The trouble with Spring
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Spring is FINALLY here! It is my favourite season, despite suffering hay fever and having a bird phobia that peaks during magpie season! However as much as I LOVE spring, I struggle with what the season usually means, or implies, in the health and fitness industry.   Spring is usually when many players in the fitness industry bombard us with … Read More

Winter Wellness Challenge Day 21 – Celebrate!
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Today is the FINAL DAY of the Life Spark Wellness 21 Day Winter Wellness Challenge and it’s time to CELEBRATE!   Celebrate the small steps made and the breakthroughs you have had over the past 21 days.   Over the past 21 days you have completed challenges, learned from them and perhaps incorporated them into your daily routine. You worked … Read More

Wellness Challenge Day 20 – Take a small step towards your goal
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Last week you set a SMART goal based on your vision.   Today your challenge is to take the next smallest step you can manage towards that goal.   Exactly what that step entails will depend on your goal, but it need only be small. The step should small enough to accomplish quickly and easily and be a positive step … Read More

Winter Wellness Challenge Day 19 – Make exercise a priority
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Today your challenge is to consider how much you currently exercise – and how much you need to exercise to maintain good health. In order to ensure our health and wellbeing, being active and limiting how much time we are sedentary is essential. Australian guidelines recommend:   Being active on most days of the week Undertaking muscle strengthening activities on … Read More

Winter Wellness Challenge Day 18 – Spend time doing something you love
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As we get older and busier and gain more responsibilities, it’s easy for things we enjoy doing to slip by the wayside and get forgotten while we focus on things we have to and must do.   It’s easy to work all day, come home and plant yourself in front of the TV – but nurturing your interests and even … Read More

Winter Wellness Challenge Day 17 – Be grateful
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Today your challenge is to write a list of 5 things you are grateful for. Even when life seems to give us lemons there are many reasons to be grateful. As the saying goes, we should ‘count our blessings’, even if it is sometimes difficult to do. Expressing our gratitude on a regular basis can improve our moods and overall … Read More

Winter Wellness Challenge Day 15 – Eat seasonal fruits
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Many of us have become used to being able to buy most fruits all year round, even when they’re out of season. But, buying seasonal produce will generally be tastier and cheaper, will have less of an environmental impact, and provide better nutritional variety in your diet!   Fruits currently in season include: apples, citrus (orange, mandarins etc), pears, kiwifruit, … Read More

Winter Wellness Challenge Day 14 – Reflect and consolidate
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We have covered two weeks already and have one week to go! Today your challenge is to reflect back on the challenge so far. To refresh your memory, the challenges so far have been” Day 1 – Vision Board Day 2 – Move More Day 3 – Drink More Water Day 4 – Get More Sleep Day 5 – Eat … Read More

Winter Wellness Challenge Day 13 – Set a SMART goal
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Today your challenge is to go back to day one of the Winter Wellness Challenge and look at your vision board.  Your vision should be so compelling that you can see it, smell it, taste it and feel it. Take some time to reflect on your vision. What are the big steps and actions you need to take? Today your … Read More

Winter Wellness Challenge Day 12 – Spend time in nature
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Sure it might be a bit cool outside at the moment, and it certainly gets light later and dark earlier, however there are great benefits to spending time outside.   Scientists have found that when people spend time in natural surroundings — forests, parks and other places with plenty of trees, they produce lower concentrations of cortisol (a stress hormone), … Read More

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