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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.

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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.

3New Bal­ance,

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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