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De Castella Run to Mend Minds

20140831_0942222It’s that time of year again and we’re totally rapt to be supporting the 2015 De Castella Run now in its 35th year! The ‘Deek Run’ will be held at Kew Boulevard again this Sunday 30 August, 2015. It’s one of Melbourne’s best running and fun events, with a choice of 5km, 10km, 0r 15km courses along the scenic Yarra River route.

And if you don’t want to run, you can always walk the course. All ages can participate, including children with the Run Ready program for Kids, which involves an 80m dash.

You don’t have to be a running or walking to soak up the atmosphere of this special community event.  The Kickass Active Mind and Body Expo has something for everyone; from face painters, a petting zoo and a jumping castle for the kids, to physio treatments, merchandise and food vendors. Our market style expo captures all the excitement and energy of the day as the runners cross the finishing line.

The de Castella Run 2 Mend Minds is proud to partner with the Monash Alfred Psychiatry research centre (MAPrc) to help raise awareness and funds for mental health research.  MAPrc carries out world class research to improve the lives of people suffering from mental illness. Funds from this year’s run will go towards supporting scholarships for PhD students to undertake vital mental health research at MAPrc.

AquaForce and Triathlon Victoria partnership

trivic-logoWe’re wrapt to announce that the coaching staff at Triathlon Victoria (TriVic) loved AquaForce so much that we’re now their official drink partner.  So, all you triathletes out there, make sure to look out for the AquaForce drink stations at all TriVic races this year and especially for the big one at Yarrawonga on 18 and 19 October.

Things to look out for when trying AquaForce are noticeable improvements in performance and endurance and a more rapid recovery.  It’s also light on the stomach and tastes great.  We’ve put a lot into the palatability of AquaForce and made sure it’s all natural with no artificial ingredients whatsoever.  Try it out at the drink stations and see for yourself!

Some of this year’s TriVic race dates are:

Sunday 14th Sept - Melbourne Triathlon club
Sunday 5th Oct - Yarra Triathlon Club
Saturday and Sunday 18 and 19 October - Yarrawonga

For more information about TriVic and other upcoming events, go to http://www.triathlon.org.au/

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De Castella Fun Run 2014

deekrun2014It’s coming up to that time of year again as the last Sunday in August is fast approaching.  This means that it’s time to get your running shoes out to blaze through the the scenic boulevards of Kew’s Studley Park region in this year’s De Castella Fun Run this coming Sunday 31 August, 2014.  This year Robert De Castella - “Deeks” -  himself will be there. So, get inspired and come down on the day and participate.

Funds raised are donated to the Monash and Alfred Psychiatry Research Centre which does invaluable research into mental illness and its prevention.  Statistics tell us that one person in every five may experience mental illness in their lifetimes, making this is a cause worthy of your support.  The other cause worthy of support is your fitness which the run is bound to help you with!  The weather forecast tells us that it will warm at 20 degrees and sunny so come and enjoy the fun this year. We hope to see you there. Make sure you say hi to us at the AquaForce drinks station at the finish line and best of luck to all competing!

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Get hot but don’t overheat with Bikram Yoga

The article Some Like It Hot http://www.theage.com.au/lifestyle/some-like-it-hot-20130211-2e799.html was featured recently in The Saturday Age on 16 February, 2013. It chronicles the experience of Benjamin Lorr, a New York resident who describes his 2-year boom to bust intensive journey with Bikram Yoga. Some articles have a way of creating controversy over their subjects, and it seems this one is no exception.

Lorr was overweight and largely inactive and decided to do something about it. He thought yoga would be a good start. With a plethora of different types of yoga to choose from, he unwittingly stumbled across a Bikram Yoga studio as it was the one to his house. Bikram Yoga follows a series of 26 poses developed by founder Bikram Choudhury. It’s a little different to regular yoga those poses are performed in a room that is heated to 40.6 degrees Celsius – a bit hotter than usual for most of us, unless you call the Kimberley or the Pilbara home.

Bikram Yoga has been steadily growing in Australia over the last few years and numerous students speak of the enormous health benefits it confers, not least of the weight they have lost from regular commitment to classes, but just like any intensive sport or activity which requires a high degree of skill and challenge, for the inexperienced practitioner a slow escalation of frequency and intensity is vital to preventing injury. In the case of Bikram Yoga, it is also vital to be prepared for lack of acclimatisation to hot environments.

So, if you’re planning to get into Bikram Yoga, it’s best to allow your body to acclimatise to the heat in the first couple of weeks and to take it easy in that time. It can take the body up to two weeks to acclimatise to hot environments, so it’s best to allow your body that time to get used to the hot conditions. You will also need to be well hydrated before you start your classes as you could sweat up to a litre or more per hour depending on your own sweat rate. If you don’t replace the fluids you lose in sweat, you could land yourself in a hot nasty place. Even mild to moderate dehydration can have unpleasant side-effects including dizziness, hallucinations, heat rash, severe fatigue and muscle weakness. Even if you’re cramping, it’s a sure sign you’re dehydrated and lacking in electrolytes.

A lot of people think that sweat is just plain water, but it contains much more than just water alone – it contains vital electrolytes like Sodium, Potassium, Calcium and Magnesium. The body can generally get these from food during the course of a regular day when intense activity isn’t performed, but, in the hot environment of a Bikram Yoga studio, you need to rely on more than water and the food you eat to replace those lost electrolytes. It’s best to go for an electrolyte formula that matches body chemistry. AquaForce aims to replicate the concentration of the electrolytes you lose in sweat and in the bloodstream, making it rapidly absorbed for immediate uptake by working cells. Having these electrolytes in your system could prevent heat fatigue or more severe forms of heat illness from occurring and it’s wise to drink at least some form of electrolyte beverage before and after your Bikram classes to stay hydrated and to treat and prevent dehydration. AquaForce has helped lots of people stay hydrated and reduce related fatigue during their Bikram Yoga classses - check out what Elise had to say about how it’s helped her: http://www.aquaforcelife.com.au/the-word-on-the-street/.

Take a look at this Bikram Yoga blog for more information on health and nutrition tips: http://bikramyogafitzroy.com.au/blogs.php.  Enjoy Bikram Yoga – if you prepare properly and take it slow as you get adjusted to the heat you’re sure to reap its benefits.

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