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Top 5 Health And Nutrition Tips From Paralympian Hannah Cockroft

Hannah Cockroft's Top 5 Health & Nutrition Tips to Keep your Body and Mind in Winning Condition

Words by Hannah Cockroft

The Tokyo 2020 Paralympic Games have almost arrived, and as 5-time Paralympic Champion, Remedy asked me to share my top 5 health and nutrition tips to keep your body and mind in winning condition. I’m currently training to race over the 100m and 800m wheelchair races, aiming for another two gold medals for Great Britain and Remedy have kept me refreshed and hydrated throughout my training over the last couple of months. So, here are my top 5 tips:

Everything in moderation

I’ll start with my golden rule first, and that is; ‘everything in moderation'. Everyone thinks that as a Paralympic Gold medallist and elite athlete, there must be loads of things I don’t eat or drink, but I don’t rule anything out of my diet completely. I train hard, 6 days a week, so if I fancy a bit of chocolate or a slice of cake, I’ll go ahead and have it. I find there is nothing worse than telling yourself you can’t, as it then turns into all you can think about, whereas if you allow yourself anything you want, you feel better after the healthier option, so you’ll naturally reach for them. All foods play a vital role in our body functioning, so don’t restrict yourself to just a few of them!

Stay hydrated

It sounds so simple, but it’s so hard! It’s something I’m still working on, but especially in this hot weather we’re having, keep having a drink. We should drink 2 litres of water every day, so fill a bottle in the morning and keep it with you throughout the day to encourage you to stay hydrated. It’ll make you feel more awake, alert and it’ll keep your skin clear of mask- acne- all the benefits!

Limit sugar

This is another tricky area to control, as it includes all your food AND drinks and fizzy drinks can really tip this over the edge. This is where Remedy comes in handy for me, as sometimes there’s nothing better than a can of pop after training to beat the craving. Now, I can grab a can of remedy (the new peach flavour is my favourite!) and get that fizzy hit without the sugar- it’s all natural and so satisfying!

Rest is best

I push my body to its limits, training 2-5 hours daily but Sundays are my favourite day of the week, as they’re my day off! Too many people think that taking a day off is counterproductive to progress, but, your body needs rest to maximise on the gains, so use the excuse for a sleep in every once in a while. Sleep also relieves stress and helps you think more clearly, so it’s much easier to process that bad session once you’ve had some sleep and you can come back in a better mood and work on it.

Keep active

And of course, the most important part of staying healthy- stay active! Aim to do 30 minutes of exercise a day, but keep it varied. Whether it’s a jog with a friend, a bike ride, walking the dog, an online yoga class or a Joe Wicks programme, there is so much to choose from and something available for everyone. Exercise naturally relieves stress and boosts your mood, so I always feel better after I’ve done my training sessions, even if I didn’t feel like doing it, to begin with. Time to get moving!

 

 

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7 Best Practises For Yoga Fans

7 Best Practises For Yoga Fans To Do At Home To Celebrate International Yoga Day

Words by Francesca Secolonovo

 

To celebrate the many layers that make up yoga here are 7 practices you can do at home in honour of International Yoga Day.

 

Let’s MEDITATE: Dharana

The goal of Dharana in yoga is the ability to have focused concentration.

A practice you can do is to sit yourself down comfortably, close your eyes and take yourself through a simple body scan. Beginning at the crown of your head all the way down to your feet and simply bring awareness to each part of your body. Noticing any tightness, areas that feel spacious and not judging just noticing what is there. Take yourself through 3 rounds and then allow yourself to open your eyes, ready to start your day feeling connected to yourself.

 

Let’s BREATHE: Pranayama

Taking yourself back to that space where you won’t be disturbed and take yourself through this simple yet potent pranayama sequence. Inhale for 4 –  exhale for 6 – and repeat this for 3-5mins. The extended exhale will help to calm the mind.

 

Let’s MOVE: Asana

When we think of yoga most of us are very familiar with Asana. There are many different forms out there so take the time to find a practice that feels good for you. From Hatha, Yin, Vinyasa, Kundalini and Sattva just to name a few.

 

Self STUDY: Svadhyaya

Yoga is more than what we do on our mats. It’s a way of life and taking the time to read and understand some of the most important scriptures in yoga, and to then reflect them upon our own self-development can help to deepen our view of Yoga and within the way we approach it.

 

Practice GRATITUDE: Santosha

Grabbing your journal and make a list of all the things you’re currently grateful for. Taking the time to focus on what you have rather than what you don’t helps us to maintain a positive outlook on life.

 

Live a life of REVERENCE and DEVOTION: Bhakti

Bhakti is the path of love and devotion. Celebrating the beauty of life. A wonderful activity would be learning a simple mantra and sharing that mantra through singing or perhaps adding a Japa practice to your daily Sadhana (daily spiritual practice).

 

Be Kind: Ahimsa

An essential practise is cultivating the awareness of how can we become kinder towards ourselves. Perhaps celebrating our small wins more, using kinder words towards ourselves, listening to our own emotional and physical needs… The kinder we can work on being towards ourselves on a daily basis the deeper our capacity becomes to meet others in the same way.


Signs You're Getting Healthier

So you've started that 8-week challenge at the gym, and all of a sudden, you're now getting news alerts for Body & Soul, your most prized possession is your gratitude journal, and you've started talking openly in the office about your IBS.

Gone are the days where you would be in the clubs until 4 AM, as you have a strict sleep schedule to stick to since listening to that one podcast. Nowadays, you're in bed early every night having "screen-free" time, treating yourself to a medicinal mushroom and ashwagandha hot cacao whilst re-reading your dog-eared copy of the Power of Now.


Every morning, you start with a shot of apple cider vinegar, some wim hoff breathwork, and a guided meditation before checking who has done what on Strava. You can't let Steve clock more KMs than you, so you give him passive-aggressive kudos and get into your $600 lycra kit.

OK, so maybe you're not quite there yet, but here are some of the signs you're getting healthier!

 


What to expect the first time you drink kombucha

You’re not alone if you think it sounds weird

Words by Melissa Shedden


If you haven't plunged into the puckery depths of kombucha, you probably will soon, especially if you’re feeling bleurgh about your health. Or just darn thirsty.

As part of my own perpetual quest to find a wellness tonic for everything that ails me, I now look back with rose-tinted glasses on my first time, like it was yesterday (and much more affectionately than my first squirmy kiss with Kelvin White on the school basketball court, but that’s a whole other story.) I fondly remember my virgin sip of this cloudy liquid as the taste equivalent of tiny fairies tap dancing on my tongue.

It was otherworldly. Like nothing I’d experienced before. At first, I wasn’t sure. But it quickly grew on me. You know why? Kombucha tastes like health. But not a hold-your-nose-close-your-eyes-and-down-it health taste, because heck I’ve tried plenty of those as a health journalist over the years.


Kombucha: an acquired taste

That was more than a decade ago when kombucha caused your face to go Jim Carrey and by that I mean physically respond to the initial teeth-thrumming taste. Now it’s best described as exhilaratingly tangy and tart fruity flavour infusion (which explains why there’s so many tasty flavours to choose from). Sipping on one feels like a power nap in drink form – all sorts of refreshing.

You see, the collective understanding that not all bacteria are evil and that many are in fact, good and necessary to human health, have since made live cultured products as alluring as that fresh-out-of-the-oven Subway cookie scent. Yep, these days you can barely order a latte without bumping into something cultured, or otherwise funky – in a good way.


Kombucha's origins – like almost everything about the drink – are a little Harold Holt-esque – a combination of myth and mystery. It’s been around for about 2000 years and made its way to us from China through Russia and Eastern Europe – but the middle class hipsters made it famous in the last decade when it got brewed commercially. We salute you beard-oiled friends.

 

Kombucha for beginners

The carbonated drink with live micro-organisms is made when tea, raw organic sugar and water are left to ferment with SCOBY, an acronym, that stands for symbiotic culture of bacteria and yeast. (Google warning: If you've never looked at a picture of SCOBY, the slimy beige blob is reminiscent of a jellyfish from the depths of unchartered waters. You know you want hit search, stat.)

Sounds funky, but the outcome is good, so let’s press on. The fermentation process makes the drink naturally fizzy as well, and then different flavours are added. Remedy, made famous by the ‘I Quit Sugar recommends’ tick, makes the real deal no sugar stuff straight out of Melbourne. (Side note: During their 30-day long aged brewing process, all of the key starter ingredient sugar is converted into organic acids leaving no sugar.) Think passionfruit and mango, raspberry lemonade, ginger and lemon and their newest creation, wild berry, a great gateaway booch that I wish I had when I first began my dalliance with the drink. 

 

Great expectations

So what should you expect the first time you pop the top and suck one down?

My advice? Start with Remedy Kombucha Wild Berry – the jammy mouthfeel of a warm summer’s day. Give it a good sniff, then pretend you’re at a bougie restaurant and somehow you’ve ended up being anointed by the sommelier as the wine tester and consider it for a moment. Take that opening sip. Let it linger. Smack it between your lips and swoosh it to the back of your throat. Trust me, your expression will change more times than a cat meme – and rapidly – and I guarantee you’ll go back for more.

As for the health benefits, Remedy Kombucha is teeming with live cultures, organic acids and antioxidants (AKA the really good stuff). If you’re thirsty and looking for a smug feeling alternative to soft drinks, booze and juice this summer - go wild on Remedy Kombucha.

 

 

Article first published on Body & Soul.