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Farewell winter and hello
spring. We’re leaping into
the new season with a
focus on wellbeing, and taking
care of your mental and physical
It’s been a long few months
in this particular household,
with unplanned time spent in
a hospital bed. However on the
flipside, it’s not until some-
thing drastic happens to force
a stop that you realise how
excessively busy your life has
got - and that it’s time to make
It’s also a solid reminder
to be grateful for the amazing
people in your life; friends,
family and workmates.
So in this issue of INSPO
we’re championing the local
getaway as a minibreak, and
finding an activity you enjoy to
help keep you motivated to get
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With the surge of interest
in cycling, we test drive some
e-bikes to find out just what all
the fuss is about.
We also meet an inspiring
family with a strong focus on
involvement in sport and chat
about how it enriches their
life and teaches important life
And just because we can,
we’ve got a swag of fantastic
goodies to give away as reader
Enjoy - Lisa
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EDITOR Lisa Potter
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BY LISA POTTER
Wellbeing is the buzzword of 2019. It has sparked a movement
focusing on the importance of prioritising ‘me-time’; of guiltfree
relaxation and discovering what recharges your personal
batteries and mental health. Mini-breaks are the new holiday
and local getaways are the hot new destination. INSPO
discovers a rare gem on the outskirts of Cambridge.
No longer just a catchphrase, wellbeing
is highly considered in the business
world; in stark contrast to years where
‘busyness’ was the commodity of value.
The beauty of wellbeing lies in its simplicity.
In the ability to take a moment, stop the
treadmill of life and treat yourself with care.
Forget about spending months planning
the perfect holiday. Be immediate. Take a
quick getaway right now. Find a local spot to
pamper and indulge yourself - to rest and
There’s something intrinsically good for
the soul about treating your mind and body
to some indulgent nourishment.
After a series of conversations with
friends and workmates, it turns out the local
getaway is the newest and most popular kid
on the block. Somewhere close enough to
allow you to make a spur of the moment decision
and go. Just grab your cosiest PJs and
favourite book and head off before changing
your mind or getting bogged down in jobs at
work or home.
So in the spirit of research (cough, cough),
we decided to search for the ultimate Waikato
getaway. Turns out there are an impressive
amount of local options to consider. Our
checklist included being a maximum half
hour drive from Hamilton, a total escape
from work and home, gardens/grounds to
explore, close to civilisation in case of the
overwhelming need for a barista, relaxing
surroundings, and pamper options.
Destination success: Henley Hotel
Thanks to Henley Hotel we found all this -
Originally built as an Edwardian Manor
in 2001, the property operated as Sarnia Park
(specialising as a wedding venue) until new
owners in 2017 spared no effort or expense
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to transform it into a truly unique boutique
hotel, officially opening last year. Yes, it’s
undeniably posh, but it’s also extraordinarily
welcoming for such a grand setting.
Located just minutes from Cambridge,
Henley Hotel is conveniently close to a host
of popular Waikato destinations, including
Lake Karapiro, Hobbiton, the Avantidrome,
some of the country’s most prestigious horse
studs and plenty of local walks and cycleways.
The ultimate mini-break
Despite only spending 24 hours in this
glorious setting, we enjoyed a completely
indulgent mini-break; a total escape from
the humdrum and stress of everyday life. It’s
incredibly satisfying to drive just minutes
from home for a transformative lifestyle; no
jostling with crowds at airports, or agonising
over what to pack.
More like spending time in a stately
country house than the traditional hotel
experience, there’s nothing mass-produced
or repetitive about the sumptuous surroundings,
an achievement which owes much to
thoughtful interior design. It’s quite something
to tick off elegant, grand, subtle, bold,
modern and vibrant all in one brief - without
being intimidating or overworked.
Henley Hotel is effortlessly stylish, absolutely
luxurious and yet somehow warm and
welcoming, dotted with cosy escapes (the
gin bar, a mini cinema, indoor pool area and
There’s also a spa pool, sauna, day spa,
and a multitude of private outdoor areas ideal
for a picnic or place of nature and solitude.
The entire property is a balm for a busy soul.
Each of the 14 bedrooms are individually
themed, with attention to detail making this
a true five star experience.
Managing to blend modern fabrics and
wall treatments with antique style artwork
and furnishings is an achievement of
excellence and good taste. From hallway
alcoves to the main entrance foyer, everywhere
invites you to sit, relax and enjoy your
Home sweet home
Having scored one of the best rooms in the
house, complete with enormous window
seat, gas fire and soaker bath, my most
difficult decision was choosing where and
how to relax first. With sun streaming in the
windows, I curled up on the window seat,
wrapped in a cosy blanket from the foot of
the bed and gazed out at the pond, listening
to the water.
Before I knew it an hour had passed. I
hadn’t even opened my book, let alone my
laptop. I hadn’t felt the need to do anything
or achieve - just sit and relax - definitely a
rare experience for someone who lives from
deadline to deadline.
The lure of the generous bathtub proved
too much to resist so an afternoon soak was
in order, followed by a light slumber beside
the fireplace. Utter bliss.
Come stroll with me
With the late afternoon setting in, a walk
around the grounds beckoned, before a jaunt
on one of the guest bikes (a useful inclusion
given that Te Awa cycleway goes past the end
of the tree lined driveway).
Extensive grounds include a rose garden,
cherry arbour, lily pond complete with picturesque
bridge and rotunda, herb and vegetable
gardens, a charming on-site chapel, and
a stylish function centre which can cater for
250 and is often used for product launches,
business events, and parties.
September and October are a particular
visual highlight, with the cherry arbour
transforming into a pink paradise - popular
for weddings which are still hosted here.
The impressive grounds are open to
all visitors, not just guests, including those
who pop in to enjoy a high tea, lunch or the
option of Devonshire tea - just remember to
book ahead of time.
Food, food, glorious food
When it comes to marrying fine accommodation
and fine dining, Henley may be
the exception to the norm. After debating
popping into one of the many Cambridge
restaurants, we were so enamoured of
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our surroundings that we couldn’t bring
ourselves to leave. (Also the beguiling gin
bar may have played a small role in this
Well played sir. The meal was a gastronomical
delight. The refreshingly concise
menu exceeded expectations and judging
by the conversation of our fellow diners, all
were unanimously in agreement. We dined
like royalty on mushroom arancini (so flavoursome),
venison carpaccio, braised pork
belly with Asian egg noodle salad and chilli
caramel (oh lordy) and the creme brulee of
all creme brulees.
Kudos to the impressive chef and his team.
The same care and attention applied to our
lavish breakfast, bold in flavour and with
plenty of personality. All breads and pastries
are made on site, and curds and side dressings
(oh that lemon curd, I would buy a case of it
in a heartbeat) also created in the kitchen.
Fresh herbs and flowers feature generously,
grown in the gardens and on-site
Everything is grand in scale, design and
detail but the crowning glory is undoubtedly
the Henley Hotel team; operating discreetly,
seamlessly and with genuinely impressive
service from the moment you walk through
the front doors.
No matter how magnificent any hotel
is, without an equally impressive team to
complete the experience, it won’t linger in
With every room on the premises complete
with its own unique theme and personality,
there’s an underlying sense of joy about the
interior design (our fave was the pink flamingo
yoga and meditation room) and that
emotion is threaded throughout the Henley
Whether you opt to float in the pool, relax
in the spa or sauna or enjoy the grounds, you
can choose to nourish yourself with activities
or total relaxation.
I highly recommend time spent with
Rebecca Osborne, director of Soul Beauty
and Skincare Clinic at Henley Hotel. Luxe
products like Thalgo, Medik8 and Bestow
are transformative under her experienced
With a focus on a holistic wellbeing,
Rebecca thrives on helping people look and
feel their best, encouraging relaxation and
pampering, with massage and facials, skin
treatments and absolute care. The day spa is
open to casual visitors (bookings are essential)
as well as hotel guests.
Farewell my friends
Despite such a brief (overnight) stay, I feel utterly
rejuvenated, as though I’ve had a three
or four day respite from the busyness of life.
While I’m an equally big fan of casual getaways
(well, glamping rather than camping)
and the air bnb experience, there really is
nothing comparable to the luxury of handing
over all the small details of life to someone
else and immersing yourself in the bliss of
being pampered, fed and cared for. Henley
Hotel - I shall absolutely be back for more.
See you soon.
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If you’ve ever found yourself at the end of your tether -
overextended, exhausted, or feeling like you might just snap
- then you know overwhelm.
Perhaps you suffer silently from anxious
feelings, low moods or frequently find
yourself up to the eyeballs in stress.
Or maybe you struggle with health
complaints and, despite leading a healthy
lifestyle, you feel like you’re always just
trying to get well. But as much as you try to
slow down, reduce your burden or exercise
your ‘no’ muscle, the stress just seems to
keep piling on.
Internationally acclaimed nutritional biochemist,
author and speaker Dr Libby Weaver
is touring New Zealand sharing a brand-new
perspective on overwhelm and stress.
“Stress and overwhelm are often the root
cause for so many health challenges and it
doesn’t need to be this way,” says Dr Libby.
“It is possible to solve your stress once
and for all. To move from constantly feeling
overwhelmed, to living a full and thriving
life, without it costing your mental, emotional
and physical health in the process.”
You know in your heart if you’re overwhelmed.
It shows up in your eyes as they fill with
tears when yet another thing gets added to
your list, it appears in the disagreements you
have with those you care about, but mostly
it’s that relentless feeling inside of you that
there must be a better way to live your life.
Throughout her nationwide tour, Dr
Libby will help educate around the cause of
overwhelm—and you might be surprised to
know it has little to do with the number of
items on your to-do list.
Who knows, it might just shatter your
perception of stress once and for all.
The full tour schedule and online bookings
can be found at nz.drlibby.com.
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Chris Ballantyne’s debut e-bike
ride was a definite success.
E-bikes are the latest must-have, spanning a new
movement of cyclists keen to explore New Zealand with
little extra pedal power. INSPO takes up the e-bike
challenge and finds out more.
BY LISA POTTER
It took 43 seconds. That’s all. For me to do
a complete turnaround from being a tad
judgemental and dismissive about e-bikes
to being a complete and utter convert.
Trust me, it comes as much of a surprise
to me as to anyone else. Once upon a time,
long ago, I vaguely recall enjoying cycling;
setting off on solo or group ride, choosing
to cycle from Hamilton to Morrinsville just
because I could, and even participating in
Rebecca Taggart tests a
the Hamilton to Whangamata bike ride - but
that’s many decades ago. And it’s about that
long since I’ve been back in the saddle. I’ve
long preferred an actual saddle and a horse
to pedal power.
To be perfectly truthful, I have to admit
to some initial reluctance to test-driving an
e-bike. Partly because I’d already decided
that cycling wasn’t ‘my thing’ anymore, with
other activities I enjoy far more. The other
(larger) reluctance is that no matter which
way I set off from home, there’s a walloping
great hill to endure within the first few minutes.
So before I even get to enjoy the leisure
of cycling, I have aching legs, a throbbing
knee and am out of breath. Not so appealing.
So it was with minimal expectations that
I took temporary possession of a couple of
e-bikes from Cycle Time (Hamilton) and Evo
First up was the Hybrid carbon frame
bike, designed in New Zealand by engineer
Frank Witowski and recently taking out a
podium finish in a Consumer NZ report on
e-bikes. The carbon frame is lightweight to
manage, has a 160kg load capacity and there
are five power options.
Getting back on the bike
I expected to wobble around a bit and need
an instruction manual before mastering the
complexities of an e-bike. I was wrong. Turns
out it’s as easy as, well, as riding a bike.
Just turn the screen on, choose your setting
(I started on the lowest of one from five
settings) and you’re off. And really off - the
power of the e-bike takes all the pain out of
cycling (take that you meaty hills) and leaves
just the pleasure.
I’m delighted to report that I soared up
those dastardly hills with ease and ended
up cycling far further than intended, just
because I could and yes, I was having fun.
I can see why e-bikes are proving so popular
across all age brackets. It makes cycling
achievable regardless of the terrain.
I know plenty of enthusiasts who have
ached to tackle some of New Zealand’s glorious
bike trails, but been unable to, either due
to a niggling injury or fear of not keeping up
with their fitter more experienced group of
friends. The e-bike removes these barriers,
more than proving its worth.
Get on yer bike
The sport of cycling is in a major growth
phase, both for those with high performance
goals and for recreational enthusiasts. We are
fortunate to have such epic cycle trails here
in Waikato with hundreds of kilometres of
trail to enjoy.
Hauraki Rail Trail is an ideal scenic route
for laid-back riders and families, while the
Timber Trail offers a little more backcountry
adventure, and Waikato River Trails cater for
mountain bikers who enjoy off road terrain.
Then there’s Te Awa - The Great River
Ride; perfect for those finding their e-bike
cycling legs, and the Cambridge to Lake
Karapiro is another ideal stretch (with plenty
of cafe pit-stops along the way).
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Plenty of power
and speed for hills.
The e-bike has changed the way I plan my
day. When the sun is shining and the e-bike
sits charged and ready, it seems ludicrous to
hop in the car to go and get a coffee or pop
to the dairy. So not only am I getting some
fresh air and exercise, but I’m saving fuel too
- what a win!
Heading off road
The next part of the challenge was to head
off road for some more challenging terrain.
Given my newly minted cycling legs (and the
fact I’m just a few weeks into recovery from a
hospital operation), I nominated my partner,
brother-in-law and nephew for this part of
the test. They’re both keen mountain bikers,
so with much enthusiasm set off for Te Miro
Mountain Bike Park with a couple of Trek
I didn’t expect to hear from them for
hours, as usually they’re completely off grid
when out mountain biking. However about
10 minutes in I received a text proclaiming
that the bikes were ‘epic’.
Turns out these two adrenalin junkies
absolutely loved the extra power they could
access to explore even more track than usual.
And thanks to a little more oomph going uphill,
they could pedal for longer and further.
The ‘quick e-bike test’ turned out to be an
all day excursion. They returned filthy but
buzzed from their adventures and absolute
fans of the e-bike (so much so, that an e-bike
purchase has since been made!).
Having got chatting to some groups on
their ride, they met a few other e-bikers as
well. One was a family where dad and the
kids ride competitively, and thanks to an
e-bike mum could now join in and keep up
on their training excursions.
The e-bike surge
If you ever needed proof that the e-bike
trend is on the move upwards, just take a
walk around CycleTime, where e-bikes take
equal pride of place in store. Over the last
three years, e-bikes now take up more than
30 percent of the shop floor.
Owner Dave Spring shares dozens of
stories (from hundreds he has) of how e-bikes
have transformed people’s lives; from enabling
a less experiencing cycling partner to
enjoy the activity and keep up with his or her
faster, fitter cyclist; to giving older couples the
ability to rediscover cycling; and those with
knee or other injuries to enjoy cycling again.
Particularly popular are the Specialised
Turbo Levo models, which sell out practically
before they even arrive in-store.
“I’ve been in the industry for more than
30 years and this is such an enjoyable experience
changing people’s lives getting them
out riding,” says Dave.
“It’s really great for the sport of cycling
and there are so many cool stories. It’s not
always about being competitive, e-bikes
remove barriers and enable people to enjoy
cycling. I recently sold one to an 82-year-old
which is pretty inspiring.
“Also I’ve got a friend who used to ride
with his wife on a tandem bike, but had
to give up after her knees gave out. She
stopped riding altogether, lost fitness and her
mental health deteriorated as well.
“I suggested an e-bike and they weren’t
originally keen, but after a while decided to
give it a go. It was such a cool moment when
they arrived in the store with tears of happiness
that they could cycle together again.
Now they’re back regularly cycling, healthier,
fitter and definitely happier and loving being
back in the activity again.”
Have a go
If you still have reservations about cycling
(like I did), here’s my advice - just have a go. I
dithered for months before being convinced
to ride an e-bike and wish I’d done it sooner
(and yes, one now has pride of place in my
garage. Bring on summer!)
The Ed’s ride - the Hybrid e-bike.
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THE LIFE LESSONS
There are some fascinating
parallels between success in sport,
success in business and success in
life. Of course, this all depends on
your personal definition of success, but
there’s no denying that life lessons gained
from individual and team sports transfer
seamlessly to the world of business and
BY LISA POTTER
Based in Raglan, the Hughes family
are testament to the importance of
involvement in physical activity and
sport, for key life lessons. This applies not
only to the kids in the household, but also
Something of a tradition dating back
through the generations, getting outdoors
and active was widely championed by grandad
Joe Hughes, who, with a background in
Physical Education went on to become the
first National Advisor of PE in New Zealand.
A massive advocate of outdoor pursuits,
Joe was also instrumental in setting up the
Outdoor Pursuits Centre in Ruapehu. His
words of advice still resonate in son Jeremy’s
mind and have shaped his attitude to business
“Dad told me once that there’s no such
thing as can’t. There’s always a way. And I
think that underlying concept has been
instrumental in many of my business and life
This particularly applied when Jeremy
and his wife Katherine were running a
successful snowboard clothing business from
Auckland, but pondering their lifestyle and a
move to Waikato.
That was 21 years ago and Raglan has since
been home, with a lifestyle that ensures the
Hughes family enjoy life as best they can - together.
One or all of the tribe can frequently be
found surfing or mountain biking, and together
they’ve explored an impressive amount of
Raglan terrain - by land and on water.
One of the most important side effects of
their communal passion for sports and being
active is spending so much quality time
“I appreciate the fact that I do my favourite
things with my family, rather than getting
away and having a break from them,” says
The business of sport
As a co-founder of multi-award winning
Eli Hughes nailing the pipe
Hamilton software specialist Company-X
it would be easy for Jeremy to get bogged
down in the workload of ensuring continual
businesses growth and evolution. Yet he
continues to tag his own physical and mental
health, and wellbeing, as a priority; an attitude
that is encouraged company-wide.
“The role sport plays in work/life balance
is critical,” says Jeremy. “One of the most
memorable and important moments in my
working career was being told ‘Jeremy if
you’re surfing today - go surfing now,’ by one
of our Company-X project managers, even
though I was the boss.
“We strongly carry this into the work life
balance we expect our team to have as well.
For me, my passion for sport irrepressibly
inserts itself into my weekly schedule. “
Whether he’s catching a wave or mountain
biking, snowboarding, practicing yoga or
frisbee golf, Jeremy aims to get active every
day - even if it’s only 10 minutes a day.
“My work is sedentary so lots of activity
afterward brings back the balance,” he says.
“With Company-X I’ve been developing
some software and been stuck resolving a
bug. I go surfing and the solution comes to
me while I’m driving home and it’s usually
way out from left field. The exercise and
break changes the perspective.”
It’s a valuable reminder of how important
it is to step away and fuel your passion,
whatever drives you.
While fun is always in the mix as a driver for
business and family goals, the competitive
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spirit is also strong. Between them, the four
Hughes siblings (Aqua (18), Jet (17), Leeto (12)
and Eli (12)) have earned an impressive swag
of sporting titles, at school and national level.
Jeremy and Katherine support and
encourage their children in all of their activities,
and although this sometimes means
weeks out of school competing, a side benefit
of the discipline sport requires means they’re
adept at managing their schoolwork, training
“Like adults, kids need a balance of
exercise, fitness, focus and fun,” says Jeremy,
“They need to run hard, go a bit crazy, climb
trees (yes huge tall ‘dangerous’ trees with no
soft landing or nets underneath). These are
life lessons in assessing and managing risk.
“From decades of research we know that
exercise helps increase academic success.
I think achieving success at something
physical allows them to take that into their
schoolwork, and getting excited about sport
helps them take that excitement into their
“I say to my boys about maths: “it’s just
another trick like a backside 540 snowboard
trick. You didn’t get that first time either,
did you? So a few more times and you’ll get
it (e.g about times tables or understanding
That said, Jeremy is dismayed at the level
of PE at many schools in New Zealand.
“Physical education is such an important
part of overall development and growth;
physical and mental. I’m not sure why
outdoor education is optional at schools. It
should be compulsory for all the lessons it
brings; from teamwork and strategy to personal
Combining work and play
Jeremy’s laid back surfer vibe may be misleading;
he’s an extremely savvy and highly
regarded businessman. Perhaps some of this
success is due to his dedication on accommodating
his sporting passions; keeping him
physically and mentally sharp.
He is also quick to point out that making
opportunities to step outside of the world of
business and get physically active helps manage
stress and potential health problems.
Now in his mid-50’s, Jeremy’s enthusiasm,
passion and determination to wring
enjoyment from life belies his decades.
He still surfs daily if he can, is a regular
on the podium at local and national surfing
events (with many national trophies under
his belt), as well as a frequently found name
on Whakapapa Ski Club trophies dating back
to his pre-teen years.
When it comes to any sport which
involves balancing on a board he’s still
something of a gun and delights in nailing
a new achievement - in sport as much as in
“As well as the adrenalin and fun, there’s
the sheer joy of riding a wave, the immediate
small successes and satisfaction of succeeding
at each challenge along the learning
journey. I do this in sport (the last snowboard
trick I learned was a backside boardslide on a
rail last year) and in business (the challenges
of growth, staff, cashflow, leadership, trusting
your team, managing expectations, customers,
etc). These are all small successes in the
longer journey of developing and growing a
Along with making time to get active
comes a dedication to fun.
“It’s no coincidence that when we were
designing Company-X, one one of the first
values on the whiteboard my business partner
David Hallett and I wrote was: Fun.”
Company-X’s world leading team design,
develop and test bespoke software solutions.
Clients range from large, multi-national,
businesses headquartered overseas, to small
and medium-sized enterprises in New
In addition to ranking on the Deloitte
Technology Fast 500 Asia Pacific in 2017
and 2018, Company-X was named the Fastest
Growing Technology Company in the Central
Company-X won the Service Excellence
and Global Operator awards at last year’s
prestigious Westpac Waikato Business
Jeremy Hughes on the slopes
Keeping it in the family
Parental commitment to supporting their
children as they chase snowboarding and
other sporting events around the country
stems from the joy Jeremy still recalls from
his childhood involvement, mainly skiing at
“I made lifetime friends and have lifelong
memories from that club. We’d head there
in the snow on a Friday night and have an
absolute blast all weekend.
And while some might think it’s just about
the sport and the trophies, that’s just a fraction
of the drive.
“Being involved in a club or sport brings
the satisfaction of learning something new,
of discovering the excitement and adrenaline
of trying something new.
“Then there are the lessons around effort
versus reward and practice, persistence
and passion. I see all of these lessons being
repeated now that my kids are involved in
In Jeremy’s opinion, one of the most
important take-outs is the importance of
learning to win and lose.
“This is massive. How to win gracefully is
just as important as how to lose proudly. And
this one lesson alone is crucial in life.
“You need to be able to ask yourself
whether you left anything on the table. If
not, lose graciously and with pride in your
achievement. It’s really hard to put your best
on the table in a individual competition.
One of the mantras of the Hughes family
is some words of advice gleaned from a
coach: ‘Try and fail, but don’t fail to try’.
“This applies to everything in life and is
important to instil in people of all ages.”
From small acorns...
While Jeremy and Katherine’s original intent
behind getting their four children outdoors
and active was for happy healthy children,
this nurturing environment has seen them
develop some seriously valuable skills along
the way, proving that physical activity really
is the gift that keeps on giving.
Family fun for the Hughes tribe
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The value of
For all the advances that have been made in sport science,
and tools like biofeedback and data analysis, there is one
striking element of sports performance that the science cannot
emulate or shortcut – tactical experience, and the wisdom
and cunning that accompanies it.
The deciding factor between top and
average athletes is often not physical or
technical abilities but the intellectual
capacity to foresee what is going to happen
on the field in the next few moments.
A capacity that is arguably impossible to
coach but can be the by-product of years of
Now that funding and science has made
the average sporting career longer, athletes
are staying in the game longer, conceivably
boosting this capacity.
Research would suggest that cumulative
game time and racing experience can somewhat
buffer physical decline, making the
increasing average age of athletes in some
respects an advantageous phenomenon.
Roger Federer is a great example of what
a highly tuned anticipatory capacity can
achieve. Based on numbers from Australian
Open tournaments from 2014-16, Federer’s
time to read and react to a serve is just 0.618
Federer’s recent Wimbledon conqueror
Djokovic, for the record, is seventh on the list
of fastest returners at 0.638 seconds.
NASCAR is a motorsport series in which
tactics and understanding what the car is doing
are deemed as major elements of racing.
Reflexes and daring are still needed; however
Pontiac driver Johnny Benson argues, “It
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isn’t so much how far can you take a car into
the corner as it is how can I make our tyres
last so that they will still let me go into the
corner the same way on lap 60 as I did in the
first few laps.” Can only time on the tarmac
teach you this?
Rugby is a sport which expects to lose large
numbers to injury and has a normal professional
career of just seven years. However, of
the oldest 10 players at the 2015 Rugby World
Cup, the average age was a lofty 36.
With more than 1000 caps, that year’s All
Blacks team was the most experienced team
in international rugby history, and, at an
average age of 29 years and 276 days, it was
also one of the All Blacks’ oldest international
Sport science would say the inevitable
physical decline that comes with that age
should have meant they lost.
So, was the deciding factor their tactical
knowledge and ability to read the game that
comes with those years?
This year, the current New Zealand men’s
rowing eight has boosted both its average
age and notably its performance, by including
‘veterans’ and Olympic Champions who
have been winning since 2004.
The 2019 Silver Ferns World Cup squad
called several players out of retirement and
made few changes from their 2015 team.
However, they defeated both the competition
and the skeptics, perhaps with that accumulated
and collective game play wisdom, in
winning the title.
Research into this phenomenon is minimal.
A UK study analysed 14,503 football
matches played between the start of the
2008-09 season and the end of the 2015-16
The quest was to see how performance
differed between age groups. At first, the
data seemed to support the idea that all age
groups improved in performance as the
season progressed, with the older players
Most notably, the improvement took
place right at the end of the season, with a
spike in output in the last two weeks. As this
coincides with finals and the need for peak
performance, does it imply an experienced
capacity to perform under pressure?
The group that performed least well in
the study was aged 21 or under, in this case
proving experience really does count.
A 2006 study into Handball found
“Age-declines seem to be more related to
motor rather to perception skills”, while a
2011 study proved older road cyclists show
better visual attention than sedentary older
A lengthy 2014 research project showed
the extended practice of martial arts was related
to better peripheral vision and reaction
speed over time.
And as an example of non-academic
backup, in the words of the infamous football
manager Jose Mourinho in criticising his
player, “He is not reading the game properly.
As a striker he must read. You have to play
not when you have the ball, but when others
have the ball. You have to anticipate things
and read the game faster. Everything is an
The ‘art’ of reading the game, your opponent’s
next move, or an intrinsic understanding
of race tactics appears to be a vital part of
competitive sport. Indeed, the ability to win,
especially under pressure seems reliant on it.
Without it, all the physical training in the
world may not make up for the experience
that time in the game can bring.
However, for reasons yet unknown, some
athletes have this vital game-reading, anticipatory
cognitive skill that defies their youth.
Mike McRedmond coached 19-year-old
Kiwi Campbell Stewart to two silver medals
on the velodrome at the Commonwealth
Games last year.
McRedmond, who won a silver medal
himself in the sprint at the 1982 Brisbane
Commonwealth Games aged 24, said Stewart’s
scratch-race ride displayed his ability to
get in good positions.
“He has an ability to read a race really
well. He is very aware of what is going on
around him and where he needs to be at a
And just to make the point of this entire
article, by quoting McRedmond; “That’s
something you cannot coach.”
ALISON STOREY is a personal trainer who has represented New Zealand in three
different sports (beach volleyball, rowing and rhythmic gymnastics). She has been
awarded New Zealand Personal Trainer of the Year twice and runs Storey Sport, a
mobile personal and sports training business which provides a range of services that
optimise the fitness and wellbeing of its clients. www.storeysport.co.nz
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Do you exercise to
There are many reasons for tying your
shoelaces to hit the gym or
pavement. Individuals exercise to
be out in nature and breathe fresh air,
to lose weight and get fit for an overseas holiday, or
to keep up with the grandkids and reduce the risk of
chronic disease. An often overlooked outcome
of engaging in physical activity is the impact
that it has on mental health and wellbeing.
BY KRISTINA DRILLER
When we exercise endorphins are
released. These little messengers
for our brain make us feel good,
reduce perception of pain, improve feelings
of pleasure and give us a natural buzz.
Exercise has a huge effect on our physiology.
It affects every cell of our bodies and not
only improves outcomes for individuals with
chronic disease, but also mental health.
Mental illness and mental health can be
confused. All of us have mental health and
we can experience poor mental health (feeling
down), or good mental health (feeling
happy) at any point in time. Feeling down
or experiencing poor mental health doesn’t
necessarily mean a person is experiencing a
In the same vein, someone with mental
illness maybe symptom free and experiencing
good mental health. Irrespective of
where someone is on this gamut, exercise
has repeatedly been shown to play a key role
in the treatment of mental health, alongside
Exercise & Sport Science Australia (ESSA)
states that 12 percent of depression cases
could have been prevented by exercising for
just one hour a week.
This highlights that even one workout or
session a week can have benefits for mental
Finding a type of exercise that works for
you is important, along with remembering
that doing something is better than nothing1.
People with mental health disorders have
a 2.2 times higher risk of death than the
This is attributed to physical health problems
more so than the mental health issues1.
We know that people experiencing mental
illness have lower levels of engagement in
exercise2, which puts them at a greater risk
of having a chronic disease such as diabetes,
cardiovascular disease or obesity, thus
increasing their risk of early mortality.
Sharing the why of how physical activity
will make you feel good and improve your
mood can be the key motivator for some
individuals to move more.
Improving mood, sleep, focus and concentration,
and reducing stress and anxiety
are all beneficial effects of exercise on human
In conjunction with standard care for
mental illness and mental health, we can
create change for ourselves and those around
us when we create active lifestyle habits for a
healthier and happier future.
KRISTINA DRILLER A specialist in exercise rehabilitation and chronic disease
management, Kristina Driller is a sport and rehab consultant at UniRec and uses
“exercise as medicine”. Kristina has a wealth of experience spanning eight years
and provides expert advice in chronic disease management and musculoskeletal
1. Exercise & Sport Science Australia. (2018). Exercise Mental Health eBook. Retrieved from
2. Rosenbaum, S., Hobson-Powell, A., Davison, K., Stanton, R., Craft, L., Duncan, M., … Ward, P.
(2018). The Role of Sport, Exercise, and Physical Activity in Closing the Life Expectancy Gap for
People with Mental Illness.
An International Consensus Statement by Exercise and Sports Science Australia, American
College of Sports Medicine, British Association of Sport and Exercise Science, and Sport and
Exercise Science New Zealand. Translational Journal of the American College of Sports Medicine,
3(10), 72–73. Retrieved from https://journals.lww.com/acsm-tj/Pages/default.aspx
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Active tips for the
While the benefits of
moving are unquestionable,
sometimes it can be a struggle
to fit it all in.
So before you exchange your exercise
session for being sedentary, try keeping
active without even the need for a
Active commuting, like cycling or walking,
has all the benefits of a standalone workout
except that some of the time would be spent
commuting anyway. While it’s not suitable
for long distance travelers, even walking to
a further away bus stop or walking on days
where the weather is better can be an option.
Need more convincing? A study of more
than 2000 participants in the UK showed
that commuting by bike was associated with
a lower risk of cardiovascular disease (CVD),
cancer, and all-cause mortality.
The study also measured walking and
found it was associated with a lower risk
of CVD independent of major measured
Saving the planet
If you are keen to save the planet, combine it
with some active moving and you’ll get to improve
your health as well as that of the planet.
Whether it’s a small pot or a full garden,
growing your own vegetables provides ample
opportunity for physical activity in the
outdoors, with the added benefit of low food
miles, and easy access to healthy food.
Dancing is essentially exercising with style.
The benefits of dance extend beyond the
physical, with the coordination required
exercising neural pathways as well, contributing
to mental alertness and helping retain
memory and cognitive function, especially
as we age.
Whether it’s carrying
groceries, doing a
brisk vacuum, or
stretching to dust under
the furniture, using
as a chance to be
active is unlikely to
lead to a new-found
joy for housework.
But it may make it
go faster and will add
some easy heart rate
raising activity to
If a regular scheduled
workout is not
inspiring you, then
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look at other options. This could include
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works best when done regularly, each
week, month, and year; so choosing exercise
and physical activity that you want to do is
At the end of the day there are a number
of reasons you don’t have time for exercising
and lack of time is only one of them.
It’s easier to find time to do things we
enjoy, so if the exercise programme you
have been doing doesn’t inspire you, then
don’t sell yourself short - go looking for a
sustainable, motivating form of exercise or
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I think we can all be quite thankful that this winter felt mild
compared previous years. However, that doesn’t mean that the
winter blues didn’t kick in, that you missed out on seasonal
effective disorder (SAD), or that you didn’t lack motivation
during the last few months.
Let’s face it, many of us treat winter as
an off season because it’s easier to stay
home than it is to stick to a regular
training regime. So now that we’re through
winter, why hasn’t that motivation to eat
clean and train mean kicked in straight away?
Don’t worry, I get it – I’m still battling
every morning to choose the gym over my
nice comfy warm bed. So how do we get that
drive back, how do we get motivated and
how do we reignite our flame?
Let’s start with our main key drivers in life –
our values. These are the core of who we are
as a person, and depending on your beliefs,
they may be expressed differently such as
your morals, your rule book, your guiding
We all have our own personal core values
and it’s important to know what they are and
understand them, as they drive our decisions
in all areas of our lives.
Our personal values guide our behaviours,
choices and decisions and are a huge part of
what situations we end up in.
Different for all of us, they are influenced
by our role models, upbringing, cultural
beliefs, experience, etc.
Your personal values may be things such
as honesty, work ethic, authenticity, and once
you identify what drives you, then you have
the starting point of what guides your goals,
what motivates you, what makes you who
you are and hopefully some more insight
into yourself as a person.
For example, one of your values might
be to treat your body as a temple – which
is an indication of why you choose to live a
Once we understand our values, we can then
figure out what our motivation is and whether
it’s intrinsic or extrinsic.
Intrinsic motivators are internal motivators
that make us feel good, things that make
us happy, things that we enjoy and provide
us with a sense of accomplishment and personal
Then we have extrinsic motivators, which
are an external motivator such as recognition
from peers, rewards such as money, and
These things still make us feel good and
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so think of it this way – what do you want
to achieve? Yup it’s that simple. You need to
identify what you want to get out of life.
For example, if you’re going to their gym,
doing home workouts, running each week;
why? What is the end game – what is the
goal? It’s a lot easier to do the work, if you
know what you are working towards. This
will all be derived from your values, and your
If one of your values is to get the most
out of your body, and your motivation is
extrinsic – you’re competitive and like to
win - then that’s going to help you decide on
your goal (such as competing in an event).
Once you have a goal in mind, you are
able to start planning on how to achieve it.
So, strip it back, start from the beginning
and make it simple: Values – Motivation –
This may not be life-changing advice,
however hopefully it can start to help you
connect some dots, get some insight and
help start some sparks that lead to the reignition
of your flame.
If you struggle with self-analysis, staying
motivated and setting goals then that’s where
contacting a wellbeing coach or personal
trainer can be helpful.
Sometimes you need someone to help
you draw out those awesome moments
from within. I recommend that you do your
research and find someone who lines up with
your personal philosophy around health and
The good news is that our mornings are
getting warmer, daylight saving is closer and
summer is just around the corner.
Not only does the pressure come on to
get ready for summer (which is a motivator
within itself), it’s also going to get a lot easier
to get up in the morning.
And, if you’re anything like me, my favourite
place to exercise is the outdoors – so
it’s that time where you can start enjoying
your favourite river trails and running tracks.
So, remember to identify your values, find
your motivation and set some goals – some
big audacious goals.
Dream big, work hard and most importantly,
reignite that flame so your candle can
give us a sense of achievement but come
from an external source of motivation.
There’s nothing wrong with either type of
motivation. In fact everyone has both to a certain
degree, with one possibly being stronger
than the other in different situations.
Therefore, it’s vital to tap into your
motivation for what you’re doing, particularly
exercise. You may be exercising to lose
weight, but why are you exercising to lose
weight? Is it because you want to feel better
about yourself or is it because you want to
impress others around you?
By asking yourself these questions, it will
shed light on the why behind what you are
doing and give you a good indication of how
to stay motivated.
Once we have identified our values and what
our motivation is, it’s going to be a lot easier
to set goals.
Let’s face it, goals can become complicated.
There are so many different acronyms
out there that it can get a little confusing,
SHANE WAY An award-winning personal trainer; Shane is committed to helping
others reach their goals and enjoy a positive mindset. Passionate about sharing his
own journey, he places a strong focus on mental wellbeing alongside physical wellbeing.
Shane is also a member of the advisory board for “Creating Our Futures”, which is the
proposed model of change for Mental Health and Addiction services in Waikato.
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Get social by
Group exercise was arguably where the
modern exercise industry began - with
people engaging in ‘keep fit’ classes to music
in community centres and halls around the
country during the 1970s.
While the offerings now in the
group exercise space are more
diverse, and available in gyms
as well as community facilities, the idea of
combining exercise with social interaction
remains the same.
With offerings including high intensity
interval classes (HIIT), strength, dance and
mind-body classes, it’s not one size fits all.
The social benefits of group exercise are
one of the main attractions. Having a group
of like-minded people around you inspires,
encourages and motivates.
There are also benefits with accountability;
knowing that there are others being
challenged like you helps keep you moving.
Many exercise facilities offer a range of
classes. Professionally run classes are also
popping up in community settings and small
studios, so regardless of where you are, in a
big city or small community, you should be
able to find classes that suit you.
“Having a group of likeminded
you inspires, encourages
The group exercise class format is great
for those new to exercising, as it allows you to
follow the instructor and participate without
needing an in-depth knowledge of exercise.
For those worried about being on ‘display’,
far from being watched by others, you’ll find
yourself being surrounded by a group of
like-minded people who are enjoying themselves
and are supportive of your journey.
There is a financial benefit as well. Exercising
in a group means you get the support
of an exercise professional at a lower cost
due to being part of a group.
Group exercise classes are not just limited
to being land-based, with aqua classes
maintaining popularity, especially with more
senior and less able exercisers. In chest deep
water your body can weigh up to 70 percent
less than it does on land, so it’s less effort on
the body to be in the water. However, once
you start moving, the water adds extra resistance
to work against.
There are significant flexibility benefits
from working in water. With weight and
joints supported, many people find they can
get a greater range of movement. The extra
support the water provides also allows exercises
to improve stability and balance that
could not be completed on land.
If you are looking for an activity fix with
some company, then group exercise ticks the
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It is becoming more frequent for me in my coaching practice
to have conversations with clients about their deep desire to
be understood. We long to be understood.
BY REBECCA KINGSTON
Ellen Degeneres says, “It is wonderful
to be loved, but it is profound to be
However, in a world where no two people
are the same, this is an almost impossible
quest. Yet we have a strong yearning to know
and to be known.
I hear from people in my work, “My family
doesn’t get me!” or “My husband doesn’t
understand me!” or “My friends just don’t
seem to know me anymore!” And we wish
they did because that would bring so much
comfort to us in our situation.
But when we get real about this for a
moment, of course they don’t understand
us how we would like. They have never seen
life from behind our eyes, nor walked a day
in our shoes, thought for a minute with our
mind or felt for a second with our heart. It
makes sense that, so few really get us.
This also works the other way where we
struggle to understand everyone else. We can
find it hard to see why some people make the
decisions they make; act the way they do and
live the life they are choosing.
I once had a client whose boyfriend had
dumped her via text. She felt ripped off in
that she never got to discuss the breakup
with him and understand why he finished it.
She really struggled with not being able to
get the answers to all the questions that she
had. I hear this from others too around losing
a job, rejection from friends, unanswered
texts and calls.
However even when explanations are
given and reasons are specified, we still hear
these through our own unique lens and come
to our own conclusion which still leaves us
feeling lost and heartbroken. The answers
often don’t comfort us at all.
What do we do when one of our main human
needs to understand and be understood
is such a difficult need to actually meet and
My suggestion is that we move beyond
understanding. I say beyond because staying
in the seeking and searching for understanding
can sometimes do more damage than
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“The more you can
simply trust when you
don’t have the answers,
the closer you get to
peace and connection
and to something
that is far beyond the
understanding you were
searching for. Going
beyond is a place you
want to be.”
good. The more we try to figure something
out, the more discouraged we can become.
Another client shared with me once about
how insecure he felt in conversations with a
loved one about their work, because he could
never understand and therefore connect with
the conversation. The more he tried, the
more frustrated he became. We discussed the
simple art of listening and being present in
the moment which helped him to go beyond
understanding and into love.
To move beyond understanding you can
ask yourself better questions. Not necessarily
questions to seek understanding of another
but questions of yourself to reveal your own
love, power and truth.
Questions like, “Who do I want to be in
this moment? How can I feel content right
here, right now?” “What is the best way to
soothe myself in this situation?”
Go beyond by affirming, “I know not but
I am going to keep leading my life to the
fullest and trust that all things are working
out for my highest good.”
The more you can simply trust when you
don’t have the answers, the closer you get to
peace and connection and to something that
is far beyond the understanding you were
searching for. Going beyond is a place you
want to be.
It will take you to places that are more
powerful than you ever expected. Places of
healing and growth, love and connection.
Find rest in the fact that it is okay to know
that there are some things that we are not
supposed to know. We are not in control of
the universe and do not have to have it all
figured out. And I know this will scare many
people as I write this. But that is a clue if
this idea really grinds your gears then this
is something you should start challenging
Don’t let what you don’t understand stop
you from being a good person, from showing
gratitude for the life you are leading and
from serving those around you. Don’t let it
keep you stuck in worry, stress and resentment.
Change your perspective, you were
created to feel good and be love.
Soren Kierkegaard a philosopher and
theologian from the 19th Century said, “Life
can only be understood backwards; but it
must be lived forwards.”
Find peace in the fact that you don’t need
all the details to take a step. Just take a moment
possibly through breath and meditation
to be in alignment with your values and
your purpose and then your thoughts will
match up with your vibration and the next
step will be revealed.
Take the pressure off yourself and others
today. Just because you don’t have the answers
and all the understanding you desire;
doesn’t mean you are not the brilliant and
worthy human being you were born to be.
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worker, and a loving mama to three gorgeous children. Rebecca decided to
become a life coach to fulfill her lifelong passion of helping others gain a connection with
their authentic self, to love and nurture who they truly are, live out their deepest dreams
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After much trial and error, Jamie’s
leggings now fit her exacting standards, and
the combination of a high waist with quality
fabrics ensures they are squat proof (no sheer
reveal here) and flattering.
“If you are wearing Fitnit you can be
assured that you’re rocking a quality NZ
designed brand that represents a support
network of women building each other up
and supporting one another,” says Jamie.
See the full range and read Jamie’s
refreshingly honest personal story online at
INSPO SEPTEMBER 2019
A Nutra-Life Ester-C®
With many in the world scrambling to do their part to help
make the planet healthier (whether reducing plastic and
recycling to larger global projects), it’s encouraging to see
communities banding together to support local businesses
and help encourage upcycling.
Little Valley Farm is a family business
based on the outskirts of Hamilton.
The equestrian park is a privately
owned facility which includes an indoor arena,
show jumping arena and cross country course.
The Woods family generously make their
property available to the community for
other equestrians and groups to book and
use (for a small nominal fee to cover damage
Now the impressive property is gearing up
to host a community market day and garage
sale, giving local businesses and individuals
the opportunity to promote their products, or
find a new home for pre-loved goodies.
With upcycling a hot new trend, pre-cycled
clothing, furniture and garden items are
becoming hotly sought after.
It’s a win/win situation with owners able
to pass on their no longer needed items, to
a new home keen to enjoy them or upcycle
them for another use.
It’s a great way to stop useful items being
dumped or scrapped, when there’s plenty of
life in them yet.
The Little Valley Farm market day/garage
sale will feature a host of new items and
products, alongside pre-loved goods.
Included in the line-up already is Aotea
honey, a plant stall (with camellias, garden
and farm plants starting from $1); a renovation
stall (with bathroom vanity and shower
for sale as well as other items), Scentsy products;
bird boxes; Nordic Equine, Serenity
Therapy and more.
Encouraging the development of future
entrepreneurs, the youngest stall holder is
just 13 years old, selling her range of homemade
equine neck ropes and horse treats.
The event is being hosted in the indoor
arena at Little Valley Farm (Douch Road,
Ohaupo) on Sunday September 29 and
thanks to the facility will go ahead rain, hail
Head along to check out the goodies on
sale and do your part for upcycling and supporting
Or if you have something to sell consider
grabbing a market stall spot for yourself and
turn your pre-loved items into cash or set up a
fundraising stall for your local group or club.
When the ills and chills of winter
make their way into our lives,
whether they’re passed along by a
partner, colleague or child, a quick
hit of Vitamin C is something many
of us will turn to.
Luckily, Nutra-Life’sEster-C® can
provide you with the support you
need this winter – offering 24-hour
immune support in the form of
a non-acidic, researched form of
Vitamin C that supports the body’s
Nutra-Life’s Ester-C® comes in a
convenient sachet with a pleasant
orange flavour, making it easy to take
on-the-go. Ester-C® contains natural
flavours, colours and sweeteners, and
is suitable for vegetarians, vegans
Enter to win one of two prize packs
of Nutra-Life Ester-C® 1200mg
Effervescent – 15 x 5mg powder
sachets (RRP$29.90). To enter, email
your name, address and contact
details to email@example.com with
ESTER-C in the subject line, or enter
online at inspomag.co.nz. Entries
close October 4, 2019.
Community Market Day
Little Valley Farm market day/garage sale event
Sunday 29 September | 10am start | 67 Douch Road, Ohaupo, Hamilton
Head along to this community market day to support
local businesses and stalls, with new items as well
as garage sale stalls of goodies ideal for upcycling.
If you have something to sell, book yourself one of
the 23 stalls. The event is being held inside so will
go ahead regardless of weather.
Turn your unused items into cash and run your own
stall. Choose from 6mx6m ($60) or 6mx3m ($30).
What have you got to sell? Anything new or used (but
To book your stall, contact firstname.lastname@example.org or Natalie 027 220 2297 Paul 027 220 2286
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One of three
New Zealand Hunter
Gatherer prize packs
Here at INSPO we’re huge fans of New
Zealand creations, particularly when it comes
to food and drink. This month we share some
of our current favourite tasty treats.
New Zealand is home to an impressive array
of passionate foodies; creating delicious
goodies from the bounty of Mother Nature.
In the heart of sunny Motueka, a dedicated
family-owned business specialises in
crafting flavoursome brews which are hotly
sought after around the country; for taste as
well as the quirky and fun labels.
Pete’s Natural drinks range kicked off
with its first boutique lemonade in 2009.
A decade on and the collection continues
growing, staying true to its original desire to
create interesting flavour combinations from
It’s quite some achievement to continue
to support local growers and keep everything
made from and in New Zealand, with only
natural ingredients. No additives, no concentrates
from overseas, no preservatives or
artificial flavours, no hidden nasties!
Hero of the moment is the new kid on
the block - Pete’s Natural Hemp Manuka
Revive Cafe has a cult following all of its
own, from cook books to its two eco-friendly
Auckland cafes. Now you can have a tasty
piece of the Revive Cafe menu, with new
snack ball ranges The Good Bite and Yumba.
These little balls of plant powered goodness
are the ultimate guilt-free treat, with
on trend flavours like Hemp and Chocolate
Peanut, and Hemp and Raspberry in The
Good Bite collection.
Loaded with wholefoods, dates and
peanuts, Yumba protein-filled energy balls
are the perfect pre or post sports snack, busy
day pick-me-up or simply the answer to a
craving for a tasty treat.
Try the Peanut Butter and Jelly (but be
warned, this could be your next food
With compostable packaging, the snack
balls are good for the mind, body and soul.
Sparkling; made from lightly sparkling water,
freshly squeezed lemon juice, manuka honey,
hemp seed infusion, monk fruit extract,
and spinach juice.
And if you’re after something with a little
more kick, brave up and try Pete’s Natural
Lemon Chillo. Be wary of the whole chilli
floating in the bottle, the heat will catch you
when you least expect it.
WIN WIN WIN
Enter to win one of two mixed cases of
Pete’s Natural flavours. To enter, email
your name, address and contact details
to email@example.com with PETE’S
NATURAL in the subject line, or enter
online at inspomag.co.nz. Entries close
October 4, 2019.
WIN WIN WIN
Enter to win one of two prize packs of
Yumba and The Good Bite snack balls.
To enter, email your name, address
and contact details to win@inspomag.
co.nz with REVIVE CAFE in the subject
line, or enter online at inspomag.co.nz.
Entries close October 4, 2019.
Treat your tastebuds to some dessert
goodness with the New Zealand Hunter
Gatherer Gourmet range - a collection
of gluten free, dairy free and sugar free
wholefood baking mixes.
The paleo friendly recipes are designed
to save time and effort in the
kitchen; perfect for bakers of little to
loads of ability, super nutritious with
low natural sugars and ingredients
that will make your body (and mind)
Kind on the wallet and pantry
space, you’ll love how easy it is to
create slices, cakes and biscuits.
Enter to win one of three New Zealand
Hunter Gatherer prize packs and
discover for yourself the joy of baking.
To enter, email your name, address and
contact details to firstname.lastname@example.org
with HUNTER GATHERER in the subject
line, or enter online at inspomag.
co.nz. Entries close October 4, 2019.
INSPO SEPTEMBER 2019
Win a Yates National
Gardening Week hamper
The vibrancy of a colourful garden can bring instant pleasure
- both for the gardener and onlookers. Colour your world (or
just your own patch of neighbourhood) as part of National
Gardening Week (October 21-28).
Get planting now to ensure some
colour and texture in your garden, or
gather a group of friends and work on
a joint project.
The call is out to New Zealanders to bring
back flowers and create a riot of colour in
gardens for National Gardening Week.
Flowers are not just decorative. They provide
food for bees and butterflies. They taste
good in salads and teas, and for centuries,
flowers have been used to heal.
To get you started with flower-bombing
your garden, or an area in your local
neighbourhood that needs a splash of colour,
Yates is lending a helping hand. Just register
online at yates.co.nz/nationalgardeningweek
between October 1-14 to receive a free packet
of seeds from Yates flower range; including
flowers for colour, flowers for the bees and
butterflies and flowers that are perfect for
The free seed offer is timed perfectly for
the October school holidays to get kids into
the garden for hours of flower fun.
National Gardening Week aims to foster
a love of gardening with a focus on growing
not only plants but friendships, good health,
strong communities and closer connections
with nature. Whether it’s a few pots on
the balcony, a small patch or an extensive
garden, treat yourself to a little time to experience
the joy of gardening.
Celebrate National Gardening Week
with a Yates hamper containing
everything you need to flowerbomb
A selection of Yates flower seeds
in pretty pastels will deliver a
delightful colour wave throughout
your garden. Nature’s Way Organic
seed raising mix will supercharge
your seeds, encouraging
germination and establishing strong
growth, giving your plants the best
possible start in life.
Yates Thrive Rose & Flower Liquid
Plant Food and Yates Thrive Roses
& Flowers Natural Fish & Seaweed+
are complete liquid fertilisers to
boost healthy growth and produce
large blooms. Both formulations
have a dual action, feeding through
leaves and roots for fast results.
If you want to take your garden
indoors, Yates Top 50 Indoor Plants
is a fabulous new book packed
with inspirational ideas for creating
the hottest looks in house plants,
plus comprehensive growing tips
and tricks and how to sort those
common indoor plant problems.
To enter, email your name and
address, with YATES in the subject
or enter online at
October 4, 2019.
26 INSPO SEPTEMBER 2019
FRANKIE & FLORA
There’s something magically uplifting about
the creations of Frankie & Flora - it’s botanical
art at its finest. Packed with texture, creativity
and style, these lush bouquets and arrangements
are droolworthy, adding instant impact
to any setting. Available from the mobile gallery/floral
studio parked opposite Cambridge
Town Hall Tuesday to Friday from 9am-5pm.
(PS the artist’s name is Claudia, not Frankie.
Frankie is her pug dog assistant!)
Kombucha has emerged from the sidelines as one
of the most popular and creative beverages of
choice. With plenty of competition in this market
space, we’re confidently championing local brand
Gutsy Kombucha. Made right here in Hamilton,
this fermented goodness is packed with flavour
and probiotics, with combinations including
Ginger and Turmeric; Blackcurrant and Apple and
Lime and Elderflower.
Enter to win one of two mixed
case prizes of Gutsy Kombucha.
To enter, send your name,
address and contact details
to email@example.com with
GUTSY in the subject line or
enter online at inspomag.co.nz.
Entries close October 4 2019.
BE A SOCIAL LIGHT
Let there be light - the
ultimate mood enhancer.
Under the gentle guidance
of expert hands, lighting
brings drama, art, creativity
and beauty to any setting.
Lighting planner (and
trained electrician) Laura
Mitchell is the bright
spark behind Cambridge
business Social Light,
specialising in personalised
lighting plans and
transforming any space
into something spectacular.
Our INSPO team love to champion
local businesses and local products,
so this month we’ve chosen a few
our of faves to share.
FUEL ME UP
At last! The quest for the perfect coffee
is at an end. Hello Homebrew Coffee
- we’re going to be lifelong friends.
The brainchild of hubby and wife Blair
and Tayler Rae Paterson; the focus is
simple - consistently great coffee, a
warm welcome, a careful selection of
Volare goodies, and even some custom
threads. It’s fuel for the soul; all served
from the old Waitomo Fuel building in
Cambridge, 21 Victoria Street (open
Monday - Saturday).
Small but beautifully formed, Mocha
Home packs a punch when it comes
to delivering something for everyone.
Themed around rustic elegance, it’s
a treasure trove of thoughtful gifts,
designer clothing and shoes, home
furnishings, art, jewellery and oh, so
much more. Best of all though is the
exceptional service from hubby and
wife team Bronny and Steven Pett (and
occasionally son Harrison). Find Mocha
Home at 146 Maeroa Rd (beside the
delicious Sugar Bowl Cafe).
INSPO SEPTEMBER 2019
Ever decided to listen to
music for relaxation? Or
pumped up the volume to help
raise your energy levels? Then
you’ll have an awareness of
the effects music can have on
your mood and wellbeing.
Kicking off this month (September 16) is
Music Therapy Week, to highlight this
growing style of treatment that is helping
everyone from pre-schoolers with autism
to older folks struggling with dementia.
International music therapy research has
found (with the use of MRI scans) that music
can unlock areas of the brain that other
medical procedures have yet to reach. This
can have profound positive impacts on the
lives of people with neurological disorders,
including people who have limited communication
after strokes and other brain
Music therapists in New Zealand work in
an incredible range of environments, in therapy
centres and rehabilitation units, as well
as classrooms, group homes, and prisons.
Music therapy is a growing style of
treatment both here and around the world,
with about 70 registered therapists throughout
New Zealand providing music therapy
Sessions are individually tailored to each
client’s needs and strengths. Music is used
to interact and communicate with clients
expressing themselves in whatever way they
can - using their body, voice or musical
Supported by the Hugo Charitable Trust,
Music Therapy Week (September 16-22)
is Music Therapy New Zealand’s annual
awareness campaign; to advocate for music
therapy services and NZ Registered Music
Therapists (NZ RMTh), as well as celebrating
the spectacular triumphs that music therapy
is having across Aotearoa.
Music therapy is the planned use of music
to assist the health and personal growth of
people with identified needs, ranging from
emotional, intellectual, physical, and social,
with practitioners in New Zealand based in
a range of medical, rehabilitation, and education
Within the field of mental health,
therapists work with people experiencing
psychosis, schizophrenia, dementia, delirium,
substance abuse, depression, anxiety and
other mood disorders.
Due to the wide-ranging benefits of the
practice, music therapy is also increasingly
being used to assist in general wellbeing,
mindfulness and stress relief, as well as providing
support for those living through the
challenges of trauma, separation, grief, and
Beginning the week on Monday 16 September,
Raukatauri Music Therapy Centre in
Auckland will host a launch event to screen
two short films about music therapy in
The films focus on different elements on
how music therapy is benefitting people in
New Zealand, the first based in Christchurch
working with children who have experienced
trauma and the second created about Auckland’s
CeleBRation Choir, a singing group for
those who have experienced a neurological
A complete schedule of public events as
part of Music Therapy Week 2019 is available
online at musictherapy.org.nz.
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FLUID AND EXERCISE
The saying that you are what you eat is often repeated, and
there is no denying that the food we eat impacts our health
throughout our lives.
Part of our diet also includes what we
consume in liquid form, so it can also
be said that we are what we drink too.
Not enough fluid intake leads to dehydration.
When as little as 1% to 5% of body water
is lost, symptoms start to occur, including
thirst, vague discomfort, lessened movement,
impatience, and increased pulse rate.
Health effects of chronic, mild dehydration
and poor fluid intake include increased risk
of kidney stones and urinary tract cancers,
and some colon cancers as well as heart valve
disorder and diminished physical and mental
While the short-term impact on exercise of a
few drinks is likely only to be reduced energy
levels at your next workout, for the 20% of
New Zealanders that report a potentially hazardous
alcohol consumption pattern, there
is likely to be a negative effect on exercise
gains and overall health in the medium to
There has been research to indicate a
moderate intake of alcohol can have some
health benefits, specifically related to a
potential lowering of the risk of developing
heart disease, stroke or type 2 diabetes
But before you refill your glass, it’s worth
noting that these health benefits are gained
with low consumption levels. If it’s health
benefits you are after it may be worth looking
at other interventions that have a higher
success rate, including exercise.
We all know the awakening benefits of a
morning coffee, and as an energy hit mid-afternoon.
Caffeine is a stimulant that acts on the
nervous system. Many studies confirm the
role caffeine can play on exercise performance,
with more positive results seen in
endurance exercise over resistance activities.
There is incoming evidence that those who
don’t regularly consume caffeine experience
a larger effect.
When seeking a quick boost of energy
pre-workout, or to just get a kick to aid alertness,
many people turn to energy drinks, as
they are readily available and well marketed.
However, energy drinks, which are generally
non-alcoholic beverages containing high levels
of caffeine (and often high levels of sugar)
aren’t the hydration and energy solution they
claim to be.
Cases of negative side effects have been
attributed to energy drink consumption
related to its high caffeine content, including
death and heart issues. There are also longer
term side effects related to the high sugar
content and its link to dental decay, type 2
diabetes, and heart disease.
A good part of our body mass is water, and
we cannot live very long without it, so it’s
no surprise it benefits us when we exercise.
While our fluid intake includes other forms
of fluid found in food and beverages, the best
way to achieve optimal hydration is water.
It’s free, readily available and the best
addition to a healthy diet when it comes to
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INSPO SEPTEMBER 2019
Want lip smackingly good looking lips? As the name
suggests, DB’s Lip Lock Longwear Lip Stain (try saying that
fast three times) locks in colour so you can party all night
with confidence. Even better, it’s enriched with goodies like
green tea and aloe vera for nourishment and thanks to the
sharp price you can enjoy one in each colour.
Not all face oils are created equal.
Kiriora Kawakawa face oil is silky
smooth to apply, leaving skin feeling
nourished and hydrated. Made with
aroha in New Zealand, the natural
skin care range is packed with goodies
like Harakeke seed oil, Kawakawa
oil and Jojoba oil. wendyhill.co.nz
Good skincare is a necessity, not
an indulgence. Pamper and protect
your skin with some of these
delicious goodies, packed with
GET YOUR GREENS
Serve up a daily dose of green goodness
to your nails with the impressive Raww
range. The breathable, non-toxic nail
polish with a Kale superfood infusion is
everything you need to help feed your
nails with natural goodness. The range is
100% natural and Certified Cruelty Free.
Finding the perfect mascara is like searching for the
elusive pot of gold at the end of a rainbow. Search no
more - Inika’s mascara offerings tick all the boxes, whether
you’re looking for extra length, thickness or impact.
Luscious effortless lashes are all yours - plus the range is
organic and vegan.
30 INSPO SEPTEMBER 2019
THE EYES HAVE IT
Release your inner sparkle with a helping
hand from the new Société Eye Peptide Gel
Mask. Targeting dark circles, puffiness, fine
lines and wrinkles; the eye peptide gel mask
delivers instant hydration to the delicate eye
ON A ROLL
It’s exhausting work finding a natural deodorant that your
armpits love. Say hello to Little Salties, a range of rollon
clean deodorants - that work! Proudly made in New
Zealand with locally sourced ingredients (100% vegan and
cruelty- free), it’s hard not to love these little beauties. Hot
tip: Apple and Eucalyptus is our fave.
There’s a reason classics stand the
test of time with a loyal following of
fans. Nivea Crème is a true classic
(dating back to your great grandmother’s
time a century ago). Gently
nourishing and protecting skin, over
the decades it has proved its worth
on everything from feet and cuticles,
to face redness and cracked lips. A
Treat yourself to a burst of freshness
with this ultimate grooming kit from
Designer Brands. The handy travel-friendly
kit includes body wash/
shampoo, shave gel and after shave
lotion. The ingredients are all vegan
and not tested on animals. Cheers to
Hand-crafted with care in New Zealand, the Mia
Belle range of natural body lotions, body butters and
scrubs are packed with ethically-sourced natural and
organic ingredients. This Detox Clay Face Mask is
designed to deep cleanse skin, minimise pores and
keep acne at bay.
INSPO SEPTEMBER 2019
While winter is behind us, there are still plenty of
reasons to curl up with a good book. These are
some of our fave new releases.
LONELY PLANET’S EPIC RUNS OF THE WORLD
If you have sneakers and a yen to
travel, then you’ll absolutely love this
latest offering from Lonely Planet’s
Epic Runs Of The World.
As the name suggests, the generously
sized book (320-plus pages) is
packed with some of the best spots in
the world to explore by foot. Whether
you run for exercise, for fitness, for the
challenge, the runner’s high or to quiet
your mind, there are runs in here for
everyone - and for all levels; from park
runs to marathons and epic ultras.
If you’re a true adrenaline junkie
you’ll fast forward to the pocket of insanely difficult runs that only a
select few will ever attempt - or achieve. The names say it all with the
likes of Death Valley Badwater 135!
If your preferred pace is ticking off as many countries and achievable
adventures as possible, then this will be your fave bedtime read;
and if you’re more of an armchair enthusiast, you’ll likely get just as
much enjoyment thumbing through page after page of stunning images
and personal tales.
Spanning 60 countries across all seven continents, Epic Runs Of The
World features first-hand accounts of the featured runs, with hints and
advice to ensure your experience is the best it can be.
New Zealand’s Kepler Track and Tarawera Trail feature along with a
solid representation from this neck of the woods: with Mt Pirongia, the
Pinnacles, Waihi Gorge and Wairere Falls all making the cut.
While I’m personally no runner, the spectacular offerings in this
book have me itching to start training and take up the challenge.
WIN WIN WIN
Start planning your next adventures and enter to
win one of two prizes of the beautifully illustrated
hardcover book Lonely Planet’s Epic Runs of
the World. It’s an absolute stunner and if you
ever need motivation to get out and pound the
pavement, then it’s all within these pages. Find
out more at lonelyplanet.com.
To enter, email your name, address and contact
details to firstname.lastname@example.org with LONELY PLANET in
the subject line, or enter online at inspomag.co.nz.
Entries close October 4 2019.
THE INVISIBLE LOAD
BY DR LIBBY WEAVER, $39.95
While there are thousands of books
around the topics of reducing stress,
managing stress, coping with stress, etc;
Dr Libby gets to the heart of the matter,
focusing on getting to the core of your
stress and unravelling it for once and
In her typical forthright manner, The
Invisible Load is packed with light bulb
moments, and helping educate your
mind around the how and why of stress.
From considering some consequences
(physical and mental), to sex hormone overwhelm, gut health, soul
food and hormonal swings; there is plenty here to prompt a rethink of
what can be some fairly damaging everyday habits.
One quote in particular sums it up nicely: “Treat yourself as the
precious person you are”.
GARAGE PROJECT: THE ART
BY PETE GILLESPIE. $42
We’re a sucker for a visual feast - and
The Art Of Beer delivers. It’s the
ultimate coffee table book; a perfect
conversation starter, a joy to thumb
through, bursting with vibrant art and
peppered with appealing anecdotes.
The shared story of brothers Pete
and Ian Gillespie and lifelong friend Jos Ruffell and their love of craft
beer, the book looks at their journey and their bold creations (beer
and labels). The Garage Project is now an iconic brewery, with three
sites and an ever increasing array of craft beer. The trio don’t shy
away from bold flavours – brews include a raspberry, basil and tomato
sour beer and a tropical fruit salad IPA.
Having come up with more than 400 concoctions, this action-packed
little book features can, bottle art and design elements
from popular Garage Project brews, featuring everything from kama
sutra rabbits to tattoo art, pop art and aardvarks.
Even if you’re not a beer fashionista, you’ll likely enjoy a romp
through these pages.
TINY HOUSE: LIVE SMALL,
BY BRENT HEAVENER. $40
With a global trend of decluttering
and reducing our environmental
footprint, the Tiny House movement is
on the rise.
Brent Heavener, founder of the
world’s number one @tinyhouse
Instagram feed, shares some of the
finest tiny builds in this pocket-sized
book of inspiration. It’s a fascinating
look at just what can be achieved and
how other people embrace downsizing.
From a hand cranked mountain tree house to dome and A-frame
dwellings, thoughtful design is a common denominator. That and a
sense of fun. Even if you’re not up for a monumental life change, you’ll
find plenty to admire within these pages.
32 INSPO SEPTEMBER 2019
Waikato-based musician Ricky Winikerei has tackled
a nationwide fitness challenge to help raise awareness
The Type 1 diabetic is keen to use his
own experiences to help raise money
for Diabetes NZ and educate people
about the condition.
The 39-year-old was diagnosed three
years ago and recently undertook a 28-day
Winter Kick-Start Programme at Anytime
Fitness in Cambridge.
The campaign set out to encourage people
to get active and to try and raise $30,000
to combat New Zealand’s fastest growing
“I was feeling tired all the time, always going
to the bathroom and I craved sugar,” says
Ricky, as he explains what signs first led him
to visit his GP.
“I would finish a gig and there was nothing
open late at night other than fast food
outlets. My water intake was low and I only
wanted juice or sugary drinks.
“Being diagnosed as Type 1 has meant a
lifestyle change for me. But I’ve learnt that
you can’t let it rule your life and stop you
doing the things you love,” he says.
“It is a balancing act in terms of fitness,
diet, work and day-to-day jobs and making
sure I keep my insulin levels in check. I heard
horror stories about how hard it is to balance
exercising with your insulin so I stopped
doing any physical activity until I could get a
handle on how to manage my condition.”
Coping with the challenge
Ricky says he went through a period post-diagnosis
when he felt quite down.
“It was easy to sit at home and not do
anything, but that’s a lot of time to think
about my situation and it starts to play on
“As the year went on and after learning
more about it, I got back into exercise and
realized that I could use it as a tool to help
manage my diabetes. Getting into sports and
work again was not only good for me physically,
but the social side of it helped too.”
Sharing his story
As Ricky got used to his diagnosis and learnt
more about it, he felt confident sharing his
story with others.
“I haven’t hidden it. I don’t want to end
up dead or in hospital. The more people
I can tell about my condition the better as
they’ll be there to help me. At the same time,
I can educate my friends and family about
Type 1 diabetes is an auto-immune
condition. It cannot be prevented, but it can
be managed through a combination of medication,
healthy food choices and exercise. Of
all the people with diabetes, it is estimated
that about 10 percent of them have Type 1
Type 2 diabetes is the most common
form of diabetes. For many people, it can
be prevented through following a healthy
Ricky’s motivation for doing the challenge
and supporting the campaign is not
just about raising money.
“Most people don’t understand the difference
between Type 1 and Type 2 diabetes, or
they assume people have diabetes because of
their weight or their race,” he says.
“It comes down to education. I hope I can
help challenge the stigma around diabetes
and dispel some of the myths surrounding
Ricky’s training for the challenge kicked
off with a consultation with an experienced
coach at Anytime Fitness Cambridge. This
ensured his workout was tailored to his
fitness level to help minimise any risk to
Ricky’s health because of his illness.
“It was great to improve my muscle tone,
lose a few kilos and feel good about looking
after myself,” he says.
“I’m not the type of person to put myself
out there, so the process challenged me and
put me out of my comfort zone. But it was
worth it to help raise awareness and educate
INSPO SEPTEMBER 2019
If you’re looking for an end of month goal that’s good for your
body and mind, get your entry in now for the Direct Group
Uniforms Hamilton Half Marathon on September 29.
This annual event has become a regular
family outing for many, and there are
plenty of classes aimed at encouraging
newbies to have a go.
As well as the Direct Group Uniforms
Hamilton Half Marathon Run/Walk, there is
a distance (and pace) to suit everyone; from
the TDO 10km Run/Walk, Mark Keesom Ray
White Online Realty Ltd 5km Fun Run/Walk
and Kindercare Kids Commando Challenge.
The Wheelchairs Half Marathon starts the
day at 8.50am.
There are also corporate and social team
opportunities, with the Fairview Mazda
Corporate Team Challenge and TDO Social
With all events starting and finishing at
Flagstaff Park in Hamilton, every finisher
receives a medal.
Enter online at hamiltonhalfmarathon.
org.nz or late entries will also be taken on
the day at Flagstaff Club up to half an hour
before race time.
With prizes galore and hotly contested
trophies, even if you’re not one of the first
across the finish line, the event is offering
spot prizes worth a total of $15,000.
John Harris Memorial Trophy
New to this year’s event is the John Harris
Memorial Trophy, which will be presented
by event director Lyn Harris.
“It is a privilege for me to announce this
trophy in memory of my husband John
Harris,” says Lyn.
“John sadly passed away in November
2018 and to honour his passion for the Hamilton
Half Marathon, for the sport of running
and to recognise the amazing efforts at all
levels of this sport, I have much pleasure in
announcing that this trophy will be awarded
for the first time this year.”
John competed for more than 40 years in
distances from the 10km to the Marathon.
He ran 84 marathons, hundreds of half
marathons and 10kms. He regularly ran 100+
miles a week in training. Running was his
true passion together with rugby union. His
running career was cut short by knee problems
resulting in both knees being replaced.
This did not deter him from exercising as he
then took up cycling and walking.
“John’s fastest time over the Half Marathon
distance was 1hr 17 and we will be
using the WMA age graded calculator to
identify the winner of this trophy. WMA use
a formula to calculate an age factor for every
age: this serves as the “best possible time” an
athlete of that gender and age should be able
This trophy will be awarded at prize giving
on the event day.
34 INSPO SEPTEMBER 2019
Interest in hypnotherapy
services has spiked following
recent television publicity
on Seven Sharp; profiling
weight reduction success using
hypnotherapy and a virtual
Hamilton-based Jennifer Beck of Hypno
Health Limited operates locally, offering
clinical hypnotherapy services for
everything from anxiety, stress and smoking
to phobias, sports performance and specialising
in helping with weight reduction.
Jennifer’s own personal journey and
challenges with weight sparked her interest
in researching hypnotherapy, and led her
to discover her passion for helping
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Now a Professional Member (PMHNZ) of
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kit to assist people in making personal and
“I have a sincere passion to help people.
Everyone’s stories are different, just as we
all have different triggers. Many factors can
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can be a subsconscious
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There have been some wonderful success
stories with this surgery,” says Jennifer.
“However, surgery does not address people’s
individual triggers, associations and thoughts
“Every diet I ever started had me obsessing
about food; how much I’d eaten, when I
could next eat and the constant calling of the
fridge and pantry. When I slipped up, I felt
really bad as if I was doing something wrong.
It was an emotional see-saw and many people
can relate to this.
“My own personal experiences are why
I’m so passionate about helping other people,
particularly with weight issues. So I tailored
a weight programme to change eating habits
and attitudes toward food, giving safe predictable
Imagine agonising constantly about food,
feeling hungry, focused on food all the time
which is what normally happens before people
revert back to old habits.
“I believe we need to address the thought
patterns and chatter in people’s minds associated
At Hypno Health, hypnosis techniques
are applied to remove what Jennifer calls
“Weight Holds.” These are likened to arms
wrapped around bodies keeping them at
that shape and size.
“The weight programme is not a diet -
there’s no calorie counting, or food restrictions.
I cannot emphasise this enough, as my
programmes are centred on eating real food
without depriving yourself. They are designed
so the mind and body work together
“By reducing the amount of food we eat,
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We naturally begin to serve up smaller portions,
becoming fuller quicker and staying
satisfied after eating for longer.
“The subconscious mind becomes more
aware of when we are actually full, leaving us
satisfied, and we don’t need to finish everything
on our plates.”
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