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I Used A Running App Every Day for 30 days, Here’s What Happened…

Credit: Flaunter / Lululemon

I used to be such a little gym class bunny, throwing myself enthusiastically into every class going, that is until COVID19 struck. Not only did it throw my whole routine out of whack, including forcing my current working situation into disarray and shutting down all sense of a social life, it also meant my fitness classes were to be no more. I don’t need to explain the rollercoaster of emotions I felt during the lockdown period (I’m sure many of you experienced/are experiencing something similar) but what I will say is that this bunny totally lost her workout mojo.

Especially at the beginning of the lockdown I felt lost and aimless, trying to get out for my daily isolation exercise, only to find I was boring myself by running around the local park in circles. Trying the much coveted isolation indoor workouts didn’t inspire me either. In my little apartment I kept bashing into furniture left, right and centre, and I felt more alone than ever, missing the energy of a real-life trainer and my sweaty counterparts. I felt as though I was falling into a serious funk! With my normal workout routine quashed I seriously lacked focus in other areas of my life too.

Until one day my friend mentioned giving a running app a go. I’d never been a big fan of workout apps, but I was ready to give anything a whirl in an attempt to get my workout routine back on track. Plus, hopefully, rediscover my sporty spark! So, I downloaded the Nike running app and have been using it almost everyday for the past 30 days. Not only has it revved up my cardiovascular system, and galvanised those endorphins, it also helped in other (more unexpected ways) too!

A Sense of Routine

I gave myself a daily goal of 5k, and by giving myself a workout focal point to the day it caused me to build structure into the rest of my day too, as I was forced to start organising my other tasks/chores/work around it.

Either I’d get up first thing and it galvanised me to start the day off positively, or I’d carve some space out over lunch, ensuring my other ‘to do’ list items fitted either side of it. At other times it would be my late afternoon round off the day/switch off activity. Having this one small focal point helped instigate the sense of getting a routine back on track (which I was now structuring for myself). This particularly aided me in the early days, when my normal work schedule had gone out the window and I had the creeping feeling of aimlessness enter in.

Feeling of Achievement

If you’re one of those people who thrives off praise, I highly recommend you give this app a go. I love being told ‘well done’, but when you’re feeling especially aimless and slightly lost, it’s very hard to give yourself some much needed praise. Particularly during uncertain times (COVID19 please enter here stage left) a small word of encouragement can energise my self-esteem and wellbeing, giving me the willpower and impetus to take on the task, day, week, month!

At the end of each run, not only would I have successfully hit my goal of 5k (oftentimes even surpassed it), my app would generate a friendly reminder – “You’ve just completed a 5k run, no-one can take that away from you.” The app was right, even if I did nothing else productive that day, at least I’d kicked my workout goal. That in itself was enough motivation to keep doing it day after day. Not only that, but the feeling of achievement really helped pump up my week in general.

Grounding

Ever get the feeling of being lost in your head?! Well that’s often where I find myself when things get stressful and uncertain. All my energy finds itself coiled in my brain, causing me to lose my sense of self and centre at times. Running has the wonderful ability of bringing me back into my body. Feeling the the ground pounding beneath my feet to my syncopated steps as my music bleeds into my ears, helped dissipate all the worries and stress I was holding on to.

I suppose it was a kind of meditation for me, a way of helping to clear my muddled brain, guiding to me to find clarity for the day. There is something brilliant about expending physical energy, which can in turn help calm your mind’s frenetic energy of thoughts, helping to clear a pathway of considered thinking through the clouds.

Appreciation for Little Moments in Nature

I had a new found respect for nature. Going on my daily runs, I started to notice all the fantastic wildlife (the birds and butterflies) which would fly beside me. In a busy life pre-lockdown, I realised I had oftentimes forgotten to notice the wonder of a vibrant earth all around me. Forgotten to notice the different species of the birds and actually hear the different tones of their birdsong. What running gave me was a reminder to just be in the present moment. Live in the time of the run, including appreciating and being in whatever the weather might be on that day, I would thrive in the wintery fresh sunlight, or feel alive when the droplets of rain would tickle my skin. Just a run a day, but it helped to open my eyes to all the beauty and life that is constantly present, and literally under our very noses.

The Power of Consistency

Using the app daily, over an extended period of time, allowed me a renewed optimism in the power of consistency. To start with, it was hard! Even trying to get to the finish line of 5k felt tiresome and a struggle, but week on week I felt physically stronger. My muscles weren’t so fatigued, the distance was so much more manageable. So much so, that on some days I had the power to totally surpass my 5k goal. Some days were still harder than others of course, but overall I could see how consistency really is king. If you keep chipping away at something, guess what, it really does become easier, and you do get better at it.

This philosophy spilled over into other areas of my life, as I realised if I could practise consistency there too, I could improve on goals and projects. It injected in to me a need to form some more good habits.

So there’s five really insightful things I learnt, all through starting just one new small habit a day. That’s the great thing about running, no one else is setting your goal, just you. It’s whatever pace and commitment you choose. Maybe you might start with just 1k, even a 1k walk and build up from there. For me, it helped drag me out of an aimless well I was quickly sinking into. And I realised, not only could I improve my health and fitness levels, it provided me with a lot of other positive by-products too.

Article by Katy Rachel Moore! She is into all things wellness and loves to get her teeth stuck into into the latest health trends.

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Soft Yoga Perth – Leederville Yoga Studio Review.

When I say that this yoga studio has changed and continues to change my life, I mean it. For many years now I’ve wished that the perfect yoga studio would magically open up on my street. A space to move and breathe and connect deeply to myself that has teachers I like, styles of yoga I like and that also happens to be minutes from my house. It never happened, until now.

As if the universe could read my thoughts, one day I was walking past an empty building that had just been leased on Oxford Street, Leederville and a thought popped into my head – ‘a yoga studio is going to open here’. It did, and the studio was Soft Yoga Perth – a womxns only movement space & a soft place to rest.

Specialising in ‘softer’ styles, such as slow flow, restorative, yin, meditation, breathwork, sensual classes and MORE (!!), this space exceeded my wildest dreams and then some.

When you arrive for class you’ll cocoon yourself in their impossibly soft and seriously cloud-like fluffy, grey blankets while sinking into the blush pink Lululemon mats which perfectly match the aesthetic of the studio.

In any given class, a gorgeous woman will lead you into a deeper discovery of yourself and you’ll leave feeling incredible, and maybe a few tears lighter as their classes are renowned for gently dislodging your deep emotions. I’ve cried there at least ten times, including today.

They also have the CUTEST shop selling the best little feminine goodies and treats – the Loca Love chocolates and La Loba Cliterally Amazing oil will change your life 😉

Do yourself a favour and discover this cute studio. You’ll need to book in advance as spaces are very limited – my personal recommendations are the Monday 9:30am Slow Flow with Tess, Thursday 9:30am Restorative with Brenna, any of the Slow Flow’s with Corne, and Courtney’s 9:30am Friday class!

Check out their intro offer for a month of unlimited yoga for $39. You’ll want to sign up for the membership once your month is up – trust me!

Soft Yoga Perth can be found at:

2/253 Oxford Street, Leederville
www.softyogaperth.com

Be well,

Annette

xoxo

Beauty & Wellness Crushes: Light Illusion Vegan Foundation & Personal Training.

Flower Beauty – Light Illusion Vegan Foundation – $13.99

Drew Barrymore’s brand new vegan ‘Flower’ beauty range, available from Chemist Warehouse, has hands down been my beauty find of the past 12 months. I’m absolutely OBSESSED with the Light Illusion foundation – my shade is Porcelain. After years of spending $50-$100 on foundations, I am floored to have found something that’s cruelty-free, vegan, a perfect match to my skin tone, generously sized (lasts approx 2 months with daily use for me) AND just $13.99?!?!

The Light Illusion Foundation range has 15 shades and is WELL worth the effort to pop into a Chemist Warehouse and see if you can find a match. My skin is notoriously hard to match and I got one first go, so miracles do happen.

I feel like I’m in a dream I don’t want to wake up from. I pray this foundation never gets discontinued because it is just that good, and it’s saving me a tonne of money. And don’t even get me started on the lipsticks – more info on these coming soon!

♥ My Personal Trainer, Amy Richards

Dragging myself out of bed in the wee hours of the morning in order to better myself has never, and I mean never, been my forte, but I know I’m at my physical and mental best when someone is kindly forcing me to do exercises that are specifically tailored to my body and goals. Enter twice weekly 7am / 8am personal training sessions with Amy Richards for the past 6 months or so.

Now I will be the first to admit that I’m probably not anyones “ideal” personal training client. I don’t like working out very hard and often adopt the mindset of “well, I’m out of bed at a ridiculous hour so anything else is a bonus, I’ll just take it easy”. I’m also a mild whinger but trying to be better – haha. Anyway, since seeing the lovely Amy since June 2019 – once a week at first, and more recently twice a week – which is when I have really seen results ramp up. In this time I have gotten much fitter and stronger, seen a dramatic improvement in my body shape & tone (hi perky butt, hi fitting into old clothes), as well as improved mental health.

For anyone who has health & fitness goals on their 2020 to-do list, and perhaps like me has a bit of trouble with personal fitness motivation, I would highly recommend seeing a PT at least once a week – and can definitely recommend Amy! Check her out here.

I’d love to hear what you are crushing on at the moment! Hop on over to our Instagram page and let me know, or leave a comment below!

Be well,

xoxo

Annette

Perth’s Best Pilates Studios – South of the River Edition!

What is Pilates? Pilates is an uplifting practice focused on toning, lengthening and balancing the body. As a self- confessed Pilates nerd and instructor, I work with clients to discover their mind to muscle connection, where we not only target the large muscle groups, but also those teeny tiny muscles you never knew you had. Yup, Pilates burns, but the burn is so good and slightly addictive!

It’s no secret Pilates has played a starring role in creating some seriously hot bods (think Jennifer Hawkins, Miranda Kerr and Kate Hudson to name only a few). But Pilates isn’t just for the ladies. Over the years, as a Pilates instructor I’ve seen a marked increase in the number of dudes in my classes. You know when the likes of Nat Fyfe credits Pilates to minimising his soft tissue injuries (in a Brownlow winning season no less) you’re sure to see an increase in foot traffic! The best thing about Pilates is there are so many different styles to choose from. You can choose to get sweaty, go classic (technique is boss in these classes), clinical (good-bye funky knee) or even mix a little dance in to the class- the options are endless!

Lucky for us Perth being home to some of the most active people in Australia and has a bevy of gorgeous studios just waiting to be discovered! Check these studios out for your Perth Pilates fix!

Body Base Pilates – North Fremantle

A beautiful boutique studio nestled in the back pocket of North Fremantle, Body Base Pilates is only a short distance walk from Leighton Beach and some of the freo locals’ favourite cafes and bars including Bib and Tucker, The Orange Box and Mrs Brown. A newly renovated studio, Body Base is breezy, light and modern, with so many cute indoor plants you’ll be inspired to start your own plant baby fam! Body Base offers all your classic Pilates classes including matwork and reformer, however spices the offering up with some newly introduced classes including a 30-minute power session (think TRX on steroids), progressive reformer (a combination of more advanced repertoire) and barre classes.

Reformed Pilates Co – Applecross

A small boutique studio that offers an intimate setting with an 8 client max, you are guaranteed personal attention from your instructor. This studio caters for all types of fitness and has specific classes for over 50’s and mums and bubs, so there’s something to suit everyone’s needs!

KX Pilates – Booragoon

KX Pilates is your one stop shop for taut tums and toned peaches! This Pilates studio follows a more a modern approach to Pilates, integrating heavier weights, cardio and advanced repertoire and is a good place to get your sweat on. You know those fancy Instagram Pilates poses? You’ll likely get to try these here. The instructors are not afraid of a challenge so why should you be?!


Pilates Centre WA – East Fremantle

Pilates Centre WA is owned by one of WA’s most senior and experienced instructors Trudy, who will put you through your paces! Classes are small here, so you will be given ample attention and the instructors are simply lovely. My tip is to try instructor Kasey’s cardio class. An ex prima ballerina for the WA ballet, she knows how to lengthen and tone like no other.

Control Pilates and Fitness – Hamilton Hill

The new kid on the block, Contrology Pilates opened in Hamilton Hill just over a year ago now, bringing the love of Pilates to Hammie Hill locals. This studio has a diverse schedule and a host of creative instructors who are not afraid to teach you Instagram style moves. Best of all the studio just got Afterpay, so now you can buy your Pilates classes in an even more budget friendly way – winning!

Perth’s Latest & Greatest Healthy Date Night Ideas!

It’s easy to get stuck in a cycle of unhealthy (but still fun!) habits when you are in a relationship – Netflix, Uber Eats & a bottle of wine every weekend… sound familiar?
That’s why we’re here to shake things up and make date night a health-boosting experience again, at least every once in a while!

We have compiled some of our favourite fun, healthy and unique date ideas that might have you considering cancelling your Netflix subscription. (Oh who are we kidding, we could never give up Queer Eye!)

Recipe for Love

So you’ve heard that the way to a man’s heart is through his stomach? I think that definitely goes for ladies too! So why not improve your culinary skills together by taking a cooking class?

There are a few excellent options around Perth, but some of our favourites are Taste Budds Cooking School in Highgate who offer Sophie’s Seafood Cooking School (non-vego – if that wasn’t obvious!) where Chef Sophie Budd will teach you to cook healthy pescetarian recipes like ‘Thai Fish Cakes’ and ‘Goan Fish Curry’.

If plant-based is more your style like it is ours, why not bump the health factor up a notch and try a Vegan cooking class at Salt and Company in West Perth? Even if you aren’t vegan or vegetarian, plant-based cooking is a great way to incorporate more variety into your repertoire, perfect for #meatfreemonday!

Cute and healthy date where you get to learn a new skill, get a little competitive over who can cook the tastiest Jackfruit taco, AND enjoy some delicious food at the end of it? Sign us up!

Axe me on a date!

What could be more romantic than axe-throwing? Ok hear us out, this one is a little unconventional, but there is nothing like a little bit of friendly, flirty competition! Axe throwing isn’t just a sport for bearded men in flannos, it’s actually the newest trend to hit the streets of Perth, perfect for a fun night out!

And it’s the dream date night combo, whether it’s to help break you out of your relationship rut or break the ice with a new bae (#swiperight), you can enjoy a special Date Night package with the team at Maniax. Running every Friday from 8-10pm, it includes a 2-hour axe throwing session, plus 1 on 1 coaching, target practice and a tournament against other couples, all for only $100!

Plus, since it is conveniently located in Northbridge, you are only a short stroll away from bars and restaurants for when you have worked up your appetites.
For more information on Maniax Date Night, visit their website.

Bleeding Love

There is no greater feeling than being able to help people, apart from the feeling of being in love, of course! So why not combine the two and have a date night where you can truly make a difference, by making an appointment to donate blood?

You need to check whether you are able to of course (visit their website here to see the requirements!) but Australia is in desperate need of donor blood and it literally takes less than 30 minutes, and barely hurts at all! Plus, the warm, fuzzy feeling, and the great karma you will receive make it all worth it.

The Perth CBD donor centre is centrally located in 140 Perth (just behind the Perth Underground train station) and is surrounded by great food options, so you can truly make a date of it and head out for a bite to eat after you donate (just make sure you skip the drinks!).

Make an appointment here.

Be More Flexible

Whether you’re a regular yogi, or you don’t know your downward dog from your Warrior II , there are a million reason why you should try yoga on your next date! Okay, so we don’t have time to list the full million reasons, but we have three very good reasons why practicing yoga with your significant other can help improve your relationship.

♥ Stress less – Yoga has been proven to help ease stress and lower your levels of the stress hormone cortisol. It has also been proven to help relieve anxiety.
♥ Smarten up – Studies have shown that yoga can actually improve your brain’s ability to think more quickly and accurately – meaning you might be less likely to say the wrong thing when your partner is grumpy!
♥ Flexibility – Yoga can increase your flexibility… ummm… need we say more?! 😉

Our favourite new spot for yoga classes is Yab Yum Yoga studio, located in Victoria Park and their brand new inner city studio! Choose from a range of classes including Slow Flow, Deep House Vinyasa, or Restore and Align. Check out their website and timetables to book in your next class!

Ain’t No Mountain High Enough

If you are after something that is a bit more low-key, then strap on your runners and slap on some sunscreen because we know the most romantic hiking trail in Perth.
Ellis Brook Valley is located in Martin, just minutes from Gosnells town centre and is one of the richest wildflower locations in Perth. What could be more romantic than spending your day wandering through stunning wildflowers and amazing views? There is also a huge array of wildlife in the area, so you might even spot an eagle or kangaroo!



There are a couple of easy trails to choose from, ranging from 430 meters to 2.8 km’s, but for those after a bit more of a challenge, try the Sixty Foot Falls Circuit which is a 2 kilometre loop that reaches to top of the stunning Sixty Foot Falls waterfall, giving a jaw-dropping view of the valley and Perth City beyond.

Click here for directions.

So not matter if you have chosen to follow some of our ideas, or if this has sparked your own idea for a fun activity for your next date, we know that you can wave bye-bye to Netflix for a while! (At least until the next season of Queer Eye drops!)

If you do follow any of our ideas, make sure you tell us! Tag #wellnesswa on your social pics or leave us a comment!

Be well,

xoxo

Leah is a freelance content creator from Perth who loves her dog, trying weird fitness trends, beach days and avocado toast. Follow her Instagram @leahonthedoor