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Warmer weather turns our thoughts to more active days – but how to beat the early spring chill? Nicky Park has the answers.
Nic Gill All Blacks performance coach What does wellbeing mean to you?
Healthy mind, healthy body, healthy life – what this looks like is very different for all people, it’s a balance of what you love and what you need.
What do you think is the biggest health concern facing Kiwis?
Double-edged sword – too much energy-dense food that is white and full of simple carbohydrates (rice, bread, pasta) with low activity levels.
How do you like to stay fit?
Swim, bike, run, row. I try to do something every day for 30-60mins.
You’re also an avocado farmer – what’s your fave way to eat avo?
Top breakfast is salmon, avocado, spinach, tomato and poached eggs. Favourite lunch is a salad with cucumber, tomato, basil, avocado, a drizzle of balsamic vinegar and avocado oil. Favourite dinner is lettuce wraps with chicken, tomato, cucumber, jalapenos and guac.
What is your dream Saturday?
Sleep-in at home until 8am, then a 90min run followed by an avocado, blueberry, protein and peanut butter smoothie. I’d spend a few hours outside working in the orchard, then have a salad for lunch early to mid arvo, and then a 20 minute nap. Finish the day with a BBQ with friends and family, with a couple of cold beers and a nice pinot.
There’s a bite in the fresh spring air this early in the season. Here are three of my favourite windbreakers to take the edge off in the outside gym. Nike, City Bomber, $135. Sleek, lightweight and airy, perfect for wearing on a run.
2Seed, Snow Leopard Windbreaker, $109.90. A longer, trendy option, my pick for pulling on for a long walk to brunch.
Hybrid jacket, on sale for $96. The shade is called sunrise, but the hint of high vis makes this my fave for activities at dusk. need more than a warm room to help me touch my toes, but it does bring me an inch closer to the goal. The focus of mat pilates is strengthening and stretching the body to boost balance, strength, flexibility and posture with lots of repetitive movements – my butt and biceps are usually burning. It works areas of my body that a regular pump class or other high-intensity training doesn’t. Hot pilates is still picking up steam here, but studios will soon be popping up around the country.
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