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Tilt the balance your way

As a working parent, I know the often overwhelming challenges we face in finding a work-life balance. Always rushing? Feeling the pressure? Losing perspective? Just remember, you’re not alone. It’s time to slow down, breathe deep and focus on the three main issues.   Make a plan In my experience working with clients, most people come undone because they haven’t planned. And because they haven’t planned, they haven’t gone to the gym, eaten well or managed stress. As a result, they feel they’ve failed. The truth is you haven’t failed. You just need time to reassess. Take 60 seconds and think: What do I want to achieve this week? Set yourself a couple of goals. If you’re trying to get fit, factor in two exercise sessions or six in a week –...

Take care right now

If there's one thing I've learnt from health coaching, it's that everyone gets derailed from their goals at some point. Me included! Just when I think all is going well - my cycling training is going well, everyone is eating well, no one is sick...

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Exercise is good for body and mind

Keep well this winter by keeping active indoors

It’s not an uncommon story; the best laid exercise plans being derailed by inclement weather and low temperatures. That run or walk gets put off and the heater gets turned up. Let’s face it, sometimes the heat pump is more attractive than the outdoors. However, there is no better way to stay warm and stop your energy levels slumping mid winter than with a regular exercise session. If the outdoors isn’t calling the way it did in summer, make the most of the indoor activities that are available to you at facilities nearby. Even the hardiest outdoor exerciser sometimes wants to stay indoors, so why not think about getting along to a exercise facility or studio where you can stay warm and dry and still get...

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Executive health

The skill every leader needs to master

There’s a skill every leader needs to master that you won’t find in most, if any, leadership competency frameworks. It’s a skill so crucial that it could make or break a business and yet it’s a skill that doesn’t get the attention it deserves. The skill every leader needs to master is health promotion.   Changing of the guard To date, the bulk of health promotion work has been driven by government and not-for-profit agencies.  En masse, they've  encouraged us to quit smoking, wear sunscreen, eat better and be more active. In the workplace, health promotion has usually been led by a single or small group of health and safety representatives and the focus has tended to be on staying safe. We're starting to see more of a shift towards health and wellness more broadly. However, leaving...

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Alcohol on your fitness levels

Many people enjoy a drink or two to relax and unwind, or when out socialising. Statistics show that in 2013/14, 80% of New Zealanders aged 15-years or more were drinking alcohol on a regular basis. While a drink or two is unlikely to do harm to your fitness levels, and has been shown in some research to have a beneficial impact on health, over consumption may have a negative effect on both your exercise session post drinking, and on your exercise and fitness gains in the medium to long term. There are also long term health consequences for the 20% of New Zealanders who report a potentially hazardous alcohol consumption pattern. The  health benefits of alcohol consumption often referred to relate to the risk reduction of developing heart disease,...

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