INSPO Magazine September 2019

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Everything from nutrition, beauty, home and workplace wellbeing to health, performance – and so much more.

Waikato Edition

SEPTEMBER 2019

Mind your

WELLBEING

Local

GETAWAYS

The power of

E-BIKES

WELLBEING | LIFESTYLE | FITNESS


DISCOVER YOUR PLAYGROUND

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FROM THE EDITOR

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

health.

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

some changes.

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

moving.

WELLBEING | LIFESTYLE | FITNESS

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

lessons.

And just because we can,

we’ve got a swag of fantastic

goodies to give away as reader

prizes.

Enjoy - Lisa

Waikato Edition

SEPTEMBER 2019

MIND YOUR

WELL-BEING

Local

GETAWAYS

The power of

E-BIKES

EDITOR Lisa Potter

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EMAIL lisa@dpmedia.co.nz

PUBLISHER

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Things

we love

A few of our favourite things

PEDAL ON

If you’re scared of lycra, you’ll

love these baggy technical

shorts designed specifically

for cycling. Better still, they’re

made right here in New Zealand

and boast tons of clever design

features.

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GET YOUR FLIRT ON

Vamp up your sleepwear with

the slinky Raven + Rose collection.

New Zealand designer

Jasmine Smith has perfected

the art of sexy lingerie. This

slouchy Skye jumpsuit is so luxe

you’ll want sleepwear to be

your everyday wear. It’s effortlessly

cool and so glam you can

power it up for evening wear

with heels.

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GUILT FREE TREATS

Indulge your sweet tooth with this

delicious range of gluten, grain

and dairy free goodies. The Hunter

Gatherer Gourmet collection is the

ultimate quick fix for those who

love home baking but not the time

and effort involved. Our fave is the

Feisty Ginger Crunch mix.

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PEDAL POWER

Taking up a new sport has never been

easier, thanks to the power surge of

interest in e-bikes. This Hybrid Bikes model,

designed in New Zealand, boasts a super

lightweight carbon frame and all the torque

and speed you need to tackle most terrain.

hybridbikes.co.nz

NATURAL STYLE

Take nature with you wherever

you are, thanks to Whalebird

Jewellery. Designed and made in

Coromandel, the collections are

inspired by nature and beautifully

handcrafted by Hannah Clayton.

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BEAUTY BAR

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to Mia Belle shampoo and conditioning

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to plastic and waste, and hello to shiny

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BODY COMFORT

When it comes to working out,

being comfortable in your skin

is a key component of success.

Morfa activewear hugs your

body like a second skin, offering

well designed support and

comfort so you can enjoy your

workout without worrying about

gaping, pulling or see-through

fabric. morfa.nz

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SIMPLY DELICIOUS

Whatever time of the day,

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About. Handcrafted in small

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from gluten free muesli

to roasted seed toppers.

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BODY POSITIVE

We love active wear that delivers

more than expected. The brainchild

of K iwi Jamie Best, these Fitnit

leggings are breathable and flattering

(like, really flattering), squat

proof and best feature is the high

waisted band to keep your tummy

snug. Plus they cater for sizes 6-22. A

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GET IN SHAPE

Get in shape with a solid

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CardiB. The latest collection is

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great news; the brand has

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Wellbeing getaway

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

recharge.

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 -

and more.

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

yoga/meditation room).

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

surroundings.

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

decision).

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

greenhouse.

Service

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

your memory.

Treat yourself

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

experience.

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

guidance.

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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Overcoming

OVERWHELM

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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PEDAL

POWER

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

Specialized e-bike.

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

Cycles (Cambridge).

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

Powerfly e-bikes.

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!)

Sam Ballantyne

The Ed’s ride - the Hybrid e-bike.

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THE LIFE LESSONS

OF SPORT

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

personal growth.

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

the adults.

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

and life.

“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

decisions.”

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

together.

“I appreciate the fact that I do my favourite

things with my family, rather than getting

away and having a break from them,” says

Jeremy.

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.

Competitive drive

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

and competitions.

“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

schoolwork.

“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

fractions)”

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

management.”

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

business.

“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

business.

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

Zealand.

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

North Island.

Company-X won the Service Excellence

and Global Operator awards at last year’s

prestigious Westpac Waikato Business

Awards.

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

Whakapapa.

“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

sports.”

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

EXPERIENCE

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

hard yards.

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

seconds.

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

teams.

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

campaign.

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

improving most.

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

adults.

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

accumulation”.

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

particular time”.

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

IMPROVE YOUR

MOOD?

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

mental illness.

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

standard care.

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

health.

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

general population.

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

physiology.

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

rehabilitation.

1. Exercise & Sport Science Australia. (2018). Exercise Mental Health eBook. Retrieved from

https://exerciseright.com.au/wp-content/uploads/2018/11/Exercise-Mental-Health-eBook_LR.pdf

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

TIME POOR

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

structured session.

Active commuting

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

factors.

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

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.

Housework

Whether it’s carrying

groceries, doing a

brisk vacuum, or

stretching to dust under

the furniture, using

domestic chores

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

your week.

If a regular scheduled

workout is not

inspiring you, then

• Mobile Personal Training

• Sport Specific Strength

and Conditioning

• Nutrition analysis and

strategies

• Small group training

look at other options. This could include

using a trainer, trying a class, getting some

new exercises, or even trying the pool. Exercise

works best when done regularly, each

week, month, and year; so choosing exercise

and physical activity that you want to do is

important.

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

physical activity.

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Reigniting your

FLAME

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?

VALUES

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

light, etc.

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

healthy lifestyle.

MOTIVATION

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

satisfaction.

Then we have extrinsic motivators, which

are an external motivator such as recognition

from peers, rewards such as money, and

external praise.

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

motivation.

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 –

Goals!

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

wellbeing.

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

burn bright!

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.

GOALS

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

EXERCISING

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

people around

you inspires, encourages

and motivates.”

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

boxes.

(Information supplied by NZ Register of

Exercise Professionals)

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BEYOND

UNDERSTANDING

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

understood.”

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

be met?

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

yourself about.

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.

REBECCA KINGSTON Rebecca Kingston is a Waikato-based certified life coach/ transformation

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

whilst living a balanced, healthy and happy lifestyle. breathingspacecoaching.co.nz

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Not only are Fitnit leggings thoughtfully

designed to give women body confidence

(thank you high waisted leggings that hug

the tummy and never slip down), but the

brand is also proudly New Zealand owned

and strives to reject plastic packaging and be

eco-friendly whenever possible.

Former policewoman Jamie Best spent

years working with victims of domestic and

family violence, and women (and men) suffering

from low to non-existent self esteem.

That, coupled with her work as a personal

trainer, saw her become a strong believer in

the value of exercise for developing confidence

and self esteem.

“With body confidence comes strength

and mental wellbeing,” she says.

WIN WIN WIN

Enter to win a pair of Fitnit leggings in

your size of choice.

To enter, email your name, address and

contact details to win@inspomag.co.nz

with FITNIT in the subject line, or enter

online at inspomag.co.nz. Entries close

October 4 2019.

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See the full range and read Jamie’s

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COMMUNITY

MARKET DAY

WIN

A Nutra-Life Ester-C®

prize pack

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

and repairs).

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

or shine.

Head along to check out the goodies on

sale and do your part for upcycling and supporting

local businesses.

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

natural immunity.

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

and diabetics.

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 win@inspomag.co.nz 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

legal!): garden/homewares/equine/furniture/food/

fashion

To book your stall, contact little.valley.farm@xtra.co.nz or Natalie 027 220 2297 Paul 027 220 2286

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Tasty treats

WIN

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.

Natural flavour

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

home-grown ingredients.

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

Plant powered

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

addiction).

With compostable packaging, the snack

balls are good for the mind, body and soul.

revive.co.nz

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.

Petesnatural.co.nz

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 win@inspomag.co.nz 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)

feel great.

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 win@inspomag.co.nz

with HUNTER GATHERER in the subject

line, or enter online at inspomag.

co.nz. Entries close October 4, 2019.

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WIN

Win a Yates National

Gardening Week hamper

FLOWER

POWER

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

picking.

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

your garden.

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

line, to

win@inspomag.co.nz

or enter online at

inspomag.co.nz.

Entries closes

October 4, 2019.

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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!)

Frankieandflora.co.nz

GUTSY GOODNESS

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.

WIN

Enter to win one of two mixed

case prizes of Gutsy Kombucha.

To enter, send your name,

address and contact details

to win@inspomag.co.nz 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.

Sociallight.co.nz

LOCAL

SCENE

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).

Homebrew.coffee

MOCHA HOME

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).

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MUSIC AS

THERAPY

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

injuries.

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

services.

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

instruments.

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

settings.

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

end-of-life care.

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

Aotearoa.

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

condition.

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

performance.

Alcohol

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

long term.

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.

Coffee

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.

Water

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

hydration.

Information supplied by NZ Register of Exercise

Professionals

Energy drinks

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limelightdanceacademy.co.nz

07 855 3021

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BERRYLICIOUS LIPS

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.

dbcosmetics.co.nz

SMOOTH OPERATOR

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

BEAUTY

SPOT

Good skincare is a necessity, not

an indulgence. Pamper and protect

your skin with some of these

delicious goodies, packed with

great ingredients.

LASH UP

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.

Nailed it!

rawwcosmetics.com

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.

inikaorganic.com

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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

area.

advancedskintechnology.com.au

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.

littlesaltiesnz.com

CLASSIC SKINCARE

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

beauty must-have.

Nivea.co.nz

FRESHEN UP

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

that.

dbcosmetics.co. nz

SQUEAKY CLEAN

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.

miabelle.co.nz

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Book

Corner

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

RRP $49.99

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.

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win one of two prizes of the beautifully illustrated

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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 win@inspomag.co.nz 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

for all.

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

OF BEER

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,

DREAM BIG

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


Diabetic challenge

FOR CHARITY

Waikato-based musician Ricky Winikerei has tackled

a nationwide fitness challenge to help raise awareness

around diabetes.

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

health issue.

The symptoms

“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

your mind.

“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

diabetes too.”

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

diabetes.

Type 2 diabetes is the most common

form of diabetes. For many people, it can

be prevented through following a healthy

lifestyle.

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

the condition.”

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

others.”

INSPO SEPTEMBER 2019

33


SET YOUR

RUN GOALS

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

Team Challenge.

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

to run.”

This trophy will be awarded at prize giving

on the event day.

34 INSPO SEPTEMBER 2019


HYPNO

HEALTH

Interest in hypnotherapy

services has spiked following

recent television publicity

on Seven Sharp; profiling

weight reduction success using

hypnotherapy and a virtual

gastric band.

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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other people.

Now a Professional Member (PMHNZ) of

Hypnosis NZ, Jennifer has also completed

Advanced Clinical Hypnotherapy training,

giving her the skills, knowledge and tool

kit to assist people in making personal and

lifestyle changes.

“I have a sincere passion to help people.

Everyone’s stories are different, just as we

all have different triggers. Many factors can

often impact people’s

lives and there

can be a subsconscious

mental block

holding people back.

Hypnotherapy can

result in life changing

effects.”

Jennifer offers

weight reduction

hypnosis where a

virtual gastric band

is fitted into the top

part of the stomach

without going

under the knife. This

hypnotherapy offers

a surgery free option

without the thousands

of dollars to

pay charges to cover

hospital theatre, surgeon,

anaesthetist or

surgical staff. There

is also no recovery

time, discomfort or

the need to take time

off work.

“Surgical procedures

come with

risks. The main

objective with a

surgical band is to

reduce the amount

of food that a person

consumes immediately.

There have been some wonderful success

stories with this surgery,” says Jennifer.

“However, surgery does not address people’s

individual triggers, associations and thoughts

toward food.

“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

results.”

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

with food.

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

in agreement.

“By reducing the amount of food we eat,

we are able to see positive weight reduction.

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.”

INSPO SEPTEMBER 2019

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