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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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