The right food for the right moves

Shorter days and colder weather don’t make sticking to our exercise routines any easier. Add colds or flu to that and winter may just seem like the time to pack the exercise gear away and chill out on the couch.

Let’s make 2015 different and keep the fitness going! Not only will exercise reduce stress and help manage weight, it will mean that we’re healthy, fit and strong by the time spring rolls around again and we won’t feel the need for crash diets to get rid of those extra winter kilograms.

If we’re not feeling well or if we’re feeling tired or hungry, our exercise sessions will be negatively impacted and we may be prone to injury. Eating well and exercising well go hand in hand, so it’s important to give our bodies the nutrients needed to be healthy and exercise optimally. Make sure that your diet is high in vitamins and minerals for a strong immune system and up your intake of antioxidants which help to reduce cell damage. Citrus, berries, tomatoes, guavas and kiwis all contain vitamin C which has the bonus of also acting as an antioxidant. If you feel that you’re not getting enough fruit and veggies in your diet, grab a power smoothie from KAUAI:

– Go-goji berry: this smoothie is with goji berries, pomegranate juice, strawberry and banana.

– C U right: a great combination of strawberry, pineapple, honey, and mango juice topped up with 500mg vitamin C.

And if you want a boost, add one of the following to any smoothie from KAUAI:

– C Booster: 500mg vitamin C, acerola cherry and rose hips.

– Chia seeds: these little seeds are packed with omega 3s and fibre.

– Goji berries: these tasty berries are an excellent source of antioxidants.

If you just need that extra something to keep the colds at bay, try the oh-so-good Flu Shot, made with ginger, honey, lemon juice and cayenne pepper. At selected KAUAI In Motion stores you can also get your hands on a wholesome Wheatgrass Shot, a Wheatgrass and Apple Shot, a strong, revitalising Ginger Shot and a tasty Digestion Shot made with beetroot, omega-rich chia seeds and freshly squeezed orange juice (all of these shots are available at selected KAUAI In Motion stores).

 

Written for the May Virgin Active newsletter and blog

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