Thursday, 31 March 2016

Grab your golf clubs and go!

Playing golf is a fantastic way to keep fit. 

It takes roughly 4 hours to play an 18 hole round of golf, walking an average of five miles across varied terrain. Each swing works your arms, shoulders and core, and carrying your clubs adds an extra calorific burn. 

Instagram: Michelle Wie

Golf doesn't have to be expensive. If you can't afford the membership fees then try a public golf course, with a pay-and-play scheme, or your local driving range.

Don't know how to play and afraid of looking like an idiot? 

Why not join a group beginner course at your local club, share a giggle or two with friends as you learn to play in a relaxed and fun environment. provide a great resource, simply enter your location and golf clubs within a 10 mile radius will pop up. Sessions with PGA professionals can be booked and all equipment is provided.

Been playing for a while but want to up your game? 
In order to play well and consistently you need stamina, strength and skill. Pro golfer Lexi Thompson uses boxing to help her get in the zone and build strength. Michelle Wie loves to go swimming and Lydia Ko works on her core strength.

If you're not familiar with the LPGA then you might not know who Lydia Ko is (hard to believe). New Zealander Lydia is golfs hottest player right now. She won her first LPGA (Ladies Professional Golf Association) tournament aged 15, then went on to become number one in women's professional golf at 17. She's been on Time's list of 'Most Influential Teenagers in the World' for two years in a row.

Yep, she's kicking ass on the golf course.

Instagram: Lydia Ko

Lydia credits her golf coaches, physio therapists and fitness trainers for her stratospheric rise to the top, unfortunately not all of us can afford our own personal trainers, so here's the next best thing!

Lydia's fitness coach Trevor Anderson shares some key core strengthening exercises on the video below. You can use these techniques too!

There are so many great benefits to a game of golf, it's fun, gets you fit, you can socialize and network, be part of a community and according to Swedish medical university Karolinska Institute, golf can increase life expectancy.

So get to your nearest golf course asap!

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Friday, 18 March 2016

Well Why Not?

It seems everywhere you look these days a celebrity has turned fashion designer on us, and forgive me for saying it but I can’t help but be a little skeptical.... at first.

Remember when Spice Girl Victoria Beckham hinted that she wanted to start a fashion label? How we all thought hmmm what’s that gonna be like, mini skirts and stilettos like her Posh Spice persona? Then she went and stunned the world with her understated, minimalist and easily wearable womenswear collection, and now, nearly ten years later the Victoria Beckham brand is a successful global business with stores in London and Hong Kong.

Instagram: Victoria Beckham Opening Hong Kong Boutique
Now NBA player and mega athlete Russell Westbrook has joined the club, launching his new collection, a collaboration with True Religion, an American luxury denim brand. 

Russell Westbrook & True Religion S/S16

Russell Westbrook & True Religion S/S16

Russell Westbrook & True Religion S/S16

Self-confessed fashion lover Westbrook was named Creative Director of True Religion in February 2015, and has featured in their commercials and marketing campaigns with his slogan ‘Why Not?’ His 15 piece capsule collection features denim, tees, tanks and a leather jacket, each piece can be worn separate or layered together. Westbrook has played safe with his easy, laid back style compared with the more Gothic inspired look of Rihanna’s first fashion line.

Fenty Puma by Rihanna A/W 2016-17

Fenty Puma by Rihanna debuted at New York Fashion Week last month. There were thigh high boots, cropped hoodies and lots of attitude. It was Rihanna all over. And that's the point. Fashion allows us to make statements, to express our individuality or not.  

What we choose to wear and how we wear it says a lot about who we are. We can reinvent ourselves through fashion, like Victoria Beckham, shedding her Posh Spice persona to become an sophisticated Fashionista. We can let our style speak for us and let it speak volumes. 

Fashion is

Whatever you want it to be. 

So yes I'm always skeptical at first when celebrities unveil fashion collections but then I think well, why not? 

Tuesday, 15 March 2016

How to Eat for your Best Body....

What you put in, you get back, and then some.

Ever eaten a meal only to feel tired, irritable and bloated afterwards? That's your body's way of telling you somethings wrong. How you treat your body, the foods you feed it, the way you use it, all impact how we think and feel, we either feel energetic, powerful, focused and ready for our day or we feel drained, moody and unable to think clearly.

To feel and look your best you must pay attention to what you eat. Feed yourself with healthy and enriching foods and your body will thank you with more energy, more focus, clear skin and strong, shiny hair. Fresh fruit and vegetables are key, the more colors you can introduce during the day the better, I like to use my Rainbow Wheel of Fruit & Vegetables to help me remember!

Instagram _falconcara_

Rainbow Wheel of Fruit & Vegetables

Red - Strawberries, Bell Peppers, Tomatoes 

Yellow - Banana, Plantain, Sunflower Seeds 
Pink - Grapefruit, Pomegranate 
Green - Spinach, Avocado, Apple 
Orange -Sweet Potatoes, Persimmons, Apricots 
Purple - Aubergine, Cabbage 
Blue - Blueberries, Blackberries

Expensive anti-aging lotions and creams that promise revitalized skin, can only work if what you're putting inside your body is just as good as what you use on the outside. Drinking enough water will help keep skin soft, prevent dryness and keep you feeling hydrated and refreshed throughout the day. Add fresh squeezed lemon, lime or orange juice for a zesty citrus twist.

Following strict diets that cut out essential food groups or serial detox programs do more harm than good. Super skinny is not attractive, nor is it healthy. I'm striving for a fit, feminine and strong body. 

Instagram JLO
One of my body idols and inspiration is Jennifer Lopez, she's fit, toned and strong, she trains most days and it certainly pays off.  

Regular and consistent fitness training makes you stronger, mentally and physically, you also get a natural high (endorphins) so what's not to love?
Whether you choose to swim, run or play golf, do something that you enjoy so it doesn't feel like a chore.

If you push yourself past your limits, run a little bit further each day, add another squat repetition to your routine, you're sending yourself a positive and motivating message that you can move past obstacles and keep going no matter how tough it gets. Don't be surprised when you find that extra strength and motivation leaking into other areas of your life too!

Strong body. Strong mind.

Now that's food for thought. 

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Tuesday, 8 March 2016

"Just keep swimming"

Creating a sportswear fashion label is exciting, challenging and more often than not, totally nerve-wracking. 

To begin anything new, we have to start with nothing, for writers’ it’s a blank page, for entrepreneurs’ it’s the space before the big idea. For athletes’ it’s the first day of training, staring down the length of track, envisioning what’s to come. And it’s not all plain sailing. 

First you need to decide whether it’s worth it or not. Yep. That’s the most important thing of all. Choosing a goal or dream that’s meaningful to you, something that you will get up for at the crack of dawn; something that you will fight for. For me its about creating a life/work balance where I can choose how I spend my day, filling it with creativity and joy, working with a team of like-minded individuals, building a company that I can be proud to work for. 

Pictures of your dream goals can help to motivate and inspire

Your goal might be to compete in your local charity swimathon, or lose 20Lbs, it might be to quit your day job and start your own business or travel around the world with just your backpack and your camera.

Whatever your dream or goal, it helps to vision it. Whether that’s writing down what it means to you and sticking it on the wall where you work or cutting out pictures from a magazine that symbolize your desire and keeping them in your wallet. This helps me stay focused, especially when things get a little rocky.

There will be times when it feels like everything is going wrong, or that the goal you’re working towards is too far out of reach, there will be obstacles, or as I like to put it ‘mammoth-sized road blocks set to throw you off your path’, but the key thing to remember is that everyone, and I mean everyone who has ever tried to achieve anything, has also met problems along the way, and it’s the way they’ve handled those problems that determines whether they succeed or fail.

“I am not the richest, smartest or most talented person in the world, but I succeed because I keep going and going and going” Sylvester Stallone

In fact, talent makes up for a very small part of success, sheer determination and persistence are just as important as talent. Add to that courage, self-motivation, focus and support. A well-placed positive pick-me-up note can work wonders when you’re in need of a motivational boost.

"Just keep swimming" is a favorite of mine. My boyfriend reminds me of this on a daily basis. Yep he’s a Pixar animation fan, and currently re-educating me in cartoons. He’s my rock, my champion and my sounding board. He has this ‘go-get-em’ attitude that is downright infectious. He doesn’t stop when life gets hard, he doesn’t quit when he gets knocked down, in fact that just makes him go harder.

Marlen Esparza (Boxer)

I imagine that being an ex-pro athlete has something to do with his super-human mentality. Athletes learn that to be the best takes hard work, pain and sacrifice. Is it any wonder so many athletes go on to become motivational speakers and inspire hundreds to compete, whether that’s in sport or in life.

I’ve learnt that when I’m feeling stuck or stressed about a problem I’m facing it definitely helps to get moving. I always get my best ideas when I’m walking, running, swimming, showering and even cooking!

So if you’re facing an obstacle or roadblock remember that there is always more than one way of doing something, try to keep an open mind, think outside the box, stay positive and keep going.

You won’t regret it.