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Cityscape Wellbeing & Fitness
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Mother Earth has a clever way of providing us with what we need most at each time of the year. Vitamin C and zinc are essential for strong immune function and are more abundant in winter produce. Vitamin C is used to signal the production of white blood cells to protect us when foreign bacteria or viruses enter the body. It is also present in the fluid lining in our lungs and mucous membranes, where the antioxidant activity helps prevent inflammation and damage by bacteria and viruses, and is crucial for collagen production in the skin – something we also want to support over the winter months. Vitamin C cannot be stored in the body, so we need to consume it every day. Eat a piece of fruit or add lemon, orange or grapefruit to your morning juice. Incorporating leafy greens and broccoli into stir fries is another great way...
Cityscape The Scoop
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You live in Christchurch – if you didn’t get stressed out once in a while you wouldn’t be human. But decompression is easy when you know how – before blowing a gasket you should try the following:  1 Get Stoned There’s not much that 2-hours of Hot Stone Therapy can’t fix. This ancient holistic sensory experience at Lotus at Siam Thai Day Spa uses perfectly-positioned hot basalt stones to relax muscles, improve circulation and calm the nervous system allowing for a super relaxing extreme deep tissue massage. Lock one in here: www.swanlake.co.nz/spa/ 2 Crack a Book Need a change of scenery but can’t afford a holiday? Escape into another, less stressful (for you) world – get hooked on a feel-good classic like To Kill a Mockingbird, laugh at someone else’s misfortune in Angela’s Ashes, bask in the glory of revenge in The First Wive’s Club and root for A Confederacy of Dunces’...
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One of the biggest reservations I hear when people are transitioning to eating more real food is the perception that they will have to sacrifice taste. This most certainly doesn’t have to be the case at all and there are many quick little tweaks you can make to add flavour to your food. Add fresh chilli or spice If you’re not great with hot food, start out slow and remove the seeds of the chilli to reduce the hotness. Fresh chilli is particularly delicious in Asian-inspired dishes. Use good quality oil Good quality olive oil is one of the most versatile additions to any kitchen and is particularly handy when making homemade dressings. Coconut or avocado oils are also good options for cooking – and they make a difference to the flavour of your food. Use fresh herbs and lemon Add a delicious freshness and nutrient boost to your food...
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The holistic health and fitness gurus at Mint Whole Body Health & Fitness rock a one-stop-shop. With a staff of professional personal trainers, a fully-equipped gym, and an on-site professional nutritionist, they also offer clean-eating café Pure Café Co., which eschews sugar, salt, butter, additives, preservatives and trans fats (and pretty much anything processed!) with their nutrient-dense creations. In fact, the Mint experience is unlike any other health and nutrition facility! Their unique approach combines industry-leading training with basic body measurements, macro calculations and meal planning with advanced BIA profiling and intolerance testing to redesign your body and awaken your potential. www.mintfit.co.nz ...
Cityscape Wellbeing & Fitness
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Cityscape taps into the latest fitness and health trends to rock your most stunning summer yet. CROSSING OVER Wondering how Channing Tatum and the cast of Magic Mike got so ripped? It’s all about the CrossFit, says CrossFit Trailblazer’s Kyp Kotzikas. Putting stock in strength and endurance – aerobics this ain’t – CrossFit is all about measurable, observable, and repeatable results. Tackling a combination of lifting heavy objects, body weight movements, and monostructural-based cardio activities such as running, rowing, or jumping rope, CrossFitters are put through a series of exercises in a certain amount of time and the results are epic! What’s more, leveraging group dynamics, the bootcamp-style workouts create a super-competitive yet super-supportive space, and sees everyone digging in and achieving their goals. www.crossfittrailblazer.com NATURAL BEAUTY Beauty ingredient of the moment active charcoal has a long history of medicinal use; its millions of pores can bind harmful agents and prevent their absorption...
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In all my years working with people on an individual level or in a group, regardless of their age, sex or current health status, there is often one thing that unifies people’s health and wellness goals – energy and the desire for more. When you ask someone how they are, the most common response I tend to hear is “tired, so tired”. And hence our reliance on caffeine and refined sugars – or anything – that gives us more energy increases. If we think of our daily energy as a bank account, it’s easier to consider what ‘adds’ or ‘takes’ our energy. Energy supplies us with the power to function, grow, heal and regenerate ourselves daily. We are designed, however, to supplement this original endowment of energy with what we generate from eating, breathing, sleeping, working, playing, learning and relationships. Each day we make withdrawals and deposits; we invest or...
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My grip on the steering wheel is whitening my knuckles. I should be unrolling a yoga mat about now and bracing myself for enlightenment at Grassroots Yoga & Health, but in classic ‘you know you’re from Christchurch when …’ style, I’m trapped in gridlock after encountering a second road works pop-up.The 12-minute drive edges over the 25-minute mark as I pull into The Tannery car park, then dash up the stairs two-at-a-time to the studio.Inside I can feel my city-stressed shoulders immediately start to drop in the calming and quiet Zen space. I’m literally breathing in the serenity as the natural sedative of incense and therapeutic oils filling the air combines to create the perfect remedy to quiet buzzing minds and slow traffic-jacked heart rates. I kick off my shoes under the ‘tree of gratitude’ mural.The genius of husband and wife duo Katie and Berin Turner, Grassroots’ crowd-funded beginnings (larger...
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Walking up to the double doors of the Heritage Christchurch is a treat in itself. I may be a long way from the Mediterranean, but the grandeur of the Italian High Renaissance Palazzo gives what’s left of Cathedral Square some much-needed character. As I walk under one of the magnificent stone arches, a golden handrail guides me up the steps and into an historic slice of the city.Located in the tranquil luxe of this hotel is the multi-award winning oasis of wellbeing that is the Heritage Health Club. As I head downstairs the frosted glass door opens and owner Ken Mackwell welcomes me with a tour of the club’s stunning facilities.Once changed into my lycra, I make a beeline for the treadmill, and notice a member being put through their paces by one of the club’s personal trainers as I insert my headphones, ready for my favourite work-out beats. I...
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The simple act of turning up the gravel driveway into the zen-like oasis of the exquisitely manicured, historic Swan Gardens’ rolling lush lawns is a catharsis in itself. Filled with birdlife and somehow just seconds from busy Colombo Street, Lotus at Siam Thai Day Spa is a blessed escape from the hustle and bustle of city-stressed living. Housed in the grandeur of the lovingly-cared-for Swan Lake House mansion, I’m met with huge smiles, traditional Thai greetings, lulling soft music and the intoxicating, heady aromas of Elemis spa products and exotic oils. As I’m sipping Lotus’ deliciously feisty homemade ginger tea amongst the refined opulence of the waiting room, my therapist L talks me through the massages and oils. Combining characteristics of European massage, chiropractic and acupressure methodologies, the Thai Sports treatment, I’m told, will increase serotonin and endorphins to aid quick recovery, while the free-radical properties of the patchouli and ylang...
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How many of us have been told that if we burn more calories than we eat, weight loss will be inevitable? How many of us have then discovered this doesn’t apply to our body no matter how hard we work? The answer – not all calories are created equal. Our bodies react very differently with calories from different sources. They may go through similar digestive processes but the biochemical reactions they trigger can be completely different.Compare how 1000 calories from fizzy drink are metabolised in the body versus 1000 calories from broccoli. When you consume a fizzy drink your body quickly absorbs the fibre-less sugars and the glucose spikes your blood sugar, which stimulates insulin and subsequently signals to your body to store body fat. Inflammation is increased, triglycerides are raised (essentially fat in your blood), and leptin, one of the hormones involved in appetite regulation, is blocked. If you...