Last week was a total write off. I was struck down with an awful flu and spent my days going from couch to bed, sleeping, coughing, sneezing and just generally feeling pretty average. While I could certainly get used to Vegemite toast for breakfast lunch and dinner and Girls marathons, my life must go on! I find that after being sick, the hardest thing to retain are my energy levels, so this week I’m making a conscious effort to give my body the love it needs to put a bit of a spring back into my step!
1. Power Breakfast
Breakfast is my favourite meal of the day and I have a huge sweet tooth so this week I’ll be preparing a batch of bircher muesli to have in my fridge ready for me every morning! Oats are low GI, providing your body with sustained energy release throughout the morning and Greek yoghurt is a great source of protein and essential fats for energy. Check out this Summer Spice Bircher Muesli recipe by Cook Republic. Image courtesy of Cook Republic.
2. Move It
This week I’ll be ramping up my Xtend Barre sessions at Pure Moves and getting some afternoon bike rides in on my Specialized Sirrus Elite. Living in Perth means I am spoilt for choice when it comes to cycle routes, but nothing beats a cruise along Cottesloe beach as the sun is setting. Image via wind-inyourhair.tumblr.com
Developed from a dance / Pilates background the Xtend Barre workout combines the amazing results of dance with the principles of strength and safety in Pilates. The Xtend Barre system sculpts the body proportionally so that all body parts are equally challenged. This total body workout serves to strengthen, lengthen and stretch the body from top to bottom, from inside out. Image via Xtend Barre Melbourne.
Nature’s green superfood, Spirulina, has found its way back into my supplement routine. Boasting over 100 synergistic nutrients, spirulina comes from a microscopic freshwater plant that is ecologically grown without chemicals. I’m looking forward to reconnecting with this rich and complete source of nutrition which is perfect for maintaining health, energy and optimum weight. Image via Synergy Natural.
4. Snack Right
Snacking can sometimes be our biggest downfall in the quest to lose weight or be healthy. Muesli bars, cake, cookies and other processed snacks are pretty tempting, especially when the afternoon slump hits, but avoiding packaged foods is the way to go. 4pm is the ideal time for a healthy fix, since its likely halfway between lunch and dinner. Apples and pears are the ultimate healthy fast food, nuts and seeds give you natural energy, and the vitamins in green juices revitalize you and your brain.
5. Rest and Relaxation
Restorative yoga is my favorite night-time cure for a highly stressful day. There really is nothing better than unwinding, clearing your mind and grounding your breath with a series of yoga poses. Yoga Alchemy in Perth offer a fantastic Flow and Restore class that is a combination of vinyasa flow and restorative postures and techniques. I’ll definitely be stopping by after work for one of their classes this week! Image via Yoga Alchemy.