In a day and age in which eggs on toast takes too long to make and cereal is just outright boring, the Universe steps in and brings us all the perfect breakfast; and don’t we all need it!
Introducing, the Wickedly Awesome Kick-ass Energizing Ultimate Power Smoothie! (Or, for short, the W.A.K.E. U.P. Smoothie).
There is a special something about traveling by bicycle.
I like to consider myself (arrogantly) quite a well-travelled chap. Aided by the wonders of an English passport, I am provided with very few visa complications around the world. I have travelled through almost 40 countries; each one carrying its own gem of uniqueness. Though, it was in Cambodia during a 9-month trip through Asia that I became quite disinterested in the conventional methods of travel. After all, it’s not about the destination, but about the journey, right? Apologies to the cramped buses, full of boozy ‘slack’ packers, that lost my custom, but I decided to invest more in the ‘journey’ side of traveling.
It was in Battambang, a city just southwest of Siam Reap where my travel buddy and I invested in two fixed-gear bicycles for $10 each. Using bungee cords and rope we attached our backpacks to the loose racks on the back of the bicycles, and began cycling south with no clear destination in mind.
The feeling of using your body to propel yourself across large masses of land is unexplainable.
Fitness is something that seems to pop up, daily, in numerous conversations around the workplace, household or grocery store (as does the real ‘F’ word). It passes through our conversations gracefully whether we welcome it or not.
We can’t hide from it.
And why should we?
It is a fact that regular physical activity massively reduces the risk of chronic disease (which accounts for 70% of all deaths in America(1) ). It provides locations for a social atmosphere (something that a lot of us lack in our hectic working lifestyles), and of course, most importantly, it allows us the time to enjoy that organic triple chocolate fudge cake without the plague of guilt that usually surrounds us when even mentioning the words ‘chocolate’, ‘fudge’, and ‘cake’.
Have you ever seen a skyscraper that was built from the outside in? It’s amazing! The construction crew are directed by their supervisor to mix things up a little by starting work on the outside and gradually work their way inward until the skyscraper is finished...
Although this is extremely silly and you don’t need to be an architect to understand that any building needs a foundation or an inner structure before work on the exterior can be begun, people still seem to think that their bodies are different. They’re not.
In this article, we’re going to express the importance of a strong core in not only the fitness realm, but in everyday life too.
- By Tess Amorangi Parker
There is nothing better than feeling fit.
I don’t think I could live without it now- it makes me sleep better, eat cleaner, and allows me to participate in anything I want to. I have a relationship with my body that I never thought I would have. I love watching how it gets stronger, and how it changes. I rely on that hour a day that I have space in my own head to work through thoughts or worries.
- By Jackie Lake
If someone had told me 5 years ago I would be running marathons regularly and planning to do back-to-back marathons at 56 years of age, there is no way I would have believed them – especially as I’ve been told I run like a three-legged pit pony …
D – Depression Defence
Depression is not an enjoyable mental position to be in. Having never personally suffered from this illness, I’m in no position to begin dishing out descriptions on how it feels to be in this deep state of dejection. From what I do know, it can cause high levels of fatigue, insomnia, overeating, pessimism, digestive problems, aches and pains throughout the body, feelings of guilt and helplessness, and even thoughts of suicide. People have been suffering depression (or melancholia as it was once named) for thousands of years and it continues to affect almost 20% of all adults in the United Kingdom today (1).
But how does coffee have anything to do with depression?
C - Cavity Prevention
No need to clean your glasses, adjust the screen, or check your breath for the smell of booze; you read that correctly. Coffee can prevent cavities and caries.
‘Caries’ is a word I saw while researching a little into this and I had no idea what it meant. In my moment of ignorance I zipped over to Google and quickly learnt that ‘caries’ is the decay and crumbling of a tooth or bone. An example of ‘caries’ in a sentence would be:
‘Most of the students had gingivitis and mild caries, probably due to all of the jam sandwiches they’d been eating. They should quickly change the white bread for wholegrain, and the jam for mustard, obviously.’
But how does coffee really prevent caries?
B - Brain Power
The Brain. A wonderful organ and my personal favourite at that. Composed of 100 billion neurons and a trillion glial cells, the brain is at constant work processing about 70,000 thoughts per day. It consists of around 150,000 miles of blood vessels which can send and receive information at 260 miles per hour.
It is also the only thing that we know to have named itself... think about that for a little while.
We all have brains, and most of us actually use them. ‘But what does coffee have to do with brain power?’ (I’ll imagine that you asked me this question so that I can answer appropriately).
Coffee has a lot to do with brain power, thank you so much for asking!