Top 10 ‘Back-To-Work’ Workout Tips

By Gemma Jordan

So, it’s February. Even if your New Year’s health and fitness resolutions are still going strong, staying consistent with fitness around a full time job is hard. It hurts, it’s raining, you’re hungry, sore and tired from the daily grind – we get it! That’s why we’ve put together a few tips to power you through until 2016.

Revolutionise your commute                             

Take the rage out of your morning A to B. Can you walk, jog or cycle to work, or maybe get off the train a stop earlier? Use route planners or local cycle trail maps and see if you can find a way to get those endorphins pumping before you even open your emails.

Stand up for your health

Research suggests that sitting down all day can be pretty bad for your health – humans just weren’t designed for it! A few of the Catch team have been trialling stand-up desking and have already noticed improvements in their energy and well-being. Check out how stand up desks can actually help your posture. Not for you? Try taking calls standing up, walking meetings and talking to people face-to-face instead of messaging.

Lunch, to-go!

Forget dining at your desk; get up and get out (if it’s not raining). A 20 minute walk around the block can make all the difference in how you feel during the afternoon – making you more productive, and of course, upping your activity level for the day!

Get nerdy, stat

On that note, if you love results, a fitness tracker like the Garmin vivofit is exactly what you need to motivate you to up your movement. Trust us, once you get one of these on, it’s hard not to get a little obsessed with those stats!

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Prioritise your time

Training around a 9-5 job can be a real challenge, but blocking off ‘exercise time’ and planning ahead are the key. Set your alarm an hour earlier, or pack your dinner to eat around 4pm (take lunch early) and train straight after work – freeing up the rest of your evening. If your office has a gym, sign up and avoid rush hour to boot!

Change it up

Doing too much of anything is never a good thing, and current research suggests that the body responds better when exposed to a different kind of movement from time to time. So, if you’re a die-hard runner, you might want to check out your local yoga studio or pool and if you live for Pilates, maybe mix it up with some HIIT training or CrossFit.

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Yoga is a great activity to unwind and re-energise

Cut costs

If changing it up sounds like an expensive deal, it doesn’t need to be. Look for trial memberships (there’s plenty on Scoopon). Some yoga studios encourage you to offer your time to help out with cleaning and other tasks in exchange for free membership. If that’s not available, try some bodyweight training at home which requires zero equipment!

Eat for recovery

Hydrating and refuelling properly is the best way to recover after training. If time’s short, a coconut water and whey/pea protein shake blend or bliss balls will give you a boost, but try to eat ‘real’ food, dense in nutrients, such as lean meat, fish, eggs, avocado, nuts, seeds, leafy greens and whole grains like quinoa or brown rice.

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Refuelling with a protein shake is the best way recover

Teamworking rocks

Your colleagues can be an awesome source of motivation and support, so why not see if a few of them want to do a 30-day challenge, sign up for a charity race or The Colour Run, or take up a new team sport together. You’re more likely to stick with it if you have company!

Snooze & you lose

Forget the Saturday sleep in – keep your body clock regular by getting up at the same time on the weekend as you do during the working week. You could use that extra hour to take a walk, work out, or even better, plan a fun activity like stand up paddle boarding or hiking!

Maybe you have your own ways of keeping on top of your health and fitness goals during busy work periods – post your tips in the comments section below!

7 Awesome Aussie Movies For Your Next Movie Night!

By Sean

Nothing says summer nights more than a good movie session (preferably on a rooftop or at an outdoor cinema!) So if your organising a movie night with your friends, we’ve taken care of the line-up. We’re talking Aussie Movies! In this list of 7 awesome Australian-made movies, there’s something for everyone, so grab the remote and the popcorn, and fire up your Blu-ray player for a crack at these recent Australian films:

Our home-grown Aussie movies that are actually awesome!

The Babadook

Starring Essie Davis and Noah Wiseman.

An Aussie breakout hit at the Sundance Film Festival, The Babadook is just about the only horror you need to watch this Australia Day. Hell, make this your go-to horror for the rest of the year. It comes from first-time director Jennifer Kent, who manages to turn what could’ve been a boring, paint-by-numbers ghost story into something that’s closer to the horror classic, The Shining. Yes, that is a comparison to The Shining. This movie is that good.

Available now on Blu-ray & DVD.

Charlie’s Country

Starring David Gulpilil, need we say more?

If The Babadook is your must-see Aussie horror flick, then Charlie’s Country is your must-see Aussie movie, period. Bringing together two Australian legends: actor/writer David Gulpilil and writer/director Rolf de Heer. It’s a thought-provoking, heartbreaking and incredibly important film that’s been praised by everyone from David and Margaret to the judges at the Cannes Film Festival (where Gulpilil won the ‘Best Actor’ award).

Available now on Blu-ray & DVD.  

Tracks

Starring Mia Wasikowska, Adam Driver and gorgeous shots of Australian wilderness.

Based on Robyn Davidson’s memoir, this film follows Wasikowska on a nine month, 2,700 kilometre trek from Alice Springs to the Indian Ocean. With photography from the acclaimed Mandy Walker (who also shot the equally exquisite, Australia), this movie will fill you with wonder and awe and provide you with stunning proof that Australia is a terrifyingly beautiful place.

Available now on Blu-ray & DVD.

The Mule

Starring Angus Sampson, Hugo Weaving, Leigh Whannell, Noni Hazlehurst and John Noble

Aussie films are known for their ability to find the humour in just about any situation. In The Mule, writer and star Angus Sampson makes that situation as physically uncomfortable as possible. The film follows Sampson, who is detained by law enforcement on suspicion of hiding drugs within himself, to put it politely. Hugo Weaving, a dogged officer, simply decides to wait until Sampson gives up the goods as the full story unravels around them.

Available now on iTunes.

Predestination

Starring Ethan Hawke, Sarah Snook and Noah Taylor

From the directors of the vampire romp, Daybreakers, comes Predestination: a time-travelling, manhunting, mind-bending good time. Temporal Agents Ethan Hawke and Sarah Snook (in a star-making performance) hunt for the elusive ‘Fizzle Bomber’ throughout time, in a desperate attempt to save millions of lives. Hailed by critics and audiences alike, think Minority Report, except layered with twisty time travel antics.

Available now on Blu-ray & DVD.

The Rover

Starring Guy Pearce, Robert Pattinson and Scoot McNairy.

Director of the instant classic, Animal Kingdom, David Michôd returned last year with The Rover, a dark and gritty near-future thriller. Guy Pearce enlists Robert Pattinson to help reclaim his stolen car from a pack of thieves. Basically, it’s Mad Max, only taken completely seriously. Robert Pattinson turns in a unique and engrossing performance. A must-watch, if only for this amazing scene:

What We Do In The Shadows

Starring Jemaine Clement, Taika Waititi and Cori Gonzalez-Macuer (plus a sneak cameo from Murray!)

Okay, this one’s cheating a little. It’s not technically an Aussie film (it’s from New Zealand) but it’s just too damn good to leave out of this list. Take Flight Of The Conchords’ Jemaine Clement, team him up with the talented director of Boy, Taika Waititi, then put them both to work on a mockumentary-style comedy about three ancient vampire housemates who are struggling to live in the modern world, and you’ll come close to the insanity that is What We Do In The Shadows.

So If you are blessed with a cool Summer night this week, show your true blue Aussie colours by grabbing one of these awesome films and celebrating with a good marathon!

Did we miss an awesome Aussie movie in our list? Share in the comments below!

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