Sometimes, the thrill of an obstacle race is a welcome change from the artificial light and structure of a gym. Libby Babet, owner of Agoga and ambassador for Greatest Athlete, has some handy tips for the gals out there who want to mix it with the best of them and get down and dirty. She already told us what not to wear, and now, let's get down to training. Yeah!
Hands up who eats their five veggie servings a day, and two fruit? If you didn't raise your hand, you're so not alone. Getting the correct amount of fresh food into your system has become increasingly harder, thanks to Instagram. Kidding. But on a more serious note, in a recent survey by Vitamix Australia (yes, that magical blend-everything kitchen staple), an astounding 44.5 percent of participants admitted to having two or less servings of vegetables a day. And it's really no wonder, considering 45 percent admitted to skipping breakfast! Feel better? Us too. The easiest way to get your full fruit and veggie fix is with a green juice at breakfast, and that's why the brand has introduced the Vitamix 7@7 Go-for-Green Breakfast Challenge. Click through to find a recipe to get you started...
Headed to the State of Origin tonight or getting together with mates to watch it at your local? Then chances are you might indulge in a beer or two (or, let's be honest, many, many more!). Having a cold one while cheering on the Maroons or Blues is basically an Australian rite of passage, so rather than feel guilty about those brewskies, just get educated. Want to know the beer with the least amount of calories and how the others fair? Click, click.
If you're an ocean babe, you're probably feeling the recent drop in water temperature of late. While we know you're probably sorted for a wettie, there's no harm in upgrading your rubber to make this Winter a warmer one. The jury's out on how long a wetsuit will last, but there's definetely some things you can do to give it better longevity. Click through to shop our favourites and learn some care tips.
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We don't know about you, but Thursday afternoon is around the time our stress levels peak. The end of the week is nigh, so Thursday night is the ideal time to start slowing down. Gone are the days when you had to book an appointment with a reiki guru or sign-up to a gym to learn the art of mediation — now you can simply download and app and get down to relaxing in the comfort of your own home, or even at your desk. There's five we love and think you will, too. Balance awaits.
Throughout the months of July and August, brave racers will compete in Greatest Athlete Adventure Race, only the obstacle race of 2013. A TV series and now also open to the public, the race tests resilience, strength, and mental endurance. In fact, if you think you've got what it takes, you can enter the TV Challenge to go in the running (literally) to be on the show!
Now your race-day outfit is probably the last thing on your mind, but owner of Agoga and Greatest Athlete Adventure Race ambassador, Libby Babet, says cotton is your worst enemy.
“Whether it’s in your shirt, shoes, shorts socks, or underwear, cotton will absorb the wetness (and muck) and you’ll be left with that oh-so-satisfying feeling of wearing an adult diaper,” she says.
“Take a tip from triathletes when you’re getting dressed: synthetic fibers in body-hugging designs make the fastest and most efficient outfits. Loose-fitting clothes can get snagged on obstacles, grabbed accidentally (or not) by other racers, and even obscure your view. Chafing, blisters, and a couple hours of discomfort could be unwelcome additions to your race if you choose the wrong gear or a wickedly uncomfortable costume,” she says.
Sometimes it feels like as soon as the weather cools down, our waistline digits go up! It's tempting to eat comforting food now more than ever, but if you're headed out for lunch, there's a few things you can do to save calories. Ministry of Wellbeing personal trainer, Blake Worrall-Thompson, takes five popular lunchtime meals and tells us what to swap when ordering.
At just 22 years old, she plays soccer and cricket for Australia. We know — gifted. On board as an ambassador for Adidas' Spring/Summer 2013 collection, we sat down with the very eloquent teenage prodigy, Ellyse Perry, while on-set for the campaign shoot.
What it’s been like growing up as a professional athlete, while your friends indulge in normal teenage behaviour?
"Truly for me, the biggest thing is that I don’t feel like I missed out on any of that, in the sense that I went to school and finished school and stayed in contact with all of my friends. I go to uni now so I always stayed in contact, and had the opportunity to interact with my peers in all different sorts of things, not just with the ones who played sport."
The mornings are getting colder and colder, but don't let that keep you from your morning run. Long-sleeved tops or hoodies that extend over the hands and thumbs will help keep you toasty and warm. Here's 10 we like and think you might, too.
We all have good intentions when it comes to eating healthy. Monday is always reserved for "starting fresh", but what if you could have fresh delivered to your door? I was recently sent the Dietlicious 5 Day Cleanse for review and I have to say, I was so impressed. Curious to find out how I went? Let's do it.
If you've ever rocked up to work following an early-morning workout and your gym gear has either soaked through your bag, or is following you around with a not-so-yummy smell, then you need a wet bag. A light, foldable, zip-lock bag to hold your sweaty workout clothes, it won't take up any extra room and doesn't weigh much — it'll simply keep things dry and smelling fresh! We love this Morrocon Nights version from Itzy Ritzy Store.
Yesterday, we spoke to experienced marathon runner and two-time City2Surf winner, Liam Adams, to get his top training tips. With the Sydney Morning Herald's half marathon just a day away, Liam's also got some very handy pre-race and race-day tips to share. If you're keen to show your PB who's boss on Sunday, keep reading.
If you're planning to run in this Sunday's Sydney Morning Herald half marathon, you've by now been training for quite some time and pre-race nervous might be setting in. To help you smash your PB in this race and your next, we've enlisted the help of marathon pro, Liam Adams. He's just finished racing in America, and will be using Sunday's race to kick start his Winter season. Liam is also working to defend his City2Surf title, which he has won for the last two years. Ready for his nine pro marathon tips? Let's go.
This year's The Biggest Loser series is dedicated to helping families lose weight and bringing awareness to generational obesity. From mother-daughter team Janet and Kirsten, to father-son team Gerald and Todd and more; the episodes so far have been inspiring and, admittedly, very emotional. Last night the final makeovers were revealed, with all contestants proving the power of hard training (with celebrity trainers Michelle Bridges, Shannan Ponton and The Commando) and following a strict diet. The Biggest Loser website has a host of healthy recipes for you to try at home if you fancy getting involved, not to mention motivating videos from the trainers.
We've got photos of the newly transformed contestants and while they're still working at it, we think they already look fantastic. Click through to see the pictures, along with how much they've lost to date.
Photos courtesy The Biggest Loser
You strap on your favourite trainers and slip into some motivating new workout gear, and then hit the pavement. After a little while, the wind on your lips starts to bug you, and you start licking. And licking. Soon enough, your lips are chapped and sore but you're already kilometres from home. Enter Eos Smooth Sphere Lip Balm (approx $6.35). This 95 percent organic, 100 percent natural lip balm comes in small, ergonomic packaging so you can slip it into your pocket and easily apply mid-run. Good riddance chapped lips!
If you've been reading the news, you'll know that woman-of-the-moment, Gwyneth Paltrow, has launched a new cookbook. It's All Good: Delicious, Easy Recipes That Will Make You Look Good and Feel Great is food journey, in a sense, following her own personal diagnosis as anaemic and vitamin D deficient. The healthy recipes are designed to revitalise the body, and this mushroom soup is no exception.
Last week we said a big congratulations to the participants of Nike's She Runs event — won by Victoria Mitchell who completed the race in 34 minutes and nine seconds — but now it's time for some insider comment. POPSUGAR Fashion editor, Ali, is a keen runner and took part on the night, smashing her personal best. If you're thinking about taking part next year, Ali has everything you need to know. On your marks. . .
Photos courtesy Nike
Don't panic, you still have time! Mother's Day is this Sunday and if you're still to buy a present, we have some last-minute gift ideas to consider. Your best bet is hitting the shops at this point, so everything in here you can buy today on your lunch break. From new swimmers so she can do her laps in style to a luxurious Nespresso coffee machine, there's an endless list of things you can buy mum to make her life a healthier, happier one. Here's 10:
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Is your mum (or any special woman in your life) a keen runner? Well, have we got some present ideas for you! Don't underestimate the power of a new pair of wheels for her to pound the pavement in, and why not treat her to some relaxing bath salts to ease her aches and pains afterwards?