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Some of the main excuses for people not
working out are that they are too busy with work or too tired when they get
Imagine if you could do your exercise while
at work? Effectively means you’re getting paid to do it… well not exactly but
it’s a nice thought!
I used to be super jealous when one of my
friends told me she’d go running on her lunch break, while I’d use my hour
reading trashy magazines, online shopping and going for that after lunch snack!
It got me thinking how I’d be able to
incorporate exercise into my day, giving me energy and motivation to get
through that afternoon slump and also free up the time I’d spend doing it after
work anyway. This thought was too good not to give it a shot.
Monique de Dios, personal trainer and
author of fitness e-book Dizzy’s Secrets
to Sexy agrees.
“I defiantly think
that people complicate how easy it can be to get in some exercise during your
work hours.” She says.
For me it comes down to being well
organized and having a stash of exercise gear and also the essential touch up
Here are some tips to help you get
Even if your office doesn’t have showers
you can still fake it by taking the essential after exercise hygiene products-
Face wipes, hair brush, deodorant, feminine
wipes as well as a towel and make up bag. I tend to have a stash in my desk
draw, just some tinted moisturizer and bronzer to reapply. Leave yourself 5 or 10mins after your workout
to change and freshen up… and Voila! Another handy tip is to not put mascara on
in the morning, sweaty mascara streaks is NEVER a good look!
key items- Workout gear, yoga mat, weights and the right apps –
If it’s a particularly hot day or I’m
feeling stressed I’ll often just take my yoga mat to the nearest park, plonk it
down under a shady tree and stretch out. Sometimes several girls from the
office join in as well. Not only is it good exercise but the relaxation you
feel when you get back into work is definitely worth all the weird looks from
people who walk by!
Running on your lunch break is also very
liberating, if you’re worried about being too sweaty when you get back then you
can break it up with walking or have a longer cool down period at the end.
Running apps such as Run Keeper are great as they track distance and allow you
to keep an eye on how long you have been. I’m lucky enough to work near the
beach so a cruisy jog along the water is a great way to shake off any tension
from the morning.
Fitness apps that let you choose workout
length are also great when you’re on a time limit. You can grab some hands
weights and a mat, find a nice bit of grass outside on a good day or close your
office door with a back in 15min sign and choose a 5, 8 or 10 minute workout to
Monique also shared some more tips for how
to combine a work day with a work out.
“Go up and down the
stairs a few times on your breaks or do a quick workout using your body weight.
Body weighted exercises are very effective I use them with my clients all the
Her favourites are walking lunges, jump
squats, burpees and push ups.
“Also try bringing a jump rope with
you. Did you know that 10 mins of skipping can burn the same calories as 30 min
of jogging? It's convenient and gets you burning calories in no time. Stop wasting
those breaks being bored and lazy and get active!!”
Exercising at work not only gets you away
from the desk and makes you feel great but you are more likely to choose
healthier choices to eat as well. Your brain will crave a light salad or some
fruit after a work out rather than a pie or fried food.
I’ve also found that by keeping my stuff in
the car or at the office means I’m prepared if I decide to head to yoga after
work at the last minute or a girlfriend invites me to do an afternoon walk. And
it’s even made my bosses think that I must be extra efficient and driven, they
have mentioned on several occasions that they admire my motivation… Who’d have
thought that exercise could put you in line for a promotion? Double tick ;)
For more helpful tips check out Dizzy’s Secrets to Sexy for inspiration
and ideas to keep you energetic and fit!
Melbourne's really turned it on this week!
What a heatwave!
Lucky for us it was just perfect weather
for the polo last weekend, sunny and fresh without being draining.
All the usual suspects were there and it
was great running into old friends and even making some new four legged ones! (and by 'make friends' I mean that I tried to steal a horse) Oops.
Style wise most people nailed it with that
traditional blend of casual and glamorous that’s showcased at polo events.
The champagne flowed, (a little too freely
I’ll admit haha) and it was great to see everybody kicking of the social season
of 2014 having a great time.
Compliments to the Chin Chin and
Essentially Enclosure marquees for having us!
Time to take it easy and escape the heat,
try flying fox ice blocks as a yummy organic treat to cool down or embrace your
inner 10 year old by grabbing some water pistols or water bombs and going nuts!
The Portsea Polo is the perfect event to
showcase the laid back effortlessstyle that Australian fashion is renowned
for. The most important thing is to be comfortable; think beachside glamour and
casual chic, rather than the attention seeking high fashion of the Spring
Here are my tips for Portsea 2014 and my
favourite looks from years past…
Wide Brimmed Hats
Race Style fascinators
Coloured shorts/ chinos Suit Jackets
Actual polo shirts
Dress shoes Thongs
If you havent gotten you're tickets already my tips on the hottest marquees are Essentially Enclosure, AMUK and Chin Chin. With 3 Palms doing an exclusive after party that will be well worth checking out!
So far the weather is looking like a fine day of 24 with plenty of champagne and lots of fun! Will See you all there!
As much as I love Melbourne, this New Year I was
craving an escape, that feeling of freedom that comes from not knowing where
you’re going and no hurry to get there.
So we packed the car and slowly headed up the east coast to eventually end up in Sydney. For anybody else wanting some inspiration
for a Summer escape I thought I’d share the best bits.
Cape Conran is a secluded little spot that was
just perfect for our first night, a small beach with plenty of walking trails
to keep us busy and off the beaten track to ensure some privacy. A few beers
and guitar tunes as the sun set created the most magical moment; it felt like
our own little world.
Eden is a popular holiday destination for a
reason, the cliffs surrounding the bay are absolutely stunning! Running along
the beach in the fresh morning air was beautiful. There are plenty of other
little inlets around and the Seahorse Inn is worth a look if
you prefer a more luxurious holiday treat or dining experience!
We past several more quaint little
towns as we snaked our way up the coastline, Mogo and Pebbly Beach were some of
our favourite stops.
Jervis Bay is well known for it’s
incediblely picturesque beaches, with white sand and crystal water. It’s a must
see for anyone making the drive to Sydney. We happened across a very unique B
& B called Wollamia Village Retreat- which was set up like an old fashioned Village, with each
cottage a different part of the town. It was absoluetly adorable! Our cottage was the old NSW Bank and had a spa bath as well as a private courtyard. They are pet friendly too so a good one to keep in mind if you take you're four legged friend on holiday.
Hymes beach was without a doubt our
favourite even if it did leave us a little sunburnt! There was plenty going on around town, with the Huskisson pub serving good food with live music booked on weekends and the National park had plenty of walking tracks and beaches to explore.
As we came into Sydney on NYE there was a little
twang when I thought about all the glamourous cocktail parties I’d be missing
in Melbourne to ring in the New Year. However the party in Paddington we attended
has to be one of my favourite nights. We spent it with good people, sharing
laughs and stories with my sister and friends. Looking back, I wouldn’t change
Rather than lay about sleeping off the
patron shots on NYD we managed to drag ourselves along to Field Day in the
Domain.Flume and Chet Faker were the
What a magical week, with the perfect mix
of relaxing beaches, divine company, delicious food and fun parties.
Don’t think too hard about it guys… Just
make up your mind and take off for a little adventure… go wandering..
P.S - It's time for the Portsea Polo again this weekend- I'll be sure to keep you up to date with all the latest fashion, parties and goss!