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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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Jehi Willis is back in the saddle!

Jehi Willis returns to dirt bike racing in 2013

Jehi Willis returns to dirt bike racing in 2013

Well after more than a year away from racing the bug has bitten again and I have done a deal to race a “Tri Series” which consists of three desert races over in West Australia in June, July and August and another 4 hour Enduro up in Broome later in the year.

I’m stoked to have been given the opportunity to race again and will be racing under the team Freak Show Racing banner (http://www.facebook.com/pages/Freakshow-Racing/308599881719), these guys are a passionate desert race team based in Perth and will be looking after me for the year.

So to get me through the grueling four to five hours of racing over two days in these hot tough events I am happy to say that Aqua force will once again be right behind me, I only use products that are beneficial to me and I can honestly say that drinking this product boost’s my confidence in my body’s performance to another level.

In the year away from racing I actually took a break from training as well, not because I got lazy but work commitments and the birth of my new son had my mind on other things.
I started my training again in January this year and although the first few weeks were tough it feels really good to be getting back towards the fitness level that I require, I have some good training partners and whether we are out cycling, running or in the gym we are really starting to push each other because everything is a race right???

So there you have it, it’s great to be working with these guys again and I will keep you posted on my adventures.

Thanks,
Jehi.

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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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Fi’s Hero - Harley Quinlan

Everyone needs a hero. The thing is it doesn’t have to be someone famous. In 2010  a promising 19 year old motocross rider had a devastating fall while practicing. He is now confined to a wheelchair as a T4 paraplegic. Did that stop him? Not a chance. As soon as he was able, Harley Quinlan returned to the gym and began rebuilding his body. He had every reason to be angry but instead focused on being the best he could. Harley is now on track to compete in the Paralympics. He has been included in the training squad and has recently competed in Europe in hand cycle events.

Harley doesn’t know it but he is my hero. When I don’t feel like getting out of bed or going to the gym I think of his determination, drive and his inability to give up. He is a champion in my eyes already and I will be cheering for him when he gets to the Paralympics!

Here are a couple of videos on his recovery that are worth watching.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dXFPk3KzE3I

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GXARtGHGwJA&feature=channel&list=UL

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De Castella Fun Run 2012

AquaForce is a major sponsor of the 32nd annual De Castella Run to be held on Sunday, 26 August, 2012. The Run traces the footsteps of Robert De Castella, Australia’s legendary marathon runner, along the picturesque bends and inclines of the Kew Boulevard. The boulevard winds around the scenic Yarra River where Rob trained as a school boy to make him one of the world’s strongest marathon runners.

The De Castella Fun Run raises money for Monash Alfred Psychiatry Research Centre (www.maprc.org.au) which has 2010 Australian of the Year Professor Pat McGorry as its patron. Entrants can choose to compete individually or as teams in three distance classes: 5km, 10km and 15km. Last year, the event attracted nearly 2000 participants making one of the biggest fun runs in Melbourne and raised over $20,000 in funds used to support both life-enhancing and life-saving research for patients affected by mental health issues.

Please come along this year individually or with a team of your friends and family to show your support for Mental Health Research. To enter, visit the de Castella run site at www.decastellarun.com.au.

To make this event run smoothly, a team of volunteers is needed to help with registration, bib distribution/collection, course marshalling, and other duties. You will be provided with a full briefing and a support bag. So, if you are an organised superstar and want to volunteer for this crucial role, please contact Dennyse Riach on 03 9076 5167 or email d.riach@alfred.org.au.

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Should I sleep or go to the gym?

The pressure is slowly creeping up at work and I’m feeling it. Sleep sounds like a better option than the gym but I force myself to go and always end up glad I did. I can see my fitness improving although the weight loss has stalled.
It’s hard to keep on top of it all when there is always something more pressing. My job has a lot of deadlines and I find myself missing meals which means I am suddenly starving and in need of the vending machine. There have been days when I’ve forgotten my trusty bottle of Aquaforce and gone most of the day without drinking (I don’t drink tea or coffee). But I’ve learnt I feel better when I drink more so now I sit the bottle on the kitchen bench the night before so I don’t forget it! Sad to say I just can’t keep on top of the diet so I’m focusing on working out. I know it won’t translate to weight loss but exercising makes me feel strong and for the first time in a long while I’m not bothered by aching knees.

Prioritising my time is hard. By the time I get to me its bedtime! I’m very lucky to have a trainer who keeps tabs on me. If it wasn’t for Kelly I would probably have given up on the gym. I’m managing to get there at least 3 times a week and get outside in the weekend. My field is now home to the local football team so I’ve been alternating walking and running between lamp posts with the dogs. My dogs get so excited when they see me put my running shoes on and I feel so mean if I’m headed out the door to the gym!

It’s because I can!

Some days everything just falls into place and others, well, it feels like the world is collapsing round your feet. It’s the times when the daily grind is threatening to overwhelm that reconnecting with what feels good becomes even more important. Think Happy Gilmore not drunken rampage. Think happy place.

I found my long lost happy place when I took a couple of days off work and concentrated on me for a bit. I didn’t sit around, I walked the dogs, gardened and I put myself through a mini boot camp that involved getting outside and wait for it – running (jogging is more accurate).

That might not sound like much, but for me it’s a big deal. My knees have copped plenty of abuse and running was on the list of no-can-dos. I had discovered the local footy field was level and forgiving – just right for me to shuffle around. My trainer Kelly and I jogged around the field early in the morning. It sounds silly but it was exhilarating. I wasn’t breaking any records but I was jogging and not suffering any consequences. Being outside and feeling the sun on your skin is a great feeling. That first jog I did 20 minutes and I think I was less tired when I finished than when I started!

I realised that for a long time I’d been internally focusing on what I couldn’t do instead of what I could.  It’s easy to get sucked into thinking things are impossible but until you try you won’t know for sure. So now I’ve added running to the weekly workout. It might only be 20 minutes but it’s a start. Not every day is problem free but if I had to say why I run – it’s because I can.

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I’m becoming a runner!

So I think I am slowly being able to call myself a runner after putting in a fair bit of sweat and pain into my running training lately. I am really enjoying it though! At the beginning, I was finding myself fairly lethargic throughout the day as my body was trying to get used to the change in activity. But in the past couple of weeks I have had more energy than ever and am really loving my training. I am doing about 5 running sessions per week, at the moment doing about 5km average but have sneaked in some 10km runs. I have to be able to run 10km for 2 weeks straight as I am participating in ‘The Run to Better Days’, a charity run from Hervey’s Bay to Townsville to raise awareness and money for Caritas aid organisation. It is really motivating to have something to work towards, a deadline in which I have to have my body in peak shape. I am aiming to increase my distance to 6km in the next week, and work up from there.

I think my housemates are getting slightly annoyed with the quantity of food that I am consuming to meet my energy demands though! We have a system going where we all put in an equal amount into a communal food supply and I think I am very much utilising it the most! Trying to eat really healthy though, with massive amounts fruit and veg and plenty of whole grains. At the moment I have a big craze for nuts! They are an excellent source of fibre and protein and super tasty as well.

Apart from my running, I am still on the bike every day, mainly using it to commute to uni and back, a lovely 15km ride return. I am also doing a couple of morning training rides a week and have yet to enter a cycling race but hopefully will do one in next few weeks.  Also, very exciting news came out last week about kite surfing being in the 2016 London games. This is very exciting and means that a lot more people will get involved in the sport and also provides a great avenue for those who want to progress in the sport. I haven’t been out as much as I would have liked in the past few months due to time (and a lack of wind) but definitely good incentive to make time now!

I am also nearly finished my first container of AquaForce! Finding it really good with warding off the cold as well; whenever I feel a bit down, having a few glasses of AquaForce over the day makes me feel a lot better and provides good immune support. AquaForce is definitely benefiting my training. I have also been enjoying promoting and getting my friends to taste it, so far all my friends studying medicine are impressed!

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