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Courage and the Reason to Try:

Courage and the Reason to Try:
"The only real failure is the failure to try; and the measure of success is how we cope with disappointment"

Personally I love this quote, too many people are "getting through life" and not enough are "enjoying life".  It is not enough to' just get through the day', each and every day passes with the same mediocre standard as the day before, and before you know it, you will be wondering where the days went and what on earth
you actually did with them.
  Passion does not come to you, you must pursue it, and as you open yourself to life new doors will open and opportunities will form and flow. But It starts first with the decision to try, regardless of the possible disappointments along the way. 
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"TODAY'S ACCOMPLISHMENTS WERE YESTERDAYS IMPOSSIBILITIES"

"TODAY'S ACCOMPLISHMENTS WERE YESTERDAYS IMPOSSIBILITIES"
"TODAY'S ACCOMPLISHMENTS WERE YESTERDAYS IMPOSSIBILITIES"

This quote really sits home for me when we talk about Mount Wellington.  I grew up in a house that overlooked the Derwent River with a spectacular view of this monstrous mountain.  In terms of size the mountain is not monstrous compared to the likes of other mountains in Australia, but it certainly looks like it in Hobart, and when you are trying to get your head around attempting to run this monstrosity then the quote above seems quite fitting. 

For 19 years this Mountain was at the backdrop of my existence, it was always there, I could see it from my bedroom window, from the lounge, from our backyard, from the classrooms in which I sat and from most places you go in Hobart Mount Wellington forms the backdrop.  I never imagined that one day I would attempt to run up it and complete a seemingly impossible challenge.  To me this Mountain is a representation of all obstacles I have faced and yet to face.  So I decided to enter in the 20th anniversary Point to Pinnacle event, 21k from sea level straight up to the pinnacle of Mount Wellington with an incline of 1270 meters.  For the last 20 years thousands of competitors have entered the event and conquered the seemingly impossible, including my great uncle Chris.  My uncle Chris is unwell at the moment and fighting a battle of his own, he has competed in this event numerous times starting in his 60's, he was the source of my inspiration, if he can do it, so can I was my attitude.
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SUP Boarding Ultimate Core Strength Exercise

SUP Boarding Ultimate Core Strength Exercise
Stand Up Paddle Boarding
"Why I think its one of the best forms of exercise to strengthen your core, create impeccable balance and reverse all those bad postural habits"
By Alli Van Ommen

Stand up Paddle boarding is taking off in popularity throughout Australia. I have been wanting one for over 12 months and in October I recently purchased my first board in preparation for a summer on the water.  

Stand up Paddle boarding in my opinion is on of the best ways to get a great overall strengthen of the body and the all important core.  Most of you who have been treated by me have all heard me at some point talking about the importance of your core strength and how it sets the platform for your arm and leg strength.  However there seems to be a misconception about what core strength actually represents.  

When I speak about core strength I am talking about the whole body's ability to adjust to a movement to keep the body stable, it doesn't just involve the rectus abdominus muscle responsible for your 6 pack or lack there of..... It involves multiple muscles in the body including your pelvic floor and lower abdominals in combination with the nerves in your feet (propriception) sending messages to the brain with information about where your body is in space in conjunction with your postural muscle correction from the all important Psoas and QL.  All too often I see in practice people who do too many crunches and develop only one muscle in the abdomen and create a system where the diaphragm over-rides the rest of the system, which eventually creates weakness in the chain and causes back pain amongst other injuries and niggles. 
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Alli's 28 Day Cleanse Journey

Alli's 28 Day Cleanse Journey

On the 1st of September I started a health journey that not only lasted for 28 days but set the platform for my ongoing health and wellbeing for years to come. September is the last month of my 28th year and it was a bout time I commenced an extended cleanse to honor myself and heal my body.  I know a lot of you may think that I am quite healthy and that I may not need to cleanse, but let me be honest with you all, for years now I have overdone myself and burnt the candle at both ends, being an athlete for so many years and pushing yourself to the limit set me up to burn out from as young as 16.  I love challenges and setting goals and throwing myself in the deep end, which isn’t a bad thing if you really listen to your body, but when your young and haven’t learnt to read the subtle signals your body communicates with you, then you can be in for a roller coaster ride.  The name of my business is Without Limits, but this statement does not mean push and push and to you reach that limit, it means being smart, listening to your body and knowing that less is more sometimes and instead of pushing through, allow time to rest and rejuvenate and see where that takes you, and believe me when I say I speak from experience when you get the time to rest, reflect and rejuvenate you are still on the path to reaching those goals if not more so.  So this 28 day journey for me was about taking a step back and stopping to smell the roses.

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Foundations of Health

Foundations of Health
Building a foundation of health starts from the smallest of habits.  It can be as simple as getting up every morning stretching your legs and taking 5-10 minutes to slowly get ready for the day by honouring yourself and your health.  To build a foundation make some warm water with the juice of half a lemon squeezed into the water.  Not only do you get the benefits of cleansing your liver kidneys and bowel daily but you also are making time for yourself before you start your busy day.  By simply making this your daily habit you will increase your longevity and wellbeing.  

Are you someone that waits until the last minute to get our of bed after you have snoozed a few times?  Do you rush into the shower and race out the door, grab a takeaway coffee before getting into work for the day?  If this sounds remotely familiar to you, then your days will only ever consist of stress and rushing from appointment to appointment.  When you rush and don't make time to sit down and eat your food or take a 10 minute time out to relax during the day; then your body continually releases stress hormones that can impede digestion and cause stress on your liver, which over time will gradually effect your health and wellbeing until you finally crash and burn. By simply taking 5-10 minutes in the morning to make yourself a lemon in water drink and take the time to enjoy it before you eat or drink anything else, then you are setting the foundation for your day and not just that day, but each and every day after that, creating a lifelong healthy habit, which is one way to set the foundation of your health not just for the day, but for your life.  Honour yourself and your health each and every day because disease does not just happen over night it develops over time and it can be so subtle that you barely notice it until it may be too late.  If you want to be healthy now and as you age; then set a foundation for your health every day.  Stay tuned for more healthy hints for building your foundation of health next blog post.
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Flu Fighting Tactics

Flu Fighting Tactics
Have you ever wondered why you may get the flu and everyone else is dropping like flies accept for that one person in your office that never gets sick, or it may be your partner, no matter how much you cough and splatter on them, they still don't get sick......
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Healthy Feet

Healthy Feet
Healthy feet are extremely important for your health.  Are your feet cracked?  Are they curled over at the toes? Do your feet look pale?  Is your big toe moving outwards in direction?  Your feet are so important yet we tend not to make that connection with our health.
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Balance

Balance
 
Such a simple thing balance, it may seem simple but how good is your balance?  Can you balance on one foot without falling over?  Can you close your eyes and balance on one foot?  If your balance is bad and you are under 50 how bad do you think your balance will be in another 30 years time?  
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Change

Change

“Change is the only constant” Heraclitus

If change is the only thing that is constant why do we fear change?

Why is it that humans like routine and are creatures of habit?

Are we failing to evolve as we should?

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Reflection

REFLECTION

What is it about traveling; being in “transition” that causes people to change? Have you ever noticed how friends and family upon returning from holidays or a year abroad seem different? Transformed even?

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Stillness

There is nothing quite like the smell of a season changing.

The fresh crisp air of winter; with a hint of warmth in the breeze that brings promise of spring and hope of new beginnings. The dark of winter has nearly passed and spring is about to blossom.

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Citius Altius Fortius

The Olympic motto is latin for faster, higher & stronger. Pierre de Coubertin introduced the motto in the 1924 Olympic games in Paris. The motto was intended for athletes to focus on bettering themselves rather than coming first.

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Sometimes its the little things

Sometimes its the little things

Sometimes It’s the little things that make a BIG difference.

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