1. Thank you so much for contributing to Glow Week this Spring! Can you tell us a little bit about the personalised pilates plan you put together?
Sure, first, thanks for having me. I am a huge fan of Nikki, NOOD, Rhy and Pure Glow Cleanse, so its so great to see you guys join forces to bring the people such a wonderful offering. I believe that Pilates should be in everyones life in some way or form literally every day. Pilates is about teaching your body how to move in the most efficient way and these ten exercises that I am sharing with the Pure + NOOD community as part of Glow Week are some great basic exercises to work into your day-to-day life.
2. Why is it important that we find at least 20/30mins exercise a day?
We all need to move. Exercise has so many benefits; physically, emotionally and spiritually. The WHO states that we need to do a minimum of 300 minutes per week (which is about 20 mins per day) See http://www.who.int/dietphysicalactivity/factsheet_adults/en/ 20/30 minutes can be done in so many ways. We are so lucky to live in such a wonderful environment with so many sunny days. Now that it is Spring, the days are getting longer and there is more daylight time to get out and about. The Pilates Program I have put together for your community gives everyone the opportunity work towards their 20/30 minutes per day in the comfort of your own home or if you have the opportunity, outside in the fresh air.
3. How does pilates benefit our bodies?
Pilates teaches us how to move our body in the most efficient way. It is an overall body workout. It is about teaching all of your muscles to engage in the correct way so you can move, free of pain, be strong and feel good.
Once the concepts are mastered, you can thread this into every single movement you do, whether that is a yoga class, a run, picking up your children or any movement your favourite sport requires of you.
4. Sometimes it can be hard to stay motivated - especially when we are exercising on our own/at home/at the park etc. Do you have any tips to keep our motivation up?
Sure do! Have a plan. Write it down. Schedule your workout in. Monday, walk. Tuesday, Pilates, Wednesday, Yoga, etc. Find a friend to help you be accountable. Work towards a goal: a run or a walk event, a competition of some kind, a charity event.
5. What foods do you eat before / after exercise?
It really depends on the workout and the time of the day. I don't have food either just before or just after exercise (at least 30 minutes either side). If I am about to do a more intense workout I prefer to not have a fully belly, I just make sure I am super hydrated before I set off for the session. If its a long less intense workout, then sometimes a few scoops of my homemade muesli so I have some energy or an egg or maybe a banana. I would recommend not having any sort of heavy meal for at the very least 1.5 hours before exercising. Your body needs time to digest the food before it is able to give you the energy to get the most out of your workout. On the flip side, after the workout allow time for your body to recuperate before a big meal post workout. This would be different if I was trying to build muscle or gain weight.
6. How important is diet in an overall healthy lifestyle? If we're exercising a lot do we really need to care about what we eat?
I believe the balance is about 75%/25%. 75% of your focus should be on eating well. 25% of your focus should be on ensuring you are exercising. If you are exercising every day but only eating really well for two days of the week, generally your body is going to struggle to be operating at its most optimum. I feel a good aim is for three clean, healthy meals and one exercise session per day (
you don't need to be at a class or a gym or going for a 30 minute run, you just need to move, that can be anything where you feel your heart rate is increasing).
If you want to receive a copy of Renee's pilates program all you need to do is spend $170 or more with any order this week!