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How to set fitness goals and keep them

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Sponsored by Female for Life My name is Nikki and I’m missing my regular exercise routine. Yes, I don’t know who I am either. On my recent holidays I was definitely active. I managed a couple of quick yoga sessions using an app on my iPad and we did some serious walking most days (hello 7km

My health story – an update

Editor’s note: This is not medical advice that would necessarily work for you – please see your health care professional/s and work together on a plan that works for you. My alarm went off at 5.30am this morning. Like it does two mornings each week so I make it to my 6am yoga classes. There

How’s your pelvic floor holding up?

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Sponsored by PeriCoach Squats. Star jumps. Laughing. Sneezing. Coughing. Dancing. Splashing around in a pool. Bending over. Jumping on a trampoline. Doing the dishes. Lifting up a heavy suitcase. Downward facing dogs. What do all these things have in common? The ability to bring on a bladder leakage, that’s what. Well, they do in me.

Escape to Absolute Sanctuary Koh Samui

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Sponsored by Female for Life My German yoga instructor congratulates us for our energy in the afternoon class. Enjoy your evening, she says … your detox juices … I’ll be having a gin and tonic she says with a wide smile. Her quirky sense of humour is not lost on me. It’s Friday night. I’m on

What to pack for a health retreat holiday

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Sponsored by Female for Life Somebody pinch me. In less than a month I’ll be winging my way to Koh Samui, Thailand, to spend the good part of a week at a health retreat. Absolute Sanctuary to be exact. Now, the last time (and my first visit) I visited Koh Samui, it was our honeymoon – 10

7 tips for getting your healthy living routine back on track

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Sponsored by Female for Life I don’t know about you but January is a pretty silly time of the year, isn’t it? Even if you don’t go away on holidays, there is just a more relaxed, non-routine vibe in the air. I actually crave that non-routine silliness after a busy, scheduled year. Not having to

Meet the personal trainer for your pelvic floor – the PeriCoach

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Sponsored by PeriCoach Hands up if one of your goals for 2015 was to get your pelvic floor muscles in tip-top condition? Yep, didn’t think so. I don’t think it would have been one of my goals either until I heard about the PeriCoach device. I guess the easiest way for me to describe the

Love your body: WIN a $10K wellness trip to Thailand

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Sponsored by Female for Life Take that mince pie out of your mouth (well put it down for later) because have I got the ultimate motivation to love your body through the festive season? A 7-night wellness retreat to Absolute Sanctuary, Koh Samui, Thailand. YES! One very lucky Styling You reader will get to join me

10 tips for surviving the party season

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Sponsored by Female for Life There is a pile of washing folded on my bed. Most of it is active wear. When I travel, my suitcase always contains a set of said activewear and my sneakers. I don’t even know who I am any more. But I do like this person I’ve become. I don’t

This is what smoking does to your skin

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Sponsored by Queensland Health I do not know how I did NOT become a smoker. At one point in my young life, my boyfriend, both parents and two brothers all smoked. Inside the house. When I started work as a journo, many of my colleagues smoked. At their desks. It’s quite incredulous today to believe

Make health your priority for lasting change

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Sponsored by Fernwood Fitness I’m not a health professional and I’m not a fitness guru. I’m just a woman who has always had to work hard at losing or even maintaining my weight. An underlying health issue – Hashimoto’s – does not help my efforts (you can catch up with my back story on that

My health story – an update

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It’s been a while since I wrote a health update here. You can catch up with my health story here and here. In a nutshell, it’s 12 months since I decided to get serious about my health. I’d always been pretty good with my food choices. I’d made quite a few changes because of my

My health story – an update

My health story an update

I honestly didn’t expect the response I received to the post I wrote about my 2013 health story – published in between finishing off the Christmas ham and packing boxes for our move to Brisbane. I’d been chipping away at changes to what and how I ate plus discovering that gentle exercise was not only

How to choose activewear for any size or shape

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Sponsored by Female For Life I received this email from a SY reader late last year: Hi Nikki, First things first – I love your daily instagram of what you’re wearing, so inspiring! Has expanded my wardrobe no end, AND without spending a single $ – thank you! Now to where I do need to

My 2013 health story

The SY 2013 health story

Hello my name is Nikki and I’m a much healthier person than I was this time last year. Yes, I may have indulged in one too many glasses of champers over the past few days but I’ve done so in the knowledge that I think I’ve finally come up with a health formula that works

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