This week my goal was find the energy to keep up with my busy life. You know what it's like, right? Going non-stop at work only to get home and have a million other commitments waiting for you; relationships to nurture, friends to keep up with, family functions to attend. Add to that an impending 10K running race the small thing of planning a wedding and, well, yes. You get my drift. I'm busy. And I often feel pretty flat as a result. So I hauled in the experts this week and went about documenting how I could boost and stabilise my energy levels by taking their advice. From naturopath to nutritionist, personal trainer to meditation guru — it was quite the learning curve! So . . . did I get the spring back in my step? You'll have to click through my diary to see . . .
On my journey to a more energy-filled existence, I've hit up the usual expert-suspects: a naturopath to get my diet supplements sorted, Nike's global trainer to kick my exercise routine into shape and yesterday my diet got an overhaul thanks to nutritionist. I wanted to know what sort of alternative remedies could complement my new vitality-boosting regime. I turned to Pilates instructor, journalist and meditation guru Solveig Walkling of Mind Body & Sol, hoping she could suggest some outside-the-box ideas on how I get, and keep, that spring in my step. From spiky floor mats to Deepak Chopra, she had some interesting things to say . . .
Forget Lanvin and Louboutin, the biggest luxury for me is sleep. My schedule is pretty hectic, a 7am start to the work-day starts, a busy social life, loads of after-work work functions, training for a half marathon, and the not-so-small task of organising a wedding — my energy levels often suffer due to my jam-packed life. I want to bound out of bed (actually, I'd settle for just not dragging myself out of bed!) and to quit snapping at my fiancé after a long day (sorry babe). My personal challenge: to nurture and stabilize my natural energy levels. After sorting my dietary supplements and mixing up my exercise routine, I was keen to makeover my diet. I quizzed Aimee Devlin, an Integrative Nutritionist and Certified Health Coach, on how I can eat my way to vitality.
I've got a problem. I love the satisfaction of finishing a running race, but find it hard to find the energy to put in the training. I'd rather stick pins in my eyes than clocking an eight or nine kilometre run after a long day at work! You see, I've signed up for the Nike She Runs The Night 10k race in May, and am keen to try for the Sydney Blackmores half marathon (that's 21k!) in September, so I need to kick my sluggish 'tude so I can get my training back on track. I love the rush of crossing that finish line, but want to do so without getting run-down (cue viral infections and days off work) and non-existent energy levels. I went to Nike's global trainer Marie Purvis to ask her how I can avoid burnout and get that spring back in my step. See what she said!
Hi, my name is Ali and I am a high-speed junkie. And I mean that in the non-speeding fine kinda way. My life is fast-paced, much by choice. I like my aerobics classes fast, my coffee strong, my deadlines tight and my social life jam-packed. The result is a fun-filled calendar, but my-gosh sometimes I feel flat. This week you're going to get an intimate view into how I'm trying to nourish, stabilize and generally boost my energy levels. First port of call? The mysterious world of health supplements. Popping a magical pill to boost energy levels definitely appeals — but will swallowing a handful of vitamins really put a spring in my step? I was skeptical. Chloryphil versus flaxseed? Vitamin B versus fish oil capsules? I was keen to get beyond the hype and find out what (if any) dietry supplements could help my energy levels. I asked naturopath Kathleen Murphy to set me on the right path. See how I did...