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Beauty talk with cover model Claudia Jovanovski

We chat to March 2017 cover model Claudia Jovanovski about her beauty regime and lifestyle.

On looking camera ready year round 

When I think about my feelings in relation to my day-to-day appearance and having to be photo shoot ready at a moment’s notice, I don’t feel anxious or stressed as you might expect. Clean eating and being active is a lifestyle for me. When I receive a request to participate in a photo shoot, my immediate response is excitement and happiness. I love being in front of the camera, working with photographers, and the opportunity to discuss some of the topics closest to my heart such as fitness and nutrition.

On morning rituals

Step 1. Hydrate I love to start my mornings with a tall glass of water and occasionally a fresh coconut. This helps rehydrate the body after eight hours without liquid, flush the body of toxins, and boost your metabolism. Dehydrated skin can appear dull, dry and is more prone to breakouts.

Step 2. Cleanse I cleanse my skin every morning, rinse my face with lukewarm water and then gently pat my face dry with a facecloth. This always makes me feel refreshed and helps remove any excess oils, make up residue, dead skin cells and toxins the body has eliminated overnight.

Step 3. Hydration serum To help hydrate, nourish and brighten my skin.

Step 4. Moisturize and protect I use a sun cream with a SPF 50, which moisturises and gives my skin a gentle glow. SPF is essential for those who wish to protect their skin from premature aging, developing wrinkles, facial brown spots and skin discoloration. Don’t forget your lips, hands, neck and eyes.

On evening rituals

Step 1. Cleanse I cleanse my skin, rinse my face with lukewarm water and then gently pat my face dry with a facecloth. To remove any make up and clean skin.

Step 2. Night cream To help hydrate and nourish

Step 3. Eye cream This is important as the skin around the eyes is delicate and often ages faster than other areas of the face. 

On daytime make-up

As I live an active lifestyle and am always on the go, my day-to-day look is very natural. I like to keep it simple only emphasising my eyes with some bold black mascara. 

On favourite trends 

Balayage hair. It is a low maintenance hair option that highlights the ends of your hair and creates a natural-looking gradient from dark to light. 

On beauty mistakes

Instead of applying one coat of mascara, I would apply multiple layers without letting it dry in between each coat. As a result I ended up with clumpy spider-leg mascara. I also regret getting too excited with my bronzer. I would cover my entire face with bronzer, which made my face look darker than the rest of my body, instead of giving me a beautiful sun-kissed look. Oops! 

On beauty epiphanies

Use a concealer one or two shades lighter than your skin tone under your eyes. This will draw attention to your eyes and help cover any dark bags. For bronzer, apply to parts of the face that would naturally get sun to make the bronzer look more natural. Apply bronzer on cheekbones, jawline, and upper forehead as if you were drawing the number three on each side of your face. Apply blush before your concealer to make it look as if the colour is naturally coming from beneath the skin.

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Side lunges with kettlebell

How to:
Stand with feet together, holding a kettlebell with arms extended down.

Start by taking a giant step to your left with your left leg, keeping your body facing forward and your left foot facing slightly outward.

Bend your left knee and sit back slightly until your left thigh is parallel to the ground while keeping your right leg straight.

Pause, then push off your left foot to return to start, repeating with the right leg.

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5 minutes with The HIIT Mum

Pocket rocket and mother-of-one Colette McShane, aka. @TheHIITMum, is a fitness force to be reckoned with. Here, we chat to her about supplementation, passion and just getting stuff done.

I love helping others achieve good health because there is nothing more satisfying than seeing people achieve what they never thought possible. I love making a difference in people’s lives – a lot of parents write to me to say they are getting fitter and healthier, making it easier for them to play with their children.

I always kick the day off with a big, healthy breakfast as it sets the tone for the rest of my day. I make a yummy omelette, frittata or poached eggs with lots of vegetables. Lunch and dinner is anything from stirfry to healthy curries or Mexican-style wraps – again, with lots of vegies and lean proteins.

I snack on the Healthy Way range from Chemist Warehouse, as it’s accessible, varied and forever expanding. I love their vegie chips, all their nuts (I am walnut and almond crazy) and the trail mixes for snacking during the day. 

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Being Brooke Stacey

Being Brooke Stacey We chat to February 2017 cover model Brooke Stacey about all things about self, body and fitness love.

On self-love

Self-love is so HUGE! It can start at a young age and grow with you or it could have never been established and you have to find it and create it. At the end of the day we all want to be loved and feel good about ourselves. It is so easy to compare our weaknesses to someone else’s strengths and feel bad about our self. The key to self-love in my opinion is to maximise our own potential by strengthening our weaknesses, and embracing, sharing and nourishing our strengths. When you realise and own that there is only one you and no one can replace that, you can also delight in the gifts you are given to share with the world. When you love yourself, it is a positive cyclical reaction and will be seen in everything you do and will be felt by everyone you touch.

On body love

Body love can be so tough for women. Our bodies go through so much in our lifetime between puberty to childbearing years to post-menopausal years. It is so important to put your health first throughout your life, to embrace and pull through all of these challenging times in our lives. When you take control over your health, you feel better about yourself physically as well as mentally and spiritually. When you feel good about yourself, and have a positive body image of yourself you can perform all tasks with greater ability. I think it is important to control the controllables and maximise your own potential to be the best you. After you do that, you can’t help but love all of the gifts and differences we all have and share at the same time.

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The fit lifestyle with Cassey Ho

Tired of starting a diet every summer of every other Monday? We chat to blogger Cassey Ho about how she stays fit and healthy all year round. Take note.

Aim for balance with food: I allow myself a YOLO (you only live once) meal once or twice a week. But the rest of the time I eat clean, enjoying lots of plant foods, fresh produce, grass-fed meats, wholegrains and unsweetened beverages. I try to eat carbs, protein and healthy fats at every meal to keep me full and energised. The one thing I minimise is dairy – it makes my skin break out. I also avoid foods high in sodium, saturated or unhealthy fats, chemicals and preservatives, additives and colours.

Lose the rules: Going on diets or strict meal plans just doesn’t work for me. I always crave the foods I’m missing out on, and once that ‘diet’ is over, I want to binge on the foods I was restricting. Over time, I’ve learned to eat in a balanced way – that way I no longer have crazy cravings for junk food that cause me to binge and feel guilty.

Avoid extremes: When I was prepping for my bikini competition several years ago, I was put on this crazy diet of only eating about 1000-to-1200 calories (around 4, 200kJ) a day while I was working out for four hours a day! As a result I felt tired, irritable, angry and frustrated. My mind was foggy and I couldn’t concentrate. I was labelling food as ‘good’ and ‘bad’ and felt like I was trapped in food jail. For eight to 10 weeks I endured this crazy plan. I did the bikini competition with my new, lean body, and then I decided to go back to ‘normal-healthy’. But when I tried to introduce a variety of foods back into my diet, like brown rice, quinoa and different types of protein, my body did not like that at all. It acted like a sponge, soaking everything up. 

For the next three years, I gradually gained weight. And there was nothing I could do to stop it. During this time, I was still working out really hard for about one hour a day, but my body just didn’t respond. It rebelled. It was seriously frustrating because in my mind, I was doing everything right. Diet and exercise should equal weight loss or at least weight maintenance. But because of the damage and stress that I put my body under during that bikini prep, my hormones became unbalanced and I am still getting back to normal.

Aim for more sleep and less stress: I learned a lot from my bikini comp experience. Cortisol, the stress hormone, increases when you significantly lower your kilojoules, over-exercise and/or don’t have enough sleep. And cortisol plays a role in increasing abdominal fat, more specifically, lower-belly fat. This stress also decreases leptin, the hormone that controls your appetite. So you feel extra hungry all the time and it’s likely that you may crave those carbs and high-fat foods. That’s exactly what happened to me. Getting enough sleep, eating sufficient kilojoules and taking time to de-stress and relax are really important for your waistline and wellbeing.

Treat yourself: When you deprive yourself of cake or ice-cream, you start to think about them all the time and that leads to bingeing. Instead, I allow myself treats – in moderation. And because I know I can have them from time to time, I don’t crave them or eat more of them than I should.

Focus on health, not weight: I rarely step on the scales anymore because I know that my weight does not tell me how strong or fast I am. When I’m at my healthiest, I can tell by how I feel. When I am consistent with my diet and workouts, I am happy, motivated and energised. When I start to feel sluggish and drained, I know that my eating habits may be off and my workouts aren’t as routine – so I address that.

Use the seasons: What I love about the changing seasons is that they allow me to prepare myself for fresh beginnings four times a year. So with each season I see a chance to refocus and find a new rhythm and routine to optimise my health goals. I also try to rediscover delicious seasonal flavours to keep my clean-eating habits on track.

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8 move booty workout

Shape, tighten and lift your butt in just eight moves with this focused resistance workout from fitness model Janine Horsley.Warm-up (not pictured)This dynamic warm-up will prepare your body for key moves. Consider it an investment.2–3 minutes: (20 seconds each)Begin with high knees, running in one place for 20 seconds. Followed with butt kickers, with heels kicking back to touch your butt, for 20 seconds.

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Top tips to help you get lean

Want to swap your fat for muscle? Trainer and high performance manager of Oakleigh Chargers Football Club Ben Sharpe and director of MP Studio Luke Archer share their lifestyle tips to help you lean out.

1. Get enough shut-eye: aim for 7.5 to nine hours of sleep per night for optimal recovery and hormonal balance.

2. Office know-how: manage your stress levels, increase your calorie burn and reduce your chances of muscle wastage by going for regular walks throughout the day, or asking the boss for a stand-up desk. “If a person is sitting at a desk all day, their energy requirements are much less than someone who has a physically demanding job,” says Archer. “We generally switch off our muscles, sit back, slump or have no need to use our muscles. And which group of muscles do we switch off most? The glutes – which are the largest muscles in the body.”

3. Eat well, eat often: eating smaller meals more often will aid in boosting the metabolism, while plant foods are important to insulin sensitivity. “The more your plate looks like a rainbow of colorful fruit and vegetables at every meal, the faster your results will come,” says Archer.

4. Hydrate: drinking cold water regularly throughout the day can boost your metabolic rate by up to 30 per cent according to Archer. “Our body is made up of 70 to 80 per cent water – so it’s no wonder we need it so often to function properly,” he says.

5. Prioritise strength-based training: your lean muscle mass has the greatest impact on your ability to burn fat, so be sure to incorporate three to four full-body weight sessions per week. A weighted circuit with lower loads, higher reps and limited rest will keep the heart rate elevated to increase muscular endurance while burning body fat.

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The best reasons to work out

Toned legs and a flat stomach aren’t the only benefits of working out. According to a research review in the International Journal of Clinical Practice, regular exercise can help cut your risk of more than 20 illnesses, including cancer and heart disease.

‘Exercise is essential for losing and maintaining weight loss,’ says sports scientist Nick Morgan, ‘but the other benefits are just as important.’ Here’s what exercise does to keep you healthy, happy and alive!

Brain

Staying active cuts your risk of dementia and age-related memory loss by increasing the size of the hippocampus, the area of the brain that makes memories. A 40,000-person Norwegian study found that those who engage in regular activity of any intensity are less likely to develop symptoms of depression.

Breasts

Brisk walking for as little as one and a quarter hours every week can help reduce oestrogen levels in the body, which may lower your breast cancer risk by 18 per cent!

Bones

Bone-thinning osteoporosis now affects around one in three women in the UK, according to the latest research. Taking part in a 45-minute Step aerobics class, three times a week, will help boost bone density, especially in your spine, legs and heels. The American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM) also reports that heavy resistance training may increase bone mass, as it places strain on the bones of the joint you are working.

Appetite

Intense exercise can reduce levels of ghrelin, a hormone that stimulates your appetite, while raising levels of the peptide YY, which lowers appetite. A study in the journal Appetite also found that a brisk 15-minute walk decreased chocolate cravings by 12 per cent.

Heart

Not only will exercise add about four years to your life, it can also lower your systolic blood pressure (the top number that measures your blood pressure while the heart is beating) by as much as five to 10mmHg (millimetres of mercury). This is as good as some blood pressure medications. Aim for 30 minutes of aerobic activity most days of the week.

Pancreas

Lifting weights and upping your lean muscle mass could lower your insulin resistance, reducing your risk of type 2 diabetes. For every 10 per cent increase in muscle mass, the risk of pre-diabetes should drop by 12 per cent.

Gut

Three to five weekly workouts of 20-60 minutes of vigorous activity is an effective treatment for IBS, according to a Swedish study. Demanding workouts improve bowel movements, and relieve gas and constipation.

Sex drive

Around 20 minutes of cardio exercise gets your body aroused faster and more intensely for a bit of rough and tumble. Not only that, lifting weights can also cause testosterone surges, and women with more testosterone tend to be more aroused and enjoy sex more.

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The Smartest Scales In The World

 

Don’t just weigh yourself, track your body composition and cardio fitness with the Body Cardio scales

The world is full smart kit these days – smartphones, smart watches, smart central heating, smart TVs, etc. – it’s like you can’t throw a stone (not that we’re condoning throwing stones) without hitting something smart!

And while it’s easy to question the genuine usefulness of some of this smart tech, one thing that’s undeniably useful is a set of smart scales.But what can possibly be smart about a set of bathroom scales?

You step on them, they tell you how much you weigh, and you walk away wishing you hadn’t eaten that whole pizza the night before.

Your set of bathroom scales does its job, and does it well – sometimes too well – so what more could you possibly want?As it happens, your bathroom scales could be telling you a lot more about your body, your health and your general wellbeing

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Burn belly fat now!

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