 21st – Sun 24th – Bellingen Music Festival
Sat 23rd – NSW School Holidays begin
Sat 23rd – Woolgoolga CurryFest

 

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Healthy Inspirations Recipe of the Week – Broccoli Soup with Pine Nuts

August 31, 2017

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Suits all phases – Serves 6

Ingredients

1 Tbsp olive oil
1 brown onion, finely chopped
2 cloves garlic, crushed
1kg broccoli, florets and stems, chopped
4 cups vegetable or chicken stock
1/3 cup pine nuts
Salt and pepper

Method

  1. Heat oil in a large saucepan over medium-low heat. Add onion and garlic. Cook for 8 to 10 minutes, stirring occasionally, or until soft.
  2. Add broccoli, stock and 2 cups water to pan. Cover and bring to the boil. Reduce heat to low and simmer, covered, for 15 to 20 minutes or until tender. Remove from heat.
  3. Meanwhile, heat a small frying pan over medium heat. Dry-fry pine nuts, stirring, for 3 to 4 minutes or until golden. Keep a close eye on these as they can burn quickly. Add to soup.
  4. Using a food processor or blender, process soup in batches until smooth. Season with salt and pepper.
  5. Return soup to pan. Stir over low heat for 8 minutes or until warmed through. Ladle into bowls and serve.

Why Do Rich People Love Endurance Sports?

August 29, 2017

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Cycling, running, and obstacle course racing are dominated by white-collar workers. And while disposable income makes competing more feasible, researchers are also starting to discover a psychological pull that draws these people to masochistic events.

Participating in endurance sports requires two main things: lots of time and money. Time because training, traveling, racing, recovery, and the inevitable hours one spends tinkering with gear accumulate—training just one hour per day, for example, adds up to more than two full weeks over the course of a year. And money because, well, our sports are not cheap: According to the New York Times, the total cost of running a marathon—arguably the least gear-intensive and costly of all endurance sports—can easily be north of $1,600.

No surprise, then, that data collected in 2015 by USA Triathlon shows that the median income for triathletes is $126,000, with about 80 percent either working in white-collar jobs—professions such medicine, law, and accounting—or currently enrolled as students. Running USA surveys conducted in 2015 and 2017 found that nearly 75 percent of runners earn more than $50,000, and about 85 percent work in white-collar, service, or educational settings. A 2013 report published by USA Cycling shows much the same: More than 60 percent of individuals who compete in cycling events claim household incomes above $75,000. And though it doesn’t track employment, the same USA Cycling report shows that 66 percent of cyclists have at least an undergraduate degree.

There are a handful of obvious reasons the vast majority of endurance athletes are employed, educated, and financially secure. As stated, the ability to train and compete demands that one has time, money, access to facilities, and a safe space to practice, says William Bridel, a professor at the University of Calgary who studies the sociocultural aspects of sport. “The cost of equipment, race entry fees, and travel to events works to exclude lower socioeconomic status individuals,” he says, adding that those in a higher socioeconomic bracket tend to have nine-to-five jobs that provide some freedom to, for example, train before or after work or even at at lunch. “Almost all of the non-elite Ironman athletes who I’ve interviewed for my research had what would be considered white-collar jobs and commented on the flexibility this provided,” says Bridel.

Research published in the American Journal of Preventative Medicinefound that low-income neighborhoods were 4.5 times less likely to have recreational facilities—like pools, gyms, and tennis courts—than high-income neighborhoods. In some low-income areas, less than 20 percent of residents live within a half-mile of a park or within three miles of a recreational facility. Compare that to the 98 percent of New York County residents and 100 percent of San Francisco County residents who live within walking distance to a park.

Even so, there are myriad ways for relatively comfortable middle-to-upper-class individuals to spend their time and money. What is it about the voluntary suffering of endurance sports that attracts them?

This is a question sociologists are just beginning to unpack. One hypothesis is that endurance sports offer something that most modern-day knowledge economy jobs do not: the chance to pursue a clear and measurable goal with a direct line back to the work they have put in. In his book Shop Class as Soulcraft: An Inquiry into the Value of Work, philosopher Matthew Crawford writes that “despite the proliferation of contrived metrics,” most knowledge economy jobs suffer from “a lack of objective standards.”

Ask a white-collar professional what it means to do a good job at the office, and odds are they’ll need at least a few minutes to explain their answer, accounting for politics, the opinion of their boss, the mood of their client, the role of their team, and a variety of other external factors. Ask someone what it means to do a good job at their next race, however, and the answer becomes much simpler.

“The satisfaction of manifesting oneself concretely in the world through manual competence has been known to make a man quiet and easy,” writes Crawford, who in 2001 quit his job in academia to become a mechanic. “It seems to relieve him of the felt need to offer chattering interpretations of himself to vindicate his worth. He simply points: the building stands, the car now runs, the lights are on.”

“I love the results—running faster, running longer, going after a clear-cut goal,” says Josh White, a biochemical engineer in Philadelphia who is also a competitive age-group triathlete.

Kalliope White (no relation to Josh White), a marketing professional in New York City, told me one thing running offers that her job often doesn’t is “methodical process and simplicity. Whether it’s an easy run or a tough workout, it feels good to lock into a pace and go for it.”

Another reason white-collar workers are flocking to endurance sports has to do with the sheer physicality involved. For a study published in the Journal of Consumer Research this past February, a group of international researchers set out to understand why people with desk jobs are attracted to grueling athletic events. They interviewed 26 Tough Mudder participants and read online forums dedicated to obstacle course racing. What emerged was a resounding theme: the pursuit of pain.

“By flooding the consciousness with gnawing unpleasantness, pain provides a temporary relief from the burdens of self-awareness,” write the researchers. “When leaving marks and wounds, pain helps consumers create the story of a fulfilled life. In a context of decreased physicality, [obstacle course races] play a major role in selling pain to the saturated selves of knowledge workers, who use pain as a way to simultaneously escape reflexivity and craft their life narrative.” The pursuit of pain has become so common among well-to-do endurance athletes that scientific articles have been written about what researchers are calling “white-collar rhabdomyolysis,” referring to a condition in which extreme exercise causes kidney damage.

“Triathletes who I interviewed for my research talked about how the pain that they experienced during training and racing was one of the primary reasons they did it,” says Bridel. “To overcome this pain and get across the finish line served as a significant form of achievement and demonstrated an ability to discipline their bodies.”

The great irony, of course, is that one of the main reasons people pursue education, financial security, and solid employment is to create comfortable lives. But for some, this can begin to feel like too much of a good thing. Endurance sports provide a necessary outlet, offering concrete measures of a job well done and the chance to deal with physical suffering—albeit in a voluntary, defined, and immediately escapable environment.

Brad Stulberg (@Bstulberg) writes Outside’s Science of Performance column and is author of the new book Peak Performance: Elevate Your Game, Avoid Burnout, and Thrive with the New Science of Success.

Health Benefits Of The Beach

August 27, 2017

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Waves gently crashing along the shore. Sunlight streaming from a cloudless sky. Miles of seemingly-endless sand joining the horizon. Sounds pretty peaceful, doesn’t it? And for many of us who spend most weekday hours indoors, it doesn’t take much persuasion to peel off the layers and catch some sun.

But if you do need more reasons to hit the beach, find out how the surf, sun, and sand can boost your physical and mental health.

 
HEALTH BENEFITS OF THE BEACH

Look no further than the experts. In a study published in the Journal of Environmental Psychology, author J. Aaron Hipp, Ph.D., environmental health expert and assistant professor at the Brown School, pointed to the restorative environment of the beach.

“Studies have shown that natural environments like beaches and waterfront parks offer more restorative benefits to people than gyms, entertainment venues and the built urban environment,” said Hipp.

His study goes further to suggest that we require specific conditions in that beachside environment to achieve the fully-desired restorative effect.

“Mild temperature days and low tides offer the most restorative environments when visiting the beach,” he said.

“Beachgoers visiting on a day nearly 3 degrees (F) warmer than average were 30 percent less likely to perceive the beach or coastal park as restorative, compared with those visiting on average or cooler than average days.”

1. Sun
We all know the risks of too much sun exposure. But there are benefits to getting some rays, too.

When our skin is directly exposed to the sun, our bodies make vitamin D, a vital tool that helps with calcium absorption and building strong bones. Some of it comes from diet, but a good portion also comes from the sun. And according to the Mayo Clinic, as little as 10 minutes of sun exposure can provide us with our daily dose. According to the vitamin D council, “your body can produce 10,000 to 25,000 IU of vitamin D in just a little under the time it takes for your skin to turn pink.”

In one study, sun exposure was shown to offer other benefits in addition to vitamin D production — including an increase in endorphins and possible prevention of autoimmune diseases.

But despite these benefits, limit your exposure to excessive sunlight to avoid skin cancer risks. When you do head out into the sun for more than a few minutes, remember to wear protective clothing and apply sunscreen with an SPF 15 or higher.

2.Sand
Did you know that the soles of your feet have more sweat glands and nerve-endings per square centimeter than any other part of your body? And that walking barefoot stimulates them much more than walking in shoes?

Not only are you stimulating nerve endings when you walk on the sand, but you’re also strengthening the muscles in your feet, which don’t get used nearly as much when you’re wearing shoes. And according to Martin Zucker, author of Earthing: The Most Important Health Discovery Ever?, you may be better connected to the earth when you ditch your shoes, reaping vital mood-boosting benefits. “Earthing,” argues Zucker, reconnects our bodies to the ever-present energy of the earth, which modern lifestyles have increasingly diminished.

And in a study focused on running and walking on the sand, researchers found that walking on sand requires 1.6 to 2.5 times the energy than it takes on a hard surface.

“Our muscles perform more mechanical work when running or walking on sand than on a hard surface,” said study co-author Dr. Thierry M. Lejeune, M.D.

If treading on the unwieldy sand for too long sounds tiring, try alternating your walk or run on the more compact sand closer to the water, where the surface will be less challenging.

3.Surf
Sea water contains high levels of various minerals — including magnesium, potassium and iodine — which may help fight infection, offer therapeutic effects, and potentially help the body heal and detoxify.

Swimming is linked to decreased stress and increased sense of well-being; studies have shown swimming and water-based exercise help to decrease anxiety and depression.

Aside from its therapeutics effects, swimming provides excellent physical exercise, employing most of our major muscle groups, especially as the water provides gentle resistance.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), swimming ranks as the fourth most popular sport activity in the United States. Among other aerobic activities (like running and bicycling), swimming for as little as two-and-a-half hours a week may help reduce the risk of chronic diseases and boost heart health.

And since it’s a non-impact sport, swimming offers a great way for people with injuries to get some exercise. For sufferers of arthritis, water-based exercise can help improve joint pain symptoms.

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Jun 14, 2013 12:14 PM By Amy Boulanger
Sourced from: http://www.medicaldaily.com/health-benefits-beach-3-reasons-hit-beach-summer-246789

Healthy Inspirations Recipe of the Week – Vanilla, Passionfruit & Raspberry Desserts

August 24, 2017

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Serves 4

Ingredients

200ml water
1/2 cup Greek yoghurt
6 scoops Proti vanilla
4 passionfruit
1 cup frozen raspberries

Method

  1. Combine Place water and Greek yoghurt in a bowl and mix with a stick blender.
  2. Add Proti powder and mix carefully with a stick blender until smooth.
  3. Add fruit and stir through.
  4. Pour into serving glasses or ramekins and refrigerate for a few hours or until set.

How Shame Affects Eating Habits

August 20, 2017
Eating certain foods quickly can become a conditioned pattern around feelings of shame—and the anxiety of being found out.

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A common expression of shame is eating certain foods secretly and fast when nobody is around. This habit may continue for many years, not because we like the experience of eating in this way (few do), but because it lets us fool ourselves into believing that we have not eaten anything “forbidden.” Often, these eating habits become a conditioned pattern, with underlying feelings of shame—and the anxiety of being discovered—present all the time.

Often, these eating habits become a conditioned pattern, with underlying feelings of shame—and the anxiety of being discovered—present all the time.

The first thing that we can acknowledge is that this hidden secret of “not being or doing enough” is extremely energy consuming. Becoming aware of the ways that shame plays out in our own experience is the first step toward learning to treat ourselves more gently.

What types of awareness are helpful?

  1. Becoming aware of repetitive thoughts that go through the mind when life becomes difficult. Often, they are lingering self-doubts, such as “I’m unlovable,” “I’m helpless,” “I’m inadequate,” “I’m a failure.” “I’m basically alone,” or “I don’t belong.”
  2. Learning to identify the different manifestations of shame. Sometimes shame shows itself as “the inner critic” (or self-blamer) or “the pusher” (for whom nothing is ever enough).
  3. Being mindful of shame in the body. Downcast eyes, lowered head, and unstable posture are all natural expressions of shame. Other physical sensations that occur with shame include warmth, or heat and blushing.

How can we work with shame and build more shame resilience?

The first step is to keep shame from growing. Secrecy (taboos), silence, and judgment are three fuels that help shame to grow exponentially. Breaking the silence and challenging taboo thoughts about eating are essential parts of the healing process.

The second step is to focus on our common humanity. Human beings are born with the wish to be loved, and we need each other to survive. Therefore, we all seek approval and feel social shame when we perceive that we do not fit in. When you understand that we are all struggling with the same feelings and fears, you can connect with our common humanity.

Breaking the silence and challenging taboo thoughts about eating are essential parts of the healing process.

The third step is allowing the discomfort to be present. It takes courage to expose your hidden stories to the light because it is much easier to hide in the dark. Mindfulnessaddresses each moment-to-moment experience with curiosity and openness, no matter if there are negative core beliefs or shameful experiences.

Additionally, bringing compassion and kindness to the situation can ease the suffering that results after self-criticism. Consciously breathing or softening into the tensed areas can increase your tolerance for these painful situations.

Finally, you can offer yourself words of care and kindness for being in a difficult situation. Talk to yourself as you would talk to someone you love, such as your child or partner. What would a very compassionate friend say to you in this situation? Compassionate and soothing gestures can support you in finding inner warmth as an antidote for the harsh and cold words of shame.

Written By  | July 27, 2017
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